discipline Quotes

35 of the best book quotes about discipline
  1. #1
    “We were all at once terribly alone; and alone we must see it through.”
  2. #3
    “A farmer is helpless to grow grain; all he can do is provide the right conditions for the growing of grain. He cultivates the ground, he plants the seed, he waters the plants, and then the natural forces of the earth take over and up comes the grain...This is the way it is with the Spiritual Disciplines - they are a way of sowing to the Spirit... By themselves the Spiritual Disciplines can do nothing; they can only get us to the place where something can be done.”
  3. #4
    “A culture of discipline is not a principle of business, it is a principle of greatness.”
  4. #5
    “Sir, a Code Red is a disciplinary action brought against a Marine who’s fallen out of line.”
  5. #6
    “No doubt the thought that was uppermost in a thousand of those vigilant minds, even as it was uppermost in mine, was the riddle—how much they understood of us. Did they grasp that we in our millions were organized, disciplined, working together? Or did they interpret our spurts of fire, the sudden stinging of our shells, our steady investment of their encampment, as we should the furious unanimity of onslaught in a disturbed hive of bees? Did they dream they might exterminate us?”
  6. #7
    “Good is the enemy of great. Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice and discipline.”
  7. #8
    “Freedom begins way back. It begins not with doing what you want but with doing what you ought - that is, with discipline.”
  1. #9
    “All I know is, the violence rose from the fear like smoke from a fire.”
  2. #10
    “My father was the model of discipline and courage. Sure, he was stern, and sometimes judgmental, but I always felt like he meant well.”
  3. #11
    “What evils are not wrought by Anarchy! She ruins States, and overthrows the home, She dissipates and routs the embattled host; While discipline preserves the ordered ranks.”
  4. #12
    “Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. ”
  5. #13
    “Age acquires no value save through thought and discipline.”
  6. #14
    “Leadership is fragile. It is more a matter of mind and heart than resources, and it seemed that we no longer had the heart for those things that demanded discipline, commitment, and risk.”
  7. #15
    “Man is to become God-like through a life of virtue and the cultivation of the spirit through scientific knowledge, practice and bodily discipline.”
  8. #16
    “My grandmother India always said God had pointed a finger at our family, asking for just a bit more discipline, more praying, and more hard work because he had blessed us with good health and good brains.”

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  1. #17
    “One form of perseverance is the daily discipline of trying to do things better than we did yesterday.”
  2. #18
    “Only a warrior can endure the path of knowledge.”
  3. #19
    “Love is spiritual. It’s about self-sacrifice and commitment. And discipline. You cannot have true love without discipline. And respect. When you lose the respect of your spouse, you’ve lost everything.”
  4. #20
    “The test is not a complex one: when the alarm goes off, do you get up out of bed, or do you lie there in comfort and fall back to sleep? If you have the discipline to get out of bed, you win—you pass the test. If you are mentally weak for that moment and you let that weakness keep you in bed, you fail. Though it seems small, that weakness translates to more significant decisions. But if you exercise discipline, that too translates to more substantial elements of your life.”
  5. #21
    “It’s not what you preach, it’s what you tolerate.”
  6. #23
    “Our freedom to operate and maneuver had increased substantially through disciplined procedures.”
  7. #24
    “This book is intended as a correlative history of the modern soul and of a new power to judge.”
  1. #25
    “We have then a public execution and a timetable. They do not punish the same type of crimes or the same type of delinquent. But they each define a certain penal style.”
  2. #26
    “The Panopticon is a marvelous machine which, whatever use one may wish to put it to, produces homogeneous effects of power.”
  3. #27
    “We are now far away from the country of tortures, dotted with wheels, gibbets, gallows, pillories; we are far, too, from that dream of the reformers, less than fifty years before.”
  4. #28
    “In this scene of terror, the role of the people was an ambiguous one.”
  5. #29
    “The need for punishment without torture was ... formulated as a cry from the heart or ... from an outraged nature.”
  6. #30
    “Public punishment is the ceremony of immediate recoding.”
  7. #31
    “Visibility is a trap.”
  8. #32
    “Discipline ‘makes’ individuals; it is the specific technique of a power that regards individuals as objects.”
  9. #33
    “Discipline is a political anatomy of detail.”
  10. #34
    “The soul is the prison of the body.”
  11. #35
    “The ‘Enlightenment’, which discovered the liberties, also invented the disciplines.”

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