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Habit is a shackle for the free.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) American newspaperman and short-story writer.

Feeling sorry for yourself, and you present condition, is not only a waste of energy but the worst habit you could possibly have.

Dale Carnegie (1888-1955) American writer.

Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity.

Saint Augustine (354-430) Theologian.

How use doth breed a habit in man!

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.

To exist is a habit I do not despair of acquiring.

Emil Cioran (1911-1995) Romanian philosopher and essayist.


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

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) British author.

One might call habit a moral friction: something that prevents the mind from gliding over things but connects it with them and makes it hard for it to free itself from them.

Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799) German scientist, satirist and anglophile.

Practice conquers the habit of doing, without reflecting on the rule.

John Locke (1632-1704) English philosopher.

Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it each day, and at last we cannot break it.

Horace Mann (1796-1859) U.S. educator.

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

Horace Mann (1796-1859) U.S. educator.