105 Best Self-Discipline Quotes To Motivate You

Anusuya Mukherjee
Feb 29, 2024 By Anusuya Mukherjee
Originally Published on Mar 04, 2021
Edited by Jacob Fitzbright
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Self-discipline is the act of moving forward in life without losing hope and is the foundation of keeping the soul in perfect balance to help keep the mind at the peak of health.

To achieve self-mastery and discipline, one must work hard, develop a positive view in life, and have a never-say-no attitude to persevere and reach goals faster, be it in career, self-health, or in ways to lead a healthy, goal-oriented life. It is integral to discipline the inner self in order to succeed in all aspects and also be at peace with your inner self and others around you.

Here is a list of some of the best self-discipline motivational quotes that will help you lead a healthier life in order to succeed as well as deal with any hurdles no matter what come may.

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Quotes On Self-Discipline

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Here is a list of motivational self-discipline quotes on discipline that will keep you going.

1. "Self-discipline is an act of cultivation. It requires you to connect today's actions to tomorrow's results."

-Gary Ryan Blair.

2. "Small disciplines repeated with consistency every day lead to great achievements gained slowly over time."

- John C. Maxwell.

3. "When a man is sufficiently motivated, discipline will take care of itself."

-Albert Einstein.

4. "Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day."

-Jim Rohn.

5. "Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period."

-Lou Holtz.

6. "Trophies should go to the winners. Self-esteem does not lead to success in life. Self-discipline and self-control do, and sports can help teach those."

-Roy Baumeister.

7. "By constant self-discipline and self-control you can develop greatness of character."

-Grenville Kleiser.

8. "The great master key to riches is nothing more or less than the self-discipline necessary to help you take full and complete possession of your own mind."

-Napoleon Hill.

9. "It's a lot more than mind over matter."

-David Goggins.

10. "Winners embrace hard work. They love the discipline of it, the trade-off they're making to win. Losers, on the other hand, see it as a punishment. And that's the difference."

-Lou Holtz.

11. "Simply, self-discipline enables you to think first and act afterward."

- Napoleon Hil.

12. "The whole reason I did a bodybuilding show was to see how far I could push my own discipline. It was the hardest thing I've ever done."

- Matt McGorry

13. "Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment."

-Jim Rohn.

14. "Great leaders always have self-discipline -without exception."

-John C. Maxwell.

15. "True freedom is impossible without a mind made free by discipline."

-Mortimer J. Adler.

16. "Self-discipline calls for a balancing of the emotions of your heart with the reasoning faculty of your head."

-Napoleon Hill.

17. "You have power over your mind, not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength."

-Marcus Aurelius.

18. "Self-discipline begins with the mastery of thought. If you do not control your thoughts, you cannot control your needs."

-Napoleon Hill.

19. "Motivation gets you going, but discipline keeps you growing."

–John C. Maxwell.

20. "One discipline always leads to another discipline."

-Jim Rohn.

21. "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."

- Will Durant.

22. "Never believe a promise from a man or woman who has no discipline. They have broken a thousand promises to themselves, and they break their promise for you."

-Matthew Kelly.

23. "Self-discipline is that which, next to virtue, truly and essentially raises one man above another."

-Joseph Addison.

24. "I think self-discipline is something, it's like a muscle. The more you exercise it, the stronger it gets."

-Daniel Goldstein.

25. "The first and greatest victory is to conquer self."

- Plato.

26. "He who cannot establish dominion over himself will have no dominion over others."

–Leonardo da Vinci.

27. "Without hustle, your talent will only get you so far."

- Gary Vee.

28. "Success is a matter of understanding and religiously practicing specific, simple habits that always lead to success."

- Robert Ringer.

29. "Let's not be afraid to speak the common sense truth: you can't have high standards without good discipline."

- William Hague.

30. "The fact is, discipline is only punishment when imposed on you by someone else. When you discipline yourself, it's not punishment but empowerment."

Les Brown.

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31. "The individual who wants to reach the top in business must appreciate the might and force of habit."

–J. Paul Getty.

32. "The more I disciplined myself to take notice of the good things in life, the more I began to recognize just how much there is to be thankful for."

– Krystal Kuehn.

33. "With this magic ingredient, you can accomplish anything and everything you want to, and it is called self-discipline."

