Top 55 Restraint Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Restraint Quotes from famous people such as Simone de Beauvoir, Prince Andrew, Grover Norquist, John Hillcoat, Louis-Ferdinand Celine, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

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In itself, homosexuality is as limiting as heterosexuality: the ideal should be to be capable of loving a woman or a man; either, a human being, without feeling fear, restraint, or obligation.
Simone de Beauvoir
I’ll tell you where the injustice is. It’s with the person earning £12,000 to £15,000-a-year who is being asked to be restrained by their business or employer. Yet the taxpayer has bailed out the banks, so why are they not showing restraint?
Prince Andrew
There are several reasons to oppose tax increases. First, every dollar of tax increase is a dollar you didn’t get in spending restraint. Two, if you walk into the Democrats’ Andrews-Air-Force-Base, Lucy-with-the-Football trick for the third time in a row – they don’t have have a saying for being fooled three times!
Grover Norquist
I like restraint. Even with actors, restraint is something that I work on the most.
John Hillcoat
To hell with reality! I want to die in music, not in reason or in prose. People don’t deserve the restraint we show by not going into delirium in front of them. To hell with them!
Louis-Ferdinand Celine
I tend to write about towns because that’s what I remember best. You can put a boundary on the number of characters you insert into a small town. I tend to create a lot of characters, so this is a sort of restraint on the character building I do for a novel.
Tom Drury
One of the things we’re taught as actors is restraint – don’t jump off the cliff.
Ted Lange
I appreciate a songwriter like Morrissey with so much restraint.
Zooey Deschanel
The ‘reality’ shows on television, the Internet, these things have encouraged people to behave with less and less restraint. We are broadcasting our emotions in public in a way that has never happened before.
Tim Pigott-Smith
What you want to watch are the lenders, not the borrowers. The borrowers will always be willing to take a great deal for themselves. It’s up to the lenders to show restraint, and when they lose it, watch out.
Michael Burry
But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint.
Edmund Burke
It is a monstrous thing that I will say, but I will say it all the same: I find in many things more restraint and order in my morals than in my opinions, and my lust less depraved than my reason.
Michel de Montaigne
One of the litmus tests for judicial conservatism is the idea of judicial restraint – that courts should give substantial deference to the decisions of the political process. When Congress and the president enact a law, conservatives generally say, judges should avoid ‘legislating from the bench.’
Jeff Greenfield
I’ve learned that the Court will continue to change the meaning of the Constitution. Although all of the Justices have expressed the importance of judicial restraint, the Court inevitably makes new law every time it interprets the Constitution.
Lisa Blatt
America has been a force for much good in the world. But we should learn from the mistakes of an over-expansionist foreign policy and return to the restraint that George Washington and John Quincy Adams advocated.
Ro Khanna
Why are we so full of restraint? Why do we not give in all directions? Is it fear of losing ourselves? Until we do lose ourselves there is no hope of finding ourselves.
Henry Miller
Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.
Alexis de Tocqueville
The deepest feeling always shows itself in silence; not in silence, but restraint.
Marianne Moore
Conservatives who care about nominations of judges who practice judicial restraint are, constitutionally, restrained people themselves.
Wendy Long
The desert Arab found no joy like the joy of voluntarily holding back. He found luxury in abnegation, renunciation, self restraint. He made nakedness of the mind as sensuous as nakedness of the body. He saved his own soul, perhaps, and without danger, but in a hard selfishness.
T. E. Lawrence
The genius of the French language, descended from its single Latin stock, has triumphed most in the contrary direction – in simplicity, in unity, in clarity, and in restraint.
Lytton Strachey
Conservative Justices have a history of not standing by their professed commitment to judicial restraint.
Adam Cohen
We have to return to a foreign policy of restraint, one that develops our capabilities and our potential in communities across America, and not become bogged down in unwinnable conflicts that lead to greater resentment of the United States, and that don’t advance American interests.
Ro Khanna
We shall listen, not lecture; learn, not threaten. We will enhance our safety by earning the respect of others and showing respect for them. In short, our foreign policy will rest on the traditional American values of restraint and empathy, not on military might.
