"But you see, I have, let's say, sixty years to live. Most of that time will be spent working. I've chosen the work I want to do. If I find no joy in it, then I'm only condemning myself to sixty years of torture. And I can find the joy only if I do my work in the best way possible to me. But the best is a matter of standards--and I set my own standards. I inherit nothing. I stand at the end of no tradition. I may, perhaps, stand at the beginning of one."
~ The Fountainhead
by Ayn Rand
The bird that would soar above the level plain of tradition and prejudice must have strong wings.
~ The Awakening
by Kate Chopin
"You wanted to look at life for yourself--but you were not allowed; you were punished for your wish. You were ground in the very mill of the conventional!"
~ The Portrait of a Lady
by Henry James
"It saves trouble to be conventional, for you're not always explaining things."
~ Old Rose and Silver
by Myrtle Reed
Thus, cases of injustice, and oppression, and tyranny, and the most extravagant bigotry, are in constant occurrence among us every day. It is the custom to trumpet forth much wonder and astonishment at the chief actors therein setting at defiance so completely the opinion of the world; but there is no greater fallacy; it is precisely because they do consult the opinion of their own little world that such things take place at all, and strike the great world dumb with amazement.
~ Nicholas Nickleby
by Charles Dickens
"I know, my dear Watson, that you share my love of all that is bizarre and outside the conventions and humdrum routine of everyday life. You have shown your relish for it by the enthusiasm which has prompted you to chronicle, and, if you will excuse my saying so, somewhat to embellish so many of my own little adventures."
~ The Red-Headed League
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Often, the less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it.
~ The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
by Mark Twain
Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last.
~ Jane Eyre
by Charlotte Bronte