Conformity Quotes

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1. “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

Tags : Accomplishment Be Yourself Conformity Individuality

2. “AFTER SCHOOL SPECIALDear Mr. Schneider,I attended your elementarySchool almost thirty years agoAnd I'm very sure thatYou will rememberMe.My name is Suzy.I'm that hyperactive girlFrom the Egyptian familyWho used to always play deadOn the playground duringRecess.You used to keep meAfter school a lot,And then my father wouldForce me to make the longWalk home in the cold or rain.Sometimes I would arriveAfter dark.I'm writing to tell youThat I was bored as a kid.I was bored by your curriculumAnd the way I was always taught aBunch of uselessJunk.I did not like being locked upIn a prison of scheduled timeLearning about irrelevant material,And watching belittling cartoons andShows approved by academia thatMade me even moreBored.As a kidWho was constantlyGrowing, evolving, andBeing shaped by all around me,I wanted to travel, See other kidsIn the world like me,To understand what was goingOn amongst us and around us,To know what we were here forAnd what was our real purposeFor existence.I have some questionsI would like to ask you, Mr. Schneider,Now that I know that you are noLonger a school principal,But the new superintendentOf the entire schoolDistrict.I want to knowWhy racism todayWas not clearly explained to meEven though we covered eventsThat happened long ago.I want to know why youNever shared with usWhy other countriesNever liked us,Why we are taught to compete,To be divided in teams,And why conformity is associatedWith popularity, whileEccentricity is consideredUndesirable?I want to knowWhy my cafeteria lunchesWere slammed packedWith bottom-tierProcessed junk foodOnly suitableFor pigs?And why is itThat whenever a bullySlammed a kid into a locker forHis lunch money,Nobody explained to usThat egotism, selfishness and greedWere the seeds ofWar?I want to knowWhy we were never taughtTo stick up for each other,To love one another, and thatSegregation sorted by theOccupations of our fathers,The neighborhoods we lived in, our houses,Choices of sport, wealth, clothing,Color of our skinAnd the texture of our hairShould never, everDivide us?And lastly,I want to know whyIs it that whenever I pledgedAllegiance to the flag,I was never told that I wasActually hailing to theChief?You used to say thatI was a troubled child,A misfit, and that I neededObedience training,But you never acknowledged thatI was the fastest runner in the districtAnd that I took the schoolTo State and Nationals to competeIn the Spelling Bee among kidsGrades higher than me.And that it was me,Who won that big trophyThat sat in your office when youUsed to detain me for hoursAnd tell me I was noGood.Mr. Schneider,If we are not taught truths as kids,Then how do you expect us toGrow up to be truthful citizens?If we are only being taught the written way,And it has not shown positive effectsIn societies of yesterday or today,Then how can we progress as aUnited and compassionateNation?What good is it, To memorize the histories Of our forefathers,Without learning what could beGained from their lessons and mistakesTo improve our future Tomorrows?And finally,I want to thank you;For I know you have a tough jobDealing with rebellious children like me.Your job of mass processing and boxingThe young minds of America has not been an easy one,And I congratulate you On your recent promotion.But I sincerely want to thank you,Thank you,And thank you,For always pointing outThat I wasDifferent.”

Tags : Blullying Children Classes Dictatorship District Education System Future Girl Growing Learn Memory Misfit Nonconformity Pledge Positive Punish Rebellious School Principal School System Schooling Slammed Sport Suzy Kassem As A Child Understand Young Young Philosopher
Author : Suzy Kassem
Source : Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

3. “Any fool can make a ruleAnd any fool will mind it.”

Tags : Authority Conformity Fool Foolishness Humor Law Rule Rules
Source : Journal #14

4. “Any fool can do something cool and look cool, but it takes skill to make something uncool cool again.”

Tags : Conformity Cool Coolness Fool Independence Individuality Nonconformity Originality Skill Talent Trends
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Killosophy

5. “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”

Tags : Conditioning Conformity Society Values

6. “So you're a little weird? Work it! A little different? OWN it! Better to be a nerd than one of the herd!”

Tags : Accepting Yourself Being Different Being Yourself Conformity Different Fitting In Herd Loving Yourself Nerd Not Fitting In Standing Out Unique Uniqueness Weird Weirdness
Author : Mandy Hale

7. “One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.”

Tags : Alone Blending In Bravery Choices Confidence Conformity Courage Different Diversity Empowerment Fake False Hiding Integrity Personality Regret Regrets Remorse Self Esteem Self Love Self Respect Self Worth Standing Up For Other Women True Self Uniqueness

8. “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.”

Tags : Conformity Education Feminism Knowledge Power Quip School
Author : Doris Lessing
Source : The Golden Notebook

9. “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.”

Tags : Art Artists Commitment Conformity Dedication Job Linchpin Nonconformity Passion Work Workplace
Author : Seth Godin
Source : Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

10. “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.”

Tags : Adventure Conformity Joy Life Security
Author : Jon Krakauer
Source : Into the Wild

11. “I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.”

Tags : Conformity Individuality Self Love Self Respect

12. “One must conform to the baseness of an age or become neurotic.”

Tags : Conforming Conforming And Attitude Conformity Fitting In Immorality Individual Vs Society Morality Neurosis Neuroticism Societal Expectations Societal Norms
Author : Robert Musil

13. “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.”

Tags : Absurdity Atheism Atheist Bias Brainwashing Cheat Conformity Emotion Evidence Falsity Honor Indoctrination Orthodox Religionists Truth Value
Source : Against Religion: The Atheist Writings of H.P. Lovecraft

14. “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 conservation, 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, 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.”

Tags : Conformity Life Novelty Security
Author : Jon Krakauer
Source : Into the Wild

15. “So far there'll always be some thrive for perfection, there should be no shame in imperfection.”

Tags : Acceptance Acceptance Of Oneself And Others Activist Activists Conformity Deep Thinkers Dreams Expression Free Speech Goals Hope Imagination Living Mental Disorders Mind Noncompeter Normalcy Observations Perception Perfection Quality Right Brained Unconformed Words Worthy

16. “FRUITS AND NUTSKeep jumping around them like monkeys.The clones,Commercialized zombies,And the TV junkies.Keep throwing berries,Twigs,And nuts at them.Until they wake upTo see what's up And figure out whyWe're laughing at 'em.”

Tags : Awake Brainwashed Celebrity Culture Clones Commercialism Conformists Conformity Copycats Followers Immoral Insanity Media Monkeys Poetry Pop Culture Propaganda Society Spirituality Television Tv Uncensored Wake Up Zombies
Author : Suzy Kassem
Source : Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

17. “To think freely--you and only you can liberate yourself from the conformity of your society.”

Tags : Conformity Conformity Of Society Debasish Mridha M D Inspirational Liberate Yourself Mridha Philosophy Quotes Think Freely

18. “The real tragedy of life is not the fear of darkness, but it is to conform and follow the darkness in spite of fear.”

Tags : Conformity Debasish Mridha Debasish Mridha Md Fear Of Darkness Inspirational Philosophy Quotes Tragedy Of Life What Is The Tragedy Of Life

19. “Very few people think; most people just conform.”

