Quotes of Customs

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

- Albert Camus

“ There is nothing that strengthens a nation like reading of a nation's own history, whether that history is recorded in books or embodied in customs, institutions and monuments. ”

- Joseph Anderson

“ Integrationists are delighted to live in a democratic country where the rule of law prevails, whereas chauvinists wish to import the customs of the Middle East and South Asia. ”

- Daniel Pipes

“ Long customs are not easily broken: He that attempts to change the course of his own life very often labors in vain; and how shall we do for others what we are seldom able to do for ourselves? ”

- Samuel Johnson

“ How use doth breed a habit in a man! ”

- William Shakespeare

“ Nothing is stronger than habit. ”

- Ovid

“ New customs, Though they be never so ridiculous (Nay, let 'em be unmanly) yet are follow'd. ”

- William Shakespeare

“ Forgive him, for he believes that the customs of his tribe are the laws of nature! ”

- George Bernard Shaw

“ Pardon him, Theodotus: he is a barbarian, and thinks that the customs of his tribe and island are the laws of nature. ”

- George Bernard Shaw

“ Laws are sand, customs are rock. Laws can be evaded and punishment escaped but an openly transgressed custom brings sure punishment. ”

- Mark Twain

“ Customs are more powerful than laws. ”

- Talmud

“ I was asked by the customs if I had anything to declare. I said: Yes, I'd like to declare — I'm a genius! ”

- Oscar Wilde

“ 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

“ Customs form us all. Our thoughts, our morals, our most fixed beliefs are consequences of our place of birth. ”

- Aaron Hill

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

- Soren Kierkegaard

“ Moralities, ethics, laws, customs, beliefs, doctrines — these are of trifling import. All that matters is that the miraculous become the norm. ”

- Henry Miller

“ 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

“ Observance of customs and laws can very easily be a cloak for a lie so subtle that our fellow human beings are unable to detect it. ”

- Carl Jung

“ Self-reliance is its aversion. It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs. ”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“ Laws and customs may be creative of vice; and should be therefore perpetually under process of observation and correction: but laws and customs cannot be creative of virtue: they may encourage and help to preserve it; but they cannot originate it. ”

- Harriet Martineau

“ It was a folly, with the materiality of this daily life pressing so intrusively upon me, to attempt to fling myself back into another age; or to insist on creating a semblance of a world out of airy matter … This wiser effort would have been, to diffuse thought and imagination through the opaque substance of to-day, and thus make it a bright transparency … to seek resolutely the true and indestructible value that lay hidden in the petty and wearisome incidents and ordinary characters with which I was now conversant… ”

- Nathaniel Hawthorne

“ To read well, that is, to read true books in a true spirit, is a noble exercise, and one that will task the reader more than any other exercise which the customs of the day esteem. It requires a training such as the athletes underwent, the steady intention almost of the whole life to this object. ”

- Henry David Thoreau

“ We are citizens of an age, as well as of a State; and if it is held to be unseemly, or even inadmissible, for a man to cut himself off from the customs and manners of the circle in which he lives, why should it be less of a duty, in the choice of his activity, to submit his decision to the needs and the taste of his century? ”

- Johann Friedrich von Schiller

“ 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

“ The way of fortune is like the milkyway in the sky; which is a number of small stars, not seen asunder, but giving light together: so it is a number of little and scarce discerned virtues, or rather faculties and customs, that make men fortunate. ”

- Francis Bacon

“ The law is an adroit mixture of customs that are beneficial to society, and could be followed even if no law existed, and others that are of advantage to a ruling minority, but harmful to the masses of men, and can be enforced on them only by terror. ”

- peter kropotkin

“ Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members. The virtue in most request is conformity. Self-reliance is its aversion. It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs. ”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“ He sees that this great roundabout The world, with all its motley rout, Church, army, physic, law, Its customs and its businesses, Is no concern at all of his, And says — what says he? — Caw. ”

- William Cowper

“ Our ideals, laws and customs should be based on the proposition that each generation, in turn, becomes the custodian rather than the absolute owner of our resources and each generation has the obligation to pass this inheritance on to the future. ”

- Charles Lindbergh

“ Our ideals, laws and customs should be based on the propositionthat each generation, in turn, becomes the custodian rather than the absolute owner of our resources and each generation has the obligation to pass this inheritance on to the future. ”

- Charles Lindbergh
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