162+ Best Self Discipline Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Discipline is action or inaction that is regulated to be in accordance with a particular system of governance. Profoundly inspirational self discipline quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.

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Famous Self Discipline Quotes

Self-discipline is the magic power that makes you virtually unstoppable. — Dan Kennedy

Every act of self-discipline you engage in moves you one step closer to, or further from your goals. — Gary Ryan Blair

If the self-discipline of the free cannot match the iron discipline of the mailed fist-in economic, political, scientific and all other kinds of struggles as well as the military-then the peril to freedom will continue to rise. — John F. Kennedy

Your ability to discipline yourself to set clear goals, and then to work toward them everyday, will do more to guarantee your success than any other single factor.  ― Brian Tracy

He that cannot obey, cannot command. — Benjamin Franklin

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The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey – and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins. — Bob Moawad

When a man is sufficiently motivated, discipline will take care of itself. — Albert Einstein

One discipline always leads to another. — Jim Rohn

You must choose to suffer the pain of discipline, or by default…you will suffer the pain of disappointment. — Gary Ryan Blair

This quality of self-denial in pursuit of a longer-term goal and, indeed, the willpower to maintain the denial, is excellent training for the boardroom. — John Viney

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

Self control is the key to self esteem and self confidence. — Laurance McGraw V

Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period. — Lou Holtz

Success is created through the performance of a few small daily disciplines that stack up over time to produce achievements far beyond anything you could of ever planned for. Failure, on the other hand, is just as easy to slip into. Failure’s is nothing more than the inevitable outcome of a few small acts of daily neglect performed consistently over time so that they take you past the point of no return. — Robin Sharma

Motivation gets you going, but discipline keeps you growing. — John C. Maxwell

Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power. — Seneca

Compassion, tolerance, forgiveness and a sense of self-discipline are qualities that help us lead our daily lives with a calm mind. — Dalai Lama

Personal mastery is the discipline of continually clarifying and deepening our personal vision, of focusing our energies, of developing patience, and of seeing reality objectively. — Peter Senge

The more disciplined you become, the easier life gets. — Steve Pavlina

If you do not learn to discipline yourself, you are guaranteed to be disciplined by others. — Gary Ryan Blair

Never believe a promise from a man or woman who has no discipline.  They have broken a thousand promises to themselves, and they break their promise for you. — Matthew Kelly

All successes begin with self-discipline. It starts with you. — Dwayne Johnson

Freedom is born of self-discipline. No individual, no nation, can achieve or maintain liberty without self-control. The undisciplined man is a slave to his own weaknesses. — Alan Valentine

The first and best victory is to conquer self. — Plato

If you wish to be out front, then act as if you were behind. — Lao Tzu

Discipline is the ability to control our conduct by principle rather than by social pressure. — Glenn C. Stewart

Self-discipline is that mental state of commitment, which gets you performing an activity regardless of your feelings. — Anonymous

He who cannot obey himself will be commanded. That is the nature of living creatures. — Friedrich Nietzsche

If we were supposed to talk more than we listen, we would have two mouths and one ear. — Mark Twain

Winners embrace hard work.  They love the discipline of it, the trade-off they’re making to win.  Losers, on the other hand, see it as a punishment.  And that’s the difference. —  Lou Holtz

The ability to discipline yourself to delay gratification in the short term in order to enjoy greater rewards in the long term is the indispensable prerequisite for success. — Maxwell Maltz

It doesn’t matter whether you are pursuing success in business, sports, the arts, or life in general: The bridge between wishing and accomplishing is discipline.  — Harvey Mackay

You have power over your mind, not outside events.  Realize this, and you will find strength. — Marcus Aurelius

One painful duty fulfilled makes the next plainer and easier. — Hellen Keller

I don’t believe that an all-wise and loving God would implant in us destructive behaviors. Those behaviors or habits were learned after we were born. The package we were born with did not include those items. Most of our habits, behaviors and personality traits were learned and I believe that anything that can be learned can be unlearned or changed. — Garold N. Larson

The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It’s your mind you have to convince. — Vince Lombardi

Self-discipline is the only power which can keep you energized even in the thoughest of the circumstances. — Sukant Ratnakar

Through self-discipline comes freedom. — Aristotle

If it were easy to walk the path of self-discipline, we wouldn’t gain much from it. — Glenn C. Stewart

