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Conformity Quotes

Conformity quote - To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accom
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Ideally, what should be said to every child, repeatedly, throughout his or her school life is something like this: 'You are in the process of being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination. We are sorry, but it is the best we can do. What you are being taught here is an amalgam of current prejudice and the choices of this particular culture. The slightest look at history will show how impermanent these must be. You are being taught by people who have been able to accommodate themselves to a regime of thought laid down by their predecessors. It is a self-perpetuating system. Those of you who are more robust and individual than others will be encouraged to leave and find ways of educating yourself — educating your own judgements. Those that stay must remember, always, and all the time, that they are being moulded and patterned to fit into the narrow and particular needs of this particular society.

Doris Lessing


I'd like to repeat the advice that I gave you before, in that I think you really should make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.
If you want to get more out of life, Ron, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty. And so, Ron, in short, get out of Salton City and hit the Road. I guarantee you will be very glad you did. But I fear that you will ignore my advice. You think that I am stubborn, but you are even more stubborn than me. You had a wonderful chance on your drive back to see one of the greatest sights on earth, the Grand Canyon, something every American should see at least once in his life. But for some reason incomprehensible to me you wanted nothing but to bolt for home as quickly as possible, right back to the same situation which you see day after day after day. I fear you will follow this same inclination in the future and thus fail to discover all the wonderful things that God has placed around us to discover.
Don't settle down and sit in one place. Move around, be nomadic, make each day a new horizon. You are still going to live a long time, Ron, and it would be a shame if you did not take the opportunity to revolutionize your life and move into an entirely new realm of experience.
You are wrong if you think Joy emanates only or principally from human relationships. God has placed it all around us. It is in everything and anything we might experience. We just have to have the courage to turn against our habitual lifestyle and engage in unconventional living.
My point is that you do not need me or anyone else around to bring this new kind of light in your life. It is simply waiting out there for you to grasp it, and all you have to do is reach for it. The only person you are fighting is yourself and your stubbornness to engage in new circumstances.

Jon Krakauer on the Mayor of Hippie Cove , Into the Wild


Conformity quote - It's weird not to be weird.
It's weird not to be weird.

John Lennon


Conformity quote - One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being you
One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.

Shannon L. Alder


Any fool can make a rule
And any fool will mind it.

Henry David Thoreau


Conformity quote - Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.
Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.

Henry David Thoreau , Walden


He who joyfully marches to music rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would surely suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.

Albert Einstein


Conformity quote - Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.

John F. Kennedy


The job is what you do when you are told what to do. The job is showing up at the factory, following instructions, meeting spec, and being managed.
Someone can always do your job a little better or faster or cheaper than you can.
The job might be difficult, it might require skill, but it's a job.
Your art is what you do when no one can tell you exactly how to do it. Your art is the act of taking personal responsibility, challenging the status quo, and changing people.
I call the process of doing your art 'the work.' It's possible to have a job and do the work, too. In fact, that's how you become a linchpin.
The job is not the work.

Seth Godin , Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?


Conformity quote - Rebel children, I urge you, fight the turgid slick of conformity with which they seek to smother you
Rebel children, I urge you, fight the turgid slick of conformity with which they seek to smother your glory.

Russell Brand


Conformity quote - If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.
If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.

Maya Angelou


Conformity quote - So you're a little weird? Work it! A little different? OWN it! Better to be a nerd than one of the h
So you're a little weird? Work it! A little different? OWN it! Better to be a nerd than one of the herd!

Mandy Hale


Conformity quote - No shepherd and one herd! Everybody wants the same, everybody is the same: whoever feels different g
No shepherd and one herd! Everybody wants the same, everybody is the same: whoever feels different goes voluntarily into a madhouse.

Friedrich Nietzsche , Thus Spake Zarathustra: A Book for All and None


Conformity quote - The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it's conformity.
The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it's conformity.

Rollo May


We all know that any emotional bias -- irrespective of truth or falsity -- can be implanted by suggestion in the emotions of the young, hence the inherited traditions of an orthodox community are absolutely without evidential value.... If religion were true, its followers would not try to bludgeon their young into an artificial conformity; but would merely insist on their unbending quest for truth, irrespective of artificial backgrounds or practical consequences. With such an honest and inflexible openness to evidence, they could not fail to receive any real truth which might be manifesting itself around them. The fact that religionists do not follow this honourable course, but cheat at their game by invoking juvenile quasi-hypnosis, is enough to destroy their pretensions in my eyes even if their absurdity were not manifest in every other direction.

