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"We pray to be conventional. But the wary Heaven takes care that we shall not be, if there is anything good in you." EMERSON.

"Since custom is the principal magistrate of man's life, let men by all means endeavor to obtain good customs." BACON.

"Custom is most perfect when it beginneth in young years." BACON.

"If a man on the Sabbath day receive circumcision, that the law of Moses should not be broken; are ye amazed at me, because I have made a man every whit whole on the Sabbath day?

"Judge ye not according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment." JOHN, 7. 23, 24.

"And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own traditions." MARK, 7. 9.


Smiles: Character. Chap. 3.
Emerson: Manners.

Bacon: Of Custom and Education.
Ecclesiastes, 1. 2.


1. Far more than we realize we are creatures of custom. The style of our clothing, the type of our houses, our food, our amusements, our kind of education, our religion, are taken by most of us from the customs of our time and country.

Many customs and styles had a use and meaning originally which now have been lost.

Why does a Prince Albert coat have buttons on the back?

Why do tailors usually put a notch in the collar of the coat?

Why are most people in Italy Roman Catholics; in England Protestants? Is the difference one of character?

2. There are certain advantages usually found in following the customs of our fellows:

(a). Probably the customs are, or at any rate have been, wise, the result of experience. For example, our houses and clothing are adapted to our climate and to the season of the year. The food which we customarily use is, probably, under most circumstances, healthful.

(b). If one does not follow the usual style he is looked upon as odd. He will be ridiculed. The city boy is likely to laugh at the country boy as boorish and uncultivated. The fact is, the customs of the country boy are just as good and just as sensible, but they are different. If the city boy goes to the country and attempts to play the

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