Habit Quotes

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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

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

Divorce is born of perverted morals and leads to vicious habits.
Pope Leo XIII

Laws are never as effective as habits.
Adlai E Stevenson

I'm dead annoyed that I'm finding it so difficult to stop. But I am getting there [on kicking smoking habit]
Kerry Katona

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

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

Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.
Vincent T Lombardi

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

The country habit has me by the heart, For he's bewitched for ever who has seen, Not with his eyes but with his vision, Spring Flow down the woods and stipple leaves with sun.
Victoria (Vita) Sackville-West

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

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

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

On Thursday [when the game of croquet took place] the deputy prime minister was not standing in for the prime minister.

He stands in for him only when he goes on holiday. He went on holiday on Saturday.

This was an away-day for the deputy prime minister's staff, who've had a change of responsibilities [on John Prescott's scandalous playing habits... on the croquet lawn]
Paul Clark

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

China is a big country, inhabited by many Chinese
Charles De Gaulle

How people keep correcting us when we are young! There is always some bad habit or other they tell us we ought to get over. Yet most bad habits are tools to help us through life.
Jack Nicklaus

The creative habit is like a drug. The particular obsession changes, but the excitement, the thrill of your creation lasts.
Henry Moore

Philosophy is the replacement of category-habits by category-disciplines.
Gilbert Ryle

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

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

The moral virtues, then, are produced in us neither by nature nor against nature. Nature, indeed, prepares in us the ground for their reception, but their complete formation is the product of habit.
Aristotle

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

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

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

Winning is a habit.
Leo Durocher

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

Character is simply habit long continued.
Plutarch

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

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

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

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

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

With the exception of certain rodents, no other vertebrate except Homo sapiens habitually destroys members of his own species.
Anthony Storr

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

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

The principle of asceticism never was, nor ever can be, consistently pursued by any living creature. Let but one tenth part of the inhabitants of the earth pursue it consistently, and in a day's time they will have turned it into a Hell.
Jeremy Bentham

Moral habits, induced by public practices, are far quicker in making their way into men's private lives, than the failings and faults of individuals are in infecting the city at large.
Plutarch

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

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

It has a lot of sentimental value and I would love to keep it after the run is over [on her nun's habit she wears in the sound of music]
Connie Fisher

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

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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