Quotation Explorer - 'Habit'

Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time. - Mark Twain
What helps luck is a habit of watching for opportunities, of having a patient, but restless mind, of sacrificing one's ease or vanity, of uniting a love of detail to foresight, and of passing through hard times bravely and cheerfully. - Charles Victor Cherbuliez
Ninety-nine percent of all failures come from people who have a habit of making excuses. - George Washington Carver
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.
The true Renaissance person is endowed with panoramic attention.... The habit of noticing the ensemble of everything and its constituent parts is a matter of will, not of innate aptitude. It involves the conscious noticing of things and the gaps that separate and connect them. - Christy Wampole
Promptitude is not only a duty, but is also a part of good manners; it is favorable to fortune, reputation, influence, and usefulness; a little attention and energy will form the habit, so as to make it easy and delightful. - Charles Simmons
The evil implanted in man by nature spreads so imperceptibly, when the habit of wrong-doing is unchecked, that he himself can set no limit to his shamelessness. - Cicero
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
Meditation is an excellent habit and tool for transformation, however your ‘practice’ should eventually evolve into your natural primary state of being. - Gary Hopkins
The modern habit of doing ceremonial things unceremoniously is no proof of humility; rather it proves the offender's inability to forget himself in the rite, and his readiness to spoil for every one else the proper pleasure of ritual. - C.S. Lewis
Old stories have a habit of being told and retold and changed. Each subsequent storyteller puts his or her mark upon it. Whatever truth the story once had is buried in bias and embellishment. The reasons do not matter as much as the story itself. - Erin Morgenstern
One honest John Tompkins, a hedger & ditcher, Although he was poor, did not want to be richer;For all such vain wishes in him were preventedBy a fortunate habit of being contented. - Jane Taylor
I write because it's a beautiful habit - Anamika Mishra
Habit, my friend, is practice long pursued, that at last becomes man himself.
Make it your habit not to be critical about small things - Edward Everett
Make gratitude a habit you indulge in each night. - Pooja Ruprell
To make it a habit, do it again and again until it becomes a ritual. - Debasish Mridha
When you consciously decide to be in a good mood every morning, you create an atmosphere of joy and peace. Practice mood control daily... it will then become a habit. Don't put the control of your emotions in the hands of others. - Randa Manning-Johnson
We do not belong to those who have ideas only among books, when stimulated by books. It is our habit to think outdoors - walking, leaping, climbing, dancing, preferably on lonely mountains or near the sea where even the trails become thoughtful. - Nietzsche
Get into the habit of asking yourself if what you are doing can be handled by someone else.
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
ADDER, n. A species of snake. So called from its habit of adding funeral outlays to the other expenses of living. - Ambrose Bierce
Remind me to write an article on the compulsive reading of news. The theme will be that most neuroses can be traced to the unhealthy habit of wallowing in the troubles of five billion strangers.
Romans, never forget that government is your medium! Be this your art:-to practice men in habit of peace, generosity to the conquered, and firmness against aggressors. - Virgil
Asking storytellers to be genuine is like, asking a chain smoker to quit smoking . Habit of lying isn't easy to fix. Pretend as believing is like selling cigarettes. What else we could do, if we want them to be in our lives... - Heshan Udunuwara
Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired. - Jules Renard
Once people learned how to believe in something, that skill started spilling over to other parts of their lives, until they started believing they could change. Belief was the ingredient that made a reworked habit loop into a permanent behavior. - Charles Duhigg
Like you begin your day with a cup of coffee or tea. Some begin their relationship with love and trust.It's not merely a choice - it's a habit and a lifestyle. - Saru Singhal
Ninety-nine percent of all failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses. - George Washington Carver
