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1. “The word "We" is as lime poured over men, which sets and hardens to stone, and crushes all beneath it, and that which is white and that which is black are lost equally in the grey of it. It is the word by which the depraved steal the virtue of the good, by which the weak steal the might of the strong, by which the fools steal the wisdom of the sages. What is my joy if all hands, even the unclean, can reach into it? What is my wisdom, if even the fools can dictate to me? What is my freedom, if all creatures, even the botched and impotent, are my masters? What is my life, if I am but to bow, to agree and to obey? But I am done with this creed of corruption. I am done with the monster of "We," the word of serfdom, of plunder, of misery, falsehood and shame. And now I see the face of god, and I raise this god over the earth, this god whom men have sought since men came into being, this god who will grant them joy and peace and pride. This god, this one word: "I.”

Tags : Historical Individualism Political
Author : Ayn Rand
Source : Anthem

2. “When the Washington Post telephoned me at home on Valentine's Day 1989 to ask my opinion about the Ayatollah Khomeini's fatwah, I felt at once that here was something that completely committed me. It was, if I can phrase it like this, a matter of everything I hated versus everything I loved. In the hate column: dictatorship, religion, stupidity, demagogy, censorship, bullying, and intimidation. In the love column: literature, irony, humor, the individual, and the defense of free expression. Plus, of course, friendship—though I like to think that my reaction would have been the same if I hadn't known Salman at all. To re-state the premise of the argument again: the theocratic head of a foreign despotism offers money in his own name in order to suborn the murder of a civilian citizen of another country, for the offense of writing a work of fiction. No more root-and-branch challenge to the values of the Enlightenment (on the bicentennial of the fall of the Bastille) or to the First Amendment to the Constitution, could be imagined. President George H.W. Bush, when asked to comment, could only say grudgingly that, as far as he could see, no American interests were involved…”

Tags : Atheism Bastille Bullying Censorship Demagogy Enlightenment Fascism Fatwa First Amendment Free Speech Friendship George Hw Bush Humor Intimidation Love Religion Rushdie Satanic Verses Stupidity United States United States Constitution Washington Post
Source : Hitch-22: A Memoir

3. “I say let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea.”

Tags : Hell Individualism Irony Selfishness Tea
Source : Notes from Underground

4. “The first duty of a man is to think for himself”

Tags : Communism Democracy Freedom History Hope Individualism Philosophy Politics Revolution Socialism
Author : José Martí

5. “I have always found it quaint and rather touching that there is a movement [Libertarians] in the US that thinks Americans are not yet selfish enough.”

Tags : Ayn Rand Individualism Libertarianism Objectivism Selfishness

6. “How can I give up stalking when I have a family to feed? Get a job? I don't want to work for you, your work makes me puke, do you understand? This is the way I figure it: if a man works with you, he is always working for one of you, he is a slave and nothing else. And I always wanted to be myself, on my own, so that I could spit at you all, at your boredom and despair.”

Tags : Boredom Despair Family Feed Give Up Individualism Individuality Job Myself Puke Slave Spit Stalking Understand Work
Source : Roadside Picnic

7. “Many things in this period have been hard to bear, or hard to take seriously. My own profession went into a protracted swoon during the Reagan-Bush-Thatcher decade, and shows scant sign of recovering a critical faculty—or indeed any faculty whatever, unless it is one of induced enthusiasm for a plausible consensus President. (We shall see whether it counts as progress for the same parrots to learn a new word.) And my own cohort, the left, shared in the general dispiriting move towards apolitical, atonal postmodernism. Regarding something magnificent, like the long-overdue and still endangered South African revolution (a jagged fit in the supposedly smooth pattern of axiomatic progress), one could see that Ariadne’s thread had a robust reddish tinge, and that potential citizens had not all deconstructed themselves into Xhosa, Zulu, Cape Coloured or ‘Eurocentric’; had in other words resisted the sectarian lesson that the masters of apartheid tried to teach them. Elsewhere, though, it seemed all at once as if competitive solipsism was the signifier of the ‘radical’; a stress on the salience not even of the individual, but of the trait, and from that atomization into the lump of the category. Surely one thing to be learned from the lapsed totalitarian system was the unwholesome relationship between the cult of the masses and the adoration of the supreme personality. Yet introspective voyaging seemed to coexist with dull group-think wherever one peered about among the formerly ‘committed’.Traditionally then, or tediously as some will think, I saw no reason to discard the Orwellian standard in considering modern literature. While a sort of etiolation, tricked out as playfulness, had its way among the non-judgemental, much good work was still done by those who weighed words as if they meant what they said. Some authors, indeed, stood by their works as if they had composed them in solitude and out of conviction. Of these, an encouraging number spoke for the ironic against the literal mind; for the generously interpreted interest of all against the renewal of what Orwell termed the ‘smelly little orthodoxies’—tribe and Faith, monotheist and polytheist, being most conspicuous among these new/old disfigurements. In the course of making a film about the decaffeinated hedonism of modern Los Angeles, I visited the house where Thomas Mann, in another time of torment, wrote Dr Faustus. My German friends were filling the streets of Munich and Berlin to combat the recrudescence of the same old shit as I read:This old, folkish layer survives in us all, and to speak as I really think, I do. not consider religion the most adequate means of keeping it under lock and key. For that, literature alone avails, humanistic science, the ideal of the free and beautiful human being. [italics mine]The path to this concept of enlightenment is not to be found in the pursuit of self-pity, or of self-love. Of course to be merely a political animal is to miss Mann’s point; while, as ever, to be an apolitical animal is to leave fellow-citizens at the mercy of Ideolo’. For the sake of argument, then, one must never let a euphemism or a false consolation pass uncontested. The truth seldom lies, but when it does lie it lies somewhere in between.”

Tags : Apoliticism Atheism Berlin Bought Priesthood Cape Coloureds Cold War Euphemism Film George Orwell German People Irony Journalism Lies Literary Criticism Los Angeles Munich Orthodoxy Personality Politics Politics Polytheism Populism Radical Politics Russia Science Sectarianism Solipsism Tribalism United States
Source : For the Sake of Argument: Essays and Minority Reports

8. “I like it when a flower or a little tuft of grass grows through a crack in the concrete. It's so fuckin' heroic.”

Tags : Grass Hero Heroism Individualism Individuality Nature
Author : George Carlin

9. “The pen may indeed be mightier than the sword, but the wordsmith would do well to welcome the blacksmith back into the fold, so that artisan craftsmanship the world over may fend off the ravages of industrialised homogeneity and bland monoculture.”

Tags : Alliances Blacksmith Bland Blandness Decisiveness Fend Off Forge Grass Roots Movements Handiwork Industrial Industrial Revolution Ironwork Ironworkers Labour Of Love Might Nerves Of Steel Ore Pen Philosophical Musings Ravaged Ravages Skills Skillset Social Justice Strength Of Spirit Tradition Unison Working Together Writer Writers World
Author : Alex Morritt
Source : Impromptu Scribe

10. “You show me a capitalist, and I'll show you a bloodsucker”

Tags : Communism Democracy Freedom History Hope Individualism Philosophy Politics Revolution Socialism
Author : Malcolm X

11. “Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners.”

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12. “The Revolution introduced me to art, and in turn, art introduced me to the Revolution!”

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13. “The only way we'll get freedom for ourselves is to identify ourselves with every oppressed people in the world. We are blood brothers to the people of Brazil, Venezuela, Haiti, Cuba -- yes Cuba too.”

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Author : Malcolm X

14. “Civil government, so far as it is instituted for the security of property, is in reality instituted for the defense of the rich against the poor, or of those who have some property against those who have none at all.”

Tags : Communism Democracy Freedom History Hope Individualism Philosophy Politics Revolution Socialism
Author : Adam Smith

15. “Your hard-won triumphs can be wholly negated if you live in a climate where your victories are seen as threatening, incorrect, distasteful, or -- most crucially of all, for a teenage girl -- simply uncool. Few girls would choose to be right -- right, down into their clever, brilliant bones -- but lonely.”

