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150 Discipline Quotes To Unlock Your Potential And Success

150 Discipline Quotes To Unlock Your Potential And Success

Are you ready to embark on a transformative journey? To unlock the hidden reservoirs of your potential and pave the way to remarkable success? Look no further! 

I present to you an exceptional collection of the best discipline quotes I could find online, meticulously curated to inspire, motivate, and propel you towards greatness

Discipline—the foundation upon which greatness is built—has been hailed as the secret ingredient that separates the ordinary from the extraordinary. 

It is the guiding force that empowers individuals to overcome challenges, embrace consistency, and tap into their true potential. 

From renowned philosophers to revered leaders, these quotes encapsulate the wisdom of those who have harnessed discipline as a catalyst for personal and professional triumph.

Within these pages, you will discover the resounding power of self-control, the art of perseverance, and the unyielding determination that fuels remarkable achievements. 

Each quote is a beacon of insight, urging you to challenge your limits, conquer obstacles, and cultivate the discipline necessary to transform your life.

10 Best Discipline Quotes

1. “True freedom is impossible without a mind made free by discipline.” ― Mortimer J. Adler, How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading

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2. “Self-control is the chief element in self-respect, and self-respect is the chief element in courage.” ― Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War

3.  “Why is discipline important? Discipline teaches us to operate by principle rather than desire. Saying no to our impulses (even the ones that are not inherently sinful) puts us in control of our appetites rather than vice versa. It deposes our lust and permits truth, virtue, and integrity to rule our minds instead.” ― John MacArthur Jr.

4. “Whether our action is wholesome or unwholesome depends on whether that action or deed arises from a disciplined or undisciplined state of mind. It is felt that a disciplined mind leads to happiness and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering, and in fact it is said that bringing about discipline within one’s mind is the essence of the Buddha’s teaching.― Dalai Lama XIV, The Art of Happiness

5. “Self-respect is the root of discipline: The sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.” ― Abraham Joshua Heschel

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6. “Class is an aura of confidence that is being sure without being cocky. Class has nothing to do with money. Class never runs scared. It is self-discipline and self-knowledge. It’s the sure-footedness that comes with having proved you can meet life. ” ― Ann Landers

7. “Always Remember to take your Vitamins: Take your Vitamin A for ACTION, Vitamin B for Belief, Vitamin C for Confidence ,Vitamin D for Discipline, Vitamin E for Enthusiasm!!” ― Pablo

8. “When an individual is motivated by great and powerful convictions of truth, then he disciplines himself, not because of the demands of the church, but because of the knowledge within his heart” ― Gordon B. Hinckley

9. “True discipline is really just self-remembering; no forcing or fighting is necessary.” ― Charles Eisenstein, The Yoga of Eating: Transcending Diets and Dogma to Nourish the Natural Self

10. “Discipline yourself and others won’t need to.” ― John Wooden, Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court

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See also: 100 Growth Mindset Quotes For Those Who Want To Succeed

Famous Discipline Quotes

1. “A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering.” ― Dalai Lama XIV, The Art of Happiness

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2. “Your kids require you most of all to love them for who they are, not to spend your whole time trying to correct them.” ― Bill Ayers

3. “You will never have a greater or lesser dominion than that over yourself…the height of a man’s success is gauged by his self-mastery; the depth of his failure by his self-abandonment. …And this law is the expression of eternal justice. He who cannot establish dominion over himself will have no dominion over others.” ― Leonardo da Vinci

4. “Discipline isn’t about showing a dog who’s boss; it’s about taking responsibility for a living creature you have brought into your world.” ― Cesar Millan, Be the Pack Leader: Use Cesar’s Way to Transform Your Dog . . . and Your Life

5. “If you wish to be out front, then act as if you were behind.” ― Lao-Tsze

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6. “It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.” ― Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France

7. “If soldiers are punished before they have grown attached to you, they will not prove submissive; and, unless submissive, then will be practically useless. If, when the soldiers have become attached to you, punishments are not enforced, they will still be unless.” ― Sun Tzu, The Art of War, Sun Tzu.

