Quotes by custom

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  • Mark Twain
    Mark Twain
    American writer (ps. of Samuel Langhorne Clemens) 1835-1910
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    A crime persevered in a thousand centuries ceases to be a crime, and becomes a virtue. This is the law of custom, and custom supersedes all other forms of law.
  • Thomas Paine
    Thomas Paine
    English-born American political activist, philosopher, political theor 1737-1809
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    A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.
  • Winston Churchill
    Winston Churchill
    English statesman 1874-1965
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    Logic is a poor guide compared with custom.
  • A custom loathsome to the eye, hateful to the nose, harmful to the brain, dangerous to the lungs, and in the black, stinking fume thereof nearest resembling the horrible Stygian smoke of the pit that is bottomless.
  • William Shakespeare
    William Shakespeare
    English playwright and poet 1564-1616
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    Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety. Other women cloy the appetites they feed, but she makes hungry where most she satisfies.
  • Walter Lippmann
    Walter Lippmann
    American writer, reporter, and political commentator 1889-1974
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    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.
  • A. Bartlett Giamatti
    A. Bartlett Giamatti
    American professor and president of Yale University 1938-1989
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    Baseball has the largest library of law and lore and custom and ritual, and therefore, in a nation that fundamentally believes it is a nation under law, well, baseball is America's most privileged version of the level field.
    Source: Sports Illustrated, 17 April 1989
  • Miguel de Cervantes
    Miguel de Cervantes
    Spanish writer 1547-1616
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    By such innovations are languages enriched, when the words are adopted by the multitude, and naturalized by custom.
  • Tacitus
    Tacitus
    Roman senator and historian 56-120 AD
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    Custom adapts itself to expediency.
  • Lord Chesterfield
    Lord Chesterfield
    English statesman, diplomat and writer (Philip Dormer Stanhope) 1694-1773
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    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.
  • Blaise Pascal
    Blaise Pascal
    French physicist, mathematician and philosopher 1623-1662
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    Custom is our nature. What are our natural principles but principles of custom?
  • David Hume
    David Hume
    Scottish Philosopher, Historian 1711-1776
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    Custom is the great guide to human life.
  • Edmund Burke
    Edmund Burke
    English politician and philosopher 1729-1797
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    Custom reconciles us to everything.
  • David Hume
    David Hume
    Scottish Philosopher, Historian 1711-1776
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    Custom, then, is the great guide of human life.
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo
    Benjamin N. Cardozo
    American lawyer and jurist 1870-1938
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    History or custom or social utility or some compelling sense of justice or sometimes perhaps a semi-intuitive apprehension of the pervading spirit of our law must come to the rescue of the anxious judge and tell him where to go.
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