180 Discipline Quotes That Will Increase Your Self-Control

The following discipline quotes are the best I could find. I hope they will help you increase your self-control. And remember: a good life is a disciplined life.

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Discipline is choosing between what you want now, and what you want most. Abraham Lincoln

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I don’t stop when I’m tired. I stop when I’m done. David Goggins (Can’t Hurt Me)

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The more self-discipline you have, the more you do the things you should do, the happier your future self will be. Maxime Lagacé

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The successful among us delay gratification. The successful among us bargain with the future. Jordan Peterson

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No random actions, none not based on underlying principles. Marcus Aurelius


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We don’t rise to the level of our expectations; we fall to the level of our training. Archilochus

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Everyone can perform magic, everyone can reach his goals, if he is able to think, if he is able to wait, if he is able to fast. Hermann Hesse (Siddhartha)

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In the end, you win through superior craftsmanship, not marketing. Robert Greene

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The senses have been conditioned by attraction to the pleasant and aversion to the unpleasant. Do not be ruled by them. Bhagavad Gita

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Do the best one can. Do it over again. Then still improve, even if ever so slightly, those retouches. Marguerite Yourcenar

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No man is free who cannot command himself. Pythagoras

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If I don’t have a project, I don’t have any discipline. Marina Abramovic

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Routine, in an intelligent man, is a sign of ambition. W.H. Auden

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What is truly ambitious is to face life and proceed with quiet confidence in spite of the distractions. Ryan Holiday

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Day by day, what you choose, what you think and what you do is who you become. Heraclitus

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The Best Discipline Quotes

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Avoid things the best version of yourself will regret. Shane Parrish

Discipline equals freedom. Jocko Willink Click to tweet

Excess in anything becomes a fault. Seneca

This is the main question, with what activity one’s leisure is filled. Aristotle

Self-discipline raises you, self-control prevents you from falling. @LifeMathMoney

Focus is free but distractions cost you everything. Thibaut

We require routine and tradition. That’s order. Order can become excessive, and that’s not good, but chaos can swamp us, so we drown – and that is also not good. We need to stay on the straight and narrow path. Jordan Peterson (12 Rules for Life)

You cannot aim yourself at anything if you are completely undisciplined and untutored. Jordan Peterson

How we spend our days is of course how we spend our lives. Annie Dillard

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Curb your desire – don’t set your heart on so many things and you will get what you need. Epictetus

One thousand days of lessons for discipline; ten thousand days of lessons for mastery. Miyamoto Musashi Click to tweet

If there isn’t discipline, how can there be a true realization of an ideal? Miyamoto Musashi

Freedom and responsibility are two aspects of the same coin. If you are not ready to feel responsible, you will never be free. Osho

The number of people who stand ready to consume one’s time, to no purpose, is almost countless. Booker T. Washington

Society primarily encourages distraction, distraction in every form. Jiddu Krishnamurti

Your first blog post will be bad, but your 1000th will be great. Your first workout will be weak, but your 1000th will be strong. Your first meditation will be scattered, but your 1000th will be focused. Put in your reps. James Clear

Small things, done consistently in strategic places, create major impact. David Allen

Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time one what is important. Stephen R. Covey

He who conquers his passions is a man of more nerve than he who subdues the enemy. Publilius Syrus

To be occupied in what does not concern you is worse than doing nothing. Baltasar Gracián

To forget one’s purpose is the commonest form of stupidity. Friedrich Nietzsche

Dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself. A. J. Heschel

There’s nothing more powerful than paying attention. Jordan Peterson

What Is Discipline?

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Discipline is remembering what you want. David Campbell Click to tweet

Discipline is your relationship with the time you have left. Barbara McNally

Discipline is being able to force yourself to do something is spite of how you feel, over and over until it becomes a habit. Kim Brenneman

What is discipline? Discipline means creating an order within you. Osho

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. Jim Rohn

Part 2. Discipline Quotes That Are…

The Most Famous Discipline Quotes (Socrates, Napoleon, Buddha, etc.)

