Thursday, June 11, 2009

Habits, Habits, Habits

"The chains of habit," said one man, "are too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken" (Samuel Johnson).

Plato, it is said, once rebuked a person for engaging in a gambling game. When the person protested that he had only played for a trifle, Plato replied, "The habit is not a trifle"
(Home Book of Quotations, Burton Stevenson (ed.) [New York: Dodd, Mead, 1956], p. 845).

It may not be out of place to say that every man (and [every] woman) is controlled by Habit. When Habits are young they are like lion cubs, easily managed, but later there comes a time when they manage you. Bad Habits may put you on the Avernus Jerkwater, No. 23, with a one way to Nowhere. Good Habits are mentors, guardian angels, and servants that regulate your sleep, your work, your thought.
[Selected Writings of Elbert Hubbard (New York: William H. Wise, 1922), vol. 2., p. 195]


So you'd better make good ones!

1 comment:

  1. Love these quotes. How true. I love the comparison with chains that can't be felt at first, and the lion cub one. Good to remember when you start to notice habits developing. Catch it EARLY! :)


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