100+ Best Traditional Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational traditional quotes will brighten up your day and make you feel ready to take on anything.

Famous Traditional Quotes

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. — Constantin Stanislavski

The assumption must be that those who can see value only in tradition, or versions of it, deny man’s ability to adapt to changing circumstances. — Stephen Bayley

The tradition is a fence around the law; tithes are a fence around riches; vows are a fence around abstinence; a fence around wisdom is silence. — Akiva ben Joseph

I have sympathy for anyone who finds consolation anywhere we can. And many people do find it in religious tradition as it has been. I mean, I love much of that tradition. But somehow, that just didn’t speak to me in the way that it does to some. — Elaine Pagels

If I have smashed the traditions, it was because I knew no traditions. — Maud Adams

There’s a tradition of public service in my family. I’m one of three boys that joined the military. My father was in the Peace Corps. — Phil Klay

I come from a family with a long tradition in shoemaking, and I still live in a region famous for its shoemakers. It is getting harder and harder to find skilled workers. There are no professional training institutes, so we have to train our own employees. And an apprenticeship takes three years. — Diego Della Valle

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

It doesn’t matter what tradition you come from, what religion you have or don’t, what culture you were brought up in or what God you ascribe to: Faith is worthwhile as it helps us to be kinder, more generous, more loving and forgiving people. — Charity Sunshine Tillemann-Dick

When you create something new, you’re breaking tradition – which is an act of defiance. — Steven Strogatz

Maryland has a tradition of Democratic Party conservatism. — Bob Ehrlich

Violin playing is a physical art with great traditions behind it. — Vanessa Mae

One of my greatest inspirations for stand-up was Jonathan Winters. He was a genius. One thing about him, and also Lenny Bruce, is that they were in the tradition of the one-man show. That’s why Richard Pryor was so great, and George Carlin, too. They prowled the stage, they used voices, they were really talents. — Robert Klein

There used to be a tradition of the loveable rogue who would steal from the honour boxes in churches and buy a round of drinks with the money he snagged. And everyone would find him tremendously good company. But not any more. — Douglas Coupland

America’s freedom of religion, and freedom from religion, offers every wisdom tradition an opportunity to address our soul-deep needs: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, secular humanism, agnosticism and atheism among others. — Parker Palmer

Those who say we should dismantle the role of Poet Laureate altogether, the trick they miss is that being called this thing, with the weight of tradition behind it, and with the association of the Royal family, does allow you to have conversations and to open doors, and wallets, for the good of poetry in a way that nothing else would allow. — Andrew Motion

I want to be a traditional king first and foremost, building on the tradition of my predecessors standing for continuity and stability in this country, but also a 21st-century king who can unite, represent and encourage society. — Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange

For members of a traditional society where many traditions have been discredited, an interest in modernity can result in a restless sophistication. Mehmet Ertegun seems not to have been a restless man. — George W. S. Trow

The Jewish tradition presents itself as the greatest revelation of God’s truth that can be known in the world. That is why we call ourselves ‘the chosen people.’ It is not that we choose ourselves. It means that we have been elected by God and given the Torah. — David Novak

A lot of crime writing suffers from treading water. I feel an obligation to move the character on and not repeat myself. I try to fit him into a different period and a different agenda. That way, you learn slightly more about his personal history in the tradition of the unreliable narrator. It makes it more challenging to write. — Philip Kerr

When I was sixteen I started acting, and I also started to embrace my tradition and culture. I had a young medicine man interpret for me what it is to be an Indian. He really caught me at a good time because I was really vulnerable after the loss of my parents with all of the feelings of abandonment. — Adam Beach

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

Big Tech’s nonchalance about copyright violation tramples over people like my wife and me, who strive to make a living in the great tradition of the creative realm. — Peter Lerangis

Our moral traditions developed concurrently with our reason, not as its product. — Friedrich August von Hayek

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

The Faculty of Technology of Tohoku University is renowned for its tradition of practical studies. — Koichi Tanaka

The focus in the Western pictorial tradition is on the body of Christ, the bit you can paint, the Nativity and the infancy, but above all the Passion, where you can find images for every stage and every moment. — Neil MacGregor

As the spiritual leader of six million people, the Dalai Lama can be credited with a significant renunciation of the authority of tradition – of the conventional politics of national self-interest as well as of religion. — Pankaj Mishra