Tags : Feminism Identity Girls Individualism Individuality Women
Author : Caitlin Moran
Source : How to Be a Woman

16. “I am a person. I am not always happy 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; sometimes I feel sad, sometimes I feel angry. Sometimes I see brokenness in the world and I feel like I'm dying inside because I want to fix it! I am a person. I am not continuously grateful for everything and everyone 100% of the time. Because sometimes, I don't feel grateful! Sometimes I feel betrayed, other times I feel deceived. Because I am a person. And I am tired of the schools of thought and the judgmental eyes that offer up their plates of useless opinion when I am not 100% floating up there in false pretenses of perfection. I do not want to be false. I want to be a person. And I want to feel and I want to think, and no, not everything in life is something to be grateful for; and no, not everything in the world is something to be happy about. I am a person. My face can do a lot of things aside from smiling. My face can look peaceful, it can look thoughtful, it can look Divine. I can frown and sometimes my eyebrows are scrunched up in the middle; that's because I'm thinking! I am a person. A person that is so much more than what popular opinion expects is the definition of perfection. But I AM perfect. I am perfect the very way that I am. And I would never want to be only what popular thought would expect of me. I am so much more than that.”

Tags : Be Real Be True Being True To Oneself Being True To Yourself Break The Status Quo Defy The Status Quo Feminist Quotes Humanist Quotes Individualism Inspirational Quotes Perfection Powerful Person Powerful Quotes Rise Up Take A Stand
Author : C. JoyBell C.

17. “Everything is relative in this world, where change alone endures.”

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Author : Leon Trotsky

18. “Despair is typical of those who do not understand the causes of evil, see no way out, and are incapable of struggle.”

Tags : Communism Democracy Freedom History Hope Individualism Philosophy Politics Revolution Socialism

19. “A child who does not think about what happens around him and is content with living without wondering whether he lives honestly is like a man who lives from a scoundrel's work and is on the road to being a scoundrel.”

Tags : Communism Democracy Freedom History Hope Individualism Philosophy Politics Revolution Socialism
Author : José Martí

20. “But love, like the sun that it is, sets afire and melts everything. what greed and privilege to build up over whole centuries the indignation of a pious spirit, with its natural following of oppressed souls, will cast down with a single shove.”

Tags : Communism Democracy Freedom History Hope Individualism Philosophy Politics Revolution Socialism
Author : José Martí

21. “Unity is a great thing and a great slogan. But what the workers’ cause needs is the unity of Marxists, not unity between Marxists, and opponents and distorters of Marxism.”

Tags : Communism Democracy Freedom History Hope Individualism Philosophy Politics Revolution Socialism

22. “I knew I was alone in a way that no earthling has ever been before.”

Tags : Communism Democracy Freedom History Hope Individualism Philosophy Politics Revolution Socialism

23. “Perhaps, there is no such person who can be called truly free, but only those who can be deemed so by comparison.”

Tags : Enslavement Free Will Freedom Illusion Of Free Will Illusion Of Freedom Individual Freedom Individual Liberty Individualism Liberation Transcendental
Author : Ashim Shanker
Source : Sinew of the Social Species

24. “I would rather have strong enemies than a world of passive individualists. In a world of passive individualists nothing seems worth anything simply because nobody stands for anything. That world has no convictions, no victories, no unions, no heroism, no absolutes, no heartbeat. That world has rigor mortis.”

Tags : Absolutes Beliefs Convictions Dead World Heartbeat Individualism Man Meaninglessness Open Mindedness Passivity Rigor Mortis Robot World Unions World Zealot
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Killosophy

25. “Compassion without discipline is egregious self-sabotage.”

Tags : Altruism Anarchy Attachment Expertise Generosity Helping Others Humanitarian Humanitarianism Inadequacy Individual Individualism Laissez Faire Love Peace Private Charity Psychology Rationality Relationships Rights Self Knowledge Statism Voluntaryism Welfare State

26. “The truth is, one who seeks to achieve freedom by petitioning those in power to give it to him has already failed, regardless of the response. To beg for the blessing of “authority” is to accept that the choice is the master’s alone to make, which means that the person is already, by definition, a slave.”

Tags : Anarcho Capitalism Anarchy Coercion Democracy Evil Free Markets Freedom Government Individual Rights Laissez Faire Libertarian Liberty Masters Natural Law Natural Rights Petition Politics Rulers State Statism Subjugation Theft Trade Voluntaryist
Author : Larken Rose

27. “And even when they refuse to listen, I'll keep talking anyway, hoping on a slim chance that the things inside my head are worth something to someone.”

Tags : Individualism Lessons Life Life Lessons Love Speaking Out Your Voice
Source : 5 Miles

28. “Only he qualifies to be an INDIVIDUAL, who has created an IMAGE for himself, in tune with his INTRINSIC NATURE, for majority only succumb to the human stupidity and perish!”

Tags : Individual Freedom Individualism Individuality Individuality Personality Reason Intelligence Rebellion Rebellious Society S Increasing Stupidity Society Thinking Stupidity Quotes

29. “Whereas, in the west, individuality and drive are considered positive qualities, they are not seen the same way, in Japan. In that country, if you are too much of a rugged individualist, it might actually indicate that you are a weak, unreliable character and that you are selfish, in a childish, willful kind of way.”

Tags : Childish Childishness Cultural Differences Culture Individualism Individualist Individuality Japan Japanese Japanese Culture Western Culture
Source : The Japanophile's Handbook

30. “We awaken by asking the right questions. We awaken when we see knowledge being spread that goes against our own personal experiences. We awaken when we see popular opinion being wrong but accepted as being right, and what is right being pushed as being wrong. We awaken by seeking answers in corners that are not popular. And we awaken by turning on the light inside when everything outside feels dark.”

Tags : Acceptance Awaken Awakened Awareness Conscience Conscious Dark Darkness Development Experiences Illumination Individual Individualism Individuality Lessons Light Quotations Light Quotes Morality Pop Culture Popular Opinion Questions Right And Wrong Right Questions Seeker Seeking Truth Sheep Thinking Transcendence Wisdom
Author : Suzy Kassem
Source : Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

31. “It is important for this country to make its people so obsessed with their own liberal individualism that they do not have time to think about a world larger than self.”

Tags : Critical Thinking Individualism Liberalism
Author : bell hooks
Source : Black Genius: African-American Solutions to African-American Problems

32. “It is feasible and easy everywhere to undermine administrative power and, in fact, it has been drastically weakened in all Western countries. The defense of individual rights has reached such extremes as to make society as a whole defenseless against certain individuals. It is time, in the West, to defend not so much human rights as human obligations.”

Tags : Individualism Moral Obligation

33. “It's ok to do your own thing for a while sometimes the call of the soul is a much more enticing path then one of a drunken phone call from your pals, call it the 21st century or whatever you wish but most live for the weekend untying the knots & ropes of slavery from during the week with no drive nor purpose to become something more than a pay check & a good time every 5 days.”

Tags : Free Spirit Free Yourself Freedom Individualism Mind Mindful Raw Real Truth Wild And Free
Author : Nikki Rowe

34. “I hold it to be the inalienable right of anybody to go to hell in his own way.”

Tags : Hell Individualism Libertarianism Rights
Author : Robert Frost

35. “Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual you have an obligation to be one.”

Tags : Individualism Personal Responsibility

36. “Human beings are born with different capacities. If they are free, they are not equal. And if they are equal, they are not free.”

Tags : Anarchy Coercion Collectivism Control Equality Free Market Freedom Individual Freedom Individualism Laissez Faire Libertarian Liberty Natural Law Non Aggression Principle Peace Politics Slavery Socialism Statism Taxation Universal Ethics Voluntaryism

37. “Collectivism is the "philosophy" of every cockroach and sewer rat: "If I want it, I must need it, and if I need it, I have a right to it, and if I have a right to it, it doesn't matter what I have to do to get it." Thefact that such an inherently animalistic, short-sighted, anti-humanviewpoint is now painted by some as compassionate and "progressive" does not make it any more sane, or any less dangerous.”

