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

Author: Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Profession: British Philosopher, Essayist, Statesman

Custom reconciles us to everything.

Author: Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

Profession: British Political Writer, Statesman

Custom, that unwritten law, By which the people keep even kings in awe.

Author: Charles Davenport


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

Author: Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

Profession: British Novelist, Poet

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

Author: William Hazlitt (1778-1830)

Profession: British Essayist

Customs form us all, our thoughts, our morals, our most fixed beliefs; are consequences of our place of birth.

Author: Aaron Hill (1685-1750)

Profession: British Dramatist

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

Author: David Hume (1711-1776)

Profession: Scottish Philosopher, Historian

The despotism of custom is everywhere the standing hindrance to human advancement.

Author: John Stuart Mill (1806-1873)

Profession: British Philosopher, Economist

Nature is seldom in the wrong, custom always.

Author: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762)

Profession: British Society Figure, Letter Writer

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

Author: Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592)

Profession: French Philosopher, Essayist

Nothing is more powerful than custom or habit.

Author: Ovid

Profession: Roman Poet

Laws are subordinate to custom.

Author: Titus Maccius Plautus

Profession: Roman Comic Poet

Custom is a tyrant.

Author: Proverb


The empire of custom is most mighty.

Author: Publilius Syrus

Profession: Roman Writer

Often, the less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it.

Author: Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Profession: American Humorist, Writer