Archive for the ‘Habit’ Category

We must make automatic and habitual, as early as possible, as many useful actions as we can. The more of the details of our daily life we can hand over to the effortless custody of automatism, the more our higher powers of mind will be set free for their own proper work.

—William James (1903, by Notman Studios; Public Domain)

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

—Samuel Johnson (1772, by Sir Joshua Reynolds; Public Domain)

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Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.



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The Power, Good or Bad, of Habits

Habits are cobwebs at first; cables at last.

Spooky old tree in blue scary forest

—Chinese Proverb

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