All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.
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- Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting a particular way. We become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions.
- We become just by performing just action, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave action.
- Well begun is half done.
- For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.
- It is easy to perform a good action, but not easy to acquire a settled habit of performing such actions.
- The moral virtues, then, are produced in us neither by nature nor against nature. Nature, indeed, prepares in us the ground for their reception, but their complete formation is the product of habit.