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Don’t be overheard complaining… Not even to yourself. Marcus Aurelius Click to tweet

You can’t win the war against the world if you can’t win the war against your own mind. Will Smith

There is nothing so disobedient as an undisciplined mind, and there is nothing so obedient as a disciplined mind. Buddha

Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation. Augustine of Hippo

Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today. Benjamin Franklin

While we are postponing, life speeds by. Seneca

Beware the barrenness of a busy life. Socrates

Not to have control over the senses is like sailing in a rudderless ship, bound to break to pieces on coming in contact with the very first rock. Mahatma Gandhi

My whole system of life is keeping at it. The task of life is not to see clearly in the distance but to do the task at hand. Charlie Munger

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

A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls. Proverbs 25:28

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. 14th Dalai Lama

Good order and discipline in an army are more to be depended upon than ferocity. Niccolò Machiavelli

How much time are you putting into your highest priorities? Jack Canfield

Every fulfilled dream occurred because of dedication to a process. John C. Maxwell

The way you train reflects the way you fight. People say I’m not going to train too hard, I’m going to do this in training, but when it’s time to fight I’m going to step up. There is no step up. You’re just going to do what you did every day. Georges St-Pierre (GSP)

Self-control is the quality that distinguishes the fittest to survive. George Bernard Shaw

Learn to convert the discomfort of discipline into the satisfaction of personal growth. Tony Robbins

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:11

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

Short Discipline Quotes

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There’s no excuse. David Goggins Click to tweet

Discipline over desire. The Stoic Emperor

Nothing is stronger than habit. Ovid

Discipline is money in the bank. Henry Rollins (Get in the Van)

Discipline must come through liberty. Maria Montessori

Don’t get fat at the table of success. Noah Kagan

Discipline comes from needs, not wants. Jack Butcher

The disciplined man will ultimately win. Unknown (Submitted by the Wisdom Quotes Community)

The whole point is to discipline the mind. Swami Vivekananda

I choose to live by choice, not by chance. Miyamoto Musashi

Progress is the pursuit of better process. Jack Butcher

Do what the person you want to be would do. Sahil Lavingia

No man is free who is not master of himself. Epictetus

How would the person I wish to be act today? James Clear

Amateurs get distracted. Pros just keep going. Maxime Lagacé

Poverty or abundance are the results of habits overtime. Bill Masur

Discipline will take you to places where motivation can’t. Unknown

Good choices create leverage. Good habits capitalize on it. James Clear

Inspirational Discipline Quotes

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Concentrate on a single goal, a single task, and beat it into submission. Robert Greene

The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day. Gloria Steinem Click to tweet

Such power there is in clear-eyed self-restraint. James Russell Lowell

Can you imagine yourself in 10 years if instead of avoiding the things you know you should do, you actually did them every single day – that’s powerful. Jordan Peterson

Practice is the price you pay today to be better tomorrow. James Clear

Every action you take is kind of like a vote for the kind of person you want to become. James Clear

You must be disciplined in thought, word, and deed. Consciously train yourself to do those things that are good for you. Iyanla Vanzant

To understand success, pay less attention to the final product and more to the mundane process. […] The seeds of greatness are planted in the daily grind. Adam Grant

Want to become a writer? Write every day. Want to become a YouTuber? Upload videos every day. Want to learn a new skill? Practice is every day. You become what you do every day. Jose Rosado

Daily affirmations are great. Daily reminders are better. Daily actions are best. Carlos Del Valle (@CGdelvallejr)

If you manage your time like it’s worth a lot of money, it eventually will. Johnny Uzan

Good habits are personal capital. They require investment, but many pay off 1000X over a lifetime. Michael (@mmay3r)

Have goals that are challenging enough to intimidate others. @LifeMathMoney

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. Robert Collier

Progress is not achieved by luck or accident, but by working on yourself daily. Epictetus

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See also: Have DISCIPLINE – Joe Rogan & Jocko Willink (YouTube video by Evan Carmichael)

