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Twenty-Two Quotes on Mastery

What does it mean to truly master something? How powerful can mastery be? What must be done to attain mastery in the first place?

These are all wonderful questions to ask, and perhaps there are many different answers. Either way, here are twenty-two quotes on the subject of mastery to help get you motivated and thinking about your own mastery of life!


Order and simplification are the first steps toward the mastery of a subject.
– Thomas Mann

Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.
– Albert Einstein

I am, indeed, a king, because I know how to rule myself.
– Pietro Aretino

Courage is not the absence of fear, but the mastery of it.
– Mark Twain

Mastery is not measured by the number of terrible things you eliminate from your life, but by the number of times you eliminate calling them terrible.
– Neale Donald Walsch

Meditate. Live purely. Be quiet. Do your work with mastery. Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds! Shine.
– Gautama Buddah

Personal mastery is the discipline of continually clarifying and deepening our personal vision, of focusing our energies, of developing patience, and of seeing reality objectively.
– Peter Senge

If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.
– Michelangelo

If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.
– Bruce Lee

A successful career will no longer be about promotion. It will be about mastery.
– Michael Martin Hammer

The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways.
– Robert Greene

I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.
– Bruce Lee

We have reached mastery when we neither mistake nor hesitate in the achievement.
– Friedrich Nietzsche

He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.
– Laozi

Ah, mastery… what a profoundly satisfying feeling when one finally gets on top of a new set of skills… and then sees the light under the new door those skills can open, even as another door is closing.
– Gail Sheehy

Self-discipline begins with the mastery of your thoughts. If you don’t control what you think, you can’t control what you do. Simply, self-discipline enables you to think first and act afterward.
– Napoleon Hill

A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships.
– Helen Keller

One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.
– Leonardo da Vinci

The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions.
– Alfred Lord Tennyson

Though you can love what you do not master, you cannot master what you do not love.
– Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Technical skill is mastery of complexity, while creativity is mastery of simplicity.
– Erik Christopher Zeeman

Most people have no idea of the giant capacity we can immediately command when we focus all our resources on mastering a single area of our lives.
– Tony Robbins

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