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Tradition is not to preserve the ashes, but to pass on the fire.

Gustav Mahler

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

Robert Louis Stevenson

Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but religiously follows the new.

Henry David Thoreau

In America nothing dies easier than tradition.

Russell Baker

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

James Agee

It cannot be inherited, and if you want it you must obtain it by great labor.

T. S. Eliot

Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.

W. Somerset Maugham

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

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

Lewis Mumford

Our tradition of political thought had its definite beginning in the teachings of Plato and Aristotle. I believe it came to a no less definite end in the theories of Karl Marx.

Hannah Arendt

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

Arthur M. Schlesinger

He who would be a man must therefore be a non-conformist.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Scott Adams

A tradition without intelligence is not worth having.

T. S. Eliot

People are always afraid of the unknown - and banding together against the Thing That Is Different From Us is a time-honoured tradition for rallying the masses.

Jodi Picoult

The dead govern the living.

Auguste Comte

Anything well written with good language and clarity and honesty is worth doing. It comes out of the same tradition as Shakespeare.

Michael Moriarty

I like the catholicity in time: our tradition is one of 2,000 years.

Hans Kung

The only way to be true to our American tradition is to maintain absolute governmental neutrality regarding religious beliefs and practices.

Bill Bradley

I'm an old-fashioned guy... I want to be an old man with a beer belly sitting on a porch, looking at a lake or something.

Johnny Depp

What greater reassurance can the weak have than that they are like anyone else?

Eric Hoffer

We have a long tradition in this state of caring for our neighbors - it is truly an Iowa value.

Thomas Vilsack

A precedent embalms a principle.

Benjamin Disraeli

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

Henry James

I felt there's a wealth in Jewish tradition, a great inheritance. I'd be a jerk not to take advantage of it.

Herman Wouk

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

Irving Kristol

It is characteristic of the epistemological tradition to present us with partial scenarios and then to demand whole or categorical answers as it were.

Avrum Stroll

Conventional people are roused to fury by departure from convention, largely because they regard such departure as a criticism of themselves.

Bertrand Russell

Tradition wears a snowy beard, romance is always young.

John Greenleaf Whittier

My visit this autumn is an opportunity to continue that rich tradition of visits between Canterbury and Rome.

Rowan Williams

You can count on one hand the number of Novus Ordo churches in this country that feature a fully Catholic music program of any quality, consistent with the Roman rite tradition.

Richard Morris

Tradition can, to be sure, participate in a creation, but it can no longer be creative itself.

Kenzo Tange

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

Tom Chapin

Almost every venerable tradition at a men's club starts out as a joke.

Joe Bob Briggs

I decided that the University of Sussex in Brighton was a good place for this work because it had a strong tradition in bacterial molecular genetics and an excellent reputation in biology.

Paul Nurse

But an innovation, to grow organically from within, has to be based on an intact tradition, so our idea is to bring together musicians who represent all these traditions, in workshops, festivals, and concerts, to see how we can connect with each other in music.

Yo-Yo Ma

Whether he is aware of it or not, every human being dwells in tradition and history. Human memory is this constant dwelling in tradition. It constitutes that fundamental human characteristic of historicity.

Medard Boss

Tradition! We scarcely know the word anymore. We are afraid to be either proud of our ancestors or ashamed of them. We cling to a bourgeois mediocrity which would make it appear we are all Americans, made in the image and likeness of George Washington.

Dorothy Day

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

Ryan Seacrest

What everybody misses here is that we are doing the same thing my father did. He licensed and litigated and protected his property, and we have to follow the same tradition, because the way the law reads, if you don't protect it, you lose it.

Dexter S. King

I'm always told that what I say is controversial. Why is it controversial? Because I speak from a tradition that has now fallen out of favor with the dominant media in this country. And so when I say things like marriage should be between one man and one woman, I'm called a bigot.

