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are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
excellence comes about as a result of habit.
We become just by doing just acts,
temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing
is easy to perform a good action,
but not easy to acquire a settled habit of performing
should take care, in inculcating patriotism into
our boys and girls, that is a patriotism above the
narrow sentiment which usually stops at one's country,
and thus inspires jealousy and enmity in dealing
with others... Our patriotism should be of the wider,
nobler kind which recognises justice and reasonableness
in the claims of others and which lead our country
into comradeship with...the other nations of the
world. The first step to this end is to develop
peace and goodwill within our borders, by training
our youth of both sexes to its practice as their
habit of life, so that the jealousies of town against
town, class against class and sect against sect
no longer exist; and then to extend this good feeling
beyond our frontiers towards our neighbours."
-- Lord Baden-Powell
American fast food diet and the meat eating habits
of the wealthy around the world support a world
food system that diverts food resources from the
hungry. A diet higher in whole grains and legumes
and lower in beef and other meat is not just healthier
for ourselves but also contributes to changing
the world system that feeds some people and leaves
-- Dr.Walden Bello
power of a movement lies in the fact that it can
indeed change the habits of people. This change
is not the result of force but of dedication,
of moral persuasion. "
-- Stephen Biko
is a strong and habitual inclination in two persons
to promote the good and happiness of one another."
-- Eustace Budgell (1711)
awareness that health is dependent upon habits
that we control makes us the first generation
in history that to a large extent determines its
~ Jimmy Carter
is not imprisoned by habit. Great changes in him
can be wrought by crisis -- once that crisis can
be recognized and understood.
-- Norman Cousins
aim of education is to enable individuals to continue
their education ... (and) the object and reward
of learning is continued capacity for growth. Now
this idea cannot be applied to all the members of
a society except where intercourse of man with man
is mutual, and except where there is adequate provision
for the reconstruction of social habits and institutions
by means of wide stimulation arising from equitably
distributed interests. And this means a democratic
-- John Dewey
only way children can learn the habit of forgiveness
is by seeing us, their parents, forgive others
and forgive ourselves.
-- Naomi Drew
you do not wish to be prone to anger, do not feed the
habit; give it nothing which may tend to its increase.
year one vicious habit discarded,
in time might make the worst of us good.
-- Benjamin Franklin
is easier to prevent bad habits than to break
-- Benjamin Franklin
a habit of two things--to help, or at least, to do no
means little more than the faculty of perceiving
in an unhabitual way.
-- William James
have ancient habits to deal with, vast structures
of power, indescribably complicated problems
to solve. But unless we abdicate our humanity
altogether and succumb to fear and impotence
in the presence of the weapons we have ourselves
created, it is as possible and as urgent to
put an end to war and violence between nations
as it is to put an end to poverty and racial
Luther King, Jr
is the positive and cordial effort to understand
practices, and habits without necessarily sharing
or accepting them.
-- Joshua Liebman
can solve almost any problem.
The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality,
-- George Lois
long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives
it a superficial appearance of being right.
-- Thomas Paine
strength of a man's virtue should not be measured by
his special exertions, but by his habitual acts.
hope. As hopefulness becomes a habit, you can achieve
a permanently happy spirit.
-- Norman Vincent Peale
When the intensity of emotional conviction subsides,
a man who is in the habit of reasoning will
search for logical grounds in favour of the
belief which he finds in himself.
the occasional straw of truth awash in a great
ocean of confusion and bamboozle requires intelligence,
vigilance, dedication and courage. But if we don't
practice these tough habits of thought, we cannot
hope to solve the truly serious problems that
face us - and we risk becoming a nation of suckers,
up for grabs by the next charlatan who comes along.
-- Carl Sagan
I would hope they would develop some kind of habit
that involves understanding that their life is
so full they can afford to give in all kinds of
ways to other people. I consider that to be baseline
-- Susan Sarandon
a man believes may be ascertained not from his
creed, but from assumptions on which he habitually
-- George Bernard
often people find themselves falling into the
habit of telling little white lies and tall tales
in an effort to get ahead or to avoid getting
into trouble. By consciously making an effort
to be truthful, we remember that telling the truth
really is an important way to feel good about
more and more people stand up for their better
world principles, it will become easier to
make the right choices and doing the right thing
will become a habit we don't even have to consciously
-- Robert Alan Silverstein
is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look
which becomes a habit.
-- Peter Ustinov
kindnesses...will broaden your heart,
and slowly you will habituate yourself to helping your
fellow man in many ways."