quotations about habit
It is only habit and routine that makes the void look like purpose.
JEANETTE WINTERSON, The Stone Gods
Habit is a great swamp wherein men are turned to fossils.
ABRAHAM MILLER, Unmoral Maxims
The skeleton of habit alone upholds the human frame.
VIRGINIA WOOLF, Mrs. Dalloway
Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.
HENRY ADAMS, The Education of Henry Adams
Habit is a cable. We weave a thread of it every day, and at last we cannot break it.
HORACE MANN, Thoughts
Habit is thus the enormous fly-wheel of society, its most precious conservative agent. It alone is what keeps us all within the bounds of ordinance.
WILLIAM JAMES, Principles of Psychology
And now I understand something so frightening, and wonderful--how the mind clings to the road it knows, rushing through crossroads, sticking like lint to the familiar.
MARY OLIVER, "Robert Schumann," Dream Work
We first make our habits and then our habits make us.
WALTER MATTHEWS, "Habit", Human Life from Many Angles
The second half of a man's life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half.
FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, attributed, 20,000 Quips & Quotes
Ill habits gather by unseen degrees --
As brooks make rivers, rivers run to seas.
JOHN DRYDEN, Ovid
The chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.
WARREN BUFFETT, The Tao of Warren Buffett
Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits.
MARK TWAIN, Pudd'nhead Wilson
A man who can't bear to share his habits is a man who needs to quit them.
STEPHEN KING, The Dark Tower
Everybody's got a habit.
LILLIAN HELLMAN, Days to Come
A person cannot coast along in old destructive habits year after year and accept whatever comes along. A person must stand up on her own two legs and walk. Get off the bus and go get on another. Climb out of the ditch and cross the road. Find the road that's where you want to go.... We are not chips of wood drifting down the stream of time. We have oars.
GARRISON KEILLOR, Pontoon
It is easier to prevent thistles and habits than to uproot them.
AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought
Habit is the cement of society, the comfort of life, and, alas! the root of error.
FULKE GREVILLE, Maxims
It is no more effort for a man to be a saint than to be a sinner; it becomes a mere matter of habit.
JEROME K. JEROME, "A Man of Habit"
Most men are prisoners at best,
Who some strong habit every drag about
Like chain and ball.
HENRY ABBEY, "The Galley Slave"
Habit is a cruel jailer
Yet how well-beloved.
NELLIE SEELYE EVANS, "Habit"