To stop smoking is the easiest thing I ever did. I ought to know; I’ve done it a thousand times.
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- To cease smoking is the easiest thing I ever did, I ought to know because I’ve done it a thousand times.
- Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.
- A habit cannot be tossed out the window; it must be coaxed down the stairs a step at a time.
- A man’s house burns down. The smoking wreckage represents only a ruined home that was dear through years of use and pleasant associations. By and by, as the days and weeks go on, first he misses this, then that, then the other thing. And when he casts about for it he finds that it was in that house. Always it is an essential — there was but one of its kind. It cannot be replaced. It was in that house. It is irrevocably lost. It will be years before the tale of lost essentials is complete, and not till then can he truly know the magnitude of his disaster.
- A crime persevered in a thousand centuries ceases to be a crime, and becomes a virtue. This is the law of custom, and custom supersedes all other forms of law.
- We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it — and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again — and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.