Tags : Conform Conformity Debasish Debasish Mridha M D Inspirational Mridha Philosophy Quotes Think Thinking

20. “I do not see the point in dressing and acting and speaking in a way that makes you feel more comfortable and me feel less comfortable.”

Tags : Authenticity Conformity Dress Code Dressing Pressure
Author : Dan Pearce
Source : Single Dad Laughing

21. “What editors are obliged to appear to say that men want from women is actually what their advertisers want from women.”

Tags : Advertising Aging Beauty Body Image Conformity Cosmetic Surgery Cosmetics Culture Double Standards Eating Disorders Equality Fashion Industry Feminism Images Magazines Marketing Mass Culture Objectification Plastic Surgery Pornography Self Esteem Sexual Violence Sexuality Society
Author : Naomi Wolf
Source : The Beauty Myth

22. “Schools train you to be ignorant with style [...] they prepare you to be a usable victim for a military industrial complex that needs manpower. As long as you're just smart enough to do a job and just dumb enough to swallow what they feed you, you're going to be alright [...] So I believe that schools mechanically and very specifically try and breed out any hint of creative thought in the kids that are coming up.”

Tags : Conformity Corruption Creativity Education Eye Opening Government Corruption Individuality Indoctrination Inspirational Military Obedience Sad Truth School School Reform Schooling
Author : Frank Zappa

23. “Truth recognizes truth, just as a man with real talent is the first to recognize another with real talent. Likewise, superficiality attracts others with an artificial surface. Only the superficial applaud the superficial. A man of true substance rejects the superficial because he seeks only truth and depth. Based on this reasoning, you can easily measure the weight of any man's character just by observing who he admires.”

Tags : Character Conformity Depth Man Substance Talent Truth Of Life
Author : Suzy Kassem
Source : Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

24. “The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.”

Tags : Conformity Food For Thought Thinking

25. “If we had to earn our age by thinking for ourselves at least once a year, only a handful of people would reach adulthood.”

Tags : Adults Aphorists Child Childish Conformity Develop Growth Independent Thinker Independent Thinkers Independent Thinking Joke Mad Madness Majority Monkey Banana Original Thinker Philosopher Philosophers Reason Sane Sheep Silver Plater Standard Think Think For Yourself Thinkers Thinking For Yourself

26. “Ought one to surrender to authority even if one believed that that authority was wrong? If the answer was yes, then I knew that I would always be wrong, because I could never do it. Then how could one live in a world in which one's mind and perceptions meant nothing and authority and tradition meant everything? There were no answers.”

Tags : Authority Autism Spectrum Black And White Conformity Right And Wrong
Source : Black Boy

27. “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!”

Tags : Color Conformism Conformity Difference Differences Freedom Human Humanism Humanity Inspiration Inspirational Inspirational Life Inspirational Quotes Life Living Race Respect
Author : C. JoyBell C.

28. “As much as I live I shall not imitate them or hate myself for being different to them”

Tags : Conformity Difference Imitation Individuality
Author : Orhan Pamuk
Source : Snow

29. “The great safeguard of society and of domestic life was, that opinions were not acted on. Sane people did what their neighbors did, so that if any lunatics were at large, one might know and avoid them.”

Tags : Conformity Conviction
Author : George Eliot
Source : Middlemarch

30. “Most people do not have a problem with you thinking for yourself, as long as your conclusions are the same as or at least compatible with their beliefs.”

Tags : Beliefs Brainwashed Brainwashing Compatibility Conclusions Conform Conformist Conformity Critical Thinking Herd Mentality Independent Thinking Independent Thought Indoctrination Nonconformity Puppet Sheep Sheep Mentality

31. “The urge to shout filthy words at the top of his voice was as strong as ever.”

Tags : Classism Conformity Control Profanity Sexuality
Author : George Orwell
Source : 1984

32. “Do not go for conformity that breeds mediocrity! Choose instead to stand for transformation that does not only transforms lives, but true purpose and living as well.”

Tags : Assertiveness Challenges Quotes Conformity Living Life Mediocre People Mediocrity Quotes Opportunity Quotes Oppositions To Great Purpose Plans Wisdom Quotes Wise Words

33. “Happiness is not intelligence. You can be in a group of happy people, but they may be miles off course.”

Tags : Apathy Brainwashed Choices Based On Acceptance Common Ground Commonsense Conformity Delusional Group Mentality Groupies Happiness Intelligence Relgions Relgious People Researchers Of Truth Searching Seeking Self Acceptance

34. “The uncertainties in life are so uncertain for us to determine the kind of woe we shall be entangled in in the next future. When you stay dormant, your life is at risk; when you dare to take a step, you take a step to take a risk. We have a choice. Yes! a choice to choose to dare to get to our real reasons on earth or to choose to live in mediocrity and conformity, but, we ought to note that, it is riskier to risk nothing when the life we live is always at risk”

Tags : Boldness And Attitude Choices And Attitude Choices And Consequences Conformity Conformity And Attitude Fortitude Life Issues Life Lessons Mediocrity Risk Risk Taking Risking It All Risking Your Life The Future Uncertainties In Life Uncertainties Of Life Understanding Life Unknown Destinations Unknown Future

35. “Since the war, we're the only intelligent species left in the universe, therefore we think everything in this universe has to conform to our paradigm of what makes sense. Do you have any idea how arrogant that view is and on how little of this universe we base it?”

Tags : Arrogance Conformity Grand Picture Human Behavior Human Superiority Humankind Science Fiction Universe World View
Source : Overkill

36. “The uncertainties in life are so uncertain for us to determine the kind woe we shall be entangled in in the next future. When you stay dormant, your life is at risk; when you dare to take a step, you take a step to take a risk. We have a choice. Yes! a choice to choose to dare to get to our real reasons on earth or to choose to live in mediocrity and conformity, but, we ought to note that, it is riskier to risk nothing when the life we live is always at risk.”

Tags : Boldness And Attitude Choices And Attitude Choices And Consequences Conformity Conformity And Attitude Fortitude Life Issues Life Lessons Mediocrity Risk Risk Taking Risking It All Risking Your Life The Future Uncertainties In Life Uncertainties Of Life Understanding Life Unknown Destinations Unknown Future

37. “We are not here to match and homogenize and agree on every point. One size of spirituality does not fit all. We are here to be our divine selves, boldly, passionately, respectfully, to the absolute best of our ability — and this, this is more than enough.”

Tags : Conformity Diversity Inner Divinity Self Respect Spirituality
Author : sera break

38. “Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.”

Tags : Conformity Freedom Growth Individuality

39. “Remember, the opposite of bravery is not cowardice, but conformity.”

Tags : Bravery Conformity Cowardice Fear Individuality
Author : Gayle Forman
Source : I Was Here

40. “All to often, on the long road up, young leaders become servants of what is rather than shapers of what might be.”

Tags : Conformity Status Quo
Author : John Gardner

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

Tags : Art Artists Conformity Creativity Nonconformity Poetry Youth
Author : Seth Godin
Source : Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

42. “Freedom began on the day the first sheep wandered away from the herd.”

