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date: 23 May 2024


  1. One can't carry one's father's corpse about everywhere.
    Guillaume Apollinaire 1880–1918 French poet: Les peintres cubistes (1965)
  2. Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead.
    G. K. Chesterton 1874–1936 English essayist, novelist, and poet: Orthodoxy (1908) ch. 4
  3. I confess myself to be a great admirer of tradition. The longer you can look back, the farther you can look forward.
    Winston Churchill 1874–1965 British Conservative statesman, Prime Minister 1940–5, 1951–5: speech, March 1944
  4. The tradition of all the dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brain of the living.
    Karl Marx 1818–83 German political philosopher: The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte (1852)
  5. But to my mind,—though I am native here,
    And to the manner born,—it is a custom
    More honoured in the breach than the observance.
    William Shakespeare 1564–1616 English dramatist: Hamlet (1601) act 1, sc. 4, l. 14 (Oxford Standard Authors ed.)
  6. Far from implying the repetition of what has been, tradition presupposes the reality of what endures.
    Igor Stravinsky 1882–1971 Russian composer: Poetics of Music (1947)