Habits Will Be Useful in Old Age

“Zotov cleared his throat, coughed, and shrinking from the cold, got out of bed. In accordance with years of habit, he stood for a long time before the ikon, saying his prayers. He repeated “Our Father,” “Hail Mary,” the Creed, and mentioned a long string of names. To whom those names belonged he had forgotten years ago, and he only repeated them from habit. From habit, too, he swept his room and entry, and set his fat little four-legged copper samovar. If Zotov had not had these habits he would not have known how to occupy his old age.”
The Dependents by Anton Chekhov

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One thought on “Habits Will Be Useful in Old Age

  1. rmudge

    Habits are quite useful (so long as they are good ones). I’m not old yet, but some days I find myself leaning on my habits just to get through the day.

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