other times, other manners

The proverb occurs in various forms and languages: cf. PINDAR Fragment ccxxv. (Bowra), ἄλλοτ ̓ ἀλλοῖα φρόνει, think different thoughts at different times; Fr. autres temps, autres mœurs, other times, other customs.

1576 G. PETTIE Petit Palace 34 Other times, other wayes.

1902 A. DOBSON Samuel Richardson iv. Notwithstanding the favourite explanation of ‘other times, other manners’, contemporary critics of Clarissa found very much the same fault with her history as people do to-day.

1945 F. THOMPSON Lark Rise viii. Other days, other ways... The old country midwives did at least succeed in bringing into the world many generations of our forefathers.

1978 G. GREENE Human Factor iv. ii. ‘We used to have better funerals in Africa.’.. ‘Oh well—other countries, other manners.’

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