Discipline Quotes

David Foster Wallace

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.

Neil Gaiman

If you only write when inspired, you may be a fairly decent poet, but you'll never
If you only write when inspired, you may be a fairly decent poet, but you'll never be a novelist.

Steven Pressfield

We must do our work for its own sake, not for fortune or attention or applause.

Russell Banks

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.

Michael Chabon

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.

Robert McKee

All writing is discipline, but screenwriting is a drill sergeant.

Ryan Lilly

A hammer made of deadlines is the surest tool for crushing writer's block.

Michael Bassey Johnson

We have enough space in our hearts, but we are afraid of allowing animals shit and mess around with our feelings.

Haruki Murakami

Have your dream...What you need now more than anything is discipline. Cast off mere words. Words turn into stone. (from Thailand)

Habeeb Akande

Great men have great discipline.

Carol Shields

His father, that austere, unfeeling and untutored man, had insisted his sons polish their boots every evening. Flett has learned to be grateful for this early discipline. It kept him breathing as a boy, provided a pulse, gave order to vast incomprehension. Later he found other ways.

Kale Burton

Confidence is a pencil best sharpened with paper.

Constancev Chuks Friday

Anything or everything can happen. You determine how good or bad they are. Constancev Chuks Friday
Anything or everything can happen. You determine how good or bad they are

Bill Ayers

Your kids require you most of all to love them for who they are, not to spend your whole time trying to correct them.

Friedrich Nietzsche

The overman...Who has organized the chaos of his passions, given style to his character, and become creative. Aware of life's terrors, he affirms life without resentment.

Abraham Joshua Heschel

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


Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it
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.

Matthew Kelly

The notion of freedom proclaimed by the modern world is anti-discipline. But true freedom cannot be separated from discipline.

Scott Hahn

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.

Dalai Lama XIV

A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering.

Fulton J. Sheen

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.

Thomas Stephen Szasz

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.

Augustine Of Hippo

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.

Dawson Trotman

Discipline imposed from the outside eventually defeats when it is not matched by desire from within.

Todd Stocker

The best way to reach your Goal is to say "NO" more than you say "YES

Onyi Anyado

Entrepreneur, make today count and but don't let the day count you.

Samael Aun Weor

Whoever submits himself to a super-discipline can expect great triumphs.

Mehmet Murat Ildan

Discipline is a kind of divine hand for the mankind on the matter of achieving great successes!

Jaachynma N.E. Agu

Train your Children with Patience, Correct them in Love, Don't Discipline them out of hatred

Ryan Lilly

Success = Wisdom + Courage + Discipline. KNOW what to do, be BRAVE enough to do it, and LEAD YOURSELF to doing it again and again.

Robert Morrissette

A credit card allows you transcend time. For it allows you to put off until tomorrow what you bought today, while you are still paying what you bought yesterday.

Bayode Ojo

Staring at the can clock never influence the appointed time that God has ordained for your manifestation. Hold your peace, but don't shift focus.

Primo Levi

Willingly or not we come to terms with power, forgetting that we are all in the ghetto, that the ghetto is walled in, that outside the ghetto reign the lords of death, and that close by the train is waiting." by Primo Levi in Drowned

Jacqueline Bisset

A mode of conduct, a standard of courage, discipline, fortitude and integrity can do a great deal to make a woman beautiful.

Ramon M. Torres

Christianity is more than just a belief; it is a life of discipline, a firm determination to live a life of prayer and contemplation, a life of self-denial and Christlikeness.

Randy Alcorn

A disciple does not ask, "How much can I keep?" but, "How much more can I give?" Whenever we start to get comfortable with our level of giving, it's time to raise it again.

Randy Alcorn

To procrastinate obedience is to disobey God.

John Tyndall

Underneath his sweetness and gentleness was the heat of a volcano. [Michael Faraday] was a man of excitable and fiery nature; but through high self-discipline he had converted the fire into a central glow and motive power of life, instead of permitting it to waste itself in useless passion.

Charles Bracelen Flood

The war had made some into libertines and some into serious, sober men.

Andrei Tarkovsky

The artist has a duty to be calm. He has no right to show his emotion, his involvement, to go pouring it all out at the audience. Any excitement over a subject must be sublimated into an Olympian calm of form. That is the only way in which an artist can tell of the things that excite him.

M.B. Dallocchio

Fine art is the discipline of breaking rules.

Adi Da Samraj

Without true celebration discipline is obnoxious.

Joseph Stalin

...[I]ron 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.

Huston Smith

Muhammad adhered meticulously to the charter he forged for Medina, which - grounded as it was in the Quranic injunction, "Let there be no compulsion in religion" (2:256) - is arguably the first mandate for religious tolerance in human history.

