Quotes and Sayings about Habits



"Good habits formed at youth make all the difference."
- Aristotle
(Related: Difference, Habits, Youth)

"I can scarcely manage to scribble a tolerable English letter. I know that I am not a scholar, but meantime I am aware that no man living knows better than I do the habits of our birds."
- John James Audubon
(Related: Birds, English, Habits, Living, Man)

"I never for a day gave up listening to the songs of our birds, or watching their peculiar habits, or delineating them in the best way I could."
- John James Audubon
(Related: Birds, Day, Habits, Listening, Songs)

"There is surely no contradiction in saying that a certain section of the community may be quite competent to protect the persons and property of the rest, yet quite unfit to direct our opinions, or to superintend our private habits."
- Thomas Babington
(Related: Community, Contradiction, Habits, May, Opinions, Property, Rest, Saying)

"Correcting bad habits cannot be done by forbidding or punishment."
- Robert Baden-Powell
(Related: Habits, Punishment)

"Public opinion is a permeating influence, and it exacts obedience to itself; it requires us to drink other men's thoughts, to speak other men's words, to follow other men's habits."
- Walter Bagehot
(Related: Men, Thoughts, Habits, Influence, Obedience, Opinion, Public, Public opinion, Words)

"The habits of life form the soul, and the soul forms the countenance."
- Honore De Balzac
(Related: Life, Soul, Habits)

"We help people to begin truly healthful diets, and it is absolutely wonderful to see, not only their success, but also their delight at their ability to break old habits and feel really healthy for a change."
- Neal Barnard
(Related: Change, Success, People, Ability, Delight, Habits, Help, Old)

"Not managing your time and making excuses are two bad habits. Don't put them both together by claiming you "don't have the time"."
- Bo Bennett
(Related: Time, Excuses, Habits)

"There are no good or bad habits. All habits are, by definition, bad."
- Jose Bergamin
(Related: Habits)

"The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society."
- Edward Bernays
(Related: Society, Habits, Manipulation, Opinions)

"Play reaches the habits most needed for intellectual growth."
- Bruno Bettelheim
(Related: Growth, Habits, Play)

"Our children's health and well-being are dependent on our commitment to promoting food access and good eating habits at home, at school and in the community."
- Rod Blagojevich
(Related: Food, Health, Home, Children, Commitment, Community, Eating, Habits, School)

"I don't have any bad habbits. They might be bad habits for other people, but they're all right for me."
- Eubie Blake
(Related: People, Habits, Right)

"The demands of the present must stand above the political habits of the past."
- Matt Blunt
(Related: Habits, Past, Present)

"Old habits are strong and jealous."
- Dorothea Brande
(Related: Habits, Old)

"I'm not a politician and my other habits are good."
- Charles Farrar Browne
(Related: Habits)

"I am not a politician, and my other habits air good."
- Charles Farrar Browne
(Related: Habits)

"Two quite opposite qualities equally bias our minds - habits and novelty."
- Jean de la Bruyere
(Related: Habits, Novelty)

"The awareness that health is dependent upon habits that we control makes us the first generation in history that to a large extent determines its own destiny."
- Jimmy Carter
(Related: Health, History, Control, Awareness, Destiny, First, Habits)

"It's often wrong to write for specific actors because one ends up using what is least interesting about them, their mannerisms and habits. I prefer not to write for specific people."
- Claude Chabrol
(Related: People, Actors, Habits, Wrong)

"I find it difficult to believe that words have no meaning in themselves, hard as I try. Habits of a lifetime are not lightly thrown aside."
- Stuart Chase
(Related: Habits, Meaning, Words)

"Curious things, habits. People themselves never knew they had them."
- Agatha Christie
(Related: People, Habits)

"Crime is terribly revealing. Try and vary your methods as you will, your tastes, your habits, your attitude of mind, and your soul is revealed by your actions."
- Agatha Christie
(Related: Soul, Attitude, Actions, Crime, Habits, Mind, Will)

