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Friday, December 30, 2011

Quotations About Habits

The second half of a man's life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half. ~Feodor Dostoevski 

Enduring habits I hate.... Yes, at the very bottom of my soul I feel grateful to all my misery and bouts of sickness and everything about me that is imperfect, because this sort of thing leaves me with a hundred backdoors through which I can escape from enduring habits. 
~Friedrich Nietzsche, 1882 

Habits are at first cobwebs, then cables. ~Spanish Proverb 

Habit is a second nature which prevents us from knowing the first, of which it has neither the cruelties nor the enchantments. 
~Marcel Proust 

The easier it is to do, the harder it is to change. 
~Eng's Principle 

The satisfied, the happy, do not live; they fall asleep in habit, near neighbor to annihilation. ~Miguel de Unamuno 

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 

Habit is thus the enormous flywheel of society, its most precious conservative agent. It alone is what keeps us all within the bounds of ordinance, and saves the children of fortune from the envious uprisings of the poor. 
~William James 

In any family, measles are less contagious than bad habits. ~Mignon McLaughlin 

Men's natures are alike; it is their habits that separate them. 

Habit with him was all the test of truth;
 It must be right: I've done it from my youth.~George Crabbe 

Habit is a cable; we weave a thread each day, and at last we cannot break it. 
~Horace Mann 

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

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

To fall into a habit is to begin to cease to be. 
~Miguel de Unamuno 

Habit is a man's sole comfort. We dislike doing without even unpleasant things to which we have become accustomed. 

Every grown-up man consists wholly of habits, although he is often unaware of it and even denies having any habits at all. 
~Georges Gurdjieff
The best way to break a bad habit is to drop it. 
~Leo Aikman

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