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TRADITIONALIST, n. One who desires the continuance of dangerous, vicious, and unethical practices because they have already done so much harm.

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— from The American Heretic’s Dictionary (revised & expanded), the 21st-century successor to Ambrose Bierce’s The Devil’s Dictionary. (The link goes to 50 sample definitions.)


“The trouble with most people is, they bow to what is called authority; they have a certain reverence for the old because it is old. They think a man is better for being dead, especially if he has been dead a long time.”

–Robert Ingersoll, Individuality

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Quoted in The Heretic’s Handbook of Quotations

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