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Habitual Quotes


"Guilt agonizes over trifles, ignores habitual wrongdoing." - Mason Cooley

"Excellence is the result of habitual integrity." - Lennie Bennett

"Nothing is more graceful than habitual cheerfulness." - Adam Smith

"The habitual living in prosperity is most injurious." - Publilius Syrus

"Where I come from, gettin' visual is habitual." - GZA

"Habitual intoxication is the epitome of every crime." - Douglas William Jerrold

"Never assume that habitual silence means ability in reserve." - Geoffrey Madan

"Change your habitual questions and change your destiny!" - Tony Robbins

"Mindless habitual behavior is the enemy of innovation." - Rosabeth Moss Kanter

"Our faith comes in moments; our vice is habitual." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"It's very dangerous to mix up the words natural and habitual. We have been trained to be quite habitual at communicating in ways that are quite unnatural." - Mahatma Gandhi

"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

"Unless we believe that God renews creation every day, our prayers grow habitual and tedious." - Baal Shem Tov

"Growth is transcending yourself, your habitual self, which is none other than ego." - Lester Levenson

"It is the habitual, not the periodical thought that decides your destiny." - Wallace D. Wattles

"When you serve your passions, proficiency gradually takes over and becomes habitual." - Robert Genn

"Fully 95 percent of our behavior, feeling, and response is habitual." - Maxwell Maltz

"It is distraction, not meditation, that becomes habitual; interruption, not continuity; spasmodic, not constant toil." - Tillie Olsen

"I certainly wouldn't advocate anyone using drugs on a regular or habitual basis." - William S Burroughs

"The most shocking act, closely examined, is just a louder version of some habitual gesture." - Susan Choi

"Avant-garde art has become habitual, a dead letter with little spiritual consequence, however materially refined." - Donald Kuspit

"For that which has become habitual, becomes as it were natural." - Aristotle

"There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision." - William James

"Clericalism: the habitual confusion between that which is of Caesar, and that of God." - Giulio Andreotti

"Bad luck is usually transmitted by close proximity to habitual sufferers." - Irvine Welsh

"People, especially successful people, are habitual creatures. They're organized. This makes them productive - Gus Mitchell" - Vince Flynn

"There are as many kinds of beauty as there are habitual ways of seeking happiness." - Charles Baudelaire

"Sport is the habitual and voluntary cultivation of intensive physical effort." - Pierre De Coubertin

"This same habitual blindness to spiritual, substantive dimensions of every significant challenge continues to handicap Hollywood." - Michael Medved

"Let what is irksome become habitual, no more will it trouble you." - Ovid

"The secret to creative freedom is letting go of our habitual certainities." - Deepak Chopra

"Good manners come, as we say, from good breeding or rather are good breeding; and breeding is acquired by habitual action, in response to habitual stimuli, not by conveying information." - John Dewey

"It seems difficult, sometimes, to believe that there was a time when sentiments now become habitual, sentiments that imply not only the original imperative of conduct, but the original metaphysic of living, were by no means altogether habitual." - Lascelles Abercrombie

"There is no defense against adverse fortune which is so effectual as an habitual sense of humor." - Thomas Wentworth Higginson

"By renouncing samsara, we renounce our habitual grasping, unhappy minds. And by renouncing samsara, we embrace our potential for enlightenment." - Thubten Zopa Rinpoche

"... indefinite visions of ambition are weak against the ease of doing what is habitual or beguilingly agreeable." - George Eliot

"...the habitual dualist's solution to the problem of dualism: to solve the dilemma by chopping off one of the horns." - Alan Watts

"Innocence was gone from all our acts. Our habitual state of rebellion became a serious political crime." - Anais Nin

"The soul has, living apart from its corporeal envelope, a profound habitual meditation which prepares it for a future life." - Theodor Gottlieb von Hippel

"The greatest and saddest defect is not credulity, but an habitual forgetfulness that our science is ignorance." - Henry David Thoreau

"Gourmandise is an impassioned, rational and habitual preference for all objects that flatter the sense of taste." - Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

