Quotes and Sayings about Tradition



"Traditional matter must be glorified, since it would be easier to listen to the re-creation of familiar stories than to quite new and unexpected things; the listeners, we must remember, needed poetry chiefly as the re-creation of tired hours."
- Lascelles Abercrombie
(Related: Poetry)

"The epic poet has behind him a tradition of matter and a tradition of style; and that is what every other poet has behind him too; only, for the epic poet, tradition is rather narrower, rather more strictly compelling."
- Lascelles Abercrombie
(Related: Style, Tradition)

"The fate of every democracy, of every government based on the sovereignty of the people, depends on the choices it makes between these opposite principles, absolute power on the one hand, and on the other the restraints of legality and the authority of tradition."
- John Acton
(Related: Government, Power, People, Authority, Choices, Democracy, Fate, Principles, Tradition)

"Far from being the product of a democratic revolution and of an opposition to English institutions, the constitution of the United States was the result of a powerful reaction against democracy, and in favor of the traditions of the mother country."
- John Acton
(Related: Mother, Being, Constitution, Country, Democracy, English, Revolution, Opposition, Result, states, Traditions, United)

"If I have smashed the traditions, it was because I knew no traditions."
- Maude Adams
(Related: Traditions)

"Informed decision-making comes from a long tradition of guessing and then blaming others for inadequate results."
- Scott Adams
(Related: Decision, Results, Tradition)

"You must be in tune with the times and prepared to break with tradition."
- James Agee
(Related: Tradition)

"All sport... is one of the few activities where young people can proceed along traditional avenues, where objectives are clear, where the desire to win is not only permissible, but encouraged."
- Spiro T. Agnew
(Related: People, Desire, Objectives)

"I'm a traditionalist. I have certain values I live by."
- Danny Aiello
(Related: Values)

"I oppose any attempt to grant homosexual unions the same legal privileges that civil government affords to traditional marriage and family life."
- Todd Akin
(Related: Family, Government, Legal, Life, Marriage)

"Traditionally art is to create and not to revive. To revive: leave that to the historians, who are looking backward."
- Josef Albers
(Related: Art, Historians)

"To be a winner of that, and to fall in the long line of traditional great backs at USC, to have your name in perpetuity, the fact that your parents are like icons... that's the greatest thing."
- Marcus Allen
(Related: Fact, Name, Parents)

"Tradition is the illusion of permanance."
- Woody Allen
(Related: Illusion, Tradition)

"I'm content to stand on tradition. I'm even more content to wipe my feet on it."
- Aaron Allston
(Related: Content, Feet, Tradition)

"I am very proud of what we have built in Spain, because it is not a traditional Formula 1 country. I think we have found passionate fans, and built up a strong culture for the sport - and things are improving every day, with more and more people getting interested."
- Fernando Alonso
(Related: People, Country, Culture, Day, Fans, Formula, Spain)

"'m thrilled to be joining the incredible team at ABC News. Being asked to anchor 'This Week' and the superb tradition started by David Brinkley, is a tremendous and rare honor, and I look forward to discussing the great domestic and international issues of the day."
- Christiane Amanpour
(Related: Being, Day, Honor, News, Tradition)

"When you look at Japanese traditional architecture, you have to look at Japanese culture and its relationship with nature. You can actually live in a harmonious, close contact with nature - this very unique to Japan."
- Tadao Ando
(Related: Nature, Architecture, Culture)

"Japanese traditional architecture is created based on these conditions. This is the reason you have a very high degree of connection between the outside and inside in architecture."
- Tadao Ando
(Related: Architecture, Connection, Reason)

"I was always in trouble from an early age. I had a fraught relationship with my parents, who were very traditional. Doing plays at school was a joyous release."
- Naveen Andrews
(Related: Age, Parents, School, Trouble)

"I don't like traditions, I am very personal, very independent, I don't like intimate ladies, I mean in German lieder there's a lot of copy, a lot of imitation, a lot of tradition, and this I have put it aside."
- Victoria de los Angeles
(Related: Ladies, Imitation, Tradition, Traditions)

"It is my contention that civil disobediences are nothing but the latest form of voluntary association, and that they are thus quite in tune with the oldest traditions of the country."
- Hannah Arendt
(Related: Contention, Country, Nothing, Traditions)

"Our tradition of political thought had its definite beginning in the teachings of Plato and Aristotle. I believe it came to a no less definite end in the theories of Karl Marx."
- Hannah Arendt
(Related: Thought, Beginning, End, Theories, Tradition)

"Remarkable is the greater openness of the Catholic Church towards people of other religious traditions and persuasions. The development has not been without problems, since some people have resisted it and others have pushed openness beyond the desirable point."
- Francis Arinze
(Related: People, Development, Church, Problems, Religious, Remarkable, Traditions)

"We still have a tradition certainly in English television; it's faded a bit in the last five years, but we still have a tradition where the important thing is the quality and the challenging nature of the programming."
- Rowan Atkinson
(Related: Nature, Quality, English, Programming, Television, Tradition, Years)

"Monty Python crowd; half of them came from Cambridge, and half of them came from Oxford. But, there seems to be this jewel, this sort of two headed tradition of doing comedy, of doing sketches, and that kind of thing."
- Rowan Atkinson
(Related: Comedy, Tradition)

"I do not believe that defending traditional marriage between one man and one woman excludes anybody or usurps anybody's civil rights and denies anybody their civil rights."
- Alan Autry
(Related: Marriage, Civil rights, Man, Woman)

"Perhaps as good a classification as any of the main types is that of the three lusts distinguished by traditional Christianity - the lust of knowledge, the lust of sensation, and the lust of power."
- Irving Babbitt
(Related: Power, Knowledge, Christianity, Lust)

"The papacy again, representing the traditional unity of European civilization, has also shown itself unable to limit effectively the push of nationalism."
- Irving Babbitt
(Related: Civilization, Nationalism, Unity)

"For 180 years, we voted in English. That is the true American tradition, and this amendment is true to our heritage, not what has existed unnaturally for the last 20 years."
- Spencer Bachus
(Related: American, English, Tradition, Years)

"In America nothing dies easier than tradition."
- Russell Baker
(Related: America, Nothing, Tradition)

"One of the best animated films I've seen come out of Disney was the Tarzan movie. I wasn't crazy about the story or the design on Tarzan's face, but the traditional animation was spectacular."
- Ralph Bakshi
(Related: Design, Animation, Disney)

"The fact that tradition hinders the individual savage from thinking logically by no means proves that he cannot think logically."
- James M. Baldwin
(Related: Fact, Thinking, Tradition)

"Our society is the product of several great religious and philosophical traditions. The ideas of the Greeks and Romans, Christianity, Judaism, humanism and the Enlightenment have made us who we are."
- Jan Peter Balkenende
(Related: Society, Ideas, Christianity, Humanism, Judaism, Religious, Traditions)

"It also called upon traditional people in the Four Directions to strengthen the healing ceremonies and asked people to heed the warnings of Mother Earth."
- Dennis Banks
(Related: Mother, People, Earth, Healing)

"In 1978, the tradition of running from village to village with a message was revived. that first run was from Davis to Los Angeles, a distance of 500 miles."
- Dennis Banks
(Related: First, Running, Tradition)

"Tradition demands that we not speak poorly of the dead."
- Daniel Barenboim
(Related: Tradition)

"There is no country on earth with a stronger tradition of protecting the public's right to know."
- Roy Barnes
(Related: Country, Earth, Public, Right, Tradition)

"Jackass: The Movie is great. I think it's in the tradition of physical comedy, which I'm really interested in. Its relationship to gravity, and how gravity acts on the body."
- Matthew Barney
(Related: Body, Comedy, Gravity, Tradition)

"Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition."
- Jacques Barzun
(Related: Art, Teaching, Tradition)

"When I was in college, I used to write little ditties and short stories and poetry for my friends. Writing a book is another thing. It is so much different from my traditional day of dirty fingernails and greasy hair and hot pans."
- Mario Batali
(Related: Poetry, College, Day, Friends, Hair, Writing)

"To eat the boiled head of a pig sliced like salami is very strange. It may seem cutting edge, but it's actually a lot older than any of the other traditional salami."
- Mario Batali
(Related: May)

"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
(Related: Ability, Circumstances, Man, Tradition, Value)

"Free yourself from the rigid conduct of tradition and open yourself to the new forms of probability."
- Hans Bender
(Related: Open, Tradition)

"The life history of the individual is first and foremost an accommodation to the patterns and standards traditionally handed down in his community."
- Ruth Benedict
(Related: History, Life, Community, First)

"Traditional investment vehicles such as IRAs, CDs, stocks and bonds do have their place, but for the rich, they are used more as temporary storage facilities rather than life-long homes."
- Bo Bennett
(Related: Life, Investment)

"I'm not a traditional politician, and I have a sense of humor. I'll try to soften it and become boring, maybe even very boring, but I'm not sure if I'll be able to."
- Silvio Berlusconi
(Related: Humor, Sense)

"The political tradition of ancient thought, filtered in Italy by Machiavelli, says one thing clearly: every prince needs allies, and the bigger the responsibility, the more allies he needs."
- Silvio Berlusconi
(Related: Thought, Italy, Needs, Responsibility, Tradition)

"You don't really need modernity in order to exist totally and fully. You need a mixture of modernity and tradition."
- Theodore Bikel
(Related: Modernity, Order, Tradition)

"I prefer to choose which traditions to keep and which to let go."
- Theodore Bikel
(Related: Traditions)

"I always wanted to be a farmer. There is a tradition of that in my family."
- Bjork
(Related: Family, Tradition)

"I intend to keep writing Christmas songs. There's still a lot more about Christmas that can be captured and feel like old-time Christmas. A lot of the traditions haven't been explained in song."
- Clint Black
(Related: Christmas, Old, Song, Songs, Traditions, Writing)

"The Occultists, however, know that the traditions of Esoteric Philosophy must be the right ones, simply because they are the most logical, and reconcile every difficulty."
- H. P. Blavatsky
(Related: Difficulty, Philosophy, Right, Traditions)

"As soon as tradition has come to be recognized as tradition, it is dead."
- Allan Bloom
(Related: Tradition)

"What is supposed to be the very essence of Judaism - which is the notion that it is by study that you make yourself a holy people - is nowhere present in Hebrew tradition before the end of the first or the beginning of the second century of the Common Era."
- Harold Bloom
(Related: People, Beginning, End, First, Judaism, Present, Study, Tradition)

"What is the source of all this trouble? I'm saying that the source is basically in thought. Many people would think that such a statement is crazy, because thought is the one thing we have with which to solve our problems. That's part of our tradition."
- David Bohm
(Related: Thought, People, Problems, Saying, Tradition, Trouble)

"There is no conflict between favouring Islamic and traditional values and being more open and international."
- Hassanal Bolkiah
(Related: Values, Being, Conflict, Open)

"I never leaf through a copy of National Geographic without realizing how lucky we are to live in a society where it is traditional to wear clothes."
- Erma Bombeck
(Related: Society, Clothes)

"We use a Native American tradition of the talking stick. You sit and pass it around and whoever has the stick has to talk. Some people just hold it. Others really share."
- Lisa Bonet
(Related: People, American, Talk, Talking, Tradition)

"It amazes me sometimes that even intelligent people will analyze a situation or make a judgement after only recognizing the standard or traditional structure of a piece."
- David Bowie
(Related: People, Will)

"The only way to be true to our American tradition is to maintain absolute governmental neutrality regarding religious beliefs and practices."
- Bill Bradley
(Related: American, Beliefs, Neutrality, Religious, Tradition)

"You can find more traditional Shakespeare than we do. But what we want to bring to these works is energy, passion, freshness."
- John Bradshaw
(Related: Energy, Passion, Shakespeare, Want)

"It would have been convenient to be gay. Just because of the grooming, the narcissism, stuff like that. But I have this kind of roaring heterosexuality. Traditional, uncomplicated heterosexuality, an almost cliched Robin Askwith thing."
- Russell Brand
(Related: Gay)

"The reason that minorities and women don't have a better shot at getting elected to the Senate or to statewide office is because the campaign finance rules are so skewed as to make it very difficult for non-traditional candidates to raise the money necessary to get elected."
- Carol Moseley Braun
(Related: Finance, Money, Women, Office, Reason, Rules, Senate)

