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

GEORGE WASHINGTON, letter to the Captains of the Virginia Regiments

Discipline is a symbol of caring to a child. Discipline is guidance. If there is love, there is no such thing as being too tough with a child.

BETTE DAVIS, quoted in Great Quotes to Inspire Teachers

No evil propensity of the human heart is so powerful that it may not be subdued by discipline.


Man must be disciplined, for he is by nature raw and wild.


That discipline which corrects the eagerness of worldly passions, which fortifies the heart with virtuous principles, which enlightens the mind with useful knowledge, and furnishes to it matter of enjoyment from within itself, is of more consequence to real felicity than all the provisions which we can make of the goods of fortune.


Some people regard discipline as a chore. For me, it is a kind of order that sets me free to fly.


Nothing can be more hurtful to the service, than the neglect of discipline; for that discipline, more than numbers, gives one army the superiority over another.

GEORGE WASHINGTON, general orders, Jul. 6, 1777

Discipline is just doing the same thing the right way whether anyone’s watching or not.

MICHAEL J. FOX, Esquire, Dec. 2007

Discipline is the defining fire by which talent becomes ability.

ROY SMITH, attributed, Words of Wisdom and Quotable Quotes

The greatest influence of discipline is to repress the weaknesses which grow out of individuality.

G. BURNETT, Training in Night Movements

At its best, discipline is a form of teaching inner controls.

ALICIA F. LIEBERMAN, The Emotional Life of a Toddler

Reasonable orders are easy enough to obey; it is capricious, bureaucratic or plain idiotic demands that form the habit of discipline.

BARBARA TUCHMAN, Sand Against the Wind

Self-discipline is the free man's yoke.

JOHN W. GARDNER, attributed, Quotes Worth Repeating

Discipline in its highest notion is not punishment or self-punishment. It is rather something seminal to the self. It is our foundation. It is our architecture. It gives us structure. It allows us to steer our energies and pull our wagon.

NOAH BENSHEA, Great Quotes to Inspire Great Teachers

Ultimately, any type of discipline is flawed because it keeps the person who is being disciplined inept. As long as the experience is happening to you, while it is imposed on you, it is not your dream. When discipline is administered externally, the participant is dependent on the administrator of the discipline. When discipline is administered internally, the athlete becomes a victim of the structure of the discipline. Either way, only the discipline, not the dream, is being pursued.


Discipline is important simply because we live in an organized society where, if you have not learned life's requirements at early age, you will be taught later, not by those whose love tempers the lesson but by strangers who could not care less about the harm they do to your personality.

WILLIAM E. HOMAN, Readers Digest, 1969

So far as discipline is concerned, freedom means not its absence but the use of higher and more rational forms as contrasted with those that are lower or less rational. A free discipline controls the individual by appealing to his reason and conscience, and therefore to his self-respect; while an unfree control works upon some lower phase of the mind, and so tends to degrade him. It is freedom to be disciplined in as rational a manner as you are fit for.

CHARLES HORTON COOLEY, Human Nature and the Social Order

A person's attitude toward discipline is the measure of that person's own orientation to order.

MAX VAN MANEN, The Tact of Teaching

Discipline is learning what to do, when to do it and in what manner it should be done. For the Armed Forces, discipline is the standard of personal deportment, work requirement, courtesy, appearance and ethical conduct that will enable all to perform the mission with optimum efficiency.

U.S. DEPT. of DEFENSE, The Armed Forces Officer

Discipline must come through liberty. We do not consider an individual disciplined only when he has been rendered as artificially silent as a mute and as immovable as a paralytic. He is an individual annihilated, not disciplined.

MARIA MONTESSORI, American Annals of the Deaf, May, 1914

When discipline is sown, like a good seed, it yields a harvest of things that fulfill and satisfy us--things that make us happy and release peace and joy in our lives.

JOYCE MEYER, The Secret to True Happiness

Discipline is like spinach. We may not care for it ourselves but feel sure it would be good for everybody else.


Good discipline is more than just punishing or laying down the law. It is liking children and letting them see that they are liked. It is caring enough about them to provide good, clear rules for their protection.

STANLEY GREENSPAN, A Guide to Discipline

The one thing more difficult than following a regimen is not imposing it on others.

MARCEL PROUST, attributed, The Successful Toastmaster

If you will discipline yourself to make your mind self-sufficient, you will thereby be least vulnerable to injury from the outside.

CRITIAS OF ATHENS, attributed, 1,001 Pearls of Wisdom

Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.

FRANK HERBERT, Chapterhouse: Dune

Discipline strengthens the mind so that it becomes impervious to the corroding influence of fear.


To focus on discipline is to ignore the real problem: We will never be able to get students (or anyone else) to be in good order if, day after day, we try to force them to do what they do not find satisfying.

WILLIAM GLASSER, Control Theory in the Classroom

Discipline is necessary to curb the mind, otherwise there is no peace.

JIDDU KRISHNAMURTI, Commentaries on Living

There's no merit in discipline under ideal circumstances. I'll have it in the face of death, or it's useless.

ISAAC ASIMOV, Foundation

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