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Let it be your constant method to look into the design of people's actions, and see what they would be at, as often as it is practicable; and to make this custom the more significant, practice it first upon yourself.
It is not reason which is the guide of life, but custom.
Marriage brings one into fatal connection with custom and tradition, and traditions and customs are like the wind and weather, altogether incalculable.
The custom of speaking to God Almighty as freely as with a slave - caring nothing whether the words are suitable or not, but simply saying the first thing that comes to mind from being learnt by rote by frequent repetition - cannot be called prayer: God grant that no Christian may address Him in this manner.
Saint Teresa of Avila
People usually think according to their inclinations, speak according to their learning and ingrained opinions, but generally act according to custom.
Take the course opposite to custom and you will almost always do well.
Truth always originates in a minority of one, and every custom begins as a broken precedent.
Consistency is found in that work whose whole and detail are suitable to the occasion. It arises from circumstance, custom, and nature.
In ancient China, self-government was highly developed both in community life and in personal life. The custom of mutual protection and assistance was widespread. The organization and regulations of local self-government were clearly defined and strictly applied. Individual self-control was even more strongly emphasized.
No written law has ever been more binding than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion.
Carrie Chapman Catt
It is the custom of the Roman Church which I unworthily serve with the help of God, to tolerate some things, to turn a blind eye to some, following the spirit of discretion rather than the rigid letter of the law.
Pope Gregory VII
According to Ethiopian custom, parents wait to name a baby because children often die in the first weeks of life.
Then not only custom, but also nature affirms that to do is more disgraceful than to suffer injustice, and that justice is equality.
Custom reconciles us to everything.
It is an old custom amongst Jewish children, to become war-like on the 'L'ag Beomer.' They arm themselves from head to foot with wooden swords, pop-guns and bows and arrows. They take food with them, and go off to wage war.
The way of the world is to make laws, but follow custom.
Michel de Montaigne
Morality is the custom of one's country and the current feeling of one's peers.
The despotism of custom is everywhere the standing hindrance to human advancement.
John Stuart Mill
They are at the end of the gallery; retired to their tea and scandal, according to their ancient custom.
Custom is the great guide to human life.
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.
Custom, that is before all law; Nature, that is above all art.
Slavery, if it can be legalized at all, can be legalized only by positive legislation. Natural law gives it no aid. Custom imparts to it no legal sanction.
Authority is by nothing so much strengthened and confirmed as by custom; for no man easily distrusts the things which he and all men have been always bred up to.
That a majority of women do not wish for any important change in their social and civil condition, merely proves that they are the unreflecting slaves of custom.
Lydia M. Child
John F. Kennedy
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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