Customs Quotes

Quotes tagged as "customs" (showing 1-30 of 42)
Rick Riordan
“Now, come over here so I can pat you down."
"But you don't have-" Percy stopped. "Uh, sure."
He stood next to the armless statue. Terminus conducted a rigorous mental pat down.
"You seem to be clean," Terminus decided. "Do you have anything to declare?"
"Yes," Percy said. "I declare that this is stupid.”
Rick Riordan, The Son of Neptune

Lemony Snicket
“Santa Claus has nothing to do with it," the latke said. "Christmas and Hanukah are completely different things."

"But different things can often blend together," said the pine tree. "Let me tell you a funny story about pagan rituals.”
Lemony Snicket, The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming: A Christmas Story

“If anyone, no matter who, were given the opportunity of choosing from amongst all the nations in the world the set of beliefs which he thought best, he would inevitably—after careful considerations of their relative merits—choose that of his own country. Everyone without exception believes his own native customs, and the religion he was brought up in, to be the best.”
Herodotus, The Histories

Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips
“The believer is not a slave to fashion.

Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips

Khaled Hosseini
“Hassan and I looked at each other. Cracked up. The Hindi kid would soon learn what the British learned earlier in the century, and what the Russians would eventually learn by the late 1980's: that Afghans are an independent people. Afghans cherish customs but abhor rules. And so it was with kite fighting. The rules were simple: No rules. Fly your kite. Cut the opponents. Good luck.”
Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

Robert A. Heinlein
“Customs tell a man who he is, where he belongs, what he must do. Better illogical customs than none; men cannot live together without them.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Citizen of the Galaxy

George Bernard Shaw
“[H]e is a barbarian, and thinks that the customs of his tribe and island are the laws of nature.”
George Bernard Shaw, Caesar and Cleopatra

Catherynne M. Valente
“Why do you need that thing?" September asked. "None of the airports back home have them."
"They do. You just can't see them right," Betsy Basilstalk said with a grin. "All customs agents have them, otherwise, why would people agree to stand in line and be peered at and inspected? We all live inside the terrible engine of authority, and it grinds and shrieks and burns so that no one will say, lines on maps are silly. Where you live, the awful machinery is smaller, harder to see. Less honest, that's all. Whereas Rupert here? He's as honest as they come. Does what it says on the box.”
Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

Virginia Woolf
“Habits and customs are a convenience devised for the support of timid natures who dare not allow their souls free play.”
Virginia Woolf, The Common Reader

Andy Rooney
“I just wish this social institution [religion] wasn't based on what appears to me to be a monumental hoax built on an accumulation of customs and myths directed toward proving something that isn't true.”
Andy Rooney, Sincerely, Andy Rooney

Mark Twain
“Customs do not concern themselves with right or wrong or reason. But they have to be obeyed; one reasons all around them until he is tired, but he must not transgress them, it is sternly forbidden.”
Mark Twain

“Most men live like raisins in a cake of custom.”
Brand Blanshard

Stephen Moles
“Anubis is associated with the mummification and protection of the dead for their journeys through Denver International Airport to the afterlife. He is usually portrayed as being half human and half jackal, and holding a metal detector in his hand ... Anubis is employed by the Department of Homeland Security to examine the hearts of all travellers to make sure they have not exceeded the weight limit for psychological baggage ... He is also shown frisking mummies and confiscating firearms and other contraband. It doesn't take much to tip the scales in favour of a dead body cavity search or an afterlifetime travel ban.”
Stephen Moles, The Most Wretched Thing Imaginable or, Beneath the Burnt Umbrella

Tom Wolfe
“It got to be an American custom, like talk shows, Face the Nation, marriage counseling, marathon encounters, or zoning hearings.”
Tom Wolfe, Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers

Natasha Pulley
“In Japan, first names are only for who you're married to, or if you're being rude,' the watchmaker explained.”
Natasha Pulley, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

Dan Chaon
“Her name...was Mrs. marina Orlova, and she had grown up in Siberia. Later, she would tell him that she loathed the American custom of constantly smiling: "They are like chimpanzees," she said, in her bitter exclamatory voice. She grimaced, baring her teeth grotesquely. "Eee!" she said. "I smile at you! Eee! It is repulsive.”
Dan Chaon, You Remind Me of Me

Fennel Hudson
“You gotta look backwards to go forwards.”
Fennel Hudson, Traditional Angling - Fennel's Journal - No. 6

William Shakespeare
“What custom wills, in all things should we do't,
The dust on antique time would lie unswept,
And mountainous error be too highly heaped
For truth to o'erpeer.”
William Shakespeare, Coriolanus

Pawan Mishra
“There are things in life that science will never be able to see.”
Pawan Mishra, Coinman: An Untold Conspiracy

“there are signs to find ,understand person who is in love _ in little of sickness or in little success ,or failure ,their eyes ,and heart looks for their lovers .this is for both ,to understand depth of human relationship.which is so strong bonded .”

