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Habit And Tradition Quotes


"Any habit may be discontinued by building in its place some other and more desirable habit." - Napoleon Hill

" deep the ruts of tradition and conformity!" - Henry David Thoreau

"Traditional wisdom is long on tradition and short on wisdom." - Warren Buffett

"Tradition is a more interrupted and feebler memory." - Henry David Thoreau

"I try not to think of myself as a woman filmmaker. I don't look for women influences. I have noticed that there is a certain ceiling that a woman filmmaker can reach. I don't believe that it's sexism per se, but there are certain expectations in the industry about what films should be, how they should be made, what stories they should tell, and it's a habit, it's a tradition." - Signe Baumane

"When stability becomes a habit, maturity and clarity follow." - B.K.S. Iyengar

"Thinking is a habit, and like any other habit, it can be changed; it just takes effort and repetition." - John Eliot

"The most essential characteristic of scientific technique is that it proceeds from experiment, not from tradition. The experimental habit of mind is a difficult one for most people to maintain; indeed, the science of one generation has already become the tradition of the next" - Bertrand Russell

"It is the black poet who bridges the gap in tradition, who modifies tradition when experience demands it, who translates experience into meaning and meaning into belief." - Henry Louis Gates

"I think prejudice and tradition count for three-quarters in matters of religion." - Beatrix Potter

"'Brand India' is built of 5 Ts - talent, tradition, tourism, trade and technology." - Narendra Modi

"I like things to be modern and still have a bit of tradition" - Alexander Mcqueen

"A house should be a synthesis of comfort, practicality, and tradition." - Elsie de Wolfe

"Innovation violates tradition-attacks it in public and steals from it in private." - Mason Cooley

"Only a habit can subdue another habit." - Og Mandino

"No particular motive for living, except the custom and habit of it." - William Makepeace Thackeray

"Love that does not renew itself every day becomes a habit and in turn a slavery." - Khalil Gibran

"To quit between tee and green is more habit-forming than drinking a highball before breakfast." - Sam Snead

"An important species of pleasure, and therewith the source of morality, arises out of habit." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"Philosophers are in the habit of setting themselves before life and experience." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"Prevarication, like honesty, is reflexive, and soon becomes a sturdy habit, as reliable as truth." - Norman Mailer

"Habit is a compromise effected between an individual and his environment." - Samuel Beckett

"Rise early, that by habit it may become familiar, agreeable, healthy, and profitable." - George Washington

"Make a habit of dominating the listening, and let the prospect dominate the talking." - Brian Tracy

"we need to break the habit of overreacting because of our speedy assumption and judgments" - Richard Carlson

"Prayer must not be our chance work but our daily business, our habit and vocation." - Charles Spurgeon

"Man is made of ordinary things, and habit is his nurse." - Friedrich Schiller

"The habit-forming pain, Mismanagement and grief: We must suffer them all again." - W H Auden

"Habit is a second nature, and what was at first pleasure, is next necessity." - Letitia Elizabeth Landon

"I find when most people are honest about their spiritual pilgrimage, they admit to the difficulty of maintaining the habit of a spiritual discipline. What attracks me most about the Anglican spiritual tradition is that it provides purposeful spiritual direction in the life of Christ." - Robert E. Webber

"The non-geometric biomorphic forms of Arp and Miro and Moore are definitely in the ascendant. The formal tradition of Gauguin, Fauvism and Expressionism will probably dominate for some time to come the tradition of Cezanne and Cubism." - Alfred H. Barr, Jr.

"affection is a habit." - Letitia Elizabeth Landon

"Every tradition grows continually more venerable, and the more remote its origins, the more this is lost sight of. The veneration paid the tradition accumulates from generation to generation, until it at last becomes holy and excites awe." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"I believe in the American tradition of separation of church and state which is expressed in the First Amendment to the Constitution. By my office - and by personal conviction - I am sworn to uphold that tradition." - Lyndon B Johnson

"Scripture is our norming norm and tradition is our normed norm and that in a doctrinal controversy Scripture alone has absolute veto power while The Great Tradition (orthodox doctrine) has a vote but not a veto." - Roger E. Olson

"Violence as a way of gaining power... is being camouflaged under the guise of tradition, national honor [and] national security..." - Alfred Adler