"I think the legacy of the civil rights movement is that now whites are more open to being represented by people of color or people who are women or, again, non-traditional candidates."
- Carol Moseley Braun
(Related: Women, People, Being, Civil rights, Now, Open)

"If I belong to a tradition, it is a tradition that makes the masterpiece tell the performer what to do, and not the performer telling the piece what it should be like, or the composer what he ought to have composed."
- Alfred Brendel
(Related: Tradition)

"Almost every venerable tradition at a men's club starts out as a joke."
- Joe Bob Briggs
(Related: Men, Tradition)

"While attendance at traditional churches has been declining for decades... the evangelical movement is growing, and it is changing the way America worships."
- Tom Brokaw
(Related: America, Churches)

"War on terrorism defines the central preoccupation of the United States in the world today, and it does reflect in my view a rather narrow and extremist vision of foreign policy of the world's first superpower, of a great democracy, with genuinely idealistic traditions."
- Zbigniew Brzezinski
(Related: War, Policy, Vision, Democracy, First, Foreign policy, states, Terrorism, Today, Traditions, United, World)

"It seems to me that the idea traditionally defended of endeavoring to maintain existing ethnic balances simply doesn't work any more."
- William F. Buckley, Jr.
(Related: Work, Idea)

"We desecrated the traditional values, but new values didn't come along."
- Rocco Buttiglione
(Related: Values)

"On the other hand, I think that the family, the traditional family, has a fundamental social role, because it's there that children are born and the investment in children is the greatest investment a country can make. The benefits of this investment go to everyone."
- Rocco Buttiglione
(Related: Family, Benefits, Children, Country, Investment)

"Investment banking has, in recent years, resembled a casino, and the massive scale of gambling losses has dragged down traditional business and retail lending activities as banks try to rebuild their balance sheets. This was one aspect of modern financial liberalisation that had dire consequences."
- Vince Cable
(Related: Business, Financial, Balance, Banks, Consequences, Gambling, Investment, Years)

"Ben was more improvisational, and relied less on methodology, and basically is a guitarist who switched to bass, whereas Jeff has a more traditional approach to playing bass in a band, and has a great sense of what his band sounds like, and we lock up nicely."
- Matt Cameron
(Related: Sense)

"From this process has emerged a parallel process of translating traditional working and living values into a new political and economic power - a power increasingly based upon the strength of money and those material things money can purchase."
- Alex Campbell
(Related: Money, Power, Strength, Values, Living)

"I had hoped that the board would accept Johnny Hon's offer of a loan to buy the stadium back for the club, as I think this would be best way of continuing the long tradition of Cambridge United in Cambridge - and it was a generous offer."
- Anne Campbell
(Related: Tradition, United)

"Our moral, religious, and political traditions are united in their respect for the dignity of human life."
- Robert Casey
(Related: Life, Dignity, Religious, Respect, Traditions, United)

"During the days of segregation, there was not a place of higher learning for African Americans. They were simply not welcome in many of the traditional schools. And from this backward policy grew the network of historical black colleges and universities."
- Michael N. Castle
(Related: Policy, African, Americans, Learning, Network, Schools)

"Traditional marriage between a man and a woman has been a cornerstone of our society for generations. If we are going to change that, it ought to be done by the will of the people."
- Steve Chabot
(Related: Change, Marriage, Society, People, Generations, Man, Will, Woman)

"Mine is not a traditional music, but it comes from a tradition."
- Tom Chapin
(Related: Music, Tradition)

"I keep up the tradition, the zydeco."
- Boozoo Chavis
(Related: Tradition)

"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 that arrogant oligarchy who merely happen to be walking around."
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
(Related: Democracy, Giving, Tradition, Walking)

"The intellectual tradition is one of servility to power, and if I didn't betray it I'd be ashamed of myself."
- Noam Chomsky
(Related: Power, Tradition)

"Our state is in crisis. Our people are hurting. Now is the time when we all must resist the traditional, selfish call to protect your own turf at the cost of our state. It is time to leave the corner, join the sacrifice, come to the center of the room and be part of the solution."
- Chris Christie
(Related: Time, Sacrifice, People, Crisis, Now, Solution, State)

"Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse."
- Winston Churchill
(Related: Art, Innovation, Sheep, Tradition)

"The tradition you have at the University of Texas is like no other. It helped me in the future where I got to play in 2 cities that were rich in tradition."
- Roger Clemens
(Related: Cities, Future, Play, Tradition, University)

"I'm not convinced that what are traditionally considered to be male energies or qualities or female energies or qualities really have as much to do with gender as many people think they do."
- Andrew Cohen
(Related: People, Gender)

"I think that the Japanese culture is one of the very few cultures left that is its own entity. They're just so traditional and so specific in their ways. It's kind of untouched, it's not Americanized."
- Toni Collette
(Related: Culture)

"Testimony is an integral part of the Black religious tradition. It is the occasion where the believer stands before the community of faith in order to give account of the hope that is in him or her."
- James Hal Cone
(Related: Faith, Hope, Community, Order, Religious, Tradition)

"The only possible role that I can see for reconciliation would be to make modest changes in the major package to improve affordability, to deal with what share of Medicaid expansion the federal government pays, those kinds of issues, which is the traditional role for reconciliation in health care."
- Kent Conrad
(Related: Government, Health, Care)

"Preserving tradition has become a nice hobby, like stamp collecting."
- Mason Cooley
(Related: Tradition)

"The enemy is not just terrorism. It is the threat posed specifically by Islamist terrorism, by Bin Ladin and others who draw on a long tradition of extreme intolerance within a minority strain of Islam that does not distinguish politics from religion, and distorts both."
- John Cornyn
(Related: Politics, Religion, Islam, Enemy, Extreme, Intolerance, Minority, Terrorism, Tradition)

"With faith and courage, generations of Armenians have overcome great suffering and proudly preserved their culture, traditions, and religion and have told the story of the genocide to an often indifferent world."
- Jerry Costello
(Related: Faith, Religion, Courage, Culture, Generations, Genocide, Suffering, Traditions, World)

"In revolt against this new and very evil thing came the republicanism of the eighteenth century, inspired and directed in large measure by members of the fast perishing aristocracy of race, character and tradition."
- Ralph A. Cram
(Related: Character, Aristocracy, Evil, Measure, Race, Tradition)

"The higher American patriotism, on the other hand, combines loyalty to historical tradition and precedent with the imaginative projection of an ideal national Promise."
- Herbert Croly
(Related: Patriotism, American, Loyalty, Promise, Tradition)

"When Jefferson and the Republicans rallied to the Union and to the existing Federalist organization, the fabric of traditional American democracy was almost completely woven."
- Herbert Croly
(Related: American, Democracy, Republicans)

"I have observed, too, that the people of the many countries that I have visited are showing an ever increasing interest in the classical and traditional music of their own cultures."
- George Crumb
(Related: Music, People, Countries, Interest)

"For God's sake build not your faith upon Tradition, 'tis as rotten as a rotten Post."
- Nicholas Culpeper
(Related: Faith, God, Post, Tradition)

"I tend to turn down books originally published as e-books. As for selling books directly to e-book publishers, I would do so only if all traditional publishers had turned them down."
- Richard Curtis
(Related: Selling, Books)

"To compel the nation with challenge the traditional American doctrine of freedom of the seas, every man and every ship in the navy is solemnly pledged."
- Josephus Daniels
(Related: American, Challenge, Doctrine, Freedom, Man, Nation, Navy)

"If I was designing a web site for elementary school children, I might have a much higher percentage of older computers with outdated browsers since keeping up with browser and hardware technology has not traditionally been a strong point of most elementary schools."
- Mike Davidson
(Related: Computers, Technology, Children, Hardware, School, Schools)

"The trouble with the performance poets is that they don't seem to have read anything. So there is not a real sense of the poetic tradition in their work."
- Peter Davison
(Related: Work, Performance, Poets, Sense, Tradition, Trouble)

"As I have pointed out, it is the Christian tradition that is the most fundamental element in Western culture. It lies at the base not only of Western religion, but also of Western morals and Western social idealism."
- Christopher Dawson
(Related: Religion, Christian, Culture, Idealism, Lies, Morals, Tradition)

"And so, today, if the state can no longer appeal to the old moral principles that belong to the Christian tradition, it will be forced to create a new official faith and new moral principles which will be binding on its citizens."
- Christopher Dawson
(Related: Faith, Christian, Old, Principles, State, Today, Tradition, Will)

"Certainly going back to Sherlock Holmes we have a tradition of forensic science featured in detective stories."
- Jeffery Deaver
(Related: Science, Tradition)

"I love music passionately. And because I love it I try to free it from barren traditions that stifle it."
- Claude Debussy
(Related: Love, Music, Traditions)

"I say it is indispensable to look ahead of and behind oneself in the present. If there is such a thing as tradition, and I believe there is, it can only exist in the sense of the most profound movements of culture."
- Robert Delaunay
(Related: Culture, Present, Sense, Tradition)

"I think the only choice that will enable us to hold to our vision... is one that abandons the concept of naming enemies and adopts a concept familiar to the nonviolent tradition: naming behavior that is oppressive."
- Barbara Deming
(Related: Vision, Behavior, Choice, Enemies, Will)

"Since the dawn of time, traditional marriage - the union between one man and one woman - has been the building block of civilization, and at no point in our nation's history has that foundation been under more severe attack than now."
- Jim DeMint
(Related: History, Marriage, Time, Civilization, Building, Dawn, Man, Nation, Now, Woman)

"Darwin's idea of natural selection makes people uncomfortable because it reverses the direction of tradition."
- Daniel Dennett
(Related: People, Idea, Direction, Tradition)

"Whatever your relationship is to your sacred tradition in the West, you have some relationship to the Bible if only through the names of the characters."
- Anita Diament
(Related: Bible, Names, Tradition)

"It would be flattering to call it a modern Dirty Harry, but I think this film deals more with the loss of his wife than the traditional revenge vigilante films."
- Vin Diesel
(Related: Wife, Deals, Film, Loss, Revenge)

"The traditional mathematician recognizes and appreciates mathematical elegance when he sees it. I propose to go one step further, and to consider elegance an essential ingredient of mathematics: if it is clumsy, it is not mathematics."
- Edsger Dijkstra
(Related: Elegance, Mathematics)

"Many mathematicians derive part of their self-esteem by feeling themselves the proud heirs of a long tradition of rational thinking; I am afraid they idealize their cultural ancestors."
- Edsger Dijkstra
(Related: Feeling, Mathematicians, Self, Thinking, Tradition)

"It's absolutely fine to think of new ways of doing things, and I'm not just asking for the traditional reporter to look into our living rooms night after night."
- Jonathan Dimbleby
(Related: Living, Night)

"I knew that if it ever got down to a choice between the Party and our traditional democratic structure I would fight the Party and our traditional democratic structure I would fight the Party to the bitter end."
- Edward Dmytryk
(Related: Choice, End, Fight, Party)

"In the time honored tradition of email, just ignore the question."
- John Dobbin
(Related: Time, Question, Tradition)

"There are some liberals eager to embrace a culture void of morals, but the majority of America is made up of honest, hard-working families who turned out in droves to protect the traditional way of life."
- John Doolittle
(Related: Life, America, Culture, Liberals, Majority, Morals)

"Well, it's a - I don't want to disappoint you, but it's a time worn tradition of Australian Governments over many years not to get into any discussion about that aspect of intelligence matters."
- Alexander Downer
(Related: Intelligence, Time, Tradition, Want, Years)

"It is tradition in Ireland that you're given money for your first communion."
- Roma Downey
(Related: Money, First, Ireland, Tradition)

"Family life itself, that safest, most traditional, most approved of female choices, is not a sanctuary: It is, perpetually, a dangerous place."
- Margaret Drabble
(Related: Family, Life, Choices)

"You do a James Bond film, you're being part of an anachronism, a tradition."
- Minnie Driver
(Related: Being, Film, Tradition)

"I have a great advantage over many of my colleagues inasmuch as my students bring with them to class their own personal knowledge of national, regional, religious, ethnic, occupational, and family folklore traditions."
- Alan Dundes
(Related: Family, Knowledge, Class, Religious, Students, Traditions)

