My problem lies in reconciling my gross habits with my net income.
– Errol Flynn
The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.
– Samuel Johnson
Contemporary man has rationalized the myths, but he has not been able to destroy them.
– Octavio Paz
Habit is stronger than reason.
– George Santayana
Few people have ever seriously wished to be exclusively rational. The good life which most desire is a life warmed by passions and touched with that ceremonial grace which is impossible without some affectionate loyalty to traditional forms and ceremonies.
– Joseph Wood Krutch
Innumerable are the illusions and legerdemain tricks of custom: but of all these, perhaps the cleverest is custom’s knack of persuading us that the miraculous, by simple repetition, ceases to be miraculous.
He who does anything because it is the custom, makes no choice.
– John Stuart Mill
The way of the world is to praise dead saints and persecute living ones.
– Nathaniel Howe
The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything – or nothing.
– Lady Astor
When you are accustomed to anything, you are estranged from it.
– George Cabot Lodge
Habituation is a falling asleep or fatiguing of the sense of time, which explains why young years pass slowly, while later life flings itself faster and faster upon its course.
– Thomas Mann
Habits are at first cobwebs, then cables.
– Spanish proverb
Have a place for everything, and keep the thing somewheres else. That is not advice, it is merely custom.
– Mark Twain
There is nothing sacred about convention; there is nothing sacred about primitive passions or whims; but the fact that a convention exists indicates that a way of living has been devised capable of maintaining itself.
– George Santayana
Tradition does not mean that the living are dead, it means that the dead are living.
– Harold Macmillan
Laws are never as effective as habits.
– Adlai Stevenson