The bird that would soar above the plain of tradition and prejudice must have strong wings.
—Kate Chopin (1850–1904) American Novelist, Short-Story Writer
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 (1787–1863) English Philosopher, Theologian
In America nothing dies easier than tradition.
—Russell Baker (1925–2019) American Journalist, Humorist, Television Host
Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.
—Jacques Barzun (b.1907) French-born American Historian, Philosophers
There is nothing in the world more stubborn than a corpse: you can hit it, you can knock it to pieces, but you cannot convince it.
—Alexander Herzen (1812–70) Russian Revolutionary, Writer
You must be in tune with the times and prepared to break with tradition.
—James Agee (1909–55) American Journalist, Poet, Screenwriter, Film Critic
Tradition wears a snowy beard.
—John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–92) American Quaker Poet, Abolitionist