Quotations on Custom

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By liberty I mean the assurance that every man shall be protected in doing what he believes is his duty against the influence of authority and majorities, custom and opinion.
- John Acton
(Keywords: Authority, Custom, Duty, Influence, Liberty, Man, Opinion)

The Ethical Society, therefore, is like a Church in maintaining, and emphasizing the importance of maintaining the custom of public assemblies on Sunday.
- Felix Adler
(Keywords: Society, Church, Custom, Importance, Public)

Admitting the force of these contentions, nevertheless, the custom of meeting together in public assembly for the consideration of the most serious, the most exalted topics of human interest is too vitally precious to be lost.
- Felix Adler
(Keywords: Consideration, Custom, Force, Interest, Meeting, Public)

When I go to Rome, I fast on Saturday, but in Milan I do not. Do you also follow the custom of whatever church you attend, if you do not want to give or receive scandal.
- Saint Ambrose
(Keywords: Church, Custom, Rome, Scandal, Want)

Ignorance and a narrow education lay the foundation of vice, and imitation and custom rear it up.
- Mary Astell
(Keywords: Education, Custom, Ignorance, Imitation, Vice)

Let it be your constant method to look into the design of people's actions, and see what they would be at, as often as it is practicable; and to make this custom the more significant, practice it first upon yourself.
- Marcus Aurelius
(Keywords: Design, People, Actions, Custom, First, Practice)

People usually think according to their inclinations, speak according to their learning and ingrained opinions, but generally act according to custom.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: People, Act, Custom, Learning, Opinions)

Morality is the custom of one's country and the current feeling of one's peers.
- Samuel Butler
(Keywords: Morality, Country, Custom, Feeling)

Custom has made dancing sometimes necessary for a young man; therefore mind it while you learn it, that you may learn to do it well, and not be ridiculous, though in a ridiculous act.
- Lord Chesterfield
(Keywords: Act, Custom, Dancing, Man, May, Mind)

That a majority of women do not wish for any important change in their social and civil condition, merely proves that they are the unreflecting slaves of custom.
- Lydia M. Child
(Keywords: Change, Women, Custom, Majority)

Custom, that is before all law; Nature, that is above all art.
- Samuel Daniel
(Keywords: Art, Nature, Custom, Law)

Custom, that unwritten law, By which the people keep even kings in awe.
- Charles Davenport
(Keywords: People, Custom, Kings, Law)

I hate people who think it's clever to take drugs... like custom officers.
- Jack Dee
(Keywords: People, Custom, Drugs, Hate)

Truth always originates in a minority of one, and every custom begins as a broken precedent.
- Will Durant
(Keywords: Truth, Custom, Minority)

This means that they are bound by law and custom to plough the fields of their masters, harvest the corn, gather it into barns, and thresh and winnow the grain; they must also mow and carry home the hay, cut and collect wood, and perform all manner of tasks of this kind.
- Jean Froissart
(Keywords: Home, Custom, Harvest, Law, Wood)

It is the custom of the Roman Church which I unworthily serve with the help of God, to tolerate some things, to turn a blind eye to some, following the spirit of discretion rather than the rigid letter of the law.
- Pope Gregory VII
(Keywords: God, Church, Blind, Custom, Discretion, Eye, Help, Law, Spirit)

Mankind are apt to be strongly prejudiced in favor of whatever is countenanced by antiquity, enforced by authority, and recommended by custom.
- Robert Hall
(Keywords: Authority, Custom, Mankind)

Of course poets have morals and manners of their own, and custom is no argument with them.
- Thomas Hardy
(Keywords: Argument, Custom, Manners, Morals, Poets)

Marriage is a custom brought about by women who then proceed to live off men and destroy them, completely enveloping the man in a destructive cocoon or eating him away like a poisonous fungus on a tree.
- Richard Harris
(Keywords: Marriage, Men, Women, Custom, Eating, Man)

It is not reason which is the guide of life, but custom.
- David Hume
(Keywords: Life, Custom, Reason)

Marriage brings one into fatal connection with custom and tradition, and traditions and customs are like the wind and weather, altogether incalculable.
- Soren Kierkegaard
(Keywords: Marriage, Connection, Custom, Tradition, Traditions, Weather, Wind)

Individual and national rights to wealth rest on the basis of civil and international law, or at least of custom that has the force of law.
- Alfred Marshall
(Keywords: Wealth, Custom, Force, Rights, Law, Rest)

Nothing is more powerful than custom or habit.
- Ovid
(Keywords: Habit, Custom, Nothing)

Custom is our nature. What are our natural principles but principles of custom?
- Blaise Pascal
(Keywords: Nature, Custom, Principles)

Then not only custom, but also nature affirms that to do is more disgraceful than to suffer injustice, and that justice is equality.
- Plato
(Keywords: Equality, Nature, Custom, Injustice)

Consistency is found in that work whose whole and detail are suitable to the occasion. It arises from circumstance, custom, and nature.
- Marcus V. Pollio
(Keywords: Nature, Work, Consistency, Circumstance, Custom, Detail)

But if it not be true, the myth itself requires to be explained, and every principle of philosophy and common sense demand that the explanation be sought, not in arbitrary allegorical categories, but in the actual facts of ritual or religious custom to which the myth attaches.
- William Robertson Smith
(Keywords: Common sense, Custom, Facts, Myth, Philosophy, Religious, Ritual)

If you wish to draw off the people from a bad or wicked custom, you must beat up for a march; you must make an excitement, do something that everybody will notice.
- Lewis Tappan
(Keywords: People, Custom, Excitement, March, Will)

Authority is by nothing so much strengthened and confirmed as by custom; for no man easily distrusts the things which he and all men have been always bred up to.
- William Temple
(Keywords: Men, Authority, Custom, Man, Nothing)

It has been generally the custom of writers on natural history to take the habits and instincts of animals as the fixed point, and to consider their structure and organization as specially adapted to be in accordance with them.
- Alfred Russel Wallace
(Keywords: History, Animals, Custom, Habits, Writers)









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