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HABIT
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Things start out as hopes and end up as habits.
      - Lillian Hellman

Wise living consists perhaps less in acquiring good habits than in acquiring as few habits as possible.
      - Eric Hoffer

Habit is the approximation of the animal system to the organic. It is a confession of failure in the highest function of being, which involves a perpetual self-determination, in full view of all existing, circumstances.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Habit is the nursery of errors.
      - Victor Hugo

It is indeed not easy to distinguish affectation from habit; he that has once studiously developed a style, rarely writes afterwards with complete ease.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Long customs are not easily broken; he that attempts to change the course of his own life very often labors in vain.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt till they are too strong to be broken.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

A man used to vicissitudes is not easily dejected.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Rasselas (ch. XII)

Habits form character and character is destiny.
      - Joseph Kaines,
        Our Daily Faults and Failings,
        an address

Habit is overcome by habit.
  [Lat., Consuetudo consuetudine vincitur.]
      - Thomas a Kempis bk. I, 21

If you have always done it that way, it is probably wrong.
      - Charles F. Kettering

Habit gives endurance, and fatigue is the best night cap.
      - Jamaica Kincaid

Habit, to which all of us are more or less slaves.
      - Jean de la Fontaine

Are we not like the actor of old times, who wore his mask so long his face took its likeness?
      - Letitia Elizabeth Landon (Mrs. George MacLean)

Habit is altogether too arbitrary a master for me to submit to.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

Habits wear more constantly and with greatest force than reason, which, when we have most need of it, is seldom fairly consulted, and more rarely obeyed.
      - John Locke (1)

For as good habits of the people require good laws to support them, so laws, to be observed, need good habits on the part of the people.
      - Niccolo Machiavelli (Macchiavelli)

Good habits are as addictive as bad habits, and a lot more rewarding.
      - Harvey MacKay

Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it every day, and at last we cannot break it.
      - Horace Mann

A young man ought to cross his own rules, to awake his vigor, and to keep it from growing faint and rusty. And there is no course of life so weak and sottish as that which is carried on by rule and discipline.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Small habits, well pursued betimes,
  May reach the dignity of crimes.
      - Hannah More, Florio (pt. I)

Sow an action, reap a habit.
      - David Christie Murray

For the honest people, relations increase with the years. For the vicious, inconveniences increase. Inconstancy is the defect of vice; the influence of habit is one of the qualities of virtue.
      - Madame Suzanne Curchod Necker

Nothing is stronger than habit.
  [Lat., Nil consuetudine majus.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Ars Amatoria
         (II, 345)

Pursuits become habits.
  [Lat., Abeunt studia in mores.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Heroides
         (XV, 83)


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