Theodore C. Sorensen
I developed the concept of the Happy Warrior as a rallying cry for those of us who want to restore America to its great foundational principles: individual freedom, personal responsibility, fiscal restraint, and economic liberty.
Monica Crowley
For the stage displays the first vigorous expression, as the natural thing and without conspicuous restraint, of private individuality.
Lascelles Abercrombie
‘The Restraint of Beasts’ is a painful subject. We’d shot 60% of the film when I had to stop. The material looks great, like nothing I’ve ever done or even seen before. It could have been really great, definitely original.
Pawel Pawlikowski
Freedom is not the absence of obligation or restraint, but the freedom of movement within healthy, chosen parameters.
Kristin Armstrong
I never know what time it is, If you don’t know what time it is, you can just move. Time is a restraint.
Tierra Whack
Dangerous because your present Administration and its specialized agencies by all accounts know no restraint in hitting out at any perceived enemy of America, and nobody or nothing can protect one from their vindictiveness.
Breyten Breytenbach
Manchester City seems to have unlimited spending restraint and are attempting to have all-star quality at each position – two deep. That will be hard to beat.
John W. Henry
I can still remember my first experience of standing at

I can still remember my first experience of standing at the edge of the Grand Canyon and looking into it. It was so awesome, it took a fair amount of restraint to prevent me from jumping into it, because I was certain I could fly.
Mark Goulston
If you’re concentrating so damn hard on a piece of mathematics or a musical – a piece of music or a piece of art, the restraint that holds the rest of – the rest of the world back off and vanishes in the rest of your life.
Ethan Canin
Although virtually all Republicans campaign on fiscal restraint, how many actually care about it deeply?
Tucker Carlson
I don’t want to hear again from the attorney general or anyone on this floor that this government has shown it can be trusted to use the power we give it with restraint and care.
Russ Feingold
I do think a focus on fiscal restraint is a central element of the Tea Party, and thank goodness for it!
Ken Cuccinelli
The decline of manners, the cynical pursuit without shame or restraint of personal advantage and of money characterizes our times, not without exceptions, of course, but more than we ought to be comfortable with.
J. Irwin Miller
It’s very tricky to throw a morally flexible character onto the screen and have an audience empathize. It’s always an exercise in restraint.
Ryan Reynolds
Things aren’t right. If a burglar breaks into your home and you shoot him, he can sue you. For what, restraint of trade?
Bill Maher
It is past time for Congress to get serious about our spending crisis and impose fiscal restraint.
Ron Johnson
I go to a restaurant with a group of women and pray that we can order lunch without falling into the semi-covert business of collective monitoring, in which levels of intake and restraint are aired, compared, noticed: ‘What are you getting? Is that all you’re having? A salad? Oh, please.’
Caroline Knapp
When you start reading a piece together, you get a sense of someone’s basic philosophy of music without saying a word. You realize the other person’s approach, how they express themselves, the kind of restraint they show, all those things.
Joshua Bell
There’s a clean simplicity to the plotting of ‘Sinister,’ whether you like it or not. And the scares are deliberate and even heavy-handed in a way. There’s not a lot of sophistication or nuance in the plotting and not much restraint in the scares – and that’s a part of what makes the movie accessible.
Scott Derrickson
Mr. Obama’s choices show how fundamentally unserious he is about deficit reduction and spending restraint.
Monica Crowley
In Indiana, which has been hard hit by manufacturing losses, job declines, and shrinking wages, Governor Pence combined tax cuts with spending restraint to spur the Hoosier economy.
Lawrence Kudlow
I have always had an interest in performers who play against the most obvious of expectations and are able to find something secret, something withheld, and some level of restraint.
Todd Haynes
At every crisis in one’s life, it is absolute salvation to have some sympathetic friend to whom you can think aloud without restraint or misgiving.
Woodrow Wilson
I realize I will always be the poster child for police brutality, but I can try to use that as a positive force for healing and restraint.
Rodney King
It is his restraint that is honorable to a person, not their liberty.
John Ruskin
After the revolution, it might very well remain necessary to place people where they could not do harm to others. But the one under restraint should be cut off from the rest of society as little as possible.
Barbara Deming