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Quotations about Habits


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Good Habits are mentors, guardian angels, and servants that regulate your sleep, your work, your thought. ~Elbert Hubbard


The fact is, habit is the strongest thing in the world... ~Fanny Kemble (1809–1893)


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


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


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


Habit.— The covering worn by the body or mind: in the former case hiding Nature, and in the latter revealing her. ~"Specimens of a Patent Pocket Dictionary, For the use of those who wish to understand the meaning of things as well as words," The New Monthly Magazine and Literary Journal, 1824


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


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)


But the unfortunate thing about this world is that good habits are so much easier to get out of than bad ones. ~W. Somerset Maugham


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


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


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]


In any family, measles are less contagious than bad habits. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1963


Habit is a cable. We weave a thread of it every 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


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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