Tradition Quotes

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

Society is tradition and order and reverence, not a series of cheap bargains between selfish interests. Poul Anderson

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

Tradition simply means that we need to end what began well and continue what is worth continuing. José Bergamín

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

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

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

Almost always tradition is nothing but a record and a machine-made imitation of the habits that our ancestors created. Walter Lippmann

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