H.P. Lovecraft


If a man does not keep pace with his
companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let
him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
It is not important that he should mature as soon as an apple-tree or
an oak. Shall he turn his spring into summer?

Henry David Thoreau , Walden


The plague of mankind is the fear and rejection of diversity: monotheism, monarchy, monogamy and, in our age, monomedicine. The belief that there is only one right way to live, only one right way to regulate religious, political, sexual, medical affairs is the root cause of the greatest threat to man: members of his own species, bent on ensuring his salvation, security, and sanity.

Thomas Szasz


The most erroneous assumption is to the effect that the aim of public education is to fill the young of the species with knowledge and awaken their intelligence, and so make them fit to discharge the duties of citizenship in an enlightened and independent manner. Nothing could be further from the truth. The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality. That is its aim in the United States, whatever the pretensions of politicians, pedagogues and other such mountebanks, and that is its aim everywhere else.

H.L. Mencken


Conformity quote - A prison becomes a home when you have the key.
A prison becomes a home when you have the key.

George Sterling


Conformity quote - As much as I live I shall not imitate them or hate myself for being different to them
As much as I live I shall not imitate them or hate myself for being different to them

Orhan Pamuk , Snow


It is when we think we can act like God, that all respect is lost, and I think this is the downfall of peace. We lie if we say we do not see color and culture and difference. We fool ourselves and cheat ourselves when we say that all of us are the same. We should not want to be the same as others and we should not want others to be the same as us. Rather, we ought to glory and shine in all of our differences, flaunting them fabulously for all to see! It is never a conformity that we need! We need not to conform! What we need is to burst out into all these beautiful colors!

C. JoyBell C.


Conformity quote - There are no norms. All people are exceptions to a rule that doesn’t exist.
There are no norms. All people are exceptions to a rule that doesn’t exist.

Fernando Pessoa


Conformity quote - You laugh at me because I'm different, I laugh at you because you're all the same.
You laugh at me because I'm different, I laugh at you because you're all the same.

Jonathan Davis



Much Madness Is Divinest Sense
Much Madness is divinest Sense —
To a discerning Eye —
Much Sense — the starkest Madness —
'Tis the Majority
In this, as All, prevail —
Assent — and you are sane —
Demur — you're straightway dangerous —
And handled with a Chain —

Emily Dickinson , The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson


Conformity quote - I would rather be an artist than a leader. Ironically, a leader has to follow the rules.
I would rather be an artist than a leader. Ironically, a leader has to follow the rules.

Criss Jami


We laugh at sheep because sheep just follow the one in front. We humans have out-sheeped the sheep, because at least the sheep need a sheep dog to keep them in line. Humans keep each other in line. And they do it by ridiculing or condemning anyone who commits the crime, and that’s what it’s become, of being different.

David Icke


Conformity quote - One must conform to the baseness of an age or become neurotic.
One must conform to the baseness of an age or become neurotic.

Robert Musil


Conformity quote - However, because they have no actual interests of their own (or if they do, they squelch them in ord
However, because they have no actual interests of their own (or if they do, they squelch them in order to fit in) and merely pursue those that they think will look best on their college apps, they're zombies.

Meg Cabot , Airhead


Or about how when you're a child, to stop you from following the crowd you're assaulted with the line "If everyone jumped off a bridge, would you?" but when you're an adult and to be different is suddenly a crime, people seem to be saying, "Hey. Everyone else is jumping off a bridge. Why aren't you?

Steve Toltz , A Fraction of the Whole


Conformity quote - Once conform, once do what other people do because they do it, and a lethargy steals over all the fi
Once conform, once do what other people do because they do it, and a lethargy steals over all the finer nerves and faculties of the soul. She becomes all outer show and inward emptiness; dull, callous, and indifferent.

Virginia Woolf


Conformity quote - Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.
Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.

W. Somerset Maugham


Conformity quote - Be neither a conformist or a rebel, for they are really the same thing. Find your own path, and stay
Be neither a conformist or a rebel, for they are really the same thing. Find your own path, and stay on it

Paul Vixie


Conformity quote - If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.

