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Most men live like raisins in a cake of custom.

BRAND BLANSHARD, attributed, How to Think about Weird Things

If you are determined to live and die a slave to custom, see that it is at least a good one.

E. P. DAY, attributed, Day's Collacon

How many unjust and wicked things are sanctioned by custom.

TERENCE, attributed, Day's Collacon

I cannot draw a distinction as to what length of time will render a practice legal.

C. J. DALLAS, Butt v. Conant, 1828

Custom is the sovereign of mortals and of gods: with its powerful hand it regulates things the most violent.

PINDARUS, attributed, Day's Collacon

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.


The slaves of custom and established mode,
With pack-horse constancy we keep the road
Crooked or straight, through quags or thorny dells,
True to the jingling of our leader's bells.


Custom will often blind one to the good, as well as to the evil effects of any long-established system.


Laws are sand, customs are rock. Laws can be evaded and punishment escaped, but an openly transgressed custom brings sure punishment.

MARK TWAIN, The Gorky Incident

Custom will reconcile people to any atrocity; and fashion will drive them to acquire any custom.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, preface, Killing For Sport

When Fashion hath once Established, what Folly or craft began, Custom makes it Sacred, and 'twill be thought impudence or madness, to contradict or question it.

JOHN LOCKE, First Treatise of Government

The customs of your tribe are not laws of nature.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Caesar and Cleopatra

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