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60,000 QUOTES SPIDER
 


QUOTES AND APHORISMS ON HABIT

 

 

Habits are formed by the repetition of particular acts. They are strengthened by an increase in the number of repeated acts. Habits are also weakened or broken, and contrary habits are formed by the repetition of contrary acts.

Mortimer J. Adler (1902-2001, American educator, philosopher)

 

Habits are formed by the repetition of particular acts. They are strengthened by an increase in the number of repeated acts. Habits are also weakened or broken, and contrary habits are formed by the repetition of contrary acts.

Mortimer J. Adler (1902-2001, American educator, philosopher)

 

To learn new habits is everything, for it is to reach the substance of life. Life is but a tissue of habits.

Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881, Swiss philosopher, poet, critic)

 

It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.

 

Aristotle (BC 384-322, Greek philosopher)

 

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

 

Aristotle (BC 384-322, Greek philosopher)

 

A single bad habit will mar an otherwise faultless character, as an ink-drop soileth the pure white page.

 

Hosea Ballou (1771-1852, American theologian, founder of "Universalism")

 

The power of habit and the charm of novelty are the two adverse forces which explain the follies of mankind.

 

Maria De Beausacq

 

Habit is a great deadener.

 

Samuel Beckett (1906-1989, Irish dramatist, novelist)

 

Habits... the only reason they persist is that they are offering some satisfaction. You allow them to persist by not seeking any other, better form of satisfying the same needs. Every habit, good or bad, is acquired and learned in the same way -- by finding that it is a means of satisfaction.

 

Juliene Berk

 

Habit is a shackle for the free.

 

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914, American author, editor, journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary")

 

Never permit failure to become a habit.

 

William Frederick Book

 

Sometimes the hardest habit to curtail is the habit of trying too hard.

 

Daniel Boone (1734-1820, American pioneer, frontiersman)

 

Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.

 

Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

 

Habits are to the soul what the veins and arteries are to the blood, the courses in which it moves.

 

Horace Bushnell (1802-1876, American congregational minister, theologian)

 

Feeling sorry for yourself, and your present condition, is not only a waste of energy but the worst habit you could possibly have.

 

Dale Carnegie (1888-1955, American trainer, author, "How to Win Friends and Influence People")

 

Certes, they been like hounds, for a hound when he cometh by the roses, or by other bushes, though he may nat pisse . . . he heve up his leg and make a countenance to pisse.

 

Geoffrey Chaucer (1340-1400, British poet)

 

Curious things, habits. People themselves never knew they had them.

 

Agatha Christie (1891-1976, British mystery writer)

 

Curious things, habits. People themselves never knew they had them.

 

Agatha Christie (1891-1976, British mystery writer)

 

Great is the power of habit. It teaches us to bear fatigue and to despise wounds and pain.

 

Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)

 

Mighty is the power of habit.

 

Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)

 

To exist is a habit I do not despair of acquiring.

 

E. M. Cioran (1911-1995, Rumanian-born French philosopher)

 

The more deeply the path is etched, the more it is used, and the more it is used, the more deeply it etched.

 

Jo Coudert (American author)

 

Habit with him was all the test of truth, it must be right: I've done it from my youth.

 

George Crabbe (1754-1832, British clergyman, poet)

 

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 (American actor)

 

That man is blest who does his best and leaves the rest.

 

Charles F. Deems

 

I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time...

 

Charles Dickens (1812-1870, British novelist)

 

It seems, in fact, as though the second half of a man's life is made up of nothing, but the habits he has accumulated during the first half.

 

Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881, Russian novelist)

 

Ill habits gather unseen degrees, as brooks make rivers, rivers run to seas.

 

John Dryden (1631-1700, British poet, dramatist, critic)

 

We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.

 

John Dryden (1631-1700, British poet, dramatist, critic)

 

Any act often repeated soon forms a habit; and habit allowed, steady gains in strength, At first it may be but as a spider's web, easily broken through, but if not resisted it soon binds us with chains of steel.

 

Tryon Edwards (1809-1894, American theologian)

 

Habit is either the best of servants or the worst of masters.

 

Nathaniel Emmons

 

The easier it is to do, the harder it is to change.