Tags : Conformity Freedom Nonconformity
Author : Marty Rubin

43. “Most people believe most of the things they believe only because they believe that most people believe them.”

Tags : Aphorism Aphorisms Belief Beliefs Believe Conform Conformity Critical Thinking Crowd Funny Humor Humour Independent Thinking Insanity Majority Non Conformity Nonconformity Sanity Satire

44. “Some people respect some people only because some people respect them.”

Tags : Aphorism Aphorisms Conformity Herd Behavior Herd Mentality Humor Humour Nonconformity Respect Satire

45. “Many marriages would have been laid to rest a long time ago, if they were not on a life-support machine called other people’s opinions and/or expectations.”

Tags : Breakups Conformity Dead Death Divorce Divorcee Divorcees Divorces Engagement Rings Engagements Expectation Expectations Intensive Care Unit Love Marriages Marry Nonconformity Opinion Proposal Proposals Public Opinion Relationship Relationships Wedding

46. “It's weird not to be weird.”

Tags : Conformity Individualism Paradox
Author : John Lennon

47. “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.”

Tags : Conformity Morality Murder Obedience Patriotism War

48. “Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.”

Tags : Conformity Fashion Generation
Source : Walden

49. “Rebel children, I urge you, fight the turgid slick of conformity with which they seek to smother your glory.”

Tags : Children Conformity Glory Rebellion
Author : Russell Brand

50. “If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.”

Tags : Conformity Normal Unsourced
Author : Maya Angelou

51. “No shepherd and one herd! Everybody wants the same, everybody is the same: whoever feels different goes voluntarily into a madhouse.”

Tags : Conformity Existentialism
Source : Thus Spoke Zarathustra

52. “The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it's conformity.”

Tags : Conformity
Author : Rollo May

53. “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. ”

Tags : Conformity Diversity
Author : Thomas Szasz

54. “You laugh at me because I'm different, I laugh at you because you're all the same.”

Tags : Conformity Individuality

55. “A prison becomes a home when you have the key.”

Tags : Anarchy Conformity Philosophy

56. “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.”

Tags : Conformity Humor Indiviualism
Author : Meg Cabot
Source : Airhead

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

Tags : Conformity Madness Poetry Sanity
Source : The Complete Poems

58. “Be neither a conformist or a rebel, for they are really the same thing. Find your own path, and stay on it”

Tags : Conformity
Author : Paul A. Vixie

59. “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?”

Tags : Conformity
Author : Steve Toltz
Source : A Fraction of the Whole

60. “Life is for those that deserve it. Those kings amongst men who can climb out of barrels and will dare to break through glass walls and to transcend all of this whatever it is, these eyes to the ground, this pretence, acting only as is expected and never as is intended. We have been told what is acceptable in what situation and so we take heed. This is not living. In the real world, in nature, there is no need to pretend. There is no place for it.”

Tags : Authenticity Breaking Out Conformity Herd Mentality Intention Pretence Reality Society
Author : Oli Anderson
Source : Synchronesia: A Depressing Existential Novel

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

Tags : Conformity Individualism
Source : Midnight's Children

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

Tags : Conform Conformity Honest Honesty Perseverance Persistence Rebel Rebelling Rebellion Spite Stand Up Standing Out Take A Stand True Truth Wisdom Wise
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Killosophy

63. “I'm drawn to unusual, even freakish people. Why? They are far more engaging than the ordinary, which the world has too much of.”

Tags : Average Conform Conformity Freakish Freaks Misfit Ordinary Unique Unusual Weird

64. “Normal people are just freaks who are afraid to be themselves in public.”

Tags : Conformity Fear Freaks Normal Society
Author : Anonymous

65. “I like weird. Conformity bores but is inescapable for the most part. We all follow something, even if it is following the goal of wanting to stand apart. We are a sea of ordinary people; it is always the quirk, the flaw or the ingenuity that stands out.”

Tags : Conformity Weird Weirdness

66. “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.”

Tags : Conformity Emptiness Emptiness In Heart Indifference Oneself Originality Soul

67. “It takes money to make money, even begging. Humans are herd animals. If a stranger’s bleeding to death beside the road, most people won’t stop to offer a Band-Aid. But get the ball rolling with a couple Good Samaritans, and before you know it you’ve got more eager philanthropists than you know what to do with.”

Tags : Beggar Begging Conformity Generosity Good Will Human Nature Making Money Money Philanthropy Poverty
Author : Sol Luckman
Source : Beginner's Luke

68. “People like us are dead to society unless we’re pretentious, tell people what they want to hear, take off our clothes, or pretend to be like them.”

Tags : Conformity Different Lonely Misfit Nonconformist Outcast Rejected Society

69. “If what you create seems to turn out much stranger than who you are as a person, it's probably because your heart is talking.”

Tags : Abnormal Absurdity Art Crazy Creativity Culture Discovery Exploration Foreign Imagination Insanity Intelligence Mind Music Non Conformity Normal Odd Originality Poetry Society Status Quo Strange Unique Weird Wild Wild At Heart
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Healology

70. “Tell how it is normal to be very comfortable on the outside but very uncomfortable on the inside. Tell how funny it all is. But tell a little something else, too. What can it hurt? Tell a little something else--about how you can be a nonconformist and about how you can be an outsider. And tell how you are entitled to a little privacy. But for goodness' sake, say all that very softly.”

Tags : Conformity Outsider
Source : A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver

71. “We live in a world that has so many people striving to look normal to a bunch of people that are abnormal, in order to be accepted. What is normal is realizing that being accepted comes at a price that robs the world of the uniqueness that God has created you to be every time you minimize your personality to make someone like you.”

Tags : Abnormal Abnormalness Be Different Be Unique Be You Caring Too Much Confidence Conformity Divergent Freedom Normal Shine Stand Out Warriors

72. “You can't be a rebel without the scars that come with it. Truth is, some days scars are just as ugly as they are beautiful.”

Tags : Adversity Beauty Conformity Courage Difficulties Difficulties Of Life Fear Fearlessness Fighting Hardship Knowledge Learning Lessons Lessons Learning Originality Past Perseverance Rebellion Sacrifice Scars Suffering Tattoos Truth Wisdom
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Killosophy

73. “We conform to pain until we don't notice it anymore; it's what you call — numb — and it tragically blots out our pleasure too.”

Tags : Conformity Numbness Pain Pleasure Tragedy
Author : Bryant McGill
Source : Simple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life

74. “In general, opinions contrary to those commonly received can only obtain a hearing by studied moderation of language, and the most cautious avoidance of unnecessary offence, from which they hardly ever deviate even in a slight degree without losing ground: while unmeasured vituperation employed on the side of the prevailing opinion, really does deter people from professing contrary opinions, and from listening to those who profess them.”

Tags : Censorship Conformity Double Standards Freedom Of Speech Self Censorship
Source : On Liberty

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

Tags : Conformity Freedom Fun Maturity Orthodoxy Play Stigma

76. “The surface of the earth is soft and impressible by the feet of men; and so with the paths which the mind travels. How worn and dusty, then, must be the highways of the world, how deep the ruts of tradition and conformity! I did not wish to take a cabin passage, but rather to go before the mast and on the deck of the world, for there I could best see the moonlight amid the mountains.”

