Quotes About Habit

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Marilyn Monroe
“For those who are poor in happiness, each time is a first time; happiness never becomes a habit.”
Marilyn Monroe, My Story

Terry Pratchett
“YOU FEAR TO DIE?
"It's not that I don't want... I mean, I've always...it's just that life is a habit that's hard to break...”
Terry Pratchett, Reaper Man

Octavia E. Butler
“First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you're inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won't. Habit is persistence in practice.”
Octavia E. Butler, Bloodchild and Other Stories

John Dryden
“We first make our habits, then our habits make us.”
John Dryden

Margaret Atwood
“Every habit he's ever had is still there in his body, lying dormant like flowers in the desert. Given the right conditions, all his old addictions would burst into full and luxuriant bloom.”
Margaret Atwood

Stephen R. Covey
“Habit is the intersection of knowledge (what to do), skill (how to do), and desire (want to do).”
Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

Mark Twain
“Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed down-stairs one step at a time.”
Mark Twain

Criss Jami
“As Aristotle said, 'Excellence is a habit.' I would say furthermore that excellence is made constant through the feeling that comes right after one has completed a work which he himself finds undeniably awe-inspiring. He only wants to relax until he's ready to renew such a feeling all over again because to him, all else has become absolutely trivial.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Chip Heath
“The most basic way to get someone's attention is this: Break a pattern.”
Chip Heath, Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die

Ovid
“Nothing is stronger than habit.”
Ovid
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Aristotle
“These virtues are formed in man by his doing the actions ... The good of man is a working of the soul in the way of excellence in a complete life.”
Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics

Sarah Dessen
“Really, it had been stupid to expect anything anyway. A few late nights does not a habit, or a relationship, make.”
Sarah Dessen, Along for the Ride

Og Mandino
“Only a habit can subdue another habit.”
Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman in the World
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Baltasar Gracián
“One should cultivate good habits of memory, for it is capable of making existence a Paradise or an Inferno.”
Baltasar Gracián, The Art of Worldly Wisdom

“When a thing becomes indispensable it's time to give it up.”
Marty Rubin

Jodi Picoult
“When you showed someone how you felt, it was fresh and honest. When you told someone how you felt, there might be nothing behind the words but habit or expectation.”
Jodi Picoult, Handle with Care

Samuel Beckett
“Life is habit. Or rather life is a succession of habits.”
Samuel Beckett, Proust
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For the wise have always known that no one can make much of his life
“For the wise have always known that no one can make much of his life until self-searching has become a regular habit, until he is able to admit and accept what he finds, and until he patiently and persistently tries to correct what is wrong. – Bill W.”
Bill W.

Toba Beta
“I believe Jesus wasn't thinking about miracle when He performed it.
He's just doing normal activities as he did in His heavenly kingdom.”
Toba Beta

Charles Duhigg
“This process within our brains is a three-step loop. First, there is a cue, a trigger that tells your brain to go into automatic mode and which habit to use. Then there is the routine, which can be physical or mental or emotional. Finally, there is a reward, which helps your brain figure out if this particular loop is worth remembering for the future: THE HABIT LOOP”
Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

Friedrich Nietzsche
“Every habit makes our hand more witty, and out wit more handy.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

Marcel Proust
“The time which we have at our disposal every day is elastic; the passions that we feel expand it, those that we inspire contract it; and habit fills up what remains.”
Marcel Proust, In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower

Annie Dillard
“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing. A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time. A schedule is a mock-up of reason and order—willed, faked, and so brought into being; it is a peace and a haven set into the wreck of time; it is a lifeboat on which you find yourself, decades later, still living.”
Annie Dillard, The Writing Life

Lewis Carroll
“And never, never, dear madam, put 'Wednesday' simply as the date! That way madness lies!
Lewis Carroll, Feeding The Mind

Marcel Proust
“Most of our faculties lie dormant because they can rely upon Habit, which knows what there is to be done and has no need of their services.”
Marcel Proust, Remembrance of Things Past: Volume I - Swann's Way & Within a Budding Grove
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Samuel Beckett
“Habit is a compromise effected between the individual and his environment, or between the individual and his own organic eccentricities, the guarantee of a dull inviolability, the lightning-conductor of his existence.”
Samuel Beckett, Proust
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N.T. Wright
“Part of the problem about authenticity is that virtues aren't the only things that are habit forming: the more someone behaves in a way that is damaging to self or to others, the more "natural" it will both seem and actually be. Spontaneity, left to itself, can begin by excusing bad behavior and end by congratulating vice.”
N.T. Wright, After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters

Augustine of Hippo
“Such is the strength of the burden of habit. Here I have the power to be but do not wish it. There I wish to be but lacks the power. On both grounds, I'm in misery.”
Augustine of Hippo, Confessions

Criss Jami
“I think that there are excellent and poor thinking habits just as there are healthy and unhealthy eating habits; and when a man really knows how to think, you cannot necessarily assert that he thinks too much in a strictly negative connotation. Perhaps this is in a sense food for thought, whereas the other is fool for thought.”
Criss Jami, Diotima, Battery, Electric Personality

Augustine of Hippo
“He that becomes protector of sin shall surely become its prisoner.”
Augustine of Hippo, City of God

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