Routine Quotes

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John Steinbeck
“It’s a hard thing to leave any deeply routine life, even if you hate it.”
John Steinbeck, East of Eden

Honoré de Balzac
“Marriage must fight constantly against a monster which devours everything: routine.”
Honore de Balzac

Vilayat Inayat Khan
“The human spirit lives on creativity and dies in conformity and routine.”
Vilayat Inayat Khan

Bruce Lee
“If you follow the classical pattern, you are understanding the routine, the tradition, the shadow -- you are not understanding yourself.”
Bruce Lee, Tao of Jeet Kune Do

Tove Jansson
“An island can be dreadful for someone from outside. Everything is complete, and everyone has his obstinate, sure and self-sufficient place. Within their shores, everything functions according to rituals that are as hard as rock from repetition, and at the same time they amble through their days as whimsically and casually as if the world ended at the horizon.”
Tove Jansson, The Summer Book

“I want to caution you against the idea that balance has to be a routine that looks the same week in and week out.”
Kevin Thoman

Sylvia Plath
“Life was not to be sitting in hot amorphic leisure in my backyard idly writing or not-writing, as the spirit moved me. It was, instead, running madly, in a crowded schedule, in a squirrel cage of busy people. Working, living, dancing, dreaming, talking, kissing — singing, laughing, learning. The responsibility, the awful responsibility of managing (profitably) 12 hours a day for 10 weeks is rather overwhelming when there is nothing, noone, to insert an exact routine into the large unfenced acres of time — which it is so easy to let drift by in soporific idling and luxurious relaxing. It is like lifting a bell jar off a securely clockwork-like functioning community, and seeing all the little busy people stop, gasp, blow up and float in the inrush, (or rather outrush,) of the rarified scheduled atmosphere — poor little frightened people, flailing impotent arms in the aimless air. That's what it feels like: getting shed of a routine. Even though one had rebelled terribly against it, even then, one feels uncomfortable when jounced out of the repetitive rut. And so with me. What to do? Where to turn? What ties, what roots? as I hang suspended in the strange thin air of back-home?”
Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

“People just don't seem to get me. Don't understand that I need my space. Always telling me what to do. They think rules and routines and clean hands and your p's and q's will make everything all right. They haven't got a clue.”
Rachel Ward, Numbers

“I was also sick of my neighbors, as most Parisians are. I now knew every second of the morning routine of the family upstairs. At 7:00 am alarm goes off, boom, Madame gets out of bed, puts on her deep-sea divers’ boots, and stomps across my ceiling to megaphone the kids awake. The kids drop bags of cannonballs onto the floor, then, apparently dragging several sledgehammers each, stampede into the kitchen. They grab their chunks of baguette and go and sit in front of the TV, which is always showing a cartoon about people who do nothing but scream at each other and explode. Every minute, one of the kids cartwheels (while bouncing cannonballs) back into the kitchen for seconds, then returns (bringing with it a family of excitable kangaroos) to the TV. Meanwhile the toilet is flushed, on average, fifty times per drop of urine expelled. Finally, there is a ten-minute period of intensive yelling, and at 8:15 on the dot they all howl and crash their way out of the apartment to school.” (p.137)”
Stephen Clarke, A Year in the Merde

Louise Erdrich
“Women don't realize how much store men set on the regularity of their habits. We absorb their comings and goings into our bodies, their rhythms into our bones.”
Louise Erdrich, The Round House

John D. MacDonald
“I am wary of the whole dreary deadening structured mess that we have built into such a glittering top-heavy structure that there is nothing left to see but the glitter, and the brute routines of maintaining it.”
John D. MacDonald, The Deep Blue Good-By

Pooja Agnihotri
“Find your time when you’re the most productive and creative and build your routine around it.”
Pooja Agnihotri, 17 Reasons Why Businesses Fail :Unscrew Yourself From Business Failure

Thornton Wilder
“But such occasions of excellence became less and less frequent. As her technique became sounder, [her] sincerity became less necessary.”
Thornton Wilder, The Bridge of San Luis Rey