Tomorrow go out and do one good deed something you would'nt normally do, then make it a habit and add another each and every time you've owned and mastered the one before and then even you can turn Iron into Gold - Lateef Abader
She has this strange habit of playing with toy,A toy named "Heart....... - Naim Ibn Iqbal Khan نعيم خا
The habit of intellectual principles without reasons is called faith. - Friedrich Nietzsche
When excellence becomes a habit, success becomes a lifestyle. - Matshona Dhliwayo
Being powerful or powerless is a habit. - Krishna Sagar
Cultivate the habit of making aware choice. Your choice makes your destiny. Do not be carried away by the unconscious choices. - Amit Ray
I have a habit of letting my imagination run away from me. It always comes back though . . . drenched with possibilities. - Valaida Fullwood
He: I have this crazy yearning in my heart, to make you mine.She: Sure, go ahead and make me your bad habit! - Avijeet Das
The habit of writing for my eye is good practice. It loosens the ligaments. - Virginia Woolf
Fear, if not accompanied by pain, turns into a habit - Brian McNaughton
As to diseases, make a habit of two things to help, or at least, to do no harm. - Hippocrates
Habit to us is given from above:it is a substitute for happiness. - Alexander Pushkin
Integrity should not be an act, but a habit. - Ron Akers
If you make it a Habit to make your Today better than your Yesterday, then for sure, your Tomorrow will be better than your Today. - RVM
There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills. - Gautama Buddha
If people say the world we perceive is a 'construct' of our brains, they are saying in effect, that it results from an inveterate habit of thought. Why does it never occur to them that a habit is something you can overcome, if you set about it with enough energy? - Owen Barfield
The habit of common and continuous speech is a symptom of mental deficiency. - Walter Bagehot
The habit of love cuts through confusion and stumbles or contrives its way out of difficulty, it remembers the way even when it forgets, for a dumfounded moment, its reason for being. The path is the thing that matters. - Eudora Welty
The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them. Even the most tedious chore will become endurable as you parade through each day convinced that every task, no matter how menial or boring, brings you closer to fulfilling your dreams. - Og Mandino
Growing old is no more than a bad habit which a busy man has no time to form. - Andre Maurois
Every morning, introduce one positive thought into your mind. Be persistent with it until it becomes your habit. It will change your life. - Debasish Mridha
Just when you start believing life will never work out for you, it has a habit of showing you a solution to your problems. - Karon Waddell
Failure is good as long as it doesn’t become a habit. - Michael Eisner
As to diseases make a habit of two things - to help, or at least, to do no harm. - Hippocrates
Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy, but not express'd in fancy; rich, not gaudy; for the apparel oft proclaims the man. - William Shakespeare
Reading is one of the most common habit among the most successful people. - Aakash Singal
Habits are good if you have the habit of the best. - Amit Kalantri
Here is little habit that can make a big difference. Send sunbeams. Intentionally send a word of encouragement or appreciation every day to one person. - Steve Goodier
The offspring of virtue is perseverance. The fruit and offspring of perseverance is habit and child of habit is character. - John Climacus
I will lose the habit of stars in the heavens, as frozen water loses the habit of snowflakes. I will take my frozen body, and give it to the young goats that they might graze it. - Nichita Stănescu
Petty minds foster petty hearts, and have the funny habit of shooting themselves in the foot. - Adriano Bulla
Evil is boring. Cynicism is pointless. Fear is a bad habit. Despair is lazy. Hopelessness is self-indulgent. On the other hand: Joy is fascinating. Love is an act of heroic genius. Pleasure is our birthright. Chronic ecstasy is a learnable skill. - Rob Brezsny
Stay in my arms and look into my eyes, into that light which exists only because of you. You will find all the reasons to stay in this world which have the habit of breaking you every time. - Akshay Vasu
Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit. - Vince Lombardi Jr.
Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. - Aristotle
Without work, talent is nothing but a bad habit.
