Habit Quotes

Most popular habit quotes

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.


Sow an act, and you reap a habit. Sow a habit, and you reap a character. Sow a character, and you reap a destiny.

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One nail drives out another; habit is overcome by habit.
The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.
Men's natures are alike; it is their habits that carry them apart.

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A habit is something you can do without thinking—which is why most of us have so many of them.


Habit energy is pushing us; it pushes us to do things without our being aware. Sometimes we do something without knowing we're doing it. Even when we don't want to do something, we still do it. Sometimes we say, "I didn't want to do it, but it's stronger than me, it pushed me." So that is a seed, a habit energy, which may have come from many generations in the past. We have inherited a lot. With mindfulness, we can become aware of the habit energy that has been passed down to us. We might see that our parents or grandparents were also very weak in ways similar to us. We can be aware without judgment that our negative habits come from these ancestral roots. We can smile at our shortcomings, at our habit energy. With awareness, we have a choice; we can act another way. We can end the cycle of suffering right now.


'Tis easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.
It is the habit of having habits, of turning a trail into a rut, that must be incessantly fought against if one is to remain alive.
Habits are like supervisors that you don't notice.
Freedom is the right to choose the habits that bind you.


It seems, in fact, as though the second half of a man's life is usually made up of nothing but the habits he has accumulated during the first half.
Habits are never in a hurry.
Good habits are as easy to form as bad ones.
Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life, and a significant element of happiness.
Youth is the seed-time of good habits, as well in nations as in individuals.


Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.

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The best way to break a habit is to drop it.


We can often endure an extra pound of pain far more easily than we can suffer the withdrawal of an ounce of accustomed pleasure.
People who appear to be resisting change may simply be the victim of bad habits. Habit, like gravity, never takes a day off.


We are what we repeatedly do.


For the ordinary business of life, an ounce of habit is worth a pound of intellect.


Habit is stronger than reason.
Habits are first cobwebs, then cables.

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Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity.
Old habits are strong and jealous.
Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.
Habit, a particularly insidious thug who chokes passion and smothers love.  Habit puts us on autopilot.
Habit has a kind of poetry.
A habit is a shirt made of iron.
Habit is persistence in practice.
Habit, n.  A shackle for the free.
Habits are the shorthand of behavior.
A man of no conversation should smoke.
Powerful indeed is the empire of habit.
Things start as hopes and end up as habits.


Your habits are not you. They are you on autopilot.
It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.
We cannot, in a moment, get rid of habits of a lifetime.
Rigid, the skeleton of habit alone upholds the human frame.
The air is full of our cries.  But habit is a great deadener.
Curious things, habits. People themselves never knew they had them.
Many who wouldn't dream of having an addiction are addicted to normalcy.
Habit is a compromise effected between an individual and his environment.
The fixity of a habit is generally in direct proportion to its absurdity.
Comfort comes as a guest, lingers to become a host and stays to enslave us.


A bad habit never disappears miraculously; it's an undo-it-yourself project.


Ill habits gather by unseen degrees—
As brooks make rivers, rivers run to seas.
The chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.
The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.
Habit is a cable.  We weave a thread of it every day, and at last we cannot break it.
Habit is the chloroform of love. Habit is the cement that unites long-wedded couples.


Habit is thus the enormous fly-wheel of society, its most precious conservative agent.
It is easy to assume a habit; but when you try to cast it off, it will take skin and all.
Habit with him was all the test of truth,
"It must be right: I've done it from my youth."
To uproot an old habit is sometimes a more painful thing, and vastly more difficult, than to wrench out a tooth.
I am not an early riser. The self respect which other men enjoy in rising early, I feel due to me for waking up at all.
Most behavior is habitual. They say the chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.
But names, once they are in common use, quickly become mere sounds, their etymology being buried, like so many of the earth's marvels, beneath the dust of habit.


Every habit he's ever had is still there in his body, lying dormant like flowers in the desert.  Given the right conditions, all his old addictions would burst into full and luxuriant bloom.