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Quotations about Habits


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The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken. ~Samuel Johnson


There are things you've done that come back to haunt you — and things that haunt you that you're still doing. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Ill habits gather by unseen degrees —
As brooks make rivers, rivers run to seas.
~John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel


Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time. ~Mark Twain


A habit is something you can do without thinking — which is why most of us have so many of them. ~Frank A. Clark


A bad habit never disappears miraculously. It's an undo-it-yourself project. ~Abigail Van Buren (1918–2013)


Nothing is so often irrevocably neglected as an opportunity of daily occurrence. ~Marie Dubsky, Freifrau von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830–1916), translated by Mrs Annis Lee Wister, 1882


Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. ~Jim Ryun


Bad habits are easier to abandon today than tomorrow. ~Yiddish Proverb


If it weren't for my bad habits, I'd be an idle fellow! ~David J. Beard (1947–2016), tweet, 2010 February 22nd


Habits are the very dickens to change. ~Arnold Bennett (1867–1931)


The unfortunate thing about this world is that good habits are so much easier to give up than bad ones. ~Somerset Maugham


Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity. ~St. Augustine


The second half of a man's life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half. ~Feodor Dostoevski


Habit might be described as a kind of moral friction — as something not allowing easy passage to the mind, but rather so binding it to things that to work loose from them is difficult. ~Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742–1799), translated by Norman Alliston, 1908


Enduring habits I hate.... Yes, at the very bottom of my soul I feel grateful to all my misery and bouts of sickness and everything about me that is imperfect, because this sort of thing leaves me with a hundred backdoors through which I can escape from enduring habits. ~Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science


Habits are at first cobwebs, then cables. ~Spanish Proverb


The hard must become habit. The habit must become easy. The easy must become beautiful. ~Doug Henning


Habit is a second nature which prevents us from knowing the first, of which it has neither the cruelties nor the enchantments. ~Marcel Proust


The easier it is to do, the harder it is to change. ~Eng's Principle


No monarch is so well obeyed as that whose name is Habit. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882


The simile of a path is convenient to illustrate the theory of the mind regarding habits. A certain sort of vibration is set in motion, starting in one particular area and ending in another. The next time it starts, the same beginning and end mark its course. The same vibration happens again and again, and with each additional characteristic of a path we have one that may be applied to a habit: a well-worn path becomes a rut, and whatever travels along the margin is bound to slip into the depression. ~Nathan Oppenheim, M.D., "The Bonds of Habit," Mental Growth and Control, 1901  [A little altered. "The well-worn path is the most likely to become a rut." ~Dr. Idel Dreimer —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


The satisfied, the happy, do not live; they fall asleep in habit, near neighbor to annihilation. ~Miguel de Unamuno, The Tragic Sense of Life


Habits are safer than rules; you don't have to watch them. And you don't have to keep them, either. They keep you. ~Frank Crane


Habit is thus the enormous flywheel of society, its most precious conservative agent. It alone is what keeps us all within the bounds of ordinance, and saves the children of fortune from the envious uprisings of the poor. ~William James, The Principles of Psychology


In any family, measles are less contagious than bad habits. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960


Men's natures are alike; it is their habits that separate them. ~Confucius, Analects


Habit with him was all the test of truth;
It must be right: I've done it from my youth.
~George Crabbe, The Borough


Habit is a cable; we weave a thread each day, and at last we cannot break it. ~Horace Mann


Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits. ~Mark Twain


If you don't watch out, putting on your unhappiness in the morning can become as instinctive as putting on your clothes. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Small habits well pursued betimes
May reach the dignity of crimes.
~Hannah More


To fall into a habit is to begin to cease to be. ~Miguel de Unamuno, The Tragic Sense of Life


Habit is a man's sole comfort. We dislike doing without even unpleasant things to which we have become accustomed. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


The best way to break a bad habit is to drop it. ~Leo Aikman


Every grown-up man consists wholly of habits, although he is often unaware of it and even denies having any habits at all. ~Georges Gurdjieff


To have nothing the matter with you and no habits is pretty tame, pretty colorless. It is just the way a saint feels, I reckon; it is at least the way he looks. I never could stand a saint. ~Mark Twain



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