Habit

I just did a posting about "force of habit" (March 25/18) & came across some useful quotations about habit (when I went through my 137-page quotations collection document to do a search on the word 'habit'). Here they are:

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

“Whenever you are angry, be assured that it is not only a present evil, but that you have increased a habit.” – Epictetus (more)

“I believe that the mind can be permanently profaned by the habit of attending to trivial things, so that all our thoughts shall be tinged with triviality.” – Henry David Thoreau in his essay “Life Without Principle,” quoted in Paul Theroux’s The Last Train to Zona Verde – My Ultimate African Safari [a great read, btw!]

“It seems we all have the tendency to move away from the present moment. It’s as if this habit is built into our DNA.” – Pema Chödrön    ** more Pema

“Habit is often ‘simply the easiest way to be wrong again.’” ~ Laurence Peter in Diet for a New America

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” ~ Aristotle

“A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right.” – Thomas Paine (Introduction to Common Sense 1776)

“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words.  
Keep your words positive because your words become your behaviour.  
Keep your behaviour positive because your behaviour becomes your habit.  
Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values...
And, keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.” (Gandhi, I think)
 

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” – Jim Ryun (no idea who this is. Hoping I didn't just misspell the last name when I recorded it???)

++ a couple pretty cool ones with ‘habitually,’ ‘inhabit’ or ‘inhabitants’:

“By means of all created things, without exception, the divine assails us, penetrates us, and molds us. We imagined it as distant and inaccessible, whereas in fact we live steeped in its burning layers . . . This palpable world, which we are used to treating with the boredom and disrespect with which we habitually regard places with no sacred association, is a holy place.” ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, French philosopher & Jesuit priest (1881-1955), *The Divine Milieu* 

“This curious world which we inhabit is more wonderful than it is convenient, more beautiful than it is useful; it is more to be admired and enjoyed than used.” – Thoreau

On global warming: “The inhabitants of planet Earth are quietly conducting a gigantic environmental experiment.  So vast and sweeping will be the consequences that, were it brought before any responsible council for approval, it would be firmly rejected.” – Dr. Wallace S. Broecker, scientist