Quotes of Convention

“ Often, the less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it. ”

- Mark Twain

“ Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition. ”

- Jacques Barzun

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

- William Hazlitt

“ Traditions are the guideposts driven deep in our subconscious minds. The most powerful ones are those we can't even describe and aren't even aware of. ”

- Ellen Goodman

“ Have a place for everything and keep the thing somewhere else; this is not advice, it is merely custom. ”

- Mark Twain

“ Thou shalt not covet; but tradition approves all forms of competition. ”

- Arthur Hugh Clough

“ Tradition is the illusion of permanance. ”

- Woody Allen

“ When I am at Rome, I fast on a Saturday: when I am at Milan I do not. Do the same. Follow the custom of the church where you are. ”

- Saint Ambrose

“ Our Congress is the finest body of men money can buy. ”

- Maury Amsterdam

“ A poet clings to his own tradition and avoids internationalism. ”

- Salvatore Quasimodo

“ One cannot walk through an assembly factory and not feel that one is in Hell. ”

- W. H. Auden

“ Night is the mother of counsels. ”

- George Herbert

“ It is of the essence of imaginative culture that it transcends the limits both of the naturally possible and of the morally acceptable. ”

- Northrop Frye

“ Tradition may be good or bad. ”

- Noah Webster

“ Just because something is traditional is no reason to do it, of course. ”

- Lemony Snicket

“ Learning to touch deeply the jewels of our own tradition will allow us to understand and appreciate the values of other traditions. ”

- Thich Nhat Hanh

“ We have tradition that so we believe, because both we from our predecessors, and they from theirs, have so received. ”

- Richard Hooker

“ When men are oppressed, it's a tragedy. When women are oppressed, it's tradition. ”

- Letty Cottin Pogrebin

“ I know but little of the customs of war, and wish to know less. ”

- James Fenimore Cooper

“ Words can carry any burden we wish. All that's required is agreement and a tradition upon which to build. ”

- Frank Herbert

“ It would be great to see somebody like Kid Rock kissing a man. But I'm sure that he wouldn't like the prospect of it put to him, and I won't even go there with Eminem. ”

- Robbie Williams

“ Custom is second nature. ”

- Aristotle

“ It is in the American tradition to stand up for one's rights — even if the new way to stand up for one's rights is to sit down. ”

- John Fitzgerald Kennedy

“ I'm content to stand on tradition. I'm even more content to wipe my feet on it. ”

- Aaron Allston

“ I think we need to do a little more all-weather testing. ”

- Pete Conrad

“ Congress had embarrassed itself at having produced so little. It had to look as if it could do something. ”

- Richard Darman

“ Oh, Congress should let it go? Gee, I wonder why he would say that. ”

- Barry Bonds

“ This is the best thing that can be done, short of new laws... given the deadlock in Congress. ”

- Charles Schumer

“ The role of a female outlaw was not exactly custom-made for someone recently out of a finishing-school! ”

- Gene Tierney

“ It is not the custom with me to keep money to look at. ”

- George Washington
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