Quotes for
the Journey:


Life without discipline is like
a ship without a rudder.

Ronie Mathew Thomas


What we do on some great occasions will probably depend upon what we already are, and what we are will be the result of previous years of self-discipline.     -H.P. Liddon

People who have learned to control themselves, who do not live on the surface of their being, but who reach down into the depths, where, in the stillness, the voice of God is heard. . . are not affected by the thousand and one storms and tempests.     -Orison Swett Marden
Discipline divorced from wisdom is not true discipline, but merely the meaningless following of customs, which is a disguise for ignorance.
-Rabindranath Tagore
Without discipline we can solve nothing.  With only some discipline we can solve only some problems.  With total discipline we can solve all problems.

M. Scott Peck
The Road Less Traveled

The tools of discipline are techniques by which we experience the pain of problems in such a way as to work them through and solve them successfully, learning and growing in the process.  When we teach ourselves discipline, we are teaching ourselves how to suffer and also how to grow.
Good discipline is more than just punishing or laying down the law.  It is liking children and letting them see that they are liked.  It is caring enough about them to provide good, clear rules for their protection.     -Stanley Greenspan, A Guide to Discipline

Discipline is teaching a child the way he or she should go.  Discipline, therefore, includes everything you do to help your child learn.  Unfortunately, it's one of the most misunderstood words in the English language.  Most people generally think of it as punishment or as something unpleasant.  We need to understand that discipline is something you do for a child.  Punishment is something you do to a child when discipline fails.  Both Greek and Hebrew words denoting discipline include the meaning of chastening, correction, rebuke, upbringing, training, instruction, education, and reproof.  The purpose of discipline is positive--to produce a whole person, free from the faults and handicaps that hinder maximum development.     -Zig Ziglar, Raising Positive Kids in a Negative World
Discipline is like an addiction.  Once you get disciplined then it is difficult to get rid of that.  But that addiction we have to develop.  Each pleasure of life can be experienced with discipline.  It is totally wrong concept that discipline induces restriction and hampers joy.  Truth is that it helps to experience joy in more proper way.    -Parikshit Deshmukh, Applied Strengths of Mind
Discipline is something we despise for the moment. . . . We all look for a place to run, an excuse with which to stall.  No one enjoys it.  Yet those of us who have endured it know that the fruit it produces and the pain from which it ultimately spares us makes it worth the agony.     -Charles F. Stanley, How to Handle Adversity
A mind that is disciplined, controlled, is free within its own pattern; but that is not freedom.  The end of discipline is conformity; its path leads to the known, and the known is never the free.     -Jiddu Krishnamurti, Commentaries on Living
No one can feel competent to cope with the challenges of life who has not acquired a capacity for self-discipline.
-Nathaniel Branden, Self-Esteem Every Day
Always remember that discipline is like a two-edged sword; it is not only to correct children when they are wrong, but to direct them to a way that is right.     -James Merritt, Friends, Foes & Fool
A sense of discipline is like the earth itself.  It is the ground from which all good qualities can grow forth.
-Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Fearless Simplicity
Discipline is like sandpaper.  It feels rough and abrasive when it's in motion, but the final result is a smooth and polished surface.     -Jerry L. Parks, Dragons, Grasshoppers & Frogs

Discipline is necessary and good.  You can't raise successful children without it, but discipline should not repress or tyrannize.  Discipline should lead to powerful habits of direction, work, and good judgment.  Good discipline produces strength, not weakness; creativity, not banality; responsibility, not self-indulgence.     -Zig Ziglar, Raising Positive Kids in a Negative World
Discipline doesn't have to be about restriction; it can be about freedom, it can be about openness, it can be about more rather than less.     -Batya Zamir
Discipline is the highest of all virtues.  Only so may strength and desire be counterbalanced and the endeavors of people bear fruit.     -Nikos Kazantzakis
Discipline is the process by which energy is directed along certain lines to the exclusion of others.  Instead of being expended in many ways in unreflecting response to every stimulant applied, it is concentrated and made to focus itself upon a single point, or rather is confined within certain narrow limits.  Discipline is often spoken of as acquired power.  A more exact statement would seem to be that discipline is ability to make energy effective by confining it in a certain channel.     -George P. Brown
Discipline is a quality.  You start with a little bit of it, you submit yourself to authority and a job and a goal, and you learn a bit more about discipline.     -Charles E. Jones

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Here is the greatest value of discipline:  self-worth, also known as self-esteem.  Many people who are teaching self-esteem these days don't connect it to discipline. But once we sense the least lack of discipline within ourselves, it starts to erode our psyche.  One of the greatest temptations is to just ease up a little bit.  Instead of doing your best, you allow yourself to do just a little less than your best.  Sure enough, you've started in the slightest way to decrease your sense of self-worth.     -Jim Rohn
All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.     -Hebrews 12:11
Discipline strengthens the mind so that it becomes impervious to the corroding influence of fear.     -Bernard Law Montgomery
That discipline which corrects the eagerness of worldly passions, which fortifies the heart with virtuous principles, which enlightens the mind with useful knowledge, and furnishes to it matter of enjoyment from within itself, is of more consequence to real felicity than all the provisions which we can make of the goods of fortune.     -Robert Bridges
The great end of education is to discipline rather than to furnish the mind; to train it to the use of its own powers, rather than fill it with the accumulation of others.     -Tryon Edwards
Discipline is not the restraint but the use of energy. . . . When I forbid myself what I may have, no person is going to tempt me with what is truly forbidden.     -Guy Davenport
Life without discipline is like a ship without a rudder.     -Ronie Mathew Thomas
Discipline is like moonlight to cool the wild mind that is burning with anger, attachment, ignorance, jealousy and so forth.  One becomes calm, concentrated, and magnificent, towering over ordinary beings like Mount Meru rising above the world.  Others will be drawn to one's strength and will find great inspiration and confidence in it.  It pacifies our own being, and it brings peace into the way other people and sentient beings relate to us.  Thus wise practitioners protect their discipline as they would their eyes.     -Bstan-Dzin-Rgya-Mtsho
So far as discipline is concerned, freedom means not its absence but the use of higher and more rational forms as contrasted with those that are lower or less rational.  A free discipline controls the individual by appealing to his or her reason and conscience, and therefore to his or her self-respect; while an unfree control works upon some lower phase of the mind, and so tends to degrade the person.  It is freedom to be disciplined in as rational a manner as you are fit for.     -Charles Horton Cooley, Human Nature and the Social Order
Children expect discipline.  Even though discipline can be unpleasant, everyone who has experienced good discipline knows not only that they needed it, but also appreciates, and loves those who had the courage to give it to them!  To attempt to raise a child without discipline is like trying to build a complex building without a blueprint, or like leaving the rebar out of concrete when it is poured, or deciding not to install the steel beams and girders into a skyscraper--you steal its spine--you create a disaster.     -Zester Hatfield, Daddy's Little Girl & Mommy's Little Boy

Discipline in its highest notion is not punishment or self-punishment.  It is rather something seminal to the self.  It is our foundation.  It is our architecture.  It gives us structure.  It allows us to steer our energies and pull our wagon.     -Noah Benshea
Discipline must come through liberty.  We do not consider an individual disciplined only when he or she has been rendered as artificially silent as a mute and as immovable as a paralytic.  That person is an individual annihilated, not disciplined.     -Maria Montessori
Exactitude in some small matters is the very soul of discipline.     -Joseph Conrad
The purpose of discipline is to promote freedom.  But freedom leads to infinity and infinity is terrifying.     -Henry Miller
There will be less external discipline the more internal discipline there is.     -Simone Weil
If you are willing to discipline yourself, the physical universe won't need to discipline you.     -Leonard Orr
Some people regard discipline as a chore.  For me, it is a kind of order that sets me free to fly.     -Julie Andrews
Discipline is important simply because we live in an organized society where, if you have not learned life's requirements at early age, you will be taught later, not by those whose love tempers the lesson but by strangers who could not care less about the harm they do to your personality.     -William E. Homan
If we do not discipline ourselves the world will do it for us.  Control from without flourishes when discipline from within grows weak.     -William Feather
Discipline is the duty and the hope of all who would enjoy the benefits of society and of instruction.     -John H. A. Bomberger
Discipline brings us effort, sacrifice and suffering.  Later it brings us something of an inestimable value:  something of which those who live only for pleasure, profit or amusement will always be deprived.  This peculiar indefinable joy which one must have felt oneself to understand is the sign with which life marks its moment of triumph.     -Alexis Carrel
Discipline is necessary to curb the mind, otherwise there is no peace.     -Jiddu Krishnamurti


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