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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    American poet and philosopher 1803-1882
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    Self-reliance is its aversion. It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    American poet and philosopher 1803-1882
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    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.
  • Henry David Thoreau
    Henry David Thoreau
    American writer 1817-1862
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    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.
  • Boris Pasternak
    Boris Pasternak
    Russian writer 1890-1960
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    All customs and traditions, all our way of life, everything to do with home and order, has crumbled into dust in the general upheaval and reorganization of society. The whole human way of life has been destroyed and ruined. All that's left is the naked human soul stripped to the last shred, for which nothing has changed because it was always cold and shivering and reaching out to its nearest neighbor, as cold and lonely as itself.
    Source: Doctor Zhivago (1958) Ch. 13
  • Ban Ki-moon
    Ban Ki-moon
    South Korean politician and diplomat 1944-
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    Although more than 500 million maritime containers move around the world each year, accounting for 90 per cent of international trade, only 2 per cent are inspected. Strengthening customs and immigration systems is essential.
  • John Updike
    John Updike
    American writer and criticus 1932-
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    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.
  • Aaron Hill
    Aaron Hill
    English dramatist and writer 1685-1750
    Aaron Hill
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    Customs form us all, our thoughts, our morals, our most fixed beliefs; are consequences of our place of birth.
  • J.G. Ballard
    J.G. Ballard
    English novelist, short story writer 1930-2009
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    Elaborate burial customs are a sure sign of decadence.
    Source: The complete short stories (2001)
  • George Bernard Shaw
    George Bernard Shaw
    Irish-English writer and critic 1856-1950
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    Forgive him, for he believes that the customs of his tribe are the laws of nature!
  • Thomas Hobbes
    Thomas Hobbes
    British philosopher 1588-1679
    Thomas Hobbes
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    Good, and evil, are names that signify our appetites, and aversions; which in different tempers, customs, and doctrines of men, are different.
    Source: Leviathan (1651) XIII
  • Buffalo Bill
    Buffalo Bill
    American soldier, bison hunter, and showman 1846-1917
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    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.
  • Harriet Martineau
    Harriet Martineau
    British writer, social criticus 1802-1876
    Harriet Martineau
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    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.
  • Søren Kierkegaard
    Søren Kierkegaard
    Danish philosopher 1813-1855
    Søren Kierkegaard
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    Marriage brings one into fatal connection with custom and tradition, and traditions and customs are like the wind and weather, altogether incalculable.
  • Henry Miller
    Henry Miller
    American writer 1891-1980
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    Moralities, ethics, laws, customs, beliefs, doctrines -these are of trifling import. All that matters is that the miraculous become the norm.
  • Ruth Benedict
    Ruth Benedict
    American anthropologist and folklorist 1887-1948
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    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.
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