Funny Discipline Quotes

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An idiot with a plan can beat a genius without a plan. Warren Buffett Click to tweet

Everyone says that no one gets to their deathbed and thinks, man I wish I worked more, but I don’t think anyone gets to their deathbed and says, man I’m glad I spent all that time skiing in Aspen. Ryan Holiday

Swearing signals a lack of eloquence and emotional control. Naval Ravikant

Deep Discipline Sayings

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The costs of your good habits are in the present. The costs of your bad habits are in the future. James Clear

You can be self-disciplined, or you can be a slave. Maxime Lagacé Click to tweet

Impatience is a virtue. Self-discipline is another form of self-conflict. Find things that excite you. Naval Ravikant

You become what you give your attention to…If you yourself don’t choose what thoughts and images you expose yourself to, someone else will. Epictetus

Discipline is the ability to get yourself to do what you don’t want to do. When used occasionally, it keeps you from getting soft. When used frequently, it’s a sign of strategic misalignment. Johnny Uzan

It’s easier to put off until tomorrow what needs to be done today, and drown the upcoming months and years in today’s cheap pleasures. Jordan Peterson (12 Rules for Life)

Understand: like everyone, you think you are rational, but you are not. Rationality is not a power you are born with, but one you acquire through training and practice. Robert Greene

In walking about as you take care not to step on a nail or to sprain your foot, so take care not to damage your own ruling faculty: and if we observe this rule in every act, we shall undertake the act with more security. Epictetus (Enchiridion)

You don’t have the time to meditate because you don’t meditate. You don’t have the energy to exercise because you don’t exercise. You don’t have money to save because you don’t save money. @AscendantPower

Increase your awareness of your own mortality and you will do more of what matters. Unknown

Nothing great was ever created without focus and an inability to focus is the fastest way to kill potential. Bill Masur

Discipline when you hate yourself is tyranny. Discipline when you love yourself is the path to freedom. Bill Masur

Do what you hate to do, but do it like you love it. Mike Tyson

Freedom is not the ability to do as we please. Freedom is the ability to do as we ought. Adam Chilcott

Wise Discipline Sayings

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The time that leads to mastery is dependent on the intensity of our focus. Robert Greene (Mastery) Click to tweet

Zen is not some kind of excitement but concentration on our usual everyday routine. Shunryu Suzuki

When you know what matters to you, it’s a lot easier to ignore what doesn’t. Shane Parrish (@ShaneAParrish)

Discipline is more reliable than motivation. One is consistent the other is fleeting. Shane Parrish

One ought not to give way in everything nor to everybody. To know how to refuse is therefore as important as to know how to consent. Baltasar Gracián

Silence is essential. It’s a tool, a sign of wisdom, a sign of self-control and self-discipline. It can be, in some cases, more courageous and fair to bite your tongue than it is to flap it. Ryan Holiday

This can be swiftly taught in very few words: virtue is the only good; there is no certain good without virtue; and virtue resides in our nobler part, which is the rational one. And what can this virtue be? True and steadfast judgment. Seneca

Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things. Robert Louis Stevenson

We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee. Marian Wright Edelman

Discipline is persuasion of the self. When you’re ready, you’ll need no persuasion. Andrew Ruiz

Routine and habit are the only reliable tools for improving yourself and your situation. Every single person you think is cool got that way by regularly doing things that made them a better person, whether they felt like it in the moment or not. Thibaut (@kpaxs)

We are most free when we are under discipline. Free from being ruled by fleshly impulse and worldly desire. Thibaut

Love the discipline you know, and let it support you. Entrust everything willingly to the gods, and then make your way through life – no one’s master and no one’s slave. Marcus Aurelius

A warrior must subdue himself before he can subdue his enemies. Clear eyes see accurately. The quiet mind thinks calmly. The steady hand strikes decisively. Mad passion flares brightly and quickly burns itself out. Stoke the steady flames of discipline, wisdom, and will. The Stoic Emperor