Discipline is just choosing between what you want now and what you want most. — Anonymous

The great master key to riches is nothing more or less than the self-discipline necessary to help you take full and complete possession of your own mind. — Napoleon Hill

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

Self-discipline is a self-enlarging process. — M. Scott Peck

Self-discipline, the key to eternal life, is doing something that needs to be done whether or not you find it convenient. Self-discipline is usually motivated by our convictions, our internal hopes, and our desires. — Robert L. Simpson

No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined. — Harry Emerson Fosdick

I don’t count my sit-ups, I only start counting when it starts hurting, when I feel pain, that’s when I start counting, cause that’s when it really counts. — Muhammad Ali

You can never conquer the mountain. You can only conquer yourself. — Jim Whittaker

Rule your mind or it will rule you. — Horace

Mastering others is strength.  Mastering yourself is true power. — Lao Tzu

Discipline is the foundation of a successful and happy life. — Anonymous

If I want to be great I have to win the victory over myself…self-discipline. — Harry S. Truman

The conquest that man is destined to make in this world is not, as he often supposes, a material, warlike conquest; but is instead the conquest of his own inner world and the mastery of his own God-given inner powers. — Ernest C. Wilson

Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power. — Clint Eastwood

Small disciplines repeated with consistency every day lead to great achievements gained slowly over time. — John C. Maxwell

Self-discipline is a key to many doors. Not least of which is one that leads to a better, stronger, and healthier version of yourself. — Zero Dean

Success is a matter of understanding and religiously practicing specific, simple habits that always lead to success. — Robert J. Ringer

It doesn’t matter whether you are pursuing success in business, sports, the arts, or life in general: The bridge between wishing and accomplishing is discipline. — Harvey Mackay

Self-discipline creates a brighter tomorrow. — Anonymous

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

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

With self-discipline, most anything is possible. — Theodore Roosevelt

Discipline is the soul of an army.  It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all. — George Washington

Discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability. — Roy L. Smith

What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not do. — Aristotle

It is not enough to have great qualities; We should also have the management of them. — La Rochefoucauld

Willpower is what separates us from the animals. It’s the capacity to restrain our impulses, resist temptation – do what’s right and good for us in the long run, not what we want to do right now. It’s central, in fact, to civilization. — Dr. Roy Baumeister, Ph.D.

Imagine how pitiful life would be without self-discipline. We would achieve very little. — Anonymous

Success doesn’t just happen.  You have to be intentional about it, and that takes discipline. — John C. Maxwell

Self-discipline is that which, next to virtue, truly and essentially raises one man above another. — Joseph Addison

We should every night call ourselves to an account; What infirmity have I mastered today? What passions opposed? What temptation resisted? What virtue acquired? Our vices will abort of themselves if they be brought every day to the shrift.  ― Seneca

Your level of success is determined by your level of self-discipline and perseverance. — Anonymous

Success is actually a short race—a sprint fueled by discipline just long enough for habit to kick in and take over. — Gary Keller

Before complaining that you are a slave to another, be sure that you are not a slave to self. Look within … You will find there, perchance, slavish thoughts, slavish desires, and in your daily life and conduct slavish habits. Conquer these; cease to be a slave to self, and no man will have the power to enslave you. — James Allen

Self-discipline is based on pride, on meticulous attention to details, and on mutual respect and confidence. It must become a habit so ingrained that it’s stronger than the excitement of the goal or the fear of failure. — Gary Ryan Blair

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

I think self-discipline is something, it’s like a muscle. The more you exercise it, the stronger it gets. — Daniel Goldstein

Any significant long-term change requires long-term practice, whether that change has to do with playing the violin or learning to be a more open, loving person. We all know people who say that they have been permanently changed by experiences of a moment or a day or a weekend. But when you check it out you’ll generally discover that those who ended up permanently changed had spent considerable time preparing for their life-changing experience or had continued diligently practicing the new behavior afterward. — Michael Murphy and George Leonard

The discipline you enforce today determines the successes you’ll enjoy tomorrow. — Gary Ryan Blair

It’s all right letting yourself go, as long as you can get yourself back. — Mick Jagger

Self-discipline begins with the mastery of thought. If you do not control your thoughts, you cannot control your needs. Self-discipline calls for a balancing of the emotions of your heart with the reasoning faculty of your head. — Napoleon Hill