"The highest principles for our aspirations and judgments are given to us in the Jewish-Christian religious tradition." - Albert Einstein

"Our American tradition of neighbor helping neighbor has always been one of our greatest strengths and most noble traditions." - Ronald Reagan

"Almost always tradition is nothing but a record and a machine-made imitation of the habits that our ancestors created." - Walter Lippmann

"All of my knowledge, of both science and religion, I incorporate into the classical tradition of my painting." - Salvador Dali

"Gujarat is all about Trade with Tradition, Commerce with Culture, Enterprise with Entertainment and Development with Disaster management." - Narendra Modi

"One Christmas build-up tradition, however, has totally bypassed me - that of going up to town and doing a show." - Julie Burchill

"We in Tunisia have no problem with respecting other peoples religion, and we have a long tradition of that." - Rashid al-Ghannushi

"There is an aristocracy of the sensitive. They represent the true human tradition of permanent victory over cruelty and chaos." - E M Forster

"Tradition simply means that we need to end what began well and continue what is worth continuing" - Jose Bergamin

"Put away the book, the description, the tradition, the authority, and take the journey of self-discovery." - Jiddu Krishnamurti

"Comfort and familiarity were wonderful but they also dulled passion and excitement. Predictability and habit made surprises almost impossible." - Nicholas Sparks

"I learned a little of beauty - enough to know that it had nothing to do with truth - and I found, moreover, that there was no great literary tradition; there was only the tradition of the eventful death of every literary tradition." - F Scott Fitzgerald

"The beginning of pride and hatred lies in worldly desire, and the strength of your desire if from habit. When an evil tendency becomes confirmed by habit, rage is triggered when anyone restrains you." - Rumi

"In the native world, major gods come in trios, duos, and groups. It is the habit of non-natives to discover the supreme being, the one and only head god, a habit lent to them by monotheism." - Paula Gunn Allen

"Make sobriety a habit, and intemperance will be hateful; make prudence a habit, and reckless profligacy will be as contrary to the nature of the child, grown or adult, as the most atrocious crimes, are to any of us." - Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux

"Be a listener only, keep within yourself, and endeavor to establish with yourself the habit of silence, especially in politics." - Thomas Jefferson

"the qualifications for self-government in society are not innate. they are the result of habit and long training." - Thomas Jefferson

"It is too bad if you have to do everything upon reflection and can't do anything from early habit." - Georg C Lichtenberg

"The future of our civilisation depends upon the widening spread and deepening hold of the scientific habit of mind." - John Dewey

"General jackdaw culture, very little more than a collection of charming miscomprehensions, untargeted enthusiasms, and a general habit of skimming." - William Bolitho

"[The public has] the habit now of invalidating opinions emanating from me by reference to my age and infirmities." - James Madison

"I won't kiss you. It might get to be a habit and I can't get rid of habits." - F Scott Fitzgerald

"The trick to success is to choose the right habit and bring just enough discipline to establish it." - Gary W. Keller

"I have this terrible habit of wanting to try to be consistent and develop a philosophy that's coherent." - Ron Paul

"Without theory, practice is but routine born of habit. Theory alone can bring forth and develop the spirit of inventions." - Louis Pasteur

"We have had, alas, and still have, the doubtful habit of reverence. Above all, we respect things as they are." - Cynthia Ozick

"Our joy, peace and happiness depend very much on our practice of recognizing and transforming habit energies. There are positive habit energies that we have to cultivate, and negative habit energies that we have to recognize, embrace and transform. The energy with which we do these things is mindfulness." - Nhat Hanh

"I believe that you can reach the point where there is no longer any difference between developing the habit of pretending to believe and developing the habit of believing." - Umberto Eco

"When we know something that needs to be done but isn't currently getting done, we often say, I just need more discipline. Actually, we need the habit of doing it. And we need just enough discipline to build the habit." - Gary W. Keller

"I trust everything, under God, to habit, upon which, in all ages, the lawgiver, as well as the schoolmaster, has mainly placed his reliance,-habit, which makes everything easy, and casts all difficulties upon the deviation from the wonted course." - Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux

"Really poor children in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and have nobody around them who works. So they literally have no habit of showing up on Monday. They have no habit of staying all day. They have no habit of 'I do this and you give me cash' unless it's illegal." - Newt Gingrich