Tags : Assumptions Conformity
Source : Walden

77. “If I don’t know who I am apart from everyone else, I probably need to spend some time apart from everyone else.”

Tags : Conform Conformity Everyone Identity Self Self Awareness Self Concept Self Image Unique Uniqueness

78. “I spent most of my life trying to specialize myself. I went to theater school, film school, music school, mime school ... Finally, I was able to gather enough knowledge to build the confidence to create my own work, that goes utterly against the sense of specialization.”

Tags : Confidence Conformity Knowing Oneself Knowledge Knowledge Education Knowledge Of Self Knowledge Wisdom Multiplicity Multitasking Polymath Polymaths School Of Life School Quotes School System Schools Specialists Specialization Specialized
Author : Nuno Roque

79. “Majority decisions tend to be made without engaging the systematic thought and critical thinking skills of the individuals in the group. Given the force of the group's normative power to shape the opinions of the followers who conform without thinking things through, they are often taken at face value. The persistent minority forces the others to process the relevant information more mindfully. Research shows that the deciscions of a group as a whole are more thoughtful and creative when there is minority dissent than when it is absent.”

Tags : Conformity Decision Making Dissent Obedience Power Social Dynamics
Source : The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil

80. “...all these things were part of the business of dreams. He had learned not to laugh at the advertisements offering to teach writing, cartooning, engineering, to add inches to the biceps and to develop the bust”

Tags : American Dream Capitalism Commercialization Conformity Disillusionment Self Perception Social Commentary
Source : Miss Lonelyhearts and A Cool Million

81. “A man's shortcomings are taken from his epoch; his virtues and greatness belong to himself.”

Tags : Conformity Era Flaws Greatness Individuality Virtue Zeitgeist

82. “Conformity begins the moment you ignore how you feel for acceptance.”

Tags : Acceptance Acceptance Of Oneself Anxiety Apathy Choices Collective Order Conformity Denial False Security Fear Insecurity Laziness Locus Of Control Self Belief Self Denial Self Esteem Settling Wrong Choices

83. “Most people want so desperately to be an individual yet are so easily shaped by the media.”

Tags : Conformity Culture Different Image Individual Influence Insecurity Media Nonconformity Original Peer Pressure Pressure Security Society Unique
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Killosophy

84. “When we heed God's Word, we are rejecting how the world tries to disciple us.”

Tags : Assumptions Conformity Conventional Wisdom Culture Peer Pressure
Author : Matt Chandler

85. “When spontaneity and individuality and really good original stuff occurred in a classroom it was in spite of the instruction, not because of it. This seemed to make sense. He was ready to resign. Teaching dull conformity to hateful students wasn’t what he wanted to do.”

Tags : Conformity Education How Teaching Kills Creativity Schooling Schools Teaching University
Source : Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

86. “There are no norms. All people are exceptions to a rule that doesn’t exist.”

Tags : Conformity Normality

87. “The thing I've never understood about dancing till now is that it only looks stupid when you're on the outside, watching other people do it. When you're part of the crowd, moving along with everyone else, I can't imagine anything else being quite as much fun.”

Tags : Appearance Conformity Dancing Fun Inspirational Stupid
Author : Tom Ryan
Source : Tag Along

88. “There is this common notion that people are shallow and ignorant until they go out and see the world. I, on the other hand, went out and in comparison realized I was in pretty good standing.”

Tags : Bigotry Conformity Culture Cynicism Development Experience Ignorance Isolation Learning Living Naive Notion People Popular Popular Opinion Positivity Preparation Secular Society Status Quo Vacation Wisdom World
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Healology

89. “Mockery developed as a conformity enforcer [...] A good dose of mockery can still shut down critical thinking and make us fall right in line.”

Tags : Conformity Critical Thinking Propaganda Ridicule Submission
Author :
Source : You Might Be a Zombie and Other Bad News

90. “While you're sitting there wondering why you've kept all the rules and you still haven't achieved everything you've been promised, someone else has been breaking all the rules and seeing all the success that comes from doing so.”

Tags : Authority And Attitude Breaking Rules Breaking The Rules Conformity Success
Author : Dan Pearce
Source : Single Dad Laughing

91. “Think of the end when you begin! Though the end may not be all that certain, you are sure of getting something, mostly and surprisingly, above the target in the end! Bind yourself to Persistence and tenacity, courage and vigor, Wisdom and faith, and dare unrelentingly! Sometimes it is never okay to feel okay at all. Some shall continue to feel okay until they meet what would tell them what they could have done whilst feeling okay! So it was in the days of the Fig tree. It thought portraying its flourishing leaves would have pleased Jesus Christ but Jesus needed a fruit! We are all having flourishing leaves (life,) but think of the fruits we must bear (living) when it is time to bear them, in season and out of season! May enough be enough and when you feel you have had enough, may you be pushed by enough to go beyond enough and dare to live a distinctive footprint! It all begins with a step and ends with a step! Start your day with vigor and an utmost tenacity and end your day with something! Be poised to do something distinctive each day for that is all life is about! Life is an adventurous journey and you cannot forever skip mistakes but if you make a mistake, learn from the mistake, do something with the mistake and avoid that mistake happening again and you least did made a mistake! You only took a different root than the usual to your final destination. The meaning we have given to words is what makes words have meaning! Breathe whilst you have breath and do something with the air you breathe whilst you have breath!”

Tags : Action Attitude Quotes Conformity Do Something Today Food For Thought Footprints Lessons For Man Life Is An Adventure Make Each Day Count Mind Your Time Persistence Quotes Quote For Today Tenacity Quotes Think Of The End Thought Time Time Management Quotes Words Of Wisdom

92. “The problem is that we humans are deep conformists.”

Tags : Conformity Strengths
Author : Robert Greene
Source : Mastery

93. “It is often difficult to educate a child about the beauty of an open mind when he is a prisoner of societal conformity.”

Tags : Conformity Debasish Mridha Debasish Mridha M D Educate Educate A Child Education Inspirational Open Mind Philosophy Prisoner Of Societal Conformity Quotes

94. “It was a bland, tranquilized, life-adjusted, group-integrated sort of face -- the face turned out in thousands of copies every year by the educational production lines on Terra.”

Tags : Conformity Education Educational System Faces
Author : H. Beam Piper
Source : Little Fuzzy

95. “It’s better to be a “misfit” than a “one-size-fits-all”!”

Tags : Being Yourself Conformity Fitting In Loving Yourself Misfit Not Fitting In Positive Thinking Standing Out
Author : Mandy Hale

96. “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.”

Tags : Conformity Control Education Government Obedience School
Author : H.L. Mencken

97. “I think one of the problems [with raising intelligent children in modern society] is compulsory schooling...and that children are sitting there, and they are taught and told what to believe; they are passive from the very beginning – and one must be very, very aggressive intellectually to have a high IQ [...] the child is taught. Right from the beginning, it's a passive process. He or she sits there, and they simply try to believe everything they're told?”