8. “Free curiosity has greater power to stimulate learning than rigorous coercion. Nevertheless, the free ranging flux of curiosity is channeled by discipline under Your Law.” ― St. Augustine of Hippo, Confessions

9. “…Iron discipline does not preclude but presupposes criticism and contest of opinion within the Party. Least of all does it mean that discipline must be ‘blind’. On the contrary, iron discipline does not preclude but presupposes conscious and voluntary submission, for only conscious discipline can be truly iron discipline.” ― Joseph Stalin

10. “Do not bite at the bait of pleasure till you know there is no hook beneath it.” ― Thomas Jefferson

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11. “All writing is discipline, but screenwriting is a drill sergeant.” ― Robert McKee, Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting

12. “We cultivate our feelings the way we cultivate a garden: we can’t entirely prevent weeds from coming up, but we can take care to remove them before they do much harm.” ― Phillip Cary, Good News for Anxious Christians: Ten Practical Things You Don’t Have to Do

13. “To not say all that can be said is the secret of discipline and economy.” ― Dejan Stojanovic

14. “Men need discipline! Countries need discipline! World needs discipline! He who wants to be successful needs discipline! Be a man of discipline!” ― Mehmet Murat İldan

15. “What you keep before your eyes will affect you.” ― Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential

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16. “Freedom or prison–what’s the difference? A man must develop unwavering will power subject only to his reason.” ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The First Circle

17. “If there is no discipline, there is anarchy. Good citizenship demands attention to responsibilities as well as rights.” ― Joe Clark

18. “I think there’s some connection between absolute discipline and absolute freedom.” ― Alan Rickman

19. “For my own part, I can’t help thinking that while the trend away from formal discipline is clearly general across the Western world, no people is perhaps as perplexed as the Italians with the whole problem of how to make a child do what it does not want to do. Perhaps because Italian parents so rarely find any good reason for not doing what they want to do.” ― Tim Parks, An Italian Education

20. “There are plenty of things in life beyond your control, so you have to control those few things that you are able to” ― Frank D. Prestia

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Discipline Quotes To Motivate You

1. “A mode of conduct, a standard of courage, discipline, fortitude and integrity can do a great deal to make a woman beautiful.” ― Jacqueline Bisset

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2. “If chess has any relationship to film-making, it would be in the way it helps you develop patience and discipline in choosing between alternatives at a time when an impulsive decision seems very attractive.” ― Stanley Kubrick

3. “No matter how old you are now. You are never too young or too old for success or going after what you want. Here’s a short list of people who accomplished great things at different ages

1) Helen Keller, at the age of 19 months, became deaf and blind. But that didn’t stop her. She was the first deaf and blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.

2) Mozart was already competent on keyboard and violin; he composed from the age of 5.

3) Shirley Temple was 6 when she became a movie star on “Bright Eyes.”

4) Anne Frank was 12 when she wrote the diary of Anne Frank.

5) Magnus Carlsen became a chess Grandmaster at the age of 13.

6) Nadia Comăneci was a gymnast from Romania that scored seven perfect 10.0 and won three gold medals at the Olympics at age 14.

7) Tenzin Gyatso was formally recognized as the 14th Dalai Lama in November 1950, at the age of 15.

8) Pele, a soccer superstar, was 17 years old when he won the world cup in 1958 with Brazil.

9) Elvis was a superstar by age 19.

10) John Lennon was 20 years and Paul Mcartney was 18 when the Beatles had their first concert in 1961.

11) Jesse Owens was 22 when he won 4 gold medals in Berlin 1936.

12) Beethoven was a piano virtuoso by age 23

13) Issac Newton wrote Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica at age 24

14) Roger Bannister was 25 when he broke the 4 minute mile record

15) Albert Einstein was 26 when he wrote the theory of relativity

16) Lance E. Armstrong was 27 when he won the tour de France

17) Michelangelo created two of the greatest sculptures “David” and “Pieta” by age 28

18) Alexander the Great, by age 29, had created one of the largest empires of the ancient world

19) J.K. Rowling was 30 years old when she finished the first manuscript of Harry Potter

20) Amelia Earhart was 31 years old when she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean

21) Oprah was 32 when she started her talk show, which has become the highest-rated program of its kind

22) Edmund Hillary was 33 when he became the first man to reach Mount Everest

23) Martin Luther King Jr. was 34 when he wrote the speech “I Have a Dream.”

