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Habit Quotes

Habits are formed by the repetition of particular acts. They are strengthened by an increase in the number of repeated acts. Habits are also weakened or broken, and contrary habits are formed by the repetition of contrary acts.

Author: Mortimer J. Adler (1902)

Profession: American Educator, Philosopher

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

Author: Aristotle

Profession: Greek Philosopher

It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.

Author: Aristotle

Profession: Greek Philosopher

Habit is ten times nature.

Author: Duke of Wellington Arthur Wellesley (1769-1852)

Profession: British Statesman, Military Leader

Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity.

Author: St. Augustine (354-430)

Profession: Numidian-born Bishop of Hippo, Theologian

A single bad habit will mar an otherwise faultless character, as an ink-drop soileth the pure white page.

Author: Hosea Ballou (1771-1852)

Profession: American Theologian, Founder of ''Universalism''

The power of habit and the charm of novelty are the two adverse forces which explain the follies of mankind.

Author: Maria De Beausacq


Habit is a great deadener.

Author: Samuel Beckett (1906-1989)

Profession: Irish Dramatist, Novelist

Habits... the only reason they persist is that they are offering some satisfaction. You allow them to persist by not seeking any other, better form of satisfying the same needs. Every habit, good or bad, is acquired and learned in the same way -- by finding that it is a means of satisfaction.

Author: Juliene Berk


Habit is a shackle for the free.

Author: Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Profession: American Author, Editor, Journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary"

Never permit failure to become a habit.

Author: William Frederick Book


Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.

Author: Anthelme Brillat-Savarin


Habits are to the soul what the veins and arteries are to the blood, the courses in which it moves.

Author: Horace Bushnell (1802-1876)

Profession: American Congregational Minister, Theologian

Feeling sorry for yourself, and you present condition, is not only a waste of energy but the worst habit you could possibly have.

Author: Dale Carnegie (1888-1955)

Profession: American Author, Trainer

Certes, they been lye to hounds, for an hound when he cometh by the roses, or by other bushes, though he may nat pisse, yet wole he heve up his leg and make a countenance to pisse.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer (1340-1400)

Profession: British Poet