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Custom Constraints Nature (1)

The most important affair in life is the choice of a calling; chance decides it. Custom makes men masons, soldiers, slaters. «He is a good slater», says one, and, speaking of soldiers, remarks, «They...

Our Natural Principles (2)

What are our natural principles but principles of custom? In children they are those which they have received from the habits of their fathers, as hunting in animals. A different custom will cause d...

Custom is the Great Guide of Human Life (3)

There is no man so young and unexperienced, as not to have formed, from observation, many general and just maxims concerning human affairs and the conduct of life; but it must be confessed, that, whe...


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