Tags : Anarchy Ancap Coercion Collectivism Communism Evil Free Markets Freedom Government Individual Individualism Laissez Faire Libertarian Liberty Natural Law Natural Rights Non Aggression Principle Philosophy Politics Rights Self Ownership Socialism Statism Voluntaryism
Author : Larken Rose

38. “A libertarian is somebody who believes, of course, in personal liberty. And liberty is a personal thing; it is not collective. You don’t gain liberty because you belong to a group. So we don’t talk about women’s rights or gay rights or anything else. Everybody has an absolute equal right as an individual, and it comes to them naturally.”

Tags : Anarchy Ancap Coercion Collectivism Freedom Government Individual Rights Individualism Libertarian Liberty Natural Law Natural Rights Philosophy Statism Voluntaryism Voluntaryist
Author : Ron Paul

39. “A person who is truly cool is a work of art. And remember, original works of art cost exponentially higher than imitations. Just take a look at the the coolest people in history. They will always be a part of history for being extremely original individuals, not imitations.”

Tags : Be Yourself Being Being Different Being Yourself Brave Cool Coolness Cost Follow Follower Imitate Imitation Individual Inspiration Life Originality Quotes Person Rebel Society Strong Think Different Unique Will
Author : Suzy Kassem
Source : Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

40. “To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive.”

Tags : Independent Thought Individualism Preference
Source : An Inland Voyage

41. “Being different and thinking different makes a person unforgettable. History does not remember the forgettable.”

Tags : Be Different Being Being Different Being Different Quotes Forgettable Greatness History Human Human Nature Individualism Individuality Innovate Innovator Life Original Original Quotes Originality Society Success Think Different Thinking Unforgettable Unique Uniqueness
Author : Suzy Kassem
Source : Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

42. “A truly good person will speak truth, act with truth, and stand for Truth. A truly good person is not afraid to think from their heart; therefore, allowing nonconformist decisions, viewpoints, and perspectives to lead their life. By following their heart, they stand with their conscience, and only with God.”

Tags : Bad Being Different Character Conscience Conscious God Good Good People Good Person Heart Individualism Individuality Moral Morality Nonconformist Nonconformity Perspective Thinking Different Thinking Differently True True To Self Truly Truth Viewpoints
Author : Suzy Kassem
Source : Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

43. “It's weird not to be weird.”

Tags : Conformity Individualism Paradox
Author : John Lennon

44. “Writing of only one small part of the broader problem, namely the single-minded pursuit of individualistic 'rights,' [Don] Feder is not wrong to conclude: Absent a delicate balance--rights and duties, freedom and order--the social fabric begins to unravel. The rights explosion of the past three decades has taken us on a rapid descent to a culture without civility, decency, or even that degree of discipline necessary to maintain an advanced industrial civilization. Our cities are cesspools, our urban schools terrorist training camps, our legislatures brothels where rights are sold to the highest electoral bidder.”

Tags : Duties Freedom Individualism Rights The Twentieth Century
Author : D.A. Carson
Source : The Gagging of God: Christianity Confronts Pluralism

45. “He knew most men only heard what they wanted to hear, and he had no desire to be like most men.”

Tags : Hearing Individualism Listening Uniqueness Uniqueness Of Individual
Author : Dan Groat
Source : A Punctual Paymaster

46. “Who would you be but who you are?”

Tags : Empowering Fantasy Individualism
Author : Terry Brooks
Source : The Black Unicorn

47. “I have no right to call myself one who knows. I was one who seeks, and I still am, but I no longer seek in the stars or in books; I'm beginning to hear the teachings of my blood pulsing within me. My story isn't pleasant, it's not sweet and harmonious like the invented stories; it tastes of folly and bewilderment, of madness and dream, like the life of all people who no longer want to lie to themselves.”

Tags : Growth Individualism
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Demian. Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend

48. “Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.”

Tags : Art Individualism
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Soul of Man Under Socialism

49. “Nobody can be exactly like me. Sometimes even I have trouble doing it.”

Tags : Individualism Southern

50. “Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life's cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another you have only an extemporaneous half possession. That which each can do best, none but his Maker can teach him.”

Tags : Individualism Self Reliance Self Trust
Source : Self-Reliance

51. “She smiled. She knew she was dying. But it did not matter any longer. She had known something which no human words could ever tell and she knew it now. She had been awaiting it and she felt it, as if it had been, as if she had lived it. Life had been, if only because she had known it could be, and she felt it now as a hymn without sound, deep under the little whole that dripped red drops into the snow, deeper than that from which the red drops came. A moment or an eternity- did it matter? Life, undefeated, existed and could exist. She smiled, her last smile, to so much that had been possible.”

Tags : Individualism Inspirational Life Philosophy
Author : Ayn Rand
Source : We the Living

52. “All rational action is in the first place individual action. Only the individual thinks. Only the individual reasons. Only the individual acts.”

Tags : Individualism
Source : Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis

53. “If you want to be a slave in life, then continue going around asking others to do for you. They will oblige, but you will find the price is your choices, your freedom, your life itself. They will do for you, and as a result you will be in bondage to them forever, having given your identity away for a paltry price. Then, and only then, you will be a nobody, a slave, because you yourself and nobody else made it so.”

Tags : Dependency Freedom Individualism Power Slave
Source : The Pillars of Creation

54. “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

55. “Here beyond men's judgments all covenants were brittle.”

Tags : American Exceptionalism Freedom Frontier Individualism Justice Liberalism Libertarianism Liberty Mercy Social Contract Solidarity State Of Nature The West
Source : Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West

56. “And yet we have what purports, or professes, or is claimed, to be a contract—the Constitution—made eighty years ago, by men who are now all dead, and who never had any power to bind us, but which (it is claimed) has nevertheless bound three generations of men, consisting of many millions, and which (it is claimed) will be binding upon all the millions that are to come; but which nobody ever signed, sealed, delivered, witnessed, or acknowledged; and which few persons, compared with the whole number that are claimed to be bound by it, have ever read, or even seen, or ever will read, or see.”

Tags : Anarchism Anarcho Capitalism Anarchy Classical Liberalism Constitution Free Market Freedom Government Individualism Libertarian Philosophy Political Social Contract
Source : No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority

57. “What had been a region of model farming became almost a desert, for more than half the population was exiled or sent to concentration camps. The young people left the villages, the boys to go to the factories if they could get jobs, or to become vagabonds if they couldn’t.***An echo of the tragic fate of Russia’s German Protestant population reached the world when the Mennonites flocked to Moscow and sought permission to leave the country. Some of these Germans had tried to obey the government and had formed collective farms, only to have them liquidated as Kulak collectives. Being first-class farmers, they had committed the crime of making even a Kolkhoz productive and prosperous.Others had quite simply been expropriated from their individual holdings. All were in despair. Few were allowed to leave Russia. They were sent to Siberia to die, or herded into slave labor concentration camps. The crime of being good farmers was unforgivable, and they must suffer for this sin.***Cheat or be cheated, bully or be bullied, was the law of life. Only the German minority with their strong religious and moral sense—the individual morality of the Protestant as opposed to the mass subservience demanded by the Greek Orthodox Church and the Soviet Government—retained their culture and even some courage under Stalin’s Terror.”

Tags : Class War Communism Germans Individualism Kulaks Peasants Protestantism Religion Soviet Union Ussr
Author : Freda Utley
Source : Lost Illusion

58. “The 20th Century proved that there is nothing more dangerous to the health of ethnic minority communities than big government.”

Tags : Big Government Bill Of Rights Central Planning Civil Rights Democide Diversity Ethnic Minorities Eugenics Genocide Individual Liberty Individualism Individuality Libertarian Libertarianism Planned Societies Totalitarianism
Author : A.E. Samaan

59. “The crowd, in fact, is composed of individuals; it must therefore be in every man's power to become what he is, an individual. From becoming an individual no one, no one at all, is excluded, except he who excludes himself by becoming a crowd. To become a crowd, to collect a crowd about one, is on the contrary to affirm the distinctions of human life. The most well-meaning person who talks about these distinctions can easily offend an individual. But then it is not the crowd which possesses power, influence, repute, and mastery over men, but it is the invidious distinctions of human life which despotically ignore the single individual as the weak and impotent, which in a temporal and worldly interest ignore the eternal truth- the single individual.”

