Tradition refers to the adherence to practices handed down from generations past.
- You do not understand your own tradition if you do not see it in relation to others.
- 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 the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about.
- G. K. Chesterton, “The ethics of Elfland,” Orthodoxy (1908), p. 85
- Tradition is the living faith of the dead; traditionalism is the dead faith of the living. Tradition lives in conversation with the past, while remembering where we are and when we are and that it is we who have to decide. Traditionalism supposes that nothing should ever be done for the first time, so all that is needed to solve any problem is to arrive at the supposedly unanimous testimony of this homogenized tradition.
- Jaroslav Pelikan, The Vindication of Tradition (1984)