50 Best Discipline Quotes – Self-Control and Willpower

It is more than 2,000 years ago that the great Greek philosopher Aristotle said, “What lies in our power to do, lies in our power not to do”. Rather plain and obvious words, but with such a truly remarkable and mindful message!

Discipline quote: What lies in our power to do, lies in our power not to do - AristotleCollage of own and Shutterstock images; Foreground: Inga Marchuk, Background: Soccerwidow

Self-discipline facilitates goals and keeps our attitude elevated. You can even say that discipline is the foundation of happiness and the uttermost requirement for success.

Our hand-picked selection of quotes contains the best proverbs and citations we could find related to discipline, self-control, determination and willpower. The quotations are sorted chronologically by birth date of the originator. Let them lead you, let them motivate and inspire you…

A journey of a thousand miles
begins with a single step.

Lao Tzu
(604 BC – 531 BC, Chinese philosopher)
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.

(c. 563 BC – 483 BC, founder of Buddhism)
For a man to conquer himself
is the first and noblest of all victories.

(424/423 – 348/347 BC, philosopher in Classical Greece)
Rule your mind or it will rule you.
(65 BC – 8 BC, Roman lyric poet)
What lies in our power to do,
lies in our power not to do.

(384 BC – 322 BC, Greek philosopher and polymath)
Baseball PlayerWhere no oxen are, the crib is clean.
Proverb 14:4 (King James Bible)

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6 Responses to “50 Best Discipline Quotes – Self-Control and Willpower”

  1. Brian T
    23 July 2013 at 8:20 am #

    I have studied successful men and women for more than 30 years.

    In the simplest of terms, successful men and women are those who work almost all the time on high value tasks. Unsuccessful men and women are those who waste their time by wasting the minutes and hours of each day on low value activities.

  2. B Smart
    2 August 2013 at 2:08 pm #

    People commonly overestimate how far they can get in a year, but grossly underestimate how far they can get in 5 years.

    If you actually want results, make a 5-year commitment to a particular path, like building an online business, developing your social skills, becoming a world traveler, etc. A lesser commitment is largely pointless.

    If you can’t make a serious 5-year commitment to a given career path, it’s not your path.

  3. Adrian
    9 April 2014 at 9:27 am #

    Life is full of distractions trying to stop us from becoming a better person. Tv, Facebook and other similar rubbish is distracting us from achieving our real purpose, from having a healthier life from doing things which will benefit us.

    I see all those distractions like little pleasure which we get addicted to. Pornography is a very big distraction damaging society and relationship. We need to develop self discipline to be able to protect us from all those little pleasures which are constantly trying to conquer our hearts, so many people are immerse in those little pleasure that makes people think it’s something normal to do but I can guarantee you that it isn’t.

    Fall in love with hard work and escape those little pleasure and your life won’t be like the life of an average person, it will be a magnificent life. If you would like to read more about my view, my opinion, visit my blog: Happyselfdiscipline

  4. sedhulakshmi narayanan
    10 June 2014 at 2:46 am #

    helpful one

  5. saurabh
    23 August 2014 at 11:07 am #

    i liked the ”rule your mind or it will rule you” its a true thing

  6. Zeeshan The Brand
    17 May 2016 at 5:06 am #

    It was true…. and 100% correct
    And helpful also

    A journey of a thousand miles
    begins with a single step.

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