Tags : Conviction Crowd Individual Individualism Power Self Identity Truth

60. “It was not only colored people who praised John, since they could not, John felt, in any case really know; but white people also said it, in fact had said it first and said it still. It was when John was five years old and in the first grade that he was first noticed; and since he was noticed by an eye altogether alien and impersonal, he began to perceive, in wild uneasiness, his individual existence.”

Tags : Angst Identity Identity Confusion Identity Crisis Individualism Race And Racism In America Race Relations Racism Racism And Culture Racism In America Respect Respectability Self Actualization Self Esteem Self Respect
Author : James Baldwin
Source : Go Tell It on the Mountain

61. “No rules for the rulers is tyranny for the subjects. Freedom for politicians is enslavement for citizens.”

Tags : Anarcho Capitalism Anarchy Ancap Coercion Collectivism Communism Free Market Free Society Freedom Government Individual Rights Individualism Laissez Faire Libertarian Liberty Non Aggression Principle Philosophy Politics Socialism Statism Voluntaryism

62. “Sometimes you look at yourself in the mirror, any mirror, and you wonder why that nose looks as it does, or those eyes--what is behind them, what depths can they reach. Your flesh, your skin, your lips--you know that that face which you behold is not yours alone but is already something which belongs to those who love it, to your family and all those who esteem you. But a person is more than a face or a bundle of nerves and a spigot of blood; a person is more than talking and feeling and being sensitive to the changes in the weather, to the opinions of people. A person is part of a clan, a race. And knowing this, you wonder where you came from and who preceded you; you wonder if you are strong, as you know those who lived before you were strong, and then you realize that there is a durable thread which ties you to a past you did not create but which created you. Then you know that you have to be sure about who you are and if you are not sure or if you do not know, you have to go back, trace those who hold the secret to your past. The search may not be fruitful; from this moment of awareness, there is nothing more frustrating than the belief that you have been meaningless. A man who knows himself can live with his imperfections; he knows instinctively that he is part of a wave that started from great, unnavigable expanses.”

Tags : Individualism Nationalism Racial Pride

63. “I didn't want to be in the teeming mass of the working class.[...] I didn't want to live and die in the same place with only a week at the seaside in between. I dreamed of escape - but what is terrible about industrialisation is that it makes escape necessary. In a system that generates masses, individualism is the only way out. But then what happens to community - to society?”

Tags : Individualism Industrialisation Society Working Class
Source : Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

64. “The matter on which I judge people is their willingness, or ability, to handle contradiction. Thus Paine was better than Burke when it came to the principle of the French revolution, but Burke did and said magnificent things when it came to Ireland, India and America. One of them was in some ways a revolutionary conservative and the other was a conservative revolutionary. It's important to try and contain multitudes. One of my influences was Dr Israel Shahak, a tremendously brave Israeli humanist who had no faith in collectivist change but took a Spinozist line on the importance of individuals. Gore Vidal's admirers, of whom I used to be one and to some extent remain one, hardly notice that his essential critique of America is based on Lindbergh and 'America First'—the most conservative position available. The only real radicalism in our time will come as it always has—from people who insist on thinking for themselves and who reject party-mindedness.”

Tags : America First Committee Charles Lindbergh Collectivism Conservatism Contradiction Edmund Burke Free Thought French Revolution Gore Vidal Humanism India Individualism Influence Ireland Israel Israel Shahak Partisanship Politics Radicalism Revolution Spinozism Thomas Paine United States
Source : Christopher Hitchens and His Critics: Terror, Iraq, and the Left

65. “[He] seemed to possess, beneath it all, an immutable sense of self-assurance, but in addition to that, the look of a man ensnared by what he perceived to be his own Duty. A Duty that effervesced inside of him impatiently, dry at the mouth, shaking feverishly, and holding its breath in anticipation for—not his action, but in fact—the fruits of his actions, however distant these may have been. The goal was to satiate its thirst in as few moves as possible, instilling each action with an almost implied necessity for having a motive by which it must exist, which is to say that no action was to be wasted for anything, but only for that which was rooted in some definable and clear-cut purpose...Every action had to be a step in some direction and there could be no dillydallying, for Duty bubbling in the bloodstream for too long brought with it a kind of sickness...from which it was difficult to recover. Neither could there be any reconsideration, for the values to which one has sworn were unassailable and beyond the powers of one individual to reassess. And so, Duty, once instilled, must be allowed to carry on unabated, diverting sustenance away from other aspects of one’s character—driving them to a weakened state, brow-beaten by circumstances beyond their immediate control and relegated to their own downtrodden acquiescence to the bravado of the Parasitic Superego, and, as such, cognizant of their growing superfluity.”

Tags : Blind Faith Browbeaten Duty Individualism Intellectual Laziness Milgram Obedience Parasite Parasitic Superego Self Deception Selfless Service Superego
Author : Ashim Shanker
Source : Don't Forget to Breathe

66. “The Open Road goes to the used-car lot.”

Tags : American Exceptionalism Capitalism Freedom Frontier Individualism Liberalism Liberty Restlessness Romanticism Rootlessness Satire Self Reliance Walt Whitman
Author : Louis Simpson
Source : People Live Here: Selected Poems 1948-1983

67. “Be different. Be original. Nobody will remember a specific flower in a garden filled with thousands of the same yellow flower, but they will remember the one that managed to change its color to purple.”

Tags : Change Color Different Flower Garden Individual Individualism Individuality Original Originality Suzy Kassem Unique
Author : Suzy Kassem
Source : Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

68. “When I was a student, there wasn't a single thing we did that was unrelated to others. It was all for the Emperor, or parents, or the country, or society—everything was other-centered, which means that all educated men were hypocrites. When society changed, this hypocrisy ceased to work, and as a result, self-centeredness was gradually imported into thought and action, and egoism became enormously over-developed. Instead of the old hypocrites, now all we've got are out-and-out rogues. Do you see what I mean by that?”

Tags : Egoism Enlightenment Fin De Siecle Freedom Individualism Japan Literature Meiji Modern Novel Political Liberation Politics Self Centeredness Social Hegemony Tradition Turn Of The Century Western
Source : Sanshirō

69. “... The armour of others is too wide, or too strait for us; it falls off us, or it weighs us down.”

Tags : Familiarity Individualism Proficiency Unique
Source : The Prince

70. “There is no need for us all to be alike and think the same way, neither do we need a common enemy to force us to come together and reach out to each other. If we allow ourselves and everyone else the freedom to fully individuate as spiritual beings in human form, there will be no need for us to be forced by worldly circumstances to take hands and stand together. Our souls will automatically want to flock together, like moths to the flame of our shared Divinity, yet each with wings covered in the glimmering colors and unique patterns of our individual human expression.”

Tags : Alike Beliefs Coercion Community Divinity Divinity Within Faith Follow Your Bliss Follow Your Dreams Freedom Freedom Of Choice Freedom Of Religion Group Think Groupthink Indentity Individualism Individuation Indivuality Intolerance Nations Prejudice Sameness Self Expression Soul Uniqueness Unity

71. “If only a world-wide consciousness could arise that all division and fission are due to the splitting of opposites in the psyche, then we should know where to begin.”

Tags : Collective Consciousness Consciousness Duality Individualism Philosophy Polarity Psyche Psychology Society Splitting Subconscious The Self Unconscious
Author : C.G. Jung
Source : The Essential Jung: Selected Writings

72. “Confidence is knowing who you are and not changing it a bit because of someone’s version of reality is not your reality.”