I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self. — Aristotle

The difference between great people and everyone else is that great people create their lives actively, while everyone else is created by their lives, passively waiting to see where life takes them next. The difference between the two is the difference between living fully and just existing. — Michael E. Gerber

We must all suffer one of two things:  the pain of discipline or the pain of regret and disappointment. — Jim Rohn

What we do upon some great occasion will probably depend on what we already are: and what we are will be the result of previous years of self-discipline. — H.P. Liddon

Self-discipline begins with the mastery of your thoughts. If you don’t control what you think, you can’t control what you do. Simply, self-discipline enables you to think first and act afterward. — Napoleon Hill

He who is living without discipline is exposed to grievous ruin … Who hath a harder battle to fight than he who striveth for self-mastery? And should be our endeavor, even to master self, and thus daily to grow stronger than self and go on unto perfections. — Thomas à Kempis

Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day. — Jim Rohn

Every goal you want to achieve requires the enforcement of self-discipline, self-control and self-awareness. That’s a rule without an exception. — Gary Ryan Blair

Self-discipline is about controlling your desires and impulses while staying focused on what needs to get done to achieve your goal. — Adam Sicinski

Self-discipline is the ability to make yourself do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not. — Elbert Hubbard

Self-discipline is the smartest, simplest and fastest way to make your goals a reality. — Gary Ryan Blair

He conquers twice who conquers himself in victory. — Jyrus

Discipline without freedom is tyranny.  Freedom without discipline is chaos. — Cullen Hightower

A great way to develop self-discipline is to make it a habit to do the things you should be doing when you feel the laziest. Every time you feel really lazy, do the opposite of what you feel like doing. — Anonymous

We don’t have to be smarter than the rest; we have to be more disciplined than the rest. — Warren Buffett

Develop self-discipline. Do what needs to be done, even if you don’t want to do it. — Anonymous

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

The first and greatest victory is to conquer self. — Plato

Self-discipline is doing what needs to be done when it needs to be done even when you don’t feel like doing it. — Anonymous

The only discipline that lasts is self-discipline. — Bum Philips

A man has to learn that he cannot command things, but that he can command himself; that he cannot coerce the wills of others, but that he can mold and master his own will: and things serve him who serves Truth; people seek guidance of him who is master of himself. — James Allen

With this magic ingredient, you can accomplish anything and everything you want to, and it is called self-discipline. — Brian Tracy

If we don’t discipline ourselves, the world will do it for us. — William Feather

Self-command is the main discipline. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Psychology has identified two main traits that seem to produce an immensely broad range of benefits: intelligence and self-control. Despite many decades of trying, psychology has not found much one can do to produce lasting increases in intelligence. But self-control can be strengthened. Therefore, self-control is a rare and powerful opportunity for psychology to make a palpable and highly beneficial difference in the lives of ordinary people. — Dr. Roy Baumeister, Ph.D.

Those who have nothing have only their discipline. — Alain Badiou

Peace and happiness shall fill your mind deep within, if you act according to truth and self-discipline. — Gobind Singh

In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.  — Tony Robbins

The individual who wants to reach the top in business must appreciate the might and force of habit. He must be quick to break those habits that can break him—and hasten to adopt those practices that will become the habits that help him achieve the success he desires. — J. Paul Getty

Do not consider painful what is good for you. — Euripides

Cultivate within yourselves the might power of self-discipline. — Gordon B. Hinckley

True freedom is impossible without a mind made free by discipline. — Mortimer J. Adler

Discipline not desire determines your destiny. — Anonymous

Willpower is the key to success. Successful people strive no matter what they feel by applying their will to overcome apathy, doubt or fear. — Dan Millman

Discipline is the silent force at work that breeds success.  It requires only one thing; that you sacrifice time in things you enjoy. — Anonymous

We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort. — Jesse Owens

Self-discipline is the no delineating factor between the rich, the middle class, and the poor. — Robert Kiyosaki

Most talk about ‘super-geniuses’ is nonsense. I have found that when ‘stars’ drop out, successors are usually at hand to fill their places, and the successors are merely men who have learned by application and self-discipline to get full production from an average, normal brain. — Charles M. Schwab

My will shall shape my future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man’s doing but my own. I am the force; I can clear any obstacle before me or I can be lost in the maze. My choice; my responsibility; win or lose, only I hold the key to my destiny. — Elaine Maxwell

