Self Discipline

 

William Mcdougall

"Will is character in action."
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Leon Battista Alberti
"A man can do all things if he but wills them."
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Victor Hugo
"People do not lack strength; they lack will."
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Benjamin Franklin
“He that cannot obey, cannot command.”
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Martin Luther King Jr.
"The time is always right to do what is right."
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Douglas Macarthur
"It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it."
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Euripedes
“Do not consider painful what is good for you.”
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Plato
“The first and the best victory is to conquer self.”
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Theodore Roosevelt
“With self-discipline most anything is possible.”
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Aristotle
“What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not do.”
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William Feather
“If we don’t discipline ourselves, the world will do it for us.”
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Robert Kennedy
“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”
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Author Unknown
"It's not the work that's hard, it's the discipline."
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Icelandic Proverb
"He who lives without discipline dies without honor."
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Author Unknown
"A colt is worth little if it does not break its halter."
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Aristotle
"What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not do."
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Plato
"The first and the best victory is to conquer self."
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Jim Rohn
Unless you change how you are,you will always have what you've got.
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Jyrus
"He conquers twice who conquers himself in victory."
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Benjamin Disraeli
"The secret of success is constancy of purpose."
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Aristotle
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."
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Gordon B. Hinckley
“Cultivate within yourselves the mighty power of self-discipline.”
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Napoleon Hill
"If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self."
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Author Unknown
“Self discipline is the key to everything.  I believe it down to my core.”
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Thomas Jefferson
"Do not bite at the bait of pleasure till you know there is no hook beneath it."
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Mortimer J. Adler
"True freedom is impossible without a mind made free by discipline."
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Joel Osteen
"What you keep before your eyes will affect you."
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Helen Keller
"One painful duty fulfilled makes the next plainer and easier."
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Jim Rohn
“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”
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Plato
“For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories.”
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Jyrus
“He conquers twice who conquers himself in victory.”
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Louis XIV
“There is little that can withstand a man who can conquer himself.”

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William Penn
“If thou wouldn't conquer thy weakness thou must not gratify it.”
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Jim Rohn
“For every disciplined effort there is a multiple reward.”
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Roy L. Smith
“Discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability.”
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Author Unknown
“He who lives without discipline dies without honor.”
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Randal Wright
“Living the ‘easy’ life today seems to make a ‘difficult’ life tomorrow.”
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Plato
“The first and the best victory is to conquer self.”
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Bum Phillips
“The only discipline that lasts is self-discipline.”
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William Safire
“The right to do something does not mean that doing it is right.”
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Henry Ward Beecher
“No man is such a conqueror, as the one that has defeated himself.”
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Marie Chapian
“Lack of discipline leads to frustration and self-loathing.”
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Claudius
“No one is free who does not lord over himself.”
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Katharine Hepburn

“Without discipline, there is no life at all.”
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Martin Luther King Jr.
"The time is always right to do what is right."
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David Campbell
"Discipline is remembering what you want."
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Chinese Proverb

"Great souls have wills; feeble ones have only wishes."
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Jim Rohn
"One discipline always leads to another discipline."
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Lao Tse
"He is strong who conquers others; He who conquers himself is mighty
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James 1: 22
“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”
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James 4:7
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
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William Arthur Ward
“The price of excellence is discipline. The cost of mediocrity is disappointment.”
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Barry Werner
"The essence of self-discipline is to do the important thing rather than the urgent thing."
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John Milton
“He who reins within himself and rules passions, desires, and fears is more than a king.”
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Grenville Kleiser
“By constant self-discipline and self-control you can develop greatness of character.
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Harold Taylor

“The roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become.”
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Epictetus
“Practice yourself, for heaven's sake in little things, and then proceed to greater.”

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Jim Rohn
“We can have more than we've got because we can become more than we are.”
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Robert Frost
"The world is full of willing people, some willing to work, the rest willing to let them."
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Mahatma Gandhi
"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."
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Brian Tracy
One of the best uses of your time is to increase your competence in your key result areas.
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Thomas J. Watson, Sr.
“Nothing so conclusively proves a man's ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself.”

