Quotes for
the Journey:

Tradition

   
  
Tradition is a guide
and not a jailer.

W. Somerset Maugham

   

I love music passionately. And because I love it I try to free it from barren traditions that stifle it.     -Claude Debussy

   

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

   
Every tradition grows ever more venerable - the more remote its origin, the more confused that origin is. The reverence due to it increases from generation to generation. The tradition finally becomes holy and inspires awe.     -Friedrich Nietzsche
   
I'd rather be at the end of a dying tradition which I admire than at the beginning of a tradition which I deplore.     -Margaret Drabble
    
Cultures grow on the vine of tradition.      -Jonah Goldberg
   
The classical person is just a bundle of routine, ideas and tradition.  If you follow the classical pattern, you are understanding the routine, the tradition, the shadow--you are not understanding yourself.     -Bruce Lee
   
When we respect our blood ancestors and our spiritual ancestors, we feel rooted.  If we find ways to cherish and develop our spiritual heritage, we will avoid the kind of alienation that is destroying society, and we will become whole again. . . . Learning to touch deeply the jewels of our own tradition will allow us to understand and appreciate the values of other traditions, and this will benefit everyone.     -Thich Nhat Hanh

    
The bird that would soar above the level plain of tradition and prejudice must have strong wings.     -Kate Chopin
   
The assumption must be that those who can see value only in tradition, or versions of it, deny one's ability to adapt to changing circumstances.     -Stephen Bayley
  
In actual fact, conventions are the death of real tradition as they are of all real life. They are parasites which attach themselves to the living organism of tradition and devour all its reality, turning it into a hollow formality.
     Tradition is living and active, but convention is passive and dead. Tradition does not form us automatically: we have to work to understand it. Convention is accepted passively, as a matter of routine. Therefore, convention easily becomes an evasion of reality. It offers us only pretended ways of solving the problems of living - a system of gestures and formalities. Tradition really teaches us to live and shows us how to take full responsibility for our own lives. Thus tradition is often flatly opposed to what is ordinary, to what is mere routine. But convention, which is a mere repetition of familiar routines, follows the line of least resistance. One goes through an act, without trying to understand the meaning of it all, merely because everyone else does the same. Tradition, which is always old, is at the same time ever new because it is always reviving - born again in each new generation, to be lived and applied in a new and particular way. Convention is simply the ossification of social customs. The activities of conventional people are merely excuses for NOT acting in a more integrally human way. Tradition nourishes the life of the spirit; convention merely disguises its interior decay.     -Thomas Merton
   
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 is an explanation for acting without thinking.     -Grace McGarvie
   

    
A tradition without intelligence is not worth having.     -T.S. Eliot
   
I decided this early on at Justice:  if the traditional way was the most effective way of doing something, then we'd maintain it. But if it was not functioning at optimum levels, we would be doing the country a disservice by continuing to do things "like we've always done them."     -John David Ashcroft
   
Traditions are the guideposts driven deep into our subconscious minds.  The most powerful ones are those we can't even describe and aren't even aware of.     -Ellen Goodman
   
Tradition does not mean a dead town; it does not mean that the living are dead but that the dead are alive. It means that it still matters what Penn did two hundred years ago or what Franklin did a hundred years ago; I never could feel in New York that it mattered what anybody did an hour ago.     -G.K. Chesterton
   
Those who feel guilty contemplating "betraying" the tradition they love by acknowledging their disapproval of elements within it should reflect on the fact that the very tradition to which they are so loyal—the "eternal" tradition introduced to them in their youth—is in fact the evolved product of many adjustments firmly but delicately made by earlier lovers of the same tradition.      -Daniel C. Dennett
  
Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay.     -Jiddu Krishnamurti
   
Building a great tradition is more rewarding than simply having one.     -J.R. Slaughter
   

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