Quotations on Habit

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My writing has to support more than my research habit, but I love to curl up with a book about some dusty corner of history.
- Lynn Abbey
(Keywords: History, Love, Habit, Research, Support, Writing)

Chaos often breeds life when order breeds habit.
- Henry Adams
(Keywords: Life, Habit, Chaos, Order)

Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.
- Henry B. Adams
(Keywords: Life, Habit, Chaos, Order)

The law of harvest is to reap more than you sow. Sow an act, and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny.
- James Allen
(Keywords: Character, Habit, Destiny, Harvest, Law)

Quality is not an act, it is a habit.
- Aristotle
(Keywords: Quality, Habit, Act)

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
- Aristotle
(Keywords: Art, Habit, Virtue, Act, Excellence, Training)

All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.
- Aristotle
(Keywords: Nature, Habit, Actions, Chance, Desire, Passion, Reason)

Choose the life that is most useful, and habit will make it the most agreeable.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Life, Habit, Will)

The habit of common and continuous speech is a symptom of mental deficiency. It proceeds from not knowing what is going on in other people's minds.
- Walter Bagehot
(Keywords: People, Habit, Speech)

My own nature hovers between neurotic and paranoid. I've developed the habit of mentally listing things that make me optimistic about the future. I do it every day.
- Martha Beck
(Keywords: Nature, Habit, Day, Future)

We have seen from experience that, if we are in the habit of walking regularly on the same road, we are able to think about other things while walking, without paying attention to our steps.
- Vinoba Bhave
(Keywords: Experience, Habit, Attention, Road, Walking)

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
(Keywords: Fear, Discipline, Failure, Goal, Habit, Attention, Confidence, Excitement, Pride, Respect)

Both Brutus and Hamlet are highly intellectual by nature and reflective by habit. Both may even be called, in a popular sense, philosophic; Brutus may be called so in a stricter sense.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley
(Keywords: Nature, Habit, May, Popular, Sense)

The worst mistake of first contact, made throughout history by individuals on both sides of every new encounter, has been the unfortunate habit of making assumptions. It often proved fatal.
- David Brin
(Keywords: History, Mistake, Habit, First)

There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.
- Buddha
(Keywords: People, Habit, Doubt, Nothing, Poison)

We get into the habit of living before acquiring the habit of thinking. In that race which daily hastens us towards death, the body maintains its irreparable lead.
- Albert Camus
(Keywords: Death, Habit, Body, Living, Race, Thinking)

Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.
- George Washington Carver
(Keywords: People, Habit, Excuses)

People get so in the habit of worry that if you save them from drowning and put them on a bank to dry in the sun with hot chocolate and muffins they wonder whether they are catching cold.
- John Jay Chapman
(Keywords: People, Habit, Sun, Wonder, Worry)

Acting for me is not a bad habit like smoking that I must make an effort to quit. I love acting; I love directing.
- Joan Chen
(Keywords: Love, Habit, Acting, Effort, Smoking)

What helps luck is a habit of watching for opportunities, of having a patient but restless mind, of sacrificing one's ease or vanity, or uniting a love of detail to foresight, and of passing through hard times bravely and cheerfully.
- Victor Cherbuliez
(Keywords: Love, Habit, Detail, Foresight, Luck, Mind, Vanity)

Virtue is a habit of the mind, consistent with nature and moderation and reason.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Nature, Habit, Virtue, Mind, Moderation, Reason)

Great is the power of habit. It teaches us to bear fatigue and to despise wounds and pain.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Power, Habit, Fatigue, Pain, Wounds)

The danger to society is not merely that it should believe wrong things, though that is great enough; but that it should become credulous, and lose the habit of testing things and inquiring into them; for then it must sink back into savagery.
- William Kingdon Clifford
(Keywords: Society, Habit, Danger, Testing, Wrong)

Poetry has been to me its own exceeding great reward; it has given me the habit of wishing to discover the good and beautiful in all that meets and surrounds me.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
(Keywords: Poetry, Habit, Reward, Wishing)

Man has an incurable habit of not fulfilling the prophecies of his fellow men.
- Alistair Cooke
(Keywords: Men, Habit, Man)

There are six components of wellness: proper weight and diet, proper exercise, breaking the smoking habit, control of alcohol, stress management and periodic exams.
- Kenneth H. Cooper
(Keywords: Diet, Control, Habit, Management, Alcohol, Exercise, Smoking, Stress, Weight)

My fellow students there were very smart, but the really novel thing was that they actually seemed to put a lot of effort into their school work. By the end of my first semester there, I began to get into that habit as well.
- Eric Allin Cornell
(Keywords: Work, Habit, Effort, End, First, School, Students)

