15 Ultimate Self-Discipline Quotes

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These self-discipline quotes have the power to put you back on track if you’ve been veering off course in your finances, your studies or life in general of late.

Learn and apply the wisdom in the self-discipline quotes below.

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Begin, from today, to cultivate the art of self-mastery.

What will follow when you are now in control of your emotions, actions and life choices will shock many, yourself included.

This is because the first and best step to success in any area of our lives is self-discipline.

Make sure to share these self-discipline quotes if you truly find them useful.

1. Lead yourself.

If you wouldn’t follow yourself why should anyone else?

– John C. Maxwell

2. You are the force behind your destiny.

My will shall shape my future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man’s doing but my own. I am the force. I can clear any obstacle before me or I can be lost in the maze. My choice, my responsibility, win or lose, only I hold  the key to my destiny.

– Elaine Maxwell


3. Hold yourself accountable all the time.

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

4. Rule yourself.

No person is free who is not master of himself.

– Epictetus

5. Rise above the thirst for instant gratification.

Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.

-Abraham Lincoln

6. Never surrender your will to external influences.

A man without decision of character can never be said to belong to himself … He belongs to whatever can make captive of him.

-John Foster

7. Be the best victor.

The first and  best victory is to conquer yourself.

– Plato

8. Suffer to gain.

Self-discipline is often disguised as short-term pain which often leads to long-term gain.

-Charles F. Glassman

9. Willpower is key to all achievement.

Willpower is what separates us from the animals. It’s the capacity to restrain our impulses, resist temptation – do what’s right and good for us in the long-run, not what we want to do right now. It’s central, in fact, to civilization.

-Roy Baumeister

10. Discipline your mind.

The good Lord gave you a body that can stand almost anything. It’s your mind you have to  convince.

-Vince Lombardi

11. Self-discipline trumps all.

The only discipline that lasts is self-discipline.

-Bum Phillips

12. Back your talent with solid self-mastery.

Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There’s plenty of movement but you never know if it’s going to be forward, backwards or sideways.

-H. Jackson Brown, Jr

13. Self-discipline is the only ingredient for success in any field.

It doesn’t matter whether you are pursuing success in business, sports, the arts or life in general. The bridge between wishing and accomplishing is discipline.

-Harvey Mackay

14. Discipline is a bitter but necessary pill.

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.

-Hebrews 12:11

15. Let your gut instincts be your guide.

Your ability to listen to your inner voice – regardless of how you feel. other influences or temptations you face – is the key to self-mastery.


I trust that the above self-discipline quotes will provide you with the right guidance and inspiration as you work each day to make your dreams come true.

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About Ralph Nyadzi

Ralph is a professional blogger, founder and CEO of RN Digital Media Ent. He spends his day working as an online entrepreneur, e-learning strategist and a test prep coach. If you can't locate him anywhere on the web, just doing what he knows how to do best, check him out on his farm or in the kitchen. He lives with four cats in the Central Region of his native country, Ghana.

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