24) Marie Curie was 35 years old when she got nominated for a Nobel Prize in Physics

25) The Wright brothers, Orville (32) and Wilbur (36) invented and built the world’s first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight

26) Vincent Van Gogh was 37 when he died virtually unknown, yet his paintings today are worth millions.

27) Neil Armstrong was 38 when he became the first man to set foot on the moon.

28) Mark Twain was 40 when he wrote “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”, and 49 years old when he wrote “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”

29) Christopher Columbus was 41 when he discovered the Americas

30) Rosa Parks was 42 when she refused to obey the bus driver’s order to give up her seat to make room for a white passenger

31) John F. Kennedy was 43 years old when he became President of the United States

32) Henry Ford Was 45 when the Ford T came out.

33) Suzanne Collins was 46 when she wrote “The Hunger Games”

34) Charles Darwin was 50 years old when his book On the Origin of Species came out.

35) Leonardo Da Vinci was 51 years old when he painted the Mona Lisa.

36) Abraham Lincoln was 52 when he became president.

37) Ray Kroc Was 53 when he bought the McDonalds Franchise and took it to unprecedented levels.

38) Dr. Seuss was 54 when he wrote “The Cat in the Hat”.

40) Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III was 57 years old when he successfully ditched US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in 2009. All of the 155 passengers aboard the aircraft survived

41) Colonel Harland Sanders was 61 when he started the KFC Franchise

42) J.R.R Tolkien was 62 when the Lord of the Ring books came out

43) Ronald Reagan was 69 when he became President of the US

44) Jack Lalane at age 70 handcuffed, shackled, towed 70 rowboats

45) Nelson Mandela was 76 when he became President” ― Pablo

4. “Showing a lack of self-control is in the same vein granting authority to others: ‘Perhaps I need someone else to control me.” ― Criss Jami, Venus in Arms

5. “We must do our work for its own sake, not for fortune or attention or applause.” ― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle

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6. “In practice we always base our preparations against an enemy on the assumption that his plans are good; indeed, it is right to rest our hopes not on a belief in his blunders, but on the soundness of our provisions. Nor ought we to believe that there is much difference between man and man, but to think that the superiority lies with him who is reared in the severest school.” ― Thucydides

7. “Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not. It is the first lesson that ought to be learned and however early a man’s training begins, it is probably the last lesson that he learns thoroughly.” ― Thomas Henry Huxley, Collected Essays of Thomas Henry Huxley

8. “Next morning I went over to Paul’s for coffee and told him I had finished. “Good for you,” he said without looking up. “Start the next one today.” ― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle

9. “The notion of freedom proclaimed by the modern world is anti-discipline. But true freedom cannot be separated from discipline.” ― Matthew Kelly, Rediscover Catholicism

10. “Self-discipline is the ability to organize your behavior over time in the service of specific goals.” ― Nathaniel Branden

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11. “Forgiveness takes intelligence, discipline, imagination, and persistence, as well as a special psychological strength, something athletes call mental toughness and warriors call courage.” ― Edward M. Hallowell, Dare to Forgive: The Power of Letting Go and Moving On

12. “The problem with patience and discipline is that it requires both of them to develop each of them.” ― Thomas M. Sterner

13. “I always make sure that the world will prove me right. It gives me the freedom to contradict myself.” ― Criss Jami, Killosophy

14. “All empires fall, eventually.”
“But why? It’s not for lack of power. In fact, it seems to be the opposite. Their power lulls them into comfort. They become undisciplined. Those who had to earn power are replaced by those who have known nothing else. Who have no comprehension of the need to rise above base desires.[”]” ― Max Barry, Lexicon

15. “Discipline imposed from the outside eventually defeats when it is not matched by desire from within.” ― Dawson Trotman

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16. “It is time to reverse this prejudice against conscious effort and to see the powers we gain through practice and discipline as eminently inspiring and even miraculous.” ― Robert Greene, Mastery

17. “Understand: your mind is weaker than your emotions. But you become aware of this weakness only in moments of adversity–precisely the time when you need strength. What best equips you to cope with tthe heat of battle is neither more knowledge nor more intellect. What makes your mind stronger, and more able to control your emotions, is internal discipline and toughness. No one can teach you this skill; you cannot learn it by reading about it. Like any discipline, it can come only through practice, experience, even a little suffering.” ― Robert Greene, The 33 Strategies of War

