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Published Saturday, August 13, 2016 @ 10:50 AM EDT
Aug 13 2016

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

A lot of fancier yarns come from people trying to tell the truth. It's not easy once you're out of the habit.
-Dashiell Hammett

A nail is driven out by another nail. Habit is overcome by habit.
-Desiderius Erasmus

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.
-Walter Lippmann

Bad books engender bad habits, but bad habits engender good books.
-René Descartes

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 your undoing.
-Holbrook Jackson

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

Character is long-standing habit.
-Plutarch

Cocaine isn't habit forming. I should know- I've been using it for years.
-Tallulah Bankead

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.
-Arthur Koestler

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 your actions.
-Agatha Christie

Curious things, habits. People themselves never knew they had them.
-Agatha Christie

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?
-Dashiell Hammett

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.
-Samuel Smiles

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.
-Will Durant

Expelled from individual consciousness by the rush of change, history finds its revenge by stamping the collective unconsciousness with habits and values.
-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.
-Dale Carnegie

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.
-Aristotle

Habit is a great deadener.
-Samuel Beckett

Habit is stronger than reason.
-George Santayana

Habit is the intersection of knowledge (what to do), skill (how to do), and desire (want to do).
-Stephen Covey

Habit, n. A shackle for the free.
-Ambrose Bierce

Habits and customs are a convenience devised for the support of timid natures who dare not allow their souls free play.
-Virginia Woolf

Habits gradually change the face of one`s life as time changes one`s physical face; and one does not know it.
-Virginia Woolf

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 rarely obeyed.
-John Locke

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.
-Artemus Ward

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.
-Umberto Eco

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.
-Bill Bryson

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.
-Anaïs Nin

I was talking aloud to myself. A habit of the old: they choose the wisest person present to speak to.
-J.R.R. Tolkien

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.
-Colin Powell

It is an ironic habit of human beings to run faster when we have lost our way.
-Rollo May

It is not from nature, but from education and habits, that our wants are chiefly derived.
-Henry Fielding

It is our American habit, if we find the foundations of our educational structure unsatisfactory, to add another story or a wing.
-John Dewey

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 world.
-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.
-Jules Renard

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.
-Woody Guthrie

Love and joy are incredibly habit-forming; often a single exposure is enough to cause permanent addiction.
-John Brunner

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

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

Man is not imprisoned by habit. Great changes in him can be wrought by crisis- once that crisis can be recognized and understood.
-Norman Cousins

Marriage is a triumph of habit over hate.
-Oscar Levant

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.
-Ben Hecht

My problem lies in reconciling my gross habits with my net income.
-Errol Flynn

Nature never appeals to intelligence until habit and instinct are useless. There is no intelligence where there is no need of change.
-H.G. Wells

Never give way to melancholy; resist it steadily, for the habit will encroach.
-Sydney Smith

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.
-H.L. Mencken

Nothing is stronger than habit.
-Ovid

Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits.
-Mark Twain

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.
-Terry Pratchett

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.
-Herman Melville

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.
-George Eliot

One has to grow up with good talk in order to form the habit of it.
-Helen Hayes

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.
-Norman Cousins

People who say they are going to drop him/her/it 'like a bad habit' have obviously never had a bad habit.
-Bruce Thompson

People's sex habits are as well known in Hollywood as their political opinions, and much less criticized.
-Ben Hecht

Power is sweet; it is a drug, the desire for which increases with a habit.
-Bertrand Russell

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.
-Walter Bagehot

Pursuits become habits.
-Ovid

Relearn astonishment, stop grasping for knowledge, lose the habit of the past.
-Elias Cannetti

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.
-Alfred Hitchcock

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

The habit of common and continuous speech is a symptom of mental deficiency.
-Walter Bagehot

The habits of a vigorous mind are born in contending with difficulties.
-Abigail Adams

The most expensive habit in the world is celluloid, not heroin, and I need a fix every few years.
-Steven Spielberg

The regularity of a habit is generally in proportion to its absurdity.
-Marcel Proust

The second half of a man's life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half.
-Fyodor Dostoevsky

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.
-Marcel Proust

The wise man does no wrong in changing his habits with the times.
-Dionysius Cato

The wise say that our failure is to form habits: for habit is the mark of a stereotyped world.
-A.C. Grayling

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.
-John Dalberg-Acton

There is nothing quite as habit-forming as money.
-Don Marquis

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.
-Abraham Lincoln

Thus every action must be due to one or other of seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reasoning, anger, or appetite.
-Aristotle

Truth is a habit of integrity, not a strategy of politics.
-George McGovern

Very little of the great cruelty shown by men can really be attributed to cruel instinct. Most of it comes from thoughtlessness or inherited habit.
-Albert Schweitzer

We are quite ignorant of the real power of our habits until we try to give them up.
-C.S. Lewis

We have built into the constitution of the human race the habit and desire of taking, as divorced from its natural precursor and concomitant of making.
-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.
-Sarah Vowell

You must possess, at the same time, the habit of communicating and the habit of listening. The union is rather rare, but irresistible.
-Benjamin Disraeli

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


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