Nature is seldom in the wrong, custom always.
—Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689–1762) English Aristocrat, Poet, Novelist, Writer
Of course poets have morals and manners of their own, and custom is no argument with them.
—Thomas Hardy (1840–1928) English Novelist, Poet
The custom and fashion of today will be the awkwardness and outrage of tomorrow — so arbitrary are these transient laws.
—Alexandre Dumas pere (1802–1870) French Novelist, Playwright
There are not unfrequently substantial reasons underneath for customs that appear to us absurd.
—Charlotte Bronte (1816–1855) English Novelist, Poet