Habit Quotes

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My worst habit is whistling while I sleep.
Billy Boyd

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Habit is the deepest law of human nature.
Thomas Carlyle

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

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

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

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

It is almost as if you were frantically constructing another world while the world that you live in dissolves beneath your feet, and that your survival depends on completing this construction at least one second before the old habitation collapses.
Tennessee Williams

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

After I hit a home run I had a habit of running the bases with my head down. I figured the pitcher already felt bad enough without me showing him up rounding the bases.
Mickey Mantle

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

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

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

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

Small habits, well pursued betimes, May reach the dignity of crimes (Florio)
Hannah More

Choose the life that is most useful, and habit will make it the most agreeable.
Francis Bacon

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

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

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

The habit of common and continuous speech is a symptom of mental deficiency.
Walter Bagehot

He must have known me if he had seen me as he was wont to see me, for he was in the habit of flogging me constantly. Perhaps he did not recognize me by my face.
Anthony Trollope

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In the past few years I've developed a habit of keeping numerous small cassette recorders in my house and in a bag with me so that I'm able to commit to tape memory song ideas on a constant basis.
Dwight Yoakam

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

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

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

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

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



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