Habit Quotes

First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you're inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won't. Habit is persistence in practice.

"It's not that I don't want... I mean, I've always...it's just that life is a habit that's hard to break...

Reaper Man

Terry Pratchett

Reaper Man
Death    Fear    Habit    Humor    Life

For those who are poor in happiness, each time is a first time; happiness never becomes a habit.

We first make our habits, then our habits make us.

Typically, people who exercise, start eating better and becoming more productive at work. They smoke less and show more patience with colleagues and family. They use their credit cards less frequently and say they feel less stressed. Exercise is a keystone habit that triggers widespread change.

Habit is the intersection of knowledge (what to do), skill (how to do), and desire (want to do).

Desire    Habit    Knowledge    Skill

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.

As Aristotle said, 'Excellence is a habit.' I would say furthermore that excellence is made constant through the feeling that comes right after one has completed a work which he himself finds undeniably awe-inspiring. He only wants to relax until he's ready to renew such a feeling all over again because to him, all else has become absolutely trivial.

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing. A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time. A schedule is a mock-up of reason and order—willed, faked, and so brought into being; it is a peace and a haven set into the wreck of time; it is a lifeboat on which you find yourself, decades later, still living.

The Writing Life

Annie Dillard

The Writing Life
Habit    Life    Living    Schedule

Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed down-stairs one step at a time.

Nothing is stronger than habit.

The most basic way to get someone's attention is this: Break a pattern.

This process within our brains is a three-step loop. First, there is a cue, a trigger that tells your brain to go into automatic mode and which habit to use. Then there is the routine, which can be physical or mental or emotional. Finally, there is a reward, which helps your brain figure out if this particular loop is worth remembering for the future: THE HABIT LOOP

Cue    Habit    Trigger    Triggers

Only a habit can subdue another habit.

One should cultivate good habits of memory, for it is capable of making existence a Paradise or an Inferno.

The Art of Worldly Wisdom

Baltasar Gracián

The Art of Worldly Wisdom

Really, it had been stupid to expect anything anyway. A few late nights does not a habit, or a relationship, make.

Along for the Ride

Sarah Dessen

Along for the Ride

The problem with living so long is that we get used to it. We watch the mortals age and wither and die around us, watch the world change and decay...but no matter the hardship or the pain or the sorrow we suffer, we choose to continue living. Out of sheer habit, I think.

For the wise have always known that no one can make much of his life until self-searching has become a regular habit, until he is able to admit and accept what he finds, and until he patiently and persistently tries to correct what is wrong. – Bill W.

Yoga says instinct is a trace of an old experience that has been repeated many times and the impressions have sunk down to the bottom of the mental lake. Although they go down, they aren’t completely erased. Don’t think you ever forget anything. All experiences are stored in the
; and, when the proper atmosphere is created, they come to the surface again. When we do something several times it forms a habit. Continue with that habit for a long time, and it becomes your character. Continue with that character and eventually, perhaps in another life, it comes up as instinct. (92)

When a thing becomes indispensable it's time to give it up.

Attachment    Freedom    Habit    Life

We naturally like what we have been accustomed to, and are attracted towards it. [...] The same is the case with those opinions of man to which he has been accustomed from his youth; he likes them, defends them, and shuns the opposite views.

Custom    Habit    Ideas    Opinions    Thought    Views

Life is habit. Or rather life is a succession of habits.

When you showed someone how you felt, it was fresh and honest. When you told someone how you felt, there might be nothing behind the words but habit or expectation.

Handle with Care

Jodi Picoult

Handle with Care
Expectation    Feelings    Habit    Love    Show    Truth    Words

Some of the freckles I once loved are now closer to liver spots. But it’s still the eyes we look at, isn’t it? That’s where we found the other person, and find them still.

Those who pretend as if they don't love you, are the ones who would hate to see you love another person.