"The habit of persistence is the habit of victory." - Herbert Kaufman

"Nothing is stronger than habit." - Ovid

"Happiness never becomes a habit." - Marilyn Monroe

"Tradition is the social equivalent of personal habit." - Hassan Fathy

"The less men are fettered by tradition, the greater becomes the inward activity of their motives, and greater again in proportion to their outer restlessness." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"Human beings need to belong to a tradition and equally need to know about the world in which they find themselves." - Paula Gunn Allen

"Truth is compared in Scripture to a streaming fountain; if her waters flow not in perpetual progression, they sicken into a muddy pool of conformity and tradition." - John Milton

"In the Western tradition, we have focused on teaching as a skill and forgotten what Socrates knew: teaching is a gift, learning is a skill." - Peter Drucker

"Rae Chorze-Fwaz has preserved and passed on their secret meditation techniques in oral tradition from the time of Atlantis until he present day." - Frederick Lenz

"When we have broken our god of tradition, and ceased from our god of rhetoric, then may God fire the heart with His presence." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Tradition is a fine thing. Nothing comes out of the blue, except perhaps thunderbolts and they are not really very useful things." - Stacy Aumonier

"An authentic updating of sacred music can take place only in the lineage of the great tradition of the past, of Gregorian chant and sacred polyphony." - Pope Benedict Xvi

"There is a tradition in Southern cooking of recipes handed down for generations. And when I make my grandmother's strawberry pie I feel her right with me." - Kimberly Schlapman

"Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together!" - Mark Twain

"Where is the society which does not struggle along under a dead-weight of tradition and law inherited from its grandfather?" - Suzanne La Follette

"What is literary tradition? What is a classic? What is a canonical view of tradition? How are canons of accepted classics formed,and how are they unformed? I think that all these quite traditional questions can take one simplistic but still dialectical question as their summing up: do we choose tradition or does it choose us, and why is it necessary that a choosing take place, or a being chosen? What happens if one tries to write, or to teach, or to think, or even to read without the sense of a tradition? Why, nothing at all happens, just nothing." - Harold Bloom

"Most neuroses and some psychoses can be traced to the unnecessary and unhealthy habit of daily wallowing in the troubles and sins of five billion strangers." - Robert A Heinlein

"Try and keep on trying until that which seems difficult becomes possible and that which seems only possible becomes habit and a real part of you." - Dieter F. Uchtdorf

"How can the poem and the stink and the grating noise - the quality of light, the tone, the habit and the dream - be set down alive?" - John Steinbeck

"Tradition is only democracy extended through time; it may be defined as an extension of the franchise. Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who are merely walking about. All democrats object to men being disqualified by accident of birth; tradition objects to their being disqualified by accident of death. Democracy tells us not to neglect a good man's opinion, even if he is our father." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"The rationale for accepting or rejecting any theory is thus fundamentally based on the idea of problem-solving progress. If one research tradition has solved more important problems than its rivals, then accepting that tradition is rational precisely to the degree that we are aiming to "progress," i.e., to maximize the scope f solved problems. In other words, the choice of one tradition over its rivals is a progressive (and thus a rational) choice precisely to the extent that the chosen tradition is a better problem solver than its rivals." - Larry Laudan

"You get into the habit of being angry and hurt by life, and then when something good happens you can't accept it because it doesn't fit the pattern." - Alison Lurie

"orthodoxy is a fixed habit of mind. The average man and woman hug their orthodoxies and spit their venom on those that outrage them." - Gertrude Atherton

"The constant assumption runs throughout the law that the natural and spontaneous evolutions of habit fix the limits of right and wrong." - Benjamin Cardozo

"The Republicans have a habit of having three bad years and one good one, and the good one always happens to be election years." - Will Rogers

"I first began to read religious books at school, and especially the Bible, when I was eleven years old; and almost immediately commenced a habit of secret prayer." - Francis William Newman

"Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." - Barack Obama

"Cultures grow on the vine of tradition." - Jonah Goldberg

"All true tradition usually appears revolutionary." - Jose Bergamin

"To all of you I should like to say that in the course of this war you will have to acquire the experience and achieve the success which alone can build up a national tradition for our Army. An army that has no tradition of courage, fearlessness and invincibility cannot hold its own in a struggle with a powerful enemy." - Subhas Chandra Bose

