Discipline Quotes

Most popular discipline quotes

Discipline is the soul of an army.


Discipline is remembering what you want.
Discipline yourself and others won't need to.
The discipline of desire is the backbone of character.

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Discipline is the bridge between thought and accomplishment.
Discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability.

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True freedom is impossible without a mind made free by discipline.


There is a certain combination of anarchy and discipline in the way I work.
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die.


If men live decently it is because discipline
saves their very lives for them.
For the artist life is always a discipline, and no discipline can be without pain.
I cannot conceive of a good life which isn't, in some sense, a self-disciplined life.


The best discipline, maybe the only discipline that really works, is self- discipline.
Seek freedom and become captive of your desires.  Seek discipline and find your liberty.
Self-discipline is when your conscience tells you to do something and you don't talk back.


Some people regard discipline as a chore.  For me, it is a kind of order that sets me free to fly.
If I don't practice one day, I know it; two days, the critics know it; three days, the public knows it.

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Self-respect is the root of discipline: The sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.

dignity saying no self-respect

Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.

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If you let yourself be undisciplined on the small things, you will probably be undisciplined on the large things as well.


If we do not discipline ourselves, the world will do it for us. Control from without flourishes when discipline from within grows weak.
One half of life is luck; the other half is discipline—and that's the important half, for without discipline you wouldn't know what to do with your luck.

hard work luck

For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant; later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
— The Bible—Hebrews 12:11


In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves and their carnal urges.  Self-discipline with all of them came first.


Discipline and constant work are the whetstones upon which the dull knife of talent is honed until it becomes sharp enough, hopefully, to cut through even the toughest meat and gristle.


We do not consider an individual disciplined only when he has been rendered as artificially silent as a mute and as immovable as a paralytic.  He is an individual annihilated, not disciplined.
Self-discipline is the free man's yoke.  Either he is his own master or he will be his own slave—not merely as slave to his passions, as an earlier generation might have feared, but a slave to his unbounded ego.


I had long known that there were worlds of difference between males and men, as there were between females and women. Genitalia indicated sex, but work, discipline, courage, and love were needed for the creation of men and women.

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No horse gets anywhere until he is harnessed. No stream or gas drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.