He would sit in his study with a grave air, reading--a task he first imposed upon himself as a duty, but which afterwards became a habit affording him a special kind of pleasure and a consciousness of being occupied with serious matters.
They have a habit of depositing their droppings during successive days on the same spot - a habit appreciated by the Peruvian Indians, who use those deposits for fuel.
Have had a habit not unlike (X 5.) that of tree-ferns, with compound leaves of enormous dimensions, belonging to various frondgenera - especially, as has now been proved, to Alethopteris and Neuropteris; these are among the most abundant of the Carboniferous fronds commonly attributed to Ferns, and extend back to the Devonian.
Side by side with this temporary disorder there was a more serious administrative disorganization, a habit of no longer obeying the king.
He had a habit of stopping short in the middle of his talk and gazing intently with his laughing, kindly eyes.
But what am I to do if I love her? he thought, and he involuntarily groaned, from a habit acquired during his sufferings.
We see a real man, but a man helpless anywhere save in the study or in the convent - a little fresh-coloured man, with soft brown eyes, who had a habit of stealing away to his cubiculum whenever the conversation became too lively; somewhat bent, for it is on record that he stood upright when the psalms were chanted, and even rose on his tiptoes with his face turned upwards; genial, if shy, and occasionally given to punning, as when he said that he preferred Psalmi to Salmones; a man who perhaps led the most placid uneventful life of all men who ever wrote a book or scribbled letters.
The Indian wars, breeding a habit of dependence on force, and the heterogeneous elements of cattle thieves, Sonoran cowboys, mine labourers and adventurers led to one of the worst periods of American border history.
You have a habit of trying to hide your feelings - or disguise them.
The wise man is he who has acquired a habit of wise action; human wisdom is liable to lapses at any moment.