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Customs and convictions change; respectable people are the last to know, or to admit, the change, and the ones most offended by fresh reflections of the facts in the mirror of art.

John Updike (1932-?) American writer.

People usually think according to their inclinations, speak according to their learning and ingrained opinions, but generally act according to custom.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626) British statesman and philosopher.

Custom reconciles us to everything.

Edmund Burke (1729-1797) British political writer.

Of course poets have morals and manners of their own, and custom is no argument with them.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) British novelist, short story writer, and poet.

Without the aid of prejudice and custom, I should not be able to find my way across the room.

William Hazlitt (1778-1830) British essayist.


Custom, then, is the great guide of human life.

David Hume (1711-1776) Scottish philosopher, economist and historian.

The way of the world is to make laws, but follow custom.

Montaigne (1533-1592) French philosopher and essayist.

Nothing is more powerful than custom or habit.

Ovid (BC 43-AD 18) Roman poet.

Custom is a tyrant.


The empire of custom is most mighty.

Publilius Syrus (1st Centry BC-?) Roman writer and poet.