An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





In America nothing dies easier than tradition.


Russell Wayne Baker (1925-, American journalist)


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 (1951-, British design critic)


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


Allan Bloom (1930-1992, American educator, author)


A precedent embalms a principle.


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British statesman, Prime Minister)


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 (1874-1936, British author)


The dead govern the living.


Auguste Comte (1798-1857, French founder of Positivist Philosophy)


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 (1897-1980, American religious leader)


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 (1963-, American actor, musician)


A tradition without intelligence is not worth having.


T. S. Eliot (1888-1965, American-born British poet, critic)


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


T. S. Eliot (1888-1965, American-born British poet, critic)


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


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


R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983, American inventor, designer, poet, philosopher)


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 (1812-1870, Russian journalist, political thinker)


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 (1873-1907, French playwright, author)


Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.


W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965, British novelist, playwright)


Traditionalists are pessimists about the future and optimists about the past.


Lewis Mumford (1895-1990, American social philosopher)


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