"As soon as tradition has come to be recognized as tradition, it is dead."
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"The dead govern the living."
"A precedent embalms a principle."
"It cannot be inherited, and if you want it you must obtain it by great labor."
"A tradition without intelligence is not worth having."
"Tradition is a guide and not a jailer."
"Traditionalists are pessimists about the future and optimists about the past."
"The true end of tragedy is to purify the passions."
"Tragedy on the stage is no longer enough for me, I shall bring it into my own life."
"Only a great mind that is overthrown yields tragedy."
"What would be left of our tragedies if an insect were to present us his?"
"What the American public wants in the theater is a tragedy with a happy ending."
"We participate in tragedy. At comedy we only look."
"I've come to realize that life is not a musical comedy, it's a Greek tragedy."
"When any calamity has been suffered, the first thing to be remembered is how much has been escaped."
"Tragedy is like strong acid -- it dissolves away all but the very gold of truth."
"Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically."
"Commonplace people dislike tragedy because they dare not suffer and cannot exult."
"There are no tragedies, just facts not recognized in time."
"It's not the tragedies that kill us, it's the messes."
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