"The habit of saving is itself an education; it fosters every virtue, teaches self-denial, cultivates the sense of order, trains to forethought, and so broadens the mind." - Thornton T. Munger

"A poem is good if it contains a new analogy and startles the reader out of the habit of treating words as counters." - T. E. Hulme

"It is easy to assume a habit; but when you try to cast it off, it will take skin and all." - Josh Billings

"It is the mind that makes the body rich; and as the sun breaks through the darkest clouds, so honor peereth in the meanest habit." - William Shakespeare

"There should be a dash of the amateur in criticism. For the amateur is a man of enthusiasm who has not settled down and is not habit bound." - Brooks Atkinson

"The habit of pleasing by flattery makes a language soft; the fear of offending by truth makes it circuitous and conventional." - Walter Savage Landor

"One will seldom go wrong if one attributes extreme actions to vanity, average ones to habit, and pretty ones to fear." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"Thought itself needs words. It runs on them like a long wire. And if it loses the habit of words, little by little it becomes shapeless, somber." - Ugo Betti

"The habit of arguing in support of atheism, whether it be done from conviction or in pretense, is a wicked and impious practice." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"Man like every other animal is by nature indolent. If nothing spurs him on, then he will hardly think, and will behave from habit like an automaton." - Albert Einstein

"Debt is the secret foe of thrift, as vice and idleness are its open foes. The debt habit is the twin brother of poverty." - Theodore T. Munger

"Reaching toward perfection in any one thing should lift us higher in all things; it should beget a habit of application and thoroughness." - Julia McNair Wright

"The Congress' name of 'INC' must be changed to 'Institutions Neglecting Congress'. Their habit is to misuse, abuse and reduce institutions." - Narendra Modi

"Life begins at forty, but so does arthritis, and the habit of telling the same story three times to the same person." - Sam Levenson

"When you are not sure on what to do, choose a life that is most meaningful to you and make it a habit." - Rita Zahara

"True to her inveterate habit, rationalism reverts to 'principles,' and thinks that when an abstraction once is named, we own an oracular solution." - William James

"It's habits that can imprison you and it's habits that can free you. But when thanks to God becomes a habit - so joy in God becomes your life." - Ann Voskamp

"People who start a sentence with personally (and they're always women) ought to be thrown to the lions. It's a repulsive habit." - Georgette Heyer

"The mere habit of learning to love is the thing; and a teachableness of disposition in a young lady is a great blessing" - Jane Austen

"Love as distinct from "being in love" is not merely a feeling. It is a deep unity, maintained by the will and deliberately strengthened by habit..." - C S Lewis

"There's no better way to inform and expand you mind on a regular basis than to get into the habit of reading good literature." - Stephen Covey

"There was one awkward moment where a black man stood-up to ask a question and out of habit, Bush said 'Clemency denied.'" - Bill Maher

"Let us learn to live coarsely, dress plainly, and lie hard. The least habit of dominion over the palate has certain good effects not easily estimated." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"But you go to a great school, not for knowledge so much as for arts and habits; for the habit of attention, for the art of expression, for the art of assuming at a moment's notice a new intellectual posture, for the art of entering quickly into another person's thoughts, for the habit of submitting to censure and refutation, for the art of indicating assent or dissent in graduated terms, for the habit of regarding minute points of accuracy, for the habit of working out what is possible in a given time, for taste, for discrimination, for mental courage and mental soberness." - William Johnson Cory

"I am a traditionalist, I'm not a conventional person, but I am a traditionalist in the true form of the word, in that your heart is opening, you're absolutely there for everyone, the face of pain has no tradition, by the way, and in my tradition, a guru simply means the removal of darkness." - Maya Tiwari

"Science is neither a single tradition, nor the best tradition there is, except for people who have become accustomed to its presence, its benefits and its disadvantages. In a democracy it should be separated from the state just as churches are now separated from the state." - Paul Feyerabend

"Let people who have to observe sickness and death look back and try to register in their observation the appearances which have preceded relapse, attack or death, and not assert that there were none, or that there were not the right ones. A want of the habit of observing conditions and an inveterate habit of taking averages are each of them often equally misleading." - Florence Nightingale

"Real unity tolerates dissent and rejoices in variety of outlook and tradition, recognizes that it is man's destiny to unite and not divide, and understands that creating proletariats and scapegoats and second-class citizens is a mean and contemptible activity." - Northrop Frye