"However, I began to submit poems to British magazines, and some were accepted. It was a great moment to see my first poems published. It felt like entering a tradition."
- Helen Dunmore
(Related: First, Poems, Tradition)

"In a time of constrained resources we will have to shift emphasis. but not necessarily from the traditional Political Officer to the traditional Economic Officer."
- Lawrence Eagleburger
(Related: Time, Will)

"America traditionally represents the greatest possibility of someone's going from nothing to something. Why? In theory, if not practice, the government stays out of the way and lets individuals take risks and reap rewards or accept the consequences of failure. We call this capitalism - or, at least, we used to."
- Larry Elder
(Related: Government, Failure, Possibility, America, Capitalism, Consequences, Nothing, Practice, Theory)

"The husband - by primitive instinct partly, certainly by ancient tradition - regards himself as the active partner in matters of love and his own pleasure as legitimately the prime motive for activity."
- Havelock Ellis
(Related: Love, Husband, Instinct, Motive, Pleasure, Tradition)

"When I went back to England after a year away, the country seemed stuck, dozing in a fairy tale, stifled by the weight of tradition."
- Brian Eno
(Related: Country, England, Tradition, Weight)

"I hate the rock music tradition. I can't bear it!"
- Brian Eno
(Related: Music, Hate, Tradition)

"Compared to industry in Europe or Japan, where industry was based on a craft tradition, we are sadly behind."
- Arthur Erickson
(Related: Europe, Tradition)

"In those countries with centuries of a craft tradition behind their building methods, techniques are tightly coordinated under the direction of the architect."
- Arthur Erickson
(Related: Building, Countries, Direction, Tradition)

"We find Japan a little more difficult to understand because it has proven its 20th century prowess though the ancient traditions still persist."
- Arthur Erickson
(Related: Traditions)

"Leadership is particularly necessary to ensure ready acceptance of the unfamiliar and that which is contrary to tradition."
- Cyril Falls
(Related: Leadership, Acceptance, Tradition)

"With respect to the respective French and German traditions you are no doubt correct, although I am reluctant to see individual achievement reduced to archetypes."
- Brian Ferneyhough
(Related: Achievement, Doubt, Respect, Traditions)

"I was the editor of the school newspaper and in drama club and choir, so I was not a popular girl in the traditional sense, but I think I was known for being relatively scathing."
- Tina Fey
(Related: Being, Drama, Popular, School, Sense)

"Little Sparta is a garden in the traditional sense. It is perhaps not like other modern gardens, but I think that other times would have had no difficulty with it."
- Ian Hamilton Finlay
(Related: Difficulty, Garden, Gardens, Sense)

"The invention of Bob Dylan with his guitar belongs in its way to the same kind of tradition of something meant to be heard, as the songs of Homer."
- Robert Fitzgerald
(Related: Guitar, Invention, Songs, Tradition)

"Homer's whole language, the language in which he lived, the language that he breathed, because he never saw it, or certainly those who formed his tradition never saw it, in characters on the pages. It was all on the tongue and in the ear."
- Robert Fitzgerald
(Related: Language, Tongue, Tradition)

"I would then go on to say that Homer, as we now know, was working in what they call an oral tradition."
- Robert Fitzgerald
(Related: Now, Tradition)

"Traditionally, Medicare's assurance has been that for the elderly and persons with disabilities that they will not be alone when confronted with the full burden of their health care costs."
- Mike Fitzpatrick
(Related: Health, Burden, Care, Elderly, Will)

"The president welcomes peaceful protests - it is a time-honored tradition. The president agrees violence is not the answer in Iraq, and that's why he hopes Saddam Hussein will disarm."
- Ari Fleischer
(Related: Time, Iraq, President, Tradition, Violence, Will)

"That's why we're doing this, to defend our traditions a little. I don't have anything against it (Halloween), but it's not our tradition."
- Fernando Flores
(Related: Tradition, Traditions)

"The performances of my works in the last 10 years are probably equal to all the previous years put together. There are so many venues now and there is a completely new public for opera that's grown up outside of the traditional core opera public."
- Carlisle Floyd
(Related: Now, Opera, Public, Years)

"But no one can praise Roosevelt for doing this and then insist that he restored our traditional political and economic systems to their former vitality."
- John T. Flynn
(Related: Praise, Vitality)

"Thrillers have been traditionally very masculine books; the women characters often rather decorative."
- Ken Follett
(Related: Women, Books)

"We don't want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker's dam is the history we make today."
- Henry Ford
(Related: History, Present, Today, Tradition, Want, Worth)

"I enjoy listening to classical music and heavy metal. I play basketball and try to go diving at least once a year. I don't really have hobbies in the traditional sense... I engage in too many activities already through the actions of my characters."
- Alan Dean Foster
(Related: Music, Actions, Basketball, Hobbies, Listening, Play, Sense)

"To recover a spiritual tradition in which creation, and the study of creation, matters would be to inaugurate new possibilities between spirituality and science that would shape the paradigms for culture, its institution, and its people."
- Matthew Fox
(Related: Science, People, Creation, Culture, Possibilities, Spiritual, Spirituality, Study, Tradition)

"Now, if King Crimson accepts responsibility for innovating its own tradition, you can't accept responsibility for the audience. And there is an enormous tangible weight of expectation, which comes from an audience attending a King Crimson concert."
- Robert Fripp
(Related: Expectation, Now, Responsibility, Tradition, Weight)

"I very much feel that marriage is a sacrament and that sacrament should extend... to that legal entity of a union between what traditionally in our Western values has been defined as between a man and a woman."
- Bill Frist
(Related: Legal, Marriage, Values, Man, Woman)

"There has been a strong tradition in this country that it is not the function of the military to educate the public on political issues."
- J. William Fulbright
(Related: Country, Military, Public, Tradition)

"What they fear, I think rightly, is that traditional Vietnamese society cannot survive the American economic and cultural impact."
- J. William Fulbright
(Related: Society, Fear, American)

"There has been a strong tradition in this country that it is not the function of the military to educate the public on political issues."
- James W. Fulbright
(Related: Country, Military, Public, Tradition)

"Well, the whole story is in the book, but the short answer is that I was the first information architect in an organization that was traditionally design-oriented, and I felt I needed a tool to help me gain the trust and support of my colleagues."
- Jesse James Garrett
(Related: Trust, Design, First, Gain, Help, Information, Support)

"In the financial system we have today, with less risk concentrated in banks, the probability of systemic financial crises may be lower than in traditional bank-centered financial systems."
- Timothy Geithner
(Related: Financial, Banks, May, Risk, Today)

"I am at war... with the principal personage of traditional philosophy, that abstract subject who masquerades as everyone and anyone, but is really a male subject in disguise."
- Pam Gems
(Related: War, Disguise, Philosophy)

"Well, more than me saying to the rest of the country music industry there is not enough traditional country music - that is not necessarily the statement in truth. I think more so that I, me, missed it more than anything else."
- Vince Gill
(Related: Music, Truth, Country, Country music, Rest, Saying)

"My last two records that I made were both quite pointed in one direction and I think I do my best stuff when it's all over the map, when there's a couple traditional things, a couple pretty rocking things."
- Vince Gill
(Related: Direction, Pretty)

"With The Key, it was, I had gone through a divorce and losing my father, and just kinda really reminiscing about how much I loved the traditional side of country music, so I made a record that was really traditional from start to finish."
- Vince Gill
(Related: Music, Father, Country, Country music, Divorce, Key, Losing)

"I made records in the past that are as traditional as any other country records that have been made, but at the same time the records have a contemporary slant on it too."
- Vince Gill
(Related: Time, Country, Past)

"It is not that I don't like contemporary country music because I do. I love it. I have recorded a lot and have had great success recording records that have not been very traditional country records."
- Vince Gill
(Related: Love, Music, Success, Country, Country music)

"American movies and music deliver themes of freedom, innocence, and power that appeal to others - partly because America itself was put together out of a multiplicity of national traditions."
- Todd Gitlin
(Related: Movies, Music, Power, America, American, Freedom, Innocence, Multiplicity, Traditions)

"Traditions are imploding and exploding everywhere - everything is coming together, for better or worse, and we can no longer pretend we're all living in different worlds because we're on different continents."
- Philip Glass
(Related: Living, Traditions)

"Since there will be no one left to talk peace after the next war, it makes good sense to break with tradition and hold the peace conference first."
- William Glasser
(Related: Peace, War, First, Sense, Talk, Tradition, Will)

"In the true sense one's native land, with its background of tradition, early impressions, reminiscences and other things dear to one, is not enough to make sensitive human beings feel at home."
- Emma Goldman
(Related: Home, Land, Sense, Tradition)

"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
(Related: Deep, Traditions)

"I'm really getting to appreciate traditional jazz now - the New Orleans stuff - a lot more than I did before."
- John Goodman
(Related: Jazz, Now)

"We are not abandoning our convictions, our philosophy or traditions, nor do we urge anyone to abandon theirs."
- Mikhail Gorbachev
(Related: Philosophy, Traditions)

"Science is an integral part of culture. It's not this foreign thing, done by an arcane priesthood. It's one of the glories of the human intellectual tradition."
- Stephen Jay Gould
(Related: Science, Culture, Tradition)

"Pastoral theology and care helps people look deeper at the intersection between their inherited religious traditions and their current life situations."
- Larry Graham
(Related: Life, People, Care, Religious, Theology, Traditions)

"In God, the characteristics of men and women that we admire in men and women are combined. That's been a traditional Catholic teaching that God is the combination of opposites."
- Andrew Greeley
(Related: Men, Women, God, Opposites, Teaching)

"In traditional schools, you're penalized for making a mistake. But that won't work in the new information culture, in the digital world we live in today."
- Daniel Greenberg
(Related: Work, Mistake, Culture, Information, Schools, Today, World)

"Physicists are more like avant-garde composers, willing to bend traditional rules... Mathematicians are more like classical composers."
- Brian Greene
(Related: Composers, Mathematicians, Rules)

"The traditional practice is that the justices don't ask the attorney general any questions, so as not to embarrass him. But Bobby Kennedy had let them know that he didn't mind if they asked him questions and they did."
- Harold H. Greene
(Related: Mind, Practice, Questions)

"The traditions of a nation are very important and the anthem written by Francis Scott Key in the early days of our nation should always be revered."
- Lee Greenwood
(Related: Key, Nation, Traditions)

"The human race has had long experience and a fine tradition in surviving adversity. But we now face a task for which we have little experience, the task of surviving prosperity."
- Alan Gregg
(Related: Experience, Adversity, Now, Prosperity, Race, Tradition)

"You have to understand that once an indictment has been signed, all countries that are signature to the U.N. charter will hand a person straight over. You don't have to go through the normal extradition process."
- Tony Greig
(Related: Countries, Will)

"Traditional academic science describes human beings as highly developed animals and biological thinking machines. We appear to be Newtonian objects made of atoms, molecules, cells, tissues, and organs."
- Stanislav Grof
(Related: Science, Animals, Atoms, Machines, Thinking)

"My book is traditional. It runs counter to the post-modern spirit."
- David Guterson
(Related: Post, Spirit)

"Young people discovering their sexuality must know they walk with a strong tradition and that they are not alone. They have a right to information without being pressured."
- Jasmine Guy
(Related: People, Being, Information, Right, Sexuality, Tradition)

"My favorite traditional Christmas movie that I like to watch is All Quiet on the Western Front. It's just not December without that movie in my house."
- Tom Hanks
(Related: Christmas, December, Favorite, Quiet)

"I have always compared our traditions of liberty, like those of Abraham Lincoln and Ho Chi Minh."
- Hanoi Hannah
(Related: Liberty, Traditions)

"I have no difficulty with the recognition of civil unions for non-traditional relationships but I believe in law we should protect the traditional definition of marriage."
- Stephen Harper
(Related: Marriage, Difficulty, Law, Relationships)

"I've always been clear, I support the traditional definition of marriage."
- Stephen Harper
(Related: Marriage, Support)

"I think it's a Blondie tradition that all of our albums sort of have a wide spread of styles."
- Debbie Harry
(Related: Tradition)