Tags : Assertiveness Authenticity Being Yourself Brainwashed Confidence Courage Differing Perspectives Expressing Yourself Freedom Of Expression Freedom Of Speech Independence Individualism Peer Pressure Personalities Perspectives Reality Self Esteem Self Love Self Respect Self Worth Standing Out Stayingpositiveu Com Unique

73. “You are not just for the right or left, but for what is right over the wrong.”

Tags : Action Actions Speak Louder Than Words Bad Belief Conscience Global Citizen Good Ideology Individualism Individuality Life Mantra Philosophy Picking Sides Political Party Reasoning Right Right And Wrong Sides Standing Upthinking Suzy Kassem Truth World Citizen Wrong
Author : Suzy Kassem
Source : Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

74. “As long as we don't get turned into something that looks more like high school, more like everybody else and less like us, I'll be okay.”

Tags : Courage High School Individual Individualism Peer Pressure Peers Truth Unique Wisdom
Author : Adi Alsaid
Source : Never Always Sometimes

75. “Be yourself because an original is worth more than just a copy.”

Tags : Be Different Be Unique Be You Confidence Cool Coolest Copy Copy Someone Copycat Copycats Follower Haters Individualism Individuality Life Quotes Love Yourself Originality Peer Pressure Unique Value Weird Worth
Author : Suzy Kassem
Source : Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

76. “Stay true to yourself. An original is worth more than a copy.”

Tags : Approval Be Different Be Unique Be Yourself Confidence Coolest Copy Someone Copycat Copycats Follower Haters Individualism Individuality Know Your Worth Love Yourself Originality Peer Pressure Self Love Unique Value Weird Worth
Author : Suzy Kassem
Source : Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

77. “Be yourself because an original is always worth more than a copy.”

Tags : Be Different Be Unique Be You Be Yourself Cool Coolest Copy Someone Copycat Copycats Follower Haters Imitate Imitation Individualism Individuality Life Quotes Love Yourself Originality Peer Pressure Self Love Social Approval Unique Value Weird Worth
Author : Suzy Kassem
Source : Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

78. “Your corn is ripe today; mine will be so tomorrow. 'Tis profitable for us both, that I should labour with you today, and that you should aid me tomorrow. I have no kindness for you, and know you have as little for me. I will not, therefore, take any pains upon your account; and should I labour with you upon my own account, in expectation of a return, I know I should be disappointed, and that I should in vain depend upon your gratitude. Here then I leave you to labour alone; You treat me in the same manner. The seasons change; and both of us lose our harvests for want of mutual confidence and security.”

Tags : Collaboration Farming Individualism Selfishness
Author : David Hume

79. “Socialism, or communism as it is sometimes called, is merely a secular religion, where the State becomes a god.”

Tags : Anarchy Ancap Capitalism Collectivism Free Free Markets Government Individualism Libertarian Libertarianism Liberty Non Aggression Principle Statism Superstition Trade Voluntaryism

80. “People are not embracing collectivism because they have accepted bad economics. They are accepting bad economics because they have embraced collectivism.”

Tags : Austrian Economics Austrian School Of Economics Capitalism Collectivism Communism Force Free Market Freedom Government Idiots Individualism Irrationality Laissez Faire Libertarian Liberty Mafia Non Aggression Principle Socialism Statism Superstition Taxation Theft Useful Idiots Voluntayism
Author : Ayn Rand

81. “When men reject reason, they have no means left for dealing with one another — except brute, physical force.”

Tags : Abuse Brutality Evil Freedom Government Individualism Libertarian Liberty Love Rationality Relationships Religion Self Esteem Statism Superstition Voluntaryism War
Author : Ayn Rand

82. “As a human being you have the right to express yourself. You have the right to journey wherever your mind wanders and to express the thoughts you come up with along the way. You have the right to believe, and to atone, the same way you have the right to love and to hate.”

Tags : Freedom Freedom Of Expression Freedom Of Speech Freethinking Freethought Hate Human Rights Individualism Liberty Love
Author : Raif Badawi
Source : 1000 Lashes: Because I Say What I Think

83. “One cannot be pessimistic about the West. This is the native home of hope. When it fully learns that cooperation, not rugged individualism, is the quality that most characterizes and preserves it, then it will have achieved itself and outlived its origins. Then it has a chance to create a society to match its scenery.”

Tags : American West Conservation Cooperation Environment Individualism Optimism
Source : The Sound of Mountain Water

84. “Each man is an island unto himself. But though a sea of difference may divide us, an entire world of commonality lies beneath.”

Tags : Commonality Difference Differences Division Divisiveness Individualism Unity Universal
Author : James Rozoff

85. “To me, the masses seem to be worth a glance only in three respects: first as blurred copies of great men, presented on bad paper with worn out printing plates, then as the resistance against the great men, and finally as working implements of the great. For the rest, let the devil and statistics carry them off!”

Tags : Elitism Individualism

86. “The political vision of the religious right is for the most part an individualistic politics of righteousness, not a communal politics of compassion.”

Tags : Compassion Individualism Politics Religious Right Righteousness
Source : The God We Never Knew: Beyond Dogmatic Religion to a More Authentic Contemporary Faith

87. “A man who chooses between drinking a glass of milk and a glass of a solution of potassium cyanide does not choose between two beverages; he chooses between life and death. A society that chooses between capitalism and socialism does not choose between two social systems; it chooses between social cooperation and the disintegration of society. Socialism is not an alternative to capitalism; it is an alternative to any system under which men can live as human beings.”

Tags : Anarcho Capitalism Anarchy Ancap Austrian School Of Economics Capitalism Collectivism Communism Free Free Market Freedom Government Individualism Laissez Faire Law Libertarian Markets Non Aggression Principle Peace Politics Property Property Rights Rights Socialism Society Statism Violence Voluntaryism War

88. “My take on socialism is this: Socialism only seems to work when you don't fully implement it, when you keep enough capitalism around to pay socialism's bills, at least for a time. It's the difference between milking the cow and killing it. Socialism has no theory of wealth creation; it's just a destructive, envy-driven fantasy about redistributing it after something else (and somebody else) creates it first.”

Tags : Anarcho Capitalism Anarchy Capitalism Communism Democracy Evil Free Free Market Government Individualism Laissez Faire Libertarian Liberty Mafia Markets Mob Rule Plunder Politics Statism Theft Trade

89. “Free-market capitalism is a network of free and voluntary exchanges in which producers work, produce, and exchange their products for the products of others through prices voluntarily arrived at.”

Tags : Anarcho Capitalism Anarchy Ancap Austrian School Of Economics Collectivism Communism Economics Free Freedom Gang Government Individual Laissez Faire Libertarian Liberty Mafia Markets Politics Rights Statism Theft Trade Violence Voluntaryism

90. “Socialism is not really an option in the material world. There can be no collective ownership of anything materially scarce. One or another faction will assert control in the name of society. Inevitably, the faction will be the most powerful in society -- that is, the state. This is why all attempts to create socialism in scarce goods or services devolve into totalitarian systems of top-down planning.”

Tags : Anarcho Capitalism Anarchy Austrian School Of Economics Authoritarian Capitalism Coercion Collective Collectivism Communism Evil Freedom Government Individual Individualism Laissez Faire Libertarian Markets Non Aggression Principle Politics Socialism Statism Trade Voluntaryism

91. “Never keep your brain so full that people’s opinions take up every pew in your mind, and truth has to be “born again” before it is believed.”

Tags : Belief Born Again Individualism Majority Narrow Minded Opinions Perception Think For Yourself Truth

92. “No one has the right to place one human being in a position of political power over another.”

Tags : Anarchy Coercion Collectivism Communism Democracy Evil Feminism Freedom Individualism Libertarian Liberty Mob Rule Nap Non Aggression Principle Socialism Statism Taxation Theft Violence Voluntaryism
Author : Wendy McElroy

93. “The Kantian imperative to have the courage to think for oneself has involved a contemptuous disregard for the resources of tradition and an infantile view of authority as inherently oppressive.”