Hanadi Falki
“India has many customs and rituals that may seem bizarre to anyone not used to its distinctive culture. It is a strange combination of being a young nation as well as an ancient country.”
Hanadi Falki, The Price of Our Silence

Finley Peter Dunne
“I'll now fall back a furlong or two in me chair, while me larned but misguided collagues r-read th' Histhry iv Iceland to show ye how wrong I am. But mind ye, what I 've said goes. I let thim talk because it exercises their throats, but ye 've heard all th' decision on this limon case that'll get into th' fourth reader.' A voice fr'm th' audjeence, ' Do I get me money back ? ' Brown J. : ' Who ar-re ye ? ' Th' Voice : ' Th' man that ownded th' limons.' Brown J. : ' I don't know.' (Gray J., White J., dissentin' an' th' r-rest iv th' birds concurrin' but fr entirely diff'rent reasons.)”
Finley Peter Dunne, Mr. Dooley's Opinions

“... taking some precautions may attract unwanted attention and scrutiny, even if the precautions otherwise succeed in protecting your information. For example, if detected by a border agent, the fact that you wiped your hard drive may prompt the agent to ask why you did so. Even traveling without devices or data that most travelers typically have could attract suspicion and questions.”
Sophia Cope, Digital Privacy at the U.S. Border: Protecting the Data on Your Devices and in the Cloud

Fennel Hudson
“Preserve the spirit of a ‘lost’ age, when time moved slower.”
Fennel Hudson, Traditional Angling - Fennel's Journal - No. 6

Fennel Hudson
“The past informs the present.”
Fennel Hudson, Traditional Angling - Fennel's Journal - No. 6

“there are signs to find ,understand person who is in love _ in little of sickness or in little success ,or failure ,their eyes ,and heart looks for their lovers .this is for both ,to understand depth of human relationship is so strong bonded .”

“He wonders aloud at the origins of valentining.

'You're right,' Rachel says. 'It is a verb. Can be. And birds valentine each other, make mating calls. And usually mate in mid-February. You see?'

'But why Valentine?' asks Zach. 'Why valentining?'

'There were many Saint Valentines,' offers Tasha. 'I don't know what the link is between their martyrdom and love letters.'

Zach is not very interested in the old tradition or the archaic verb. He is not bothered by the mating calls of passerines or the saints named Valentine and their associated symbols—he is merely fishing. Does Rachel think the tradition silly? If he were to send her a valentine, how strange would that be?”
Emma Richler, Be My Wolff

Gabrielle Dubois
“Writing is a solitary pleasure. Reading is a solitary pleasure. Does this mean that the writer and the readers do not like humanity?
On the contrary! Beyond time and space, beyond colors and customs, the writer and the readers share dreams, knowledge, hopes, imagination, and love of mankind.”
Gabrielle Dubois

Anaïs Nin
“The women cannot go out except to go to church or to the bullfight, and even that is unusual. I consider it a very ugly custom, and if I couldn't go out as I wished, I would leave this country [Spain], if only because of that one custom of the inhabitants.”
Anaïs Nin, Linotte: The Early Diary of Anais Nin

J.R.R. Tolkien
“The king was silent. 'Ents!' he said at length. 'Out of the shadows of legend I begin a little to understand the marvel of the trees, I think. I have lived to see strange days. Long we have tended our beasts and our fields, built our houses, wrought our tools, or ridden away to help in the wars of Minas Tirith. And that we called the life of Men, the way of the world. We cared little for what lay beyond the borders of our land. Songs we have that tell of these things, but we are forgetting them, teaching them only to children, as a careless custom. And now the songs have come down among us out of strange places, and walk visible under the Sun.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

« previous 1