"But you see, I have, let's say, sixty years to live. Most of that time will be spent working. I've chosen the work I want to do. If I find no joy in it, then I'm only condemning myself to sixty years of torture. And I can find the joy only if I do my work in the best way possible to me. But the best is a matter of standards--and I set my own standards. I inherit nothing. I stand at the end of no tradition. I may, perhaps, stand at the beginning of one."
~ The Fountainhead
by Ayn Rand
The bird that would soar above the level plain of tradition and prejudice must have strong wings.
~ The Awakening
by Kate Chopin
Often, the less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it.
~ The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
by Mark Twain