Education is the methodical creation of the habit of thinking.
- Ernest Dimnet
(Keywords: Education, Habit, Creation, Thinking)

When a man has done his best, has given his all, and in the process supplied the needs of his family and his society, that man has made a habit of succeeding.
- Mack R. Douglas
(Keywords: Family, Society, Habit, Man, Needs)

As long as habit and routine dictate the pattern of living, new dimensions of the soul will not emerge.
- Henry Van Dyke
(Keywords: Soul, Habit, Living, Routine, Will)

My habit of glorifying things far away in space and time, also contributed to my social isolation.
- Luke Ford
(Keywords: Time, Habit, Isolation, Space)

Once upon a time there was an old country, wrapped up in habit and caution. We have to transform our old France into a new country and marry it to its time.
- Charles de Gaulle
(Keywords: Time, Habit, Caution, Country, France, Old)

Gradually I came to realize that people will more readily swallow lies than truth, as if the taste of lies was homey, appetizing: a habit.
- Martha Gellhorn
(Keywords: Truth, People, Habit, Lies, Taste, Will)

Once you get into the habit of work, you can be more productive in the things you want to do.
- Adrian Grenier
(Keywords: Work, Habit, Want)

Without struggle, no progress and no result. Every breaking of habit produces a change in the machine.
- George Gurdjieff
(Keywords: Change, Progress, Habit, Machine, Result, Struggle)

Writing became an obsessive compulsive habit but I had almost no money so I thought about being an urban firefighter and having lots of free time in which to write or becoming an English teacher and thinking about books and writers on a daily basis. That swayed me.
- David Guterson
(Keywords: Money, Time, Thought, Habit, Being, Books, English, Thinking, Writers, Writing)

Life has got a habit of not standing hitched. You got to ride it like you find it. You got to change with it. If a day goes by that don't change some of your old notions for new ones, that is just about like trying to milk a dead cow.
- Woody Guthrie
(Keywords: Change, Life, Habit, Day, Old, Trying)

I'm trying to get in the habit of, you know, picking up a book and learning how to write my feelings down, not my feelings but my thoughts, about things, and hopefully I'll moving toward the writing and directing thing soon.
- Corey Haim
(Keywords: Feelings, Habit, Thoughts, Learning, Trying, Writing)

The expense of a war could be paid in time; but the expense of opium, when once the habit is formed, will only increase with time.
- Townsend Harris
(Keywords: Time, War, Habit, Opium, Will)

At home in Ireland, there's a habit of avoidance, an ironical attitude towards the authority figure.
- Seamus Heaney
(Keywords: Home, Attitude, Habit, Authority, Ireland)

By nature and doctrines I am addicted to the habit of discovering choice places wherein to feed.
- O. Henry
(Keywords: Nature, Habit, Choice)

Until you have cultivated the habit of saying some kind word of those whom you do not admire, you will be neither successful nor happy.
- Napolean Hill
(Keywords: Successful, Habit, Saying, Will, Word)

Until you have formed the habit of looking for the good instead of the bad there is in others, you will be neither successful nor happy.
- Napolean Hill
(Keywords: Successful, Habit, Will)

In this country, don't forget, a habit is no damn private hell. There's no solitary confinement outside of jail. A habit is hell for those you love. And in this country it's the worst kind of hell for those who love you.
- Billie Holiday
(Keywords: Love, Habit, Country, Forget, Hell)

A child-like man is not a man whose development has been arrested; on the contrary, he is a man who has given himself a chance of continuing to develop long after most adults have muffled themselves in the cocoon of middle-aged habit and convention.
- Aldous Huxley
(Keywords: Development, Habit, Chance, Man)

Consciousness is a phase of mental life which arises in connection with the formation of new habits. When habit is formed, consciousness only interferes to spoil our performance.
- William Ralph Inge
(Keywords: Life, Habit, Performance, Connection, Consciousness, Habits)

Why should we think upon things that are lovely? Because thinking determines life. It is a common habit to blame life upon the environment. Environment modifies life but does not govern life. The soul is stronger than its surroundings.
- William James
(Keywords: Life, Soul, Habit, Blame, Environment, Thinking)

Men even contract the dirty, filthy habit of chewing tobacco, and when the habit gets a good hold upon them they are never satisfied except when they have a wad of the stuff in their mouth. So with drinking. It is largely a habit.
- Thomas Jordan Jarvis
(Keywords: Men, Habit, Drinking)

Failure is only postponed success as long as courage 'coaches' ambition. The habit of persistence is the habit of victory.
- Herbert Kaufman
(Keywords: Success, Courage, Failure, Habit, Victory, Ambition, Persistence)

We say the name of God, but that is only habit.
- Nikita Khrushchev
(Keywords: God, Habit, Name)



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