"Our character is not so much the product of race and heredity as of those circumstances by which nature forms our habits, by which we are nurtured and live."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Related: Nature, Character, Circumstances, Habits, Heredity, Race)

"One does not inhabit a country; one inhabits a language. That is our country, our fatherland - and no other."
- Emile M. Cioran
(Related: Country, Language)

"One of the characteristics of the dream is that nothing surprises us in it. With no regret, we agree to live in it with strangers, completely cut off from our habits and friends."
- Jean Cocteau
(Related: Dream, Friends, Habits, Nothing, Regret, Strangers, Surprises)

"And I think of that again as I've written in several of my beauty books, a lot of health comes from the proper eating habits, which are something that - you know, I come from a generation that wasn't - didn't have a lot of food."
- Joan Collins
(Related: Beauty, Food, Health, Books, Eating, Habits)

"It is vital that we provide North Dakota's children with nutritionally sound diets. That means ensuring that they are getting plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, and are developing good eating habits for their future."
- Kent Conrad
(Related: Children, Eating, Future, Habits, Sound)

"Even the most fickle are faithful to a few bad habits."
- Mason Cooley
(Related: Habits)

"My head was always bubbling over with facts and it seems to me this had little to do with my paying close attention in school and more to do with my voracious and omnivorous reading habits."
- Eric Allin Cornell
(Related: Attention, Facts, Habits, Reading, School)

"There is a great reform required in the education and habits of females."
- Ezra Cornell
(Related: Education, Habits, Reform)

"No aquarium, no tank in a marine land, however spacious it may be, can begin to duplicate the conditions of the sea. And no dolphin who inhabits one of those aquariums or one of those marine lands can be considered normal."
- Jacques Yves Cousteau
(Related: Land, May, Sea)

"Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconcious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character."
- Stephen Covey
(Related: Character, Habits)

"A change in bad habits leads to a change in life."
- Jenny Craig
(Related: Change, Life, Habits)

"Habits are safer than rules; you don't have to watch them. And you don't have to keep them either. They keep you."
- Frank Crane
(Related: Habits, Rules)

"Working people have alot of bad habits, but the worst of these is work."
- Clarence Darrow
(Related: Work, People, Habits)

"Man is descended from a hairy, tailed quadruped, probably arboreal in its habits."
- Charles Darwin
(Related: Habits, Man)

"War may be an armed angel with a mission, but she has the personal habits of the slums."
- Rebecca H. Davis
(Related: War, Habits, May, Mission)

"I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time."
- Charles Dickens
(Related: Time, Determination, Diligence, Habits, Order, Punctuality)

"Superstitions are habits rather than beliefs."
- Marlene Dietrich
(Related: Beliefs, Habits)

"Two nations between whom there is no intercourse and no sympathy; who are as ignorant of each other's habits, thoughts, and feelings, as if they were dwellers in different zones, or inhabitants of different planets. The rich and the poor."
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Related: Sympathy, Feelings, Thoughts, Habits, Nations, Poor)

"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."
- Fyodor Dostoevsky
(Related: Life, Fact, First, Habits, Man, Nothing)

"Ill habits gather unseen degrees, as brooks make rivers, rivers run to seas."
- John Dryden
(Related: Brooks, Habits, Rivers)

"We first make our habits, and then our habits make us."
- John Dryden
(Related: First, Habits)

"There's a tendency to fall into certain habits, but if you tell yourself not to do that and if you don't stay there too long - I think if you start staying for too long, you tend to fall into certain bad habits, and I tried not to do that."
- Josh Duhamel
(Related: Habits)

"Your law may be perfect, your knowledge of human affairs may be such as to enable you to apply it with wisdom and skill, and yet without individual acquaintance with men, their haunts and habits, the pursuit of the profession becomes difficult, slow, and expensive."
- William Dunbar
(Related: Wisdom, Men, Knowledge, Acquaintance, Habits, Law, May, Profession, Pursuit, Skill)

