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Daemon
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Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)
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Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)
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Daemon wrote:
Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)


Yeah. It may be the role of guide. It may be the role of jailer. It’s up to you - or your warden...
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Daemon wrote:
Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)
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True. Tradition is recognizing what is good and preserving it.
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Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)


Tradition is no longer allowed in our country, lest you "offend" someone. Too bad for us!
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Maugham speaks of "tradition" in the singular, as Oxford Dictionaries defines it: "1.2-in singular- An artistic or literary method or style established by an artist, writer, or movement, and subsequently followed by others."
He speaks of the literary critic, with prescience but little did he know that in less than one century
a new generation would exceed even his anticipation for "a new way" stretched before it:

"He must support himself on tradition, for tradition is the expression of the inevitable idiosyncrasies of a nation's literature, but he must do everything he can to encourage its development in its natural direction. Tradition is a guide and not a jailer. He must have patience, firmness and enthusiasm. Each book he reads should be a new and thrilling adventure; he judges it by the universality of his knowledge and the strength of his character. In fact the great critic must be a great man. He must be great enough to recognize with good-humoured resignation that his work, though so important, can have but an ephemeral value; for his merit is that he responds to the needs of, and points the way to, his own generation. A new generation arises with other needs, a new way stretches before it; he has nothing more to say and is thrown with all his works into the dust-heap."
The Summing Up, 1938

Our traditional context finder must have had trouble with this one. Think
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