Tags : Authority Individualism Rationalism Tradition
Source : Reason, Faith, and Revolution: Reflections on the God Debate

94. “It is impossible for us to make any real advance until we take to heart this great truth, that without freedom of choice, without freedom of action, there are not such things as true moral qualities; there can only be submissive wearing of the cords that others have tied round our hands.”

Tags : Anarchy Choices Coercion Free Will Freedom Happiness Individual Individualism Libertarian Liberty Non Aggression Principle Progress Statism Voluntaryism

95. “The same way a compact disk isn't responsible for what's recorded on it, that's how we are. You're about as free to act as a programmed computer. You're about as one-of-a-kind as a dollar bill”

Tags : Free Free Will Freedom Individualism Individuality Philosophical
Source : Invisible Monsters Remix

96. “You have to be a light to yourself in a world that is utterly becoming dark.”

Tags : Dark Hope Individual Individualism Individuality Inspiration Inspirational Leadership Light Rationality World

97. “Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am -- not stuck in the middle, but hovering above the entire farcical spectrum, weeping as I behold my fellow man's devotion to political illusion and self-destruction.”

Tags : Anarcho Capitalism Anarchy Ancap Evil Freedom Gang Government Knowledge Libertarian Liberty Mafia Matrix Philosophy Politics Rationality Self Knowledge Socialism Statism Taxation Theft Thieves Truth Voluntaryism Voting
Author : Robert Higgs

98. “Two ideas are opposed — not concepts or abstractions, but Ideas which were in the blood of men before they were formulated by the minds of men. The Resurgence of Authority stands opposed to the Rule of Money; Order to Social Chaos, Hierarchy to Equality, socio-economico-political Stability to constant Flux; glad assumption of Duties to whining for Rights; Socialism to Capitalism, ethically, economically, politically; the Rebirth of Religion to Materialism; Fertility to Sterility; the spirit of Heroism to the spirit of Trade; the principle of Responsibility to Parliamentarism; the idea of Polarity of Man and Woman to Feminism; the idea of the individual task to the ideal of ‘happiness’; Discipline to Propaganda-compulsion; the higher unities of family, society, State to social atomism; Marriage to the Communistic ideal of free love; economic self-sufficiency to senseless trade as an end in itself; the inner imperative to Rationalism.”

Tags : Antifeminism Authority Culture Duty Economics Equality Far Right Feminism God Heroism Hierarchy Humanity Individualism Leftism Materialism Natural Law Nature Order Rationalism Religion Rightism The West Truth Universe Woman
Source : Imperium

99. “Human thought and human caring go on in one brain and one heart at a time. Groups are necessary. Regulations are necessary. Government, I would hope limited government, is necessary. But it all starts with the individual. Everything that is accomplished starts with one person, even if the group steps in and helps; it’s still one brain and one heart at a time.”

Tags : Government Group Individual Individualism Individuality Limited Government
Author : Dan Groat
Source : A Punctual Paymaster

100. “punk is about being an individual and going against the grain and standing up and saying 'This is who I am”

Tags : Beliefs Individualism Individuality Music Punk Rock And Roll
Author : Joey Ramone

101. “The worship of the state is the worship of force. There is no more dangerous menace to civilization than a government of incompetent, corrupt, or vile men. The worst evils which mankind ever had to endure were inflicted by bad governments. The state can be and has often been in the course of history the main source of mischief and disaster.”

Tags : Anarcho Capitalism Anarchy Ancap Austrian School Of Economics Coercion Communism Evil Freedom Individual Rights Individualism Law Libertarian Liberty Non Aggression Principle Politics Socialism Spontaneous Order Statism Totalitarian Voluntaryism War

102. “As long as government has the power to regulate business, business will control government by funding the candidate that legislates in their favor. A free-market thwarts lobbying by taking the power that corporations seek away from government! The only sure way to prevent the rich from buying unfair government influence is to stop allowing government to use physical force against peaceful people. Whenever government is allowed to favor one group over another, the rich will always win, since they can "buy" more favors, overtly or covertly, than the poor.”

Tags : Ancap Coercion Collectivism Crony Capitalism Economics Free Markets Freedom Individual Rights Individualism Laissez Faire Libertarian Liberty Non Aggression Principle Peace Politics Prosperity Regulations Society Statism Voluntaryism

103. “Anarcho-capitalism is not by definition libertarian. It is rather a prediction, not a definition.”

Tags : Anarcho Capitalism Anarchy Coercion Collectivism Communism Freedom Individual Rights Individualism Libertarian Liberty Non Aggression Principle Politics Property Rights Socialism State Statism Voluntaryism

104. “The uniqueness of every soul is not a theme that our current culture, obsessed with group identities, cares to assert.”

Tags : Categorization Culture Groups Identities Individualism Odd Thomas Uniqueness
Author : Dean Koontz
Source : Odd Apocalypse

105. “The leftist is anti-individualistic... He is not the sort of person who has an inner sense of confidence in his own ability to solve his own problems and satisfy his own needs.”

Tags : Individualism Left Leftism Leftist Leftists

106. “The theory of Communism may be summed up in one sentence: Abolish all private liberty.”

Tags : Communism Communist Democratic Socialism Engels Individual Rights Individualism Lenin Libertarian Libertarianism Liberty Marx Marxism Socialism Socialist
Author : A.E. Samaan

107. “A million zeros joined together do not, unfortunately, add up to one. Ultimately everything depends on the quality of the individual, but our fatally shortsighted age thinks only in terms of large numbers and mass organizations, though one would think that the world had seen more than enough of what a well-disciplined mob can do in the hands of a single madman. Unfortunately, this realization does not seem to have penetrated very far - and our blindness is extremely dangerous.”

Tags : Anarchy Collective Consciousness Democracy Establishment Government Individualism Mob Mentality Philosophy Psychology State Subconscious
Author : C.G. Jung
Source : The Essential Jung: Selected Writings

108. “Our culture places a very high premium on self-expression, but is relatively disinterested in producing "selves" that are worth expressing.”

Tags : Culture Individualism Life P37
Author : Matthew Kelly
Source : Rediscover Catholicism

109. “The world each person creates for himself is a distinctive world, not the same world others occupy.”

Tags : Individualism Mentality Self Awareness

110. “We are on strike against martyrdom—and against the moral code that demands it. We are on strike against those who believe that one man must exist for the sake of another. We are on strike against the morality of cannibals, be it practiced in body or in spirit. We will not deal with men on any terms but ours—and our terms are a moral code which holds that man is an end in himself and not the means to any end of others.”

Tags : Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand Individualism Objectivism Rational Egoism
Author : Ayn Rand
Source : Atlas Shrugged

111. “Living someone else's dream is truly a nightmare. None should forfeit their life's aspirations to toil for the goals of another. Unity of purpose is a sentence. Collectivism is a crime; theft of individual worth.”

Tags : Collectivism Communism Fascism Fascist Individual Liberty Individualism Libertarian Libertarianism Life S Goals Nationalism Nationalist Socialism Unity Of Purpose
Author : A.E. Samaan

112. “Your brother is a sensitive person. Aesthetically, ethically, and intellectually he is in fact hypersensitive. As a result, it would seem that he was born only to torture himself. He has none of that saving dullness of intelligence which sees little difference between A and B. To him it must be either A or B. And if it is to be A, its shape, degree, and shade of color must precisely match his own conception of it; otherwise he will not accept it. Your brother, being sensitive, is all his life walking on a line he has chosen—a line as precarious as a tight rope. At the same time he impatiently demands that others also tread an equally precarious rope, without missing their footing. It would be a mistake, though, to think that this stems from selfishness. Imagine a world which could react exactly the way your brother expects; that world would undoubtedly be far more advanced than the world as it is now. Consequently, he detests the world which is—aesthetically, intellectually, and ethically—not as advanced as he is himself. That's why it's different from mere selfishness, I think.”

Tags : Individualism Intelligence Isolation Japan Selfishness Sensitivity Tight Rope
Source : Wayfarer

113. “Liberty means refusing to allow some men to use the state to compel other men to serve their interests or opinion.”

