50 Interesting Quotes About Habits (Good & Bad)

This collection of quotes is all about habits.

To remind us just how strong they can be, and how they can influence our lives in a positive or negative way.

A habit is an act or pattern of behavior that is repeated so regularly that it tends to occur without us even noticing. Brushing our teeth before bed, washing our dishes after a meal, checking our phones on waking etc.

They almost become ‘rules’ that we unconsciously live by.

Habits can be extremely important in helping us achieve our goals and they can also be detrimental to our health, success and happiness in life. 

The human brain loves routines. In fact, it’s so much easier for the mind to function with them in place. But what happens when these habits are not beneficial? What if you want to change your routine or break one altogether? It can be difficult but it’s not impossible!

In this post we will examine quotes on the power of habit and how they can be both good and bad.


Habit Quotes


“Your beliefs become your thoughts,

Your thoughts become your words,

Your words become your actions,

Your actions become your habits,

Your habits become your values,

Your values become your destiny.”  Gandhi


“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” Jim Ryun


“A habit cannot be tossed out the window; it must be coaxed down the stairs a step at a time.” Mark Twain


“Habits are safer than rules; you don’t have to watch them. And you don’t have to keep them either. They keep you.” Frank Hall Crane


“Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.” Aristotle


“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Will Durant


“The difference between an amateur and a professional is in their habits. An amateur has amateur habits. A professional has professional habits. We can never free ourselves from habit. But we can replace bad habits with good ones.” Steven Pressfield


“Depending on what they are, our habits will either make us or break us. We become what we repeatedly do.” Sean Covey


“Successful people aren’t born that way. They become successful by establishing the habit of doing things unsuccessful people don’t like to do.” William Makepeace Thackeray


“The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.” Samuel Johnson


“You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” John C. Maxwell


“And once you understand that habits can change, you have the freedom and the responsibility to remake them.” Charles Duhigg


“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks, but I do fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” Bruce Lee


“Quality is not an act; it is a habit.” Aristotle


“Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it each day, and at last we cannot break it.” Horace Mann


“Humans are creatures of habit. If you quit when things get tough, it gets that much easier to quit the next time. On the other hand, if you force yourself to push through it, the grit begins to grow in you.” Travis Bradberry


“Drop by drop is the water pot filled.”  Buddha


“Every habit is made of three parts… a cue, a routine and a habit. Most people focus on the routine and behavior, but these cues and rewards are really the way you make something into a habit.” Charles Duhigg


“Creativity is a habit, and the best creativity is the result of good work habits.” Twyla Tharp


“Good habits are worth being fanatical about.” John Irving


“In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.” Tony Robbins


“If you believe you can change – if you make it a habit – the change becomes real.” Charles Duhigg


“The law of harvest is to reap more than you sow. Sow an act, and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny.” James Allen


“Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconscious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character.” Stephen Covey


Bad Habit Quotes

Bad habits can really stifle our progress in life. They can keep us from being the person we want to be or living a life that we want:  


“Feeling sorry for yourself, and your present condition is not only a waste of energy but the worst habit you could possibly have.” Dale Carnegie


“Habit is stronger than reason.” George Santayana


“Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.” Vince Lombardi


“The best way to stop a bad habit is to never begin it.” J.C. Penney


“Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.” Napoleon Hill


“The secret to permanently breaking any bad habit is to love something greater than the habit.” Bryant McGill


“Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.” Jules Renard


“There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision.” William James


“Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.” George Washington Carver


“A lot of people mistake habit for hard work. Doing something over and over again is not working hard.” Shannon Sharpe


“A nail is driven out by another nail; habit is overcome by habit.” Erasmus


“You leave old habits behind by starting out with the thought, ‘I release the need for this in my life.’” Wayne Dyer


“A man who can’t bear to share his habits is a man who needs to quit them.” Stephen King


“Have you noticed how many people who walk in the shade curse the sun?” Idries Shah


Good Habit Quotes


Good habits on the other hand, can be the key to success and happiness in life.  They can help us achieve our goals, live healthier lives, maintain strong relationships, a healthy weight and more!


“Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.” Abraham Lincoln


“Good habits are worth being fanatical about.” John Irving


“Sow an act and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny.” Charles Reade


“Giving credit where credit is due is a very rewarding habit to form. Its rewards are inestimable.” Loretta Young


“First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not.” Octavia Butler


“Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.” Aristotle


“I insist on a lot of time being spent, almost every day, to just sit and think. That is very uncommon in American business. I read and think. So, I do more reading and thinking, and make less impulse decisions than most people in business. I do it because I like this kind of life.” Warren Buffett


“Happiness is a habit—cultivate it.” Elbert Hubbard


“If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception; it is a prevailing attitude.” Colin Powell


“Positivity is like a muscle: keep exercising it, and it becomes a habit.” Natalie Massenet


“Change might not be fast, and it isn’t always easy. But with time and effort, almost any habit can be reshaped.” Charles Duhigg



How many times have you tried to change a habit, such as drinking more water or starting your day with exercise, and failed? It can be frustrating when you try to change something for the better only to find that it doesn’t stick. But all hope isn’t lost.

There are some habits out there that are easy enough to do every day so that they become second nature. For more reading on good habits and inspirational words, be sure to check out:


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