Self-Control It’s Kingship and Majesty

Great book I am reading written by William George Jordan in the very late 1800’s.  Outstanding connections to today and wonderful food for thought.  I highly recommend this for your kindle today it will help build your confidence and show you how to improve your self esteem!  Below are some of the quotes that I liked from the book so far.  I will challenge you that if you read this book you will not be able to stop yourself from being a better person and making positive changes in your life!  It’s impossible.

Other books by William George Jordan-  The Power of Truth, The Crown of Individuality, and The Trusteeship of Life.   For more on WGJ Go Here.


Some quotes From William George Jordan

” Life is not really what comes to us, but what we get from it.”

“Man is placed into this world not as a finality but as a possibility.”

“Man in his weakness is the creature of circumstances: Man in his strength is the creator of circumstances.”

“I am a great human soul with endless possibilities.”

“The greatest of all control is self-control.”

“Will he be king or will he be slave?  The answer lies with him.”

“True friendship is rare; its great value is in a crisis, —-like a lifeboat.  Many a boasted friend has proved a leaking, worthless “lifeboat” when the storm of adversity might make him useful.”

“How will I let that poverty or wealth affect me?  If that trial or deprivation has left me better, truer, nobler, then, —-poverty has been riches, failure has been a success.  If wealth has come to me and has made me  vain, cynical, closing from me all the tenderness of life, all the channels of higher development, of possible good to my fellow-man, making me the mere custodian of a money-bag, then, wealth has lied to me, it has been failure, not success; it has not been riches, it has been dark, treacherous poverty that stole from me even Myself.”

“All things become for us then what we take from them.”

“Failure is one of God’s educators.”

“The failure of a caterpillar is the success of a butterfly.”

“It is at night, in the darkest hours, those preceding dawn, that plants grow best, that they most increase in size.  May this not be one of Nature’s gentle showings to man of the times when he grows best, of the darkness of failure that is evolving into the sunlight of success.”

“Let us fear only the failure of not living the right as we see it, leaving the results to the guardianship of the Infinite.”

“Many of the rivers of our greatest prosperity and growth have had their source and their trickling increase into volume among the dark, gloomy recesses of our failure.”

“I will do each day, in every moment, the best I can by the light I have: I will ever seek more truth, and ever live as best I can in harmony with the truth as I see it.  If my pathway then lie in the shadow of trial, sorrow and suffering.  I shall have the restful peace and the calm strength of one who has done his best, who can look back upon the past with no pang of regret, and who has heroic courage in facing the results, whatever they be, knowing that he could not make them different. “

“The man who is seeking ever to do his best is the man who is keen, active, wide-awake, and aggressive.  He is ever watchful of himself in trifles: His standard is not “What will the world say?—but—“Is it worthy of me!”

“Education, in its highest sense, is conscious training of mind or body to act unconsciously.  It is conscious formation of mental habits, not mere acquisition of information.”

“Man is the creator of his own happiness; it is the aroma of life lived in harmony with high ideals.  For what a man has, he may be dependent on others: what he is, rests with him alone.”

Gossip is one of the popular crimes that has caused infinitely more sorrow in life than—murder. It is drunkenness of the tongue; it is assassination of reputations. It runs the cowardly gamut from mere ignorant, impertinent intrusion into the lives of others to malicious slander.”

Life of William George Jordan

William George Jordan
William George Jordan

Jordan was born in New York City on March 6, 1864. He graduated from the City College of New York and began his literary career as editor of Book Chat in 1884. He joined Current Literature in 1888 and became its managing editor. In 1891 he left Current Literature and moved to Chicago where he started a lecture program on his system of Mental Training. He returned to Current Literature in January of 1894 as its managing editor and then resigned again in August of 1886. In 1897 he was hired as the managing editor for The Ladies Home Journal, after which he edited The Saturday Evening Post (1888-89). From 1899 to 1905 he was the editor and vice-president of Continental Publishing Company. He was the editor of the publication Search-Light between 1905 and 1906.

4 thoughts on “Self-Control It’s Kingship and Majesty”

  1. This book is the compilation of two earlier books (or rather booklets) written by William George Jordan; The Kingship of Self-Control (1898) and The Majesty of Calmness (1900). WGJ wrote three other self-improvement books that are equally compelling (The Power of Truth, The Crown of Individuality, and The Trusteeship of Life).

  2. Jon … I recently discovered the article referenced below by WGJ. He evidently had good sense of humor.

    BTW. I absolutely agree with your statement “I will challenge you that if you read this book you will not be able to stop yourself from being a better person and making positive changes in your life! It’s impossible.” If more please read his books the world would be a better place.

  3. I was researching this book by William George Jordan because I own a hard cover from 1905 titled Self-Control Its Kingship and Majesty that I purchased in a garage sale. It is inscribed to Virginia Chaney of Tampa, FL on her graduation from high school from a Mrs. Berry in 1928.
    Would anyone be interested in purchasing it?

    Thank you,

    C. Miller

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