Tags : Anarchy Coercion Collectivism Communism Democracy Evil Free Markets Freedom Government Idiocracy Individual Individualism Libertarian Liberty Mob Rule Nap Non Aggression Principle Slavery Socialism Society Statism Totalitarian Voluntaryism

114. “Nếu đã từng đọc Baudelaire, hẳn Yersin đã gia nhập chủ nghĩa cá nhân mà thi sĩ cho là tiến bộ đích thực chỉ tồn tại trong cá nhân và bởi chính cá nhân mà thôi. Yersin là một con người đơn độc. Ông biết rằng không sự kỳ vĩ nào được thực hiện ở số nhiều. Ông căm ghét bè nhóm, ở đó hàm lượng trí tuệ tỉ lệ nghịch với số lượng thành viên tạo nên đám đông ấy. Thiên tài luôn luôn đơn độc.”

Tags : Baudelaire Individualism Individualism Society Psychology Yersin
Source : Peste & Choléra

115. “Justice requires that you should not place the burdens of one man on the shoulders of another man, even though he is better able to bear them. In plainer words, that you should not make one set of men pay for what is used by another set of men.”

Tags : Ancap Benefits Coercion Freedom Government Individualism Libertarian Liberty Non Aggression Principle Parasitism Politics Privilege Statism Taxation Theft Voluntaryism

116. “The only common good is the common liberty to pursue individual goods.”

Tags : Collectivism Common Good Individualism Liberty
Source : The Pith of Life: Aphorisms in Honor of Liberty

117. “She was made up of more, too. She was the books she read in the library. She was the flower in the brown bowl. Part of her life was made from the tree growing rankly in the yard. She was the bitter quarrels she had with her brother whom she loved dearly. she was Katie's secret, despairing weeping. She was the shame of her father staggering home drunk.She was all of these things and of something more that did not come from the Rommelys nor the Nolans, the reading, the observing, the living from day to day. It was something that had been born into her and her only - the something different from anyone else in the two families. It was what God or whatever is His equivalent puts into each soul that is given life - the one different thing such as that which makes no two fingerprints on the face of the earth alike.”

Tags : Individualism Life Personality Purpose Unique Uniqueness Of Individual
Author : Betty Smith

118. “You are you. You are not a label. As an individual you have a unique place in my heart and mind.”

Tags : From The Heart Heart Talk Individual Individualism Individuality Love Love Quote Love Quotes Love Sayings Romance Romantic Love Romantic Love Quotes Sayings Unique Uniqueness Uniqueness Of Individual
Author : Salil Jha

119. “At the same time, we held back. Because she was different. Different. We had no one to compare her to, no one to measure her against.”

Tags : Different Individualism Unique
Source : Stargirl

120. “I have to determine for myself, and not for other men. I don’t blame them, or think I am better than they; their circumstances are different. I would never choose to withdraw myself from the labour and common burden of the world; but I do choose to withdraw myself from the push and the scramble for money and position. Any man is at liberty to call me a fool, and say that mankind are benefited by the push and the scramble in the long-run. But I care for the people who live now and will not be living when the long-run comes. As it is, I prefer going shares with the unlucky.”

Tags : Altruism Individualism Radical Politics Social Justice
Author : George Eliot
Source : Felix Holt: The Radical

121. “For too long in this society, we have celebrated unrestrained individualism over common community. For too long as a nation, we have been lulled by the anthem of self-interest. For a decade, led by Ronald Reagan, self-aggrandizement has been the full-throated cry of this society: "I've got mine, so why don't you get yours" and "What's in it for me?”

Tags : Greater Good Individualism Politics Ronald Reagan Self Centered
Author : Joe Biden

122. “I found most of my friends quite content to be used as tax-material, even though the sums of money taken from them were employed against their own beliefs and interests. They had lived so long under the system of using others, and then in their turn being used by them, that they were like hypnotized subjects, and looked on this subjecting and using of each other as a part of the necessary and even Providential order of things. The great machine had taken possession of their souls.”

Tags : Anarchy Cattle Coercion Free Market Freedom Government Individual Individualism Laissez Faire Libertarian Liberty Politics Slavery Society Statism Tax Taxation Voluntaryism

123. “No state, no government exists. What does in fact exist is a man, or a few men, in power over many men.”

Tags : Anarchy Ancap Fascism Freedom Individualism Libertarian Liberty Mafia Philosophy Politics State Statism Taxation Theft Tyranny Voluntaryism

124. “The arts that have escaped [uniformity] best are the arts in which the public take no interest. Poetry is an instance of what I mean. We have been able to have fine poetry in England because the public do not read it, and consequently do not influence it.”

Tags : Art Conformism Criticism English Literature Humor Individualism Individuality Poetry Poets Public Opinion True That
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Soul of Man Under Socialism

125. “At the same time, however, the necessity for economic change in our countries has led us to conceive laws and accept traditions often at the expense of the individual person. Just when many are becoming conscious of the fundamental heritage of the Judeo-Christian tradition to respect each human person, friend or foe, within the actual structure of our society to apply this truth. The very efficiency demanded by our technocratic industrial society renders the life of the old, the unstable and the handicapped almost impossible. as the values of efficiency, individualism, and wealth become the only motivations, they tend to stifle the profound aspirations of man so that little by little he loses all sense of fellowship and community.”

Tags : Capitalism Christianity Community Economics Handicapped Individualism Morality
Author : Jean Vanier
Source : Eruption to Hope

126. “If I want to understand an individual human being, I must lay aside all scientific knowledge of the average man and discard all theories in order to adopt a completely new and unprejudiced attitude. I can only approach the task of understanding with a free and open mind, whereas knowledge of man, or insight into human character, presupposes all sorts of knowledge about mankind in general.”

Tags : Anthropology Humanity Individualism Knowledge Non Duality Philosophy Psychology Society Statistics Wholeness
Author : C.G. Jung
Source : The Essential Jung: Selected Writings

127. “With rope-ladders learned I to reach many a window, with nimble legs did I climb high masts: to sit on high masts of perception seemed to me no small bliss; To flicker like small flames on high masts: a small light, certainly, but a great comfort to cast-away sailors and shipwrecked ones!By diverse ways and wendings did I arrive at my truth; not by one ladder did I mount to the height where mine eye roveth into my remoteness. And unwillingly only did I ask my way - that was always counter to my taste! Rather did I question and test the ways themselves. A testing and a questioning hath been all my travelling: and verily, one must also learn to answer such questioning! That, however - is my taste: Neither a good nor a bad taste, but my taste, of which I have no longer either shame or secrecy."This is now my way - where is yours?" Thus did I answer those who asked me "the way." For "the way" - it doth not exist!”

Tags : Aconceptualization Enlightenment Flowing River Higher Wisdom Individualism Philosophy The Way
Source : Thus Spoke Zarathustra

128. “when you are surrounded by sheep then it is easy to become one yourself.”

Tags : Change Within Individualism Individuality

129. “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

130. “Typography fostered the modern idea of individuality, but it destroyed the medieval sense of community and integration”

Tags : Individualism Individuality Typography
Author : Neil Postman
Source : Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business

131. “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

132. “My conduct with my friends is motivated: each being is, I believe, incapable on his own, of going to the end of being. If he tries, he is submerged within a "private being" which has meaning only for himself. Now there is no meaning for a lone individual: bing alone would of itself reject the "private being" if it saw it as such (if I wish my life to have meaning for me, it is necessary that it have meaning for others: no one would dare give to life a meaning which he alone would perceive, from which life in its entirety would escape, except within himself). At the extreme limit of the "possible", it is true, there is nonsense . . . but only of that which had a prior sense: this is fulguration, even "apotheosis" of nonsense. But I don't attain the extreme limit on my own and, in actual fact, I can't believe the extreme limit attained, for I never remain there. If I had to be the only one having attained it (assuming that I had . . .), it would be as thought it had not occurred. For if there subsisted a satisfaction, as small as I can imagine it to be, it would distance me as much from the extreme limit. I cannot for a moment cease to incite myself to attain the extreme limit, and cannot make a distinction between myself and those with whom I desire to communicate.~George Bataille, "Inner Experience" pg. 42”

Tags : Bataille Being Being Yourself Communication Experience Extreme Limit Friendship Individualism Inner Experience Ipse

133. “The "pathology of normalcy" rarely deteriorates to graver forms of mental illness because society produces the antidote against such deterioration. When pathological processes become socially patterned, they lose their individual character. On the contrary, the sick individual finds himself at home with all other similarly sick individuals. The whole culture is geared to this kind of pathology and arranged the means to give satisfactions which fit the pathology. The result is that the average individual does not experience the separateness and isolation the fully schizophrenic person feels. He feels at ease among those who suffer from the same deformation, in fact, it is the fully sane person who feels isolated in the insane society - and he may suffer so much from the incapacity to communicate that it is he who may become psychotic.”

