36 Self-Discipline Quotes That Will Help You Make It Big in Life

Not that long ago, I was a “go with the flow” kind of person. I believed that amazing things would happen to me simply because I deserved them. But it dawned on me at one point — that’s not an ideal way to go through life. Life doesn’t work like that. In fact, the only way to achieve my goals is through rigorous self-discipline.

However, since I sometimes slip into my old habits, I made this list of best self-discipline quotes to remind me of my new life policy.

I firmly believe that self-discipline is the fastest way to success. No one makes it big or gets all those things they wanted in life by sitting on their behinds all day and praying to the universe to make miracles happen. We all have to work hard every day. For that, we need self-discipline.

36 Best Self-Discipline Quotes to Inspire You to Do Better

Motivating Self-Discipline Quotes That Will Make You Push Yourself Harder

1. “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

2. “Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.” ― Abraham Lincoln

3. “All successes begin with self-discipline. It starts with you.” ― Dwayne Johnson

4. “The more self-discipline you have, the more you do the things you should do, the happier your future self will be.” ― Maxime Lagacé

5. “‎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

6. “Self-discipline is often disguised as short-term pain, which often leads to long-term gains. The mistake many of us make is the need and want for short-term gains (immediate gratification), which often leads to long-term pain.” ― Charles F. Glassman

7. “Compassion, tolerance, forgiveness, and a sense of self-discipline are qualities that help us lead our daily lives with a calm mind.” ― Dalai Lama

8. “Self-discipline is an act of cultivation. It requires you to connect today’s actions to tomorrow’s results. There’s a season for sowing and a season for reaping. Self-discipline helps you know which is which.” — Gary Ryan Blair

Self-Discipline Quotes That Will Nudge You in the Right Direction

9. “No person is free who is not master of himself.” ― Epictetus

10. “He who has conquered his own coward spirit has conquered the whole outward world.” ― Thomas Hughes

11. “The warrior has awareness. We are aware that we are at war, and the war in our minds requires discipline. Not the discipline of a soldier but the discipline of a warrior. Not the discipline from the outside to tell us what to do and not to do, but the discipline to be ourselves, no matter what.” ― Miguel Ruiz

12. “The first and best victory is to conquer self.” ― Plato

13. “Every goal you want to achieve requires the enforcement of self-discipline, self-control, and self-awareness. That’s a rule without an exception.” — Gary Ryan Blair

14. “We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.” — Jesse Owens

15. “Self-discipline begins with the mastery of your thoughts. If you don’t control what you think, you can’t control what you do. Simply, self-discipline enables you to think first and act afterward.” — Napoleon Hill

16. “Self-discipline means establishing authority over one’s own habits, routines, and priorities and not being under their control.” ― Oleg Konovalov

Self-Discipline Quotes for Those Who Lack Motivation and Drive

17. “If success and happiness is your ultimate destination, then self-discipline is the way.” ― Clyde Lee Dennis

18. “By constant self-discipline and self-control, you can develop greatness of character.” ― Grenville Kleiser

19. “We all suffer one of two pains. Either the pain of developing self-discipline or the pain associated with not having it.” ― Clyde Lee Dennis

20. “Self-discipline is self-caring.” ― M. Scott Peck

21. “With self-discipline, most anything is possible.” ― Theodore Roosevelt

22. “If we don’t discipline ourselves, the world will do it for us.” — William Feather

23. “Self-discipline is a form of freedom. Freedom from laziness and lethargy, freedom from the expectations and demands of others, freedom from weakness and fear — and doubt. Self-discipline allows a pitcher to feel his individuality, his inner strength, his talent. He is master of, rather than a slave to, his thoughts and emotions.” — H.A. Dorfman

24. “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

25. “Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power.” — Clint Eastwood

Energizing Self-Discipline Quotes That Will Light a Fire Under You

26. “Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.” — Abraham J. Heschel

27. “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” — Jim Rohn

28. “Self-discipline isn’t something that happens once, and you’re done. It’s a practice.” — Emily Thompson

29. “Mind control is the result of self-discipline and habit. You either control your mind or it controls you. There is no hall-way compromise.” — Napoleon Hall

30. “Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period.” — Lou Holtz

31. “We don’t have to be smarter than the rest; we have to be more self-disciplined than the rest.” — Warren Buffet

32. “Self-discipline is when your conscience tells you to do something, and you don’t talk back.” — W. K. Hope

33. “A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering.” — Dalai Lama

34. “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!” — Zig Ziglar

35. “Self-discipline is the chief element in self-respect, and self-respect is the chief element in courage.” — Thucydides

36. “No man is such a conqueror as the one that has defeated himself.” — Henry Ward Beecher

To Conclude

If I’m self-disciplined and a hard worker, opportunities will come to me. That’s what I believe. What’s more, that’s what has been happening ever since I adopted my new life policy. So I suggest that you try it out as well. Hopefully, these self-discipline quotes will inspire you to do precisely that.

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