Habits

  1. How habits cling to us! The word habit comes from a Latin word which indicates that habits have us, instead of our having them. Instead of saying to a person, “He has a bad habit,” we might well say, “A bad habit has him.” How necessary then it is to form right habits!

  2. It is mighty hard to shake me;
    In my brawny arms I take thee;
    I can either make or break thee;
    I am Habit!
    Through each day I slowly mold thee;
    Soon my tight’ning chains enfold thee;
    Then it is with ease I hold thee;
    Thus is Habit
    I can be both good & vile;
    I can e’en be worth your while,
    Or the cause of your bitter cry
    I am Habit!
    Oft I’ve proved myself a pleasure;
    Proved myself a priceless treasure,
    Or a menace past all measure;
    Thus is Habit!
    Harmless though I sometimes seem, yet
    My strange force is like a magnet;
    Like a great & greedy dragnet;
    I am Habit!
    Though you sometimes fear or doubt me
    No one yet has lived without me;
    I am present all about thee;
    Thus is Habit!
    Choose me well when you are starting
    Seldom is an easy parting;
    I’m a devil or a darling!
    I am Habit!
    –Robert E. Sly

  3. A man spends the first half of his life learning habits that shorten the other half.

  4. A habit cannot be tossed out the window; it has to be coaxed down the stairs one step at a time.

  5. It’s not so bad making mistakes so long as you don’t make a habit of it.

  6. We first make our habits, & then our habits make us.

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

  8. It is out of order to invite the Lord Jesus into the parlor of our hearts if we entertain the Devil in the cellar of our habits.

  9. Bad habits are overcome by good habits.–Thomas à Kempis

  10. The habit of gambling is a method of getting nothing for something.

  11. A gambler is one who habitually picks his own pockets.

  12. A worst boss anyone can have is a bad habit.

  13. The easiest & best way to break a habit is to drop it.

  14. One can conquer a bad habit easier today than tomorrow.

  15. Habits are either the best of servants or the worst of masters.

  16. Form good habits; they’re as hard to break as bad ones.

  17. Habits are either bobbers or sinkers, corks or lead. They hold you up or pull you down.

  18. A bad habit is first a caller, then a guest, &, finally a master.

  19. Changing our habits, like climbing a long flight of stairs, is something easier to do when you’re young.

  20. It’s easier to form good habits than reform bad ones.

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