 

Eng's Principle

 

A nail is driven out by another nail. Habit is overcome by habit.

 

Desiderius Erasmus (c.1466-1536, Dutch humanist)

 

Habit, my friend, is practice long pursued, that at last becomes man himself.

 

Evenus (Ancient Greek poet)

 

My problem lies in reconciling my gross habits with my net income.

 

Errol Flynn (1909-1959, Tasmanian actor)

 

Each year one vicious habit discarded, in time might make the worst of us good.

 

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)

 

It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.

 

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)

 

Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.

 

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)

 

The individual who wants to reach the top in business must appreciate the might of the force of habit and must understand that practices are what create habits. He must be quick to break those habits that can break him and hasten to adopt those practices that will become the habits that help him achieve the success he desires.

 

J. Paul Getty (1892-1976, American oil tycoon, arts patron)

 

First we form habits, then they form us. Conquer your bad habits, or they'll eventually conquer you.

 

Dr. Rob Gilbert

 

There is an invisible garment woven around us from our earliest years; it is made of the way we eat, the way we walk, the way we greet people….

 

Jean Giraudoux (1882-1944, French diplomat, author)

 

Achieve success in any area of life by identifying the optimum strategies and repeating them until they become habits.

 

Charles J. Givens (1941-, American businessman, author, trainer)

 

The phrases that men hear or repeat continually, end by becoming convictions and ossify the organs of intelligence.

 

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)

 

The greatest people will be those who possess the best capacities, cultivated with the best habits.

 

James Harris

 

Wise living consists perhaps less in acquiring good habits than in acquiring as few habits as possible.

 

Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American author, philosopher)

 

Cultivate only the habits that you are willing should master you.

 

Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)

 

Habit is a form of exercise

 

Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)

 

Every once in a while someone without a single bad habit gets caught.

 

Kin Hubbard (1868-1930, American humorist, journalist)

 

Habit is thus the enormous fly-wheel 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 (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)

 

We must make automatic and habitual, as early as possible, as many useful actions as we can...in the acquisition of a new habit, we must take car to launch ourselves with as strong and decided initiative as possible. Never suffer an exception to occur till the new habit is securely rooted in your life.

 

William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)

 

We must make automatic and habitual, as early as possible, as many useful actions as we can...in the acquisition of a new habit, we must take car to launch ourselves with as strong and decided initiative as possible. Never suffer an exception to occur till the new habit is securely rooted in your life.

 

William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)

 

The chains of habit are generally too weak to be felt, until they are too strong to be broken.

 

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)

 

Habit is overcome by habit.

 

Thomas a Kempis (1379-1471, German monk, mystic, religious writer)

 

Habits form a second nature.

 

Jean Baptiste Lamarck

 

The moment we pass out of our habits we lose all sense of permanency and routine.

 

George Moore (1852-1933, Irish writer)

 

It is too bad if you have to do everything upon reflection and can't do anything from early habit.

 

Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799, German physicist, satirist)

 

Practice conquers the habit of doing, without reflecting on the rule.

 

John Locke (1632-1704, British philosopher)

 

Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.

 

Vince Lombardi (1913-1970, American football coach)

 

A habit is like a cable: we weave a thread of it everyday, and at last we cannot break it -- so we must form good, positive, and productive habits.

 

Horace Mann (1796-1859, American educator)

 

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

 

Horace Mann (1796-1859, American educator)

 

Man becomes a slave to his constantly repeated acts. What he at first chooses, at last compels.

 

Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)

 

The beginning of a habit is like an invisible thread, but every time we repeat the act we strengthen the strand, add to it another filament, until it becomes a great cable and binds us irrevocably thought and act.

 

Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)

 

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

 

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965, British novelist, playwright)

 

Good habits are as easy to form as bad ones.

 

Tim McCarver

 

Choose always the way that seems the best, however rough it may be; custom will soon render it easy and agreeable.

 

Pythagoras (BC 582-507, Greek philosopher, mathematician)

 

If you do the same thing every day at the same time for the same length of time, you'll save yourself from many a sink. Routine is a condition of survival.

 

Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964, American author)

 

Habit is a second nature that destroys the first. But what is nature? Why is habit not natural? I am very much afraid that nature itself is only a first habit, just as habit is a second nature.

