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Belief has its structures, and its symbols change. Its tradition changes. All the relationships within these forms are inter-dependent. ~ Muriel Rukeyser

Tradition refers to belief or behavior within a group or society with symbolic meaning or special significance and origins in the past.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • It is of the essence of traditions that they cover or conceal their humble foundations by erecting impressive edifices on them.

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