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Tradition - Quotes


Read the quotes. Discuss them:

  • Do you like them? Which do you agree with, which not? Why?
  • Do you know their authors? Who were / are they? Find out more using the web.
  • Which one you like the best? Why?
  • Discuss them with you partner. Is there some typical logic behind some quotes; are some quotes similar?
  • Which one you find the strangest? Why?
  • Do you know some good quotes about traditions that were not included here? Tell it/them to your classmates.
  • Are quotes about traditions popular? Did you know some of these quotes before you read them here?
  • Are some quotes contradictory? Could you divide these quotes into two opposing groups? What would these groups be like?



Tradition is an explanation for acting without thinking.

~Grace McGarvie


Preserving tradition has become a nice hobby, like stamp collecting.

~Mason Cooley


As soon as tradition has come to be recognized as tradition, it is dead.

~Allan Bloom


Tradition can participate in a creation, but it cannot be creative itself.

~Kenzo Tange


You don't really need modernity in order to exist totally and fully. You need a mixture of modernity and tradition.

~Theodore Bikel


You must be in tune with the times and prepared to break with tradition.

~James Agee


At every crossroads on the path that leads to the future, tradition has placed 10,000 men to guard past on the way to future.

~Maurice Maeterlinck


Often, the less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it.

~Mark Twain


People are always talking about tradition, but they forget we have a tradition of a few hundred years of nonsense and stupidity, that there is a tradition of idiocy, incompetence and crudity.

~Hugo Demartini


Tradition demands that we not speak poorly of the dead.

~Daniel Barenboim


Every generation deals with the breaking down of its tradition.

~Norman Jewison


We don't want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker's dam is the history we make today.

~Henry Ford


We are all part of a tradition, at least we depend on the past.

~Klaus Schulze


Tradition is the illusion of permanance.

~Woody Allen


Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay.

~Jiddu Krishnamurti


Science and technology revolutionize our lives, but memory, tradition and myth frame our response.

~Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.


It takes an endless amount of history to make even a little tradition.

~Henry James


Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.

~William Somerset Maugham


Marriage brings one into fatal connection with custom and tradition, and traditions and customs are like the wind and weather, altogether incalculable.

~Soren Kierkegaard


Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.

~Winston Churchill


Tradition is a prison with majority opinion as the modern jailer.


Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead.

~G. K. Chesterton


Tradition does not mean that the living are dead, it means that the dead are living.

~Harold Macmillan


Imagination continually frustrates tradition; that is its fiction.

~Jules Pfeiffer


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

~Kate Chopin


Traditionalists are pessimists about the future and optimists about the past.

~Lewis Mumford


I'm content to stand on tradition. I'm even more content to wipe my feet on it.

~Aaron Allston


In America nothing dies easier than tradition.

~Russell Baker


Not a single man on earth knows from his own experience the how and where of his birth, only from tradition, which is often very uncertain.

~E. T. A. Hoffmann


People need religion. It's a vehicle for a moral tradition. A crucial role. Nothing can take its place.

~Irving Kristol


Those who can see value only in tradition, or versions of it, deny man's ability to adapt to changing circumstances.

~Stephen Bayley

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