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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
 
Custom
 
A bad custom is like a good cake, better broken than kept.  1
A cake and a bad custom ought to be broken.  French.  2
Bad customs are better broken than kept up.  3
Be a custom good or bad a peasant will have it continue in force.  Spanish.  4
Break the legs of an evil custom (or habit).  5
Conform to common custom and not to common folly.  6
Custom does often reason overrule,
And only serves for reason to the fool.  Rochester.
  7
Custom in infancy becomes nature in old age.  8
Custom is second nature.  Italian, German, Spanish, Dutch.  9
Custom is the guide of the ignorant.  10
Custom is the plague of wise men and the idol of fools.  11
Custom makes all things easy.  12
Custom without reason is but an ancient error.  13
Every country has its custom.  Spanish.  14
Every land has its own custom, every wheel its own spindle.  Portuguese.  15
Follow the customs or fly the country.  Danish.  16
How much of injustice and depravity is sanctioned by custom.  Terence.  17
In each country, its custom.  Don Quixote.  18
It is a custom
More honored in the breach than the observance.  Shakespeare.
  19
National customs are national honors.  Danish.  20
Old custom without truth is but an old error.  21
Once an use and ever a custom.  22
Once is no custom.  French, Dutch.  23
So many countries, so many customs.  Italian, German.  24
The empire of custom is most mighty.  Publius Syrus.  25
Tyrant custom makes a slave of reason.  26
 
 
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