A love of tradition has never weakened a nation.
Tradition does not mean to look after the ash, but to keep the flame alive.
Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay.
A love for tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril.
If you follow the classical pattern, you are understanding the routine, the tradition, the shadow -- you are not understanding yourself.
A world in everlasting conflict between the new idea and the old allegiances, new arts and new inventions against the old establishment.
Tradition does not mean that the living are dead, it means that the dead are living.
Tradition is an important help to history, but its statements should be carefully scrutinized before we rely on them.
The dead govern the living.
The emphasis on original, individual work in the past years has done a great deal to produce a crop of eccentric fakes and has carried art away from the stream of tradition. Tradition is our heritage of knowledge and experience. We can't get along without it.
Tradition, long conditioned thinking, can bring about a fixation, a concept that one readily accepts, perhaps not with a great deal of thought.
Traditions tell us where we have come from. Scripture itself is a better guide as to where we should now be going.
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.
We learn simply by the exposure of living, and what we learn most natively is the tradition in which we live.
Many of us knuckle-dragging brush-painters think that 'behind the times' is part of our job description. Why deny ourselves the authentic journey of a time-honoured form?
We were told, quite seriously, that there never would be a Canadian art because we had no art tradition.
After an interval of two and a half centuries, the tradition of mystic illumination renewed itself in Italy and Germany.
It is sometimes hard to escape the belief that history exists against the artist.
You can't go back. I know that. But you can look back.
The real goal of a spiritual tradition should not be ascent, but openness, vulnerability, and this does not require great experiences but, on the contrary, very ordinary ones. Charisma is easy; presence, self-remembering, is terribly difficult, and where the real work lies.
There is only one thing better than tradition and that is the original and eternal life out of which all tradition takes its rise.
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.
Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.
Why should not we have a poetry and philosophy of insight and not of tradition, and a religion by revelation to us, and not the history of theirs?
There ought to be three traditions in the art of humanity: the realistic, the visionary and the wild.
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