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A precedent embalms a principle.
~ Benjamin Disraeli

 

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A tradition without intelligence is not worth having.
~ T. S. Eliot

 

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

 

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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

 

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In America nothing dies easier than tradition.
~ Russell (Wayne) Baker

 

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

 

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

 

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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

 

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The dead govern the living.
~ Auguste Comte

 

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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

 

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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

 

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Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.
~ W. Somerset Maugham

 

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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.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton

 

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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 Washington.
~ Dorothy Day

 

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

 

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Traditions are the guideposts driven deep in our subconscious minds. The most powerful ones are those we can't even describe and aren't even aware of.
~ Ellen Goodman

 

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