We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
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.
The beauty of the world and the orderly arrangement of everything celestial makes us confess that there is an excellent and eternal nature, which ought to be worshiped and admired by all mankind.
I promise to be an excellent husband, but give me a wife who, like the moon, will not appear every day in my sky.
The creative habit is like a drug. The particular obsession changes, but the excitement, the thrill of your creation lasts.
Make a habit of two things: to help; or at least to do no harm.
The greatest minds, as they are capable of the highest excellencies, are open likewise to the greatest aberrations.
There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.
Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits.
One man excels in eloquence, another in arms.
Great is the power of habit. It teaches us to bear fatigue and to despise wounds and pain.
An excellent man; he has no enemies; and none of his friends like him.
I never guess. It is a shocking habit destructive to the logical faculty.
Character is long-standing habit.
I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time.
Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.
Perfect friendship is the friendship of men who are good, and alike in excellence; for these wish well alike to each other qua good, and they are good in themselves.
Habit is the nursery of errors.
Habit with it's iron sinews, clasps us and leads us day by day.
Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind.
To fall into a habit is to begin to cease to be.
A house cannot be made habitable in a day; and, after all, how few days go to make up a century.
Character is simply habit long continued.
It seems, in fact, as though the second half of a man's life is made up of nothing, but the habits he has accumulated during the first half.