Tag: Habit (home)

Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.

permalink source: Henry B. Adams
tags: Habit

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

permalink source: Aristotle
tags: Excellence, Habit

Habit is the nursery of errors.

permalink source: Victor Hugo
tags: Failure, Habit

I made the terrible mistake of entering upon the Christian life as if it were merely the natural life invested with a kind of supernatural mode by grace. I thought that all I had to do was to continue living as I had lived before, thinking and acting as I did before, with the one exception of avoiding mortal sin. It never occurred to me that if I continued to live as I had lived before, I would be simply incapable of avoiding mortal sin.

permalink source: Thomas Merton, Seven Storey Mountain 280
tags: Habit, Sin

Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast. In the pool where you least expect it, will be a fish. (i.e., persistance pays off)

permalink source: Ovid
tags: Habit, Persistence

During a service at an old synagogue in Eastern Europe, when the Shema prayer was said, half the congregants stood up and half remained sitting. The half that was seated started yelling at those standing to sit down, and the ones standing yelled at the ones sitting to stand up. The rabbi,learned as he was in the Law and commentaries, didn't know what to do. His congregation suggested that he consult a housebound 98 year old man, who was one of the original founders of their temple. The rabbi hoped the elderly man would be able to tell him what the actual temple tradition was, so he went to the nursing home with a representative of each faction of the congregation. The one whose followers stood during Shema said to the old man, "Isn't the tradition to stand during this prayer?" The old man answered, "No, that is not the tradition." The one whose followers sat said, "Then the tradition is to sit during Shema!" The old man answered, "No, that is not the tradition." Then the rabbi said to the old man, "But the congregants fight all the time, yelling at each other about whether they should sit or stand..." The old man interrupted, exclaiming, "THAT is the tradition!"

permalink source: Anonymous
tags: Church, Habit, Humor, Paradigms, Tradition

Only those who try to live near God and have formed the habit of faithfulness to Him in the small things of our daily life, can hope in times of need for that special light which shows us our path. To do as well as we can the job immediately before us, is the way to learn what we ought to do next.

permalink source: Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941)
tags: Discipline, Habit, Obedience, Hearing God

The man who has never had religion before, no more grows religious when he is sick, than a man who has never learned figures can count when he has need of calculation.

permalink source: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)
tags: Discipline, Habit

"2 Laws that govern my life: The law of cognition: I am what I think. The law of exposure: My mind will think most about what it is most exposed to."

permalink source: John Ortberg
tags: Discipline, Habit, Holiness, Time Management

Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character and reap a destiny.

permalink source: Anonymous
tags: Character, Discipline, Habit

In particular, I had learned that that intensity is crucial for any progress in spiritual perception and understanding. To dribble a few verses or chapters of Scripture on oneself through the week, in church or out, will not reorder one's mind and spirit--just as one drop of water every five minutes will not get you a shower, no matter how long you keep it up. You need a lot of water at once, and for a sufficiently long time. Similarly for the written Word. (I use this as an illustration of worship in the church as well)

permalink source: Dallas Willard, the Divine Conspiracy, p 356
tags: Church, Discipline, Habit, Worship

The passenger tapped the cab driver on the shoulder to ask him something. The driver screamed, lost control of the car, nearly hit a bus, went up on the sidewalk, and stopped inches from a department store window. For a second everything went quiet in the cab, then the driver said, "Look mister, don't ever do that again. You scared me half to death!" The passenger apologized and said he didn't realize that a little tap could scare him so much. The driver replied, "You're right. I'm sorry. Really, it's not your fault. Today is my first day as a cab driver. I've been driving a hearse for 25 years." (from Mikey's Funnies)

permalink source: Anonymous
tags: Discipline, Habit

Cultivate only the habits that you are willing should master you." -- Elbert Hubbard

permalink source: Anonymous
tags: Habit

What you do when you don’t have to, determines what you will be when you can no longer help it." -- Rudyard Kipling

permalink source: Anonymous
tags: Character, Habit

Man transforms himself into the things he loves. When the time arrives for his sun to set, he has become that which, during the course of his life, he has, consciously or unconsciously, chosen to be."

permalink source: Alexis Carrel
tags: Character, Destiny, Habit, Heaven, Hell

What we do best or most perfectly is what we have most thoroughly learned by the longest practice, and at length it falls from us without our notice, as a leaf from a tree. -- Henry David Thoreau

permalink source: Anonymous
tags: Habit, Experts

Whatever we learn to do, we learn by actually doing it; men come to be builders, for instance, by building, and harp players by playing the harp. In the same way, by doing just acts, we come to be just; by doing self-controlled acts, we come to be self-controlled; and by doing brave acts, we become brave. -- Aristotle

permalink source: Anonymous
tags: Character, Habit, Practice, Personal Growth, Spiritual Formation