Tradition Quotes


  • All persons ought to endeavor to follow what is right, and not what is established.
    o Aristotle

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

  • …tradition and custom becomes intertwined and are a strong coercion which directs the society upon fixed lines, and strangles liberty.
    o William Graham Sumner

  • In that the wisdom of the few becomes available to the many, there is progress in human affairs; without it, the static routine of tradition continues.
    o Joseph Jastrow

  • Again men have been kept back as by a kind of enchantment from progress in science by reverence for antiquity, by the authority of men counted great in philosophy, and then by general consent.
    o Francis Bacon

  • Traditionalists are pessimists about the future and optimists about the past.
    o Lewis Mumford

  • Tradition is an important help to history, but its statements should be carefully scrutinized before we rely on them.
    o Joseph Addison

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

  • Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes — our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking around.
    o Gilbert K. Chesterton

  • A precedent embalms a principle.
    o Benjamin Disraeli

  • A tradition without intelligence is not worth having.
    o T.S. Elliot

  • People should think things out fresh and not just accept conventional terms and the conventional way of doing things.
    o T.S. Elliot

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