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
America has never forgotten — and never will forget — the nobler things that brought her into being and that light her path — the path that was entered upon only one hundred and fifty years ago ... How young she is! It will be centuries before she will adopt that maturity of Custom — the clothing of the grave — that some people believe she is already fitted for.bernard baruch
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 .
Can my fond heart, on such a feeble proof,Embrace a faith, abhorred by him I love?I see too plainly Custom forms us all;Our thoughts, our morals, our most fixed belief,Are consequences of our place of birth:Born beyond Ganges, I had been a Pagan;In France, a Christian; I am here a Saracen :'Tis but instruction, all! Our parents' handWrites on our heart the first faint characters,Which time, re-tracing, deepens into strength,That nothing can efface, but death or Heaven.aaron hill
It had ever been the Custom of the family, and by length of time was almost become a matter of common right, that the eldest son of it should have free ingress, egress, and regress into foreign parts before marriage, — not only for the sake of bettering his own private parts, by the benefit of exercise and change of so much air — but simply for the mere delectation of his fancy, by the feather put into his cap, of having been abroad.Laurence Sterne
I believe what really happens in history is this: the old man is always wrong; and the young people are always wrong about what is wrong with him. The practical form it takes is this: that, while the old man may stand by some stupid Custom, the young man always attacks it with some theory that turns out to be equally stupid.gilbert keith chesterton
The Custom of burning a beneficent god is too foreign to later modes of thought to escape misinterpretation.james frazer
Whoever has overthrown an existing law of Custom has hitherto always first been accounted a bad man : but when, as did happen, the law could not afterwards be reinstated and this fact was accepted, the predicate gradually changed: - history treats almost exclusively of these bad men who subsequently became good men !friedrich nietzsche
For neo-conservatism is a quintessentially Jewish project: a re-sanctification in everyday life of the core values of western civilisation, and the achievement of human potential through virtuous practice. The neo-cons’ crucial insight is that public signals through law, Custom and tradition are the key to getting people to behave well. And that is a Jewish insight.melanie phillips
In each human heart terror survives The ravin it has gorged: the loftiest fear All that they would disdain to think were true: Hypocrisy and Custom make their minds The fanes of many a worship, now outworn. They dare not devise good for man’s estate, And yet they know not that they do not dare.Percy Bysshe Shelley
The Custom of tormenting and killing of beasts will, by degrees, harden their minds even towards men.john locke
It is science alone that can solve the problems of hunger and poverty, of insanitation and illiteracy, of superstition and deadening Custom and tradition, of vast resources running to waste, of a rich country inhabited by starving people... Who indeed could afford to ignore science today? At every turn we have to seek its aid... the future belongs to science and those who make friends with science.jawaharlal nehru
By liberty I mean the assurance that every man shall be protected in doing what he believes his duty against the influence of authority and majorities, Custom and opinion. The State is competent to assign duties and draw the line between good and evil only in its immediate sphere. Beyond the limits of things necessary for its well-being, it can only give indirect help to fight the battle of life by promoting the influences which prevail against temptation, religion, education, and the distribution of wealth.Dalberg-Acton, John, 1st Baron Acton
Age cannot wither her, nor Custom stale her infinite variety.william shakespeare
That monster, Custom, * * * is angel yet in this, That to the use of actions fair and good He likewise gives a frock or livery, That aptly is put on.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 .
Nobody who comes to Poland will be in any danger because of his race. This is not our Custom, as is not pointing out similar incidents in other countries, although we know they take place. In Poland, they're a rarity.
...can claim but one invention as thoroughly original with her - namely, the doctrine of eternal damnation , and one Custom , that of the anathema.