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There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision.
William James

A well-composed song strikes the mind and softens the feelings, and produces a greater effect than a moral work, which convinces our reason, but does not warm our feelings, nor effect the slightest alteration in our habits
Napoleon Bonaparte

I guess it's better than having a crack habit - on having an internet addiction!
Mark Hamilton

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

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

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

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

Man has an incurable habit of not fulfilling the prophecies of his fellow men.
Alistair Cooke

Achieve success in any area of life by identifying the optimum strategies and repeating them until they become habits. [and just hope that those strategies don't fluctuate with time else you have unwanted habits]
Charles Givens

Winning is a habit.
Leo Durocher

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

I'm not saying that someone like chunky Charlotte Church is a good role model either, because she isn't. She promotes bad eating habits.
Peaches Geldof

Cocaine isn't habit forming. I should know - I've been using it for years.
Tallulah Bankhead

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

One has to be wary of the fact that memories have a habit of warping themselves into what you want them to be.
David Gerrold

Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny.
Tyron Edwards

Beware of your habits. The better they are the more surely they will be your undoing.
Holbrook Jackson

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

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

It's still fun to inhabit different characters and play different things, so it's all in that panoply of acting.
Don Cheadle

Habit is necessary; it is the habit of having habits, of turning a trail into a rut, that must be incessantly fought against if one is to remain alive.
Edith Wharton

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

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

I believe our biggest issue is the same biggest issue that the whole world is facing, and that's habitat destruction.
Steve Irwin

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

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

No one who, like me, conjures up the most evil of those half-tamed demons that inhabit the human beast, and seeks to wrestle with them, can expect to come through the struggle unscathed.
Sigmund Freud

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

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

Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.
Peter Ustinov

'I just have no more bad habits to give up.'
Gwyneth Paltrow

Australia don't look at it like that. They make winning a good habit in both forms of the game and that's why they've won the last two World Cups and been world champions at Test cricket for the last decade or more
Geoff Boycott

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

Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.
Vincent T Lombardi

Men disgust me if they don't have a nice smile, nice lips and nice teeth. They have too many disgusting habits, like scratching themselves all the time.
Jennifer Lopez

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

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

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

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
Aristotle

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

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

Literature is a defense against the attacks of life. It says to life: 'You can't deceive me. I know your habits, foresee and enjoy watching all your reactions, and steal your secret by involving you in cunning obstructions that halt your normal flow.'
Cesare Pavese

I really do inhabit a system in which words are capable of shaking the entire structure of government, where words can prove mightier than ten military divisions.
Vaclav Havel

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

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

Ultimately a hero is a man who would argue with the gods, and so awakens devils to contest his vision. The more a man can achieve, the more he may be certain that the devil will inhabit a part of his creation.
Norman Mailer

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

Character is simply habit long continued.
Plutarch

Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.
Henry Adams

If you create an act, you create a habit. If you create a habit, you create a character. If you create a character, you create a destiny.
Andre Maurois



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