18. “The best measure of a spiritual life is not its ecstasies but its obedience.” ― Oswald Chambers

19. “No matter how sweet is smells, if you know it will give you a discomfort later, don’t even attempt to taste it. Discipline yourself to stay out of sin!” ― Israelmore Ayivor, The Great Hand Book of Quotes

20. “Whoever submits himself to a super-discipline can expect great triumphs.” ― Samael Aun Weor

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Inspiring Discipline Quotes

1. “Once you bid farewell to discipline you say goodbye to success” ― Alex Ferguson, Leading: Lessons in leadership from the legendary Manchester United manager

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2. “As we grow detached from things, we come (with God’s help) to master our desires, and we give the mastery over to God. Discipline and divine grace heal the intellect and the will of the effects of concupiscence. We can begin to see things clearly.” ― Scott Hahn, Lord, Have Mercy: The Healing Power of Confession

3. “You need three things to become a successful novelist: talent, luck and discipline. Discipline is the one element of those three things that you can control, and so that is the one that you have to focus on controlling, and you just have to hope and trust in the other two.” ― Michael Chabon

4. “Discipline isn’t a dirty word. Far from it. Discipline is the one thing that separates us from chaos and anarchy. Discipline implies timing. It’s the precursor to good behavior, and it never comes from bad behavior. People who associate discipline with punishment are wrong: with discipline, punishment is unnecessary.” ― Buck Brannaman, The Faraway Horses: The Adventures and Wisdom of One of America’s Most Renowned Horsemen

5. “Discipline is what you must have to resist the lure of excuses” ― Brian Tracy, No Excuses!: The Power of Self-Discipline

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6. “Because you actually might not know what activities truly engage your attention and satisfy you, he says, it can be helpful to keep a diary of what you do all day and how you feel while doing it. Then, try to do more of what’s rewarding, even if it takes an effort, and less of what isn’t. Where optimal experience is concerned, he says, “‘I just don’t have the time’ often means ‘I just don’t have the self-discipline.” ― Winifred Gallagher, Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life

7. “Hierarchy and discipline gave shape to the world;that was what he had always believed.Life was made easy by adherence toa rigid structure.But maybe that only really worked when you were at the top of the ladder,when you were doing well.The further down the rungs you went,the more of a victim of circumstances you became and the less it mattered whether or not you were in control.” ― James Lovegrove, The Age of Ra

8. “A karate master does not kill people with his bare hands. He does not lose his temper and kill his wife. The person who kills is the person who has no discipline, no restraint, and who has purchased his power in the form of a Saturday night special. And that is the kind of power that science fosters, and permits….” ― Michael Crichton

9. “To arouse your emotions, be indisciplined and to be happy and joyful, hold onto discipline with your two hands.” ― Douglas Kiogora 

10. “Self discipline is one of the most important and useful skills you can have. Discipline is the number one trait needed to create a happy mood, and healthy and meaningful life.” ― Vishal D Baraiya

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11. “I think it’s civilization [that] makes us violent.” ― Charlotte McConaghy, Once There Were Wolves

12. “You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

13. “The best fighter is never angry.” ― Lao Tzu

14. “If you truly want to be respected by people you love, you must prove to them that you can survive without them.” ― Michael Bassey Johnson, The Infinity Sign

15. “To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

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16. “Never respond to an angry person with a fiery comeback, even if he deserves it…Don’t allow his anger to become your anger.” ― Bohdi Sanders, Warrior Wisdom: Ageless Wisdom for the Modern Warrior

17. “Any woman who is sure of her own wits, is a match, at any time, for a man who is not sure of his own temper.” ― Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White

18. “One can be the master of what one does, but never of what one feels.” ― Gustave Flaubert

19. “I will be calm. I will be mistress of myself.” ― Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

20. “Everybody in the world is seeking happiness—and there is one sure way to find it. That is by controlling your thoughts. Happiness doesn’t depend on outward conditions. It depends on inner conditions.” ― Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People

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Discipline Quotes For School And Work

1. “If you only write when inspired, you may be a fairly decent poet, but you’ll never be a novelist.” ― Neil Gaiman

