Tradition Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old tradition quotes, tradition sayings, and tradition proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

A tradition without intelligence is not worth having.     

T. S. Eliot

Tradition lives because young people come along who catch its romance and add new glories to it.     

Michael Novak

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

Lewis Mumford

Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.     

W. Somerset Maugham

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 about.

G. K. Chesterton

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

Joseph Addison

Tradition may be defined as an extension of the franchise. Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

Tradition is the illusion of permanence.     

Woody Allen

Tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of fire.     

Gustav Mahler

Tradition means taking account of a wonderful history but remembering that everybody today looks to the future.

Michael Kadoorie

Tradition remains alive only when we struggle with it.     

Mieczyslaw Jastrun

Tradition was safety; change was danger.

Mary Doria Russell

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

Allan Bloom

Traditions tell us where we have come from. Scripture itself is a better guide as to where we should now be going.

N.T. Wright

Tradition is a process of debate over what links past, present, and future in a continuity that is meaningful and authoritative.     

Zareena Grewal

Tradition does not mean that the living are dead, but that the dead are living.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

When a tradition gathers enough strength to go on for centuries, you don't just turn it off one day.     

Chinua Achebe

Tradition is a very powerful force.

John P. Kotter

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

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Tradition usually rests upon something which men did know; history is often the manufacture of the mere liar.     

Jefferson Davis

Tradition is a set of solutions for which we have forgotten the problems. Throw away the solution and you get the problem back. Sometimes the problem has mutated or disappeared. Often it is still there as strong as it ever was.     

Donald Kingsbury

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

Ellen Goodman

Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.

Winston Churchill

Tradition is an explanation for acting without thinking.

Grace Mcgarvie

Traditions that have lost their meaning are the hardest of all to destroy.

Edith Wharton

A tradition is kept alive only by something being added to it.     

Henry James

Tradition is a fragile thing in a culture built entirely on the memories of the elders.

Alice Albinia

Tradition will accustom people to any atrocity.     

George Bernard Shaw

Tradition is the social equivalent of personal habit.

Hassan Fathy