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Habits work more constantly and with greater force than reason, which, when we hare most need of it, is seldom fairly consulted, and more rarely obeyed.

Habits, though in their commencement like the filmy line of the spider, trembling at every breeze, may, in the end, prove as links of tempered steel, binding a deathless being to eternal felicity or woe.

How use doth breed a habit in a man! this shadowy desert, unfrequented woods, I better brook than flourishing peopled towns.

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. Make sobriety a habit, and intemperance will be hateful and hard; make prudence a habit, and reckless profligacy will be as contrary to the nature of the child, grown to be an adult, as the most atrocious crimes are to any of your lordships. Give a child the habit of sacredly regarding the truth, of carefully respecting the properly of others, of scrupulously abstaining from all acts of improvidence which can involve him in distress, and he will just as likely think of rushing into an element in which he cannot breathe, as of lying, or cheating, or stealing.

If an idiot were to tell you the same story every day for a year, you would end by believing him.

It seems, in fact, as though the second half of a man's life is made up of nothing, but the habits he has accumulated during the first half.

Like flakes of snow that fall imperceptibly upon the earth, the seemingly unimportant events of life succeed one another. - As the snowflakes gather, so our habits are formed. - No single flake that is added to the pile produces a sensible change. - No single action creates, however it may exhibit a man's character. - But as the tempest hurls the avalanche down the mountain and overwhelms the inhabitant and his habitation, so passion, acting on the elements of mischief which pernicious habits have brought together, may overthrow the edifice of truth and virtue.

Long customs are not easily broken; he that attempts to change the course of his own life very often labors in vain.

Refrain tonight, and that shall lend a kind of easiness to the next abstinence; the nest more easy; for use almost can change the stamp of nature, and either curb the devil or throw him out with wondrous potency.

Sow an act, and you reap a habit; sow a habit, and you reap a character; sow a character, and you reap a destiny.

The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.

The fox changes his skin but not his habits.

The habit of virtue cannot be formed in the closet; good habits are formed by acts of reason in a persevering struggle with temptation.

The habits of time are the soul's dress for eternity. - Habit passes with its owner beyond this world into a world where destiny is determined by character, and character is the sum and expression of all preceding habit.

The phrases that men hear or repeat continually, end by becoming convictions and ossify the organs of intelligence.

The second half of a man's life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half.

The spirit of the individual is determined by his dominating thought habits. See quote detail

The underlying cause of all weakness and unhappiness in man has always been, and still is, weak habit ofthought.

The unfortunate thing about this world is that good habits are so much easier to give up than bad ones.

There are habits, not only of drinking, swearing, and lying, but of every modification of action, speech, and thought. Man is a bundle of habits; in a word, there is not a quality or function, either of body or mind, which does not feel the influence of this great law of animated nature.


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