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HABIT
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Habit will reconcile us to everything but change, and even to change if it recur not too quickly.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

It is almost as difficult to make a man unlearn his errors as his knowledge.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

A tendency to resume the same mode of action at stated times is peculiarly the characteristic of the nervous system; and on this account regularity is of great consequence in exercising the moral and intellectual power. All nervous diseases have a marked tendency to observe regular periods; and the natural inclination to sleep at the approach of night is another instance of the same fact.
      - George Combe

Habits are soon assumed; but when we strive to strip them off, 'tis being flayed alive.
      - William Cowper

Habit with him was all the test of truth;
  "It must be right: I've done it from my youth."
      - George Crabbe, The Borough (letter III)

And it is a singular truth that, though a man may shake off national habits, accent, manner of thinking, style of dress,--though he may become perfectly identified with another nation, and speak its language well, perhaps better than his own,--yet never can he succeed in changing his handwriting to a foreign style.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

All habits gather by unseen degrees.
      - John Dryden

If thou dost still retain the same ill habits, the same follies, too, still thou art bound to vice, and still a slave.
      - John Dryden

Ill habits gather by unseen degrees,--as brooks make rivers, rivers run to seas.
      - John Dryden

We first make our habits and then our habits make us.
      - John Dryden

That beneficent harness of routine, which enables silly men to live respectably and happy men to live calmly.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

Nothing is in reality either pleasant or unpleasant by nature; but all things become so through habit.
      - Epictetus

Nothing really pleasant or unpleasant subsists by nature, but all things become so by habit.
      - Epictetus

A nail is driven out by another nail, habit is overcome by habit.
  [Lat., Clavus clavo pellitur, consuetudo consuetudine vincitur.]
      - Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus, Diluculum

Habit hath so vast a prevalence over the human mind that there is scarce anything too strange or too strong to be asserted of it. The story of the miser who, from long accustoming to cheat others, came at last to cheat himself, and with great delight and triumph picked his own pocket of a guinea to convey to his hoard, is not impossible or improbable.
      - Henry Fielding

In the great majority of things habit is a greater plague than ever afflicted Egypt.
      - John Foster (1)

The will that yields the first time with some reluctance does so the second time with less hesitation, and the third time with none at all, until presently the habit is adopted.
      - Henry Giles

The habit of virtue cannot be formed in a closet. Habits are formed by acts of reason in a persevering struggle through temptation.
      - Bernard Gilpin

Habit is the most imperious of all masters.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We sow our thoughts, and we reap our actions; we sow our actions, and we reap our habits; we sow our habits, and we reap our characters; we sow our characters, and we reap our destiny.
      - Charles Albert Hall

Beware of fixing habits in a child.
      - Robert Hall

If we look back upon the usual course of our feelings, we shall find that we are more influenced by the frequent recurrence of objects than by their weight and importance; and that habit has more force in forming our characters than our opinions have. The mind naturally takes its tone and complexion from what it habitually contemplates.
      - Robert Hall

Habit in most cases hardens and encrusts by taking away the keener edge of our sensations: but does it not in others quicken and refine, by giving a mechanical facility and by engrafting an acquired sense?
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Habit is necessary to give power.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

The chain of habit coils itself around the heart like a serpent, to gnaw and stifle it.
      - William Hazlitt (1)


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