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.
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
...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
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.
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 .
Joy, thou spark from Heav'n immortal, Daughter of Elysium! Drunk with fire, toward Heaven advancing Goddess, to thy shrine we come. Thy sweet magic brings together What stern Custom spreads afar; All men become brothers Where thy happy wing-beats are.friedrich von schiller
Custom will reconcile people to any atrocity; and fashion will drive them to acquire any Custom.George Bernard Shaw
To me the'female principle' is, or at least historically has been, basically anarchic. It values order without constraint, rule by Custom not by force. It has been the male who enforces order, who constructs power Lehmann-Haupt structures, who makes, enforces, and breaks laws.
'The Art of Being Ruled'might be described from some points of view as an infernal Utopia. Rather than Custom, it feels more like an invocation to an unknown deity when Cubans get together?they hold a suspenseful silence until any voice is heard saying or singing something that has nothing to do with the purpose of the meeting.Jose Lezama Lima
"In love affairs, there is no mediator like a merry, simple-hearted child - ever ready to cement divided hearts, to span the unfriendly gulf of Custom, to melt the ice of cold reserve, and overthrow the separating walls of dread formality and pride."anne brontë
He who wants to educate himself in Chess must evade what is dead in Chess...the habit of playing with inferior opponents; the Custom of avoiding difficult tasks; the weakness of uncritically taking over variations or rules discovered by others; the vanity which is self-sufficient; the incapacity for admitting mistakes; in brief, everything that leas to standstill or to anarchy.emanuel lasker
On coming to the house, they (the Magi), saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. (Matthew 2:11) [This] adoration, too, was not the same as the worship of God. In my opinion they did not yet recognize him as God, but they acted in keeping with the Custom mentioned in Scripture, according to which Kings and important people were worshiped; this did not mean more than falling down before them at their feet and honoring them.Martin Luther
How many things, both just and unjust, are sanctioned by Custom!terence
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 maria child
The Christian Religion not only was at first attended with miracles, but even at this day cannot be believed by any reasonable person without one. Mere reason is insufficient to convince us of its veracity: and whoever is moved by Faith to assent to it, is conscious of a continued miracle in his own person, which subverts all the principles of his understanding, and gives him a determination to believe what is most contrary to Custom and experience.David Hume
The heavens themselves, the planets and this centre Observe degree, priority and place, Insisture, course, proportion, season, form, Office and Custom, in all line of order.william shakespeare
Laws are sand, customs are rock.Laws can be evaded and punishment can be escaped, but an openly transgressed Custom brings sure punishment. Page 109
When I am at Rome I fast as the Romans do; when I am at Milan I do not fast. So likewise you, whatever church you come to, observe the Custom of the place, if you would neither give offence to others, nor take offence from them.
When I am at Rome, I fast on a Saturday: when I am at Milan I do not. Do the same. Follow the Custom of the church where you are.
Lastly, all persons were prohibited from marrying during Lent, which Custom is observed to this day; The fast of the ember weeks is borrowed originally from the Jews . The season called the ember weeks consists in three days of strict fasting ...
The old order changeth, yielding place to new; And God fulfils himself in many ways, Lest one good Custom should corrupt the world.
The Custom of the city of London is a matter of fact.
We are more sensible of what is done against Custom than against Nature.
Why, as I told thee, 'tis a Custom with him I' the afternoon to sleep; there thou mayst brain him, Having first seiz'd his books; or with a log Batter his skull, or paunch him with a stake, Or cut his wezand with thy knife. Remember, First to possess his books; for without them He's but a sot, as I am, nor hath not One spirit to command: they all do hate him, As rootedly as I burn but his books.