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Mahatma Gandhi
"It is my own firm belief that the strength of the soul grows in proportion as you subdue the flesh."
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Vince Lombardi
“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.”
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John Milton
"He who reigns within himself and rules his passions, desires, and fears is more than a king."
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James G. Bilkey
"You never will be the person you can be if pressure, tension and discipline are taken out of your life."
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Thomas Henry Huxley
"Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, whether you like it or not."
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Abraham Joshua Heschel
"Self-respect is the root of discipline: The sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself."
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Sterling W. Sill
“It is a great paradox - almost everyone wants to improve his circumstances but almost no one wants to improve himself.”
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William James
"The greatest discovery of my generation is that you can change your circumstances by changing your attitudes of mind."
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Harry Emerson Fosdick
“No horse gets anywhere until he is harnessed. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, and disciplined.”
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W. K. Hope
“Self discipline is when your conscience tells you to do something and you don't talk back.”
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Abraham J. Heschel
“Self-respect is the root of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.”
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Harry S. Truman
“In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves… self-discipline with all of them came first.”
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Rob Gilbert
“First we form habits, then they form us. Conquer your bad habits or they will conquer you.”
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Epictetus
“Freedom is not procured by a full enjoyment of what is desired, but by controlling the desire.”
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Harold Schoenberg
“Anybody who gets away with something will come back to get away with a little bit more.”
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Author Unknown
“Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees or the stars; you have a right to be here.”
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Seneca
“No evil propensity of the human heart is so powerful that it may mot be subdued by discipline.”
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George Washington
“Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all.”
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Julie Andrews
“Some people regard discipline as a chore. For me, it is a kind of order that sets me free to fly.”
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Harry S. Truman
"In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves. Self-discipline with all of them came first."
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Brian Tracy
“The future belongs to the competent. It belongs to those who are very, very good at what they do. It does not belong to the well meaning.”
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Critias of Athen
"If you will discipline yourself to make your mind self-sufficient you will thereby be least vulnerable to injury from the outside."
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Brian Tracy
“Every study of high achieving men and women proves that greatness in life is only possible when you become outstanding at your chosen field.”
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Clint Eastwood
"It takes tremendous discipline to control the influence, the power you have over other people's lives."
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William Feather
"If we conducted ourselves as sensibly in good times as we do in hard times, we could all acquire a competence."
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Jim Rohn
“Pity the man who inherits a million and isn't a millionaire. Here's what would be pitiful, if your income grew and you didn't.”
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Harry Emerson Fosdick
"No steam or gas drives anything until it is confined. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined."
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Horace
"Who has courage to say no again and again to desires, to despise the objects of ambition, who is a whole in himself, smoothed and rounded."
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Martin Luther King, Jr.
"The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood."
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Brian Tracy
“The foundation of lasting self-confidence and self esteem is excellence,mastery of your work.”
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Jim Rohn
“The most important question to ask on the job is not ‘what am I getting?’ The most important question to ask is ‘What am I becoming?’”
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George Washington
"Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable, procures success to the weak, and esteem to all."
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Brian Tracy
“Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and importance, although difficult, is the high road to pride, self-esteem and personal satisfaction.”
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Carl Zuckmeyer
"One-half of life is luck; the other half is discipline and that’s the important half, for without discipline you wouldn’t know what to do with luck."
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Author Unknown
"By working faithfully eight hours a day, you may eventually get to be boss and work 12 hours a day."
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Rob Gilbert
"First we form habits, then they form us. Conquer your bad habits or they will conquer you."
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Brian Tracy
“People create their own success by learning what they need to learn and then by practicing it until they become proficient at it”.
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Johann Gottfried Von Herder
“Brave is the lion tamer, brave is the world subduer, but braver is the one who has subdued himself.”
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter except by your promotion."
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Brian Tracy
“Only undertake what you can do in an excellent fashion. There are no prizes for average performance.”
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Jim Rohn
“Life is a unique combination of "want to"and"how to"and we need to give equal attention to both.”
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Josiah Quincy
"When you have a number of disagreeable duties to perform, always do the most disagreeable first."
