68 Self Discipline Quotes to Help You Focus on Self Control

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Self-discipline is doing something that you need to accomplish and do even if you don’t want to. Discipline is the only way in life that works as a connection between goals and accomplishments. This is the foundation of the first step of every goal you want to achieve.

To achieve a goal, discipline is the key wherein you need to choose a way to follow and stick to it. You have to stick to your chosen way which is necessary in order to achieve your goal even when you don’t want to do it but still have to.

You need to do something over and over until it becomes a habit. That way you don’t have to do it forcefully. Another thing that is also very important to focus on your self-control is willpower. You can’t be disciplined if your willpower is not strong enough to follow the way that leads to your goal. Hard work is not always the thing that enables you to overcome hardships, it’s the self-discipline that will determine your destiny.

68 Best Self Discipline Quotes

We have collated these best 68 self-discipline quotes from accomplished and influential people that will focus on self-control in order to achieve self-discipline. May these quotes help you understand that the main ingredient behind achieving goals is self-discipline.

1. “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. ”  ― Ann Landers

2. “Your level of success is determined by your level of discipline and perseverance.” ― Anonymous

3. “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true, the other is to refuse to accept what is true.” ― Soren Kierkegaard

4. “I think there’s some connection between absolute discipline and absolute freedom.” – Alan Rickman

5. “‎Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard master to yourself-and be lenient to everybody else.” ―Henry Ward Beecher

6. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”― Lao Tzu

7. “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” – Jim Rohn

8. “If you wish to be out front, then act as if you were behind.” – Lao Tzu

9. ”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.” ― Anonymous

10. “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who can read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn” –-Alvin Toffler

11. “Discipline may be identified neither with an institution nor with an apparatus; it is a type of power, a modality for its exercise, comprising a whole set of instruments, techniques, procedures, levels of application, targets; it is a ‘physics’ or ‘anatomy’ of power, a technology.” – Michel Foucault

12. “Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power.” ― René Descartes

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

14. “Discipline is money in the bank. A real friend, true strength.” ― Anonymous

15. “I would rather have questions that can’t be answered than answers which can’t be questioned.” –Richard Feynman

16. “What lies in our power to do, lies in our power not to do” ― Aristotle

17. “Our school not only makes you an actor, but it also makes you understand who you actually are as well… it gives you discipline and punctuality. It also teaches you a way of life.” – Anupam Kher

18. “Remember how far you’ve come, and you won’t have to rely on a destiny for your future. It will come on your own.” ― Shannon A. Thompson

19. “If we can look upon our work not for self-benefit, but as a means to benefit society, we will be practicing appreciation and patience in our daily lives..” ― Buddha

20. “By constant self-discipline and self-control you can develop greatness of character.” ― Anonymous

21. “Modeling, it’s being an artist as well. It’s just being a silent artist. It takes a lot of self-control and a lot of discipline.” – Jessica White

22. “Does the road wind up-hill all the way? Yes, to the very end.” ― Christina Rossetti

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

24. “Your ability to listen to and take action based on your inner voice, regardless of how you feel, other influences, or temptations you face, is the true self-mastery.” ― Anonymous

25. “Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” ― Anonymous

26. “It takes more discipline than you might imagine thinking, even for thirty seconds, in the noisy, confusing, high-pressure atmosphere of a film set. But a few seconds’ thought can often prevent a serious mistake being made about something that looks good at first glance.” – Stanley Kubrick

27. “It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.”– Buddha

28. “Self-discipline is often disguised as short-term pain, which often leads to long-term gains. The mistake many of us make is the need and want for short-term gains (immediate gratification), which often leads to long-term pain.” ― Charles F. Glassman

29. “A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering.” – Dalai Lama

30. “Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.” ― Anonymous

31. “I am, indeed, a king, because I know how to rule myself.” ― Anonymous

32. “Simulated disorder postulates perfect discipline; simulated fear postulates courage; simulated weakness postulates strength.” – Lao Tzu

33. “If you wouldn’t follow yourself, why should anyone else?” ― John C. Maxwell

34. “You don’t discipline yourself to attain the feeling of love. You attain the feeling of love and then you want to discipline yourself because you love the discipline, because it brings more love.” – Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami

35. “Motivation will die… let discipline take its place.” ― Anonymous

36. “For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories.”– Plato

37. “Your own self is your master, who else could be? With yourself well controlled, you gain a master very hard to find.” ― Anonymous

38. “You can judge the quality of their faith from the way they behave. Discipline is an index to doctrine.” – Tertullian

39. “Let hunger sharpen your awareness. Abstain liquor and frivolous recreation, which dull the mind and weaken the body.” ― Laura Joh Rowland

40. “The only discipline that lasts is self-discipline.” – Bum Philips

41. “One of the most important keys to success is having the discipline to do what you know you should do, even when you don’t feel like doing it.” ― Anonymous

42. “Rule your mind or it will rule you.”― Horace

43. “One who conquers himself is greater than another who conquers a thousand times a thousand men on the battlefield. “ ― Anonymous

44. “The discipline of the written word punishes both stupidity and dishonesty.” – John Steinbeck

45. “No person is free who is not master of himself.” ― Epictetus

46. “Discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability.” – Roy L. Smith

47. “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” ― Anonymous

48. “No evil propensity of the human heart is so powerful that it may not be subdued by discipline.”― Seneca the Younger

49. “To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.” – Buddha

50. “Everyone will be old. We must grow old gracefully, whoever we are.” ― Anonymous

51. “He who has conquered his own coward spirit has conquered the whole outward world;” ― Thomas Hughes

52. “With self-discipline, most anything is possible.” – Theodore Roosevelt

53. “Self-discipline – The Road may be hard but the results are priceless.”― Anonymous

54. “If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?” ― Anonymous

55. “The person who masters himself through self-control and discipline is truly undefeatable.”– Buddha

56. “Good manners are not merely snobbish ornaments, as Mrs. Lippett’s regime appeared to believe. They mean self-discipline and thought for others, and my children have got to learn them.” ― Jean Webster

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

58. “Stop competing with others & and start competing with yourself.” ― Anonymous

59. “Without mindful awareness, the shadows of your past may haunt your present.” ― Anonymous

60. “You are your own master, you make your own future. Therefore discipline yourself as a horse-dealer trains a thoroughbred.” – Buddha

61. “No matter how sweet it smells, if you know it will give you a discomfort later, don’t even attempt to taste it. Discipline yourself to stay out of sin!” ― Israelmore Ayivor

62. “We must all suffer one of two things:  the pain of discipline or the pain of regret and disappointment.” – Jim Rohn

63. “A great way to develop self discipline is to make it a habit to do 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

64. “Stop searching the world for treasure, the real treasure is in yourself. “ ― Anonymous

65. “Just as the great ocean has one taste, the taste of salt, so also this teaching and discipline has one taste, the taste of liberation.” – Buddha

66. “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

67. “The discipline of desire is the background of the character.” – John Locke

68. “Self-control is the chief element in self-respect, and self-respect is the chief element in courage.”  – Thucydides


Self-discipline is natural, it comes from within. People around you can motivate you, but until you put yourself and your mind to it, people cannot help you. You have to master your thoughts to have self-discipline. If you can’t control your thoughts, there can be no self-discipline. You need to control your thought process and your mind. As the saying goes, “one can move mountains, if they put their mind to it!”