"The nation was not founded by habitual groupthinkers. But it stands a fair chance of being destroyed by them." - Barbara Ehrenreich

"I have a habitual feeling of my real life having past, and that I am now leading a posthumous existence." - John Keats

"We just have to have the courage to turn against our habitual lifestyle and engage in unconventional living." - Christopher Mccandless

"Fame, power, and gold, are loved for their own sakes - are worshipped with a blind, habitual idolatry." - Percy Bysshe Shelley

"Televisions and movies have made many Americans into habitual consumers of synthetic experience-audiovisual fantasies that simply pass the time." - Karl Albrecht

"For the habitual truth-teller and truth-seeker, indeed, the whole world has very little liking. He is always unpopular." - H L Mencken

"No sin, no matter how momentarily pleasurable, comforting, or habitual, is worth missing what God has for us." - Beth Moore

"Simply by changing your habitual vocabulary, you can instantaneously change how you think, how you feel, and how you live." - Tony Robbins

"When water gets caught in habitual whirlpools, dig a way out through the bottom of the ocean." - Rumi

"One of the deepest habitual patterns that we have is to feel that now is not enough." - Pema Chodron

"For some businesses, forming habits is a critical component to success, but not every business requires habitual user engagement.
" - Hooked

"There should be asylums for habitual teetotalers, but they would probably relapse into teetotalism as soon as they got out." - Samuel Butler

"Competition is a process or variety of habitual behavior that grows out of a habit of mind." - Willard Beecher

"Life is the art of being well deceived, and to succeed, it must be habitual and uninterrupted." - Oscar Wilde

"The strength of a man's virtue should not be measured by his special exertions, but by his habitual acts." - Blaise Pascal

"Friendship is a strong and habitual inclination in two persons to promote the good and happiness of one another." - Eustace Budgell

"There is no defense against adverse fortune which is so effectual as an habitual sense of humor." - Thomas W Higginson

"All men feel a habitual gratitude, and something of an honorable bigotry, for the objects which have long continued to please them." - William Wordsworth

"Once we're thrown off our habitual paths, we think all is lost, but it's only here that the new and the good begins." - Leo Tolstoy

"Habitual caution ties and binds us; it is as if we were dressed always in clothes and shoes that were several sizes too small." - Laura Huxley

"There is no such thing as character other than the habitual action, as Mr. Aristotle told us two thousand years ago." - David Mamet

"My only solution for the problem of habitual accidents is to stay in bed all day. Even then, there is always the chance that you will fall out." - Robert Benchley

"I notice well that one stray step from the habitual path leads irresistibly into a new direction. Life moves forward, it never reverses its course." - Franz Grillparzer

"The mind becomes accustomed to things by the habitual sight of them, and neither wonders nor inquires about the reasons for things it sees all the time." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"It is no more dusky in ordinary nights than our mind's habitual atmosphere, and the moonlight is as bright as our most illuminatedmoments are." - Henry David Thoreau

"Ordinarily we are swept away by habitual momentum and don't interrupt our patterns slightly. When we feel betrayed or disappointed, does it occur to us to practice?" - Pema Chodron

"Shamanic healing is a journey. It involves stepping out of our habitual roles, our conventional scripts, and improvising a dancing path." - Gabrielle Roth

"True education is a kind of never ending story - a matter of continual beginnings, of habitual fresh starts, of persistent newness." - J R R Tolkien

"To use the law of attraction to your advantage, make it a habitual way of being, not just a one-time event." - Rhonda Byrne

"Such as are thy habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of thy mind; for the soul is dyed by the thoughts." - Marcus Aurelius

"To have the management of the mind is a great art, and it may be attained in a considerable degree by experience and habitual exercise." - Samuel Johnson

"He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time till at length it becomes habitual." - Thomas Jefferson

"A century from now it will no more occur to a normal person to mate with a person eugenically unfit than to marry a habitual criminal." - Nikola Tesla

"A community is infinitely more brutalised by the habitual employment of punishment than it is by the occasional occurence of crime." - Oscar Wilde

"Photography is a contest between a photographer and the presumptions of approximate and habitual seeing. The contest can be held anywhere ..." - John Szarkowski

