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200 Discipline Quotes to Improve Your Self-Discipline

Last Updated: February 8, 2023 by Team

Discipline is commonly applied to regulating human and animal behavior to the society or environment it belongs. Self-discipline is about creating new habits of thought, action, and speech toward improving oneself and reaching institutional goals. This is an alternative to viewing discipline as a means to obtain more information. Self-discipline; the real ‘secret’ to success. All successful entrepreneurs, leaders, or parents – have a healthy degree of self-discipline. They wire us with momentary strength at times & Lifetime Inspiration at other times.

I am a firm believer that self-discipline attracts opportunities. I believe that if you use discipline to develop your skills and make a disciplined effort towards your ambitions, there is no doubt that exciting opportunities will inevitably open up for you.

May these quotes on self-discipline serve you in creating the habit of self-discipline. Let them guide you towards achieving more success and becoming your very best.

200 Discipline Quotes

Top 10 Discipline Quotes

“We don’t have to be smarter than the rest; we have to be more disciplined than the rest.” – Warren Buffett

“A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering.” – Dalai Lama XIV

“Success isn’t measured by money or power or social rank. Success is measured by your discipline and inner peace.” – Mike Ditka

“It takes discipline not to let social media steal your time.” – Alexis Ohanian

“Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades. A mode of conduct, a standard of courage, discipline, fortitude, and integrity can do a great deal to make a woman beautiful.” – Jacqueline Bisset

“Confidence comes from discipline and training.” – Robert Kiyosaki

“Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of facts within a comparatively short time, but the ability to form judgments requires the severe discipline of hard work and the tempering heat of experience and maturity.” – Calvin Coolidge

“The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy.” – Henri Nouwen

“Without hard work and discipline it is difficult to be a top professional.” – Jahangir Khan

“When a man is sufficiently motivated, discipline will take care of itself.” – Albert Einstein

Discipline will take you places motivation can't.

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“Discipline is based on pride, on meticulous attention to details, and on mutual respect and confidence. Discipline must be a habit so ingrained that it is stronger than the excitement of the goal or the fear of failure.” – Gary Ryan Blair

“Discipline is being able to force yourself to do something, in spite of how you feel, over and over until it becomes a habit.”

“Discipline is built by consistently performing small acts of courage.” – Robin Sharma

“Discipline is choosing between what you want now, and what you want most.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Discipline is creating the situation.”

“Discipline is just choosing between what you want now and what you want most.”

“Discipline is remembering what you want.”

“Discipline is doing what needs to be done even though you don’t want to.”

“Discipline is doing what you hate to do, but nonetheless doing it like you love it.”

“Discipline is doing what you know needs to be done even if you don’t want to do it.”

“Discipline is eating what you need instead of eating what you crave.”

“Discipline is just choosing between what you want now and what you want most.” – Augusta F. Kantra

“Discipline is money in the bank. A real friend, true strength.”

“Discipline is not a virtue, but the solicitor of virtuous character.” – Colby Tatem

“Discipline is remembering what you want.” – David Campbell

“Discipline is simply the art of making the soldiers fear their officers more than the enemy” – Claude Adrien Helvetius

“Discipline is the ability to control our conduct by principle rather than by social pressure.” – Glenn C. Stewart

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments.” – Jim Rohn

“Discipline is the bridge between your fitness goals and fitness success.”

“Discipline is the difference between good and great.”

“Discipline is the difference between what you want now and what you want most.”

“Discipline is the foundation of a successful and a happy life.”

“Discipline is the foundation upon which all success is built. Lack of discipline inevitably leads to failure.” – Jim Rohn

“Discipline is the key to success.”

“Discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability.” – Roy L. Smith

“Discipline is the silent force at work that breeds success. It requires only one thing; that you sacrifice time in things you enjoy.”

“Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all.” – George Washington

“Discipline is wisdom and vice versa.” – M. Scott Peck

“Discipline is your friend not your enemy.”

“Discipline, not desire, determines your destiny.”

“The distance between your dreams and reality is called discipline.”

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

“Right discipline consists, not in external compulsion, but in the habits of mind which lead spontaneously to desirable rather than undesirable activities.” – Bertrand Russell

“My left hand is my bad hand. I spank it with my right hand. You might call it clapping, but I call it discipline.” – Jarod Kintz

“Excellence is a journey. discipline is the vehicle.”

“Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.” – Stephen Covey

“Discipline really means our ability to get ourselves to do things when we don’t want to.” – Arden Mahlberg

“Discipline the one thing necessary to achieve any goal worth having.”

“Discipline trains you to put up with disappointments, every rose has a thorn.” – Sri Sathya Sai Baba

“Discipline turns ability into achievement.”

“Discipline weighs ounces, regret weighs tons.”

“Discipline when you accept a challenge see it through.”

“Discipline not desire determines your destiny.”

“Discipline and constant work are the whetstones upon which the dull knife of talent is honed until it becomes sharp enough, hopefully, to cut through even the toughest meat and gristle.” – Stephen King

“A discipline I have observed is an attitude of love and reverence to people.” – Bessie Head

“The price of excellence is discipline. The cost of mediocrity is disappointment.” – William Arthur Ward

“The secret of discipline is motivation. When a man is sufficiently motivated, discipline will take care of itself.” – Alexander Paterson

“Discipline: just choosing between what you want now and what you want most.”

“Self discipline is about controlling your desire and impulses while staying focused on what needs to get done to achieve your goal.”

“Self discipline isn’t just something that happens once and you’re done. It’s a practice.”

“Self-discipline is a form of freedom. Freedom from laziness and lethargy, freedom from the expectations and demands of others, freedom from weakness and fear – and doubt. Self-discipline allows a person to feel his individuality, his inner strength, his talent. He is the master of, rather than a slave to, his thoughts and emotions.” – H. A. Dorfman

“Self-discipline is a key to many doors. Not least of which is one that leads to a better, stronger, and healthier version of yourself.” – Zero Dean

“Self-discipline is a self-enlarging process.” – M. Scott Peck

“Self-discipline is about controlling your desires and impulses while staying focused on what needs to get done to achieve your goal.” – Adam Sicinski

“Self-discipline is an act of cultivation. It requires you to connect today’s actions to tomorrow’s results. There’s a season for sowing a season for reaping. Self-discipline helps you know which is which.” – Gary Ryan Blair

“Self-discipline is doing what needs to be done when it needs to be done even when you don’t feel like doing it.”

“Self-discipline is that mental state of commitment, which gets you performing an activity regardless of your feelings.”

“Self-discipline is that which, next to virtue, truly and essentially raises one man above another.” – Joseph Addison

“Self-discipline is the ability to make yourself do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not.” – Elbert Hubbard

“Self-discipline is the magic power that makes you virtually unstoppable.” – Dan Kennedy

“Self discipline is when your conscience tells you to do something and you don’t talk back.” – W. K. Hope

“Self-discipline is the No.1 delineating factor between the rich, the middle class, and the poor.” – Robert Kiyosaki

“Self-discipline is the only power which can keep you energized even in the thoughest of the circumstances.” – Sukant Ratnakar

“I think self-discipline is something, it’s like a muscle. The more you exercise it, the stronger it gets.” – Daniel Goldstein

“Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.” – Abraham Joshua Heschel

“Self-command is the main discipline.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The price of excellence is discipline. The cost of mediocrity is disappointment. William Arthur Ward

Self Discipline Quotes

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“All successes begin with self-discipline. It starts with you.” – Dwayne Johnson

“By constant self-discipline and self-control you can develop greatness of character.” – Grenville Kleiser

“Compassion, tolerance, forgiveness and a sense of self-discipline are qualities that help us lead our daily lives with a calm mind.” – Dalai Lama

“Cultivate within yourselves the might power of self-discipline.” – Gordon B. Hinckley

“Develop self-discipline. Do what needs to be done, even if you don’t want to do it.”

“Great leaders always have self-discipline -without exception.” – John C. Maxwell

“Happiness is dependent on self-discipline. We are the biggest obstacles to our own happiness. It is much easier to do battle with society and with others than to fight our own nature.” – Dennis Prager

“I could only achieve success in my life through self-discipline, and I applied it until my wish and my will became one.” – Nikola Tesla

“If I want to be great I have to win the victory over myself… self-discipline.” – Harry S Truman

“If it were easy to walk the path of self-discipline, we wouldn’t gain much from it.” – Glenn C. Stewart

“Imagine how pitiful life would be without self-discipline. We would achieve very little.”

