Frank Herbert Quotes

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Seek freedom and become captive to your desires.  Seek discipline and find your liberty.

It is impossible to live in the past, difficult to live in the present, and a waste to live in the future.

American author Frank Herbert (1920-1986) was best known for his science fiction writing.  His novel DUNE (1965) and its sequels brought him wide acclaim.  

Julie Andrews Quote

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

From 2 Timothy 1:6-7:  “For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.”

Charles Swindoll Quote

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Discipline is one of the most hated terms in our times.  If you want to put a stop to mediocrity, replace excuses with fresh determination . . . you need discipline.

From Colossians 1:10-12:  So that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God.  May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from His glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light.”

Vance Havner Quote

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The alternative to discipline is disaster.

From 1 Corinthians 9:24-25:  “Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but only one receives the prize?  Run in such a way that you may win it.  Athletes exercise self-control in all things; they do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable one.”

James Dobson Quote

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If one examines the secret behind a championship football team, a magnificent orchestra, or a successful business, the principal ingredient is invariably discipline.

From Proverbs 10:17:  “Whoever heeds instruction is on the path to life, but one who rejects a rebuke goes astray.”


Enduring Character

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Horace Greeley writes:  “Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, riches take wing, and only character endures.”


Never forget our Lord’s profound teaching

Shelter faithful hearts each and every day

God renews our strength, always reaching

He positions loving hope to follow His way


Jesus reminds us daily to love one another

His fresh commandant reaches out to all

He truly wants us to witness to each other

Entrusted to make a better walk is our call


Protect integrity at each of life’s stops

Love God’s commandants, follow each

A person’s character should be tops

Christ’s working spirit will always seek


Maintain genuine discipline in one’s faith

God’s goodness and holiness arrive on time

Step forward to say “yes” to free grace

Encouraging us to obey a light that shines


The text for this poem is inspired from reading the following Bible verses:  

Psalm 119:165:  “Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble.”

Proverbs 3:1:  “My child, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments.”

John 13:35 (Christ is speaking) “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”


If you are looking for more Christian-based poems, here are a couple of previously published poems that you will find enjoyable to read: