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CUSTOM
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[ Also see Adaptation Conformity Culture Etiquette Fashion Habit Innovation Manners Precedent Society Tradition ]

The tyrant custom, most grave senators,
  Hath made the flinty and steel couch of war
    My thrice-driven bed of down.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Othello the Moor of Venice
         (Othello at I, iii)

New customs,
  Though they be never so ridiculous
    (Nay, let 'em be unmanly), yet are followed.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Sandys at I, iii)

O Kate, nice customs curtsy to great kings.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (King Henry at V, ii)

He is a barbarian, and thinks that the customs of his tribe and island are the laws of nature.
      - George Bernard Shaw

'Tis nothing when you are used to it.
      - Jonathan Swift, Polite Conversation
         (dialogue III)

The old order changeth, yielding place to new;
  And God fulfils himself in many ways,
    Lest one good custom should corrupt the world.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, Passing of Arthur
         (l. 408)

Custom, 'tis true, a venerable tyrant
  O'er servile man extends her blind dominion.
      - James Thomson (1)

Custom is the law of fools.
      - Sir John Vanbrugh (Vanburgh)

Custom does often reason overrule.
      - John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester

Be not so bigoted to any custom as to worship at the expense of truth.
      - Johann Georg von Zimmermann


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