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2. “Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.” ― Plato

3. “This is the other secret that real artists know and wannabe writers don’t. When we sit down each day and do our work, power concentrates around us. The Muse takes note of our dedication. She approves. We have earned favor in her sight. When we sit down and work, we become like a magnetized rod that attracts iron filings. Ideas come. Insights accrete.” ― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle

4. “You can’t make your kids do anything. All you can do is make them wish they had. And then, they will make you wish you hadn’t made them wish they had.” ― Marshall B. Rosenberg

5. “If you dedicate your attention to discipline in your life you become smarter while you are writing than while you are hanging out with your pals or in any other line of work.” ― Russell Banks

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6. “Parents teach children discipline for two different, indeed diametrically opposed, reasons: to render the child submissive to them and to make him independent of them. Only a self-disciplined person can be obedient; and only such a person can be autonomous.” ― Thomas Stephen Szasz

7. “Discipline is a symbol of caring to a child.He needs guidance.If there is love, there is no such thing as being too tough with a child. A parent must also not be afraid to hang himself. If you have never been hated by your child, you have never been a parent.” ― Bette Davis

8. “Training moments occur when both parents and children do their jobs. The parent’s job is to make the rule. The child’s job is to break the rule. The parent then corrects and disciplines. The child breaks the rule again, and the parent manages the consequences and empathy that then turn the rule into reality and internal structure for the child.” ― Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend

9. “Rules should not be multiplied beyond necessity. (…) Limit the rules. Then, figure out what to do when one of them gets broken.” ― Jordan B. Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

10. “Discipline and commitment is a pathway to reach goals and dreams.” ― Dr. Anil Kr Sinha

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11. “Discipline is the key to the success of your life’s purpose; without that, you reach no anywhere.” ― Ehsan Sehgal

12. “Discipline trains you to put up with disappointments, every rose has a thorn.” Sai Baba

13. “A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering.” ― Dalai Lama

14. “Discipline is not about the rules, it is about respect. Its respect for those around you, the things you own and for yourself. Discipline is part of being a steward.” ― Janna Cachola

15. “The foundation of a strong self comes from small acts of daily discipline.” ― Ophelia Filek

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16. “Whoever submits himself to a super-discipline can expect great triumphs.” ― Samael Aun Weor

17. “Self-respect is the root of discipline: The sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.” ― Abraham Joshua Heschel

18. “By constant self-discipline and self-control, you can develop greatness of character.” ― Grenville Kleiser

19. “It’s been said that there are only two pains in life, the pain of discipline or the pain of regret, and that discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.” ― Anthony Robbins

20. “Discipline is just choosing between what you want now and what you want most.” ― Augusta F. Kantra

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Wise Gym And Sports Discipline Quotes

1. “One painful duty fulfilled makes the next plainer and easier.” ― Helen Keller, The Story of My Life

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2. “football is like life – it requires perserverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.” ― Vince Lombardi

3. “Tough love may be tough to give, but it is a necessity of life and assurance of positive growth.” ― T.F. Hodge, From Within I Rise: Spiritual Triumph over Death and Conscious Encounters with “The Divine Presence”

4. “Striving to be good is the ultimate struggle of every man. Being bad is easy, but being good requires sincere commitment, discipline and strength. We have to work hard every day just to remain good.” ― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

5. “Being proactive about your development, and being disciplined to do this regularly, will revolutionize your professional and personal life.” ― Steve M. Beauchamp

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6. “Once you commit to something, you have to recommit to it every day.” ― Antonio Neves, Stop Living on Autopilot: Take Responsibility for Your Life and Rediscover a Bolder, Happier You

7. “I am very happy
Because I have conquered myself
And not the world.
I am very happy
Because I have loved the world
And not myself.” ― Sri Chinmoy

8. “Those who restrain desire do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained.” ― William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

9. “If you conquer yourself, then you conquer the world” ― Paulo Coelho, Aleph

10. “Self-control is the chief element in self-respect, and self-respect is the chief element in courage.” ― Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War

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11. “I cannot trust a man to control others who cannot control himself.” ― Robert E. Lee

12. “Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself.” ― Elie Wiesel

13. “The enemy is within the gates; it is with our own luxury, our own folly, our own criminality that we have to contend.” ― Marcus Tullius Cicero

