Tradition Proverbs

Sayings about Tradition

The young cannot teach tradition to the old. ~ Beninese Proverb

Follow the customs or flee the country. ~ Zulu Proverb

Custom is the guide of the ignorant. ~ English Proverb

Custom and law are sisters. ~ Slovak Proverb

Customs are stronger than laws. ~ Hebrew Proverb

We must convince by reason, not prescribe by tradition. ~ Cypriot Proverbs

Every community has its own customs and traditions. ~ Filipino Proverbs

As a child, is a man wrapped in his mother’s womb; as an adult, in tradition; comes death, and he is wrapped in earth. ~ Malawian Proverb

Each country’s customs are different, just as each meadow’s grass is different. ~ Mongolian Proverbs

Break the legs of an evil custom. ~ Italian Proverbs

Going into a country the first time, ask what is forbidden; on entering a village, ask what are the customs; on entering a private house, ask what should not be mentioned. ~ Chinese Proverb

Quotations about Tradition

The bird that would soar above the plain of tradition and prejudice must have strong wings. ~ Douglas Adams

Cultures grow on the vine of tradition. ~ Jonah Goldberg

Every heart that has beat strongly and cheerfully has left a hopeful impulse behind it in the world, and bettered the tradition of mankind. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

Tradition is the illusion of permanence. ~ Woody Allen

Sometimes tradition and habit are just that, comfortable excuses to leave things be, even when they are unjust and unworthy. ~ Matthew Scully

Nothing is more powerful than custom or habit. ~ Ovid

Nature is seldom in the wrong, custom always. ~ Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

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

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

People do more from custom than from reason. ~ Author Unknown

Of course poets have morals and manners of their own, and custom is no argument with them. ~ Thomas Hardy

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

Tradition, long conditioned thinking, can bring about a fixation, a concept that one readily accepts, perhaps not with a great deal of thought. ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

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

I was brought up in the great tradition of the late nineteenth century: that a writer never complains, never explains and never disdains. ~ James A. Michener

Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay. ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

Customs and convictions change; respectable people are the last to know, or to admit, the change, and the ones most offended by fresh reflections of the facts in the mirror of art. ~ John Updike

Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition. ~ Jacques Barzun

Tradition is comforting. It’s solemn, steady and unwavering. ~ Will Peebles

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

Laws are subordinate to custom. ~ Titus Maccius Plautus

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

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

Tradition is an important help to history, but its statements should be carefully scrutinized before we rely on them. ~ Joseph Addison

Tradition is the living faith of the dead, traditionalism is the dead faith of the living. And, I suppose I should add, it is traditionalism that gives tradition such a bad name. ~ Jaroslav Pelikan

Tradition is a fine thing. Nothing comes out of the blue, except perhaps thunderbolts and they are not really very useful things. ~ Stacy Aumonier

Tradition may be good or bad. ~ Noah Webster

A precedent embalms a principle. ~ Benjamin Disraeli

The dead govern the living. ~ Auguste Comte

It is of the essence of traditions that they cover or conceal their humble foundations by erecting impressive edifices on them. ~ Leo Strauss

A love of tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril; but the new view must come, the world must roll forward. ~ Winston Churchill

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

Tradition: one of those words conservative people use as a shortcut to thinking. ~ Warren Ellis

Observance of customs and laws can very easily be a cloak for a lie so subtle that our fellow human beings are unable to detect it. ~ Carl Jung

Our American tradition of neighbor helping neighbor has always been one of our greatest strengths and most noble traditions. ~ Ronald Reagan

Marriage brings one into fatal connection with custom and tradition, and traditions and customs are like the wind and weather, altogether incalculable. ~ Soren Kierkegaard

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

The way of the world is to make laws, but follow custom. ~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne

Human beings need to belong to a tradition and equally need to know about the world in which they find themselves. ~ Paula Gunn Allen

Learning to touch deeply the jewels of our own tradition will allow us to understand and appreciate the values of other traditions. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

A kind Providence furnishes the limpest personality with a little gum or starch in the form of tradition. ~ George Eliot

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

When men are oppressed, it’s a tragedy. When women are oppressed, it’s tradition. ~ Letty Cottin Pogrebin

The empire of custom is most mighty. ~ Publilius Syrus

Don’t talk to me about naval tradition. It’s nothing but rum, sodomy and the lash. ~ Winston Churchill

Tradition is a great resistant force and the inertia of history. Yet because it is only negative, it must be destroyed. ~ Friedrich Engels

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

The youth of America is their oldest tradition. It has been going on now for three hundred years. ~ Oscar Wilde

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

You do not understand your own tradition if you do not see it in relation to others. ~ John Searle

All tradition is merely the past. ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

The despotism of custom is everywhere the standing hindrance to human advancement. ~ John Stuart Mill

Custom, then, is the great guide of human life. ~ David Hume

As tradition is a gift of the Spirit, its trajectory moves in the right direction, although it has not arrived at its destination. ~ Brian D. Mclaren

Custom reconciles us to everything. ~ Edmund Burke

Sometimes traditions turn into unwritten rules we don’t want to break. ~ Jay Feeney

People usually think according to their inclinations, speak according to their learning and ingrained opinions, but generally act according to custom. ~ Francis Bacon

Customs form us all. Our thoughts, our morals, our most fixed beliefs are consequences of our place of birth. ~ Aaron Hill

Custom, that unwritten law, by which the people keep even kings in awe. ~ Charles Davenport

Our traditions are who we are. ~ Paul L. Valletta

A tradition is a belief or behavior passed down within a group or society with symbolic meaning or special significance with origins in the past.~ Wikipedia (Read full article!)

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