"One of the strongest and most persistent elements in national development has been that inheritance of political traditions and usages which the new settlers brought with them."
- Albert Bushnell Hart
(Related: Development, Inheritance, Traditions)

"Art, after all, is traditionally displayed against vacancies: paintings on dun walls, sculptures in empty spaces, music in quiet halls."
- John Hart
(Related: Music, Art, Quiet)

"It's a fun day, a day which kicks off the start of our tour, it's got great tradition - Australian cricketers just love tradition - and it's been a really pleasant day."
- Matthew Hayden
(Related: Love, Day, Fun, Tradition)

"Our moral traditions developed concurrently with our reason, not as its product."
- Friedrich August von Hayek
(Related: Reason, Traditions)

"But, I don't want to assume that our tradition of excellence is a guarantee of future excellence."
- Dave Heineman
(Related: Excellence, Future, Tradition, Want)

"Everywhere, authority and tradition have to justify themselves in the face of questions."
- Gustav Heinemann
(Related: Authority, Questions, Tradition)

"I want our government to encourage and protect freedom as well as our traditions of faith and family."
- Jesse Helms
(Related: Faith, Family, Government, Freedom, Traditions, Want)

"Oklahomans value our children and our seniors. Oklahomans value traditions of faith. Oklahomans value our heroes, our veterans. Oklahomans value innovation and the creative arts."
- Brad Henry
(Related: Faith, Children, Heroes, Innovation, Traditions, Value, Veterans)

"Lie detection is like language; there is a learning window. Telling whoppers to small children seems to be a family tradition in many families."
- Keith Henson
(Related: Family, Lie, Children, Language, Learning, Tradition)

"What are you going to do to preserve a tradition that is the peculiar and unique culture that Judaism inculcates? The American Jewish community is not going to survive by lining up against its common enemy."
- Arthur Hertzberg
(Related: American, Community, Culture, Enemy, Judaism, Tradition)

"My purpose is to have American Jews look away from the success story with which they've cheered themselves up, and to have them remember the classical tradition, whatever it is."
- Arthur Hertzberg
(Related: Success, Purpose, American, Tradition)

"There is a long-standing tradition in the mainstream press of middle-of-the-road journalism that is objective and fair. I would hate to see that fall victim to a panic about the Fox effect."
- Andrew Heyward
(Related: Effect, Hate, Journalism, Press, Tradition)

"When they talk about family values, it's in a repressive way, as if our American tradition were only the Puritan tradition or the 19th century oppressive tradition. The Christian tradition."
- James Hillman
(Related: Family, Values, Christian, American, Talk, Tradition)

"It's traditional for an heiress to be raised in a sheltered way. No one thinks that's true of me, but it actually was."
- Paris Hilton
"An illustration I use to get people to understand it is this: I'll ask major corporate audiences: Why don't you just take all your traditional beliefs about organizations, and apply them to the neurons in your brain?"
- Dee Hock
(Related: People, Beliefs, Corporate)

"Hawthorne has given us a tradition that some people refer to as Yankee Magic Realism, and I do think there is a certain quality to the landscape that definitely leads into the dark woods."
- Alice Hoffman
(Related: Quality, People, Magic, Realism, Tradition, Yankee)

"Not a single man on earth knows from his own experience the how and where of his birth, only from tradition, which is often very uncertain."
- E. T. A. Hoffmann
(Related: Experience, Earth, Man, Tradition)

"If we go back in the history of different nations, violence and the use of force are part of their heritage. These are the traditions of mankind."
- Harri Holkeri
(Related: History, Force, Mankind, Nations, Traditions, Violence)

"Futurism: This was a movement of intellectuals who wanted to replace tradition with the modern world of machinery, speed, violence, and public relations. It proves that we should be careful what intellectuals wish for, because we might get it."
- Brad Holland
(Related: Intellectuals, Public, Tradition, Violence, World)

"Without words to objectify and categorize our sensations and place them in relation to one another, we cannot evolve a tradition of what is real in the world."
- Ruth Hubbard
(Related: Sensations, Tradition, Words, World)

"My father, one of the great entrepreneurs and philanthropists of this state, taught me that capital - monetary or political - is to be used to benefit others. I intend to continue that tradition."
- Jon Huntsman, Jr.
(Related: Father, Entrepreneurs, State, Tradition)

"We're fighting an enemy that is far different than any we have got before. It's a nontraditional kind of war, and I think we need to step back, recalibrate how we go about protecting our borders and protecting our people, and resetting our position in the world."
- Jon Huntsman, Jr.
(Related: War, People, Enemy, Fighting, World)

"A world community can exist only with world communication, which means something more than extensive short-wave facilities scattered; about the globe. It means common understanding, a common tradition, common ideas, and common ideals."
- Robert M. Hutchins
(Related: Ideas, Communication, Community, Ideals, Tradition, Understanding, World)

"And luckily, therefore the good old days return. The traditional art of driving counts again, and it is all about good tactics, skills and reflexes instead of simple power."
- Jacky Ickx
(Related: Art, Power, Driving, Old)

"I know that Bush, for political reasons, is going to nominate a minority, a Hispanic man or someone where it will be harder for people on the progressive side to oppose and split some of the traditionally progressive or democratic constituents."
- Patricia Ireland
(Related: People, Man, Minority, Will)

"When I hear traditional family values raised, I hear that effort once again to re-establish the man as head and master of his family. Who had the, not only the right, but the obligation to discipline his wife and children to keep them in line?"
- Patricia Ireland
(Related: Family, Wife, Discipline, Values, Children, Effort, Man, Obligation, Right)

"When I started law school I was shocked to learn that our legal system traditionally had the man as the head and master of the family. As late as the '70s and '80s when we were fighting for the Equal Rights Amendment, states like Louisiana still had a head and master law."
- Patricia Ireland
(Related: Legal, Family, Fighting, Rights, Law, Man, School, states)

"We constantly run lines together before every show too, and then there's a long, traditionally long, story to tell the audience every show. Today, we're doing it twice."
- Bill Irwin
(Related: Today)

"We need uniform protection of traditional marriage. You can't have different definitions on something as fundamental as marriage. The Marriage Protection Amendment is the only solution to this problem."
- Ernest Istook
(Related: Marriage, Protection, Solution)

"Out of control judicial activism threatens traditional marriage in America."
- Ernest Istook
(Related: Marriage, Control, Activism, America)

"Home schooled children frequently combine for many purposes - and they interact well. The growth of the home schooling movement means that more and more children are learning together, just not in a traditional classroom."
- Ernest Istook
(Related: Home, Growth, Children, Classroom, Learning)

"Satire is traditionally the weapon of the powerless against the powerful."
- Molly Ivins
(Related: Satire)

"For some reason I've been labeled that and it's fine, but there are a lot of other artists that sing real traditional stuff, so I don't know why they picked me. That's what I've always done."
- Alan Jackson
(Related: Artists, Reason)

"Most governments in Latin America have failed to recognize the rights of indigenous people and their right to their own traditional territories."
- Bianca Jagger
(Related: People, America, Rights)

"It takes an endless amount of history to make even a little tradition."
- Henry James
(Related: History, Tradition)

"The standardization of world culture, with local popular or traditional forms driven out or dumbed down to make way for American television, American music, food, clothes and films, has been seen by many as the very heart of globalization."
- Fredric Jameson
(Related: Food, Music, Heart, American, Clothes, Culture, Globalization, Popular, Television, World)

"Well, dojo is a traditional Japanese word for training hall."
- Joseph Jarman
(Related: Training, Word)

"The current diversity visa program does a disservice to our immigration policy and to those immigrants who have moved through the more traditional process that allows them to lawfully reside in this country."
- William L. Jenkins
(Related: Policy, Country, Diversity)

"Every generation deals with the breaking down of its tradition, and I think that they rediscovered the film."
- Norman Jewison
(Related: Deals, Film, Tradition)

"Everything Sholom Aleichem talks about in his plays and his short stories is about people, family, man's relationship with his God, the breaking down of tradition."
- Norman Jewison
(Related: God, Family, People, Man, Tradition)

"That's a traditional Samoan dance. I was lucky that I was able to fly my cousins, who are professional dancers, up from Hawaii and they were able to be in the movie with me. We had a great time."
- Dwayne Johnson
(Related: Time, Dance)

"Country fans need to support country music by buying albums and concert tickets for traditional artists or the music will just fade away. And that would be really sad."
- George Jones
(Related: Music, Artists, Buying, Country, Country music, Fans, Support, Will)

"Big shows are more like events and small shows are more like traditional gigs."
- Kelly Jones
(Related: Events)

"We are a party of innovation. We do not reject our traditions, but we are willing to adapt to changing circumstances, when change we must. We are willing to suffer the discomfort of change in order to achieve a better future."
- Barbara Jordan
(Related: Change, Circumstances, Future, Innovation, Order, Party, Traditions)

"There's probably more in the American tradition than people give the place credit for."
- Donald Judd
(Related: People, American, Credit, Tradition)

"I became CEO at the beginning of the hit on old economy stocks. When something like that occurs in your first six months as a CEO of a more traditional branded firm, it makes for a fast learning curve."
- Andrea Jung
(Related: Beginning, Economy, First, Learning, Months, Old)

"To have the opportunity to lead the Solicitor General's office is the honor of a lifetime. As you know, this is an office with a long and rich tradition, not only of extraordinary legal skill but also of extraordinary professionalism and integrity. That is due, in large measure, to the people who have led it."
- Elena Kagan
(Related: Legal, People, Opportunity, Honor, Integrity, Measure, Office, Skill, Tradition)

"I had a traditional interview based on a phone call from an agent. He says there's a show and they would like to see you and its called Dallas. With very little knowledge I go over to this meeting at Warner Brothers."
- Steve Kanaly
(Related: Knowledge, Brothers, Meeting)

"The tradition of Russian literature is also an eastern tradition of learning poetry and prose by heart."
- Ryszard Kapuscinski
(Related: Poetry, Heart, Learning, Literature, Prose, Tradition)

"Whereas European films have traditionally been able to go into adult relationships. I think there's a huge audience in America for those kinds of films."
- Philip Kaufman
(Related: America, Relationships)

"Here an attempt is made to explain suffering: the outcaste of traditional Hinduism is held to deserve his fetched fate; it is a punishment for the wrongs he did in a previous life."
- Walter Kaufmann
(Related: Life, Hinduism, Fate, Punishment, Wrongs)

"Sometimes it is easy... to enhance your prestige by not exercising your responsibility, but that's not been the tradition of the court."
- Anthony Kennedy
(Related: Court, Responsibility, Tradition)

"As a Member of Congress, I've continued my family's tradition of focusing on education."
- Mark Kennedy
(Related: Education, Family, Congress, Tradition)

"Marriage brings one into fatal connection with custom and tradition, and traditions and customs are like the wind and weather, altogether incalculable."
- Soren Kierkegaard
(Related: Marriage, Connection, Custom, Tradition, Traditions, Weather, Wind)

"What everybody misses here is that we are doing the same thing my father did. He licensed and litigated and protected his property, and we have to follow the same tradition, because the way the law reads, if you don't protect it, you lose it."
- Dexter S. King
(Related: Father, Law, Property, Tradition)

"Traditionally the show must go on which is a stupid thing to say, but that in a nutshell is what's going on. We have a new record out; if we won't tour, the new record dies. It's reality - it's what business is nowadays. You just need to tour to sell your albums."
- Kerry King
(Related: Business, Reality)

"This new one was held for a couple months, so I guess it was better, but when we go into thinking our next record tragedy, it traditionally will probably change the distribution again and it will get held up again."
- Kerry King
(Related: Change, Months, Thinking, Tragedy, Will)

"When we play "Angel of Death", it's actually a 2 and half minutes sing 'til our party starts. That song is pretty much been played traditionally in the end."
- Kerry King
(Related: End, Party, Play, Pretty, Song)

"In liberal democracy and anxious anarchy, the traditional classic dance, compact of aristocratic authority and absolute freedom in a necessity of order, has never been so promising as an independent expression as it is today."
- Lincoln Kirstein
(Related: Dance, Anarchy, Authority, Democracy, Expression, Freedom, Liberal, Necessity, Order, Today)

"Traditionally, the sample is always better than the stock you deliver to the store."
- Calvin Klein
"Anonymous sources are a practice of American journalism in the 20th and 21st century, a relatively recent practice. The literary tradition of anonymity goes back to the Bible."
- Joe Klein
(Related: Bible, American, Journalism, Literary, Practice, Tradition)

"When I think of the library of Alexandria and of the fact that, although it burnt down, people continue to sort the letters of the alphabet according to that tradition, then that makes certain expressions of modernity, even of interventions on the textual level, possible."
- Alexander Kluge
(Related: People, Fact, Letters, Modernity, Tradition)

"Let us change our traditional attitude to the construction of programs. Instead of imagining that our main task is to instruct a computer what to do, let us concentrate rather on explaining to human beings what we want a computer to do."
- Donald Knuth
(Related: Change, Attitude, Computer, Want)

"Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay."
- Jiddu Krishnamurti
(Related: Mind, Security, Tradition)

"People need religion. It's a vehicle for a moral tradition. A crucial role. Nothing can take its place."
- Irving Kristol
(Related: Religion, People, Nothing, Tradition)

"Few people have ever seriously wished to be exclusively rational. The good life which most desire is a life warmed by passions and touched with that ceremonial grace which is impossible without some affectionate loyalty to traditional form and ceremonies."
- Joseph Wood Krutch
(Related: Life, People, Desire, Grace, Loyalty)

"Under normal conditions the research scientist is not an innovator but a solver of puzzles, and the puzzles upon which he concentrates are just those which he believes can be both stated and solved within the existing scientific tradition."
- Thomas Kuhn
(Related: Research, Tradition)

"I do not come bearing a party label on my sleeve - or a quick fix in my back pocket. I do not come with a rigid ideology in my heart - or a soul that tells me to go it alone. I do not come to uproot tradition - or to be imprisoned by it."
- Ted Kulongoski
(Related: Soul, Heart, Ideology, Party, Quick, Tradition)

"At the same time we are aware that our various religions and ethical traditions often offer very different bases for what is helpful and what is unhelpful for men and women, what is right and what is wrong, what is good and what is evil."
- Hans Kung
(Related: Men, Time, Women, Evil, Right, Traditions, Wrong)

"I like the catholicity in time: our tradition is one of 2,000 years."
- Hans Kung
(Related: Tradition, Years)

"TV critics, who traditionally hate television and make their living writing about it, often didn't like what I did on the air."
- Charles Kuralt
(Related: Hate, Living, Television, Writing)

"I came here because the city has a tradition and is a very respected food city."
- Emeril Lagasse
(Related: Food, Tradition)

"We began building this incredible new foundation in this restaurant, and that's what began giving me the left-hand side of tradition and the right-hand side, my new palate."
- Emeril Lagasse
(Related: Building, Giving, Right, Tradition)

"You know, since the reviews have come out and people have reacted to it, I've realized that is in a sense what has happened. But as I was writing them, I didn't feel a part of any tradition. I think that would have been too overwhelming, in a sense."
- Jhumpa Lahiri
(Related: People, Sense, Tradition, Writing)

"All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives."
- Dalai Lama
(Related: Forgiveness, Love, Compassion, Religious, Traditions)

"My mother, whose family was heavily rabbinic, said she wanted me to continue the family tradition in the rabbinate. My father said he wanted me to be a scholar of the Talmud, but he wanted me to make my living in science."
- Norman Lamm
(Related: Family, Science, Mother, Father, Living, Tradition)

"The territorial state is such an ancient form of society - here in Europe it dates back thousands of years - that it is now protected by the sanctity of age and the glory of tradition. A strong religious feeling mingles with the respect and the devotion to the fatherland."
- Christian Lous Lange
(Related: Age, Society, Devotion, Europe, Feeling, Glory, Now, Religious, Respect, State, Tradition, Years)

"Conservatives have no understanding of modern capitalism. They have a distorted understanding of the traditional values they claim to defend."
- Christopher Lasch
(Related: Values, Capitalism, Understanding)

"The left has come to regard common sense - the traditional wisdom and folkways of the community - as an obstacle to progress and enlightenment."
- Christopher Lasch
(Related: Wisdom, Progress, Common sense, Community)

"Traditionalists will have to master techniques of sustained activism formerly monopolized by the left."
- Christopher Lasch
(Related: Activism, Will)

"Because it equates tradition with prejudice, the left finds itself increasingly unable to converse with ordinary people in their common language."
- Christopher Lasch
(Related: People, Language, Prejudice, Tradition)

"Conservatives unwittingly side with the social forces that contribute to the destruction of traditional values."
- Christopher Lasch
(Related: Values, Destruction)

"Drugs are merely the most obvious form of addiction in our society. Drug addiction is one of the things that undermines traditional values."
- Christopher Lasch
(Related: Society, Values, Addiction, Drugs, Obvious)

"Miles Davis fully embraced possibilities and delved into it. He was criticized heavily from the jazz side. He was supposed to be part of a tradition, but he didn't consider himself part of a tradition."
- Bill Laswell
(Related: Jazz, Possibilities, Tradition)

"In 1979, Alien came out and Sigourney was in it with a bunch a guys. Nobody at that time expected the woman to be the hero, so that was a tradition that started."
- Sanaa Lathan
(Related: Time, Tradition, Woman)

"We know something of the history of the spread of Christianity, but much passed from recorded memory and much was transmitted by tradition whose accuracy has been repeatedly questioned."
- Kenneth Scott Latourette
(Related: History, Christianity, Accuracy, Memory, Tradition)

"It is a fine thing to establish one's own religion in one's heart, not to be dependent on tradition and second-hand ideals. Life will seem to you, later, not a lesser, but a greater thing."
- David Herbert Lawrence
(Related: Life, Religion, Heart, Ideals, Tradition, Will)

"First of all, when you live in a country like Canada, it's quite different from America in the sense that it's very tied to traditions that were born in Britain."
- Geddy Lee
(Related: America, Canada, Country, First, Sense, Traditions)

"Capitalism attacks and destroys all the finer sentiments of the human heart; it ruthlessly sweeps away old traditions and ideas opposed to its progress, and it exploits and corrupts those things once held sacred."
- Daniel De Leon
(Related: Heart, Progress, Ideas, Capitalism, Old, Traditions)

"Traditionally the great men of our country have sprung from poor environments; that being so, it would appear we have long suffered from a severe lack of poverty."
- Gerald F. Lieberman
(Related: Men, Being, Country, Poor, Poverty)

"Family traditions counter alienation and confusion. They help us define who we are; they provide something steady, reliable and safe in a confusing world."
- Susan Lieberman
(Related: Family, Alienation, Confusion, Help, Traditions, World)

"Again, I was influenced by my father, who was very much an atheist and took pride in combating the traditional or orthodox forms of Judaism, which his parents and which my mother's parents were very steeped in."
- Robert Jay Lifton
(Related: Mother, Father, Judaism, Parents, Pride)

"My parents are both college professors, and it made me want to question authority, standards and traditions."
- Maya Lin
(Related: Authority, College, Parents, Question, Traditions, Want)

"The American patriots of today continue the tradition of the long line of patriots before them, by helping to promote liberty and freedom around the world."
- John Linder
(Related: American, Freedom, Liberty, Today, Tradition, World)

"The Lounge Lizards were relating with a tradition and it was like I was playing within a musical context. The guitar playing stood out as being different in some way. That was a real education for me."
- Arto Lindsay
(Related: Education, Being, Guitar, Tradition)

"Where I grew up in Dallas, things might be a little more traditional. People have the same things in mind. They're supposed to grow up, go to college, get a job, get married, and have children, grandchildren. That's the world I grew up in."
- Lisa Loeb
(Related: People, Children, College, Job, Mind, World)

"I'm not going to live my life unhappy and why should he and we talk about it and I think what's great about the film is that it shows is the meaning of family doesn't have to be as traditional as it once was, like you can make a family."
- Nia Long
(Related: Family, Life, Film, Meaning, Talk)

"Changes in the traditional way of building are only permitted if they are an improvement. Otherwise stay with what is traditional, for truth, even if it be hundreds of years old has a stronger inner bond with us than the lie that walks by our side."
- Adolf Loos
(Related: Truth, Lie, Building, Improvement, Old, Years)

"At the beginning of the nineteenth century we abandoned tradition, it's at that point that I intend to renew it because the present is built on the past just as the past was built on the times that went before it."
- Adolf Loos
(Related: Beginning, Past, Present, Tradition)

"I like the tradition of ordinary men in extraordinary circumstances and how they react to events which force them to be heroic in a way that is not in their natures."
- Rob Lowe
(Related: Men, Circumstances, Events, Force, Tradition)

"I suggest that what we want to do is not to leave to posterity a great institution, but to leave behind a great tradition of journalism ably practiced in our time."
- Henry R. Luce
(Related: Time, Journalism, Posterity, Tradition, Want)

"There are some family traditions I don't want my children to carry on."
- Lorna Luft
(Related: Family, Children, Traditions, Want)

"Traditional market researchers are cold and calculating and scientific."
- Frank Luntz
"The biggest share of U.S. exports to the six CAFTA nations is not the traditional job-creation kind. These are products that are not consumed in the purchasing nations."
- Stephen F. Lynch
(Related: Job, Nations)

"I know there's some kind of history to mountain music-like it came from Ireland or England or Scotland and we kept up the tradition."
- Loretta Lynn
(Related: History, Music, England, Ireland, Scotland, Tradition)

"Even now it is no longer composed of the traditional political class, but of a composite layer of corporate leaders, high-level administrators, and the heads of the major professional, labor, political, and religious organisations."
- Jean-Francois Lyotard
(Related: Class, Corporate, Labor, Leaders, Now, Religious)

"What is new in all of this is that the old poles of attraction represented by nation-states, parties, professions, institutions, and historical traditions are losing their attraction."
- Jean-Francois Lyotard
(Related: Losing, Nation, Old, Traditions)

"But an innovation, to grow organically from within, has to be based on an intact tradition, so our idea is to bring together musicians who represent all these traditions, in workshops, festivals, and concerts, to see how we can connect with each other in music."
- Yo-Yo Ma
(Related: Music, Idea, Innovation, Musicians, Tradition, Traditions)

"In these confused times, the role of classical music is at the very core of the struggle to reassert cultural and ethical values that have always characterized our country and for which we have traditionally been honored and respected outside our shores."
- Lorin Maazel
(Related: Music, Values, Country, Struggle)

"You have always had individual directors who begin in the advertising or commercial world, but they are probably exceptions rather than the traditional pattern."
- Ann Macbeth
(Related: Advertising, World)

"Tradition does not mean that the living are dead, it means that the dead are living."
- Harold MacMillan
(Related: Living, Tradition)

"Violin playing is a physical art with great traditions behind it."
- Vanessa Mae
(Related: Art, Traditions)

"At every crossroads on the path that leads to the future, tradition has placed 10,000 men to guard the past."
- Maurice Maeterlinck
(Related: Men, Future, Past, Tradition)

"My personal political convictions are rooted in the populist political traditions of western Canada."
- Preston Manning
(Related: Canada, Traditions)

"It is from the traditional family that we absorb those universal ideals and principles which are the teaching of Jesus, the bedrock of our religious faith. We are taught the difference between right and wrong, and about the law, just punishment and discipline."
- Kamisese Mara
(Related: Family, Faith, Discipline, Difference, Ideals, Law, Principles, Punishment, Religious, Right, Teaching, Wrong)

"If you're going to use standards as criteria for signing musicians, you can sign thousands. If you're going to use some sort of conceptual interpretation that's based on the tradition of those standards, but is trying to move away from it, you're down to about 10 people or so."
- Branford Marsalis
(Related: People, Musicians, Tradition, Trying)

"There's the tradition in jazz of having the Battle of the Bands, and you do not want to get your head cut when you're playing."
- Wynton Marsalis
(Related: Battle, Jazz, Tradition, Want)

"At times I experience hardship in trying to find the proper point of balance between traditional things and my own personality."
- Princess Masako
(Related: Experience, Balance, Hardship, Personality, Trying)

