Quotes for
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Habit

   
  
Habit, if not resisted,
soon becomes necessity.

St. Augustine

   

No habit has any real hold on you other than the hold you have on it.      -Gardner Hunting

   

Life is never a habit with me.  It is always a marvel.      -Katherine Mansfield

   
The nature of people is always the same; it is their habits that separate them.     -Confucius
   
No one is born with habits, good or not so good.  They feed on repetition of an act or a thought.  Even with the act, the thought comes first.  You can master and overcome your habits, whatever they are.  They were not inherited, nor were they laid upon you.  They were acquired.  If your subconscious mind can learn one habit of reaction, it can form others.  You can change.  You don't have to stay any one way.     -Eric Butterworth
    
Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit.  We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.     -Aristotle
   
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
   
Habits are at first cobwebs, then cables.     -Spanish proverb

    
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 unfortunate thing about this world is that good habits are so much easier to give up than bad ones.     -Somerset Maugham
  
A habit is something you can do without thinking--which is why most of us have so many of them.     -Frank A. Clark
   
The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.     -Samuel Johnson
   
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
   
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
   
The soul grows into lovely habits as easily as into ugly ones, and the moment a life begins to blossom into beautiful words and deeds, that moment a new standard of conduct is established, and your eager neighbors look to you for a continuous manifestation of the good cheer, the sympathy, the ready wit, the comradeship, or the inspiration, you once showed yourself capable of. Bear figs for a season or two, and the world outside the orchard is very unwilling you should bear thistles.     -Kate Douglas Wiggin, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
   
The only way we could remember would be by constant re-reading, for knowledge unused tends to drop out of mind. Knowledge used does not need to be remembered; practice forms habits and habits make memory unnecessary. The rule is nothing; the application is everything.     -Henry Hazlitt
   
Some rules are nothing but old habits that people are afraid to change.     -Therese Anne Fowler, Souvenir
   
Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits.     -Mark Twain
  
Sometimes I get the feeling that we're just a bunch of habits. The gestures we repeat over and over, they're just our need to be recognized. Without them, we'd be unidentifiable. We have to reinvent ourselves every minute.     -Nicole Krauss, Man Walks Into a Room
   
Know that every bad habit is a thornbush.  After all, how often have you stepped on its thorns?     -Jalal al-Din Rumi
   
Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any person, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.     -Mark Twain
   
Attitudes are nothing more than habits of thoughts, and habits can be acquired. An action repeated becomes an attitude realized.     -Paul Myer
   
Good habits once established are just as hard to break as bad habits, and bad habits are easier to abandon today than tomorrow. So what are you going to do about it?     -Lucas Remmerswaal
   
You do anything long enough to escape the habit of living until the escape becomes the habit.     -David Ryan
   
If you do not pour water on your plant, what will happen?  It will slowly wither and die.  Our habits will also slowly wither and die away if we do not give them an opportunity to manifest.  You need not fight to stop a habit.  Just donít give it an opportunity to repeat itself.     -Swami Satchidananda, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
   
How people keep correcting us when we are young!  There's always some bad habit or other they tell us we ought to get over.  Yet most bad habits are tools to get us through life.     -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
   
Good habits are worth being fanatical about.     -John Irving 
   
Not all habits are helpful, and bad habits can become cruel masters that are detrimental to our well-being.  Smoking, drinking, and taking drugs can rapidly develop into habits sabotaging our health and our relationships with others.  While the dangers of addictive drugs are becoming more obvious each day, sometimes habits that are much more subtle can be just as detrimental to our development into successful individuals. . . .

By the time a behavior pattern becomes a habit, it can feel so familiar that it seems to be a natural part of us, but, in fact, habits are learned and practiced.  Just as we have learned them over time, we can "unlearn" these practiced behaviors.  By observing yourself, you can become aware of the habitual ways you think and act that could be harmful.  When you're conscious of a habit you want to change, you can unlearn it by replacing the automatic behavior with a different, more thoughtful response.  You may make mistakes or slip back into old ways, but it's important not to give up.  Simply correct your behavior as soon as you're aware that you've slipped back into the old habit.  Determine how to be the master of your habits, so that your habits can be useful servants to you.

John Marks Templeton
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Your habits can be your friends or your enemies; they can help you or hurt you.     -Maxwell Martz
  
We seldom get rid of an evil merely by understanding its causes. . . and for all our insight, obstinate habits do not disappear until replaced by other habits.  No amount of confession and no amount of explaining can make the crooked plant grow straight; it must be trained upon the trellis by the gardener's art.     -Carl Jung
  
Habits are the daughters of action, but they then nurse their mother, and produce beautiful daughters after her image, but far more beautiful and prosperous.     -Jeremy Taylor
  
As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind.  To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again.  To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.     -Henry David Thoreau
  
It is very important to realize that we are creatures of habit.  Every time we think a certain way, seek a certain good, use a given motive, a habit is forming and deepening in us.  Like a groove that is being furrowed, each repetition adds a new depth to the habit.     -John Powell
  
As long as habit and routine dictate the pattern of living, new dimensions of the soul will not emerge.     -Henry van Dyke
   
  
Have you ever fully realized that life is, after all, merely a series of habits, and that it lies entirely within one's own power to determine just what that series shall be?     -Ralph Waldo Trine
  
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
  
People allow themselves to be slaves of their bad habits and society's bad habits, but they also have free will.  If they wish, they can be free.     -Peace Pilgrim
  
Habits have been given for your strengthening, but they cease to be purposeful when you become subservient to them.  No one is a master who is slave to his or her own inventions.     -Alan Cohen
  

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