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Tradition Quotes

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Honor tradition AND question tradition.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Related topics: Wisdom Life Human-Nature Psychology

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

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

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

 

What people believe prevails over the truth.
- Sophocles

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Because the more you write the more you're aware of
the weight of your tradition and the difficulties of
the form and the more you have already done that you do not want to do again.
- Tobias Wolff

If a race has no history, if it has no worthwhile tradition,
it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world,
and it stands in danger of being exterminated.
- Carter G. Woodson

Jackass: The Movie is great.
I think it's in the tradition of physical comedy,
which I'm really interested in.
Its relationship to gravity, and how gravity acts on the body.
- Matthew Barney

There's the tradition in jazz of having the Battle of the Bands,
and you do not want to get your head cut when you're playing.
- Wynton Marsalis

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

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

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

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

The literature of women's lives is a tradition of escapees,
women who have lived to tell the tale.
- Phyllis Rose

The Army War College has been a tradition in central Pennsylvania for years.
- Bill Shuster

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

Without words to objectify and categorize our sensations
and place them in relation to one another,
we cannot evolve a tradition of what is real in the world.
- Ruth Hubbard

Lie detection is like language; there is a learning window.
Telling whoppers to small children seems to be a family
tradition in many families.
- Keith Henson

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

The safest general characterization of the European
philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato.
- Alfred North Whitehead

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

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

Countries under foreign command quickly forget their history,
their past, their tradition, their national symbols,
their way of living, often their own literary language.
- Slobodan Milosevic

The human race has had long experience and a fine tradition in surviving adversity.
But we now face a task for which we have little experience,
the task of surviving prosperity.
- Alan Gregg

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

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

In those countries with centuries of a craft tradition
behind their building methods,
techniques are tightly coordinated under the direction of the architect.
- Arthur Erickson

There's a great tradition in storytelling that's thousands of years old,
telling stories about kings and their palaces,
and that's really what I wanted to do.
- Aaron Sorkin

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

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

For 180 years, we voted in English.
That is the true American tradition,
and this amendment is true to our heritage,
not what has existed unnaturally for the last 20 years.
- Spencer Bachus

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

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

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

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

The higher American patriotism, on the other hand,
combines loyalty to historical tradition and precedent
with the imaginative projection of an ideal national Promise.
- Herbert Croly

I believe that all poetry is formal in that it exists within limits,
limits that are either inherited by tradition or limits
that language itself imposes.
- Mark Strand

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

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

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

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


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