"Tradition is a guide and not a jailer."
- W. Somerset Maugham
(Related: Tradition)

"Architecture is involved with the world, but at the same time it has a certain autonomy. This autonomy cannot be explained in terms of traditional logic because the most interesting parts of the work are non-verbal. They operate within the terms of the work, like any art."
- Thom Mayne
(Related: Architecture, Art, Time, Work, Logic, World)

"For many years, our Messianic Jewish brothers and sisters have paid a great price. Other Jews have rejected them, and the Christian church would require they walk away from their traditions to fit into the Gentile culture. We must face these past wrongs."
- Bill McCartney
(Related: Christian, Church, Brothers, Culture, Past, Sisters, Traditions, Wrongs, Years)

"Both Jewish and Roman sources and traditions admit an empty tomb."
- Josh McDowell
(Related: Traditions)

"But the fact is, Mr. Chairman, for all the challenges the Postal Service of the 21st century faces, it still retains its traditional place as a key cog in how American businesses conduct their affairs and how Americans all across this land communicate."
- John M. McHugh
(Related: American, Americans, Faces, Fact, Key, Land, Service)

"I don't really know of the Jewish tradition of comedy, only the Jewish tradition of not keeping your mouth shut. Complaining about all that is hard, unfair or ridiculous in life-having strong feelings, and not being able to suppress them. That, to me, is Jewish."
- Fred Melamed
(Related: Life, Feelings, Being, Comedy, Complaining, Tradition)

"One of our key strategies has been to restructure traditional high schools into small learning communities with personalized attention and a range of options."
- Thomas Menino
(Related: Attention, Key, Learning, Options, Schools)

"The long-established and noble rule of Law, one of the greatest products of the character and tradition of British history, has suffered a deadly blow. Blackmail has become respectable."
- Robert G. Menzies
(Related: History, Character, Law, Tradition)

"A child is beset with long traditions. And his infancy is so old, so old, that the mere adding of years in the life to follow will not seem to throw it further back - it is already so far."
- Alice Meynell
(Related: Life, Old, Traditions, Will, Years)

"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
(Related: Tradition, Writer)

"Argumentative exhibitions bring issues to life in a way that very much irritates traditional curators who want to see their pictures valued for themselves."
- Jonathan Miller
(Related: Life, Want)

"Countries under foreign command quickly forget their history, their past, their tradition, their national symbols, their way of living, often their own literary language."
- Slobodan Milosevic
(Related: History, Countries, Forget, Language, Literary, Living, Past, Tradition)

"When a person responds emotionally to intellectual things, or emotionally only to traditional emotional things - I find that an interesting break between myself and some other writers and fans."
- Elizabeth Moon
(Related: Fans, Writers)

"Traditional songwriting, to us, is where the experimental nature comes in. We're all involved with so much outside activity with really hardcore, experimental music-making."
- Thurston Moore
(Related: Nature, Music)

"Black Books adheres to a more old fashioned, traditional sitcom format, which I think works, because in its own way, it's quite theatrical."
- Dylan Moran
(Related: Books, Old)

"The Black Mountain poet I like most is the early Creeley. Those early poems seem very lyrical and very traditional, with a lot of voice and character."
- Robert Morgan
(Related: Character, Poems, Voice)

"Anything well written with good language and clarity and honesty is worth doing. It comes out of the same tradition as Shakespeare."
- Michael Moriarty
(Related: Honesty, Clarity, Language, Shakespeare, Tradition, Worth)

"With honesty of purpose, balance, a respect for tradition, courage, and, above all, a philosophy of life, any young person who embraces the historical profession will find it rich in rewards and durable in satisfaction."
- Samuel E. Morison
(Related: Life, Courage, Honesty, Purpose, Balance, Philosophy, Profession, Respect, Satisfaction, Tradition, Will)

"You can count on one hand the number of Novus Ordo churches in this country that feature a fully Catholic music program of any quality, consistent with the Roman rite tradition."
- Richard Morris
(Related: Music, Quality, Churches, Country, Tradition)

"Inaudible prayers, particularly of the Canon, which at first don't seem to have anything to do with music, end up being a very important part of the aesthetic of the traditional structure of the Mass."
- Richard Morris
(Related: Music, Being, End, First)

"So many of the sounds that contemporary composers were trying to create were to be found in the traditional musics of the world. That was encouraging but also little daunting to think that you had to work so hard to be new and yet it was old."
- Robert Morris
(Related: Work, Encouraging, Composers, Old, Trying, World)

"Most painting in the European tradition was painting the mask. Modern art rejected all that. Our subject matter was the person behind the mask."
- Robert Motherwell
(Related: Art, Painting, Tradition)

"Defenders of the status quo will argue that this system has served us well over the centuries, that our parliamentary traditions have combined stability and flexibility and that we should not cast away in a minute what has taken generations to build."
- Ferdinand Mount
(Related: Flexibility, Generations, Stability, Traditions, Will)

"Now, the instrumentation in the jazz band and the jazz dance band has gone through many evolutions. For instance, in the 'twenties the tradition was two or three saxophones."
- Gerry Mulligan
(Related: Dance, Jazz, Now, Tradition)

"Traditionalists are pessimists about the future and optimists about the past."
- Lewis Mumford
(Related: Future, Past)

"If we follow the traditional way of thought, there will always be traditional enemies. Extremist circles from both sides will find causes to give rise to problems."
- Fatos Nano
(Related: Thought, Causes, Enemies, Problems, Will)

"The greatest impediments to changes in our traditional roles seem to lie not in the visible world of conscious intent, but in the murky realm of the unconscious mind."
- Augustus Y. Napier
(Related: Lie, Mind, Unconscious, World)

"And I am also here to say that if something were to happen, we are prepared to respond swiftly, to respond effectively, and to respond strongly. That is our tradition as a country. And that is a tradition that we will uphold, regardless of any circumstance because this nation is one that is very, very strong and, indeed, extraordinarily resilient."
- Janet Napolitano
(Related: Circumstance, Country, Nation, Tradition, Will)

"Martin guitars have now brought out, you know, on a more traditional level, the Stephen Stills' model of Martin guitars. It's beautiful. I just went inside. I bought one immediately."
- Graham Nash
(Related: Martin, Now)

"We know that golf is an ancient game with great history and tradition, but our golf is only 10 years old so don't judge us too harshly."
- Nursultan Nazarbayev
(Related: History, Golf, Old, Tradition, Years)

"The Latin musical tradition is very rich and gives the singer a lot of freedom to explore a range of."
- Ednita Nazario
(Related: Freedom, Tradition)

"As Mayor, I will fully support my Arts Commission and its professional selection committees so that they can commission a full range of public art that is daring and, when appropriate, daringly traditional."
- Gavin Newsom
(Related: Art, Public, Support, Will)

"The children, each of those kids is in touch with nature and traditional aboriginal culture so a very important part of getting performances from them was just letting them be and trying to capture the unique spirituality that was in each of them."
- Phillip Noyce
(Related: Nature, Children, Culture, Kids, Spirituality, Trying)

"Certainly the emphasis I place in this chapter on coordination of behavior and cooperation to mutual benefit is something that ought to be very congenial to people in the libertarian tradition."
- Robert Nozick
(Related: People, Behavior, Cooperation, Tradition)

"I decided that the University of Sussex in Brighton was a good place for this work because it had a strong tradition in bacterial molecular genetics and an excellent reputation in biology."
- Paul Nurse
(Related: Work, Genetics, Reputation, Tradition, University)

"As beautiful as simplicity is, it can become a tradition that stands in the way of exploration."
- Laura Nyro
(Related: Exploration, Simplicity, Tradition)

"Our enemy is by tradition our savior, in preventing us from superficiality."
- Joyce Carol Oates
(Related: Enemy, Superficiality, Tradition)

"So we are not doing the traditional album, tour, album, tour, album, tour anymore. We're going to tour when we want to, regardless of whether we've got a record out."
- Ed O'Brien
(Related: Want)

"There has always been quite a strong black and white art tradition in Australia, with quite a large contingent of cartoonists, given the size of the population."
- Pat Oliphant
(Related: Art, Population, Tradition)

"Tradition has made women cowardly."
- Nance O'Neil
(Related: Women, Tradition)

"There are some people, by the way, that associate a certain amount of visualization with the performance of music. Those are people that really are not centrally concerned only with music, the traditional things."
- Leo Ornstein
(Related: Music, People, Performance, Visualization)

"But, number one, I think traditional noir doesn't work in contemporary storytelling because we don't live in that world anymore."
- Brian De Palma
(Related: Work, World)

"Traditionalists often study what is taught, not what there is to create."
- Ed Parker
(Related: Study)

"Among those who are satisfactory in this respect it is desirable to have represented as great a diversity of intellectual tradition, social milieu and personal character as possible."
- Talcott Parsons
(Related: Character, Diversity, Respect, Tradition)

"Another term for preventive war is aggressive war - starting wars because someday somebody might do something to us. That is not part of the American tradition."
- Ron Paul
(Related: War, American, Tradition)

"More than anything else, let me be clear - we need to be willing to fight for freedom, and free markets, and traditional moral values. That's what the American people want to see this movement and this party return to."
- Mike Pence
(Related: People, Values, American, Fight, Freedom, Party, Want)

"Traditionally, songwriters can't sing. And that holds true in my case, also."
- John Phillips
"We were constantly moving to different countries and adjusting to new things. It was such a free feeling. I'm glad I didn't have a traditional upbringing."
- River Phoenix
(Related: Countries, Feeling)

"There's a tradition in British intellectual life of mocking any non-political force that gets involved in politics, especially within the sphere of the arts and the theatre."
- Harold Pinter
(Related: Life, Politics, Force, Theatre, Tradition)

"The cause of the break with the tradition of antiquity was the rapid and unexpected advance of Islam. The result of this advance was the final separation of East from West, and the end of the Mediterranean unity."
- Henri Pirenne
(Related: Islam, Cause, End, Result, Separation, Tradition, Unity)

"Traditional scientific method has always been at the very best, 20 - 20 hindsight. It's good for seeing where you've been. It's good for testing the truth of what you think you know, but it can't tell you where you ought to go."
- Robert M. Pirsig
(Related: Truth, Hindsight, Testing)

"I'd just like to see a role for women where someone who isn't traditionally attractive is not portraying the best friend. You know, the character that only speaks in questions. 'Gee, are you gonna go out with him? Do you think I look fat?'"
- Martha Plimpton
(Related: Women, Friend, Character, Questions)

"These maxims and the art of interpreting them may be said to constitute the premisses of science but I prefer to call them our scientific beliefs. These premisses or beliefs are embodied in a tradition, the tradition of science."
- Michael Polanyi
(Related: Art, Science, Beliefs, Maxims, May, Tradition)

"To the extent that I come from a deeply religious tradition and have been contending with those beginnings all of my life - that constitutes the subject of much of my early fiction."
- Chaim Potok
(Related: Life, Beginnings, Fiction, Religious, Tradition)

"Our country's political discourse and debate are enriched by discussions of the political implications of our faith traditions, whether they are taking place in our communities, at our dinner tables, or in our places of worship."
- David E. Price
(Related: Faith, Country, Debate, Traditions, Worship)

"I realized it wasn't necessary to work in the traditional methods of carving and casting."
- Martin Puryear
(Related: Work)

"A poet clings to his own tradition and avoids internationalism."
- Salvatore Quasimodo
(Related: Tradition)

"The traditional Christian attitude toward human personality was that human nature was essentially good and that it was formed and modified by social pressures and training."
- Carroll Quigley
(Related: Nature, Attitude, Christian, Human nature, Personality, Training)

"There was an honorable tradition of using anonymous sources that was ruined by Jayson Blair."
- Ted Rall
(Related: Tradition)

"The battleground has been moderates of all faith traditions in all the countries of the world against the radicals of all faith traditions in all parts of the world."
- Feisal Abdul Rauf
(Related: Faith, Countries, Traditions, World)

"In some of the countries where we operate, there is a tradition of corruption, in which the political elites work with business in the framework of unsavory relationships."
- Lee R. Raymond
(Related: Business, Work, Corruption, Countries, Relationships, Tradition)

