The greater part of the world has, properly speaking, no history, because the despotism of Custom is complete. This is the case over the whole East. Custom is there, in all things, the final appeal; justice and right mean conformity to custom; the argument of custom no one, unless some tyrant intoxicated with power, thinks of resisting. And we see the result. Those nations must once have had originality; they did not start out of the ground populous, lettered, and versed in many of the arts of life; they made themselves all this, and were then the greatest and most powerful nations in the world. What are they now? The subjects or dependants of tribes whose forefathers wandered in the forests when theirs had magnificent palaces and gorgeous temples, but over whom custom exercised only a divided rule with liberty and progress.
John Stuart Mill
A convention is a social pattern we have chosen to prefer over whatever the raw world simply proffers. It is a sign of the operation of the mind, drawing the assent of a sufficient number of other minds so that the agreement will be widely operative. A convention is not a custom; a custom is a habit in which a sufficient number acquiesce. A custom can appear as a convention, but it is really a lesser act, the result of passive acceptance rather than of the imposition of design. It is the difference between learning to live by the annual flooding of the river or by a calendar.
A. Bartlett Giamatti
We are finally entering an exciting time in medicine where we have the technology to custom-tailor treatment and preventive protocols just as we'd custom-tailor a suit or designer gown to one's individual body. But it all begins with you. You have to know yourself in a manner that you've probably never done before.
If custom is to avail for proof of soundness, we too, surely, may advance our prevailing custom; and if they reject this, we are surely not bound to follow theirs. Let the inspired Scripture, then, be our umpire, and the vote of truth will surely be given to those whose dogmas are found to agree with the Divine words.
Gregory of Nyssa
The prejudice of unfounded belief often degenerates into the prejudice of custom, and becomes at last rank hypocrisy. When men, from custom or fashion or any worldly motive, profess or pretend to believe what they do not believe, nor can give any reason for believing, they unship the helm of their morality, and being no longer honest to their own minds they feel no moral difficulty in being unjust to others.
Once upon a time there was a great queen who, having given birth to twin daughters, invited twelve fairies who lived nearby to come and bestow gifts upon them, as was the custom in those days. Indeed, it was a very useful custom, for the power of the fairies generally compensated for the deficiencies of nature. Sometimes, however, they also spoiled what nature had done its best to make perfect, as we shall soon see. ("Green Serpent")
Were the judgments of mankind correct, custom would be regulated by the good. But it is often far otherwise in point of fact; for, whatever the many are seen to do, forthwith obtains the force of custom. But human affairs have scarcely ever been so happily constituted as that the better course pleased the greater number. Hence the private vices of the multitude have generally resulted in public error, or rather that common consent in vice which these worthy men would have to be law.
The whole drift of our law is toward the absolute prohibition of all ideas that diverge in the slightest form from the accepted platitudes, and behind that drift of law there is a far more potent force of growing custom, and under that custom there is a natural philosophy which erects conformity into the noblest of virtues and the free functioning of personality into a capital crime against society.
H. L. Mencken
I've always dreamed of creating a limited edition streetcar... Ford's Mustang is an extraordinary platform for a custom muscle car. We wanted to stay true to what makes the Mustang special but, to create a distinctive new look, we revised the styling cues to include a custom front grille and hood, new front and rear fascias, added some discreet scoops and lowered the stance.
There is very little real liberty in the world; even those who seem freest are often the most tightly bound. Law, custom, public opinion, fear or shame make slaves of us all, as you will find when you try your experiment," said Tempest with a bitter smile. Law and custom I know nothing of, public opinion I despise, and shame and fear I defy, for everyone has a right to be happy in their own way.
Louisa May Alcott
The worst aspect of dating from the perspective of many men is how dating can feel to a man like robbery by social custom - the social custom of him taking money out of his pocket, giving it to her, and calling it a date. To a young man, the worst dates feel like being robbed and rejected. Boys risk death to avoid rejection (e.g., by joining the Army
HERE'S THE THING AS IN YOUR DREAM<BR /> HEAR RINGING VOICES IN BETWEEN<BR /> YOU PICK THIS TIME TO PLAY<BR /> AND YOU HAVE TO HAVE YOUR WAY<BR /> <BR /> GOT YOUR MASTERPIECE<BR /> BUT YOU DON'T SEEM PLEASED<BR /> 'COURSE EVERYTHING IS CUSTOM MADE<BR /> YOU'VE WRAPPED THE WORLD AROUND YOUR FINGER<BR /> <BR /> THE DREAMS AIN'T GONE AN ENDLESS TOWER<BR /> HAS YOUR SPRING TURNED INTO WINTER<BR /> YOU'RE FROZEN COLD, A ONE MAN SHOW<BR /> <BR /> BUT WHO IS WATCHING?<BR /> IS NO ONE WATCHING?<BR /> <BR /> <BR /> <BR /> NOW YOU GOT IT<BR /> EVERYTHING YOU'VE ASKED<BR /> MADE YOUR BRIDGES<BR /> SO WHY YOU'RE TURNING BACK?<BR /> <BR /> MY GOALS WON'T FIT YOUR TRUE<BR /> YOUR HEAD'S TOO HEAVY TOO<BR /> COULD I GIVE YOU NOW, STILL I HIM<BR /> <BR /> 'CAUSE EVERYTHING IS CUSTOM MADE<BR /> YOU'VE WRAPPED THE WORLD AROUND YOUR FINGER<BR /> WAS IT ALL A BIG MISTAKE?<BR /> HAS YOUR SPRING TURNED INTO WINTER<BR /> <BR /> YOU'RE IN CONTROL, A ONE MAN SHOW<BR /> BUT WHO IS WATCHING?<BR /> IS NO ONE WATCHING?<BR /> <BR /> 'CAUSE EVERYTHING IS CUSTOM MADE<BR /> YOU'VE WRAPPED THE WORLD AROUND YOUR FINGER<BR /> YOU CLAMED THE FAITH, TURNED OUT A SHAME<BR /> <BR /> HAS YOUR SPRING TURNED INTO WINTER?<BR /> YOU HAVE THE WRONG ONE MAN SHOW<BR /> BUT NO ONE'S WATCHING<BR /> <BR /> NO NO ONE'S WATCHING, NO NO ONE'S WATCHING<BR /> NO NO ONE'S WATCHING, NO NO ONE'S WATCHING<BR /> NO NO ONE'S WATCHING, NO NO ONE'S WATCHING<BR /> NO NO ONE'S WATCHING<BR /> <BR /> AND YOU CAN'T GO BACK<BR /> AND YOU CAN'T COME BACK<BR /> AND YOU CAN'T COME BACK<BR /> <BR /> BUT WHO IS WATCHING<BR /> IS NO ONE WATCHING?<BR /> NO ONE'S WATCHING, OH NO
Armin Van Buuren F/
A properly educated leader, especially when harassed and under pressure, will know from his study of history and the classics that circumstances very much like those he is encountering have occurred from time to time on this earth since the beginning of history. He will avoid the self-indulgent error of seeing himself in a predicament so unprecedented, so unique, as to justify his making an exception to law, custom or morality in favor of himself. The making of such exceptions has been the theme of public life throughout much of our lifetimes. For twenty years, we've been surrounded by gamesmen unable to cope with the wisdom of the ages. They make exceptions to law and custom in favor of themselves because they choose to view ordinary dilemmas as unprecedented crises.
James B. Stockdale