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  • The ultimate mistake in discipline is the ultimatum.

  • ... since in modern times cruelty is bad form, it must cover itself; this it often does under the admired cloak of discipline.

  • The pain of discipline is short, but the glory of the fruition is eternal.

  • ... the most elementary experience of life proves that the effects of compulsion last exactly as long as the physical or moral club can be applied.

  • Corporal punishment is as humiliating for him who gives it as for him who receives it; it is ineffective besides. Neither shame nor physical pain have any other effect than a hardening one ...

  • Without discipline, there can be no freedom.

  • Physical punishment, such as spanking, teaches a toddler that might makes right and that it is fine to hit when one is stronger and can get away with it.

  • ... if spanking worked, we'd only have to do it once. Basically, spanking is nothing more than a big person using force against a smaller person. It can do damage to your child, and in the long run it doesn't work.

    • Nancy Samalin,
    • with Catherine Whitney, Love and Anger: The Parental Dilemma ()
  • Once one habit peels away the others follow it. You have to hold on, or the next thing you'll find yourself parading down the street in your nightdress. Habit is everything.

  • Without discipline, there's no life at all.

  • Some people regard discipline as a chore. For me, it is a kind of order that sets me free to fly.