He was supposed to exhibit sophrosyne, or self-mastery, and overindulging in food, drink or sex was a sign that a man was weak.
Yet this extreme display of self-mastery, assuming that is what it was, did not rule out other forms of self-indulgence.
Gessner heard him with that self-mastery to which his whole life had trained him.
The scorn in the words came from the effort at self-mastery.
Valentine was the first to overcome his grief and regain his self-mastery.
His self-mastery is the gift of his creator, and oppression, only, can take it away.
He must, by custom and repeated exercise of self-mastery, get his nerves thoroughly under control.
With a violent effort at self-mastery, I approached the table again.
But for years she had not had to struggle so when alone, for poise and self-mastery.
Augustine was again silent for a moment, and he strove for self-mastery.