Writers are creatures of habit, as are humans, but writers aren’t necessarily human, are they? - Alyssa Hubbard
Love is not a habit, a commitment, or a debt. It isn't what romantic songs tell us it is - love simply is. - Paulo Coelho
What a blessed habit I have found my prayer list, morning by morning, it takes me via the Throne of all Grace straight to the intimate personal heart of each one mentioned here, and I know that He Who is not prescribed by time and geography answers immediately. - Oswald Chambers
How can someone vouch for your credit worthiness when you don't borrow;not borrowing is one of the unhealthiest habit one can develop , borrowing is healthy & rewarding is it when you borrow to invest:leveraging is part of every yearning investors forte - Ishmael Osolo
Procrastination is the bad habit of putting of until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday. - Napoleon Hill
Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Cultivate the habit of setting clearly-defined written goals; they are the road maps that guide you to your destination. - Roy Bennett
People have the false habit of putting an artificial gap between the spiritual and the financial. We cannot accept this habit because life is an integral whole which we should understand deeply. - Samael Aun Weor
Habit is habit, and not to be flung out the window by man, but coaxed downstairs, a step at a time. - Mark Twain
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. - Aristotle
Cultivate the habit of early rising. It is unwise to keep the head long on a level with the feet. - Henry David Thoreau
Cakes have such a terrible habit of turning out bad just when you especially want them to be good. - L. M. Montgomery
The thought manifests the word;The word manifests the deed;The deed develops into habit;And habit hardens into character;So watch the thought and its ways with care,And let them spring forth from loveBorn out of compassion for all beings.As the shadow follows the body, as we think, so we become. - Juan Mascaró
The fixity of a habit is generally in direct proportion to its absurdity. - Marcel Proust
Eliminate something superfluous from your life. Break a habit. Do something that makes you feel insecure. - Piero Ferrucci
Sometimes, falling back on or using an old method or habit, is like sliding into a pair of worn running shoes and a corset. Doesn't make sense to others, but it's not for them. It's what keeps you together, what keeps you going. - Alyse M. Gardner
But I wondered if all this kissing was a bad habit with him and me. The thing we did with our mouths instead of talking. - Gabrielle Zevin
What we believe as human nature in actuality is human habit. - Jewel
I think that the habit of gloomy poetry is very funny. It’s like a special competition in losing. - Miroslav Holub
Consciousness is a phase of mental life which arises in connection with the formation of new habits. When habit is formed, consciousness only interferes to spoil our performance.
Sow and act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap destiny.
Why is it when I pursue the praises of men I find myself with everything that I’ve looked for but nothing that I need? That’s because I have an extraordinary habit of looking for the wrong thing in the wrong place. - Craig D. Lounsbrough
The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken. - Samuel Johnson
Now I come to you full of future. And from habit we begin to live our past. - Rainer Maria Rilke
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit. - Aristotle
The thought manifests as the word; The word manifests as the deed; The deed develops into habit; And habit hardens into character. So watch the thought and its ways with care, And let it spring from love Born out of concern for all beings.
Thanks to his constant habit of shaking the bottle in which life handed him the wine of experience, he presently found the taste of the lees rising as usual into his draught. - Henry James
Let your actions be for a purpose and let them be taken with passion. Develop the habit of making the best use of your chances and your desires will come to pass! - Israelmore Ayivor
Rationally, factory farming is so obviously wrong, in so many ways. In all of my reading and conversations, I've yet to find a credible defense of it. But food is not rational. Food is culture, habit, and identity. - Jonathan Safran Foer
Choose the life that is most useful, and habit will make it the most agreeable. - Sir Francis Bacon
Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit. - W. Somerset Maugham
It is not a bad idea to get in the habit of writing down one's thoughts. It saves one having to bother anyone else with them. - Isabel Colegate
Tradition is the social equivalent of personal habit.
Do not turn to prayer only in times of grief, suffering and rage. Make prayer a habit whether you are blissful or sorrowful, serene or upset, clear or confused. - Pooja Ruprell
If You have a good reading habit, then you become a good thinker - Muhammad Hassam
If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters.Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude. - Charles R. Swindoll
Marriage is a very good thing, but I think it’s a mistake to make a habit of it. - W. Somerset Maugham
Improvement is achieved by the ripple effect of a few simple changes in approach, attitude, or habit. - Dale Ludwig
Marriage is a triumph of habit over hate. - Oscar Levant
A bad habit never disappears miraculously; it's an undo-it-yourself project. - Abigail Van Buren
As I grow older , I regret to say that a detestable habit of thinking seems to be getting a hold of me. - H. Rider Haggard