Tags : Authority Brilliant Women Conformity Creativity Genius Individuality Inspirational Intelligence Life Life Lessons Obedience School School Reform School System Think For Yourself

98. “Wild birds will kill exotic ones: the budgies and the lovebirds and the yellow canaries-- escaped from their cages and hoping to get a taste of the sky -- usually end up back on the ground, plucked raw by their more conformist cousins”

Tags : Conformism Conformists Conformity Difference Standing Out Wildness
Author : Joanne Harris
Source : The Girl with No Shadow

99. “An artist who conforms to conventional ideas is nothing but a mere charlatan.”

Tags : Art Artist Charlatan Conformity Conventional Creativity Doing Something Following Ideas Mere Rules

100. “Emily Dickinson sublimely unnames even the blanks.”

Tags : Change Conformity Conventional Wisdom Innovation Word Choice
Author : Harold Bloom
Source : The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages

101. “The greatest fear in the world is of the opinions of others. And the moment you are unafraid of the crowd you are no longer a sheep, you become a lion. A great roar arises in your heart, the roar of freedom.”

Tags : Conformity Crowd Fear Freedom Heart Lion Opinions Opinions Of Others Roar Sheep
Author : Osho
Source : Courage: The Joy of Living Dangerously

102. “Opinions of the masses kill the 'extra' in an 'extraordinary' idea.”

Tags : Conformity Criticism Extraordinary Ideas Opinions

103. “Leaders do not conform; they reform. If you conform, you are nurturing mediocrity. If you reform, you are breeding change.”

Tags : Average Breed Change Change Makers Conform Conformity Excel Excellence Food For Thought Israelmore Ayivor Leader Leaders Leadership Make A Change Mediocre Mediocrity Nurture Nurturing Personal Development Reform Reformation Self Improvement Successful
Source : Leaders' Ladder

104. “Societal peer pressure to conform runs strong, but as more of us continue to think and act for ourselves, rather than be under the influence of group-think, we begin to make more effective choices.”

Tags : Choice Choices Conform Conforming Conformity Conscious Consciousness Free Will Group Think Herd Mentality Life Lifestyle Peer Pressure Society
Author : Evita Ochel

105. “The relative freedom which we enjoy depends of public opinion. The law is no protection. Governments make laws, but whether they are carried out, and how the police behave, depends on the general temper in the country. If large numbers of people are interested in freedom of speech, there will be freedom of speech, even if the law forbids it; if public opinion is sluggish, inconvenient minorities will be persecuted, even if laws exist to protect them.”

Tags : Authoritarianism Conformity Free Speech Public Opinion
Author : George Orwell

106. “Why have so many schools reduced the time and emphasis they place on art, music, and physical education? The answer is beyond simple: those areas aren’t measured on the all-important tests. You know where those areas are measured… in life! Art, music, and a healthy lifestyle help us develop a richer, deeper, and more balanced perspective. Never before have we needed more of an emphasis on the development of creativity, but schools have gone the exact opposite direction in an effort to make the best test-taking automatons possible. Our economy no longer rewards people for blindly following rules and becoming a cog in the machine. We need risk-takers, outside-the-box thinkers, and entrepreneurs; our school systems do the next generation a great disservice by discouraging these very skills and attitudes. Instead of helping and encouraging them to find and develop their unique strengths, they're told to shut up, put the cell phones away, memorize these facts and fill in the bubbles.”

Tags : Conformity Creativity Multiple Choice Outside The Box Real Life Risk Taking Standardized Testing Standardized Tests Teachers Teaching
Author : Dave Burgess
Source : Teach Like a Pirate: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator

107. “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.”

Tags : Confidence Conformity Declaration Of Independence Hope Individuality Non Conformity Resolves Self Assurance
Author : Howard Zinn
Source : You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times

108. “The human spirit lives on creativity and dies in conformity and routine.”

Tags : Conformity Creativity Human Routine Spirit

109. “We are not supposed to all be the same, feel the same, think the same, and believe the same. The key to continued expansion of our Universe lies in diversity, not in conformity and coercion. Conventionality is the death of creation.”

Tags : Coercion Conformity Conventionality Creation Diversity Expansion Freedom Group Mentality Group Think Individuation Self Expression Sheeple Spiritual Life Universe
Source : Divine Living: The Essential Guide To Your True Destiny

110. “If I have forfeited the ability to wonder so as not to offend the tenets of the culture, and if I have sacrificed warm dreams on the cold altar of conformity, it is likely because I have somewhere traded the marvel of the infinite for the malaise of the finite.”

Tags : Conformity Dreams Finite God Infinite Marvel Sacrifice Wonder
Source : An Autumn's Journey: Deep Growth in the Grief and Loss of Life's Seasons

111. “when you obey the rules, the rules obey you”

Tags : Acceptance Conformity Conformity And Attitude Obedience Purpose Rule Of Law Rules Rules Of Attraction Rules To Live By Timing Is Everything Timing Quotes

112. “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.”

Tags : Conformity Gender Stereotypes Loss Maleness Masculinity Tenderness
Author : Norah Vincent

113. “I would rather be an artist than a leader. Ironically, a leader has to follow the rules.”

Tags : Artists Conformity Creativity Example Following Irony Leader Rules
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Venus in Arms

114. “The common person fears to think beyond the common.”

Tags : Common Sense Conformity Convention Defiance Fear Originality Uncommon
Author : Bryant McGill

115. “All the heroes of tomorrow are the heretics of today.”

Tags : Conformity Heretics Heroes
Author : E.Y. Harburg

116. “Evil would always come to me disguised in systems and dignified by law.”

Tags : Coercion Conformity Law
Author : Pat Conroy
Source : The Lords of Discipline

117. “God never uses one approach to the get his job done in the world. Each soul has its own way of being reached. He has put inside of each of us an unique song, that only another heart can hear clearly. To wish you were someone else robs another human being of the special blessings, talents and gifts God meant for you to share.”

Tags : Comparison Compatability Conformity Connection Copying Drone Emulate Self Esteem Self Worth Staying Positive Stayingpositiveu Com

118. “Conformity is often more dangerous than war. War destroys the body but confomity destoys the imaginative mind.”

Tags : Body Conformity Debasish Debasish Mridha Imaginative Mind Mridha Philosophy War War Destroys

119. “If New Orleans is not fully in the mainstream of culture, neither is it fully in the mainstream of time. Lacking a well-defined present, it lives somewhere between its past and its future, as if uncertain whether to advance or to retreat. Perhaps it is its perpetual ambivalence that is its secret charm. Somewhere between Preservation Hall and the Superdome, between voodoo and cybernetics, New Orleans listens eagerly to the seductive promises of the future but keeps at least one foot firmly planted in its history, and in the end, conforms, like an artist, not to the world but to its own inner being--ever mindful of its personal style.”

Tags : Artistry Conformity Future History Mainstream New Orleans Past Present Time Timelessness
Author : Tom Robbins
Source : Jitterbug Perfume

120. “The conformist is not born. He is made. I believe the brainwashing process begins in the schools and colleges.”