"We can gradually grow into any condition we desire, provided we first make ourselves in habitual mental attitude the person who corresponds to those conditions." - Thomas Troward

"It is of unspeakable advantage to possess our minds with an habitual good intention, and to aim all our thoughts, words, and actions at some laudable end." - Joseph Addison

"FIB, n. A lie that has not cut its teeth. An habitual liar's nearest approach to truth: the perigee of his eccentric orbit." - Ambrose Bierce

"Even happiness itself may become habitual. There is a habit of looking at the bright side of things, and also of looking at the dark side." - Samuel Smiles

"Each time you stay present with fear and uncertainty, you're letting go of a habitual way of finding security and comfort." - Pema Chodron

"Our minds were circumscribed within narrow limits by an habitual belief that it was our duty to be subordinate to the mother country." - Thomas Jefferson

"Fun has to do with habitual activities but then also terrifically novel or unusual ones. It works as a sort of strange milkshake of those concepts." - Ian Bogost

"The mind has powers that allow us to go beyond our normal or habitual way of being, and beyond what we think is possible." - Joseph Jaworski

"We all know artists who like to collaborate, who like to work as a team. It all kind of depends what your habitual working method is." - Eric Drooker

"Nothing is so contemptible as habitual contempt. It is impossible to remain long under its control without being dwarfed by its influence." - Elias Lyman Magoon

"A revolution is sometimes necessary, but if revolutions become habitual the country in which they take place is going down-hill." - Theodore Roosevelt

"All men feel an habitual gratitude, and something of an honourable bigotry, for the objects which have long continued to please them." - William Wordsworth

"Mere chance ... alone would never account for so habitual and large an amount of difference as that between varieties of the same species." - Charles Darwin

"O Heavenly Father, convert my religion from a name to a principle! Bring all my thoughts and movements into an habitual reference to Thee!" - Thomas Chalmers

"A standard of living is of the nature of habit. acts almost solely to prevent recession from a scale of conspicuous expenditure that has once become habitual." - Thorstein Veblen

"There are three types of actions : purposeful, habitual, and gratuitous. Characters , to be immediate and apprehensible, must be presented by all three." - Samuel R Delany

"A revolution is sometimes necessary, but if revolutions become habitual the country in which they take place is going down-hill" - Theodore Roosevelt

"A habitual disuse of physical forces totally destroys the moral; and men lose at once the power of protecting themselves, and of discerning the cause of their oppression." - Joel Barlow

"Life is the art of being well deceived; and in order that the deception may succeed it must be habitual and uninterrupted." - William Hazlitt

"In my own case, who have spent my whole life in the practice of virtue, right conduct from habitual has become natural." - Sallust

"You lose your habitual behavior, which allowed you to sort of zone out. You have to be here, you have to be now, you have to be present." - Sally Field

"People aren't religious because it's easy not to be. Like anything, it's habitual, and once it's a habit it's no longer hard." - Matisyahu

"It is in rare and scattered instants that beauty smiles even on her adorers, who are reduced for habitual comfort to remembering her past favours." - George Santayana

"Artists speak to a different part of us, bypassing the cloudy filter of reason and the fears and prejudices of the habitual mind." - Wes Nisker

"Every day you have to renew your commitment. Some of the strategies should become habitual over time and not a huge effort." - Sonja Lyubomirsky

"Such as are your habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of your mind; for the soul is dyed by the thoughts." - Marcus Aurelius

"In truth, politeness is artificial good humor, it covers the natural want of it, and ends by rendering habitual a substitute nearly equivalent to the real virtue." - Thomas Jefferson

"Our destiny changes with our thought; we shall become what we wish to become, do what we wish to do, when our habitual thought corresponds with our desire." - Orison Swett Marden

"Success is processional. It's the result of a series of small disciplines that lead us into habitual patterns of success that no longer require consistent will or effort." - Tony Robbins

"The nation which indulges towards another an habitual hatred, or an habitual fondness, is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to its animosity or to its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interest." - George Washington