Anger    Annoyance    Anxiety    Assunder    Asunder    Bitterness    Care    Crush    Distrust    Envy    Funny    Green eyed monster    Habit    Heartbeat    Hesitation    Insecurity    Jealousy    Love    Mistrust    Possesiveness    Pretence    Trouble    Vigilance    Watchful    Watchfulness

Some of the freckles I once loved are now closer to liver spots. But its still the eyes we look at, isnt it? Thats where we found the other person, and find them still.

Astride of a grave and a difficult birth.
Down in the hole, lingeringly, the grave digger puts on the forceps.
We have time to grow old.
The air is full of our cries.
But habit is a great deadener.
At me too someone is looking, of me too someone is saying, He is sleeping, he knows nothing.
Let him sleep on.

Waiting for Godot

Samuel Beckett

Waiting for Godot
Confusion    Dead    Difficult    Grave    Grow    Habit    Hole    Hope    Knowledge    Nothing    Old    Sleeping    Waiting    Wisdom

I believe Jesus wasn't thinking about miracle when He performed it.
He's just doing normal activities as he did in His heavenly kingdom.

Habit is a compromise effected between the individual and his environment, or between the individual and his own organic eccentricities, the guarantee of a dull inviolability, the lightning-conductor of his existence.

The time which we have at our disposal every day is elastic; the passions that we feel expand it, those that we inspire contract it; and habit fills up what remains.

Habit    Passions    Time

I think I am beginning to understand why grief feels like suspense. It comes from the frustration of so many impulses that had become habitual. Thought after thought feeling after feeling, action after action, had H. for their object. Now their target is gone. I keep on through habit fitting an harrow to the string, then I remember and have to lay the bow down. So many roads lead thought to H. I set out on one of them. But now there's an impassable frontierpost across it. So many roads once; now so many
culs de sac

Grief    Habit    Loss    Love    Mourning

When I was a young man and very well thought of,
I couldn't ask aught that the ladies denied.
I nibbled their hearts like a handful of raisins,
And I never spoke love but I knew that I lied.
But I said to myself, 'Ah, they none of them know
The secret I shelter and savor and save
I wait for the one who will see through my seeming,
And I'll know when I love by the way I behave.'
The years drifted over like clouds in the heavens;
The ladies went by me like snow on the wind.
I charmed and I cheated, deceived and dissembled,
And I sinned, and I sinned, and I sinned, and I sinned.
But I said to myself, 'Ah, they none of them see
There's part of me pure as the whisk of a wave.
My lady is late but she'll find I've been faithful,
And I'll know when I love by the way I behave.'
At last came a lady both knowing and tender,
Saying, 'you're not at all what they take you to be.'
I betrayed her before she had quite finished speaking,
And she swallowed cold poison and jumped in the sea.
And I say to myself when there's time for a word,
As I gracefully grow more debauched and depraved,
'Ah, love may be strong, but a habit is stronger
And I knew when I loved by the way I behaved.

The Last Unicorn

Peter S. Beagle

The Last Unicorn
Debauchery    Destructiveness    Habit    Lament    Sin    Vice

All our life, so far as it has definite form, is but a mass of habits.

Every habit makes our hand more witty, and out wit more handy.

Habit    Handy    Witty

I think I am beginning to understand why grief feels like suspense. It comes from the frustration of so many impulses that had become habitual. Thought after thought feeling after feeling, action after action, had H. for their object. Now their target is gone. I keep on through habit fitting an harrow to the string, then I remember and have to lay the bow down. So many roads lead thought to H. I set out on one of them. But now there's an impassable frontierpost across it. So many roads once; now so many culs de sac.

Grief    Habit    Loss    Love    Mourning

The habit of giving up when the present task is half finished and try something else is one of the chief causes of failure.

If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.

I think this is one bad side of a mirror; it helps us to see the reflection of the effects of our own actions on ourselves. We smile and it smiles back to us, we frown and it frowns to us. How I wish it shows us the reflections of the effects of our actions on other people as well so that we will be conscious!

