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The secret of the whole matter is that a habit is not the mere tendency to repeat a certain act, nor is it established by the mere repetition of the act. Habit is a fixed tendency to react or respond in a certain way to a given stimulus; and the formation of habit always involves the two elements, the stimulus and the response or reaction. The indolent lad goes to school not in response to any stimulus in the school itself, but to the pressure of his father's will; when that stimulus is absent, the reaction as a matter of course does not occur."

Edward O. Sisson



"The second half of a man's life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half."

Feodor Dostoevski


"Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired."

Mortimer Caplan


"It is with our passions as it is with fire and water; they are good servants, but bad masters."

Roger L'Estrange


"Habit: The shackles of the free."

Ambrose Gwinett Bierce


"The long span of the bridge of your life is supported by countless cables called habits, attitudes, and desires. What you do in life depends upon what you are and what you want. What you get from life depends upon how much you want it—how much you are willing to work and plan and cooperate and use your resources. The long span of the bridge of your life is supported by countless cables that you are spinning now, and that is why today is such an important day. Make the cables strong!"

L. G. Elliott




"The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken."

Samuel Johnson



"Nicotine withdrawal was very much like trying to s*** a melon. The pressure was remarkable! Seemingly an impossible task. I would break out into sweats, cough, curse, yell, and wake up periodically throughout the night from vicious nightmares. Three full weeks of endless torment without relief. The incommodiousness of it all."

Greg Evans


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"Small habits well pursued betimes May reach the dignity of crimes."

Hannah More




"Those who flee temptation generally leave a forwarding address."

Lane Olinghouse




"In one sense the whole process of development consists of the formation of habits; for knowledge itself, and the powers of thought, as well as the higher elements in the will, all depend upon the establishment of fixed ways of reacting to given stimuli. Consequently, the general laws of habituation underlie the whole of education. But the term habit is more commonly restricted to those established reactions that act with little or no participation of consciousness, or, in other words, mechanically or automatically. Such habits as these begin to form very early, and constitute a kind of supporting framework for the higher elements of character."

Edward O. Sisson


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

Source Unknown


"Easy does it."

Source Unknown


"How use doth breed a habit in a man!"

William Shakespeare



"Be what you are. This is the first step toward becoming better than you are."

Julius Charles Hare


"You must have control of the authorship of your own destiny. The pen that writes your life story must be held in your own hand."

Irene C. Kassorla



"Many of us believe that wrongs aren't wrong if it's done by nice people like ourselves."

Source Unknown



"Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time."

Mark Twain



"We are what we think; as we desire so do we become! By our thoughts, desires, and habits, we either ascend to the full divine dignity of our nature, or we descend to suffer and learn."

J. Todd Ferrier




"Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation leans on the doorbell."

Source Unknown



"We cannot, in a moment, get rid of habits of a lifetime."

Mahatma Gandhi


"I feel that any form of so called psychotherapy is strongly contraindicated for addicts. The question ''Why did you start using narcotics in the first place?'' should never be asked. It is quite as irrelevant to treatment as it would be to ask a malarial patient why he went to a malarial area."

William S. Burroughs



"The weapons addiction of all our political leaders ... has the same characteristics as drug addiction. It is enormously costly, very dangerous, provokes ugly violence, and is self-perpetuating -- all on a scale far greater than drug addicton."

Howard Zinn

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"To possess your soul in patience, with all the skin and some of the flesh burnt off your face and hands, is a job for a boy compared with the pains of a man who has lived pretty long in the exhilarating world that drugs or strong waters seem to create and is trying to live now in the first bald desolation created by knocking them off."

C. E. Montague



"First we form habits, then they form us. Conquer your bad habits or they will conquer you."

Rob Gilbert



"You can turn your back on a person, but never turn your back on a drug, especially when its waving a razor sharp hunting knife in your eye."

Hunter S. Thompson



"Habits… the only reason they persist is that they are offering some satisfaction… You allow them to persist by not seeking any other, better form of satisfying the same needs. Every habit, good or bad, is acquired and learned in the same way - by finding that it is a means of satisfaction."

Juliene Berk



"Saigon was an addicted city, and we were the drug: the corruption of children, the mutilation of young men, the prostitution of women, the humiliation of the old, the division of the family, the division of the country-it had all been done in our name... The French city... had represented the opium stage of the addiction. With the Americans had begun the heroin phase."

James Fenton



"If we resist our passions, it is more because of their weakness than because of our strength."

Francois, duc de La Rochefoucauld



"Enduring habits I hate.... Yes, at the very bottom of my soul I feel grateful to all my misery and bouts of sickness and everything about me that is imperfect, because this sort of thing leaves me with a hundred backdoors through which I can escape from enduring habits."

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche



"We're worn into grooves by Time—by our habits. In the end, these grooves are going to show whether we've been second rate or champions, each in his way in dispatching the affairs of every day. By choosing our habits, we determine the grooves into which Time will wear us; and these are grooves that enrich our lives and make for ease of mind, peace, happiness — achievement."

