A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial
appearance of being right.
A lot of fancier yarns come from people trying to tell the truth. It's
not easy once you're out of the habit.
A nail is driven out by another nail. Habit is overcome by habit.
A poet who reads his verse in public may have other nasty habits.
-Robert A. Heinlein
Almost always tradition is nothing but a record and a machine-made
imitation of the habits that our ancestors created. The average
conservative is a slave to the most incidental and trivial part of his
forefathers' glory- to the archaic formula which happened to express
their genius or the eighteenth-century contrivance by which for a time
it was served.
Bad books engender bad habits, but bad habits engender good books.
Behavioral psychology is the science of pulling habits out of rats.
-Dr. Douglas Busch
Beware of your habits. The better they are the more surely they will be
Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.
Character is long-standing habit.
Cocaine isn't habit forming. I should know- I've been using it for years.
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.
-William R. Inge
Creativity is the defeat of habit by originality.
Crime is terribly revealing. Try and vary your methods as you will, your
tastes, your habits, your attitude of mind, and your soul is revealed by
Curious things, habits. People themselves never knew they had them.
Did it ever occur to you that everybody is more or less afraid of nearly
everything, and that courage isn't a damn thing but a habit of not
dodging things because you're afraid of them?
Even happiness itself may become habitual. There is a habit of looking
at the bright side of things, and also of looking at the dark side.
Everything in life is miraculous. It rests within the power of each of
us to awaken from a dragging nightmare of life made up of unimportant
tasks and tedious useless little habits to see life as it really is, and
to rejoice in its exquisite wonderfulness.
-James Branch Cabell
Excellence... is not an act but a habit.
Expelled from individual consciousness by the rush of change, history
finds its revenge by stamping the collective unconsciousness with habits
-Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
Feeling sorry for yourself and your present condition is not only a
waste of energy but the worst habit you could possibly have.
For legislators make the citizens good by forming habits in them, and
this is the wish of every legislator, and those who do not effect it
miss their mark, and it is in this that a good constitution differs from
a bad one.
Habit is a great deadener.
Habit is stronger than reason.
Habit is the intersection of knowledge (what to do), skill (how to do),
and desire (want to do).
Habit, n. A shackle for the free.
Habits and customs are a convenience devised for the support of timid
natures who dare not allow their souls free play.
Habits gradually change the face of one`s life as time changes one`s
physical face; and one does not know it.
Habits of thought persist through the centuries; and while a healthy
brain may reject the doctrine it no longer believes, it will continue to
feel the same sentiments formerly associated with that doctrine.
-Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Habits wear more constantly and with greater force than reason, which,
when we have most need of it, is seldom fairly consulted, and more
I am in the habit of looking not so much to the nature of a gift as to
the spirit in which it is offered.
-Robert Louis Stevenson
I am not a politician, and my other habits are good, also.
I believe that you can reach the point where there is no longer any
difference between developing the habit of pretending to believe and
developing the habit of believing.
I don't think for a moment that Americans are inherently more stupid or
brain-dead than anyone else. It's just that they are routinely provided
with conditions that spare them the need to think, so they have got out
of the habit.
I made no resolutions for the New Year. The habit of making plans, of
criticizing, sanctioning and molding my life, is too much of a daily
event for me.
I was talking aloud to myself. A habit of the old: they choose the
wisest person present to speak to.
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
It is an ironic habit of human beings to run faster when we have lost
It is not from nature, but from education and habits, that our wants are
It is our American habit, if we find the foundations of our educational
structure unsatisfactory, to add another story or a wing.
It was mortifying to find how strong the habit of idle speech may become
in one's self. One need not always be saying something in this noisy
-Sarah Orne Jewett
Laws are never as effective as habits.
-Adlai E. Stevenson II
Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.
Life has got a habit of not standing hitched. You got to ride it like
you find it. You got to change with it. If a day goes by that don't
change some of your old notions for new ones, that is just about like
trying to milk a dead cow.
Love and joy are incredibly habit-forming; often a single exposure is
enough to cause permanent addiction.
Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a
Man has an incurable habit of not fulfilling the prophecies of his
Man is not imprisoned by habit. Great changes in him can be wrought by
crisis- once that crisis can be recognized and understood.
Marriage is a triumph of habit over hate.
Marriage is a very good thing, but I think it's a mistake to make a
habit out of it.
-W. Somerset Maugham
Movies are one of the bad habits that have corrupted our century. They
have slipped into the American mind more misinformation in one evening
than the Dark Ages could muster in a decade.
My problem lies in reconciling my gross habits with my net income.
Nature never appeals to intelligence until habit and instinct are
useless. There is no intelligence where there is no need of change.
Never give way to melancholy; resist it steadily, for the habit will
No man can be friendly to another whose personal habits differ
materially from his own. Even the trivialities of table manners thus
become important. The fact probably explains much of race prejudice, and
even more of national prejudice.
Nothing is stronger than habit.
Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits.
Now the world in general doesn't know what to make of originality; it is
startled out of its comfortable habits of thought, and its first
reaction is one of anger.
-W. Somerset Maugham
Of all the forces in the universe, the hardest to overcome is the force
of habit. Gravity is easy-peasy by comparison.
Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing
exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the
well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.
One can't get over the habit of being a little girl all at once.
-Lucy Maud Montgomery
One gets a bad habit of being unhappy.
One has to grow up with good talk in order to form the habit of it.
One will rarely err if extreme actions be ascribed to vanity, ordinary
actions to habit, and mean actions to fear.
-Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
Our words reveal our thoughts; our manners mirror our self-esteem; our
actions reflect our character; our habits predict the future.
-William Arthur Ward
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.
-John Jay Chapman
People who develop the habit of thinking of themselves as world citizens
are fulfilling the first requirement of sanity in our time.
People who say they are going to drop him/her/it 'like a bad habit' have
obviously never had a bad habit.
People's sex habits are as well known in Hollywood as their political
opinions, and much less criticized.
Power is sweet; it is a drug, the desire for which increases with a
Public opinion is a permeating influence, and it exacts obedience to
itself; it requires us to drink other men's thoughts, to speak other
men's words, to follow other men's habits.
Pursuits become habits.
Relearn astonishment, stop grasping for knowledge, lose the habit of the
Television has spread the habit of instant reaction and stimulated the
hope of instant results.
-Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
Television is like the invention of indoor plumbing. It didn't change
people's habits. It just kept them inside the house.
The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are
too strong to be broken.
The habit of common and continuous speech is a symptom of mental
The habits of a vigorous mind are born in contending with difficulties.
The most expensive habit in the world is celluloid, not heroin, and I
need a fix every few years.
The regularity of a habit is generally in proportion to its absurdity.
The second half of a man's life is made up of nothing but the habits he
has acquired during the first half.
The time at our disposal each day is elastic; the passions we feel
dilate it, those that inspire us shrink it, and habit fills it.
The wise man does no wrong in changing his habits with the times.
The wise say that our failure is to form habits: for habit is the mark
of a stereotyped world.
There are a host of bad habits and inconsiderate acts which mean nothing
in themselves but which are terrible as indicators of the true
composition of a soul.
-Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
There is not a more perilous or immoral habit of mind than the
sanctifying of success.
There is nothing quite as habit-forming as money.
This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit
it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing Government, they can
exercise their constitutional right of amending it or their
revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it.
Thus every action must be due to one or other of seven causes: chance,
nature, compulsion, habit, reasoning, anger, or appetite.
Truth is a habit of integrity, not a strategy of politics.
Very little of the great cruelty shown by men can really be attributed
to cruel instinct. Most of it comes from thoughtlessness or inherited
We are quite ignorant of the real power of our habits until we try to
give them up.
We have built into the constitution of the human race the habit and
desire of taking, as divorced from its natural precursor and concomitant
-Charlotte Perkins Gilman
While I gave up God a long time ago, I never shook the habit of wanting
to believe in something. So I replaced my creed of everlasting life with
life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
You must possess, at the same time, the habit of communicating and the
habit of listening. The union is rather rare, but irresistible.
You'll break the worry habit the day you decide you can meet and master
the worst that can happen to you.
-Arnold H. Glasow