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Wayne W. Dyer
"You have a very powerful mind that can make anything happen as long as you keep yourself centered.”
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Arthur Schopenhauer
"Will power is to the mind like a strong blind man who carries on his shoulders a lame man who can see."
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Peter F. Drucker
"What you have to do and the way you have to do it is incredibly simple. Whether you are willing to do it, that's another matter."
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Winston Churchill
“Never give in – in nothing, great or small, large or petty – except to convictions of honor and good sense.”
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Norman Cousins
"Free will and determinism are like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you is determinism. The way you play your hand is free will."
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Richard Cecil
"Self-will so ardent and active that it will break a world to pieces to make a stool to sit on."
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
"They can conquer who believe they can. He has not learned the first lesson is life who does not every day surmount a fear."
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter except by your promotion."
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Author Unknown
"It is not because things are different that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult."
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Brian Tracy
"Develop the winning edge; small differences in your performance can lead to large differences in your results."
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Zig Ziglar
“It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.”
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Brian Tracy
“Develop your willpower so that you can make yourself do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not.”
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Carl Zuckmyer
“Half of life is luck; the other half is discipline – and that’s the important half, for without discipline you wouldn’t know what to do with luck.”
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Brian Tracy
“The ability to discipline yourself to delay gratification in the short term in order to enjoy greater rewards in the long term is the indispensable pre-requisite for success.”
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Hugh B. Brown
"Keep in mind the challenging fact that your aim is not to get ahead of others, but to surpass yourself; to begin today to be the person you want to be."
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Beverly Claridge
"Inspiration is a byproduct of discipline... simply getting up every day and planning, plotting, sketching, setting up or actually applying paint to a painting."
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George Washington
“Nothing is more harmful to the service, than the neglect of discipline; for that discipline, more than numbers, gives one army superiority over another.”
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Jim Rohn
“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.”
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Wilma Rudolph
“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.”
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George Washington
“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.”
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Marvin J. Ashton
“Shaking off restrictive chains requires action. They cannot be wished away. A declaration will never break chains. It requires commitment, self-discipline, and work.”
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Brigham Young
“Now brethren, can we fight against and subdue ourselves? That is the greatest difficulty we ever encountered, and the most arduous warfare we ever engaged in.”
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Buddha
"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."
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Tyron Edwards
"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."
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George Washington
"Nothing is more harmful to the service, than the neglect of discipline; for that discipline, more than numbers, gives one army superiority over another."
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Tyron Edwards
"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."
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Zig Ziglar
“Discipline yourself to do the things you need to do when you need to do them, and the day will come when you will be able to do the things you want to do when you want to do them!”
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Richard G. Scott
"Establish specific objectives, and move steadily toward them. A rudder won't control a drifting boat; it must be underway. Similarly, you need to be moving forward to gain control of your life."
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Harry Browne
“Everything you want in life has a price connected to it. There's a price to pay if you want to make things better, a price to pay just for leaving things as they are, a price for everything.”
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Author Unknown
“A person in good health usually has great authority over his arms, legs, fingers etc. He may get the same kind of authority over the mind, the tongue, the ambition with the Lords help.”
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William Somerset Maugham
"I forget who it was that recommended men for their soul’s good to do each day two things they disliked…It is a precept I have followed scrupulously: for every day I have got up and I have gone to bed."
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John Sutherland Bodell
"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."
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E.M. Gray
"The successful person has the habit of doing the things failures don't like to do. They don't like doing them either necessarily. But their disliking is subordinated to the strength of their purpose."
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Jim Rohn,
“We suffer one of two things. Either the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. You’ve got to choose discipline, versus regret, because discipline weighs ounces and regret weighs tons.”
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Gordon B. Hinckley
“Be strong—be strong in the discipline of self. How many otherwise good men squander their strength and dissipate their will and literally destroy their lives because they have not the power of self-discipline.”
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Bob Richards
“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.”
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E. M. Gray
“The successful person has the habit of doing the things failures don't like to do. They don't like doing them either necessarily. But their disliking is subordinated to the strength of their purpose.”
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John S. Bonnell