–Brian Tracy.

34. "It is time to reverse this prejudice against conscious effort and to see the powers we gain through practice and discipline as eminently inspiring and even miraculous."

–Robert Greene.

35. "Self-control is strength, right thought is mastery, calmness is power."

-James Allen.

36. "Self-discipline is the No.1 delineating factor between the rich, the middle class, and the poor."

Robert Kiyosaki.

37. "Success is actually a short race – a sprint fueled by discipline just long enough for habit to kick in and take over."

Gary Keller.

38. "Confidence comes from discipline and training."

–Robert Kiyosaki.

39. "Self-control is the key to self-esteem and self-confidence."

–Laurance McGraw.

40. "I could only achieve success in my life through self-discipline, and I applied it until my wish and my will became one."

–Nikola Tesla.

41. "With self-discipline, most anything is possible."

–Theodore Roosevelt.

42. "Failure is nothing more than the inevitable outcome of a few small acts of daily neglect performed consistently over time so that they take you past the point of no return."

Robin Sharma.

43. "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.

44. "Success is created through the performance of a few small daily disciplines that stack up over time to produce achievements far beyond anything you could have ever planned for."

–Robin Sharma.

45. "Self-discipline is about controlling your desires and impulses while staying focused on what needs to get done to achieve your goal."

–Adam Sicinski.

46. "I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self."


47. "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."

–Harry S. Truman.

48. "The time that leads to mastery is dependent on the intensity of our focus."

- Robert Greene.

49. "In order to be responsible, you need some discipline in your life."

- Donatella Versace.

50. "The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen."

- Lee Iacocca.

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This list of inspirational self-discipline quotes will help you stay consistent in your path.

51. "JROTC students make a commitment to serve their communities at an early age, and they learn the discipline and habits to be future leaders."

-Conor Lamb.

52. "It sounds simple telling people to work hard and never quit, but to really execute and demonstrate those principles takes discipline and faith. Those are the two factors that I believe separate the good from the great, the successes from the failures."

-Nipsey Hussle.

53. "We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment."

-Jim Rohn.

54. "Many people think they want things, but they don't really have the strength, the discipline. They are weak. I believe that you get what you want if you want it badly enough."

-Sophia Loren.

55. "Most people want to avoid pain, and discipline is usually painful."

-John C. Maxwell

56. "Mine is just a simple old human story - of one person trying, with great rigor and discipline."

-Elizabeth Gilbert

57. "The philosophy of fasting calls upon us to know ourselves, to master ourselves, and to discipline ourselves the better to free ourselves. To fast is to identify our dependencies, and free ourselves from them."

-Tariq Ramadan.

58. "There is one thing that gets you out of bed in the morning, and that is discipline. Because your dreams and your goals are not there waking up for you in the morning."

-Jocko Willink.

59. "Your legacy is being written by yourself. Make the right decisions."

- Gary Vee.

60. "I believed in studying just because I knew education was a privilege. It was the discipline of study."

-Wynton Marsalis.

61. "I think self-discipline is something, it's like a muscle. The more you exercise it, the stronger it gets."

-Daniel Goldstein.

62. "No person is free who is not master of himself."


63. "Without any self-sacrifice, how can there be a success?"

-Lailah Gifty Akita.

64. "I think you can judge from somebody's actions a kind of a stability and sense of purpose perhaps created by strong religious roots. I mean, there's a certain patience, a certain discipline, I think, that religion helps you achieve."

-George W. Bush.

65. "Waking up early maintains your self-discipline. Get up and read, workout, journal, meditate or grind. How you start the day sets the tone."

-Genereux Philip.

66. "Self-discipline is self-caring."

-M. Scott Peck.

67. "Overcoming the pain of self-discipline, we achieve our goals and move towards our dreams."

-Sunday Adelaja

68. "By constant self-discipline and self-control, you can develop greatness of character."

-Grenville Kleiser

69. "It is in my nature to give the work I have all the discipline and due diligence that I am capable of."

-Priyanka Chopra.

70. "Veterans have the skills employers want - discipline, motivation, leadership, and the ability to work on a team. They have made the U.S. military the most effective and respected in the world."

-Bobby Kotick.

Keep Going Quotes To Motivate You To Persevere

This list of inspirational self-discipline quotes will boost your never-give-up attitude.