Discipline comes easy when you give yourself no other options. Carlos Del Valle

As a society moves from scarcity to abundance, the cultural value that is most likely to be underdeveloped is restraint. Michael (@mmay3r)

Part 1. Your outcomes are a lagging measure of your habits. Your net worth is a lagging measure of your financial habits. Your weight is a lagging measure of your eating habits. Your knowledge is a lagging measure of your learning habits. You get what you repeat. James Clear

The more disciplined your environment is, the less disciplined you need to be. Don’t swim upstream. James Clear

Part 2. Your energy is a lagging measure of your sleep habits. Your fitness is a lagging measure of your exercise habits. Your clutter is a lagging measure of your cleaning habits. James Clear

A simple question with potentially wide-reaching implications: Can my current habits carry me to my desired future? James Clear

Discipline divorced from wisdom is not true discipline, but merely the meaningless following of custom, which is only a disguise for stupidity. Rabindranath Tagore

Always imagine yourself on the battlefield under the fiercest attack; never forget this crucial element of training. Morihei Ueshiba

If you want to win, practice virtue. If you win with virtue, your opponent buries himself. Awa Kenzô

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Part 3. Discipline Quotes About…

Quotes About Self-Discipline And Self-Control

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It is better, proverbially, to rule your own spirit than to rule a city. Jordan Peterson (12 Rules for Life) Click to tweet

He watches himself as if he were an enemy and lying in ambush. Epictetus (Enchiridion)

The only person you can control is you. So focus on making yourself who you want to be: Faster. Smarter. Stronger. More humble. Less ego. Jocko Willink

The greatest portion of peace of mind is doing nothing wrong. Those who lack self-control live disoriented and disturbed lives. Seneca

It shows greater self-control to refuse to withdraw oneself, and to do the same things as the crowd, but in a different way. Seneca

True self-discipline is not for the weak-minded. In life we make too many excuses – I don’t live near a gym, don’t have the money for a trainer, my hours at work are crazy, I’m traveling too much, the kids schedules are too hectic, etc. The list is endless. Rather than giving yourself a way out, find a way to make “it” happen. David Goggins

Self-discipline and self-control will determine the quality of your life more than anything else. Self-discipline to make you do what needs to be done. Self-control to keep you from doing what you shouldn’t. Ed Latimore (@EdLatimore)

When you’re working, work. When you’re playing, play. When you’re resting, rest. Too many people try to combine more than one of these. The result is that you’re either unproductive, interfering with your fun, or not re-charging your batteries. You can’t multi-task. Pick one! Ryan Stephens

Self-respects follows self-control and self-discipline. @LifeMathMoney

Exercise authority over yourself, or you will be made to bow to the authority of others. Be your own lord and master. The Stoic Emperor

Obesity is a problem in rich societies. Too much abundance, not enough self-control. The same can be said for “opportunities.” An abundance of opportunity offers many traps. Every yes is a no to everything else you could do. Choose your sacrifices intentionally. The Stoic Emperor

I value self-discipline, but creating systems that make it next to impossible to misbehave is more reliable than self-control. Tim Ferriss

Conquest over one’s self; in the hour of victory, is a double triumph. Publilius Syrus

Don’t buy the book because it’s on sale. Don’t eat the pastries because they’re free. When most of the cost isn’t financial, do not be persuaded by price. Johnny Uzan

In the moment some choices seem small: we eat the chocolate bar, take a shortcut, or cancel a date. However, the accumulation of those tiny decisions adds up over months and years and makes a huge difference. Today’s choices become tomorrow’s reality. Shane Parrish

The longer you delay that thing you know you should do, the more difficult it gets. The easier thing in the short run is often the harder thing in the long run. Pain today, gain tomorrow. Shane Parrish

Learn to control your reactions or you will be puppeteered by anyone capable of provoking you. The Stoic Emperor

Self-discipline is a great time-saver; it is the ability to make yourself work on only those things that are most important to you. Brian Tracy

