Habits are at the same time dispositions, but dispositions are not necessarily habits.
We did say that habits and dispositions were relative.
There is no reason--so Watson argues--to suppose that their knowledge IS anything beyond the habits shown in this behaviour: the inference that other people have something nonphysical called "mind" or "thought" is therefore unwarranted.
We believe that one group of habits can 'down' another group of habits--or instincts.
Wollaston, of the almost entire absence of certain large groups of beetles, elsewhere excessively numerous, and which groups have habits of life almost necessitating frequent flight;--these several considerations have made me believe that the wingless condition of so many Madeira beetles is mainly due to the action of natural selection, but combined probably with disuse.
In South America, a burrowing rodent, the tuco-tuco, or Ctenomys, is even more subterranean in its habits than the mole; and I was assured by a Spaniard, who had often caught them, that they were frequently blind; one which I kept alive was certainly in this condition, the cause, as appeared on dissection, having been inflammation of the nictitating membrane.
It appears to me a curious circumstance, as showing the fine shades of difference in habits
, that judging from this latter respect alone, when I first saw this second species, I thought it was different from the Maldonado kind.
which indeed are arts of state, and arts of life, as Tacitus well calleth them), to him, a habit
of dissimulation is a hinderance and a poorness.
My early habits
had gifted me with a feminine sensibility and too exquisite refinement.
I have watched the habits
of the animal, young man; and can fearlessly pronounce, by evidence that would be thrown away on ordinary observers, that it is of vast dimensions, inactive, possibly torpid, of voracious appetite, and, as it now appears by the direct testimony of this venerable hunter, ferocious and carnivorous
Let no one imagine, however, that the lovely Fayaway was in the habit
of swallowing great vulgar-looking fishes: oh, no; with her beautiful small hand she would clasp a delicate, little, golden-hued love of a fish and eat it as elegantly and as innocently as though it were a Naples biscuit.
He lifted the latch, and turned into the bright bar or kitchen on the right hand, where the less lofty customers of the house were in the habit
of assembling, the parlour on the left being reserved for the more select society in which Squire Cass frequently enjoyed the double pleasure of conviviality and condescension.