Darwin’s idea of natural selection makes people uncomfortable because it reverses the direction of tradition. — Daniel Dennett

I prefer to choose which traditions to keep and which to let go. — Theodore Bikel

The most important part of the process of mourning is regularly reciting kaddish in a synagogue. Kaddish is a doxology, which Jewish tradition has mandated children to recite daily in a synagogue during the year of mourning for a deceased parent and then on the anniversary of his or her death thereafter. — David Novak

The freedom to be able to offer education, human services, and health care in accordance with our own identity as a church should not be denied us simply because there may be the perception of a political majority who favors a new understanding of the American tradition of pluralism. — Donald Wuerl

I love spending time with my family and friends during the holidays, and my favorite holiday tradition would be the pozole that my mom makes almost every Christmas. It’s the best! — Becky G

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

A constitutional tradition that works is one that is in a constant state of dynamic evolution. You have a written constitution that says ‘x,’ but no constitutional system works if it just follows what’s in that written constitution and never changes. Interpretation gives it the freedom to change. — Noah Feldman

I was always wrapped around music being a tradition, a skill. — King Krule

Growing up around Amish farmland, I enjoyed the opportunity to witness firsthand their love of family, of the domestic arts – sewing, quilting, cooking, baking – as well as seeing them live out their tradition of faith in such a unique way. — Beverly Lewis

One of the problems in the Navy is that tradition of being captain of the ship. And an awful lot of people can be retired in the Navy, get over it, get a life, and go on. But there’s a lot who can’t. And when they have to give up the ship, they got to be captain of something, every single day. — Patricia Schroeder

I’m content to stand on tradition. I’m even more content to wipe my feet on it. — Aaron Allston

In the old fairy tales, often a ‘moral’ was tacked on at the end of the story – say, if a book was going to be marketed to young readers. And the morals don’t really suit the stories at all, which makes them super weird – part of why I love the tradition so much. I do play with this, though I am more concerned with ethics than morals. — Kate Bernheimer

I like traditions, and the national anthem is important. — Kate Mara

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

I believe that there is a God, and coming from an African tradition, I believe also that there are gods. — Ishmael Beah

Tradition can, to be sure, participate in a creation, but it can no longer be creative itself. — Kenzo Tange

There’s a huge cost in being bipartisan, a tradition started by Newt Gingrich when he took over the House in 1994 and has continued forward, that you dare not vote against the Republican Party even if you’re voting against your own initiatives and your own interests. — Gwen Moore

We are all part of a tradition, at least we depend on the past. — Klaus Schulze

‘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

I love the tradition of Dickens, where even the most minor walk-on characters are twitching and particular and alive. — Donna Tartt

I love music passionately. And because I love it I try to free it from barren traditions that stifle it. — Claude Debussy

Mindfulness is often spoken of as the heart of Buddhist meditation. It’s not about Buddhism, but about paying attention. That’s what all meditation is, no matter what tradition or particular technique is used. — Jon Kabat-Zinn

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

A poet clings to his own tradition and avoids internationalism. — Salvatore Quasimodo

At the beginning, we didn’t have the money to pay big names, which is how looking for new faces began a tradition that still continues 30 years into the Guess history. It’s been interesting to follow their careers after a Guess shoot, for both photographers and models, because the exposure around the world becomes so huge. — Paul Marciano

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

I’ve always had a passion for giving back. It’s a family tradition that comes from my devout parents. They were always giving back and serving the community. So when I became fortunate enough and blessed to play the game of basketball, I was also fortunate enough to follow in my parents’ footsteps and give back like the way they did. — Dikembe Mutombo

For God’s sake build not your faith upon Tradition, ’tis as rotten as a rotten Post. — Nicholas Culpeper

What happened to the tradition of walking to school? The simple answer is change. Change in traffic patterns and street planning that have made school routes less pedestrian-friendly. — Risa Lavizzo-Mourey

There is no right to a job or a wage rate, but there is a right to move from one country to another in search of a better life. This is the point of view of Thomas Jefferson, John Locke and other great supporters of the natural rights tradition in America. — Alex Tabarrok

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

There’s this long tradition of… even ‘Where The Wild Things Are,’ which many people consider the best kids’ picture book of all time. It was considered revolutionary, and some libraries wouldn’t carry it. But it’s a classic because it taps into empowerment for kids, kids facing dangers and winning. — Henry Selick

There is nothing worth having that can be obtained by nuclear war – nothing material or ideological – no tradition that it can defend. It is utterly self-defeating. — George Wald

To the best of my knowledge, when I became national secretary and, indeed, Victorian secretary, the – my predecessors in the union had detected wrong activities, activities which arent in the best traditions of the AWU or, indeed, trade unionism. — Bill Shorten

All experiment is made on a basis of tradition; all tradition is the crystallization of experiment. — Louis MacNeice

The Gandhi family has a tradition of being good hosts. When you call upon them, they treat you with a lot of respect. — Sharad Pawar

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

Tradition does not mean that the living are dead, it means that the dead are living. — Harold MacMillan

My family background is Mexican, and I was born in Chicago. It’s pretty much family tradition every time we get together for Christmas and major holidays to sing. Our family time is centered around the food and a little bit of performing for one another. — Ailyn Perez

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

Both Jewish and Roman sources and traditions admit an empty tomb. — Josh McDowell

If these theatres didn’t exist, the tradition of British theatre would cease to exist. — David Soul

We have so many rich people in Switzerland. They should take more responsibility for the general public. There is almost no tradition of philanthropy here anymore, unlike in the U.S. — Hansjorg Wyss

Spiritual formation in a Christian tradition answers a specific human question: ‘What kind of person am I going to be?’ It is the process of establishing the character of Christ in the person. That’s all it is. — Dallas Willard

Mine is not a traditional music, but it comes from a tradition. — Tom Chapin

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

I have always compared our traditions of liberty, like those of Abraham Lincoln and Ho Chi Minh. — Hanoi Hannah

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

Tradition wears a snowy beard, romance is always young. — John Greenleaf Whittier

Peptic ulcers became more common in the 20th century at the same time that these theories of Freud and other psychoanalysts became popular. And somehow those meshed, and this tradition emerged that ulcers were caused by stress or turmoil in one’s life. — Barry Marshall

Your traditions change from when you a child to when you become an adult. — Katharine McPhee

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

Free yourself from the rigid conduct of tradition and open yourself to the new forms of probability. — Hans Bender

The great American tradition is one of pluralism, not exclusive secularism. The strength of our country is reflected in the contributions that we all make to the common good. — Donald Wuerl

A lot of young musicians in Stockholm are about keeping tradition alive and moving it forward at the same time. — Neneh Cherry

I have really fond memories of growing up in Chicago, and I always love going back. I still have a lot of really good friends from high school that I go to dinner with. It’s kind of become a tradition when I go out there to do a show to give a few friends a call, tell some funny stories about high school and walk down memory lane. — Kaskade

Reformation names the disunity in which we currently stand. We who remain in the Protestant tradition want to say that Reformation was a success. — Stanley Hauerwas

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

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

I’ve always loved musical theater. It’s a bit of a family tradition. — Trey Anastasio

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

Traditionally art is to create and not to revive. To revive: leave that to the historians, who are looking backward. — Josef Albers

There is a tradition that sees journalism as the dark side of literature, with book writing at its zenith. I don’t agree. I think that all written work constitutes literature, even graffiti. — Eduardo Galeano

I love big, bold, truthful theater – the tradition of Victorian theater. — Harold Prince

I became interested in photography during my first visit to the United States. I was a student at a university in Holland. I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the American West. That was when I learned about the tradition of nature in American photography. — Frans Lanting

Everywhere, authority and tradition have to justify themselves in the face of questions. — Gustav Heinemann

We often forget that Iran has a long tradition and history with the United States. Iranians have been coming to the United States as students for decades. American businessmen were in Iran developing the oil fields. …There was an American financial advisor to the Iranian government in the early part of the century. — Elaine Sciolino

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

Traditions are the guideposts driven deep in our subconscious minds. The most powerful ones are those we can’t even describe and aren’t even aware of. — Ellen Goodman

Redemption basically is about holistic health, if you want to translate it into modern parlance. What I suggest – based on the Christian tradition but not often preached – is that you can’t enter into the fullness of the Pascal mystery of the redemption unless there is a radical transformation of motivation within you. — Thomas Keating

You know, in some ways, the celibacy tradition goes back to the tribe of Levi and, certainly, sacrifice and the notion of sacrifice. In the Old Testament, the shedding of blood was for a man to perform. It was not for the woman, who gave life. — Vincent Nichols

There was an honorable tradition of using anonymous sources that was ruined by Jayson Blair. — Ted Rall

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