Tags : Brainwashing Conformist Conformity Education
Author : J. Paul Getty
Source : How to Be Rich

121. “I expected, as I approached the corporate world, to enter a brisk, logical, nonsense-free zone, almost like the military - or a disciplined, up-to-date military anyway - in its focus on concrete results. How else would companies survive fierce competition? But what I encountered was a culture riven with assumptions unrelated to those that underlie the fact- and logic-based worlds of, say science and journalism - a culture addicted to untested habits, paralyzed by conformity, and shot through with magical thinking.”

Tags : Assumptions Bias Biased Conformity Corporate America Corporate Culture Corporate World Logic Military
Source : Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream

122. “Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.”

Tags : Conformity Tradition

123. “Most people say that Shakespeare rocked merely because most people say that Shakespeare rocked.”

Tags : Brainwash Compliment Conformity Criticism Herd Herd Mentality Independent Thinking Indoctrination Shakespeare

124. “But I still wonder how it was possible, in those graceless years of transition, long ago, that men did not see whither they were going, and went on, in blindness and cowardice”

Tags : Conformity Groupthink Masses
Author : Ayn Rand
Source : Anthem

125. “Many people are not conforming with theism, but they are comfortable with spiritualism.”

Tags : Conforming Conformity Debasish Mridha Debasish Mridha M D Inspirational Philosophy Quotes Spiritualism Theism

126. “What kind of men, then, does our society need? What is the "social character" suited to twentieth century Capitalism? It needs men who co-operate smoothly in large groups; who want to consume more and more, and whose tasks are standardized and can easily be 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, to fit into the social machine without friction.”

Tags : Capitalism Conformity Groupthink Herd Mentality
Author : Erich Fromm
Source : The Sane Society

127. “Without their uniforms, they were probably nobodies, rejects. Give a man a uniform. Give him a few sparkly badges, a purpose, a gun ... and suddenly, he was no longer just another kid trying to make it through life without being ridiculed. Suddenly, he was a part of something. Something important. Something powerful. Something greater than he could ever be on his own. It was amazing how empowering the group could be.”

Tags : Conformity Conformity And Attitude Empowerment Group Dynamics Group Mentality Group Think Groupthink In Group Politics Life Life Lessons Soldiers War
Source : If I Resist

128. “So distracting, so complete is she that she is gone before many realize that she had no escort, she was alone, a parade of one.”

Tags : Conformity Individuality Single Life Stargirl
Source : Stargirl

129. “Snark often functions as an enforcer of mediocrity and conformity. In its cozy knowingness, snark flatters you by assuming that you get the contemptuous joke. You've been admitted, or readmitted, to a club, though it may be the club of the second-rate.”

Tags : Conformity Manners Mediocrity Sarcasm Snark
Author : David Denby
Source : Snark: A Polemic in Seven Fits

130. “Convention (is) so often a mask for injustice.”

Tags : Assumptions Conformity Conventional Wisdom Education
Source : The Greek Way

131. “To find beauty, rise above conformity and find opportunities.”

Tags : Beauty Conformity Debasish Mridha Debasish Mridha M D Find Beauty Find Opportunities Inspirational Philosophy Quotes

132. “Am I a prisoner of my thoughts?Am I a prisoner of my societal conformity?Who am I?How conscious am I?Am I conscious or obnoxious?”

Tags : Conformity Debasish Mridha Debasish Mridha M D Inspirational Philosophy Quotes Self Discovery Who Am I

133. “We're all teased or pressured into conforming to the all-levelling social norms of mediocrity.”

Tags : Conformity Mediocrity Norms
Author : H.M. Forester

134. “Curiosity is very important I think, and I think too much of education, starting with childhood education, is either designed to kill curiosity or it works out that way anyway.”

Tags : Conformity Creativity Curiosity Education
Author : Myles Horton
Source : We Make the Road by Walking: Conversations on Education and Social Change

135. “Society tells me to follow my own truth, but I don't let society tell me what to do. If you need someone to tell you that, chances are you're part of the crowd that will move on to the next fashion that comes around.”

Tags : Conformity Crowd Fad Fashion Following Hypocrisy Individual Irony Laws Leading Originality Rebel Rebellion Regulations Rules Society Truth
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Killosophy

136. “[E]ach of our voices has something unique to say. Not only should I not mold my life to the demands of external conformity; I can't even find the model by which to live outside myself. I can only find it within.”

Tags : Conformity Individuality Individuals Self Uniqueness
Source : Multiculturalism:

137. “It shouldn't be very difficult for anyone to resist the temptation to force himself into the pattern of the structured man. One needs only to remember that a groove may be safe--but that, as one wears away at it, the groove becomes first a rut and finally a grave.”

Tags : Conformity Groove Rut Structure
Author : J. Paul Getty
Source : How to Be Rich

138. “Wisdom to accept change creates life, but conformity creates stagnation and leads to death.”

Tags : Accept Change Conformity Debasish Debasish Mridha Leads To Death Mridha Philosophy Stagnation Wisdom

139. “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.”

Tags : Conformity Individuality
Author : Eric Hoffer

140. “Joining a sub-culture, any sub-culture, for whatever reason, is as I see it never a legitimate self-expression. It is always a result of sheep mentality; a wish to belong somewhere.”

Tags : Conformity Individuality Subculture
Author : Varg Vikernes

141. “A fair and just society offers equality of opportunity to all. But it cannot promise, and should not try to enforce, sameness.”

Tags : Conformity Equality Individuality

142. “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.”

Tags : Conformity Individuality
Source : Walden

143. “Being yourself in a world which wants you to be someone else is the highest possible attainment.”

Tags : Conformity Growth Individualism Individuality
Author : Bryant McGill
Source : Simple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life

144. “The Master said of Gong Yechang, “He is marriageable. Although he was once imprisoned and branded as a criminal, he was in fact innocent of any crime.” The Master gave him his daughter in marriage.(Analects 5.1)”

Tags : Conformity Individuality
Author : Confucius

145. “In addition to conformity as a way to relieve the anxiety springing from separateness, another factor of contemporary life must be considered: the role of the work routine and the pleasure routine. Man becomes a 'nine to fiver', he is part of the labour force, or the bureaucratic force of clerks and managers. He has little initiative, his tasks are prescribed by the organisation of the work; there is even little difference between those high up on the ladder and those on the bottom. They all perform tasks prescribed by the whole structure of the organisation, at a prescribed speed, and in a prescribed manner. Even the feelings are prescribed: cheerfulness, tolerance, reliability, ambition, and an ability to get along with everybody without friction. Fun is routinised in similar, although not quite as drastic ways. Books are selected by the book clubs, movies by the film and theatre owners and the advertising slogans paid for by them; the rest is also uniform: the Sunday ride in the car, the television session, the card game, the social parties. From birth to death, from Monday to Monday, from morning to evening - all activities are routinised, and prefabricated. How should a man caught up in this net of routine not forget that he is a man, a unique individual, one who is given only this one chance of living, with hopes and disappointments, with sorrow and fear, with the longing for love and the dread of the nothing and separateness?”

Tags : Conformity Individuality
Author : Erich Fromm
Source : The Art of Loving

146. “I'd trapped myself in a script.... But to be scripted at all is to be prepackaged, programmed, pinned to a page. Only the unwritten can truly live a life. So who I was, what I was, had to be unwritten.”

