TRADITION QUOTES

quotations about tradition

Tradition quote

Tradition: one of those words conservative people use as a shortcut to thinking.

WARREN ELLIS, Transmetropolitan, Vol. 4: The New Scum

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Tradition is the illusion of permanence.

WOODY ALLEN, Deconstructing Harry

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The bird that would soar above the level plain of tradition and prejudice must have strong wings.

KATE CHOPIN, The Awakening

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Every tradition grows ever more venerable -- the more remote its origin, the more confused that origin is. The reverence due to it increases from generation to generation. The tradition finally becomes holy and inspires awe.

FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE, Human, All Too Human

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No human being is so hide-bound by custom and tradition as your democratic savage; in no state of society consequently is progress so slow and difficult. The old notion that the savage is the freest of mankind is the reverse of the truth. He is a slave, not indeed to a visible master, but to the past, to the spirits of his dead forefathers, who haunt his steps from birth to death, and rule him with a rod of iron. What they did is the pattern of right, the unwritten law to which he yields a blind unquestioning obedience.

JAMES FRAZER, The Golden Bough

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All tradition is merely the past.

JIDDU KRISHNAMURTI, Krishnamurti to Himself

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Tradition may be good or bad.

NOAH WEBSTER, attributed, Day's Collacon

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Tradition, long conditioned thinking, can bring about a fixation, a concept that one readily accepts, perhaps not with a great deal of thought.

JIDDU KRISHNAMURTI, Krishnamurti to Himself

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Every heart that has beat strong and cheerfully has left a hopeful impulse behind it in the world, and bettered the tradition of mankind.

ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON, Virginibus Puerisque

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Cultures grow on the vine of tradition.

JONAH GOLDBERG, National Review Online, August 15, 2001

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Tradition, thou art for suckling children,
Thou art the enlivening milk for babes;
But no meat for men is in thee.

STEPHEN CRANE, The Black Riders and Other Lines

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I'd rather be at the end of a dying tradition, which I admire, than at the beginning of a tradition which I deplore.

MARGARET DRABBLE, attributed, The Situation of the Novel

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As tradition is a gift of the Spirit, its trajectory moves in the right direction, although it has not arrived at its destination.

BRIAN D. MCLAREN, A Generous Orthodoxy

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What we need is search for fundamentals, not reiteration of traditions born in days when men knew even less than we do now.

THOMAS EDISON, interview, "Thomas A. Edison on Immortality", The Columbian Magazine, January 1911

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It is only those who are in constant revolt that discover what is true, not the man who conforms, who follows some tradition. It is only when you are constantly inquiring, constantly observing, constantly learning, that you find truth, God, or love.

JIDDU KRISHNAMURTI, Think on These Things

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The classical man is just a bundle of routine, ideas and tradition. If you follow the classical pattern, you are understanding the routine, the tradition, the shadow -- you are not understanding yourself.

BRUCE LEE, Tao of Jeet Kune Do

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A love of tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril; but the new view must come, the world must roll forward.

WINSTON CHURCHILL, speech, November 29, 1944

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To hide behind culture or tradition to justify anarchy is a gross insult to the very people whose culture or tradition may be paraded to glorify criminal conduct.

MAHENDRA CHAUDHRY, speech, July 15, 2005

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Take the notion of tradition: it is intended to give a special temporal status to a group of phenomena that are both successive and identical (or at least similar); it makes it possible to rethink the dispersion of history in the form of the same; it allows a reduction of the difference proper to every beginning, in order to pursue without discontinuity the endless search for origin.

MICHEL FOUCAULT, The Archeology of Knowledge

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A kind Providence furnishes the limpest personality with a little gum or starch in the form of tradition.

GEORGE ELIOT, Middlemarch

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