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100 Interesting Quotes About Habits

We should get into the habit of reading inspirational books, looking at inspirational pictures, hearing inspirational music, associating with inspirational friends.

Alfred A. Montapert

Other nations of different habits are not enemies: they are godsends. Men require of their neighbours something sufficiently akin to be understood, something sufficiently different to provoke attention, and something great enough to command admiration. We

Alfred North Whitehead

Bad habits are like a comfortable bed, easy to get into, but hard to get out of.


Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting in a particular way.


Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.

Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

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In the life of children there are two very clear-cut phases, before and after puberty. Before puberty the child’s personality has not yet formed and it is easier to guide its life and make it acquire specific habits of order, discipline, and work after puberty the personality develops impetuously and all extraneous intervention becomes odious, tyrannical, insufferable. Now it so happens that parents feel the responsibility towards their children precisely during this second period, when it is too late then of course the stick and violence enter the scene and yield very few results indeed. Why not instead take an interest in the child during the first period

Antonio Gramsci

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.


Science and technology revolutionize our lives, but memory, tradition and myth frame our response. Expelled from individual consciousness by the rush of change, history finds its revenge by stamping the collective unconsciousness with habits, values, expectations, dreams. The dialectic between past and future will continue to form our lives.

Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity.

Augustine of Hippo

A large part of virtue consists in good habits.

Barbara Paley

Why does a woman work ten years to change a man’s habits and then complain that he’s not the man she married?

Barbra Streisand

Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.

Benjamin Franklin

What a curious phenomenon it is that you can get men to die for the liberty of the world who will not make the little sacrifice that is needed to free themselves from their own individual bondage.

Bruce Barton

If you’re respectful by habit, constantly honoring the worthy, four things increase:long life, beauty,happiness, strength.


It’s not your salary that makes you rich, it’s your spending habits.

Charles A. Jaffe

Achieve success in any area of life by identifying the optimum strategies and repeating them until they become habits.

Charles J. Givens

Man is descended from a hairy, tailed quadruped, probably arboreal in its habits.

Charles Robert Darwin

Men’s natures are alike, it is their habits that carry them far apart.


Any money to protect habitat and species is good but the amount of money here is extraordinarily small relative to the land values,

David Hogan

I make bad habits suicidal, hit it like a wave no heat no tidal, marry the cross, spiritual life bridal, never do the deed for the fame or the title.

Dedrick D. L. Pitter

We are creatures of habit, and we do what we know how to do. And if you’re gonna change the momentum in your life, then something dramatic has to happen to get you to change that.

Dr. Phil McGraw

You leave old habits behind by starting out with the thought, ‘I release the need for this in my life’.

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

The successful person has the habit of doing the things failures don’t like to do. They don’t like doing them either necessarily. But their disliking is subordinated to the strength of their purpose.

E.M. Gray

Every political system is an accumulation of habits, customs, prejudices, and principles that have survived a long process of trial and error and of ceaseless response to changing circumstances. If the system works well on the whole, it is a lucky accident — the luckiest, indeed, that can befall a society.

Edward C. Banfield

In one sense the whole process of development consists of the formation of habits; for knowledge itself, and the powers of thought, as well as the higher elements in the will, all depend upon the establishment of fixed ways of reacting to given stimuli. Consequently, the general laws of habituation underlie the whole of education. But the term habit is more commonly restricted to those established reactions that act with little or no participation of consciousness, or, in other words, mechanically or automatically. Such habits as these begin to form very early, and constitute a kind of supporting framework for the higher elements of character.

Edward O. Sisson

The secret of the whole matter is that a habit is not the mere tendency to repeat a certain act, nor is it established by the mere repetition of the act. Habit is a fixed tendency to react or respond in a certain way to a given stimulus; and the formation of habit always involves the two elements, the stimulus and the response or reaction. The indolent lad goes to school not in response to any stimulus in the school itself, but to the pressure of his father’s will; when that stimulus is absent, the reaction as a matter of course does not occur.