Success is a habit not an isolated event. Be passionate about success to cultivate it. - Debasish Mridha
Not many are the moments in life, where the easiest choice also happens to be the best one.Cherish and remember those moments, but do not let them become a habit, for the fruits that hard work reaps are irreplaceable. - Rosen Topuzov
Excellence is not a history, but a habit. - Debasish Mridha
It's not a bad idea to get in the habit of writing down one's thoughts. It saves one having to bother anyone with them. - Isabel Colegate
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
No fiction is worth reading except for entertainment. If it entertains and is clean, it is good literature, or its kind. If it forms the habit of reading, in people who might not read otherwise, it is the best literature. - Edgar Rice Burroughs
The best kind of happiness is a habit you're passionate about. - Shannon L. Alder
Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future and crimes from society. - Benjamin Franklin
The inspector had interviewed boys before, boys from the poorest parts of town. He had the habit of not specifying "mam" or "dad" or even "parents." They were things he knew not every child possessed and so he was careful. - Sylvia Waugh
What are you grateful for? Get in the habit of being grateful, even for a small thing. It opens up your energy for positivity and blessings to flow to you. - Eileen Anglin
There are 10,000 books in my library, and it will keep growing until I die. This has exasperated my daughters, amused my friends and baffled my accountant. If I had not picked up this habit in the library long ago, I would have more money in the bank today; I would not be richer. - Pete Hamill
There are people who feel they should be with you, but something is preventing them from coming close. Please can you just lower the frequency of your stern looking face and smile...and they will make you their habit. - Michael Bassey Johnson
i think that i was a rat in rat wheel in my previous life... can not forget the habit - Hiroko Sakai
Habit rules the unreflecting herd. - William Wordsworth
To march over dead man, to hear without concern the groans of the wounded, I say few men can stand such scenes unless steeled by habit or fortified by military pride. - Nathanael Greene
It is the mind that makes the body rich; and as the sun breaks through the darkest clouds, so honor peereth in the meanest habit. - William Shakespeare
We are what we repeatedly do. Greatness then, is not an act, but a habit - Aristotle
Determination is learning to form a habit, and never breaking it in future. - Michael Bassey Johnson
Not all of Derrida's writing is to everyone's taste. He had an irritating habit of overusing the rhetorical question, which lends itself easily to parody: 'What is it, to speak? How can I even speak of this? Who is this "I" who speaks of speaking? - Terry Eagleton
Only what is seen, appreciated, and loved will be missed in its absence which makes humans creatures of habit - Aloysius Jnr
I think it is because I have a habit, when I am bored or disgusted with people of stepping suddenly into my own world and shutting the door. People resent this -- I suppose it is only natural to resent a door being shut in your face. They call it slyness when it is only self-defense. - L.M. Montgomery
As for Fergus. He had a habit which Maud was not experienced enough to recognise as a common one in ex-lovers of giving little tugs at the carefully severed spider-threads or puppet-strings which had once tied her to him. - A.S. Byatt
Love is an act of endless forgiveness; a tender look which becomes a habit. - Peter Ustinov
No one was born a reader; we learn to build the habit of reading. - Lailah Gifty Akita
Her characters tend to err when they reject the grubby and complex circumstances of everyday life for abstract and radical notions. They thrive when they work within the rooted spot, the concrete habit, the particular reality of their town and family. - David Brooks
If you do not wish to be prone to anger, do not feed the habit; give it nothing which may tend to its increase. - Epictetus
Few ever live to old age, and fewer still ever became distinguished, who were not in the habit of early rising.
Winning is not a sometime thing; its an all the time thing. You don't win once in a while; you don't do things right once in a while; you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. - Vince Lombardi
Without theory, practice is but routine born of habit. Theory alone can bring forth and develop the spirit of inventions. - Louis Pasteur
People have a habit of doing everyday things even under the oddest conditions. - Harper Lee
Children are living beings - more living than grown-up people who have built shells of habit around themselves. Therefore it is absolutely necessary for their mental health and development that they should not have mere schools for their lessons, but a world whose guiding spirit is personal love. - Rabindranath Tagore
It is impossible, or not easy, to alter by argument what has long been absorbed by habit - Aristotle
Gravity is a habit that is hard to shake off. - Terry Pratchett
The habit of giving only enhances the desire to give. - Walt Whitman
It is only when we are in the habit of recognizing our opinions as a partial experience seen through our stereotypes that we become truly tolerant of an opponent. - Walter Lippman
Commitment to excellence is a great habit; unfortunately commitment to mediocrity is also a habit. - Debasish Mridha
Love has a nasty habit of disappearing overnight. - The Beatles
