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A mind that is disciplined, controlled, is free within its own pattern; but that is not freedom. The end of discipline is conformity; its path leads to the known, and the known is never the free.

JIDDU KRISHNAMURTI, Commentaries on living

Discipline is ... life-inhibiting, is at the very least curtailment of vital activity insofar as the latter cannot develop as it wishes but is confined within specific limits and subjected to specific rules.

ALICE MILLER, For Your Own Good

All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.


It is not crazy to think of discipline as a chariot. Without discipline we would drive ourselves crazy.

NOAH BENSHEA, Great Quotes to Inspire Great Teachers

Discipline is the duty and the hope of all who would enjoy the benefits of society and of instruction.

JOHN H. A. BOMBERGER, "Church Discipline: Its Province and Use"

Discipline is the process by which energy is directed along certain lines to the exclusion of others. Instead of being expended in many ways in unreflecting response to every stimulant applied, it is concentrated and made to focus itself upon a single point, or rather is confined within certain narrow limits. Discipline is often spoken of as acquired power. A more exact statement would seem to be that discipline is ability to make energy effective by confining it in a certain channel.

GEO P. BROWN, Illinois School Journal, Sep. 1886

Military discipline is merely a perfection of social servitude.

ALEXIS DE TOCQUEVILLE, Democracy in America

Discipline is a necessity, as a regulator of society, so that those who break its rules may be taught the necessity of obeying them.

ENGINEER LOCKHART, Santa Fe Employes' Magazine, July, 1909

Discipline brings us effort, sacrifice and suffering. Later it brings us something of an inestimable value: something of which those who live only for pleasure, profit or amusement will always be deprived. This peculiar indefinable joy which one must have felt oneself to understand is the sign with which life marks its moment of triumph.

ALEXIS CARREL, attributed, Words of Wisdom and Quotable Quotes

Discipline is an index to doctrine.

TERTULLIAN, attributed, Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture

The great end of education is to discipline rather than to furnish the mind; to train it to the use of its own powers, rather than fill it with the accumulation of others.

TRYON EDWARDS, A Dictionary of Thoughts

If we do not discipline ourselves the world will do it for us. Control from without flourishes when discipline from within grows weak.

WILLIAM FEATHER, Improvement Era, vol. 68

Discipline is something we despise for the moment.... We all look for a place to run, an excuse with which to stall. No one enjoys it. Yet those of us who have endured it know that the fruit it produces and the pain from which it ultimately spares us makes it worth the agony.

CHARLES F. STANLEY, How to Handle Adversity

The only discipline that lasts is self discipline.

BUM PHILLIPS, attributed, Sportswit

Discipline is a word with which not a little conjuring is done nowadays by men who fail to understand fully what it means. It is often spoken or written of as if it were itself an end, or at least the means to an end; as if it were something quite unconnected with the acquisition of valuable knowledge; as if the acquisition of certain kinds of knowledge always gave discipline, while that of other kinds did not; and so on. Now, properly speaking, culture and training are the only ends, and the acquisition of knowledge the only means to them, while the position of discipline is rather that of a method. The essence of discipline is simply preparation; that is a disciplinary study which duly leads the way to something that is to come after. He who sets up discipline and knowledge as opposed to and excluding each other wholly misapprehends their mutual relations, and casts the advantage into the hands of his adversaries. In reality, the connection and interdependence of the two are complete. No discipline without valuable knowledge acquired; all valuable knowledge available for discipline; the discipline in proportion to the amount and value of the knowledge acquired: these are fundamental truths in the theory of education.

W. D. WHITNEY, The North American Review, Oct. 1871

Self-discipline is the glue that attaches the seeker to the future model.


Discipline is a moral, mental, and physical state in which all ranks respond to the will of the leader.


Discipline is like an addiction. Once you get disciplined then it is difficult to get rid of that. But that addiction we have to develop. Each pleasure of life can be experienced with discipline. It is totally wrong concept that discipline induces restriction and hampers joy. Truth is that it helps to experience joy in more proper way.

PARIKSHIT DESHMUKH, Applied Strengths of Mind

Discipline is like a muscle: the more you practice it, the bigger it gets.

STEVE DEMASCO, The Shaolin Way

Life without discipline is like a ship without a rudder.

RONIE MATHEW THOMAS, Primary Essays and Proverbs

Discipline is teaching a child the way he should go. Discipline, therefore, includes everything you do to help your child learn. Unfortunately, it's one of the most misunderstood words in the English language. Most people generally think of it as punishment or as something unpleasant. We need to understand that discipline is something you do for a child. Punishment is something you do to a child when discipline fails. Both Greek and Hebrew words denoting discipline include the meaning of chastening, correction, rebuke, upbringing, training, instruction, education, and reproof. The purpose of discipline is positive--to produce a whole person, free from the faults and handicaps that hinder maximum development.

ZIG ZIGLAR, Raising Positive Kids in a Negative World

If love is the heart of the person, discipline is the skeleton, giving a person form and protection.


Children expect discipline. Even though discipline can be unpleasant, everyone who has experienced good discipline knows not only that he needed it, but also appreciates, and loves those who had the courage to give it to him! To attempt to raise a child without discipline is like trying to build a complex building without a blueprint, or like leaving the rebar out of concrete when it is poured, or deciding not to install the steel beams and girders into a skyscraper--you steal its spine--you create a disaster.

ZESTER HATFIELD, Daddy's Little Girl & Mommy's Little Boy

Corrective discipline is like surgery--it corrects something that's gone wrong in the body so that more serious injury doesn't result.

MARK DEVER & PAUL ALEXANDER, The Deliberate Church

Grabbing hold of the true concept of discipline is like trying to pick up liquid mercury--just when you think you have it cornered, it squirts from your grasp.

THOMAS MCCAFFERTY, The Market Is Always Right

Discipline is like moonlight to cool the wild mind that is burning with anger, attachment, ignorance, jealousy and so forth. One becomes calm, concentrated, and magnificent, towering over ordinary beings like Mount Meru rising above the world. Others will be drawn to one's strength and will find great inspiration and confidence in it. It pacifies our own being, and it brings peace into the way other people and sentient beings relate to us. Thus wise practitioners protect their discipline as they would their eyes.

BSTAN-DZIN-RGYA-MTSHO, The Path to Enlightenment

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