14. “He who cannot obey himself will be commanded. That is the nature of living creatures.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

15. Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. ― Jim Rohn

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16. We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. – Jim Rohn

17. By constant self-discipline and self-control you can develop greatness of character. – Grenville Kleiser

18. One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. – Maya Angelou

19. Believe you can and you’re halfway there. – Theodore Roosevelt

20. Confidence comes from discipline and training. – Robert Kiyosaki

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Short Discipline Quotes

1. “Good habits are worth being fanatical about.” ― John Irving

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2. “Misbehavior and punishment are not opposites that cancel each other – on the contrary they breed and reinforce each other.” ― Haim G. Ginott

3. “Have your dream…What you need now more than anything is discipline. Cast off mere words. Words turn into stone. (from Thailand)” ― Haruki Murakami, After the Quake

4. “If you really want to be different, you’d better keep quiet and be a good person on the inside.” ― Michael Bassey Johnson, The Book of Maxims, Poems and Anecdotes

5. “Those who have nothing have only their discipline.” ― Alain Badiou

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6. “Indiscipline is the major pillar on which a procrasdemon stands still.” ― Neeraj Agnihotri, Procrasdemon – The Artist’s Guide to Liberation from Procrastination

7. “We need patient people who are able to endure the toughest disciplines.” ― Samael Aun Weor

8. “Christianity teaches righteousness, not rights. It emphasizes honor, not equality. A Christian’s concern is what is owed to the other, not what is owed to himself.” ― Elisabeth Elliot, Discipline: The Glad Surrender

9. “The real liberation dwells in the discipline.” ― Neeraj Agnihotri, Procrasdemon – The Artist’s Guide to Liberation from Procrastination

10. “The most powerful control we can ever attain, is to be in control of ourselves.” ― Chris Page

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11. “Accept hardship as a necessary discipline.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita

12. “Trams and disciplined people always reach their destinations!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan

13. “Now public business takes up so much of my time that I must get time on Sundays or nights to look after my own matters.” ― Samuel Pepys, The Diary of Samuel Pepys

14. “These are our special reconnaissance troops. Hand-picked. Disciplined. Smart. We call them the Gatherers.” ― Vincent H. O’Neil, The Gathering Elements

15. “Leaders are not born, but made as a result of hard work” ― Sunday Adelaja

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16. “Perhaps emotion, when it is tightly disciplined, turns into worry.” ― Helen MacInnes, Pray for a Brave Heart

17. “The behind every act of obedience there is an open door” ― Manuel Corazzari

18. “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result” ― David Goggins, Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds

19. “If you don’t think you are disciplined, it is because you haven’t decided to be disciplined. Yet.” ― Jocko Willink, Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual

20. “If a man cannot discipline himself to ignore words born out of anger, jealousy, or envy, he will spend all his life fighting a losing battle.” ― Uzihben

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Discipline Quotes You Should Think About

1. “A virtuous woman is not moved by big names and flamboyance, but only men of profound wisdom, discipline  and integrity move her.” ― Michael Bassey Johnson

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2. “The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.” ― David Foster Wallace, This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life

3. “Where did we ever get the crazy idea that in order to make children do better, first we have to make them feel worse? Think of the last time you felt humiliated or treated unfairly. Did you feel like cooperating or doing better?” ― Jane Nelsen

4. “When a child hits a child, we call it aggression.
When a child hits an adult, we call it hostility.
When an adult hits an adult, we call it assault.
When an adult hits a child, we call it discipline.” ― Haim G. Ginott

5. “Islam expects every Muslim to do this duty, and if we realize our responsibility, time will come soon when we shall justify ourselves worthy of a glorious past.” ― Muhammad Ali Jinnah

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6. “Discipline
I am old and I have had
more than my share of good and bad.
I’ve had love and sorrow, seen sudden death
and been left alone and of love bereft.
I thought I would never love again
and I thought my life was grief and pain.
The edge between life and death was thin,
but then I discovered discipline.
I learned to smile when I felt sad,
I learned to take the good and the bad,
I learned to care a great deal more
for the world about me than before.
I began to forget the “Me” and “I”
and joined in life as it rolled by:
this may not mean sheer ecstasy
but is better by far than “I” and “Me.” ― Meryl Gordon