“In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves…self-discipline with all of them came first.” – Harry S. Truman

“It’s easy to make excuses for the lack of self-discipline but excuses don’t get you anywhere.”

“Mind control is the result of self-discipline and habit. You either control your mind or it controls you. There is no hall-way compromise.”

“Most talk about ‘super-geniuses’ is nonsense. I have found that when ‘stars’ drop out, successors are usually at hand to fill their places, and the successors are merely men who have learned by application and self-discipline to get full production from an average, normal brain.”- Charles M. Schwab

“Peace and happiness shall fill your mind deep within, if you act according to truth and self-discipline.” – Gobind Singh

“Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power.” – Clint Eastwood

“Self-discipline begins with the mastery of thought. If you do not control your thoughts, you cannot control your needs. Self-discipline calls for a balancing of the emotions of your heart with the reasoning faculty of your head.” – Napoleon Hill

“Self-discipline creates a brighter tomorrow.”

“Self-discipline equates to self-control. Your ability to control yourself and your actions, control what you say and do, and ensure that your behaviors are consistent with long-term goals and objectives is the mark of a superior person.” – Brian Tracy

“Self-mastery and self-discipline are the foundation of good relationships with others.” – Stephen R. Covey

“The great master key to riches is nothing more or less than the self-discipline necessary to help you take full and complete possession of your own mind.” – Napoleon Hill

Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day. Jim Rohn

“The only discipline that lasts is self-discipline.” – Bum Philips

“The pain of self-discipline will never be as great as the pain of regret.”

“Through self-discipline comes freedom.” – Aristotle

“We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.” – Jesse Owens

“What we do upon some great occasion will probably depend on what we already are: and what we are will be the result of previous years of self-discipline.” – H.P. Liddon

“With self-discipline, most anything is possible.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“With this magic ingredient, you can accomplish anything and everything you want to, and it is called self-discipline.” – Brian Tracy

“Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period.” – Lou Holtz

“Your level of success is determined by your level of self-discipline and perseverance.”

“A great way to develop self discipline is to make it a habit to do things you should be doing when you feel the laziest. every time you feel really lazy, do the opposite of what you feel like doing.”

“Self discipline – The Road may be hard but the results are priceless.

“Self disciplines repeated with consistency every day lead to great achievements gained slowly over time.”

“Discipline yourself to do the things you need to do when you need to do them, and the day will come when you will be able to do the things you want to do when you want to do them.” – Zig Ziglar

“But the discipline you have in your life should be one determined by your own desires and your own needs, not put upon you by society or authority.” – Bertrand Russell

“You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.”

“You will never have a greater or lesser dominion than that over yourself…the height of a man’s success is gauged by his self-mastery; the depth of his failure by his self-abandonment. …And this law is the expression of eternal justice. He who cannot establish dominion over himself will have no dominion over others.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“Self control is the key to self esteem and self confidence.” – Laurance McGraw V

“Self-control is the chief element in self-respect, and self-respect is the chief element in courage.” – Thucydides

“Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.” – Margaret Thatcher

Discipline is sacrificing the life you want to live right now, for the life you want to live for decades. Reece Wabara

Positive Discipline Quotes

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“Love myself I do. Not everything, but I love the good as well as the bad. I love my crazy lifestyle, and I love my hard discipline. I love my freedom of speech and the way my eyes get dark when I’m tired. I love that I have learned to trust people with my heart, even if it will get broken. I am proud of everything that I am and will become.” – Johnny Weir

“Your ability to discipline to set clear goals, and then to work toward them every day, will do more to guarantee your success tan any other single factor.”

“you will never always be motivated. You have to be learn to be disciplined.”

“With discipline belief and the right knowledge, we become the best we can be.”

“Winners embrace hard work. They love the discipline of it, the trade-off they’re making to win. Losers, on the other hand, see it as a punishment. And that’s the difference.” – Lou Holtz

“When you discipline yourself to do what is hard, you gain access to a realm of results that are denied everyone else. The willingness to do what is difficult is like having a key to a special private treasure room.” – Steve Pavlina

“The person who master himself through self control and discipline is truly undefeatable.”