Rick Santorum

It's kind of a tradition that you get a rookie, put him in the middle, wrap your arms and legs around him, then douse him with everything you can get a hold of - shaving cream, ketchup, mustard, everything. It's kind of like a pie in the face after a guy is successful.

Gary Carter

I am keeping with tradition today. After I learned of my Golden Globe nomination, I went to the dentist, so today, let's make it the orthodontist.

Frankie Muniz

I suggest that what we want to do is not to leave to posterity a great institution, but to leave behind a great tradition of journalism ably practiced in our time.

Henry R. Luce

Leadership is particularly necessary to ensure ready acceptance of the unfamiliar and that which is contrary to tradition.

Cyril Falls

If I belong to a tradition, it is a tradition that makes the masterpiece tell the performer what to do, and not the performer telling the piece what it should be like, or the composer what he ought to have composed.

Alfred Brendel

What are you going to do to preserve a tradition that is the peculiar and unique culture that Judaism inculcates? The American Jewish community is not going to survive by lining up against its common enemy.

Arthur Hertzberg

Tradition demands that we not speak poorly of the dead.

Daniel Barenboim

Poetry is a special use of language that opens onto the real. The business of the poet is truth telling, which is why in the Celtic tradition no one could be a teacher unless he or she was a poet.

Huston Smith

Don't talk to me about aesthetics or tradition. Talk to me about what sells and what's good right now. And what the American people like is to think the underdog still has a chance.

George Steinbrenner

Certainly going back to Sherlock Holmes we have a tradition of forensic science featured in detective stories.

Jeffery Deaver

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

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.

G. K. Chesterton

People should think things out fresh and not just accept conventional terms and the conventional way of doing things.

Richard Buckminster Fuller

There is nothing in the world more stubborn than a corpse: you can hit it, you can knock it to pieces, but you cannot convince it.

Alexander Herzen

Why can't somebody give us a list of things that everybody thinks and nobody says, and another list of things that everybody says and nobody thinks.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

To keep up even a worthwhile tradition means vitiating the idea behind it which must necessarily be in a constant state of evolution: it is mad to try to express new feelings in a mummified form.

Alfred Jarry

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

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

The president welcomes peaceful protests - it is a time-honored tradition. The president agrees violence is not the answer in Iraq, and that's why he hopes Saddam Hussein will disarm.

Ari Fleischer

Because it's not only that a child is inseparable from the family in which he lives, but that the lives of families are determined by the community in which they live and the cultural tradition from which they come.

Bernice Weissbourd

Sometimes it is easy... to enhance your prestige by not exercising your responsibility, but that's not been the tradition of the court.

Anthony Kennedy

Another term for preventive war is aggressive war - starting wars because someday somebody might do something to us. That is not part of the American tradition.

Ron Paul

'm thrilled to be joining the incredible team at ABC News. Being asked to anchor 'This Week' and the superb tradition started by David Brinkley, is a tremendous and rare honor, and I look forward to discussing the great domestic and international issues of the day.

Christiane Amanpour

To have the opportunity to lead the Solicitor General's office is the honor of a lifetime. As you know, this is an office with a long and rich tradition, not only of extraordinary legal skill but also of extraordinary professionalism and integrity. That is due, in large measure, to the people who have led it.

Elena Kagan

And I am also here to say that if something were to happen, we are prepared to respond swiftly, to respond effectively, and to respond strongly. That is our tradition as a country. And that is a tradition that we will uphold, regardless of any circumstance because this nation is one that is very, very strong and, indeed, extraordinarily resilient.

Janet Napolitano

It was easy to persecute me without people feeling ashamed. It was easy to vilify me and project me as a woman who was not following the tradition of a 'good African woman' and as a highly educated elitist who was trying to show innocent African women ways of doing things that were not acceptable to African men.

Wangari Maathai

I've always loved musical theater. It's a bit of a family tradition.

Trey Anastasio

I don't mind the sparkle - I think it's kind of a tradition in skating. I don't think the men really need sparkles, but for the women it's part of the glamour of our sport.