"Difficult things provoke all your irritations and bring your habitual patterns to the surface. And that becomes the moment of truth. You have the choice to launch into your lousy habitual patterns, or to stay with the rawness and discomfort of the situation and let it transform you." - Pema Chodron

"There may be such a thing as habitual luck. People who are said to be lucky at cards probably have certain hidden talents for those games in which skill plays a role. It is like hidden parameters in physics, this ability that does not surface and that I like to call habitual luck." - Stanislaw Ulam

"The Nation, which indulges towards another an habitual hatred, or an habitual fondness, is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to its animosity or to its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interest." - George Washington

"There may be such a thing as habitual luck. People who are said to be lucky at cards probably have certain hidden talents for those games in which skill plays a role. It is like hidden parameters in physics, this ability that does not surface and that I like to call "habitual luck"." - Stanislaw Ulam

"One's character is one's habitual way of behaving. We all have patterns of behavior or habits, and often we are quite unaware of them. When Socrates urged us to Know thyself, he clearly was directing us to come to know our habitual ways of responding to the world around us." - Thomas Lickona

"Mental activity in the daytime creates a latent form of habitual thought which again transforms itself at night into various delusory visions sensed by the semi-consciousness. This is called the deceptive and magic-like Bardo of Dream." - Milarepa

"I drove away from my mind everything capable of spoiling the sense of the presence of God.... I just make it my business to persevere in His holy presence... My soul has had an habitual, silent, secret conversation with God." - Brother Lawrence

"We must make automatic and habitual, as early as possible, as many useful actions as we can, and as carefully guard against the growing into ways that are likely to be disadvantageous." - William James

"Our volitional habits depend, then, first, on what the stock of ideas is which we have; and, second, on the habitual coupling of the several ideas with action or inaction respectively." - William James

"Man is not equally moral at all hours, this is well known. If his morality is judged to be the capability for great self-sacrificing resolutions and self-denial (which, when continuous and grown habitual, are called holiness)" - Friedrich Nietzsche

"What we do and what we experience has a direct correlation with our habitual states of consciousness and mental states. The more spiritually aware we are, the more harmonious and fulfilling are our lives." - Roy Davis

"We are what we think we are. The habitual inclination of our thoughts determines our talents and abilities, and our personality. So whatever you want to be, start to develop that pattern now." - Paramahansa Yogananda

"Evidence of defendants lavish lifestyles is often used to provide a motive for fraud. Jurors sometimes wonder why an executive making tens of millions of dollars would cheat to make even more. Evidence of habitual gluttony helps provide the answer." - Alex Berenson

"Product of a myriad various minds and contending tongues, compact of obscure and minute association, a language has its own abundant and often recondite laws, in the habitual and summary recognition of which scholarship consists." - Walter Pater

"It is from the middle class that writers spring, because, it is in the middle class only that the practice of writing is as natural and habitual as hoeing a field or building a house." - Virginia Woolf

"Don't accept the habitual as a natural thing. In times of disorder, of organized confusion, of de-humanized humanity, nothing should seem natural. Nothing should seem impossible to change." - Bertolt Brecht

"Art, in the artist, is proportion, or, a habitual respect to the whole by an eye loving beauty in details. And the wonder and charm of it is the sanity in insanity which it denotes." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I always write the same way. I always write with a yellow pad and a ballpoint pen on my bed. And then I go and type it up afterwards. I've always done that. Those things become habitual." - Woody Allen

"Do' accept the habitual as a natural thing. In times of disorder, of organized confusion, of de-humanized humanity, nothing should seem natural. Nothing should seem impossible to change." - Bertolt Brecht

"Habitual liars invent falsehoods not to gain any end or even to deceive their hearers, but to amuse themselves. It is partly practice and partly habit. It requires an effort in them to speak truth." - William Hazlitt

"If I am correct, the use of a product based on modelessness and monoty would soon become so habitual as to be nearly addictive, leading to a user population devoted to and loyal to the product." - Jef Raskin

"I am not merely a habitual quoter but an incorrigible one. I am, I may as well face it, more quotatious than an old stock-market ticker-tape machine, except that you can't unplug me." - Joseph Epstein