You can get into a habit of thought in which you enjoy making fun of all those other people who don't see things as clearly as you do. We have to guard carefully against it. - Carl Sagan
Are you in the habit of taking tea with anyone who approaches you in a foreign port? He went on and snorted carelessly. No wonder you were abducted so easily. - V.S. Carnes
Such elderly people were in the habit of saying that he simply had no will-power; but it might just as well have been said that he had all his life long only been a many-sided dilettante. - Robert Musil
It is our American habit if we find the foundations of our educational structure unsatisfactory to add another story or wing. We find it easier to add a new study or course or kind of school than to recognize existing conditions so as to meet the need. - John Dewey
Habits - the only reason they persist is that they are offering some satisfaction. You allow them to persist by not seeking any other, better form of satisfying the same needs. Every habit, good or bad, is acquired and learned in the same way - by finding that it is a means of satisfaction.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. - Aristotle
All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire. - Aristotle
Did I ever tell you about a nasty habit that flight attendants pick up on the job? We learn to always keep smiling, even when we're out of Bloody Mary Mix. - Eric Wald
Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open. - J. K. Rowling
People who develop the habit of thinking of themselves as world citizens are fulfilling the first requirement of sanity in our time. - Norman Cousins
Make it your ultimate habit of life to be kind. - Debasish Mridha
If someone finds a flaw [shortcoming] in us, know that there is imperfection [defect] in us. However, it is a different matter if that person has a habit of talking negatively, but generally that is not the case. - Dada Bhagwan
A true friend has a habit of talking behind your back good things about you. - Tareq ragheb
How use doth breed a habit in a man! - William Shakespeare
Break the leg of a bad habit. - Puerto Rican Proverb
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
HYENA, n. A beast held in reverence by some oriental nations from its habit of frequenting at night the burial-places of the dead. But the medical student does that. - Ambrose Bierce
There is one habit one should not grow out of -that is Being A Child at Heart . - Ashok Khurana
Excellence is not an event but a habit. - Debasish Mridha
The habit of giving up when the present task is half finished and try something else is one of the chief causes of failure. - Christian D. Larson
Of the gladdest moments in human life, methinks, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands. Shaking off with one mighty effort the fetters of Habit, the leaden weight of Routine, the cloak of many Cares and the slavery of Civilization, man feels once more happy. - Richard Francis Burton
Does marriage have such a revolutionary power that a long-established habit can be overthrown in such a short time? - Yiyun Li
Americans cannot realize how many chances for mental improvement they lose by their inveterate habit of keeping six conversations when there are twelve in the room. - Ernest Dimnet
Nothing is stronger than habit. - Ovid
Love's best habit is a soothing tongue. - William Shakespeare
Motivation gets you going and habit gets you there. - Zig Ziglar
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. - Jim Ryun
I have a bad habit of wolfing down things that catch my eye. - Katze Snow
The one who has developed a habit of taking a lot of respect from others [relish pride], will get cheated. - Dada Bhagwan
When perseverance becomes a force of habit, success becomes a guarantee. - Tarryn Tomlinson
Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him. - Maya Angelou
Costly thy habit [dress] as thy purse can buy; But not expressed in fancy - rich, not gaudy. For the apparel oft proclaims the man. - William Shakespeare
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. - Friedrich Nietzsche
People get so in the habit of worry that if you save them from drowning and put them on a bank to dry in the sun with hot chocolate and muffins they wonder whether they are catching cold.
What art seeks to disturb is monotony of type, slavery of custom, tyranny of habit, and the reduction of man to the level of a machine. - Oscar Wilde
The long habit of living indisposeth us for dying. - Sir Thomas Browne
Believe in yourself. Know you have what it takes, to make excellence a good habit. Focus on doing excellent work and use discipline to make it happen. - Mark F. LaMoure
I believe that the mind can be permanently profaned by the habit of attending to trivial things. - Henry David Thoreau
Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything. - George Lois
You can tell the lowest class by their habit of always talking about persons; the next, by the fact that their habit is always to converse about things; the highest, by their preference for the discussion of ideas. - Henry Thomas Buckle
Do something every day that you don't want to do; this is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain. - Mark Twain
One hasn't become a writer until one has distilled writing intoa habit, and that habit has been forced into an obsession.Writing has to be an obsession. It has to be something as organic,physiological and psychological as speaking or sleeping or eating. - Niyi Osundare
One of the mitigating benefits of children is that they make a Lego habit more respectable. - Jonathan V. Last
It is an ironic habit of human beings to run faster when they have lost their way. - Rollo May
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