Kristi Yamaguchi

I think we fool ourselves and really negate a great deal of history if we think that the oral history of poetry is shorter than the written history of poetry. It's not true. Poetry has a longer oral tradition than it does written.

Saul Williams

The Sparks have always been committed to success and making the right moves to build upon their rich tradition in the WNBA.

Candace Parker

The tradition in Serbia has always been team sports - football, basketball, handball, volleyball and water polo, individual sports are not supported.

Novak Djokovic

An auctioneer is such a uniquely American thing. I keep thinking in my head, perhaps it's not as American as I think, but it feels so Southern. It feels so American. Like, hundreds of years of American tradition is involved in it.

Jack White

Tradition is the illusion of permanance.

Woody Allen

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

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

Harold MacMillan

The long-established and noble rule of Law, one of the greatest products of the character and tradition of British history, has suffered a deadly blow. Blackmail has become respectable.

Robert Menzies

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

Testimony is an integral part of the Black religious tradition. It is the occasion where the believer stands before the community of faith in order to give account of the hope that is in him or her.

James Hal Cone

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

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

John Dobbin

We use a Native American tradition of the talking stick. You sit and pass it around and whoever has the stick has to talk. Some people just hold it. Others really share.

Lisa Bonet

The cause of the break with the tradition of antiquity was the rapid and unexpected advance of Islam. The result of this advance was the final separation of East from West, and the end of the Mediterranean unity.

Henri Pirenne

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

Laura Nyro

Everything Sholom Aleichem talks about in his plays and his short stories is about people, family, man's relationship with his God, the breaking down of tradition.

Norman Jewison

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

Theodore Bikel

I say it is indispensable to look ahead of and behind oneself in the present. If there is such a thing as tradition, and I believe there is, it can only exist in the sense of the most profound movements of culture.

Robert Delaunay

Every generation deals with the breaking down of its tradition, and I think that they rediscovered the film.

Norman Jewison

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

Gustav Heinemann

In revolt against this new and very evil thing came the republicanism of the eighteenth century, inspired and directed in large measure by members of the fast perishing aristocracy of race, character and tradition.

Ralph Adams Cram

I know there's some kind of history to mountain music-like it came from Ireland or England or Scotland and we kept up the tradition.

Loretta Lynn

First, it doesn't surprise me that traditional music has experienced a kind of exhaustion in the 20th century - not forgetting that many musicians started to look outside the traditional structures of tonality.

Pierre Schaeffer

With honesty of purpose, balance, a respect for tradition, courage, and, above all, a philosophy of life, any young person who embraces the historical profession will find it rich in rewards and durable in satisfaction.

Samuel E. Morison

The epic poet has behind him a tradition of matter and a tradition of style; and that is what every other poet has behind him too; only, for the epic poet, tradition is rather narrower, rather more strictly compelling.

Lascelles Abercrombie

Traditional matter must be glorified, since it would be easier to listen to the re-creation of familiar stories than to quite new and unexpected things; the listeners, we must remember, needed poetry chiefly as the re-creation of tired hours.

Lascelles Abercrombie

There's something about doing theatre in London - it sinks a little bit deeper into your soul as an actor. It's something about the tradition of theatre, about performing on the West End stage.

Christian Slater

This is what Hollywood tends to do. It tends to disregard tradition, history and anything factual, twisting it and turning it and making it all okay regardless of what the English may think of it.

Christian Slater

What is the source of all this trouble? I'm saying that the source is basically in thought. Many people would think that such a statement is crazy, because thought is the one thing we have with which to solve our problems. That's part of our tradition.

David Bohm

We still have a tradition certainly in English television; it's faded a bit in the last five years, but we still have a tradition where the important thing is the quality and the challenging nature of the programming.

Rowan Atkinson

Now, if King Crimson accepts responsibility for innovating its own tradition, you can't accept responsibility for the audience. And there is an enormous tangible weight of expectation, which comes from an audience attending a King Crimson concert.

Robert Fripp

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