Quotes About Laziness, Lack of Discipline And Lack of Self-Control

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Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity. Augustine of Hippo Click to tweet

When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago. Friedrich Nietzsche

Complaining is one of the ego’s favorite strategies for strengthening itself. Ryan Holiday

Your first task is to look at those emotions that are continually infecting your ideas and decisions. Robert Greene

Living an undisciplined life isn’t freedom. It’s the ultimate version of slavery. Fateh Singh

Some of y’all need to be fasting from things other than food: The news, social media, negative people, complaining, worrying, video games, alcohol, drugs. Especially if you can’t go without it. Matt Stephens

Obsession without self-control leads to self-destruction. Bill Masur

Self-control is the root of all virtues which is why modern humans lack virtue. Bill Masur

No one has ever built a legacy consuming. Bill Masur

Good habits are assets. Bad habits are liabilities. What’s in your portfolio? Jack Butcher

You will ascend to the level of your discipline. You will fall to the level of your apathy. Alexander J.A Cortes

May even your hobbies improve your mind and body, and move you further away from the degenerate state of constant consumption. Ed Latimore

It’s not that change is hard. It’s that not changing is easier. Ed Latimore

Let me note all the sickening waste of today, that I shall not be easy with myself and compromise my tomorrows. Susan Sontag

See also: The Science of Self-Control: 6 Ways to Improve Your Willpower Today (buffer.com)

Discipline Quotes About Consistency, Habits

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A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. Annie Dillard Click to tweet

There’s no quick fix or fast pass to success. It doesn’t happen in a day; but it does happen daily. John C. Maxwell

You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine. John C. Maxwell

The secret of successful working lies in the systemic arrangement of what you have to do. I know of no better way to accomplish a large amount of work. William Osler

Once an action becomes automatic, you now have the mental space to observe yourself as you practice. Robert Greene (Mastery)

I keep this routine every day without variation. The repetition itself becomes the important thing; it’s a form of mesmerism. I mesmerize myself to reach a deeper state of mind. Haruki Murakami

A modern stoic knows that the surest way to discipline passion is to discipline time: decide what you want or ought to do during the day, then always do it at exactly the same moment every day, and passion will give you no trouble. W.H. Auden

Changing habits: Pick one thing. Cultivate a desire. Visualize it. Plan a sustainable path. Identify needs, triggers, and substitutes. Tell your friends. Track meticulously. Self-discipline is a bridge to a new self-image. Bake in the new self-image. It’s who you are, now. Naval Ravikant

First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit is persistence in practice. Octavia Butler

Results have little to do with the goals we set and nearly everything to do with the systems we follow. Goals are the results we want to achieve. Systems are the processes that lead to those results. If you want results, forget goals. Focus on your system. James Clear

The fact that you go to the gym even though you don’t “need” to is why you don’t need to. The fact that you save when you could spend is why you have money to spend. Your habits create your strength. James Clear

Your choices – what you work on, who you work with – create leverage. A good initial choice can deliver 100x payoff. Your habits unleash leverage. Without great habits, great choices are just potential energy. James Clear

All of your energy should go into building better rituals, not chasing better results. James Clear

Willpower is overrated. Figure out the systems that let you not have to use it. Justin Kan

People don’t decide their futures, they decide their habits and their habits decide their futures. Unknown

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See also: 8 Techniques for Building Unshakable Self-Discipline (Article and YouTube video by Thomas Frank)

Part 4. Conclusion

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Be tolerant with others and strict with yourself. Marcus Aurelius Click to tweet

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maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running. His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal. He also studied at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. A few years later, he started his first website to share his passion for quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, INFJ and also loves running. His best 5k is 17 minutes 41 seconds and his best marathon (42k) is in 3 hours 33 minutes 11 seconds (with 1800 meters of elevation gain).

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, nutrition, bananas, SEO, human potential, education, learning, productivity and minimalism.

Finally, he is (very) far from being perfect.

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