"You leave old habits behind by starting out with the thought, 'I release the need for this in my life'."
- Wayne Dyer
(Related: Life, Thought, Habits, Old)

"Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking."
- Albert Einstein
(Related: Age, Habits, Man, Mind, Reading, Thinking)

"Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking."
- Albert Einstein
(Related: Habits, Man, Thinking)

"I had never done any theater in high school, which actually worked to my benefit. I didn't develop any bad habits."
- David James Elliott
(Related: Habits, School, Theater)

"Zoo: An excellent place to study the habits of human beings."
- Evan Esar
(Related: Habits, Study)

"My problem lies in reconciling my gross habits with my net income."
- Errol Flynn
(Related: Habits, Income, Lies)

"Yeah, but you need an experienced radio veteran who is a liberal advocate. And there just hadn't been any radio that did that. And so they weren't trained - they had developed all these bad habits of being objective and balanced and stuff like that."
- Al Franken
(Related: Being, Habits, Liberal)

"It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them."
- Benjamin Franklin
(Related: Habits)

"Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones."
- Benjamin Franklin
(Related: Habits, World, Worth)

"I write with a mouse, because it has no psychological associations or memories or habits associated with it."
- Fred Frith
(Related: Habits, Memories, Mouse)

"The question is not only what is grown but what it's used for. There's not going to be a mass transformation of dietary habits in rich countries-on the contrary, the first thing people do when they become more prosperous is to buy more meat."
- Susan George
(Related: People, Countries, First, Habits, Question)

"Unprovided with original learning, unformed in the habits of thinking, unskilled in the arts of composition, I resolved to write a book."
- Edward Gibbon
(Related: Habits, Learning, Thinking)

"Achieve success in any area of life by identifying the optimum strategies and repeating them until they become habits."
- Charles J. Givens
(Related: Life, Success, Habits)

"In the power of fixing the attention lies the most precious of the intellectual habits."
- Robert Hall
(Related: Power, Attention, Habits, Lies)

"It contributes greatly towards a man's moral and intellectual health, to be brought into habits of companionship with individuals unlike himself, who care little for his pursuits, and whose sphere and abilities he must go out of himself to appreciate."
- Nathaniel Hawthorne
(Related: Health, Care, Companionship, Habits, Man)

"People's sex habits are as well known in Hollywood as their political opinions, and much less criticized."
- Ben Hecht
(Related: Sex, People, Habits, Hollywood, Opinions)

"Things start out as hopes and end up as habits."
- Lillian Hellman
(Related: End, Habits)

"Everybody needs a way out of that pain. Many people choose drugs and alcohol. Some people obsessively exercise or develop strange dietary habits, which is what I did. At least it got me toward a path of healthier living."
- Mariel Hemingway
(Related: People, Alcohol, Drugs, Exercise, Habits, Living, Needs, Pain)

"We tend to connect bad food and bad habits with romance and sex."
- Marilu Henner
(Related: Food, Sex, Romance, Habits)

"The only proper way to eliminate bad habits is to replace them with good ones."
- Jerome Hines
(Related: Habits)

"Television is like the invention of indoor plumbing. It didn't change people's habits. It just kept them inside the house."
- Alfred Hitchcock
(Related: Change, People, Habits, Invention, Television)

"Throughout history, it took centuries for the habits of one culture to materially affect another. Now, that which becomes popular in one country can sweep through others within months."
- Dee Hock
(Related: History, Country, Culture, Habits, Months, Now, Popular)

"Wise living consists perhaps less in acquiring good habits than in acquiring as few habits as possible."
- Eric Hoffer
(Related: Habits, Living)

"Poetry is one of the few nasty childhood habits I've managed to grow out of."
- Tom Holt
(Related: Poetry, Childhood, Habits)