Henry David Thoreau , Walden


Most people are not even aware of their need to conform. They live under the illusion that they follow their own ideas and inclinations, that they are individualists, that they have arrived at their opinions as the result of their own thinking—and that it just happens that their ideas are the same as those of the majority.

Erich Fromm , Die Kunst des Liebens


Conformity quote - Any fool can do something cool and look cool, but it takes skill to make something uncool cool again
Any fool can do something cool and look cool, but it takes skill to make something uncool cool again.

Criss Jami


Modern party-dance is simply writhing to suggestive music. It is ridiculous, silly to watch and excruciatingly embarrassing to perform. It is ridiculous, and yet absolutely everyone does it, so that it is the person who does not
want
to do the ridiculous thing who feels out of place and uncomfortable and self-conscious . . . in a word, ridiculous. Right out of Kafka: the person who does not want to do the ridiculous thing is the person who is ridiculous. [...] Modern party-dance is an evil thing.

David Foster Wallace , The Broom of the System


Modern party-dance is simply writhing to suggestive music. It is ridiculous, silly to watch and excruciatingly embarrassing to perform. It is ridiculous, and yet absolutely everyone does it, so that it is the person who does not want to do the ridiculous thing who feels out of place and uncomfortable and self-conscious . . . in a word, ridiculous. Right out of Kafka: the person who does not want to do the ridiculous thing is the person who is ridiculous. [...] Modern party-dance is an evil thing.

David Foster Wallace


When students cheat on exams it's because our school system values grades more than students value learning.

Neil deGrasse Tyson


At the age of four, you were an artist. And at seven, you were a poet.

Seth Godin , Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?


Never rebel for the sake of rebelling, but always rebel for the sake of truth.

Criss Jami


We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything, than when we are at play.

Charles E. Schaefer


It is the individual only who is timeless. Societies, cultures, and civilizations -- past and present -- are often incomprehensible to outsiders, but the individual's hungers, anxieties, dreams, and preoccupations have remained unchanged through the millenia.

Eric Hoffer


But human beings are not machines, and however powerful the pressure to conform, they sometimes are so moved by what they see as injustice that they dare to declare their independence. In that historical possibility lies hope.

Howard Zinn


If you stand up and be counted, from time to time you may get yourself knocked down. But remember this: A man flattened by an opponent can get up again. A man flattened by conformity stays down for good.

Thomas J. Watson Jr.


perhaps, if one wishes to remain an individual in the midst of the teeming multitudes, one must make oneself grotesque.

Salman Rushdie , Midnight's Children


Prime numbers are divisible only by 1 and by themselves. They hold their place in the infinite series of natural numbers, squashed, like all numbers, between two others, but one step further than the rest. They are suspicious, solitary numbers, which is why Mattia thought they were wonderful. Sometimes he thought that they had ended up in that sequence by mistake, that they'd been trapped, like pearls strung on a necklace. Other times he suspected that they too would have preferred to be like all others, just ordinary numbers, but for some reason they couldn't do it. This second thought struck him mostly at night, in the chaotic interweaving of images that comes before sleep, when the mind is too weak to tell itself lies.

Paolo Giordano


Modern capitalism needs men who co-operate smoothly, and in large numbers; who want to consume more and more; and whose tastes are standardized and can be easily influenced and anticipated. It needs men who feel free and independent, not subject to any authority or principle or conscience—yet willing to be commanded, to do what is expected of them, to fit into the social machine without friction; who can be guided without force, led without leaders, prompted without aim—except the one to make good, to be on the move, to function, to go ahead. What is the outcome? Modern man is alienated from himself, from his fellow men, and from nature.

Erich Fromm , Die Kunst des Liebens


The marriage of reason and nightmare that dominated the 20th century has given birth to an ever more ambiguous world. Across the communications landscape move the spectres of sinister technologies and the dreams that money can buy. Thermo-nuclear weapons systems and soft-drink commercials coexist in an overlit realm ruled by advertising and pseudo-events, science and pornography. Over our lives preside the great twin leitmotifs of the 20th century – sex and paranoia…In a sense, pornography is the most political form of fiction, dealing with how we use and exploit each other, in the most urgent and ruthless way.

J.G. Ballard


There is a time in a boy’s life when the sweetness is pounded out of him; and tenderness, and the ability to show what he feels, is gone.

Nora vincent