Rigid, the skeleton of habit alone upholds the human frame.
~ Mrs. Dalloway
by Virginia Woolf
Routine is death to heroism.
~ The Man Upstairs
by P. G. Wodehouse
A good habit makes a child a man, Whereas a bad one makes a man a beast.
~ The White Devil
by John Webster
How use doth breed a habit in a man!
~ Two Gentlemen of Verona
by William Shakespeare
"Nature never appeals to intelligence until habit and instinct are useless. There is no intelligence where there is no change and no need of change."
~ The Time Machine
by H. G. Wells
"Instead of always harping on a man's faults, tell him of his virtues. Try to pull him out of his rut of bad habits. Hold up to him his better self, his REAL self that can dare and do and win out!"
by Eleanor H. Porter
Now habit is a labor-saving invention which enables a man to get along with less fuel,--that is all; for fuel is force.
~ The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table
by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
There is no influence like the influence of habit.
~ The Translation of a Savage
by Gilbert Parker
"One gets a bad habit of being unhappy."
~ The Mill on the Floss
by George Eliot
One of these flaws was, that having been long taught by his father to over-reach everybody he had imperceptibly acquired a love of over-reaching that venerable monitor himself. The other, that from his early habits of considering everything as a question of property, he had gradually come to look, with impatience, on his parent as a certain amount of personal estate, which had no right whatever to be going at large, but ought to be secured in that particular description of iron safe which is commonly called a coffin, and banked in the grave.
~ Martin Chuzzlewit
by Charles Dickens