Frank B. Gilberth


"There is nothing more helpless and irresponsible than a man in the depths of an ether binge."

Hunter S. Thompson


"Treat your mind like a bad neighborhood - don't go there alone."

Source Unknown


"Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power."

P. J. O'Rourke


"If addiction is judged by how long a dumb animal will sit pressing a lever to get a 'fix' of something, to its own detriment, then I would conclude that netnews is far more addictive than cocaine."

Rob Stampfli


"Whether talking about addiction, taxation [on cigarettes] or education [about smoking], there is always at the center of the conversation an essential conundrum: How come we're selling this deadly stuff anyway?"

Anna Quindlen


"I am not addicted to nicotine. Why must I participate in your drug addiction?"

Ken Faver


"We love our habits more than our income, often more than our life."

Bertrand Russell


"For many, negative thinking is a habit, which over time, becomes an addiction... A lot of people suffer from this disease because negative thinking is addictive to each of the Big Three -- the mind, the body, and the emotions. If one doesn't get you, the others are waiting in the wings."

Peter McWilliams


"Power is the faculty or capacity to act, the strength and potency to accomplish something. It is the vital energy to make choices and decisions. It also includes the capacity to overcome deeply embedded habits and to cultivate higher, more effective ones."

Stephen R. Covey

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"Have you heard about the latest 12 step group for compulsive talkers? It's called ... On and On Anonymous."

Source Unknown


"All drugs of any interest to any moderately intelligent person in America are now illegal."

Thomas Szasz


"A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is.... A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later. That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness. They have lived a sheltered life by always giving in."

C.S. Lewis



"All men are tempted. There is no man that lives that can't be broken down, provided it is the right temptation, put in the right spot."

Henry Ward Beecher



"What makes resisting temptation difficult for many people is they don't want to discourage it completely."


"He does not need opium. He has the gift of reverie."

Anais Nin


"I think psychedelics play a major part in what we do, but having said that, I feel that if somebody's going to experiment with those things they really need to educate themselves about them. People just taking the chemicals and diving in without having any kind of preparation about what they're about to experience tend to have no frame of reference, so they're missing everything flying by and all these new perspectives. It's just a waste. They reach a little bit of spiritual enlightenment, but they end up going, 'Well, now I need that drug to get back there again.' The trick is to use the drugs once to get there, and maybe spend the next ten years trying to get back there without the drug."

Maynard James Keenan


"Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others."

Jacob M. Braude


"If an addict who has been completely cured starts smoking again he no longer experiences the discomfort of his first addiction. There exists, therefore, outside alkaloids and habit, a sense for opium, an intangible habit which lives on, despite the recasting of the organism. The dead drug leaves a ghost behind. At certain hours it haunts the house."

Jean Cocteau

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"Nothing makes it easier to resist temptation than a proper bringing-up, a sound set of values - and witnesses."

Franklin P. Jones


"Addiction, obesity, starvation (anorexia nervosa) are political problems, not psychiatric: each condense and expresses a contest between the individual and some other person or persons in his environment over the control of the individual's body."

Thomas Szasz

Franklin P. Jones


"Habits are first cobwebs, then cables."

Spanish proverb


"People spend a lifetime searching for happiness; looking for peace. They chase idle dreams, addictions, religions, even other people, hoping to fill the emptiness that plagues them. The irony is the only place they ever needed to search was within."

Ramona L. Anderson


"A habit is a shirt made of iron."

Czech proverb



"Our sickness is between our ears."

Source Unknown


"Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny."

Frank Outlaw


"In the course of history many more people have died for their drink and their dope than have died for their religion or their country."

Aldous Huxley


"All sin tends to be addictive, and the terminal point of addiction is what is called damnation"

Wystan Hugh Auden


"Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism."

Carl Gustav Jung


"My case is a species of madness, only that it is a derangement of the Volition, and not of the intellectual faculties."

Samuel Taylor Coleridge


"Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism."

Carl Jung


"Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny."

Tryon Edwards


"If an addict who has been completely cured starts smoking again he no longer experiences the discomfort of his first addiction. There exists, therefore, outside alkaloids and habit, a sense for opium, an intangible habit which lives on, despite the recasting of the organism. The dead drug leaves a ghost behind. At certain hours it haunts the house."

Jean Cocteau


"Better shun the bait than struggle in the snare."

John Dryden


"Don't do drugs because if you do drugs you'll go to prison, and drugs are really expensive in prison."

John Hardwick


"The unfortunate thing about this world is that good habits are so much easier to give up than bad ones."

Somerset Maugham


"We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become disguised to ourselves."

Francois Duc de La Rochefoucauld


"Not being able to govern events, I govern myself."

Michel de Montaigne


"A man's fortune has its form given to it by his habits."

Source Unknown


"Self-respect is the root of discipline: The sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself."

Abraham Joshua Heschel


"It's all right letting yourself go, as long as you can get yourself back."

Mick Jagger

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