"It is because the body is a machine that education is possible. Education is the formation of habits, a superinducing of an artificial organization upon the natural organization of the body."
- Thomas Huxley
(Related: Education, Body, Habits, Machine)

"Consciousness is a phase of mental life which arises in connection with the formation of new habits. When habit is formed, consciousness only interferes to spoil our performance."
- William Ralph Inge
(Related: Life, Habit, Performance, Connection, Consciousness, Habits)

"Good habits are worth being fanatical about."
- John Irving
(Related: Being, Habits, Worth)

"Beware of your habits. The better they are the more surely they will be your undoing."
- Holbrook Jackson
(Related: Habits, Will)

"It's not your salary that makes you rich, it's your spending habits."
- Charles A. Jaffe
(Related: Habits)

"I got nasty habits; I take tea at three."
- Mick Jagger
(Related: Habits, Tea)

"Could the young but realize how soon they will become mere walking bundles of habits, they would give more heed to their conduct while in the plastic state."
- William James
(Related: Habits, State, Walking, Will)

"In the Arab world, there is no link between the cultural habits of peoples and the ways of thinking and creating of modern intellectuals. They are two separate worlds."
- Tahar Ben Jelloun
(Related: Habits, Intellectuals, Thinking, World)

"In order to change unwanted habits and actions, it is important to take the time to get to know yourself."
- Darren L. Johnson
(Related: Change, Time, Actions, Habits, Order)

"Long-lasting change that will help you create new habits and actions requires an inside-out approach, as well as two very important tools: the mirror and time."
- Darren L. Johnson
(Related: Change, Time, Actions, Habits, Help, Will)

"Your behavior is based on your beliefs, and what you do and say, over and over again, helps develop your habits."
- Darren L. Johnson
(Related: Behavior, Beliefs, Habits)

"Ultimately, your state of mind determines your circumstances. To realize the outcomes you want, it is critical to recognize and experience the transition from our present thoughts, habits, and actions to new thoughts, habits, and actions."
- Darren L. Johnson
(Related: Experience, Thoughts, Actions, Circumstances, Habits, Mind, Present, State, Want)

"It's great to see that celebrities can be just like us - that they too have their highs and lows, that they don't always wake up looking their best, that they have bad habits and annoying traits."
- Shirley Jones
(Related: Habits)

"Language is political. That's why you and me, my Brother and Sister, that's why we supposed to choke our natural self into the weird, lying, barbarous, unreal, white speech and writing habits that the schools lay down like holy law."
- June Jordan
(Related: Sister, Brother, Habits, Language, Law, Lying, Schools, Self, Speech, Writing)

"You've got to get good habits of working hard so that when that play comes up during the regular season that you're able to complete it and do it the right way."
- Al Kaline
(Related: Habits, Play, Right)

"Fortunately, the Canadian people in all their habits, are essentially a temperate people."
- William Lyon Mackenzie King
(Related: People, Habits)

"I think that you can fall into bad habits with comedy... It's a tightrope to stay true to the character, true to the irony, and allow the irony to happen."
- Ben Kingsley
(Related: Character, Comedy, Habits, Irony)

"Increased awareness and education could be a great help toward improving spending and saving habits and increasing participation and contribution levels to retirement plans."
- Ron Lewis
(Related: Education, Awareness, Habits, Help, Participation, Retirement)

"Being stuck is a position few of us like. We want something new but cannot let go of the old - old ideas, beliefs, habits, even thoughts. We are out of contact with our own genius. Sometimes we know we are stuck; sometimes we don't. In both cases we have to DO something."
- Rush Limbaugh
(Related: Genius, Ideas, Thoughts, Being, Beliefs, Habits, Old, Want)

"It's just like magic. When you live by yourself, all of your annoying habits are gone."
- Merrill Markoe
(Related: Habits, Magic)

"I wouldn't say I've changed my mind. I changed some of my natural habits, some of my natural character."
- Kurt Masur
(Related: Character, Habits, Mind)

