An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





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


Julie Andrews (1935-, British singer, actress)


What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.


Aristotle (BC 384-322, Greek philosopher)


To put a tempting face aside when duty demands every faculty is a lesson which takes most men longest to learn.


Gertrude Atherton


No man is such a conqueror, as the one that has defeated himself.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


The victory of success is half done when one gains the habit of work.


Sarah Knowles Bolton


No man or woman has achieved an effective personality who is not self-disciplined. Such discipline must not be an end in itself, but must be directed to the development of resolute Christian character.


John S. Bonnell


A controlled mind is conducive to joyfulness.


Buddha (568-488 BC, Indian born, founder of Buddhism)


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.


Charles Horton Cooley (1864-1929, American sociologist)


I believe that the road to pre-eminent success in any line of work is to make yourself master of that line of work.


Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919, American industrialist, philanthropist)


No padlocks, bolts, or bars can secure a maiden better than her own reserve.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


Lack of discipline leads to frustration and self-loathing.


Marie Chapian


You must have discipline to have fun.


Julia Child (1912-2004, American gourmet cook, author, and television personality)


No one is free who does not lord over himself.


Claudius (10 BC-AD 54, Roman emperor)


Excellence is not an act but a habit. The things you do the most are the things you will do the best.


Marva Collins (1936- African-American educator)


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


Tired mothers find that spanking takes less time than reasoning and penetrates sooner to the seat of the memory.


William J. Durant (1885-1981, American historian, essayist)


Do your duty until it becomes your joy.


Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach


Self-command is the main discipline.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Practice yourself, for heaven's sake in little things, and then proceed to greater.


Epictetus (50-138, Phrygian philosopher)


If we do not discipline ourselves, the world will do it for us.


William Feather (1888-19, American writer, businessman)


Be studious in your profession, and you will be learned. Be industrious and frugal, and you will be rich. Be sober and temperate, and you will be healthy. Be in general virtuous, and you will be happy. At least you will, by such conduct, stand the best chance for such consequences.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


The only thing that happens overnight is recognition. Not talent.


Carol Haney


Without discipline, there is no life at all.


Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003, American actress, writer)


Brave is the lion tamer, brave is the world subduer, but braver is the one who has subdued himself.


Johann Gottfried Von Herder (1744-1803, German critic and poet)


Self-respect is the root of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.


Abraham J. Heschel (1907-1972, Polish educator, author)


Self discipline is when your conscience tells you to do something and you don't talk back.


W. K. Hope


When things are steep, remember to stay level-headed.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


Being professional in whatever you do is important. Talent alone is not enough.


Kathy Ireland (1963-, American model)


Blind and unwavering undisciplined at all times constitutes the real strength of all free men.


Alfred Jarry (1873-1907, French playwright, author)


He who conquers others is strong. He who conquers himself is mighty.


Lao-Tzu (BC 600-?, Chinese philosopher, founder of Taoism)


What we do upon some great occasion will probably depend on what we already are. What we are will be the result of previous years of self-discipline.


Henry Parry Liddon (1829-1890, British theologian)


Putting off an easy thing makes it hard, and putting off a hard thing makes it impossible.


Geroge Lorimer


There is little that can withstand a man who can conquer himself.


Louis XIV (1638-1715, French king from 1643-1715)


Where one person shapes their life by precept and example, there are a thousand who have shaped it by impulse and circumstances.


James Russell Lowell (1819-1891, American poet, critic, editor)


Incident piled on incident no more makes life than brick piled on brick makes a house.


Edith Ronald Mirrielees


Make your educational laws strict and your criminal ones can be gentle; but if you leave youth its liberty you will have to dig dungeons for ages.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


Not being able to govern events, I govern myself, and apply myself to them if they will not apply themselves to me.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


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 (1870-1952, Italian educator)


I don't think success is harmful, as so many people say. Rather I believe it indispensable to talent: if for nothing else than to increase the talent.


Jeanne Moreau (1928-, French actress and director)


There is a certain combination of anarchy and discipline in the way I work.


Robert De Niro (1943-, American actor, director)


If you are willing to discipline yourself, the physical universe won't need to discipline you.


Leonard Orr


If thou wouldn't conquer thy weakness, thou must not gratify it.


William Penn (1644-1718, British religious leader, founder of Pennsylvania)


The only discipline that lasts is self discipline.


Bum Phillips (1923-, American football coach)


A person who is not disciplined cannot be cautioned.


African Proverb (Sayings of African origin)


Heal yourself first before you heal others.


African Proverb (Sayings of African origin)


Heal yourself first before you heal others.


African Proverb (Sayings of African origin)


Since we didn't say anything, he thought he could do whatever he wanted to.


Algerian Proverb


Who loves well, chastises well.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


He who lives without discipline dies without honor.


Icelandic Proverb (Sayings of Icelandic origin)


If someone transports dung and does not eat it, it should not be concluded that he is an honest person.


Taiwanese Proverb


To know how to dispense with things is to possess them.


Jean Francois Regnard (1655-1709, French comic dramatist)


One of the great lessons I've learned in athletics is that you've got to discipline your life. No matter how good you may be, you've got to be willing to cut out of your life those things that keep you from going to the top.


Bob Richards (1926-, American Olympic pole-vaulting champion)


Discipline is not a nasty word.


Pat Riley (1945-, American basketball coach)


It doesn't matter what you're trying to accomplish. It's all a matter of discipline. I was determined to discover what life held for me beyond the inner-city streets.


Wilma Rudolph (1940-1994, American track athlete)


The journey is my home.


Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980, American writer)


Anybody who gets away with something will come back to get away with a little bit more.


Harold Schoenberg


Look upon your chastening as God's chariots sent to carry your soul into the high places of spiritual achievement.


Hannah Whitall Smith


If you once turn on your side after the hour at which you ought to rise, it is all over. Bolt up at once.


Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832, British novelist, poet)


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


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


Discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability.


Roy L. Smith (American clergyman)


A mind which really lays hold of a subject is not easily detached from it.


Ida Tarbell


You can judge the quality of their faith from the way they behave. Discipline is an index to doctrine.


Tertullian (160-240, Roman Christian author and polemicist)


The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Proverbs 29:15


Better to be pruned to grow than cut up to burn.


John Trapp


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


Barbara Tuchman (1912-1989, American historian)


A colt is worth little if it does not break its halter.


Author Unknown


Doing your best is more important than being the best.


Author Unknown


He conquers twice who conquers himself in victory.


Author Unknown


Of all the dust thrown in men's eyes, gold dust is the most blinding.


Author Unknown


Temperance is a bridle of gold.


Author Unknown


The price of excellence is discipline. The cost of mediocrity is disappointment.


William A. Ward


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


George Washington (1732-1799, American President (1st))


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