It is easier to glow with indignation against evil-doers than to keep oneself from doing evil.
I only knew how to love; how can one keep oneself in mind when one loves?
Then the Willow answered, “There are many ways to keep oneself from harm, and I do not like to resist any one with force.”
But to keep oneself clean with a pint, or thereabouts, of water per day looks rather difficult to a novice.
It was by no means hard, he thought, to keep oneself spruce when one had so many little pots and phials at one's disposal.
Justice is derived from two Latin words (in jure stare), meaning: to keep oneself in the right.
Secondly, to take a modest condition, and to keep oneself in it without wishing to appear in any way rich.
Not only is this kind of activity fun, but also it is a way by which to keep oneself open to the possibilities of life.
It becomes almost a profession in itself to keep oneself notorious.
The great, invincible, fundamental instinct of the class from which she had sprung—to keep oneself unspotted by the world.
late Old English cepan "to seize, hold," also "to observe," from Proto-Germanic *kopijanan, but with no certain connection to other languages. It possibly is related to Old English capian "to look," from Proto-Germanic *kap- (cepan was used c.1000 to render Latin observare), which would make the basic sense "to keep an eye on."
The word prob. belongs primarily to the vulgar and non-literary stratum of the language; but it comes up suddenly into literary use c.1000, and that in many senses, indicating considerable previous development. [OED]Sense of "preserve, maintain" is from mid-14c. Meaning "to maintain in proper order" is from 1550s; meaning "financially support and privately control" (usually in reference to mistresses) is from 1540s. Related: Kept; keeping.
mid-13c., "care or heed in watching," from keep (v.). Meaning "innermost stronghold of a tower" is from 1580s, perhaps a translation of Italian tenazza, with a notion of "that which keeps" (someone or something); the sense of "food required to keep a person or animal" is attested from 1801. For keeps "completely, for good" is American English colloquial, from 1861.