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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

Everybody's got a habit.

LILLIAN HELLMAN, Days to Come

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

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, Characters, and Reflections

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"

Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.

VINCE LOMBARDI

Never suffer an exception to occur till the new habit is securely rooted in your life. Each lapse is like the letting fall of a ball of string which one is carefully winding up; a single slip undoes more than a great many turns will wind again.

WILLIAM JAMES, The Principles of Psychology

The habits of a young man are, like his coat, removable; the habits of an old man are like the drapery of a statue.

AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought

When habit clutches a man he becomes a limp mass of nerveless meat.

ABRAHAM MILLER, Unmoral Maxims

Habit can overcome anything but instinct, and can greatly modify even that.

HORACE MANN, Thoughts

When you've been used to doing things, and they've been taken away from you, it's as if your hands had been cut off, and you felt the fingers as are of no use to you.

GEORGE ELIOT, Felix Holt

Man and the earth move in orbits: what they did before, they will do again.

AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought

Habits are either the best of servants or the worst of masters.

CROFT M. PENTZ, The Complete Book of Zingers

Whatsoever stirs the stagnant currents, setting these flowing in wholesome directions, promotes brisk spirits and productive thinking. The less of routine, the more of life.

AMOS BRONSON ALCOTT, Table Talk

Habit, like a fog, tends to palliate things and beings. Little by little it obscures the features of a face and rubs down deformities; if you live with a humpback day in and day out, after a time he loses his hump.

OCTAVE MIRBEAU, The Diary of a Chambermaid

Habit! that skilful but slow-moving arranger who begins by letting our minds suffer for weeks on end in temporary quarters, but whom our minds are none the less only too happy to discover at last, for without it, reduced to their own devices, they would be powerless to make any room seem habitable.

MARCEL PROUST, Swann's Way

If the years of youth are experienced slowly, while the later years of life hurtle past at an ever-increasing speed, it must be habit that causes it. We know full well that the insertion of new habits or the changing of old ones is the only way to preserve life, to renew our sense of time, to rejuvenate, intensify, and retard our experience of time—and thereby renew our sense of life itself.

THOMAS MANN, The Magic Mountain

In time action becomes habit, and habit can wear reason away, leaving no traces.

BERNARD BECKETT, Genesis

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

Whatever you would make habitual, practice it; and if you would not make a thing habitual, do not practice it, but accustom yourself to something else.

EPICTETUS, Discourses

All our "most sacred affections" are merely prosaic habit.

CESARE PAVESE, This Business of Living, Jun. 12, 1938

It’s a hard thing to leave any deeply routine life, even if you hate it.

JOHN STEINBECK, East of Eden

Habit is, of all the plants of human growth, the one that has the least need of nutritious soil in order to live, and is the first to appear on the most seemingly barren rock.

MARCEL PROUST, The Guermantes Way

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

Habit will reconcile us to everything but change.

CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon

Browse Habit Quotes II

Read T. Augustus Forbes Leith's short essay: On the Force of Habit

Read William H. McMasters' essay: On the Contracting of Habits

Read Walter Matthews' essay: Habit


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