100 Discipline Quotes To Create Order In Your Life

By Maxime Lagacé

Maxime is the founder of WisdomQuotes. He has been collecting quotes since 2004. His goal? To help you develop a calm and peaceful mind. Learn more about him on his about page.

You’ll discover here 100 of the best discipline quotes I could find. Hope they will help you increase your self-discipline, and ultimately, your life. You’ll find quotes by Seneca, Epictetus, Buddha, and more. Enjoy!

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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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Consistency beats inspiration. Daniel Pink (Graphic from Accelerating Action)

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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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Most people don’t have a talent problem. They have a consistency problem. Nicolas Cole (Graphic from Accelerating Action)

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


The Best Discipline Quotes

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

Discipline equals freedom. Jocko Willink

Excess in anything becomes a fault. Seneca

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

Focus is free but distractions cost you everything. Thibaut

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

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


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

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

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

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

Standards become habits. Habits become outcomes. Shane Parrish

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

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

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

Discipline creates opportunity. Shane Parrish (Source)

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

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

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

While we are postponing, life speeds by. Seneca

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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Following a plan is good for progress. Opportunity, however, usually exists off the plan. Simon Sinek (Graphic from Accelerating Action)

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

Nothing is stronger than habit. Ovid

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

The rarest of human qualities is consistency. Jeremy Bentham

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

Discipline comes from needs, not wants. Jack Butcher

The whole point is to discipline the mind. Swami Vivekananda

Beware the barrenness of a busy life. Socrates

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

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

Progress is the pursuit of better process. Jack Butcher

Long-term discipline is the talent. Orange Book (Source)

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

Inspirational Discipline Quotes

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

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

The distance between dreams and reality is called discipline. Unknown

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

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

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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 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

Daily affirmations are great. Daily reminders are better. Daily actions are best. Carlos Del Valle

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

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

Your entire life can change with one year of focused daily effort. Sahil Bloom (Source)

I will tell you my secret; I do what has to be done. It is that simple. Dannaeh Dube

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

RelatedHave DISCIPLINE – Joe Rogan & Jocko Willink (YouTube video by Evan Carmichael)


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Be tolerant with others and strict with yourself. Marcus Aurelius

Key Takeaways

  • Discipline is the art of choosing what we know is right over what’s easy.
  • Discipline is often short-term pain that leads to long-term gains.
  • How to be more disciplined?
    • Keep your vision in mind.
    • Have the mindset of “just do it”. Don’t overthink.
    • Practice being more disciplined: Try intermittent fasting and meditation.
  • Discipline requires self-knowledge. Once you know yourself, discipline becomes a breeze.
  • Remember: the most successful people delay gratification. Be one of them.

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Author Bio

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.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He started journaling, reflecting, writing his thoughts, feelings and quotes.

His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal.

A few years later, he started his first website to share his love of quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, husband, and INFJ.

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

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Last update

March 10, 2022

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