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What you are quoting is an English translation of part of a testament that has been attributed to the Rambam (-some details). It is called שערי המוסר. A more literal translation is "Accustom yourselves to habitual goodness, for character is dependent upon habit, habit becoming as it were second nature."
In Hilchot Deot 1:2 "With regard to all the traits: a man has some from the beginning of his conception, in accordance with his bodily nature. Some are appropriate to a person's nature and will [therefore] be acquired more easily than other traits. Some traits he does not have from birth. He may have learned them from others, or turned to them on his own. ...
Hilchot Deot 1:7 How can one train himself to follow these temperaments to the extent that they become a permanent fixture of his [personality]? He should perform - repeat - and perform a third time - the acts which conform to the standards of the middle road temperaments. He should do this constantly, until these acts are easy for him and do ...
The Lubavitcher Rebbe on Purim 5722 (1962) spoke about the importance of recognizing achievements of students especially in an environment where secular achievements are given such recognition. A tape recording (with translation) is available here. Note that he mentions that the general practice (at least among Chabad Chassidim) was to not particularly ...
Breishit 21:8: "The child (Yithak) grew and was weaned. Avraham made a big party on the day that Yitzhak was weaned." I read this as being the source of the custom to make a party at any happy occasion from a Chaba"d shmooze as well heard this from Divrei Torah given by Rabbi Pesach Krohn at a (what else?) brit, and Rav Binyomin Kametzki at a Bar Mitzvah.
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