Tags : Conformity Freedom Independence Individuality
Source : The Brothers K

147. “We must beware of yielding to the pressure of a spirit of cowardly conformity which proclaims itself everybody's friend in the hope that everybody will obligingly return the compliment.”

Tags : Conformity Distinct Non Conformity
Source : The Intellectual Life: Its Spirit, Conditions, Methods

148. “By acquiescing in an act that causes such suffering to a living creature, who among us is not diminished?”

Tags : Conformity Culture Empathy Ethics Morality Non Conformity Relationships Suffering Cruelty
Author : Rachel Carson

149. “I am neither for conformity nor non-conformity. I am for individuality. If one's individuality is in effect non-conformity, then so be it. But basically, one's individuality consists of conformity--to one's self.”

Tags : Conformity Individuality Non Conformity
Author : Paul Krassner

150. “for meobedience to another is the decayof self”

Tags : Conforming Conformity Decay Follow Independence Individualism Individuality Life Obedience Obey Self Self Sufficiency
Source : Play the Piano Drunk Like a Percussion Instrument Until the Fingers Begin to Bleed a Bit

151. “Don’t conform to those who have been overwhelmed by the tide of immorality sweeping our country!”

Tags : Billy Graham Conforming Conformity Immorality Peer Pressure
Author : Billy Graham
Source : Billy Graham in Quotes

152. “Peer pressure accounts for much of the promiscuous sex in high schools and colleges. “Conform or get lost.” Since no one enjoys losing friends or being cast out of his own circle, peer pressure—especially during the years of adolescence—is an almost irresistible force.”

Tags : Billy Graham Conforming Conformity Peer Pressure
Author : Billy Graham
Source : Billy Graham in Quotes

153. “It is often asked, “How could the early disciples turn the world upside downwhen millions of Christians can’t even keep it right side up today?” The answer is they didn’t conform their faith to match the world. They had the truth, and they refused to water it down. They had a faith that would not compromise.”

Tags : Billy Graham Conforming Conformity Peer Pressure
Author : Billy Graham
Source : Billy Graham in Quotes

154. “The pagan world is still trying to put its stamp of conformity on every follower of Jesus Christ. Every possible pressure is being brought to bear upon Christiansto make them conform to the standards of the present world . . .be a committed follower of Jesus Christ.”

Tags : Billy Graham Conforming Conformity Peer Pressure
Author : Billy Graham
Source : Billy Graham in Quotes

155. “The apostle Paul said, “Be not conformed to this world.” These words cut like a sharp sword across our way of life. They have the tone of the battle call in them. They separate the weak from the strong. But they are words of inspiration, and we need to hear them today.”

Tags : Billy Graham Conforming Conformity Peer Pressure
Author : Billy Graham
Source : Billy Graham in Quotes

156. “It is a tragedy that many of God’s people have conformed themselves to the world and its thinking, rather than being transformed by the renewing of their minds.”

Tags : Billy Graham Conforming Conformity
Author : Billy Graham
Source : Billy Graham in Quotes

157. “The apostle Paul urges Christians everywhere in all ages to be nonconformists as far as the world system is concerned. We are not to conform. A true Christian, living an obedient life, is a constant rebuke to those who accept themoral standards of this world.”

Tags : Billy Graham Conforming Conformity Moral Standards Obedience Peer Pressure
Author : Billy Graham
Source : Billy Graham in Quotes

158. “God’s purpose for us is that we ought to beconformed to the image of His Son. The world may exert its pressure to deform us, but we are told to “be transformed” [Romans 12:2 NIV].”

Tags : Billy Graham Conforming Conformity
Author : Billy Graham
Source : Billy Graham in Quotes

159. “Pure hearts will be Christlike. It is God’s desire that we be conformed to the image of His Son.”

Tags : Billy Graham Conforming Conformity
Author : Billy Graham
Source : Billy Graham in Quotes

160. “One of our most deep-seated fears is that we might be called an “outsider.” This fear has led us down the road to conformity, has put the imprint of “the organization man” on our souls, and has robbed us of originality of thought, individuality of personality, and constructive action.”

Tags : Billy Graham Conforming Conformity
Author : Billy Graham
Source : Billy Graham in Quotes

161. “You need to make a decision - are you are an imitator or an innovator?”

Tags : Conformity Creativity Imitate Imitation Imitations Innovation Innovation Quotes

162. “They want you to use a black umbrella; use yellow, use red, use green and always refuse the thing they want you to use! Refusal is often more honourable than conformity!”

Tags : Conformity Conformity And Attitude Ildan Wisdom Ildan Words Mehmet Murat Ildan Quotes Refusal Refuse Turkish Authors Turkish Literature Turkish Playwrights Turkish Quotations Turkish Quotes Turkish Wisdom Words Turkish Writers Umbrella

163. “The beauty of life does not reside in certainty or conformity. It resides in the infinite possibilities of uncertainty.”

Tags : Beauty Of Life Certainty Or Conformity Conformity Debasish Mridha Debasish Mridha Md Infinite Possibilities Inspirational Quotes Philosophy Quotes

164. “If a man does not keep pace with hiscompanions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Lethim 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 oran oak. Shall he turn his spring into summer?”

Tags : Conformity Maturity Pace
Source : Walden

165. “Somebody is born. Somebody goes to school. Somebody learns to conform. Somebody types a CV. Somebody gets a job. Somebody follows orders. Somebody gets a golden watch. And then, eventually, Somebody dies. And, a Nobody is buried.”

Tags : Average Conform Conformity Cv Education Employee Employment Exploitation Golden Watch Independent Thinking Job Life Mediocre Purpose Retirement School Work
Source : The Confessions of a Misfit

166. “If you conform, you can never reform.”

Tags : Conform Conformity Debasish Debasish Mridha Mridha Philosophy Reform

167. “If you want to conform, then how can you change?”

Tags : Conform Conformity Debasish Mridha Debasish Mridha M D How To Change Inspirational Philosophy Quotes

168. “How can you reform when you are always busy conforming?”

Tags : Conform Conformity Debasish Inspirational Mridha Philosophy Quotes Reform

169. “If you conform, you miss all of the adventures and stand against the progress of society.”

Tags : Adventures Conform Conformity Debasish Mridha Debasish Mridha Md Inspirational Philosophy Progress Of Society Quotes

170. “To hear how much of a great human being you were — even if you really weren’t — open your ears at your funeral.”

Tags : Conformity Death Deceased Eulogy Funeral Insincerity Lies Tradition

171. “Public opinion is less tolerant than any system of law.”

Tags : Conformity Custom Unwritten Rules
Author : George Orwell

172. “The greater part of the world has, properly speaking, no history, because the despotism of Custom is complete. This is the case over the whole East. Custom is there, in all things, the final appeal; justice and right mean conformity to custom; the argument of custom no one, unless some tyrant intoxicated with power, thinks of resisting. And we see the result. Those nations must once have had originality; they did not start out of the ground populous, lettered, and versed in many of the arts of life; they made themselves all this, and were then the greatest and most powerful nations in the world. What are they now? The subjects or dependants of tribes whose forefathers wandered in the forests when theirs had magnificent palaces and gorgeous temples, but over whom custom exercised only a divided rule with liberty and progress.”