"There is nothing in the education of the average non-scientific human being to discourage him from the habit of generalizing from little or no evidence, and worse still and far more important, nothing to discourage him from the habit of starting with a generalization and ending up with the individual, instead of the other way round." - Gwethalyn Graham

"Chaos breeds life; Order creates habit." - Henry Adams

"Habit is a form of exercise." - Elbert Hubbard

"Make curiosity a wonder-ful habit." - Chip Conley

"Failure is not an American habit." - Franklin D Roosevelt

"Habit has a kind of poetry." - Simone De Beauvoir

"The power of habit is very strong." - Publilius Syrus

"habit is our idea of eternity." - Letitia Elizabeth Landon

"Books are a habit-forming drug." - Agatha Christie

"Experience shows that what great role pratice and experience play in education; pratice, the prolonged exercice lead to habit: exemple suggests imitation. Habit can become a second nature, but, wrongly directed (or guided), it may also heighten (or intensify) unfortunate tendencies and be an obstacle to progress." - African Spir

"We can use decision-making to choose the habits we want to form, use willpower to get the habit started, then - and this is the best part - we can allow the extraordinary power of habit to take over. At that point, were free from the need to decide and the need to use willpower." - Gretchen Rubin

"You must master the habit of procrastination and eliminate it from your wake-up. This habit of putting off until tomorrow that which you should have done last week or last year or a score of years ago is gnawing at the very vitals of your being and you can accomplish nothing until you throw it off." - Napoleon Hill

"Mankind has one great habit, a bad habit: To create rules on behalf of God! Unless A God appears on the sky and says 'Here are the rules,' do not take any rule serious! Remember that in this universe, there is no port that you can take refuge apart from the reason and the science!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"Education rears disciples, imitators, and routinists, not pioneers of new ideas and creative geniuses. The schools are not nurseries of progress and improvement, but conservatories of tradition and unvarying modes of thought." - Ludwig Von Mises

"To whom can I expose the urgency of my own passion?...There is nobody-here among these grey arches, and moaning pigeons, and cheerful games and tradition and emulation, all so skilfully organised to prevent feeling alone." - Virginia Woolf

"Spiritual strongholds begin with a thought. One thought becomes a consideration. A consideration develops into an attitude, which leads then to action. Action repeated becomes a habit, and a habit establishes a "power base for the enemy," that is, a stronghold." - Elisabeth Elliot

"If an addict who has been completely cured starts smoking again he no longer experiences the discomfort of his first addiction. There exists, therefore, outside alkaloids and habit, a sense for opium, an intangible habit which lives on, despite the recasting of the organism. The dead drug leaves a ghost behind. At certain hours it haunts the house." - Jean Cocteau

"Habit! that skillful but slow arranger, which starts out by letting our spirit suffer for weeks in a temporary state, but that thespirit is after all happy to discover, for without habit and reduced to its own resources, the spirit would be unable to make any lodgings seem habitable." - Marcel Proust

"Weaken a bad habit by avoiding everything that occasioned it or stimulated it, without concentrating upon it in your zeal to avoid it. Then divert your mind to some good habit and steadily cultivate it until it becomes a dependable part of you." - Paramahansa Yogananda

"To marry was to say you believed in the future and in the past, too-that history and tradition and hope could stay knit together to hold you up." - Paula McLain

"Many of us write because we are readers and have grown up in a long tradition, and we want to be able to add to that extraordinary flow of interpretations of the world." - Rosellen Brown

"No more verbally incomprehensible no more devoid of the vision thing and no more the cautious pragmatist proudly displaying the virtues of tradition and the advantages of biological seniority." - Bob Dole

"Holly Black is the Real Thing: a gifted writer with a solid grounding in what matters. Her stories are dark and splendid blooms rising from roots sunk deep in myth and tradition." - Ellen Kushner

"I'm not just living in the tradition and culture and the past, I also want to be connected to the future. The Apple Watch connects me to the future. My watch connects me to history, to eternity." - Jean-Claude Biver

"For me, the spirit of Christmas means being happy and giving freely. Its a tradition for all the kids in the family to help mom decorate the tree. Christmas is all about family, eating, drinking and making merry." - Malaika Arora Khan



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