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Tradition Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Tradition

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Honor tradition AND question tradition.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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Nothing is ever absolutely "wrong."
"Wrong" is in the cultural tradition of the beholder.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nothing is so firmly believed as what is least known.
- Michel de Montaigne

The most erroneous stories are those
we think we know best -
and therefore never scrutinize or question.
- Stephen Jay Gould

 

Before moving on, you have to clear away your cherished beliefs.
- Dick Raymond

No written law has ever been more binding
than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion.
- Carrie Chapman Catt

Hardly a man in the world has an opinion
upon morals, political, or religion
which he got otherwise than
through his associations and sympathies.
- Mark Twain

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Every generation laughs at the old fashions,
but follows religiously the new.
- Henry David Thoreau

What people believe prevails over the truth.
- Sophocles

The inherent nature of God
is not changed by our individual beliefs,
our religious institutions,
or our communal traditions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What old people say you cannot do,
you try and find that you can.
Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.
- Henry David Thoreau

Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

The greatest harm can result from the best intentions.
- Terry Goodkind

The most dangerous phrase in the language is,
"We've always done it this way."
- Grace Hopper

Re-examine all that you have been told...
dismiss that which insults your soul.
- Walt Whitman

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie,
deliberate, contrived and dishonest,
but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
- John F. Kennedy

Most people don't CHOOSE their value system -
they simply inherit the beliefs of their parents and community.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous
than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Who has fully realized that history
is not contained in thick books
but lives in our very blood?
- Carl Jung

When men are easy in their circumstances,
they are naturally enemies to innovations.
- Joseph Addison

Trumpet in a herd of elephants;
crow in the company of cocks;
bleat in a flock of goats.
- Malayan Proverb

You can't move so fast that you try to change
the mores faster than people can accept it.
That doesn't mean you do nothing,
but it means that you do the things that
need to be done according to priority.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Tradition is the illusion of permanence.
- the Woody Allen movie Deconstructing Harry

We shape our dwellings, and afterwards
our dwellings shape us.
- Winston Churchill

Are creeds such simple things like the clothes
which a man can change at will - and put on at will?
Creeds are such for which people live for ages and ages.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Decide questions without regard for tradition -
one way or the other.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

This overcoming of all the usual barriers
between the individual and the Absolute
is the great mystic achievement.
In mystic states we both become one with the Absolute
and we become aware of our oneness.
This is the everlasting and triumphant mystical tradition,
hardly altered by differences of clime or creed.
- William James

Informed decision-making comes from a long tradition
of guessing and then blaming others for inadequate results.
- Scott Adams

Tradition demands that we not speak poorly of the dead.
- Daniel Barenboim

Do not let spacious plans for a new world
divert your energies from saving
what is left of the old.
- Winston Churchill

Mankind are more disposed to suffer,
while evils are sufferable,
than to right themselves by abolishing
the forms to which they are accustomed.
- Thomas Jefferson

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

Tradition is like a second-hand store.
It is best to sort carefully
between the treasures and the trash.
See everything with new eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Science and technology revolutionize our lives,
but memory, tradition and myth frame our response.
- Arthur M. Schlesinger

Now, the instrumentation in the jazz band and the jazz
dance band has gone through many evolutions.
For instance, in the 'twenties the tradition was two or three saxophones.
- Gerry Mulligan

But, I don't want to assume that our tradition of excellence
is a guarantee of future excellence.
- Dave Heineman

I like the tradition of ordinary men in extraordinary
circumstances and how they react to events which force
them to be heroic in a way that is not in their natures.
- Rob Lowe

I always wanted to be a farmer.
There is a tradition of that in my family.
- Bjork

Darwin's idea of natural selection makes people uncomfortable
because it reverses the direction of tradition.
- Daniel Dennett

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

The American patriots of today continue the tradition
of the long line of patriots before them,
by helping to promote liberty and freedom around the world.
- John Linder

Most painting in the European tradition was painting the mask.
Modern art rejected all that.
Our subject matter was the person behind the mask.
- Robert Motherwell

Dick Clark is an American icon.
I am honored that he has entrusted me with such a role
in this national tradition.
- Ryan Seacrest

Mine is not a traditional music, but it comes from a tradition.
- Tom Chapin

What's great about this country is that America started
the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially
the same things as the poorest.
- Andy Warhol

In the time honored tradition of email,
just ignore the question.
- John Dobbin

The fact that tradition hinders the individual savage
from thinking logically by no means proves that he cannot think logically.
- James M. Baldwin

The tradition of Russian literature is also an eastern
tradition of learning poetry and prose by heart.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

Because it equates tradition with prejudice,
the left finds itself increasingly unable to converse
with ordinary people in their common language.
- Christopher Lasch

In 1979, Alien came out and Sigourney was in it with a bunch a guys.
Nobody at that time expected the woman to be the hero,
so that was a tradition that started.
- Sanaa Lathan

It is tradition in Ireland that you're given money
for your first communion.
- Roma Downey

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

Almost every venerable tradition at a men's club starts out as a joke.
- Joe Bob Briggs

We always had to play the game and play for the team.
It is a Kent tradition.
- Frank Woolley

I hate the rock music tradition.
I can't bear it!
- Brian Eno

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

I would then go on to say that Homer,
as we now know, was working in what they call an oral tradition.
- Robert Fitzgerald

Compared to industry in Europe or Japan,
where industry was based on a craft tradition,
we are sadly behind.
- Arthur Erickson

That's why we're doing this, to defend our traditions a little.
I don't have anything against it (Halloween),
but it's not our tradition.
- Fernando Flores

I think Europeans have enough tradition and respect
for the experience and body of work of an actress that
they don't sell out to the new ones.
- Kathleen Turner

We know that golf is an ancient game with great history and tradition,
but our golf is only 10 years old so don't judge us too harshly.
- Nursultan Nazarbayev

As beautiful as simplicity is, it can become a tradition
that stands in the way of exploration.
- Laura Nyro

The assumption must be that those who can see value only in tradition,
or versions of it, deny man's ability to adapt to changing circumstances.
- Stephen Bayley

Customs do not concern themselves
with right or wrong or reason.
But they have to be obeyed;
one reasons all around them until he is tired,
but he must not transgress them, it is sternly forbidden.
- Mark Twain

For God's sake build not your faith upon Tradition,
'tis as rotten as a rotten Post.
- Nicholas Culpeper

As a Member of Congress, I've continued my family's
tradition of focusing on education.
- Mark Kennedy

We began building this incredible new foundation in this restaurant,
and that's what began giving me the left-hand side
of tradition and the right-hand side,
my new palate.
- Emeril Lagasse

In Europe, there is so much tradition,
and everyone has established ideas as to what art should
be and what it has always been.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

Anybody who had come up with a new concept would have
been under suspicion for being out of step with the
tradition or out of step with the teachings of the church.
- John Templeton

There has been a strong tradition in this country that
it is not the function of the military to educate the
public on political issues.
- J. William Fulbright

You do a James Bond film, you're being part of an anachronism,
a tradition.
- Minnie Driver


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