Habit Quotes

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All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire.
Aristotle

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

Character is simply habit long continued.
Plutarch

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

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

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

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

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

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

I am not a politician, and my other habits are good.
Charles Farrar Browne

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 curious how tyrannical the habit of reasoning is
James Russell Lowell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The habit of being uniformly considerate toward others will bring increased happiness to you.
Grenville Kleiser

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

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

I've got this habit of mooning...I was cautioned for mooning in Ireland.
Lisa Scott Lee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A change in bad habits leads to a change in life.
Jenny Craig

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

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

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

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

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

Pleasure resorts are like film stars and royalty... embarrassed by the figures they cut in the fantasies of people who have never met them. (The Habit of Loving)
Doris Lessing



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