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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 that arrogant oligarchy who merely happen to be walking around.
View quotes by Gilbert Keith Chesterton

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.
View quotes by Alfred Brendel

As soon as tradition has come to be recognised as tradition, it is dead.
View quotes by Allan Bloom

But it seems to me that we ended up with the things that were able to fit in what had already been the tradition.
View quotes by David Baker

Following the Romanian tradition, garlic is used in excess to keep the vampires away.
View quotes by Calvin Trillin

The tradition of baseball always has been agreeably free of chivalry. The rule is 'do anything you can get away with'
View quotes by Heywood Broun

Leadership is particularly necessary to ensure ready acceptance of the unfamiliar and that which is contrary to tradition.
View quotes by Cyril Falls

I thought it was just December 25 you were supposed to hand out gifts - we've carried on the tradition to January 2 as well
View quotes by Glen Hoddle

It's like an American tradition. A person gets successful and then he's supposed to change for the worse. It's silly.
View quotes by Barbra Streisand

After an interval of two and a half centuries, the tradition of mystic illumination renewed itself in Italy and Germany.
View quotes by James M Baldwin

Her [Diana's] blood family will do all they can to ensure her sons are not simply immersed by duty and tradition.
View quotes by Charles Spencer

A fundamental problem in such studies stems from the long tradition that has regarded artistic productions as social facts.
View quotes by Norman Denzin

The Christian tradition was passed on to me as a great rich mixture, a bouillabaisse of human imagination and wonder brewed from the richness of individual lives.
View quotes by Mary Bateson

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.
View quotes by Alfred Jarry

In the true sense one's native land, with its background of tradition, early impressions, reminiscences and other things dear to one, is not enough to make sensitive human beings feel at home.

View quotes by Emma Goldman

Think freely and independently or you are a slave bound by imaginary
shackles. These shackles may be wrought by tradition, emotion, neediness, or
fear.
View quotes by Jason Merchey

The political tradition of ancient thought, filtered in Italy by Machiavelli, says one thing clearly: every prince needs allies, and the bigger the responsibility, the more allies he needs.
View quotes by Silvio Berlusconi

There is no true expertise in the humanities without knowing all of the humanities. Art is a vast, ancient interconnected web-work, a fabricated tradition. Over-concentration on any one point is a distortion.
View quotes by Camille Paglia

The ancient Romans had a tradition: whenever one of their engineers constructed an arch, as the capstone was hoisted into place, the engineer assumed accountability for his work in the most profound way possible: he stood under the arch.
View quotes by Michael Armstrong

The few really great - the major novelists... are significant in terms of the human awareness they promote; awareness of the possibilities of life (The Great Tradition)
View quotes by F R Leavis



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