Vishwas Chavan

If every citizen can get rid of indiscipline syndrome, we have immense potential to build more productive, conflict-free, harmonious and peaceful communities, societies, cities, nations and world.

Elizabeth George

Personal discipline is a most powerful character quality and one worthy of dedicating your life to nurturing.

Muhammad Ali Jinnah

You have to stand guard over the development and maintenance of Islamic democracy, Islamic social justice and the equality of manhood in your own native soil.

Muhammad Ali Jinnah

Islam expect every Muslim to do this duty, and if we realise our responsibility time will come soon when we shall justify ourselves worthy of a glorious past.

Alan Shepard

I think the sense of family and family achievement, plus the discipline which I received there from that one-room school were really very helpful in what I did later on.

Napoleon Hill

If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge.

Rob Liano

You can't achieve major goals with minimal work.

Lailah Gifty Akita

Without discipline, hardwork and commitment we will never have realized our dreams.

Mortimer J. Adler

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

Edmund Burke

It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.

Jack Whiteside Parsons

Freedom like charity, begins at home. No man is worthy to fight in the cause of freedom unless he has conquered his internal masters. He must learn control and discipline over the disastrous passions that would lead him to folly and ruin. He must conquer inordinate vanity and anger, self-deception, fear, and inhibition.

Simon S. Tam

The daily mindfulness, consistency, and discipline is ultimately more important than the amount of time. In other words, it’s more about quality than quantity. If you use 15 minutes effectively, you’ll accomplish more than you would be able to with two hours of unfocused, random actions.

John C. Maxwell

You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.

John C. Maxwell

If you do the things you need to do when you need to do them, then someday you can do the things you want do when you want to do them.

Jane Nelsen

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?

Peter Heather

The cornerstone of the Roman legionnaires' astonishing fighting spirit can be attributed to their training.


Somedays you're the cue ball, somedays you are the eight ball

Marshall B. Rosenberg

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.

Russell Moore

The root of impatience in discipline is really the same as that of overindulgence. In both instances, parents want to make up for lost time, to speed up a process that takes time.

Frank A. Clark

A child, like your stomach, doesn't need all you can afford to give it.

Neil Kennedy

Don't let truth and grace forsake one another. If you raise your child with only truth (or your laws), they will never live up to your rules or expectations. No one can fulfill all of the law. On the other hand , if you only give grace to your children, they will run wild without restraint.

Ellen J. Barrier

I believe that parents who love their children do everything for them with love, even discipline.

Michael Bassey Johnson

Beating children will not make them wise. They will grow wilder and wilder and the cane will feel like paper on their skins.

Daniel J. Siegel

Too often we forget that discipline really means to teach, not to punish. A disciple is a student, not a recipient of behavioural consequences.

Asa Don Brown

Children are barometers of the chaos that exists within their lives.

Max Barry

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.[”]

Danny Silk

The difference between punishment and discipline is a powerful child.

Aniruddha Sastikar

The disciplined soul hardly needs "Yoga" to control the body it temporarily resides in.

Ann Landers

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.

Michael Bassey Johnson

A virtuos woman is not moved by big names and flamboyance, but only men of profound wisdom and integrity move her.


Self-control is the chief element in self-respect, and self-respect is the chief element in courage.

Edward M. Hallowell

Forgiveness takes intelligence, discipline, imagination, and persistence, as well as a special psychological strength, something athletes call mental toughness and warriors call courage.

Annie F. Downs

Whether you are trying to finish a race or a book or that hard conversation you've been avoiding, the training leading up to that event is what makes it possible to face the fear & walk forward anyway. Quit complaining about discipline & start seeing it as a powerful tool for courageous living.

Dejan Stojanovic

To not say all that can be said is the secret of discipline and economy.

Vinita Hampton Wright

Give me the discipline to get rid of the stuff that's not important, the freedom to savor the stuff that gives me joy, and the patience not to worry about the stuff that's messy but not hurting anybody.

J Loren Norris

So, what does it take to live a more excellent life? It takes a new way of thinking, speaking and acting. It takes a change in habits, and a better understanding of who you are and what you do each day. It takes a foolproof formula you can apply to every minute of your day, for the most excellent outcome every time.

Toni Sorenson

How many of us even know what our default state of being is? Check yours at random times; reset it to positive, grateful, disciplined or faithful. Don’t ever let it idle on negative, greedy, lax or doubtful.

Brian Tracy

Discipline is what you must have to resist the lure of excuses

Thomas M. Sterner

The problem with patience and discipline is that it requires both of them to develop each of them.

Nathaniel Branden

Self-discipline is the ability to organize your behavior over time in the service of specific goals.

Joel Osteen

What you keep before your eyes will affect you.

Steven Pressfield

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.

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