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HABIT
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To learn new habits is everything, for it is to reach the substance of life. Life is but a tissue of habits.
      - Henri-Frederic Amiel

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

Our second mother, habit, is also a good mother.
      - Berthold Auerbach

Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity.
      - Saint Aurelius Augustine (Augustine of Hippo)

Habit, if wisely and skillfully formed, becomes truly a second nature; but unskillfully and unmethodically depicted, it will be as it were an ape of nature, which imitates nothing to the life, but only clumsily and awkwardly.
      - Francis Bacon

A single bad habit will mar an otherwise faultless character, as an ink-drop soileth the pure white page.
      - Hosea Ballou

I will be a slave to no habit; therefore farewell tobacco.
      - Hosea Ballou

Marriage should combat without respite or mercy that monster which devours everything,--habit.
      - Honore de Balzac

The habits of every animal are, at least in the eyes of man, constantly similar in all ages. But the habits, the clothes, the words and the dwelling of a prince, a banker, an artist, a bourgeois, a priest and a pauper, are wholly dissimilar and change at the will of civilizations.
      - Honore de Balzac

A civil habit
  Oft covers a good man.
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
        Beggar's Bush (act II, sc. 3, l. 210)

The law of the harvest is to reap more than you sow. Sow an act, and you reap a habit; sow a habit, and you reap a character; sow a character, and you reap a destiny.
      - George Dana Boardman, the younger

Old habits are strong and jealous.
      - Dorothea Brande

Give a child the habit of sacredly regarding the truth--of carefully respecting the property of others--of scrupulously abstaining from all acts of improvidence which can involve him in distress, and he will just as likely think of rushing into the element in which he cannot breathe, as of lying or cheating or stealing.
      - Lord Henry Peter Brougham (Brougham and vaux)

I trust everything, under God, to habit, upon which, in all ages, the lawgiver, as well as the schoolmaster, has mainly placed his reliance,--habit, which makes everything easy, and casts all difficulties upon the deviation from the wonted course.
      - Lord Henry Peter Brougham (Brougham and vaux)

Make sobriety a habit, and intemperance will be hateful; make prudence a habit, and reckless profligacy will be as contrary to the nature of the child, grown or adult, as the most atrocious crimes, are to any of us.
      - Lord Henry Peter Brougham (Brougham and vaux)

If an idiot were to tell you the same story every day for a year, you would end by believing him.
      - Edmund Burke

My very chains and I grew friends,
  So much a long communion tends
    To make us what we are; even I
      Regain'd my freedom with a sigh.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Lord Tenterden, the celebrated judge, expired with these words on his lips, "Gentlemen of the jury, you will now consider your verdict."
      - Lord John Campbell, 1st Baron Campbell

Habit and imitation--there is nothing more perennial in us than these two. They are the source of all working, and all apprenticeship, of all practice, and all learning, in this world.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Habit is the deepest law of human nature.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Acts of virtue ripen into habits; and the goodly and permanent result is the formation or establishment of a virtuous character.
      - Thomas Chalmers

Vicious habits are so great a stain to human nature, and so odious in themselves, that every person actuated by right reason would avoid them, though he were sure they would be always concealed both from God and man, and had no future punishment entailed upon them.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

Vicious habits are so odious and degrading that they transform the individual who practices them into an incarnate demon.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

Habit is, as it were, a second nature.
  [Lat., Consuetudo quasi altera natura effici.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Finibus Bonorum et Malorum (V, 25)

Centres, or centre-pieces of wood, are put by builders under an arch of stone while it is in the process of construction till the keystone is put in. Just such is the use Satan makes of pleasures to construct evil habits upon; the pleasure lasts till the habit is fully formed; but that done the habit may stand eternal. The pleasures are sent for firewood, and the hell begins in this life.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge


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