The concept of the Matrix isn’t much different from our reality. We wake up, carry out habits, and go to sleep only to wake up and do it again. It’s like you exist but don’t feel alive.
Make it a point to do something every day that you don’t want to do. This is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.
Moral stimulation is good but moral complacency is the most dangerous habit of mind we can develop, and that danger is serious and ever-present.
Long customs are not easily broken: He that attempts to change the course of his own life very often labors in vain; and how shall we do for others, what we are seldom able to do for ourselves?
The will is a beast of burden. If God mounts it, it wishes and goes as God wills; if Satan mounts it, it wishes and goes as Satan wills; Nor can it choose its rider… The riders contend for its possession.
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.
Each year, one vicious habit rooted in time ought to make the worst man good.
Good habits, which bring our lower passions and appetites under automatic control, leave our natures free to explore the larger experiences of life. Too many of us divide and dissipate our energies in debating actions which should be taken for granted.
The unfortunate thing about this world is that the good habits are much easier to give up than the bad ones.
In early childhood you may lay the foundation of poverty or riches, industry of idleness, good or evil, by the habits to which you train your children. Teach them right habits then, and their future life is safe.