"I think we have a good team, but soccer fans will know that we're in a really tough group. The three teams in our group are really strong. The Czech Republic is a very good team, Italy is traditionally a powerhouse, and Ghana is one of the best teams in Africa."
- Claudio Reyna
(Related: Fans, Italy, Soccer, Will)

"I think singing traditional country is wonderful, because I'm bringing it to my generation and to the younger kids."
- LeAnn Rimes
(Related: Country, Kids, Singing)

"My mother came from St. Thomas. I heard that melody and all I did was actually adapt it. I made my adaptation of sort of an island traditional melody. It did become sort of my trademark tune."
- Sonny Rollins
(Related: Mother)

"Like me, the great majority of Americans wish both to preserve the traditional definition of marriage and to oppose bias and intolerance directed towards gays and lesbians."
- Mitt Romney
(Related: Marriage, Americans, Intolerance, Majority)

"The literature of women's lives is a tradition of escapees, women who have lived to tell the tale."
- Phyllis Rose
(Related: Women, Literature, Tradition)

"Ever since the 1860s when photographers travelled the American West and brought photographs of scenic wonders back to the people on the East Coast of America we have had a North American tradition of landscape photography used for the environment."
- Galen Rowell
(Related: People, America, American, Environment, Photography, Tradition, Wonders)

"Traditional science is all about finding shortcuts."
- Rudy Rucker
(Related: Science)

"I come from a traditional theater background."
- Mark Ruffalo
(Related: Theater)

"So there's a lot of people tied into believing that the traditional response to the authorship question. In terms of actors, some people get very angry about it."
- Mark Rylance
(Related: People, Actors, Authorship, Question)

"We also have the option of scanning in an image from outside the computer... a photo, or a sketch done with traditional tools; and we can then paint, manipulate, process, change, and further develop the image within the computer, watching our progress on the monitor."
- Buffy Sainte-Marie
(Related: Change, Progress, Computer, Tools)

"In Europe, there is so much tradition, and everyone has established ideas as to what art should be and what it has always been."
- Esa-Pekka Salonen
(Related: Art, Ideas, Europe, Tradition)

"I'm always told that what I say is controversial. Why is it controversial? Because I speak from a tradition that has now fallen out of favor with the dominant media in this country. And so when I say things like marriage should be between one man and one woman, I'm called a bigot."
- Rick Santorum
(Related: Marriage, Country, Man, Media, Now, Tradition, Woman)

"Watching President Obama apologize last week for America's arrogance - before a French audience that owes its freedom to the sacrifices of Americans - helped convince me that he has a deep-seated antipathy toward American values and traditions."
- Rick Santorum
(Related: Values, America, American, Americans, Arrogance, Deep, Freedom, President, Traditions)

"A common creation demands a common sacrifice, and perhaps not the least potent argument in favour of a constructed international language is the fact that it is equally foreign, or apparently so, to the traditions of all nationalities."
- Edward Sapir
(Related: Sacrifice, Argument, Creation, Fact, Language, Traditions)

"In general, the philological movement opened up countless sources relevant to linguistic issues, treating them in quite a different spirit from traditional grammar; for instance, the study of inscriptions and their language. But not yet in the spirit of linguistics."
- Ferdinand de Saussure
(Related: Grammar, Language, Spirit, Study)

"Sometimes I'll go by and there are a couple of swans, the next day it's a few ducks. I'd like to stop there every day for a year and capture how it changes, then put it all together to create an incredible image of a traditional English scene."
- Graeme Le Saux
(Related: Day, English, Swans)

"First, it doesn't surprise me that traditional music has experienced a kind of exhaustion in the 20th century - not forgetting that many musicians started to look outside the traditional structures of tonality."
- Pierre Schaeffer
(Related: Music, Exhaustion, First, Musicians)

"In contrast, traditional classical music starts from an abstract musical schema. This is then notated and only expressed in concrete sound as a last stage, when it is performed."
- Pierre Schaeffer
(Related: Music, Contrast, Sound)

"He was the first to conceive of movies as an art form. His belief was that if the traditional art form would not find room for him, then he would make an art form of his own."
- Richard Schickel
(Related: Art, Movies, Belief, First)

"Science and technology revolutionize our lives, but memory, tradition and myth frame our response."
- Arthur M. Schlesinger
(Related: Science, Technology, Memory, Myth, Tradition)

"The thing that people seem to miss about not just Google, but also our competitors, Yahoo, eBay and so forth, is that there's an awful lot of communities that have never been served by traditional media."
- Eric Schmidt
(Related: People, Media)

"Traditional copyright has been that you can't make a full copy of somebody's work without their permission."
- Patricia Schroeder
(Related: Work)

"China traditionally has been a tea-drinking country but we turned them into coffee drinkers."
- Howard Schultz
(Related: Coffee, Country, Tea)

"We are all part of a tradition, at least we depend on the past."
- Klaus Schulze
(Related: Past, Tradition)

"Saddam is a familiar dictatorial aggressor, with traditional goals for his aggression."
- Brent Scowcroft
(Related: Goals, Aggression)

"Saddam's ouster will not necessarily lead to the same result, since Iraq lacks democratic traditions. Democracy doesn't just consist of holding elections."
- Brent Scowcroft
(Related: Democracy, Elections, Iraq, Result, Traditions, Will)

"Dick Clark is an American icon. I am honored that he has entrusted me with such a role in this national tradition."
- Ryan Seacrest
(Related: American, Tradition)

"The music that I play and that I like is traditional music, maybe it's because of my age."
- Compay Segundo
(Related: Age, Music, Play)

"Can you imagine that Cuba and Europe's youth, who had forgotten about traditional music, who only thought of rock music, are now looking back towards their grandparents? That is a phenomenon."
- Compay Segundo
(Related: Music, Thought, Europe, Grandparents, Now, Youth)

"After World War II great strides were made in modern Japanese architecture, not only in advanced technology, allowing earthquake resistant tall buildings, but expressing and infusing characteristics of traditional Japanese architecture in modern buildings."
- Harry Seidler
(Related: Architecture, War, Technology, World, World war)

"My use of the medium - photography - is in some ways traditional."
- Andres Serrano
(Related: Photography)

"We must honor our country's tradition of openness and continue to welcome new immigrants."
- Jose Serrano
(Related: Country, Honor, Tradition)

"And the camera position, the organization, looking for repeating forms, shapes, trying to set up a visual rhythm seemed to come very natural. All of a sudden I was in a forest of aluminum and steel rather than a forest that we might think of in a traditional sense."
- John Sexton
(Related: Sense, Trying)

"Malcolm was a firm believer in the value and importance of our heritage. He believed that we have valuable and distinct cultural traditions which need to be institutionalized so that they can be passed on to our heirs."
- Betty Shabazz
(Related: Importance, Traditions, Value)

"Japan is not a Western democracy. The Japanese have kept their traditions, culture and heritage, but they have joined the community of free nations."
- Natan Sharansky
(Related: Community, Culture, Democracy, Nations, Traditions)

"This character in the film, these things that he says which sound like advice and wise things, they are very common for Orientals. It's all the tradition."
- Omar Sharif
(Related: Character, Advice, Film, Sound, Tradition)

"A whole generation of young whites have involved themselves with traditional Negro music."
- Archie Shepp
(Related: Music)

"I didn't have any interest in traditional art."
- Cindy Sherman
(Related: Art, Interest)

"What I learned, a little too late, was that the 'traditional' Martin Short target viewer weighs under 300 pounds. Unfortunately, I was on during daytime."
- Martin Short
(Related: Martin)

"The Army War College has been a tradition in central Pennsylvania for years."
- Bill Shuster
(Related: War, Army, College, Tradition, Years)

"I lean towards traditionally what people would consider the more negative side of life."
- Josh Silver
(Related: Life, People, Negative)

"This is what Hollywood tends to do. It tends to disregard tradition, history and anything factual, twisting it and turning it and making it all okay regardless of what the English may think of it."
- Christian Slater
(Related: History, English, Hollywood, May, Tradition)

"There's something about doing theatre in London - it sinks a little bit deeper into your soul as an actor. It's something about the tradition of theatre, about performing on the West End stage."
- Christian Slater
(Related: Soul, Actor, End, London, Theatre, Tradition)

"Poetry is a special use of language that opens onto the real. The business of the poet is truth telling, which is why in the Celtic tradition no one could be a teacher unless he or she was a poet."
- Huston Smith
(Related: Business, Poetry, Truth, Language, Tradition)

"We're traditional and don't do cutting-edge styles, but after 17 years we're holding our own."
- Jaclyn Smith
(Related: Years)

"Artists are traditionally resistant to labels."
- Patti Smith
(Related: Artists)

"We shall listen, not lecture; learn, not threaten. We will enhance our safety by earning the respect of others and showing respect for them. In short, our foreign policy will rest on the traditional American values of restraint and empathy, not on military might."
- Theodore C. Sorensen
(Related: Policy, Values, American, Empathy, Foreign policy, Military, Respect, Rest, Restraint, Safety, Will)

"There's a great tradition in storytelling that's thousands of years old, telling stories about kings and their palaces, and that's really what I wanted to do."
- Aaron Sorkin
(Related: Kings, Old, Tradition, Years)

"If these theatres didn't exist, the tradition of British theatre would cease to exist."
- David Soul
(Related: Theatre, Tradition)

"As a matter of traditional and sound constitutional doctrine, an amendment to the Constitution should be the last resort when all other measures have proved inadequate."
- Arlen Specter
(Related: Constitution, Doctrine, Sound)

"I like narrative storytelling as being part of a tradition, a folk tradition."
- Bruce Springsteen
(Related: Being, Folk, Tradition)

"Create your own method. Don't depend slavishly on mine. Make up something that will work for you! But keep breaking traditions, I beg you."
- Konstantin Stanislavisky
(Related: Work, Traditions, Will)

"I am among the few who continue to draw after childhood is ended, continuing and perfecting childhood drawing - without the traditional interruption of academic training."
- Saul Steinberg
(Related: Childhood, Training)

"Don't talk to me about aesthetics or tradition. Talk to me about what sells and what's good right now. And what the American people like is to think the underdog still has a chance."
- George Steinbrenner
(Related: People, Aesthetics, American, Chance, Now, Right, Talk, Tradition)

"We must recover the element of quality in our traditional pursuit of equality. We must not, in opening our schools to everyone, confuse the idea that all should have equal chance with the notion that all have equal endowments."
- Adlai E. Stevenson
(Related: Equality, Idea, Chance, Pursuit, Schools)

"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
(Related: Heart, Mankind, Tradition, World)

"And we had our own laws. I mean, I wrote them. And we had our own customs, and traditions, and proprieties."
- James Stockdale
(Related: Laws, Traditions)

"Whether it is the old lady's fear, or the many ghostly traditions of this place, or the crucifix itself, I do not know, but I am not feeling nearly as easy in my mind as usual."
- Bram Stoker
(Related: Fear, Feeling, Lady, Mind, Old, Traditions)

"I believe that all poetry is formal in that it exists within limits, limits that are either inherited by tradition or limits that language itself imposes."
- Mark Strand
(Related: Poetry, Language, Limits, Tradition)

"It is characteristic of the epistemological tradition to present us with partial scenarios and then to demand whole or categorical answers as it were."
- Avrum Stroll
(Related: Answers, Present, Tradition)

"I realized that I wanted to play characters and do traditional theatre. I wanted to make believe again. I like putting on a costume and pretending to be someone else for a few hours, and I have a great respect for playwrights."
- Lusia Strus
(Related: Play, Respect, Theatre)

"The Faculty of Technology of Tohoku University is renowned for its tradition of practical studies."
- Koichi Tanaka
(Related: Technology, Tradition, University)

"Tradition can, to be sure, participate in a creation, but it can no longer be creative itself."
- Kenzo Tange
(Related: Creation, Tradition)

"I love the tradition of Dickens, where even the most minor walk-on characters are twitching and particular and alive."
- Donna Tartt
(Related: Love, Tradition)

"The mission for the day is to encourage students to think beyond traditional career opportunities, prepare for future careers and entrance into the workplace."
- Allen Tate
(Related: Career, Careers, Day, Future, Mission, Students)