"The world in general doesn't know what to make of originality; it is startled out of its comfortable habits of thought, and its first reaction is one of anger."
- W. Somerset Maugham
(Related: Anger, Thought, First, Habits, Originality, World)

"An unfortunate thing about this world is that the good habits are much easier to give up than the bad ones."
- W. Somerset Maugham
(Related: Habits, World)

"Habits in writing as in life are only useful if they are broken as soon as they cease to be advantageous."
- W. Somerset Maugham
(Related: Life, Habits, Writing)

"I think that each of us inhabits a private world that others cannot see. The only difference between the writer and the reader is that the writer is able to dramatise that private world."
- John McGahern
(Related: Difference, World, Writer)

"Spirit of place! It is for this we travel, to surprise its subtlety; and where it is a strong and dominant angel, that place, seen once, abides entire in the memory with all its own accidents, its habits, its breath, its name."
- Alice Meynell
(Related: Travel, Accidents, Habits, Memory, Name, Spirit)

"You've got bad eating habits if you use a grocery cart in 7-Eleven."
- Dennis Miller
(Related: Eating, Habits)

"How people keep correcting us when we are young! There is always some bad habit or other they tell us we ought to get over. Yet most bad habits are tools to help us through life."
- Jack Nicklaus
(Related: Life, People, Habit, Habits, Help, Tools)

"Habits change into character."
- Ovid
(Related: Change, Character, Habits)

"In a sense it might even be said that our failure is to form habits: for, after all, habit is relative to a stereotyped world, and meantime it is only the roughness of the eye that makes two persons, things, situations, seem alike."
- Walter Pater
(Related: Failure, Habit, Eye, Sense, World)

"The only way people are going to change their car buying habits, and the only way government will get behind alternatively fueled vehicles, is if gasoline prices continue to go up."
- Alexandra Paul
(Related: Car, Change, Government, People, Buying, Habits, Will)

"Out of my discomforts, which were small enough, grew one thing for which I have all my life been grateful, the formation of fixed habits of work."
- Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
(Related: Life, Work, Habits)

"Moral habits, induced by public practices, are far quicker in making their way into men's private lives, than the failings and faults of individuals are in infecting the city at large."
- Plutarch
(Related: Men, Faults, Habits, Public)

"Where evil habits are once settled, they are more easily broken than mended."
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian
(Related: Evil, Habits)

"Vices are often habits rather than passions."
- Antoine Rivarol
(Related: Habits, Vices)

"It is more true to say that our opinions depend upon our lives and habits, than to say that our lives and habits depend on our opinions."
- Frederick William Robertson
(Related: Habits, Opinions)

"It is to be observed that every case of war averted is a gain in general, for it helps to form a habit of peace, and community habits long continued become standards of conduct."
- Elihu Root
(Related: War, Peace, Habit, Community, Gain, Habits)

"Right discipline consists, not in external compulsion, but in the habits of mind which lead spontaneously to desirable rather than undesirable activities."
- Bertrand Russell
(Related: Discipline, Habits, Mind, Right)

"When steam first began to pump and wheels go round at so many revolutions per minute, what are called business habits were intended to make the life of man run in harmony with the steam engine, and his movement rival the train in punctuality."
- George William Russell
(Related: Business, Life, First, Habits, Harmony, Man, Punctuality)

"We see and hear and otherwise experience very largely as we do because the language habits of our community predispose certain choices of interpretation."
- Edward Sapir
(Related: Experience, Choices, Community, Habits, Language)

"I am the same person I was before receiving the Nobel Prize. I work with the same regularity, I have not modified my habits, I have the same friends."
- Jose Saramago
(Related: Work, Friends, Habits)

"Expelled from individual consciousness by the rush of change, history finds its revenge by stamping the collective unconsciousness with habits and values."
- Arthur M. Schlesinger
(Related: History, Change, Values, Consciousness, Habits, Revenge)

