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

Naguib Mahfouz
“لا تجمد نفسك في نمط، النمطية مفيدة ولكن المرونة خير و أبقى”
نجيب محفوظ, الحب تحت المطر

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

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

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

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 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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Spontaneity-flexibility within a routine.”
Marty Rubin

“I am extremely uncomfortable with routine”
Scarlet Jei Saoirse

Paula Fox
“You light a match and the house burns down.”
Paula Fox, Poor George

Melissa Steginus
“Contrary to popular belief, productivity isn’t about how much you can do. It’s about whether or not you’re doing the right things—the things that matter to your work and to you. And that means starting small with what you know matters to you.”
Melissa Steginus, Self Care at Work: How to Reduce Stress, Boost Productivity, and Do More of What Matters

“In the school, college or university class routine, there should be no classes for the teachers to conduct at a stretch such as 10-11, 11-12, 12-1. There must be a little gap in between the classes such as, 10-11, 11:10-12:10, 12:20-1:20. These gaps are so important because after conducting one class, a teacher needs some moments to reach another class. In addition, the students also need some time to freshen up. In fact, the classes in a row make them feel bored.”
Md. Ziaul Haque

Steven Magee
“Routine preventative 5 year interval Colonoscopies should be mandatory for all very high altitude workers, regardless of their age.”
Steven Magee

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“We almost always want variety from the food we eat, but almost never from the people with whom we eat.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“You know the sad thing is, most people are subliminally coerced into being so many things other than themselves.

It sort of has the effect of carbon monoxide. You can’t see it, smell it, it’s completely undetectable until you’re visibly affected.

I believe a lot of mental health issues arises from this. We are subconsciously being forced into a uniformed lifestyle when it’s not our nature.
And they’ll have us believe that we’re insane when everything in our being fights for its freedom.

I will forever remain an eleutheromaniac! So I guess I will forever remain strange or imbalanced or mentally disturbed, because I am mentally disturbed by these conditions and I will never stop fighting for my freedom-mind, body and spirit. If insanity is, in fact, repeating the same things over and over expecting different results, then what does that say about your routined life?”
Scarlet Jei Saoirse

Jean-Paul Sartre
“Nothing happens while you live. The scenery changes, people come in and go out, that’s all. There are no beginnings. Days are tacked on to days without rhyme or reason, an interminable, monotonous addition. (. . .) There are moments—rarely—when you make a landmark, you realize that you’re going with a woman, in some messy business. The time of a flash. After that, the procession starts again, you begin to add up hours and days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. April, May, June. 1924, 1925, 1926 (. . .) That’s living. [Everything] changes when you tell about life; it’s a change no one notices.”
Jean-Paul Sartre, Nausea

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