“The more disciplined you become, the easier life gets.” – Steve Pavlina

“The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen.” – Lee Iacocca

“The best time to set up a new discipline is when the idea is strong.” – Jim Rohn

“The ability to discipline yourself to delay gratification in the short term in order to enjoy greater rewards in the long term is the indispensable prerequisite for success.” – Maxwell Maltz

“That aim in life is highest which requires the highest and finest discipline.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.” – Jim Rohn

“Success doesn’t just happen. You have to be intentional about it, and that takes discipline.” – John C. Maxwell

“Success in business requires training, discipline and handwork.”

“Success is actually a short race – a sprint fueled by discipline just long enough for habit to kick in and take over.” – Gary Keller

“Success is created through the performance of a few small daily disciplines that stack up over time to produce achievements far beyond anything you could of ever planned for. Failure, on the other hand, is just as easy to slip into. Failure’s is nothing more than the inevitable outcome of a few small acts of daily neglect performed consistently over time so that they take you past the point of no return.” – Robin Sharma

“Small disciplines repeated with consistency every day lead to great achievements gained slowly over time.” – John C. Maxwell

“Rule your mind with discipline or the mind will rule you.”

“One of the most inportant keys to success is having the discipline to do what you know you should do, even when you don’t feel like doing it.”

“One discipline always leads to another discipline.” – Jim Rohn

“No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.” – Harry Emerson Fosdick

“No evil propensity of the human heart is so powerful that it may not be subdued by discipline.” – Seneca

“Motivation will die.. Let discipline take it place.”

“Motivation may get you started but it takes discipline to keep you going.”

“Motivation gets you going, but discipline keeps you growing.” – John C. Maxwell

“Mental toughness is many things and rather difficult to explain. Its qualities are sacrifice and self-denial. Also, most importantly, it is combined with a perfectly disciplined will that refuses to give in. It’s a state of mind-you could call it character in action.” – Vince Lombardi

“It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.” – Zig Ziglar

“If we don’t discipline ourselves, the world will do it for us.” – William Feather

“If you want to reach your goals and dreams, you cannot do it without discipline.”

“For every disciplined effort there is a multiple reward.” – Jim Rohn

“Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes.” – Buddha

“Don’t count on motivation; count on discipline.”

“Dreams get you started …discipline keeps you going.”

“Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.” – Lao Tzu

“It is better to conquer self than to win a thousand battles.” – Buddha

Discipline doesn't make life harder, but it makes you confront the hard things in life.

Military Discipline Quotes

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“If the self-discipline of the free cannot match the iron discipline of the mailed fist-in economic, political, scientific and all other kinds of struggles as well as the military-then the peril to freedom will continue to rise.” – John F. Kennedy

“You will either experience the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. Choice is yours.”

“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, But painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”

“Without discipline the Army would just be a bunch of guys wearing the same color clothing.” – Frank Burns

“Lack of discipline leads to frustration and self-loathing.” – Marie Chapian

“Discipline must be a habit so ingrained that it is stronger than the excitement of battle.” – George S. Patton

“I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.” – Aristotle

“Do not consider painful what is good for you.” – Euripides

“For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories.” – Plato

“He conquers twice who conquers himself in victory.” – Jyrus

“He who cannot obey himself will be commanded. That is the nature of living creatures.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

A major factor in being disciplined is adaptability. Discipline is about doing what needs to be done, even if life throws a wrench in your plans. Acknowledge the change, make the proper adjustments and keep moving forward.

Conscious Discipline Quotes

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“It is time to reverse this prejudice against conscious effort and to see the powers we gain through practice and discipline as eminently inspiring and even miraculous.” – Robert Greene

“You cannot be disciplined in great things and undisciplined in small things.” – George S. Patton

“Without handwork and discipline it is difficult to be a top professional.”

“Without discipline, there’s no life at all.” – Katharine Hepburn

“Without a passion for discipline, the most beautiful of dreams have zero value.”

“We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret and disappointment.” – Jim Rohn

“True freedom is impossible without a mind made free by discipline.” – Mortimer J. Adler

“There is no magic wand that can resolve our problems. The solution rests with our work and discipline.” – Jose Eduardo dos Santos

“The discipline that is needed in our lives is the discipline that comes from within.” – Gordon Hinkley

“The cost of discipline is always less than the cost of lack of discipline.”

“Talent without discipline is just wasted opportunity.”

“Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.” – Frank Herbert

“Regret was from a lack of discipline.”

