- One can't carry one's father's corpse about everywhere.
Les peintres cubistes (1965) 1880–1918 French poet:
- Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead.
Orthodoxy (1908) ch. 4 1874–1936 English essayist, novelist, and poet:
- I confess myself to be a great admirer of tradition. The longer you can look back, the farther you can look forward. 1874–1965 British Conservative statesman, Prime Minister 1940–5, 1951–5: speech, March 1944
- The tradition of all the dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brain of the living.
The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte (1852) 1818–83 German political philosopher:
- 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.
Hamlet (1601) act 1, sc. 4, l. 14 (Oxford Standard Authors ed.) 1564–1616 English dramatist:
- Far from implying the repetition of what has been, tradition presupposes the reality of what endures.
Poetics of Music (1947) 1882–1971 Russian composer: