Customs Quotes

Laws are sand, customs are rock. Laws can be evaded and punishment escaped, but an openly transgressed custom brings sure punishment. [The Gorky Incident] - Mark Twain

 

A Cask and an ill custom must be broken. (Jacula Prudentum) - George Herbert

 

By liberty I mean the assurance that every man shall be protected in doing what he believes to be his duty against the influences of authority and majorities, custom and opinion. - John Dalberg [Lord Acton]

 

Nature is seldom in the wrong, custom always. - Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

 

Marriage brings one into fatal connection with custom and tradition, and traditions and customs are like the wind and weather, altogether incalculable. - David Lloyd George

 

But to my mind, though I am native here And to the manner born, it is a custom More honoured in the breach than the observance. - William Shakespeare

 

We must hold a man amenable to reason for the choice of his daily craft or profession. It is not an excuse any longer for his deeds that they are the custom of his trade. What business has he with an evil trade? - Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Every age, every culture, every custom and tradition has its own character, its own weakness and its own strength, its beauties and cruelties; it accepts certain sufferings as matters of course, puts up patiently with certain evils. Human life is reduced to real suffering, to hell, only when two ages, two cultures and religions overlap. - Hermann Hesse

 

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

 

No man ever looks at the world with pristine eyes. He sees it edited by a definite set of customs and institutions and ways of thinking.-Ruth Benedict

 

Now it is evident that a little insight into the customs of every people is necessary to insure a kindly communication; this, joined with patience and kindness, will seldom fail with the natives of the interior.-Charles Sturt

 

Our ideals, laws and customs should be based on the proposition that each generation in turn becomes the custodian rather than the absolute owner of our resources - and each generation has the obligation to pass this inheritance on in the future.-Alberto Moravia

 

Our ports are owned by local governments who are responsible for the ports. It is the Coast Guard and Customs that provide security. The federal government will never outsource our security.-Kit Bond

 

Rather than be asked to abandon one's own heritage and to adapt to the mores of the new country, one was expected to possess a treasure of foreign skills and customs that would enrich the resources of American living.-Rudolf Arnheim

 

Thank God we're going to try to continue and effectively defend our frontiers with the Border Patrol, with the Customs Department, with the Coast Guard, with the Armed Forces.-Barry McCaffrey

 

The customs and fashions of men change like leaves on the bough, some of which go and others come.-Dante Alighieri

 

The law is an adroit mixture of customs that are beneficial to society, and could be followed even if no law existed, and others that are of advantage to a ruling minority, but harmful to the masses of men, and can be enforced on them only by terror.-Peter Kropotkin

 

The Roman Code was merely an enunciation in words of the existing customs of the Roman people.-Henry James Sumner Maine

 

The tide of immigration in Canada has not been as great as along our frontier. They have been able to allow the Indians to live as Indians, which we have not, and do not attempt to force upon them the customs which are distasteful to them.-Nelson A. Miles

 

The way of fortune is like the milkyway in the sky; which is a number of small stars, not seen asunder, but giving light together: so it is a number of little and scarce discerned virtues, or rather faculties and customs, that make men fortunate.-Francis Bacon

 

There will be no lasting peace either in the heart of individuals or in social customs until death is outlawed.-Albert Camus

 

These are busy times for the Border Patrol, the customs agents, immigration folks; but if we are going to send these agencies to fight a war on drugs, to fight a war against illegal behavior, we have to send them the proper tools.-Bob Filner

 

Those who visit foreign nations, but associate only with their own country-men, change their climate, but not their customs. They see new meridians, but the same men; and with heads as empty as their pockets, return home with traveled bodies, but untravelled minds.-Charles Caleb Colton

 

We are victims of evil customs. It is a crime against humanity that our women are shut up within the four walls of the houses as prisoners. There is no sanction anywhere for the deplorable condition in which our women have to live.-Muhammad Ali Jinnah

 

We who have been born and nurtured on this soil, we, whose habits, manners, and customs are the same in common with other Americans, can never consent to - be the bearers of the redress offered by that Society to that much afflicted.-Richard V. Allen

 

We wouldn't turn over our customs service or our border patrol to a foreign government. We shouldn't turn over the ports of the United States, either.-Robert Menendez

 

Yes, we are all different. Different customs, different foods, different mannerisms, different languages, but not so different that we cannot get along with one another. If we will disagree without being disagreeable.-J. Martin Kohe

 

Yet, Puerto Rico's economic convergence and political integration with the rest of the nation is in a state of arrest - even though the island has been within the national borders, political system and customs territory of the U.S. for a century.-Dick Thornburgh

 

A civilization is a heritage of beliefs, customs, and knowledge slowly accumulated in the course of centuries, elements difficult at times to justify by logic, but justifying themselves as paths when they lead somewhere, since they open up for man his inner distance.-Antoine de Saint-Exupery

 

A tendency could not but arise to reconcile with Christian profession a good many modes of life, enjoyments, occupations, social actions and customs, from which the first Christians had recoiled.-Robert Rainy

 

Although Customs and Border Protection analyzes cargo and other information to target specific shipments for closer inspection, it still physically inspects only a small fraction of the containers under its purview.-Mike Fitzpatrick

 

And we had our own laws. I mean, I wrote them. And we had our own customs, and traditions, and proprieties.-James Stockdale

 

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

 

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

 

I always spend time exploring the customs and attitudes of the countries I'm using for locations, and interviewing the people who live there. I've visited over 90 countries thus far.-Sidney Sheldon

 

I don't like people who take drugs... Customs men for example.-Mick Miller

 

I have never smuggled anything in my life. Why, then, do I feel an uneasy sense of guilt on approaching a customs barrier?-John Steinbeck

 

I have often thought of it as one of the most barbarous customs in the world, considering us as a civilized and a Christian country, that we deny the advantages of learning to women.-Daniel Defoe

 

I think it is important also to recognize that our Customs border protection officers who secure our borders and conduct inspections of people in vehicles and cargo are also facing staffing shortages.-Kendrick Meek

 

I think that's because believable action is based on authenticity, and accuracy is very important to me. I always spend time researching my novels, exploring the customs and attitudes of the county I'm using for their setting.-Sidney Sheldon

 

I thought I was benefiting the Indians as well as the government, by taking them all over the United States, and giving them a correct idea of the customs, life, etc., of the pale faces, so that when they returned to their people they could make known all they had seen.-Buffalo Bill

 

If someone were to put a proposition before men bidding them choose, after examination, the best customs in the world, each nation would certainly select its own.-Herodotus

 

If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.-James A. Michener

 

Jews are the intensive form of any nationality whose language and customs they adopt.-Emma Lazarus

 

Last year, customs officials screened only five percent of the 11 million cargo containers entering the United States. That rate is both unacceptable and dangerous to our national and economic interests.-Allyson Schwartz

 

Laws and customs may be creative of vice; and should be therefore perpetually under process of observation and correction: but laws and customs cannot be creative of virtue: they may encourage and help to preserve it; but they cannot originate it.-Harriet Martineau

 

Marriage brings one into fatal connection with custom and tradition, and traditions and customs are like the wind and weather, altogether incalculable.-Soren Kierkegaard

 

Moralities, ethics, laws, customs, beliefs, doctrines - these are of trifling import. All that matters is that the miraculous become the norm.-Henry Miller

 
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