71. "A disciplined mind leads to happiness."

-Dalai Lama.

72. "Without self-discipline, potentials are useless and mediocrity becomes the plague of life."

-Clement Ogedegbe.

73. "If you have control over yourself, you have no desire to control others."

-Miya Yamanouchi.

74. "It is foolish to be lavish in words and niggardly in truth."

-Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

75. "Great teaching requires incredible talent and dedication, strong intellectual ability and interpersonal skills, real discipline and empathy."

-Bruce Rauner.

76. "I never met a person as determined as my mother."

-Sugar Ray Leonard.

77. "Discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability."

-Roy L. Smith.

78. "If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him."


79. "Discipline is money in the bank. A real friend, true strength."

-Henry Rollins.

80. "The discipline of desire is the background of character."

-John Locke.

81. "I have to play with discipline in midfield."

-Memphis Depay.

82. "Discipline may be identified neither with an institution nor with an apparatus; it is a type of power, a modality for its exercise, comprising a whole set of instruments, techniques, procedures, levels of application, targets; it is a 'physics' or 'anatomy' of power, a technology."

-Michel Foucault.

83. "Having a strong sense of self-discipline helps us to avoid negativity and achieve the greatness we desire."

-Amr Okasha.

84. "You need three things to win: discipline, hard work and, before everything maybe, commitment. No one will make it without those three."

-Haile Gebrselassie.

85. "Confucianism is all about tempering your instincts with intellectual discipline, with book learning."

-Brian Reynolds Myers.

86. "Depression in failure should never go to heart, and ego in success should never go to the brain."

-A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.

87. "An attitude of positive expectation is the mark of the superior personality."

-Brian Tracy.

88. "I'm just always looking forward. I spend very little time, looking backward."

- Gary Vee.

89. "I believe in discipline, so I'm not the right person to cry about weakness and things like this, but maybe I'm not human."

-John Galliano.

90. "The road to character is built by confronting your own weakness."

-David Brooks.

91. "Liberty depends on self-restraint. Freedom is freedom only when controlled and limited."

-Edith Hamilton.

92. "It is often the simple daily practices that influence our lives in dramatic ways."

-Alaric Hutchinson.

93. "That's why the point isn't to become smarter, but to become more self-disciplined."

-Adam Kirk Smith.

94. "Discipline and unconditional support is earned by understanding and trust and inclusion. Not by isolation, not by nasty tricks."

-Colm Keaveney.

95. "I kind of peak at how far I can push my body, and then I run out of determination for the habit and start easing off. It's really just a lack of focus and discipline."

-Sean Astin.

96. "I'm a grazer by nature - fruit, nuts - but I try to discipline myself and sit down for regular meals when the girls are around, as I want to instil good habits in them."

-Darcey Bussell.

97. "Whatever you abuse will return to hunt you. Cultivate the self-discipline to use everything within the environment God created them for."

-Paul Bamikole.

98. "Success isn't measured by money or power or social rank. Success is measured by your discipline and inner peace."

-Mike Ditka.

99. "It takes relentless self-discipline to schedule suffering into your day, every day."

-David Goggins.

100. "If I couldn't have discipline, if I sit up eatin' fried chicken in bed at night, I'd just as soon be dead. I take care of myself."

-Jim Brown

101. "Mastery of impulse is all about self-discipline and choice. The mind is a powerful tool with which we have the ability to be in control of ourselves."

-Alaric Hutchinson.

102. "It is better to conquer self than to win a thousand battles."


103. "Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates."

-H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

104. "Rule your mind or it will rule you."


105. "It's all right letting yourself go, as long as you can get yourself back."

-Mick Jagger.

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Written by Anusuya Mukherjee

Bachelor of Arts and Law specializing in Political Science and Intellectual Property Rights

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Anusuya MukherjeeBachelor of Arts and Law specializing in Political Science and Intellectual Property Rights

With a wealth of international experience spanning Europe, Africa, North America, and the Middle East, Anusuya brings a unique perspective to her work as a Content Assistant and Content Updating Coordinator. She holds a law degree from India and has practiced law in India and Kuwait. Anusuya is a fan of rap music and enjoys a good cup of coffee in her free time. Currently, she is working on her novel, "Mr. Ivory Merchant".

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