Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.
From a speech given at the Royal Academy of Art in 1953.
A love of tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril; but the new view must come, the world must roll forward.
History is more or less bunk. It's tradition. We don't want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker's damn is the history we make today.
Do not go by revelation;
Do not go by tradition;
Do not go by hearsay;
Do not go on the authority of sacred texts;
Do not go on the grounds of pure logic;
Do not go by a view that seems rational;
Do not go by reflecting on mere appearances;
Do not go along with a considered view because you agree with it;
Do not go along on the grounds that the person is competent;
Do not go along because "the recluse is our teacher."
The work of Dr. Salk is in the highest tradition of selfless and dedicated medical research.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
We shall speak of the alphabet below; Its history yields entirely similar results. It may perhaps be characterized as a rash step to reject the statement of Herodotus respecting the age of Homer on the strength of such considerations; but is there no rashness in the following implicitly the guidance of tradition in questions of this kind?
The History of Rome (1854-1856) translated by W.P.Dickson.
Leonardo da Vinci
Otto von Bismarck
Man and Socialism in Cuba
The Art of War
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
The Story of My Experiments with Truth
The Picture of Dorian Gray
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