A Quote by Alfred, Lord TENNYSON on corruption, custom, god, good, life, order, purity, soul, world, and yielding

The old order changeth, yielding place to new, And God fulfills himself in many ways, Lest one good custom should corrupt the world. Comfort thyself: what comfort is in me? I have lived my life, and that which I have done May he within himself make pure! but thou, If thou shouldst never see my face again, Pray for my soul. . . .

Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809 - 1892)

Source: Idylls of the King. The Passing of Arthur.

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift on custom, emptiness, and violence

Seamen have a custom, when they meet a whale, to fling him out an empty tub by way of amusement, to divert him from laying violent hands upon the ship.

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

Source: Preface.

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A Quote by John Stuart Mill on custom and obstacles

The perpetual obstacle to human advancement is custom.

John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)

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A Quote by John Milton on custom, earth, purity, and sleep

Now morn, her rosy steps in th' eastern clime Advancing, sow'd the earth with orient pearl, When Adam wak'd, so custom'd; for his sleep Was aery light, from pure digestion bred.

John Milton (1608 - 1674)

Source: Paradise Lost. Book v. Line 1.

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A Quote by James Keller on art, custom, glory, mortality, and slavery

When conquering proconsuls returned to pagan Rome to celebrate their triumph, custom was to assign each of them a slave whose only function was to remind the conqueror that the greatest human glory passes quickly. This slave would crouch in the victorious warrior's chariot, whispering as the conqueror rode along triumphantly: "Remember . . . remember thou art mortal.

James Keller

Source: Three Minutes by James Keller, M. M., 1950

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A Quote by James I of England on custom and danger

A custom loathsome to the eye, hateful to the nose, harmful to the brain, dangerous to the lungs, and in the black, stinking fume thereof, nearest resembling the horrible Stygian smoke of the pit that is bottomless.

James I (1566 - 1625)

Source: A Counterblast to Tobacco (1604)

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A Quote by Jean Jacques Rousseau on custom and opposites

Take the course opposite to custom and you will almost always do well.

Jacques Rousseau (1712 - 1778)

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A Quote by Hugh W. Nibley on custom and learning

At UCLA I quickly learned the knack of getting grades, a craven surrender to custom, since grades had little to do with learning.

Hugh W. Nibley

Source: "Intellectual Autobiography," p. xxii

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A Quote by George Bernard Shaw on custom, driving, fashion, and people

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

George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)

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A Quote by Sir Francis Bacon on custom, learning, and men

Men commonly think according to their inclinations, speak according to their learning and imbibed opinions, but generally act according to custom.

Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)

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