When by these steps he has got resolution enough not to be deterr'd from what he ought to do, by the apprehension of danger; when fear does not, in sudden or hazardous occurrences, decompose his mind, set his body a-trembling, and make him unfit for action, or run away from it, he has then the courage of a rational creature: and such an hardiness we should endeavour by custom and use to bring children to, as proper occasions come in our way.
There is always in the healthy mind an obscure prompting that religion teaches us rather to dig than to climb; that if we could once understand the common clay of earth we should understand everything. Similarly, we have the sentiment that if we could destroy Custom at a blow and see the stars as a child sees them, we should need no other apocalypse. This is the great truth which has always lain at the back of baby-worship, and which will support it to the end.
Hath not old Custom made this life more sweet Than that of painted pomp? Are not these woods More free from peril than the envious court?william shakespeare
At Dijon , Burgundy , it is the Custom on the first Sunday in Lent to make large fires in the streets whence it is called Firebrand Sunday. This practice originated in the processions formerly made on that day by the peasants with lighted torches of straw, to drive away, as they called it, the bad air from the earth .
...neither tolerance nor intolerance is grounded in science and reason, but they are themselves acts of faith grounded in social Custom and the politics of expediency and power
Thy sweet magic brings together; What stern Custom spreads afar; All men become brothers; Where thy happy wing-beats are.Friedrich Schiller
Custom calls me to 't: What Custom wills, in all things should we do't, The dust on antique time would lie unswept, And mountainous error be too highly heap't For truth to o'erpeer.william shakespeare
Often, the less there is to justify a traditional Custom, the harder it is to get rid of it.
The old order changeth, yielding place to new, And God fulfils himself in many ways, Lest one good Custom should corrupt the world.Tennyson
Fashion is Custom in the guise of departure from Custom.edward sapir
There are in fact four very significant stumbling blocks in the way of grasping the truth , which hinder every man however learned, and scarcely allow anyone to win a clear title to wisdom , namely, the example of weak and unworthy authority , longstanding Custom , the feeling of the ignorant crowd, and the hiding of our own ignorance while making a display of our apparent knowledge .roger bacon
The great difficulty which history records is not that of the first step, but that of the second step. What is most evident is not the difficulty of getting a fixed law, but getting out of a fixed law; not of cementing (as upon a former occasion I phrased it) a cake of Custom, but of breaking the cake of Custom; not of making the first preservative habit, but of breaking through it, and reaching something better.walter bagehot
The worst aspect of dating from the perspective of many men is how dating can feel to a man like robbery by social Custom – the social Custom of him taking money out of his pocket, giving it to her, and calling it a date. To a young man, the worst dates feel like being robbed and rejected. Boys risk death to avoid rejection (e.g., by joining the Army)warren farrell
If any of my readers set out with the notion that that all races of men think and act much in the same way as educated Englishmen, the evidence of superstitious belief and Custom collected in this work should suffice to disabuse him of so erroneous a prepossession.james frazer
Sex is difficult; yes. But those tasks that have been entrusted to us are difficult; almost everything serious is difficult; and everything is serious. If you just recognize this and manage, out of yourself, out of your own talent and nature, out of your own experience and childhood and strength, to achieve a wholly individual relation to sex (one that is not influenced by convention and Custom), then you will no longer have to be afraid of losing yourself and becoming unworthy of your dearest possession.Rainer Maria Rilke
Levi's station in life was the receipt of Custom; and Peter's, the shore of Galilee; and Paul's, the antechambers of the High- Priest, which "station in life" each had to leave, with brief notice.john ruskin
Samuel Hartlib, a celebrated writer on husbandry in the last century, a gentleman much beloved and esteemed by Milton , in his preface to the work, commonly called his Legacy, laments greatly that no public director of husbandry was established in England By Authority; and that we had not adopted the Flemish Custom of letting farms upon improvement... Cromwell , in consequence of this admirable performance, allowed Hartlib a pension of 100 l . a year:;; and Hartlib afterwards, the better to fulfil the intentions of his benefactor, procured Dr. Beati's excellent annotations on the Legacy, with other valuable pieces from bis numerous correspondents.
The belief that the gods delighted especially in the gift of human blood was responsible for the widespread Custom of offering up captured enemies, and sometimes even friends and relatives, upon the alter. A vast chasm separates this conception from the present belief in God as an ethical person, holy and righteous beyond comparison, who has boundless affection for his children, who seeks in every way possible to help them, and who longs to enter into a deeper companionship with them.
A shopkeeper will never get the more Custom by beating his customers, and what is true of a shopkeeper is true of a shopkeeping nation.
Man yields to Custom, as he bows to fate, In all things ruled mind, body, and estate; In pain, in sickness, we for cure apply To them we know not, and we know not why.George Crabbe
[T]he very existence of a natural law discoverable by reason is a potentially powerful threat to the status quo and a standing reproach to the reign of blindly traditional Custom or the arbitrary will of the State apparatus.
I readily admit that the law which requires presumption or Custom to be carried back for a period of nearly 700 years, is a bad and mischievous law, and one which is discreditable to us as a civilised and enlightened people, but such is the law; and while it so continues, I consider myself, in administering it, as bound to administer it as I find it; nor do I feel myself warranted in undermining or frittering it away by subtle fictions or artificial presumptions inconsistent with truth and fact.
Examining by hours is not so unprecedented. It was the old Custom among the Romans to examine by the hour-glass.
First "Quote of the Day" at Wikiquote, selected by Nanobug 2004 The old order changeth, yielding place to new, and God fulfils himself in many ways lest one good Custom should corrupt the world. ~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson in Idylls of the King
Age cannot wither her, nor Custom stale Her infinite variety...
It is the gods ' Custom to bring low all things of surpassing greatness .