Young Habits Die Hard

Young Habits Die Hard

  1. Introduction
  2. What we do often, we soon begin to do it always, and thus habit will grow to be the part of our naturalself.
  3. Aristotle:”That, which has become habitual, becomes as it were a part of our nature.”
  4. Plato once scolded a child gambling with nuts. The child replied,”You are scolding me for a trifle. Plato gravely said,”Habit is not trifle.”
  5. Habit is the basis of character and man is regarded by society according to his habits and disposition.
  6. Once a habit is formed, we are practically at its mercy.
  7. “Habit is overcome by habit.”
  8. A character is nothing but a bundle of habits.
  9. Aristotle:”Men acquire a particular quality by constantlyacting in a particular way.”
  10. An English writer:”Sow an act, and you reap a habit, sow a habit and you reap a character, sow a character, and you reap a destiny.’ Excellent habits render the most difficult task easy to perform.”
  11. The best way, therefore, of building up character is to create desirablehabits.
  12. But one should not allow even good habits to take the place of one’s free and rational will. A soldier was going with a dish of food when a miscellaneous urchin cried, “Attention”! The soldier automaticallydropped his dish and stood at attention.
  13. Wordsworth:”Habit rules the unreflecting here.”
  14. Habits should be limited to routine activities only: but in the higher things of life, in making decisions, in operating our will, what is needed is not a settled habit, but the rational exercise of one’s free will.
  15. Let us be able to say with the Roman Sallust,”For me who has spentmy whole life in the practice of virtue, right conduct has become a habit.”

16. Conclusion

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