Tags : Conformity Custom Eastern Civilization Liberty
Source : On Liberty

173. “When men live huddled together without true communication, there seems to be a greater sharing, and a more genuine communion. But this is not communion, only immersion in the general meaninglessness of countless slogans and clichés repeated over and over again so that in the end one listens without hearing and responds without thinking. The constant din of empty words and machine noises, the endless booming of loudspeakers end by making true communication and true communion almost impossible...”

Tags : Communication Communion Conformity Society
Author : Thomas Merton
Source : New Seeds of Contemplation

174. “When I understand that everything happening to me is to make me more Christlike, it resolves a great deal of anxiety.”

Tags : Christlikeness Conformity
Author : A.W. Tozer

175. “She has never understood, nor been able to relate to a herd mentality. She doesn't get along with followers and avoids the bandwagon. She marches to her own tune and does it alone. She's despised by the weak-minded and respected by the strong. She ruffles the feathers of the flock because she champion's the defenseless and pick's on the mob. Does she wish she could not give a damn and live an ordinary life surrounded by nodding and needy ordinary people? At times...but she'd be bored out of her mind when she's never bored alone, and because of that she's patient because a couple of times in a lifetime she's lucky enough to come across a memorable, magnetic and remarkable person - one worth knowing, even if just for the brevity of a conversation.”

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176. “It is not only the hostility of others that may prevent us from questioning the status quo. Our will to doubt can be just as powerfully sapped by an internal sense that societal conventions must have a sound basis, even if we are not sure exactly what this may be, because they have been adhered to by a great many people for a long time. It seems implausible that our society could be gravely mistaken in its beliefs, and at the same time, that we would be alone in noticing the fact. We stifle our doubts, and follow the flock, because we cannot conceive of ourselves as pioneers of hitherto unknown difficult truths. It is for help in overcoming our meekness that we can turn to the philosopher.”

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177. “Under the absolute sway of an individual despot the body was attacked in order to subdue the soul, and the soul escaped the blows which were directed against it and rose superior to the attempt; but such is not the course adopted by tyranny in democratic republics; there the body is left free, and the soul is enslaved.”

Tags : Assumptions Bias Conformity Consensus Conventional Wisdom Culture Freedom Of Conscience Idolatry
Source : Democracy in America

178. “Who was I fooling, telling my heart to quiet its beautiful song so I could march in the parade of conformity? My biggest fool was me.”

Tags : Authentic Self Authenticity Be Yourself Conformity Intuition Self Deceit Self Love Wisdom

179. “A formal education will teach you how to conform with society. Self-education will teach you how to get out of conformity so that you can fill your life with adventure and beauty.”

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180. “It’s hard being pissed with a nice car and a good job. Fed up on filet medallions and swimming in chilled martinis. We know what we think and our life here is our reward for thinking it.”

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Source : The World's Game

181. “Go beyond the boundary of conformity to find the true joy of life.”

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182. “I need not adapt in certain ways. I am in fact but a visitor to this world, a gasp within its history, and, before anything else, a follower of Christ. By this alone I have the power not to shuffle against the Faith, the power to break loose from these marching shackles of ongoing cultural and political pretense.”

Tags : Adaptation Apologetics Christ Christian Conformity Culture Different Epic Faith Faithfulness History Holiness Individuality Politics Power Real Rebel Religion Secular Shackles Shuffle Strength World Zombie
Author : Criss Jami

183. “There seemed never to be a moment when he was not haunted by the fear of being thought lacking by his British colleagues. And yet it seemed to be universally agreed that he was one of the most successful Indians of his generation, a model for his countrymen. Did this mean that one day all of India would become a shadow of what he had been? Millions of people trying to live their lives in conformity with incomprehensible rules? Better to be what Dolly had been: a woman who had no illusions about the nature of her condition; a prisoner who knew the exact dimensions of her cage and could look for contentment within those confines.”

Tags : Colonialism Conformity Insecurity
Author : Amitav Ghosh
Source : The Glass Palace

184. “For true liberation, you do not need to fight. You simply have to change your thoughts and drift away from conformity, comfort, security, and certainty of life and embrace and enjoy the possibilities and magnificence of the uncertainty of life.”

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185. “There is, however, hope for any person who wants to remain an individual. He can assert himself and refuse to conform. He'll be on his own, that's true, but while he will not have the security enjoyed by those who do conform, there will be no limits to what he may achieve.”

Tags : Achievement Assertion Conformity Individualism Individuality Security
Author : J. Paul Getty
Source : How to Be Rich

186. “On Earth, Liz was constantly occupied with studying and finding a college and a career and all those other things that the adults in her life deemed terribly important. Since she had died, everything she was doing on Earth had seemed entirely meaningless. From Liz's point of view, the question of what her life would be was now definitively answered. The story of her life is short and pointless: There once was a girl who got hit by a car and died. The end.”

Tags : Conformity Death Life Meaning Of Life Meaninglessness Purgatory Teenage
Source : Elsewhere

187. “He who hesitates is probably afraid what others will think.”

Tags : Conformity Fear Hesitation
Author : Marty Rubin

188. “If unconventional ideas = sperm, then public opinion = abortion.”

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189. “This is the enemy, what is irreversible, what has already reached the farthest of places. There is no going back. They can bomb bus-loads of tourists, burn the American flag, but they are not shooting the enemy. It is already with them, inside them, what makes them resentful, defensive, what makes them no longer confident of their vision of the world.”

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Source : The Translator

190. “Conform and be dull.”

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191. “Alas, everything that men say to one another is alike; the ideas they exchange are almost always the same, in their conversation. But inside all those isolated machines, what hidden recesses, what secret compartments! It is an entire world that each one carries within him, an unknown world that is born and dies in silence! What solitudes all these human bodies are!”

Tags : Conformity Imagination Mankind
Source : Fantasio

192. “The greatest obstacle in understanding the universe is the conformity and fear of truth.”

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193. “Hazel, do you enjoy it?' I paused a second, trying to figure out if my response should be calibrated to please Augustus or his parents. 'Most of the people are really nice,' I finally said.”

Tags : Conformity Expression Humor Public Relations
Author : John Green
Source : The Fault in Our Stars

194. “It is very difficult to break free from the prison of conformity and fixed false beliefs without changing our level of consciousness and awareness.”

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195. “How can you find new beauty if you are never allowed to get out of conformity?”

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196. “Conformity keeps us closed minded.”

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197. “True education expands your imagination. False education fills your mind with dogma and makes you a prisoner of conformity.”

Tags : Conformity Debasish Dogma Education Inspirational Mridha Philosophy Prisoner Of Conformity Quotes

198. “Conformity rules society not wisdom or simplicity.”

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199. “Do not follow conformity toward the darkness. Follow the light of wisdom to fill the world with happiness.”

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200. “Most often we call a person intelligent when they learn to conform to the societal norm. Are they wise?”

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