"I'm sure if we had made an album that was more traditional would have been released immediately. When we actually play this music on stage and people become familiar with it, it will become more popular."
- Mick Taylor
(Related: Music, People, Play, Popular, Will)

"Whatever he does should be seen as working at the Presidency and if he goes to Colorado for Christmas, it should be for a minimum amount of time, the family tradition and family get-together aspect emphasized, and it be seen as a working vacation."
- Robert Teeter
(Related: Family, Time, Christmas, Presidency, Tradition, Vacation)

"Anybody who had come up with a new concept would have been under suspicion for being out of step with the tradition or out of step with the teachings of the church."
- John Templeton
(Related: Church, Being, Suspicion, Tradition)

"When we did concerts, we wanted them to be theatrical events - collaborations with designers, choreographers, and directors - because we thought traditional rock concerts were boring."
- Neil Tennant
(Related: Thought, Events)

"They've pursued their own agendas, and they've done what they've wanted to do and not pursued traditional careers in the music industry. They've followed their own instincts, and they are in many ways maverick performers."
- Neil Tennant
(Related: Music, Careers)

"The difference between the more traditional sports clubs and Congress is that Congress doesn't really compete against another team."
- Cal Thomas
(Related: Sports, Congress, Difference)

"The whole path of American music has been so much about the recognition of stylistic diversity, and the recognition of the importance of music which was from one of the vernacular traditions."
- Michael Tilson Thomas
(Related: Music, American, Diversity, Importance, Traditions)

"My true function within a society which embraces all of us is to continue an age-old tradition. This tradition is to create images from the depths of the imagination and to give them form, whether visual, intellectual or musical."
- Michael Tippett
(Related: Imagination, Society, Age, Tradition)

"I used to be interested in Windows NT, but the more I see it, the more it looks like traditional Windows with a stabler kernel. I don't find anything technically interesting there."
- Linus Torvalds
(Related: Windows)

"Finnish companies tend to be very traditional, not taking many risks. Silicon Valley is completely different: people here really live on the edge."
- Linus Torvalds
(Related: People)

"There are two traditions in Northern Ireland. There are two main religious denominations. But there is only one true moral denomination. And it wants peace."
- David Trimble
(Related: Peace, Ireland, Religious, Traditions)

"Let's try winning and see what it feels like. If we don't like it, we can go back to our traditions."
- Paul Tsongas
(Related: Winning, Traditions)

"I think Europeans have enough tradition and respect for the experience and body of work of an actress that they don't sell out to the new ones."
- Kathleen Turner
(Related: Experience, Work, Body, Respect, Tradition)

"I have been interested in Irish traditional music for the past few years."
- Nobuo Uematsu
(Related: Music, Irish, Past, Years)

"We, of our time, have played our part in the perseverance, and we have pledged ourselves to the dead generations who have preserved intact for us this glorious heritage, that we, too, will strive to be faithful to the end, and pass on this tradition unblemished."
- Eamon de Valera
(Related: Time, Perseverance, End, Generations, Tradition, Will)

"I am a journalist in the field of etiquette. I try to find out what the most genteel people regularly do, what traditions they have discarded, what compromises they have made."
- Amy Vanderbilt
(Related: People, Etiquette, Traditions)

"Because of the audience I get and the fact that these people aren't traditional comics buyers I don't think the comic industry looks at that and thinks that is a very respectable thing. I'm very used to it. I'm not the guy who wins awards and gets mentioned in magazines."
- Jhonen Vasquez
(Related: People, Awards, Fact)

"My father felt that his world of ideas was too liberal for traditional rabbinical teachings, and he looked for a chance to find a way in life."
- Immanuel Velikovsky
(Related: Life, Father, Ideas, Chance, Liberal, World)

"We have a long tradition in this state of caring for our neighbors - it is truly an Iowa value."
- Thomas Vilsack
(Related: Caring, Neighbors, State, Tradition, Value)

"People ask 'do you make a conscious effort not to swear?' - if you're doing silly stuff you're not tempted to put swearing in. All the comics from my childhood, who were funny without swearing, were the people that influenced me. What I do is quite traditional anyway."
- Tim Vine
(Related: Funny, People, Childhood, Effort, Silly, Swearing)

"These days too many of us seem inclined to cover our ears, close our eyes, and blindly follow the most narrow, conservative tenets of religion; or else seek comfort in the ancient traditions of New Age ritual."
- Joan D. Vinge
(Related: Age, Religion, Comfort, Conservative, Eyes, Ritual, Traditions)

"But our society does not grant nontraditional forms of intelligence equal recognition, no matter how much it would help us get along or truly enrich our lives."
- Joan D. Vinge
(Related: Intelligence, Society, Help)

"Each time, storytellers clothed the naked body of the myth in their own traditions, so that listeners could relate more easily to its deeper meaning."
- Joan D. Vinge
(Related: Time, Body, Meaning, Myth, Traditions)

"In the same period, Polish literature also underwent some significant changes. From social-political literature, which had a great tradition and strong motivation to be that way, Polish literature changed its focus to a psychological rather than a social one."
- Andrzej Wajda
(Related: Motivation, Focus, Literature, Tradition)

"I'm passing on a tradition of which I am part. There's a long line of poets who went before me, and I'm another one, and I'm hoping to pass that on to other younger, or newer, poets than myself."
- Diane Wakoski
(Related: Poets, Tradition)

"I don't like political poetry, and I don't write it. If this question was pointing towards that, I think it is missing the point of the American tradition, which is always apolitical, even when the poetry comes out of politically active writers."
- Diane Wakoski
(Related: Poetry, American, Question, Tradition, Writers)

"There is nothing worth having that can he obtained by nuclear war - nothing material or ideological - no tradition that it can defend. It is utterly self-defeating."
- George Wald
(Related: War, Nothing, Self, Tradition, Worth)

"There aren't traditions of freedom in a place like Iraq. They're going to have to come to grips with a concept that they hadn't been allowed to conceive before."
- Malcolm Wallop
(Related: Freedom, Iraq, Traditions)

"I see myself as a true modernist. Even when I do a traditional gown, I give it a modern twist. I go to the past for research. I need to know what came before so I can break the rules."
- Vera Wang
(Related: Past, Research, Rules)

"What's great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest."
- Andy Warhol
(Related: America, Country, Tradition)

"I am outraged that a House member has tried through this provision to breach the traditional confidentiality of individual Americans' tax returns. There is no reason for this measure, and this last-minute act violates all principles of judgment and common sense."
- John Warner
(Related: Act, Americans, Common sense, Tax, Judgment, Measure, Principles, Reason)

"The old Court you and I served so long will not be worthy of its traditions if Nixon can twist, turn and fashion If Nixon gets away with that, then Nixon makes the law as he goes along - not the Congress nor the courts."
- Earl Warren
(Related: Congress, Court, Fashion, Law, Nixon, Old, Traditions, Will)

"Because it's not only that a child is inseparable from the family in which he lives, but that the lives of families are determined by the community in which they live and the cultural tradition from which they come."
- Bernice Weissbourd
(Related: Family, Community, Tradition)

"The economic piece is still missing, since it's so hard to attract industry to reservations, but spiritually and educationally, they're doing just fine. Each tribe has a community college now, and they teach the language, they teach the traditions."
- James Welch
(Related: College, Community, Language, Now, Traditions)

"I am definitely a storyteller, but probably not a traditional Storyteller."
- James Welch
"I grew up in a place where everybody was a storyteller, but nobody wrote. It was that kind of Celtic, storytelling tradition: everybody would have a story at the pub or at parties, even at the clubs and raves."
- Irvine Welsh
"To follow imperfect, uncertain, or corrupted traditions, in order to avoid erring in our own judgment, is but to exchange one danger for another."
- Richard Whately
(Related: Danger, Judgment, Order, Traditions)

"Organisations are now confronted with two sources of change: the traditional type that is initiated and managed; and external changes over which no one has control."
- Margaret J. Wheatley
(Related: Control, Now)

"I've never really been a traditional country kind of guy. I wanted my music to sound more like the end of the '90s and to have the kind of great music, pop or whatever, that radio will embrace."
- Bryan White
(Related: Music, Country, End, Sound, Will)

"Still others want a traditional guitar sound if they call you for guitar."
- Mark White
(Related: Guitar, Sound, Want)

"The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato."
- Alfred North Whitehead
(Related: Tradition)

"Tradition wears a snowy beard, romance is always young."
- John Greenleaf Whittier
(Related: Romance, Tradition)

"Many traditional religions foster attitudes that ought to have disappeared as biological understanding accumulated over the last century."
- George C. Williams
(Related: Understanding)

"Incidentally, one of the most worrying problems in the impact of Western modernity on traditional culture is that it quite rapidly communicates its own indifference or anxiety or even hostility about age and ageing."
- Rowan D. Williams
(Related: Age, Ageing, Anxiety, Culture, Indifference, Modernity, Problems)

"My visit this autumn is an opportunity to continue that rich tradition of visits between Canterbury and Rome."
- Rowan Williams
(Related: Opportunity, Autumn, Rome, Tradition, Visit)

"Blacks have traditionally had to operate in a situation where whites have set themselves up as the custodians of the black experience."
- August Wilson
(Related: Experience)

"I feel that I, and the people under my command, tried to use all the traditional methods of recruiting agents which were also used by other intelligence services; adopting also means like pressure, money, sex - but that did not characterize my service."
- Markus Wolf
(Related: Intelligence, Money, Sex, People, Pressure, Service)

"Radical Chic, after all, is only radical in Style; in its heart it is part of Society and its traditions."
- Tom Wolfe
(Related: Society, Heart, Radical, Style, Traditions)

"Because the more you write the more you're aware of the weight of your tradition and the difficulties of the form and the more you have already done that you do not want to do again."
- Tobias Wolff
(Related: Difficulties, Tradition, Want, Weight)

"What I'm going to be given I gather is not the key to the city, which in many cities is the case. It's the freedom medal, and for me freedom has always been associated traditionally within the city."
- George Woodcock
(Related: Cities, Freedom, Key)

"If a race has no history, if it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated."
- Carter G. Woodson
(Related: History, Thought, Being, Danger, Race, Tradition, World)

"We always had to play the game and play for the team. It is a Kent tradition."
- Frank Woolley
(Related: Play, Tradition)

"When you're doing the traditional musicals, singing songs that are 40 and 50 years old, you realize there's a reason why those musicals are hits. These are amazing songs!"
- Tom Wopat
(Related: Old, Reason, Singing, Songs, Years)

"I felt there's a wealth in Jewish tradition, a great inheritance. I'd be a jerk not to take advantage of it."
- Herman Wouk
(Related: Wealth, Inheritance, Tradition)

"I'm very much a traditionalist, but I think it's important to know about tradition so that you can evolve the music you are deciding to make."
- Chely Wright
(Related: Music, Tradition)

"Fuel cell vehicles run on clean-burning hydrogen and are three times more efficient than the traditional combustible engine."
- Albert Wynn
"The Berlin Wall wasn't the only barrier to fall after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. Traditional barriers to the flow of money, trade, people and ideas also fell."
- Fareed Zakaria
(Related: Money, War, People, Ideas, End, Trade)

"On the other hand, there would be some value in different folks getting together to share expertise and technology; but to the listener, it wouldn't necessarily seem like a single station in the traditional sense."
- Jamie Zawinski
(Related: Technology, Expertise, Sense, Value)

"With our work at Kazaa, we began seeing growing broadband connections and more powerful computers and more streaming multimedia, and we saw that the traditional way of communicating by phone no longer made a lot of sense."
- Niklas Zennstrom
(Related: Computers, Work, Sense)

"It's not that I wanted to be an actor; it's that I didn't want to be a dancer! I was trained in traditional Chinese dance, and after working so hard it seemed unfair to just disappear into a group."
- Ziyi Zhang
(Related: Dance, Actor, Want)

"My instinct as a philosopher is that we are effectively approaching a multicentric world, which means we need to ask new, and for the traditional left, unpleasant questions."
- Slavoj Zizek
(Related: Instinct, Questions, World)

"I think it's too easy often to find a villain out of the headlines and to then repeat that villainy again and again and again. You know, traditionally, America has always looked to scapegoat someone as the boogie man."
- Edward Zwick
(Related: America, Man, Villainy)