What is discipline?

Discipline

In its original sense, discipline is systematic instruction given to disciples to train them as students in a craft or trade, or any other activity which they are supposed to perform, or to follow a particular code of conduct or "order". Often, the phrase "to discipline" carries a negative connotation. This is because enforcement of order – that is, ensuring instructions are carried out – is often regulated through punishment.

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Famous quotes containing the word discipline:

    Counsel men to discipline their children, but not to divorce their wives.
    Chinese proverb.

    ... the surest test of discipline is its absence.
    Clara Barton (1821–1912)

    I think of discipline as the continual everyday process of helping a child learn self-discipline.
    Fred Rogers (20th century)