7. “Why are those who are notoriously undisciplined and unmoral also most contemptuous of religion and morality? They are trying to solace their own unhappy lives by pulling the happy down to their own abysmal depths.” ― Fulton J. Sheen, Seven Words of Jesus and Mary: Lessons from Cana and Calvary

8. “It is altogether fitting and proper that we should enjoy things made for us to enjoy. What is not at all fitting or proper is that we should set our hearts on them. Temporal things must be treated as temporal things – received, given thanks for, offered back, but enjoyed. They must not be treated like eternal things.” ― Elisabeth Elliot, Discipline: The Glad Surrender

9. “Parenting is like a fruit salad. We need a bit of every ingredient. Children go through all feelings: sweet, salty, sour and bitter, so as parents we have to know how to balance that palate.” ― Janna Cachola

10.  “If you remind yourself that it usually takes four good things to overcome one bad thing, you’ll know not to trust your immediate responses to bad events.” ― Roy F. Baumeister, The Power of Bad: How the Negativity Effect Rules Us and How We Can Rule It

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11. “If you do not believe you are disciplined, it is because you have not decided to become disciplined. Yet.” ― Jocko Willink, Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual

12. “That is why discipline fixes; it arrests or regulates movements; it clears up confusion; it dissipates compact groupings of individuals wandering about the country in unpredictable ways; it establishes calculated distributions. It must also master all the forces that are formed from the very constitution of an organized multiplicity; it must neutralize the effects of counter-power that spring from them and which form a resistance to the power that wishes to dominate it: agitations, revolts, spontaneous organizations, coalitions – anything that may establish horizontal conjunctions.” ― Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison

13. “What we call our destiny is truly our character and that character can be altered. The knowledge that we are responsible for our actions and attitudes does not need to be discouraging, because it also means that we are free to change this destiny. One is not in bondage to the past, which has shaped our feelings, to race, inheritance, background. All this can be altered if we have the courage to examine how it formed us. We can alter the chemistry provided we have the courage to dissect the elements.” ― Anais Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934

14. “Wise men are not pacifists; they are merely less likely to jump up and retaliate against their antagonizers. They know that needless antagonizers are virtually already insecure enough.” ― Criss Jami, Killosophy

15. “The intelligent desire self-control; children want candy.” ― Rumi

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16. “Remember to act always as if you were at a symposium. When the food or drink comes around, reach out and take some politely; if it passes you by don’t try pulling it back. And if it has not reached you yet, don’t let your desire run ahead of you, be patient until your turn comes. Adopt a similar attitude with regard to children, wife, wealth and status, and in time, you will be entitled to dine with the gods. Go further and decline these goods even when they are on offer and you will have a share in the gods’ power as well as their company. That is how Diogenes, Heraclitus and philosophers like them came to be called, and considered, divine.” ― Epictetus, The Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness and Effectiveness

17. “Here’s one of my favorite statements: We are never going to enjoy stability, we are never going to enjoy spiritual maturity until we learn how to do what’s right when it feels wrong, and every time you do what’s right by a decision of your will using discipline and self control to go beyond how you feel, the more painful it is in your flesh, the more you’re growing spiritually at that particular moment.” ― Joyce Meyer

18. “How to get rid of ego as dictator and turn it into messenger and servant and scout, to be in your service, is the trick.” ― Joseph Campbell

19. One of the toughest things to get over when you are speaking of motivation and discipline is not to measure your success by the success of your peers. ― Felix Oberman, Developing Discipline and Motivation

20. Self-discipline is an act of cultivation. It requires you to connect today’s actions to tomorrow’s results. There’s a season for sowing, a season for reaping. Self-discipline helps you know which is which. ― Gary Ryan Blair

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Final Word

As we come to the end of this captivating exploration of discipline quotes, remember that the power to unlock your potential and achieve extraordinary success lies within you. 

The wisdom and inspiration shared within these pages serve as a reminder that discipline is not just a concept but a way of life—a path that leads to greatness. 

Embrace the lessons imparted by these quotes, and let them fuel your journey towards a future filled with purpose, determination, and the unwavering belief that you have the ability to shape your own destiny. Your potential knows no bounds; now, go forth and conquer.

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