Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.


The breach of custom
Is breach of all.
Shakespeare.—Cymbeline, Act IV. Scene 2. (Imogen to Guiderius.)

Custom calls me to ’t;—
What custom wills, in all things should we do ’t?
Shakespeare.—Coriolanus, Act II. Scene 3. (Solus.)

It is a custom,
More honour’d in the breach than the observance.
Shakespeare.—Hamlet, Act I. Scene 4. (Hamlet to Horatio.)

New customs,
Though they be never so ridiculous,
Nay, let them be unmanly, yet are follow’d.
Shakespeare.—King Henry VIII., Act I. Scene 3. (Sands to the Chamberlain.)