“It is facile to imply that smoking, alcoholism, overeating, or other ingrained patters can be upended without real effort. Genuine change requires work and self-understanding of the cravings driving behaviours.

Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

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If an addict who has been completely cured starts smoking again he no longer experiences the discomfort of his first addiction.  There exists, therefore, outside alkaloids and habit, a sense for opium, an intangible habit which lives on, despite the recasting of the organism.  The dead drug leaves a ghost behind.  At certain hours it haunts the house.  Jean Cocteau

You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.

-James A. Froude

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“The two limits of every unit of thinking are a perplexed, troubled, or confused situation at the beginning, and a cleared up, unified, resolved situation at the close.”

― John Dewey

“Repentance won’t cure mischief.”

Gaelic.

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He raised his brows. “You’re drunk.” “Am not!” He gave me a bland look. “A drunk’s famous last words before they fall flat on their face.”

― J. Lynn, Wait for You

With wine in hand, one reaches the happy state – where men are wise, women beautiful; and even one’s children begin to look promising.

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“Drunk, if you like; so much the worse for those who fear wine, for it is because they have bad thoughts which they are afraid the liquor will extract from their hearts;” and Caderousse began to sing the two last lines of a song very popular at the time, —”

― Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo

Be Bold! Be Strong! Cling to thoughts of victory and deliverance. You are Victorious By Design!”

― Ann Marie Bryan

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“You were born to journey in the direction of your purpose. Anything that halts your progress is contrary to your design.”

― Steve Maraboli

A strange volume of real life in the daily packet of the postman. Eternal love and instant payment!”

Douglas Jerrold

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“The six squares of our love didn’t add up to a cube. Still, I took the oddly-shaped box down to the post office and tried to mail it into the future, when I’d be more prepared to open it.
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― Jarod Kintz, This is the best book I’ve ever written, and it still sucks