Criss Jami
“As individuals die every moment, how insensitive and fabricated a love it is to set aside a day from selfish routine in prideful, patriotic commemoration of tragedy. Just as God is provoked by those who tithe simply because they feel that they must tithe, I am provoked by those who commemorate simply because they feel that they must commemorate.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Heather O'Neill
“When you're a kid, if you watch 'The Jeffersons' with your family at seven o'clock, it seems like a natural phenomenon, like the sun setting. The universe is a strange, strange place when all of a sudden you can't use your glass with the Bionic Woman on it any more.”
Heather O'Neill, Lullabies for Little Criminals

Dave Eggers
“But the grind has begun. The windows don’t open, and even the availability of near-constant jokes about Jews and Mormons fails to stem the tide of frustration, decay. We’ve reached the end of pure inspiration, and are now somewhere else, something implying routine, or doing something because people expect us to do it, going somewhere each day because we went there the day before, saying things because we have said them before, and this seems like the work of a different sort of animal, contrary to our plan, and this is very very bad.”
dave eggers

Henry David Thoreau
“There is an incessant influx of novelty into the world, and yet we tolerate incredible dulness. I need only suggest what kind of sermons are still listened to in the most enlightened countries. There are such words as joy and sorrow, but they are only the burden of a psalm, sung with a nasal twang, while we believe in the ordinary and mean.”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Criss Jami
“Man was designed in a way in which he must eat in order to give him a solid reason to go to work everyday. This helps to keep him out of trouble. God is wise.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

David Foster Wallace
“the patriotic or religious bumper stickers always seem to be on the biggest, most disgustingly selfish vehicles driven by the ugliest, most inconsiderate and aggressive drivers, who are usually talking on cell phones as they cut people off in order to get just twenty stupid feet ahead in the traffic jam...”
David Foster Wallace, This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life

Jean Cocteau
“Die meisten Menschen leben in den Ruinen ihrer Gewohnheiten.”
Jean Cocteau

Dan Simmons
“Odd how the daily imperatives persist even in the face of collective disaster.”
Dan Simmons, Hyperion

“All routines are boring, be it routine of a rich person or poor. All moments are interesting, be it a moment of a rich person or poor. Live in the moment.”

“Movies, travel, restaurant etc are pleasure for you because they help you escape your routine life. Imagine the pain of people who have so much money that all this has become routine and unexciting for them. Addiction is the only thing left for them to escape the routine... addiction to money, sex, political power and substances .”

Kathleen Rooney
“If one knocks oneself out of one’s routine—and in so doing knocks others gently out of theirs—then one can now and again create these momentary opportunities to be better than one is.”
Kathleen Rooney, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

Sara Baume
“I expected it would be exciting;  I expected that the freedom from routine was somehow greater than the freedom to determine your own routine. I wanted to get up in the morning and not know exactly what I was going to do that day. But now that I don't, it's terrifying.”
Sara Baume, Spill Simmer Falter Wither

Graham Greene
“The first day one watches to see whether a routine will emerge: it is a routine that makes home.”
Graham Greene, In Search of a Character: two African Journals

“It's absolutely okay not to be okay. However, don't allow just being okay to become a part of your everyday routine. Routine can so easily be converted into a bad habit.”
Christine E. Szymanski

Victor Hugo
“Sabe cuál es mi enfermedad? La utopía. Sabe cuál es la suya? La rutina. La utopía es el porvenir que se esfuerza en nacer. La rutina es el pasado que se obstina en seguir".”
Victor Hugo

Owen Strachan
“Too often, we think that godliness means careening around without any real direction, shooting off like a space shuttle with a deficient navigating system. Our lives follow whatever paths the Lord desires, but let’s remember that godliness is closely related to routine, commitment, hard work, and tireless pursuit. The Bible, as we will see, teaches us to invest our lives in certain core institutions and areas. Many of us have missed this; we will profit from recovering this idea.”
Owen Strachan

Steve Maraboli
“Take note of Who’s Who and What’s What in your life. The people, the habits, the diet, the routines… Are they driving you forward or crazy?”
Steve Maraboli

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