Actions    Angry    Bad    Behaviour    Cause and effect    Cry    Disadvantage    Do good do it to yourself    Food for thought    Friends    Frown    Glass    Habit    Happy    Human behaviour    I    Image    Israelmore ayivor    Joyful    Look to yourself    Me    Mirror    Myself    Other people    People    Plane mirror    Reflect    Reflection    Sad    See yourself    Self    Self gain    Self image    Selfish    Smile    Smiling    Who you are    Your image    Your self image

As his mind becomes purer and his emotions come under control, his thoughts become clearer and his instincts truer. As he learns to live more and more in harmony with his higher Self, his body's natural intuition becomes active of itself. The result is that false desires and unnatural instincts which have been imposed upon it by others or by himself will become weaker and weaker and fall away entirely in time. This may happen without any attempt to undergo an elaborate system of self-discipline on his part: yet it will affect his way of living, his diet, his habits. False cravings like the craving for smoking tobacco will vanish of their own accord; false appetites like the appetite for alcoholic liquor or flesh food will likewise vanish; but the more deep-seated the desire, the longer it will take to uproot it--except in the case of some who will hear and answer a heroic call for an abrupt change.

We are to give (and take) true love without falling into the narcissistic habit of only trying to take it in.

Ego    Giving    Habit    Love    Narcissism    Pride    Selfishness    Selflessness    Service    Taking

Most of our faculties lie dormant because they can rely upon Habit, which knows what there is to be done and has no need of their services.

According to my daughters, my most irritating habit is asking for cups of tea.

Daughter    Gaiman    Habit    Tea

No one is born to courage, Juliet. Courage is a habit you develop after cowardice has gotten you nothing.

Born    Courage    Courageous    Cowardice    Develop    Habit

He that becomes protector of sin shall surely become its prisoner.

Depravity    Habit    Lust    Sin

There the beloved red sweater,
bright tangle of necklace, earrings of amber.
Each confirming: I chose these, I.
But habit is different: it chooses.
And we, it's good horse,
opening our mouths at even the sight of the bit.

Part of the problem about authenticity is that virtues aren't the only things that are habit forming: the more someone behaves in a way that is damaging to self or to others, the more "natural" it will both seem and actually be. Spontaneity, left to itself, can begin by excusing bad behavior and end by congratulating vice.

Habit    Judgement    Spontaneity    Vice    Virtue

Writing is difficult. You do it all alone without encouragement and without any certainty that you'll ever be published or paid or even that you'll be able to finish the particular work you've begun. It isn't easy to persist amid all that. [...] Sometimes when I'm interviewed, the interviewer either compliments me on my 'talent', my 'gift' or asks me how I discovered it. [...] I used to struggle to answer this politely, to explain that I didn't believe much in writing talent. People who want to write either do it or they don't. At last I began to say that my most important talent - or habit - was persistence. Without it, I would have given up writing long before I finished my first novel. It's amazing what we can do if we simply refuse to give up.

Actually, I think living's the worst habit.

Habit    Life    Skip

An empirical philosophy is in any case a kind of intellectual disrobing. We cannot permanently divest ourselves of the intellectual habits we take on and wear when we assimilate the culture of our own time and place. But intelligent furthering of culture demands that we take some of them off, that we inspect them critically to see what they are made of and what wearing them does to us. We cannot achieve recovery of primitive naïveté. But there is attainable a cultivated naïveté of eye, ear and thought.

Habit enables us to cling to the familiar, to the self we think we know with a persistence almost irresistible. An anodyne for the terror of the unknown, it effectively keeps us from knowing, and is fatal in itself. Habit is a fiction the organism requires to dim perception. It screens us from the world, and from the true world of the self. Habit—no matter how intense the suffering it causes—is the last thing the personality will give up. It is arming itself against danger. The weapons may be more painful to use than the pain they seek to deflect. No matter. Habit allows us to live—by which Proust means it allows us to exist while it simultaneously compels us to miss Life.



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