Tradition Quotes

Everywhere, authority and tradition have to justify themselves in the face of questions.

Gustav Heinemann

The fate of every democracy, of every government based on the sovereignty of the people, depends on the choices it makes between these opposite principles, absolute power on the one hand, and on the other the restraints of legality and the authority of tradition.

John Acton

All tradition is merely the past.


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


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

Winston Churchill

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

Henry James

Tradition is an explanation for acting without thinking

Grace McGarvie

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

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.

Jacques Barzun

Tradition is the illusion of permanence.

Woody Allen

The ancient Romans had a tradition: whenever one of their engineers constructed an arch, as the capstone was hoisted into place, the engineer assumed accountability for his work in the most profound way possible: he stood under the arch.

Michael Armstrong

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

Arthur M. Schlesinger

Every individual is at once the beneficiary and the victim of the linguistic tradition into which he has been born - the beneficiary inasmuch as language gives access to the accumulated records of other people's experience, the victim in so far as it confirms him in the belief that reduced awareness is the only awareness and as it bedevils his sense of reality, so that he is all too apt to take his concepts for data, his words for actual things.

Aldous Huxley

Works of art and literature should promote humans to reflection. A revolutionary perspective should be evoked and a changing societal awakening formulated in the human mind mired in tradition, myth and many kinds of falsehoods. They demand a form of changing social awakening.

Vellupillai Pirapakaran

I deeply, and widely, believe that performance is a very personal affair, and that one must pursue ones own sense of integrity and remain a little detached from advice and precedent offered by tradition.

Derren Victor Brown
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