Edward O. Sisson

There is no virtue in being uncritical; nor is it a habit to which the young are given. But criticism is only the burying beetle that gets rid of what is dead, and, since the world lives by creative and constructive forces, and not by negation and destru

Federico Mayor

Five enemies of peace inhabit with us–avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride if these were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.

Francesco Petrarch

Habits are safer than rules you don’t have to watch them. And you don’t have to keep them either. They keep you.

Frank Crane

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

It seems, in fact, as though the second half of a man’s life is made up of nothing but the habits he has accumulated during the first half.

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Sow an act…reap a habit Sow a habit…reap a character Sow a character…reap a destiny.

George Dana Boardman

Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by orginality, overcomes everything.

George Lois

For one year let a husband bear with a wife who hates him, but after ,the lapse of a year let him deprive her of her property and cease to cohabit with her.

Guru Nanak

Small habits well pursued betimes May reach the dignity of crimes.

Hannah More

Action on the move creates its own route, creates to a very great extent the conditions under which it is to be fulfilled and thus baffles all calculation.

Henri Bergson

Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.

Henry Adams

Nature is a collective idea, and, though its essence exist in each individual of the species, can never in its perfection inhabit a single object.

Henry Fuseli

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

Herbert Kaufman

Beware of your habits. The better they are the more surely they will be your undoing.

Holbrook Jackson

A habit is like a cable: we weave a thread of it everyday, and at last we cannot break it – so we must form good, positive, and productive habits.

Horace Mann

The Navy should not be using a small inhabited island for live bombing training. The bombing should end immediately and it should end permanently.

Howard Wolfson

We are what we think; as we desire so do we become! By our thoughts, desires, and habits, we either ascend to the full divine dignity of our nature, or we descend to suffer and learn.

J. Todd Ferrier

To change bad habits, we must study the habits of successful role models.

Jack Canfield

When one begins to live by habit and by quotation, one has begun to stop living

James Arthur Baldwin

Every woman should eat for the long run so she can manage the short stops of crisis.

Jane Fonda

I had the worst study habits in the history of college, until I found out what I was doing wrong -highlighting with black magic marker.

Jeff Altman

Motivation is what gets you started; habit is what keeps you going.

Jim Ryun

No matter how old you get, if you can keep the desire to be creative, you’re keeping the man-child alive.

John Cassavetes

You must decide to develop personal success habits on a daily basis that will empower you to break those defaults that were cemented in you during childhood.

John Di Lemme

We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.

John Dryden

All habits gather by unseen degrees, As brooks make rivers, rivers run to seas.

John Dryden

The good thing is, through this guy’s drug habit, finally the family of the victim up in Fort Worth is going to get some closure on this.

Juan Rivera

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.

Juliene Berk

Where can I find a man governed by reason instead of habits and urges

Kahlil Gibran

Men tend to be creatures of habit. Once they have integrated a brand, they stick with it, unlike women who will try all kinds of products from a number of different lines.

Karen Grant

It is hard to let old beliefs go. They are familiar. We are comfortable with them and have spent years building systems and developing habits that depend on them. Like a man who has worn eyeglasses so long that he forgets he has them on, we forget that the world looks to us the way it does because we have become used to seeing it that way through a particular set of lenses. Today, however, we need new lenses. And we need to throw the old ones away.

Kenich Ohmae

The long span of the bridge of your life is supported by countless cables called habits, attitudes, and desires. What you do in life depends upon what you are and what you want. What you get from life depends upon how much you want it, how much you are willing to work and plan and cooperate and use your resources. The long span of the bridge of your life is supported by countless cables that you are spinning now, and that is why today is such an important day. Make the cables strong!

L.G. Elliott

Such as are your habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of your mind; for the soul is dyed by the thoughts.

Marcus Aurelius

As an example to others, and not that I care for moderation myself, it has always been my rule never to smoke when asleep and never to refrain when awake.

Mark Twain

We can’t reach old age by another man’s road. My habits protect my life but they would assassinate you.

Mark Twain

I will act now. I will act now. I will act now. Henceforth, I will repeat these words each hour, each day, everyday, until the words become as much a habit as my breathing, and the action which follows becomes as instinctive as the blinking of my eyelids.

