On Habit

‘Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.’
— Henry Brooks Adams

‘Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.’
— George Washington Carver

‘People get caught up in formulaic answers. When one doesn’t work, they just go on to the next.’
— James Champy

‘Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who read too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.’
— Albert Einstein

‘Wise living consists perhaps less in acquiring good habits than in acquiring as few habits as possible.’
— Eric Hoffer

‘Genius, in truth, means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way.’
— William James

‘The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.’
— Samuel Johnson

‘Habit is the denial of creativity and the negation of freedom; a self-imposed straitjacket of which the wearer is unaware.’
— Arthur Koestler

‘Creativity is the defeat of habit by imposing originality and change.’
— Andy Law

‘The creative habit is like a drug.’
— Henry Moore

‘It is hard to let old beliefs go. They are familiar. We are comfortable with them and have spent years building systems and developing habits that depend on them. Like a man who has worn eyeglasses so long that he forgets he has them on, we forget that the world looks to us the way it does because we have become used to seeing it that way through a particular set of lenses.’
— Kenichi Ohmae

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