"Above all, be at ease, be as natural and spacious as possible. Slip quietly out of the noose of your habitual anxious self, release all grasping, and relax into your true nature." - Sogyal Rinpoche

"The Law of Attraction attracts to you everything you need, according to the nature of your thought life. Your environment and financial condition are the perfect reflection of your habitual thinking. Thought rules the world." - Joseph Murphy

"Sin first is pleasing, then it grows easy, then delightful, then frequent, then habitual, then confirmed; then the man is impenitent, then he is obstinate, then he is resolved never to repent, and then he is ruined." - Robert Leighton

"As the air and manner of a gentleman can be acquired only by living habitually in the best society, so grace in composition must be attained by an habitual acquaintance with classical writers." - Dugald Stewart

"In every age of well-marked transition, there is the pattern of habitual dumb practice and emotion which is passing and there is oncoming a new complex of habit." - Alfred North Whitehead

"Readers usually ignore the typographic interface, gliding comfortably along literacy's habitual groove. Sometimes, however, the interface should be allowed to fail. By making itself evident, typography can illuminate the construction and identity of a page, screen, place or product." - Ellen Lupton

"When force of circumstance upsets your equanimity lose no time in recovering your self-control, and do not remain out of tune longer than you can help. Habitual recurrence to the harmony will increase your mastery of it." - Marcus Aurelius

"Cheerfulness is as natural to the heart of a man in strong health as color to his cheek; and wherever there is habitual gloom there must be either bad air, unwholesome food, improperly severe labor, or erring habits of life." - John Ruskin

"When we consider reality itself we quickly become aware of its infinite complexity, and we realize that our habitual perception of it is often inadequate. If this were not so, the concept of deception would be meaningless." - Dalai Lama

"The essence of humor is that it should be unexpected, that it should embody an element of surprise, that it should startle us out of that reasonable gravity which, after all, must be our habitual frame of mind." - Agnes Repplier

"There is nothing more effectual in showing us the weakness of any habitual fallacy or assumption than to hear it sympathetically through the ears, as it were, of a skeptic." - Margaret Oliphant

"I have abandoned all particular forms of devotion, all prayer techniques. My only prayer practice is attention. I carry on a habitual, silent, and secret conversation with God that fills me with overwhelming joy." - Brother Lawrence

"If a certain activity, such as painting, becomes the habitual mode of expression, it may follow that taking up the painting materials and beginning work with them will act suggestively and so presently evoke a flight into the higher state." - Robert Henri

"Live one day without any unhealthy thoughts. It may be very difficult, but try another day until it becomes habitual, and life will move in the direction of becoming healthy, vital and alive." - Ruth Stafford Peale

"No change occurs if we just let our habitual tendencies and automatic patterns of thought perpetuate and even reinforce themselves, thought after thought, day after day, year after year. But those tendencies and patterns can be challenged." - Matthieu Ricard

"Using awareness, personal responsibility and inner work to review our unskillful or frightened reactions, we become more adept at turning habitual reactions to balanced responses. These moments are very exciting and gratifying." - John Earle

"The only way to ease our pain is to experience it fully. Learn to stay with uneasiness, learn to stay with the tightening, so that the habitual chain reaction doesn't continue to rule your life." - Pema Chodron

"Love itself is not an act of will, but sometimes I need the force of my volition to break with my habitual responses and pass along the love already here." - Hugh Prather

"You may have living and habitual conversation in heaven, under the aspect of the most simple, ordinary life. Remember that holiness does not consist in doing uncommon things, but in doing every thing with purity of heart." - Henry Edward Manning

"All the great naturalists have been habitual walkers, for no laboratory, no book, car, train or plane takes the place of honest footwork for this calling, be it amateur's or professional's." - Donald C. Peattie

"It's not what we do once in a while that counts, but our habitual actions. What ultimately determines who we become and where we go in life are our decisions. These decisions shape our destiny." - Tony Robbins

"I truly believe that many of the fears we have are unnecessary. It is something we've been taught. It has been programmed into us. It's just a habitual thinking pattern, and it can be changed." - Louise Hay



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