Self discipline

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Self-discipline is the ability to manage oneself and one's emotions by using reason to determine a best course of action that opposes one's desires.


  • Self-discipline is indispensable, if you want to master your character.
    • Fausto Cercignani in: Brian Morris, Simply Transcribed. Quotations from Writings by Fausto Cercignani, 2014, quote 49.
  • Self-discipline without talent can often achieve astounding results, whereas talent without self-discipline inevitably dooms itself to failure.
  • The middle gear of any man is self-discipline.


  • Discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability.
    • Roy L. Smith
  • Discipline is when you take orders without arguing, when you remember what happened to the other guy, the same thing you don't want to happen to you.
    • Anonymous
  • Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes.
  • It is better to conquer yourself than win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or demons, heaven or hell.

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