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Wise Quotes about Habit

May you find great value in these Habit quotes and sayings.

Feeling sorry for yourself, and your present condition,
is not only a waste of energy
but the worst habit you could possibly have.
- Dale Carnegie

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Who has fully realized that history
is not contained in thick books
but lives in our very blood?
- Carl Jung

If you do not change direction,
you may end up where you are heading.
- Lao Tzu

We first make our habits, then our habits make us.
- John Dryden

 

Habits age men before their time.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We hardly ever realize that we can
cut anything out of our lives,
anytime, in the blink of an eye.
- Carlos Castaneda

The most dangerous phrase in the language is,
"We've always done it this way."
- Grace Hopper

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Whenever you are angry, be assured that
it is not only a present evil,
but that you have increased a habit.
- Epictetus

The chains of habit are too weak to be felt
until they are too strong to be broken.
- Samuel Johnson

There is a fine line between
the perseverance of the courageous tortoise
and the habit of the stubborn donkey.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Habit and routine have an unbelievable power to waste and destroy.
- Henri de Lubac

Fear is not in the habit of speaking truth.
- Publius Cornelius Tacitus

What we call human nature in actuality is human habit.
- Jewel

Successful people are simply those with successful habits.
- Brian Tracy

What is it about sameness that so draws me,
and how could I begin to have
that same kind of attraction to change?
- Mary Anne Radmacher

What you don't do daily, you probably won't do weekly either.
What you make a habit of putting-off
just keeps getting pushed away again and again.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Every generation laughs at the old fashions,
but follows religiously the new.
- Henry David Thoreau

We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.
- Will Durant (commonly attributed to Aristotle)

The habit of persistence is the habit of victory.
- Herbert Kaufman

Correcting bad habits cannot be done
by forbidding or punishment.
- Robert Baden-Powell (the founder of scouting)

Ninety-nine percent of the failures
come from people who have the habit of making excuses.
- George Washington Carver

If we want to direct our lives,
we must take control of our consistent actions.
It's not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives,
but what we do consistently.
- Anthony Robbins

We disrespect ourselves and our free-will
whenever we say that we NEED to do something.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Choose your Habits, Choose your Life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love that does not renew itself every day
becomes a habit and in turn a slavery.
- Khalil Gibran

Most of us are prisoners of habit,
and don't even notice that we do the same things,
think the same things, want the same things each day -
mostly without conscious thought.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We are addicted to being the way we are
- don Miguel Ruiz

Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all 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 habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.
- Vince Lombardi

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

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

For me, habit is just a synonym for death.
- Juliette Binoche

Winning is habit.
Unfortunately, so is losing.
- Vince Lombardi

Love is the hardest habit to break, and the most difficult to satisfy.
- Drew Barrymore

Quality is not an act, it is a habit.
- Aristotle

By nature, we are all creatures of habit.
We instinctively adopt familiar routines for most activities.
We eat about the same number of meals each day -
at more or less the same times.
We have a regular pattern of sleeping -
unless it is perturbed by illness or shift work.
Most everything we do is habitual.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Get the habit of analysis -
analysis will in time enable synthesis
to become your habit of mind.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

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

There are six components of wellness:
proper weight and diet,
proper exercise, breaking the smoking habit,
control of alcohol, stress management and periodic exams.
- Kenneth H. Cooper

During his training, a baseball player strives
to make each swing better than the last.
The repetition of a faulty swing would be worse than useless.
It would ingrain bad habits.
The same is true of emotional responses.
If we allow ourselves to continue to have the same angry responses,
we just entrench our anger habit.
But if we strive - through consciousness, visualization, and coaching -
to moderate our anger response,
over time, we can train ourselves to respond
to events as we choose - without anger.
You can't magically be free from anger tomorrow,
but you can put yourself on your own training program
that will reduce the frequency and intensity
of your anger response day by day, year by year.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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.
- The Buddha

There is a fine line between perseverance and insanity.
At what point have you tried your best,
and it's time to do something different?
It's a balance - a paradox.
If you get in the habit of giving up
as soon as something gets difficult,
your life won't work,
but if you keep tilting at windmills -
madly trying the same thing again and again,
your life also won't work.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

From the way most people live,
one would never guess that humans are beings of free will.
Repetition can be a choice, but often it isn't.
The athlete or pianist who practices the same routine
day after day, year after year, has their eye on a goal.
The unending repetition is a conscious choice
in the pursuit of a life dream.
But what about the sameness of most lives?
Observe the morning commute, the after-work drink,
the Sunday football game or religious service -
how many of those people are consciously following their dream,
training their mind, body, and spirit through that daily repetition?
And how many are mindlessly slogging through each day
out of habit and boredom?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Unless we form the habit of going to the Bible
in bright moments as well as in trouble,
we cannot fully respond to its consolations
because we lack equilibrium between light and darkness.
- Helen Keller

Many politicians are in the habit of laying it down
as a self-evident proposition that no people ought
to be free till they are fit to use their freedom.
The maxim is worthy of the fool in the old story who
resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

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

I never guess.
It is a shocking habit destructive to the logical faculty.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

Character is long-standing habit.
- Plutarch

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

A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it
a superficial appearance of being right.
- Thomas Paine

Failure is only postponed success as long as courage 'coaches' ambition.
The habit of persistence is the habit of victory.
- Herbert Kaufman

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

Yet otters have not been hunters in water long enough
for the habit to become an instinct.
- Henry Williamson

Without struggle, no progress and no result.
Every breaking of habit produces a change in the machine.
- George Gurdjieff

The expense of a war could be paid in time;
but the expense of opium,
when once the habit is formed, will only increase with time.
- Townsend Harris

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

Gradually I came to realize that people will more readily swallow lies than truth,
as if the taste of lies was homey, appetizing:
a habit.
- Martha Gellhorn

We say the name of God, but that is only habit.
- Nikita Khrushchev

Make a habit of two things: to help;
or at least to do no harm.
- Hippocrates

My worst habit is whistling while I sleep.
- Billy Boyd

I believed in studying just because I knew education was a privilege.
It was the discipline of study, to get into the habit
of doing something that you don't want to do.
- Wynton Marsalis

One might call habit a moral friction:
something that prevents the mind from gliding over
things but connects it with them and makes it hard
for it to free itself from them.
- Georg C. Lichtenberg

Culture is the habit of being pleased with the best and knowing why.
- Henry Van Dyke

If you create an act, you create a habit.
If you create a habit, you create a character.
If you create a character, you create a destiny.
- Andre Maurois

I smoked heroin for six years.
Kicking the habit? Hard wasn't the word for it.
- Leif Garrett

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

My habit of glorifying things far away in space and time,
also contributed to my social isolation.
- Luke Ford

By nature and doctrines I am addicted to the habit
of discovering choice places wherein to feed.
- O. Henry

Habit is a great deadener.
- Samuel Beckett

Giving credit where credit is due is a very rewarding habit to form.
Its rewards are inestimable.
- Loretta Young

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

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


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