Habit Quotes

habit quotes

Habit, habit, habit.

What more can I say?

Here are some quotes that I hope will help you form good habits (and break the bad ones).

1. All habits gather, by unseen degrees, as brooks make rivers, rivers run to seas. -Dryden

2. First we make our habits, then our habits make us. -Charles C. Noble

3. Good habits, once established are just as hard to break as are bad habits. -Robert Puller

4. Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. -Jim Rohn

5. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. -Aristotle

6. Quality is not an act, it is a habit. -Aristotle

7. Habit is stronger than reason. -George Santayana

8. Cultivate only the habits that you are willing should master you. -Elbert Hubbard

9. Each year one vicious habit rooted out, in time might make the worst man good throughout. -Benjamin Franklin

10. Habit converts luxurious enjoyments into dull and daily necessities. -Aldous Huxley

11. Bad habits are like a comfortable bed, easy to get into, but hard to get out of. -unknown

12. Habit and routine have an unbelievable power to waste and destroy. -Henri de Lubac

13. The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken. -Samuel Johnson

14. Habits are to the soul what the veins and arteries are to the blood, the courses in which it moves. -Horace Bushnell

15. Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it every day, and at last we cannot break it. -Horace Mann

16. Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.  -Mark Twain

17. A habit is something you can do without thinking – which is why most of us have so many of them.  -Frank A. Clark

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

19. Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity. -St.Augustine

20. The hard must become habit.  The habit must become easy.  The easy must become beautiful. -Doug Henning

21. Habits are at first cobwebs, then cables. -Spanish Proverb

22. In any family, measles are less contagious than bad habits. -Mignon McLaughlin

23. Our repeated failure to fully act as we would wish must not discourage us. It is the sincere intention that is the essential thing, and this will in time release us from the bondage of habits which at present seem almost insuperable. -Thomas Troward

24. It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom. -Aristotle (BC384-322)

25. Incredibly, many people continue their old life-style, their habits even if they feel miserable, lonely, bored, inadequate, or abused. Why? Of course… because habit is an easy place to hide. -Tom Rusk

26. Successful people are simply those with success habits. -Brian Tracy

27. 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

28. If you do the same thing every day at the same time for the same length of time, you’ll save yourself from many a sink. Routine is a condition of survival. -Flannery O’Connor (1925-1964)

29. 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

30. A nail is driven out by another nail. Habit is overcome by habit. -Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536)

31. A habit is first a wanderer, then a guest, and finally the boss. -Hungarian Proverb

32. In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently. -Anthony Robbins

33. Habit is the second nature which destroys the first. -Blaise Pascal

34. Most of life is routine: dull and grubby, but routine is the mountain that keeps a man going. If you wait for inspiration you’ll be standing on the corner after the parade is a mile down the street. -Ben Nicholas

35. Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones. -Benjamin Franklin

Like any of these?

I really like #9. 

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  1. Reply

    #3 is my favorite. I’ve never looked at habits that way.

    • ugandhar V
    • April 20, 2010

    hi friends these quotes are really great, ihope everyone inspire with it
    -ALL THE BEST for ur future

    • Victor
    • April 21, 2010

    I like quote # 5. Habit is often misconstrued to mean only bad behaviour pattern whereas it could stand for something good too. I perceive that bad habit is imbibed while good habit is acquired.

    • David Parrish
    • April 21, 2010

    I like the balance that the combination of all these quotes brings to the discussion. We can all relate to the difficulties associated with trying to break bad habits, but often forget the real values associated with establishing good ones. #8 then should be considered good advise to us all.

    • David Parrish
    • April 21, 2010

    Oh, one more thought from the peanut gallery. Just breaking bad habits is only half the battle, to truly overcome them, they should be replaced by good ones.

    1. Reply

      Good point, David. I find that sometimes…if I try to replace a bad habit just by starting my day in a good way…like with reading, meditation, prayer, exercise, etc….then the rest of the day goes MUCH better; and then those bad habits tend to not show their faces. 🙂

    • Mike
    • April 25, 2010

    He who thinks and walks above the clouds is wise. He who stands and sinks in the mud is a fool.

    • jay
    • April 26, 2010

    everything is hard at first. So as forming good or breaking bad habits.

    • laura
    • May 5, 2010

    Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time. -Mark Twain

    I especially liked this one!!! habits at first cajole and romance you but once they are sure they’ve got their claws into you your the one doing all the cajoling and romancing!!! and David is right replace that bad habit with a good one before an even worse habit takes its place!!! habits are sneaky little bastards.

    • Janeen A
    • September 21, 2010

    i like #11!

      • Linda D
      • October 1, 2011

      I like Quote #8 the best, and agree with what Shawn said. Thumbs up to your thoughts, habits and plans!

      1. Reply

        Thanks Linda!

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