“If you will discipline yourself to make your mind self-sufficient you will thereby be least vulnerable to injury from the outside.” – Critias Of Athens

“If we are to have such a discipline we must have standards, and to get our standards under existing conditions we must have criticism.” – Irving Babbitt

“He who lives without discipline dies without honor.” – Icelandic Proverb

“Discipline without freedom is tyranny. Freedom without discipline is chaos.” – Cullen Hightower

“Discipline imposed from the outside eventually defeats when it is not matched by desire from within.” – Dawson Earle Trotman

“Comfort is the enemy of achievement.”

Dreams get you started.. discipline keeps you going.

Financial Discipline Quotes

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“Before you can really start setting financial goals, you need to determine where you stand financially.” – David Bach

“Any good business person applies financial discipline to everything they do. The movie business is and should be no different; I don’t believe you have to sacrifice creativity to have business success. To the contrary, great art requires discipline.” – Paula Wagner

“People ask me, how is managing in the New Economy different from managing in the Old Economy? Actually, it’s a lot the same. It’s about the financial discipline of the bottom line, understanding your customers, segmenting your customers by their needs, and building a world-class management team.” – Meg Whitman

“Our strategic evolution has established Monsanto as the leading innovator in agricultural seeds and technology, .. The financial discipline we have exercised has also allowed us to establish a solid foundation which is poised for growth in the years ahead.” – Terry Crews

“Rigorous financial discipline that, together with monetary stability, ends once and for all the boom and bust that for 30 years has undermined stability” – Gordon Brown

“I believe that through knowledge and discipline, financial peace is possible for all of us.” – Dave Ramsey


Discipline Quotes for Fitness

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“All excellence involves discipline and tenacity of purpose.” – John W. Gardner

“A one hour workout is 4% of your day.”

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain

“It’s about staying ahead of what happened yesterday. When you just in your mind think…nothing’s going to stop me. I don’t care how I felt yesterday. I’m gonna go out today and do what I know I can do. If you can just tell yourself…no I’m stronger than this, no I’m better than this, no I’m faster than this, no I’m tougher than this. I think you can make it through situations that your never thought possible.” – Sanya Richards

“It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not.” – Dennis Waitley

“It doesn’t matter whether you are pursuing success in business, sports, the arts, or life in general: The bridge between wishing and accomplishing is discipline.” – Harvey Mackay

“Trophies should go to the winners. Self-esteem does not lead to success in life. Self-discipline and self-control do, and sports can help teach those.” – Roy Baumeister

“Discipline and commitment is pathway to reach goals and dreams.” – Dr Anil Kr Sinha

Work is doing it. Discipline is doing it every day. Diligence is doing it well every day. Dave Ramsey

Discipline Quotes for Students

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“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 of others isn’t punishment. you discipline to help, to improve, to correct, to prevent, not to punish, humiliate, or retaliate.”

“Discipline in art is a fundamental struggle to understand oneself, as much as to understand what one is drawing.” – Henry Moore

“Discipline and concentration are a matter of being interested.” – Tom Kite

“When grandparents enter the door, discipline flies out the window.” – Ogden Nash

“Children cannot develop a sense of inner discipline if all of the control comes from the outside.”

“Discipline doesn’t break a child’s spirit half as often as the lack of it breaks a parent’s heart.”

“Discipline your children now so prison guards won’t have to do it later.”

“I think of discipline as the continual everyday process of helping a child learn self-discipline.” – Fred Rogers

“Loving discipline encourages a child to respect other people and live as a responsible, constructive citizen.” – Dr. James Dobson

“Excessive strictness and blind discipline are bad teachers for kids.”

Discipline leads to habits. Habits lead to consistency. Consistency leads to growth.

Discipline Quotes for Bible

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“The steady discipline of intimate friendship with Jesus results in men becoming like Him.” – Harry Emerson Fosdick

“The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It’s your mind you have to convince.” – Vince Lombardi

“Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.” – Proverbs 12:1

“Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.” – Revelation 3:19

“Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.” – Proverbs 13:24

“For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” – Hebrews 12:11

“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” – Ephesians 6:4

“For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life.” – Proverbs 6:23



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We hope these discipline quotes encourage you to lead a more disciplined life and accomplish your goals.

Self-discipline gives you the power to stay focused on what needs to be done to reach your full potential. It is one of the essential requirements for living a happy and meaningful life.

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