"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."
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Maria Montessori
"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."
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James E. Faust
“You must have the strength to discipline yourselves so that you can accomplish your goals and enhance your natural strengths. Habits of self-discipline formed while you are young will become part of the makeup of your character for the rest of your lives.”
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James E. Faust
“The principle of work is part of self-discipline. Now, my dear young sisters, I have lived a good many years longer than you, but even back in Grandpa’s time there was something to make you want to lie down and go to sleep—they called it work.”
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Harry Emerson Fosdick
"No horse gets anywhere until he is harnessed. No stream or gas drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined."
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H. Ross Perot
"Something in human nature causes us to start slacking off at our moment of greatest accomplishment. As you become successful, you will need a great deal of self-discipline not to lose your sense of balance, humility and commitment."
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Lee Iacocca
"I learned about the strength you can get from a close family life. I learned to keep going, even in bad times. I learned not to despair, even when my world was falling apart. I learned that there are no free lunches. And I learned the value of hard work."
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Gordon B. Hinckley
“One of the great tragedies we witness almost daily is the tragedy of men of high aim and low achievement. Their motives are noble. Their proclaimed ambition is praiseworthy. Their capacity to achieve is great. But their discipline is weak. They succumb to indolence. Appetite robs them of will.”
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Robert Bridges
“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.”
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John F. MacArthur Jr.
"Why is discipline important? Discipline teaches us to operate by principle rather than desire. Saying no to our impulses (even the ones that are not inherently sinful) puts us in control of our appetites rather than vice versa. It deposes our lust and permits truth, virtue, and integrity to rule our minds instead."
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Thomas S. Monson
“The battle for self-discipline may leave you a bit bruised and battered but always a better person. Self-discipline is a rigorous process at best; too many of us want it to be effortless and painless. Should temporary setbacks afflict us, a very significant part of our struggle for self-discipline is the determination and the courage to try again.”
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J.B. Charles
"Hands untrained in the use of tools destroy what they want to build. It takes skill to use tools to achieve the result desired, whether it's tearing down an old house or building a new one. Skepticism is a tool serving both purposes. But it must be used by a trained mind, a mind capable of disciplined thinking."
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Robert Blair
"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."
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Neal A. Maxwell
"Man can learn self-discipline without becoming ascetic; he can be wise without waiting to be old; he can be influential without waiting for status. Man can sharpen his ability to distinguish between matters of principle and matters of preference, but only if we have a wise interplay between time and truth, between minutes and morality."
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Brutus Hamilton
"It is one of the strange ironies of this strange life that those who work the hardest, who subject themselves to the strictest discipline, who give up certain pleasurable things in order to achieve a goal, are the happiest men. When you see 20 or 30 men line up for a distance race in some meet, don't pity them, don't feel sorry for them. Better envy them instead."
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Bertrand Russell
"Nothing of importance is ever achieved without discipline. I feel myself sometimes not wholly in sympathy with some modern educational theorists, because I think that they underestimate the part that discipline plays. But the discipline you have in your life should be one determined by your own desires and your own needs, not put upon you by society or authority."
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Joe J. Christensen

“In addition, help your children learn self-discipline by such activities as learning to play a musical instrument or other demanding skill. I am reminded of the story of the salesman who came to a house one hot summer day. Through the screen door he could see a young boy practicing his scales on the piano. His baseball glove and hat were by the side of the piano bench. He said, “Say, boy, is your mother home?” To which the boy replied, “What do you think?” Thank heavens for conscientious parents!”
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Stephen R. Covey
“I'm convinced that we can write and live our own scripts more than most people will acknowledge. I also know the price that must be paid. It's a real struggle to do it. It requires visualization and affirmation. It involves living a life of integrity, starting with making and keeping promises, until the whole human personality the senses, the thinking, the feeling, and the intuition are ultimately integrated and harmonized.”
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James Allen

“Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound. The man who does not shrink from self-crucifixion can never fail to accomplish the object upon which his heart is set. This is true of earthly as of heavenly things. Even the man whose object is to acquire wealth must be prepared to make great personal sacrifices before he can accomplish his object; and how much more so he who would realize a strong and well-poised life."
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