Mary Manin Morrissey

We strongly believe that the development of historical areas should extend to offering educational and training services to the inhabitants.

Mohamed Mekawy

Habit is either the best of servants or the worst of masters.

Nathaniel Emmons

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

Nikita Khrushchev

Short-term success is not the goal. It?s long-term resolution. It takes a lot of mental energy to overcome inertia and commit to overcoming a bad habit.

Patricia Kyle

Watch your thoughts they become words. Watch your words they become actions. Watch your actions they become habits. Watch your habits they become character. Watch your character it becomes your destiny.

Patrick Overton

Be as careful of the books you read, as of the company you keep for your habits and character will be as much influenced by the former as by the latter.

Paxton Hood

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

Peter Ustinov

Moral habits, induced by public practices, are far quicker in making their way into men’s private lives, than the failings and faults of individuals are in infecting the city at large.


Good habits result from resisting temptation

Portuguese proverb

Powerful indeed is the empire of habit.

Publilius Syrus

Habits change into character.

Publius Ovidius Naso Ovid

Break the leg of a bad habit.

Puerto Rican Proverb

Good habits, which bring our lower passions and appetites under automatic control, leave our natures free to explore the larger experiences of life. Too many of us divide and dissipate our energies in debating actions which should be taken for granted.

Ralph W. Sockman

Heartily know,When half-gods go,The gods arrive.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Divide each difficulty into as many parts as necessary to resolve it.

Rene Descartes

There is no virtue in being uncritical nor is it a habit to which the young are given. But criticism is only the burying beetle that gets rid of what is dead, and, since the world lives by creative and constructive forces, and not by negation and destruction, it is better to grow up in the company of prophets than of critics.

Richard Livingstone

A man who gives his children habits of industry provides for them better than by giving them a fortune.

Richard Whately

First we form habits, then they form us. Conquer your bad habits or they will conquer you.

Rob Gilbert

Don’t let your sins turn into bad habits.

Saint Teresa

The reforming process involves the removal in daily living of bad conduct and bad habits and the practice of good conduct and good deeds.

Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Gravity is a habit that is hard to shake off.

Terry Pratchett

In order to form correct habits, we should seek the company of persons of sound moral and religious influence. We should constantly bear in mind that we may be fitting to inhabit the heavenly courts. The precious hours of probation are granted that we may

Theodore White

Being miserable is a habit; being happy is a habit; and the choice is yours

Tom Hopkins

Any act often repeated soon forms a habit; and habit allowed, steadily gains in strength. At first it may be but as the spider’s web, easily broken through, but if not resisted it soon binds us with chains of steel.

Tyron Edwards

A nail is driven out by another nail. Habit is overcome by habit.


The great acts of love are done by those who are habitually performing small acts of kindness.

Victor Hugo

Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.

Vince Lombardi

As a twig is bent the tree inclines.


The unfortunate thing about this world is that the good habits are much easier to give up than the bad ones.

W. Somerset Maugham

Take control of your destiny. Believe in yourself. Ignore those who try to discourage you. Avoid negative sources, people, places, things and habits. Don’t give up and don’t give in.

Wanda Carter

Consequently, cohabitation becomes an acceptable halfway relationship, which can be dissolved more easily than a marriage.

Wang Xun

Bad habits are like chains that are too light to feel until they are too heavy to carry.

Warren Buffet

You leave old habits behind by starting out with the thought, ‘I release the need for this in my life’.

Wayne Dyer

Your law may be perfect, your knowledge of human affairs may be such as to enable you to apply it with wisdom and skill, and yet without individual acquaintance with men, their haunts and habits, the pursuit of the profession becomes difficult, slow, and expensive.

William Dunbar

Life is the art of being well deceived; and in order that the deception may succeed it must be habitual and uninterrupted

William Hazlitt

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

The unfortunate thing about this world is that good habits are so much easier to give up than bad ones.

William Somerset Maugham

There is nothing special about falling in love. This is habit, this is routine, this is a learned natural ability.

Zoe Trope

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