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This is about shifting habits and attitudes and asking people to take responsibility for what is in their coffee cup. The bottom line is that if farmers donít get a fair price for their coffee they will starve.
Claire Goose

Common sense is the most fairly distributed thing in the world, for each one thinks he is so well-endowed with it that even those who are hardest to satisfy in all other matters are not in the habit of desiring more of it than they already have.
Rene Descartes

In the power of fixing the attention lies the most precious of the intellectual habits
Robert Hall

Vitally important for a young man or woman is, first, to realise the value of education and then to cultivate earnestly, aggressively, ceaselessly, the habit of self-education.
B C Forbes

A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.
Thomas Paine

Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking
Albert Einstein

Because psychologists have been able to discover, exactly as in a slow-motion picture, the way the human creature acquires knowledge and habits, the normal child has been vastly helped by what the retarded have taught us.
Pearl Buck

Youth changes its tastes by the warmth of its blood; age retains its tastes by habit
Duc De La Rochefoucauld

Pornography is the quadraphonics of sex. It adds a third and fourth track to the sexual act. It is the hallucination of detail that rules. Science has already habituated us to this microscopics, this excess of the real in its microscopic detail, this voyeurism of exactitude.
Jean Baudrillard

The demands of the present must stand above the political habits of the past.
Matt Blunt

Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.
Warren Buffett

Meetings are an addictive, highly self-indulgent activity that corporations and other large organizations habitually engage in only because they cannot actually masturbate.
Dave Barry

The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organised habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society.
Edward Bernays

Why does a woman work ten years to change a man's habits and then complain that he's not the man she married?
Barbra Streisand

Time spent in the advertising business seems to create a permanent deformity like the Chinese habit of foot-binding.
Dean Acheson

A friend who is far away is sometimes much nearer than one who is at hand. Is not the mountain far more awe-inspiring and more clearly visible to one passing through the valley than to those who inhabit the mountain?
Kahlil Gibran

Winners are those people who make a habit of doing the things losers are uncomfortable doing.
Ed Foreman

My problem is reconciling my gross habits with my net income
Errol Flynn

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

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

Paul Jewell's sides are always hard to break down, although Manchester United have a habit of breaking his sides down pretty easily [hmm... what an insightful quote!]
Charlie Nicholas

The habit of calling a finished product a Design is convenient but wrong. Design is what you do, not what you've done.
Bruce Archer

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

I never criticise referees and I'm not going to change a habit for that prat.
Ron Atkinson

My worst habit is whistling while I sleep.
Billy Boyd

Our own physical body possesses a wisdom which we who inhabit the body lack. We give it orders which make no sense.
Henry Miller

Habit is the deepest law of human nature.
Thomas Carlyle

Here is the piece. If you can't say fornicate can you say copulate or if not that can you say co-habit? If not that would have to say consummate I suppose. Use your own good taste and judgment.
Ernest Hemingway

If we fight a war and win it with H-bombs, what history will remember is not the ideals we were fighting for but the methods we used to accomplish them. These methods will be compared to the warfare of Genghis Khan who ruthlessly killed every last inhabitant of Persia.
Hans Bethe

Growing old is no more than a bad habit which a busy person has no time to form.
Andre Maurois

It's a strange thing, but when you are dreading something, and would give anything to slow down time, it has a disobliging habit of speeding up. - 'The Hungarian Horntail,' Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter

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

Sow an act, and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character, and you reap a destiny. (Attributed)
Charles Reade

Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.
Jules Renard

The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers and cities; but to know someone here and there who thinks and feels with us, and though distant, is close to us in spirit - this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

It is a curious thing... that every creed promises a paradise which will be absolutely uninhabitable for anyone of civilized taste.
Evelyn Waugh

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

Genius without religion is only a lamp on the outer gate of a palace; it may serve to cast a gleam of light on those that are without, while the inhabitant sits in darkness
Hannah More

Consciously or unconsciously, everyone of us does render some service or another. If we cultivate the habit of doing this service deliberately, our desire for service will steadily grow stronger, and it will make not only for our own happiness, but that of the world at large.
Mahatma Gandhi

To limit the press is to insult a nation; to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves
Claude Arien Helvetius

Things start out as hopes and end up as habits
Lillian Hellman

I don't think I'm an obsessive dieter, but I do maintain good eating habits that are as much as part of me as brushing my teeth in the morning.
Raquel Darrian

A large part of Christian virtue consists in right habits.
William Paley

Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.
W Somerset Maugham

I still feel pangs of remorse over an insidious habit I've had since I was a teenager. About three times a week, I attend estate auctions and make insulting, low-ball bids for prized heirlooms until I'm asked to leave.
Dennis Miller

I am about to write a very curious history, as the reader will agree with me when he has read this book. We have more than one narrative of people being cast away upon desolate islands, and being left to their own resources, and no works are perhaps read with more interest; but I believe I am the first instance of a boy being left alone upon an uninhabited island. Such was, however, the case; and now I shall tell my own story
Frederick Marryat

Fear is not in the habit of speaking truth; when perfect sincerity is expected, perfect freedom must be allowed; nor has anyone who is apt to be angry when he hears the truth any cause to wonder that he does not hear it.
Tacitus

It is the habit of every aggressor nation to claim that it is acting on the defensive.
Jawaharlal Nehru

Laws are never as effective as habits.
Adlai E Stevenson

Reasonable orders are easy enough to obey; it is capricious, bureaucratic or plain idiotic demands that form the habit of discipline.
Barbara Tuchman



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