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HABIT

in it, is the sovereign blessing of regular work."[1]


A third maxim may be added to the preceding pair: Seize the Very first possible opportunity to act on every resolution you make, and on every emotional prompting you may experience in the direction of the habits you aspire to gain. It is not in the moment of their forming, but in the moment of their producing motor effects, that resolves and aspirations communicate the new 'set' to the brain. As the author last quoted remarks:


"The actual presence of the practical opportunity alone furnishes the fulcrum upon which the lever can rest, by means of which the moral will may multiply its

  1. J. Bahnsen: 'Beiträge zu Charakterologie' (1867), vol. i. p. 209.