Let's face it - while we might have lofty goals for ourselves, life presents us with a million ways to get sidetracked from personal development. We are busy. There are pressures, responsibilities, distractions, entertainment, inertia. To meet the demands of life, we often adopt a default way of operating in the world that is based more on habit, or on our upbringing, than on our best intentions.
The word hexis in ancient Greek means an active condition of moral virtue. Hexis is a kind of striving or working to overcome our passive habituation by strength of character or condition of the soul.
We need hexis if we are ever to become better people than we are today, if we don't want to be overcome by the inertia of habit and inaction in our lives. Here are 20 hexis inspiring quotes by some of the world's greatest minds on becoming good:
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