I can’t always control my thoughts but I can choose how I respond to them. — David Cuschieri

I could only achieve success in my life through self-discipline, and I applied it until my wish and my will became one. — Nikola Tesla

Discipline like deadlines are either self-imposed or externally imposed by others…it’s your choice. — Gary Ryan Blair

Success is measured by your discipline and inner peace. — Mike Ditka

Discipline really means our ability to get ourselves to do things when we don’t want to. — Arden Mahlberg

The price of excellence is discipline.  The cost of mediocrity is disappointment. — William Arthur Ward

Happiness is dependent on self-discipline. We are the biggest obstacles to our own happiness. It is much easier to do battle with society and with others than to fight our own nature. — Dennis Prager

Trophies should go to the winners. Self-esteem does not lead to success in life. Self-discipline and self-control do, and sports can help teach those. — Roy Baumeister

Discipline yourself to do the things you need to do when you need to do them, and the day will come when you will be able to do the things you want to do when you want to do them. — Zig Ziglar

Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Mental toughness is many things and rather difficult to explain. Its qualities are sacrifice and self-denial. Also, most importantly, it is combined with a perfectly disciplined will that refuses to give in. It’s a state of mind-you could call it character in action. — Vince Lombardi

Great leaders always have self-discipline -without exception. — John C. Maxwell

Not being able to govern events, I govern myself. — Michel De Montaigne

We may think there is willpower involved, but more likely change is due to want power. Wanting the new addiction more than the old one. Wanting the new me in preference to the person I am now. — George Sheehan

No man is fit to command another that cannot command himself. — William Penn

In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves…self-discipline with all of them came first. — Harry S. Truman

Our destiny changes with our thoughts; we shall become what we wish to become, do what we wish to do, when our habitual thoughts correspond with our desires. — Orison Swett Marden

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

The true value of the human being is determined by the measure and the sense in which one has attained liberation from the self. — Albert Einstein

One discipline always leads to another discipline. — Jim Rohn

Self-discipline is the key ingredient which separates the rich from the poor and the winners from the losers in life. — Gary Ryan Blair

It is better to conquer self than to win a thousand battles. — Buddha

Self-disciplined begins with the mastery of your thoughts. If you don’t control what you think, you can’t control what you do. Simply, self-discipline enables you to think first and act afterward. — Gary Ryan Blair

Self-discipline is a habit. It is not situational, but it is applied situation by situation. Anyone can be self-disciplined on occasion, but to get consistently positive results requires consistency. — Gary Ryan Blair

Self-discipline is one of the keys to living to your full potential. If you can be disciplined with your daily actions you can achieve anything that you set your mind to. May these quotes help you to be disciplined in your life so that you may achieve your goals.

The ability to subordinate an impulse to a value is the essence of the proactive person.  ― Stephen Covey

Confidence comes from discipline and training. — Robert Kiyosaki

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments. — Jim Rohn

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

The future depends on what we do in the present. — Mahatma Ghandi

Self-control is strength, right thought is mastery, calmness is power. — James Allen

It’s easy to make excuses for the lack of self-discipline but excuses don’t get you anywhere. — Anonymous

He who lives without discipline dies without honor. — Icelandic Proverb

That aim in life is highest which requires the highest and finest discipline. — Henry David Thoreau

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit. — Aristotle

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

The pain of self-discipline will never be as great as the pain of regret. — Anonymous

Self-discipline is a form of freedom. Freedom from laziness and lethargy, freedom from the expectations and demands of others, freedom from weakness and fear – and doubt. Self-discipline allows a person to feel his individuality, his inner strength, his talent. He is the master of, rather than a slave to, his thoughts and emotions. — H. A. Dorfman

We do today what they won’t, so tomorrow we can accomplish what they can’t. — Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

It’s never crowded along the extra mile. — Wayne Dyer

The successful person has the habit of doing the things failures don’t like to do. They don’t like doing them either necessarily. But their disliking is subordinated to the strength of their purpose. — E.M. Gray

Discipline is built by consistently performing small acts of courage. — Robin Sharma

Self-discipline equates to self-control. Your ability to control yourself and your actions, control what you say and do, and ensure that your behaviors are consistent with long-term goals and objectives is the mark of a superior person. — Brian Tracy

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