"Good habits, which bring our lower passions and appetites under automatic control, leave our natures free to explore the larger experiences of life. Too many of us divide and dissipate our energies in debating actions which should be taken for granted."
- Ralph W. Sockman
(Related: Life, Control, Actions, Habits)

"I do have odd habits. I check under my bed every night for the bogeyman. That's just a little thing, though."
- Tori Spelling
(Related: Bed, Habits, Night)

"Drinking habits were very prevalent among men, and were not in any way disgraceful, unless excessive."
- Catherine Helen Spence
(Related: Men, Drinking, Habits)

"My bad habits aren't my title. My strengths and my talent are my title."
- Layne Staley
(Related: Talent, Habits)

"Laws are never as effective as habits."
- Adlai E. Stevenson
(Related: Habits, Laws)

"Acting is the most personal of our crafts. The make-up of a human being - his physical, mental and emotional habits - influence his acting to a much greater extent than commonly recognized."
- Lee Strasberg
(Related: Acting, Being, Habits, Influence)

"Why does a woman work ten years to change a man's habits and then complain that he's not the man she married?"
- Barbra Streisand
(Related: Change, Work, Habits, Man, Woman, Years)

"We need what I have often called an ecological approach to the management of these resources and we do not have that now. We have the inertia of past habits, unsustainable habits."
- Maurice Strong
(Related: Management, Habits, Now, Past)

"Habits are the daughters of action, but then they nurse their mother, and produce daughters after her image, but far more beautiful and prosperous."
- Jeremy Taylor
(Related: Mother, Action, Daughters, Habits)

"As a reward of their clean living and good habits these great stars have been able to withstand the rigorous test of stamina and physical exertion and have thus successfully extended their most remarkable careers over a period of many strenuous years."
- Major Taylor
(Related: Careers, Habits, Living, Remarkable, Reward, Stars, Years)

"Don't let your sins turn into bad habits."
- Saint Teresa
(Related: Habits)

"Successful people are simply those with successful habits."
- Brian Tracy
(Related: People, Successful, Habits)

"Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits."
- Mark Twain
(Related: People, Habits, Needs, Nothing)

"The UN declaration on human rights must always be first in line before religion or other cultural habits, in case of any conflict between them."
- Bjorn Ulvaeus
(Related: Religion, Conflict, First, Rights, Habits, Human rights)

"In all works on Natural History, we constantly find details of the marvellous adaptation of animals to their food, their habits, and the localities in which they are found."
- Alfred Russel Wallace
(Related: Food, History, Animals, Habits)

"It has been generally the custom of writers on natural history to take the habits and instincts of animals as the fixed point, and to consider their structure and organization as specially adapted to be in accordance with them."
- Alfred Russel Wallace
(Related: History, Animals, Custom, Habits, Writers)

"Habit is necessary; it is the habit of having habits, of turning a trail into a rut, that must be incessantly fought against if one is to remain alive."
- Edith Wharton
(Related: Habit, Habits)

"A man who gives his children habits of industry provides for them better than by giving them fortune."
- Richard Whately
(Related: Children, Fortune, Giving, Habits, Man)

"The pains of disconcerted or frustrated habits, and the inherent pleasure there is in following them, are motives which nature has put into our wills without generally caring to inform us why; and she sometimes decrees, indeed, that her reasons shall not be ours."
- Chauncey Wright
(Related: Nature, Caring, Habits, Motives, Pleasure)

"The simplest principles become difficult of practice, when habits, formed in error, have been fixed by time, and the simplest truths hard to receive when prejudice has warped the mind."
- Francis Wright
(Related: Time, Error, Habits, Mind, Practice, Prejudice, Principles)

"I learned to be with myself rather than avoiding myself with limiting habits; I started to be aware of my feelings more, rather than numb them."
- Judith Wright
(Related: Feelings, Habits)