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Custom Quotes

I hope you find value in these encouraging quotes about Custom.

In all of his bestsellers, the Divine has told the truth,
custom-tailored to the comprehension of the times.
- Ernest Holmes

Related topics: Spiritual

No written law has ever been more binding
than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion.
- Carrie Chapman Catt

We are strange beings, we seem
to go free, but we go in chains -
chains of training, custom, convention,
association, environment -
in a word, Circumstance -
and against these bonds
the strongest of us struggle in vain.
- Mark Twain

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

 

Nothing is more powerful than custom or habit.
- Ovid

Custom adapts itself to expediency.
- Tacitus

The despotism of custom is everywhere the standing
hindrance to human advancement.
- John Stuart Mill

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The way of the world is to make laws,
but follow custom.
- Michel de Montaigne

Truth always originates in a minority of one,
and every custom begins as a broken precedent.
- Will Durant

People usually think according to their inclinations,
speak according to their learning and ingrained opinions,
but generally act according to custom.
- Francis Bacon

I hate people who think it's clever to take drugs...
like custom officers.
- Jack Dee

They are at the end of the gallery; retired to their tea and scandal,
according to their ancient custom.
- William Congreve

Without the aid of prejudice and custom,
I should not be able to find my way across the room.
- William Hazlitt

Of course poets have morals and manners of their own,
and custom is no argument with them.
- Thomas Hardy

The custom of sinning takes away the sense of it,
the course of the world takes away the shame of it.
- John Owen

Ignorance and a narrow education lay the foundation of vice,
and imitation and custom rear it up.
- Mary Astell

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

The best interpreter of the law is custom.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Custom is our nature.
What are our natural principles but principles of custom?
- Blaise Pascal

Custom is the great guide to human life.
- David Hume

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

Laws are subordinate to custom.
- Titus Maccius Plautus

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

Marriage brings one into fatal connection with custom and tradition,
and traditions and customs are like the wind and weather,
altogether incalculable.
- Soren Kierkegaard

It is not reason which is the guide of life,
but custom.
- David Hume

Custom reconciles us to everything.
- Edmund Burke

Custom, that unwritten law, By which the people keep even kings in awe.
- Charles Davenport

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

Take the course opposite to custom and you will almost always do well.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

Custom is second nature.
- Saint Aurelius Augustine

Some had the custom of receiving the Eucharist daily,
some twice a week, some on the Lord's day,
Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, some only on the Lord's Day.
- Martin Chemnitz

Morality is the custom of one's country and the current feeling of one's peers.
- Samuel Butler

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

Then not only custom, but also nature affirms that
to do is more disgraceful than to suffer injustice,
and that justice is equality.
- Plato

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

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

Custom, that is before all law; Nature,
that is above all art.
- Samuel Daniel

I use Gibson guitars; I prefer the Les Paul custom.
- Adam Jones

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

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

Ages when custom is unsettled are necessarily ages of prophecy.
The moralist cannot teach what is revealed;
he must reveal what can be taught.
He has to seek insight rather than to preach.
- Walter Lippmann

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

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

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

To me, the excitement is in ordering a fine shotgun,
going through the process that everybody who has bought
one has gone through for 100 years.
You order it, you make a significant down payment,
and then you wait three or four years for the gun to be custom-made for you.
- Tom Selleck

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

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

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

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

Laws are sand, customs are rock.
Laws can be evaded and punishment escaped,
but an openly transgressed custom brings sure punishment.
The penalty may be unfair, unrighteous, illogical, and a cruelty;
no matter, it will be inflicted, just the same.
Certainly, then, there can be but one wise thing
for a visiting stranger to do -
find out what the country's customs are,
and refrain from offending against them.
- Mark Twain

Moralities, ethics, laws, customs, beliefs,
doctrines - these are of trifling import.
All that matters is that the miraculous become the norm.
- Henry Miller

And we had our own laws.
I mean, I wrote them.
And we had our own customs, and traditions,
and proprieties.
- James Stockdale

If you reject the food, ignore the customs,
fear the religion and avoid the people,
you might better stay at home.
- James A. Michener

The Roman Code was merely an enunciation in words of
the existing customs of the Roman people.
- Henry James Sumner Maine

There will be no lasting peace either in the heart
of individuals or in social customs until death is outlawed.
- Albert Camus

We wouldn't turn over our customs service or our border
patrol to a foreign government.
We shouldn't turn over the ports of the United States,
either.
- Robert Menendez

No man ever looks at the world with pristine eyes.
He sees it edited by a definite set of customs and
institutions and ways of thinking.
- Ruth Benedict

I have often thought of it as one of the most barbarous customs in the world,
considering us as a civilized and a Christian country,
that we deny the advantages of learning to women.
- Daniel Defoe

The customs and fashions of men change like leaves on the bough,
some of which go and others come.
- Dante Alighieri

Customs do not concern themselves
with right or wrong or reason.
But they have to be obeyed;
one reasons all around them until he is tired,
but he must not transgress them, it is sternly forbidden.
- Mark Twain

I don't like people who take drugs...
Customs men for example.
- Mick Miller

If someone were to put a proposition before men bidding them choose,
after examination, the best customs in the world,
each nation would certainly select its own.
- Herodotus

I have never smuggled anything in my life.
Why, then, do I feel an uneasy sense of guilt on approaching a customs barrier?
- John Steinbeck

Customs and convictions change; respectable people are the last to know,
or to admit, the change, and the ones most offended
by fresh reflections of the facts in the mirror of art.
- John Updike

Jews are the intensive form of any nationality whose
language and customs they adopt.
- Emma Lazarus

Thank God we're going to try to continue and effectively
defend our frontiers with the Border Patrol,
with the Customs Department, with the Coast Guard,
with the Armed Forces.
- Barry McCaffrey

Customs form us all, our thoughts, our morals,
our most fixed beliefs; are consequences of our place of birth.
- Aaron Hill

I think it is important also to recognize that our
Customs border protection officers who secure our borders
and conduct inspections of people in vehicles and cargo
are also facing staffing shortages.
- Kendrick Meek

These are busy times for the Border Patrol,
the customs agents, immigration folks;
but if we are going to send these agencies to fight a war on drugs,
to fight a war against illegal behavior,
we have to send them the proper tools.
- Bob Filner

I thought I was benefiting the Indians as well as the government,
by taking them all over the United States,
and giving them a correct idea of the customs,
life, etc., of the pale faces, so that when they returned
to their people they could make known all they had seen.
- Buffalo Bill

Yes, we are all different.
Different customs, different foods, different mannerisms,
different languages, but not so different that we cannot
get along with one another.
If we will disagree without being disagreeable.
- J. Martin Kohe


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