 

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French scientist, religious philosopher)

 

Habit is the second nature which destroys the first.

 

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French scientist, religious philosopher)

 

Habit is the sixth sense that dominates the other five.

 

Arabian Proverb (Sayings of Arabian origin)

 

There has to be a first time for everything -- even the most natural habits.

 

Arabian Proverb (Sayings of Arabian origin)

 

A habit is first a wanderer, then a guest, and finally the boss.

 

Hungarian Proverb (Sayings of Hungarian origin)

 

It is not in novelty but in habit that we find the greatest pleasure.

 

Raymond Radiguet (1903-1923, French novelist)

 

Incredibly, many people continue their old life-style, their habits even if they feel miserable, lonely, bored, inadequate, or abused. Why? Of course... because habit is an easy place to hide.

 

Tom Rusk

 

Habit is stronger than reason.

 

George Santayana (1863-1952, American philosopher, poet)

 

How use doth breed a habit in man!

 

William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)

 

In early childhood you may lay the foundation of poverty or riches, industry or idleness, good or evil, by the habits to which you train your children. Teach them right habits then, and their future life is safe.

 

Lydia H. Sigourney

 

Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity.

 

St. Augustine (354-430, Numidian-born bishop of Hippo, theologian)

 

Laws are never as effective as habits.

 

Adlai E. Stevenson (1900-1965, American lawyer, politician)

 

Powerful indeed is the empire of habit.

 

Publilius Syrus (85 BC- 43BC, Roman writer)

 

Habits are the daughters of action, but then they nurse their mother, and produce daughters after her image, but far more beautiful and prosperous.

Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667, British churchman, writer)

 

Successful people are simply those with success habits.

Brian Tracy (1944-, Canadian-born American trainer, speaker, author, businessman)

Author's website: www.briantracy.com

 

Our repeated failure to fully act as we would wish must not discourage us. It is the sincere intention that is the essential thing, and this will in time release us from the bondage of habits which at present seem almost insuperable.

Thomas Troward

 

A habit cannot be tossed out the window; it must be coaxed down the stairs a step at a time.

Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)

 

 

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 (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)

 

To fall into a habit is to begin to cease to be.

Miguel De Unamuno (1864-1936, Spanish philosophical writer)

 

Break a bad habit -- drop it

Author Unknown

 

Develop the habit of changing your habits.

Author Unknown

 

Good habits are formed; bad habits we fall into.

Author Unknown

 

Good habits result from resisting temptation.

Author Unknown

 

It's just as easy to form the habit of succeeding as it is to succumb to the habit of failure. Habits aren't instincts; they're acquired reactions. They don't just happen; they are caused. Once you determine the original cause of a habit, it is within your power either to accept or reject it.

Author Unknown

 

Practice in time becomes second nature.

Author Unknown

 

There is an old saying that you can't kill a frog by dropping him into hot water. As you drop him into the hot water, he reacts so quickly that he immediately jumps out unharmed. But if you put him in cold water and gradually warm it up until it is scalding hot, you have him cooked before he knows it. The encroachment of bad habits in our lives is very much like this.

Author Unknown

 

There is no pleasure in life equal to that of the conquest of a vicious habit.

Author Unknown

 

Trivial things do matter...more people are killed each year by the bite of mosquitoes than are stepped upon by charging elephants.

Author Unknown

 

You can turn negative consequences into positive rewards simply by changing your habits now.

Author Unknown

 

As a twig is bent the tree inclines.

Virgil (c. 70 - 19 BC, Roman poet)

 

Your habits will determine your quality of life.

Denis Waitley (1933-, American author, speaker, trainer, peak performance expert)

Author's website: www.deniswaitley.com

 

Habit is ten times nature.

Arthur (Duke of Wellington) Wellesley (1769-1852, British statesman, military leader)

 

A man who gives his children habits of industry provides for them better than by giving them a fortune.

Richard Whately (1787-1863, British prelate, writer)

 

In every age of well-marked transition, there is the pattern of habitual dumb practice and emotion which is passing and there is oncoming a new complex of habit.

Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947, British mathematician, philosopher)

 

Rigid, the skeleton of habit alone upholds the human frame.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941, British novelist, essayist)

 

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