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
Philosophy complains that Custom has hoodwinked us, from the first; that we do everything by Custom, even Believe by it; that our very Axioms, let us boast of Free-thinking as we may, are oftenest simply such Beliefs as we have never heard questioned. Nay, what is Philosophy throughout but a continual battle against Custom; an ever-renewed effort to transcend the sphere of blind Custom, and so become Transcendental?thomas carlyle
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
The old order changeth, yielding place to new, And God fulfils himself in many ways, Lest one good Custom should corrupt the world.Tennyson
I hope in time 'twill grow into a Custom That noblemen shall come with cap and knee To purchase a night's lodging of their wives. 895john webster
Fashion is Custom in the guise of departure from Custom.edward sapir
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
Bourguiba on Ramadan's effect on Tunisia"stagnation, weakness and decadence" "beautiful Custom" "pretext that paralyzes our activity. Bourguiba quoting the Prophet Muhammed - "Break the fast, and you will be stronger to confront the enemy." "humiliating backward condition of our country."habib bourguiba
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
For myth changes while Custom remains constant; men continue to do what their did before them, though the reasons on which their fathers acted have been long forgotten.The history of religion is a long attempt to reconcile old Custom with new reason, to find a sound theory for an absurd practice.james frazer
Is it not the glory of the people of America, that, whilst they have paid a decent regard to the opinions of former times and other nations, they have not suffered a blind veneration for antiquity, for Custom, or for names, to overrule the suggestions of their own good sense, the knowledge of their own situation, and the lessons of their own experience? To this manly spirit, posterity will be indebted for the possession, and the world for the example, of the numerous innovations displayed on the American theatre, in favor of private rights and public happiness.james madison
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
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.
If any of you ever go into the pulpit "simply upon the cold legs of Custom," be very careful to take a manuscript with you. But if you go to speak to the assembly because your mind is full of the truth, and you long to impart that truth to them, for their sake and for God's sake, then charge your mind with it, and speak with all the force you can give it, without any notes.
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
The laws of conscience, which we pretend to be derived from nature, proceed from Custom.Michel de Montaigne
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.
I have very poor and unhappy brains for drinking* I could wish courtesy would invent some other Custom of entertainment.william shakespeare
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
The Custom of procuring abortions has reached such appalling proportions in America as to be beyond belief...So great is the misery of the working classes that seventeen abortions are committed in every one hundred pregnancies.
It is the gods ' Custom to bring low all things of surpassing greatness .
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