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Quotations on Custom

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Custom meets us at the cradle and leaves us only at the tomb.

~ Robert Green Ingersoll

We do everything by custom, even believe by it; our very axioms, let us boast of free-thinking as we may, are oftenest simply such beliefs as we have never heard questioned.

~ Thomas Carlyle

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

~ Mark Twain

Custom is the plague of wise men and the idol of fools.

~ Thomas Fuller

The custom and fashion of today will be the awkwardness and outrage of tomorrow - so arbitrary are these transient laws.

~ Alexandre Dumas

Custom has furnished the only basis which ethics have ever had.

~ Joseph Wood Krutch

Custom is the principle magistrate of man's life.

~ Sir Francis Bacon

There is no tyrant like custom, and no freedom where its edicts are not resisted.

~ Christian Nestell Bovee

Take the course opposite to custom and you will almost always do well.

~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Forgive him, Theodotus: he is a barbarian and believes that the customs of his tribe and island are the laws of nature.

~ George Bernard Shaw

- Julius Caesar

The despotism of custom is everywhere the standing hindrance to human advancement.

~ John Stuart Mill

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

~ David Hume

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

~ Henry Miller

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

~ William Hazlitt

The light that a man receiveth by counsel from another is drier and purer than that which cometh from his own understanding and judgment, which is ever infused and drenched in his affections and customs.

~ Sir Francis Bacon

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