Tags : Alienation Individual Individualism Insanity Originality Pathology Sanity Society
Author : Erich Fromm
Source : The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness

134. “I knew what I stood for, even if nobody else did. I knew the piece of me on the inside, truer than all the rest, that never comes out. Doesn't everyone have one? Some kind of grand inner princess waiting to toss her hair down, forever waiting at the tower window. Some jungle animal so noble and fierce you had to crawl on your belly through dangerous grasses to get a glimpse.”

Tags : Character Independence Individualism Individuality Personhood Strength Strength Of Character
Author : Michelle Tea
Source : Valencia

135. “Failure to recognize the historical specificity of the bourgeois conception of rights and duties leads to serious errors. It is for this reason that Marx registers...a vigorous indictment of the anarchist Proudhon... Proudhon in effect took the specifics of bourgeois legal and economic relations and treated them as universal and foundational for the development of an alternative, socially just economic system. From Marx's standpoint, this is no alternative at all since it merely re-inscribes bourgeois conceptions of value in a supposedly new form of society. This problem is still with us, not only because of the contemporary anarchist revival of interest in Proudhon's ideas but also because of the rise of a more broad-based liberal human rights politics as a supposed antidote to the social and political ills of contemporary capitalism. Marx's critique of Proudhon is directly applicable to this contemporary politics. The UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 is a foundational document for a bourgeois, market-based individualism and as such cannot provide a basis for a thoroughgoing critique of liberal or neoliberal capitalism. Whether it is politically useful to insist that the capitalist political order live up to its own foundational principles is one thing, but to imagine that this politics can lead to a radical displacement of a capitalist mode of production is, in Marx's view, a serious error.”

Tags : Anarchism Capitalism Economics Harvey Human Rights Individualism Liberalism Marx Neoliberalism Proudhon Revolution Rights Un Value
Author : David Harvey
Source : A Companion to Marx's Capital

136. “Either ‘the group’ is superior or the individual is superior. Marxism, socialism, fascism, and pure democracy are all forms that give power to ‘the group’ and then use violence to force individuals to obey the dictates of ‘the group’. The concept of liberty is one in which the individual - in the exercise of his unalienable rights - is superior to every and all powers. That is what the Founders intended. That is what we are supposed to have under the ‘contracts’ of the Declaration of Independence and the state and federal constitutions. That is what I am entitled to as an American. That is what I insist upon. And that is what I will kill for.”

Tags : American Declaration Of Independence Fascism Federal Constitution Freedom Individual Individualism Kill Liberty Marxism Power Socialism Unalienable Rights Violence
Author : Dave Champion

137. “An individualist—a man who has no intention of ever exploring the goals of others because he has no intention of compromising with his own—may become: (a) a hermit of limited goals, (b) a tyrant surrounded by slaves with rebellion in his future and covert hostility in his present.”

Tags : Hermit Individualism Individualist Tyrant
Source : Courtship Rite

138. “We (libertarians) find just as many things to rip on the left as we do on the right. People on the far-left and the far-right are the same exact person to us.”

Tags : Anarchy Ancap Collectivism Communism Conservative Democracy Democrats Fascism Freedom Government Individualism Laissez Faire Libertarian Liberty Non Aggression Principle Politics Republicans Socialism South Park State Statism Voluntaryism
Author : Trey Parker

139. “As every barrier to the constraint of individualism is removed - as 'I' and 'my' appear in the names of more and more software applications and IT products - nevertheless today's rampant mimeticism ensures that 'I' and 'my' become less and less differentiated from 'you' and 'yours'...We crave differentiation, and deprived of it we blame the failing institutions that once might have delivered it.”

Tags : Differentiation Individualism Mimesis Technology
Author : Scott Cowdell
Source : René Girard and Secular Modernity: Christ, Culture, and Crisis

140. “In addition to the transience of their members, churches themselves face a crisis of hypermobility. Many churches have put down only shallow roots in their neighborhood, or no roots at all. We’ve all heard the question, “If our church suddenly moved to a new location fifteen miles away, would anyone in our neighborhood notice we were gone?” But what if we asked ourselves this question: “If our church was magically lifted off the ground and moved to a location fifteen miles away, would we notice the difference?” Western churches have become so disentangled from their own places that this question could be a cold, hard look in the mirror for many faith communities.”

Tags : Church Individualism Mobility
Source : Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus

141. “The same touchy sense of personal honor that is at the root of Achilles' wrath still governs relations between man and man in modern Greece; Greek society still fosters in the individual a fierce sense of his privileges, no matter how small, of his rights, no matter how confined, of his personal worth, no matter how low. And to defend it, he will stop, like Achilles, at nothing.”

Tags : Achilles Entitlement Greece Greek Individualism Modern Greece Rights
Author : Bernard Knox
Source : The Oldest Dead White European Males & Other Reflections on the Classics

142. “The social system of capital separates most people from the conditions of existence. This compels the vast majority to accept the mediations of work and commodity consumption in order to maintain a minimal existence at the expense of their lives, desires and dreams, of their individuality. The artificial economic scarcity imposed by capital leads to a competition that is often promoted in the United States as the basis of "individualism" in spite of the fact that it creates nearly identical mediocre existences in which life is subsumed in survival... If all individuals are indeed to be free to create their lives and relations as they desire, it is necessary to create a world in which equality of access to the means and conditions of existence is reality. This requires the total destruction of economy—the end of property, commodity exchange and work. Thus we see that the generalized realization of individual freedom goes hand-in-hands with the best aspects of the anarcho-communist ideal and can only be achieved through a revolutionary transformation.”

Tags : Anarchism Communism Egoism Individualism

143. “We are all valuable. Humanity needs our individual services.”

Tags : Calling People Educational Philosophy Gifts Humanity Advice Humanity And Society Individualism Inspirational Quotes Inspiring Lessons Learnt Life And Living Missionary Music Needs People Quotes Self Esteem Quotes Services Talent Uniqueness Value In A Person Volunteerism Wisdom Quotes Wise Words Work
Source : Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

144. “When you don't know yourself, who you are and what you want, you just become a product of your environment - a leaf that gets blown each and every way until it just lands, in a big pile of mud, and gets stuck.”

Tags : Confidence Confidence And Attitude Happiness Happiness Quotes Individualism Individuality Know Thyself Know Yourself
Author : Evan Sutter
Source : Solitude: How Doing Nothing Can Change the World

145. “There is no life without the conditions of life that variably sustain life, and those conditions are pervasively social, establishing not the discrete ontology of the person, but rather the interdependency of persons, involving reproducible and sustaining social relations, and relations to the environment and to non-human forms of life, broadly considered. This mode of social ontology (for which no absolute distinction between social and ecological exists) has concrete implications for how we re-approach the issues of reproductive freedom and anti-war politics. The question is not whether a given being is living or not, nor whether the being in question has the status of a “person”; it is, rather, whether the social conditions of persistence and flourishing are or are not possible. Only with this latter question can we avoid the anthropocentric and liberal individualist presumptions that have derailed such discussions.”

Tags : Anthropocentrism Butler Individualism Life Personhood Social Social Ontology
Author : Judith Butler
Source : Frames of War: When Is Life Grievable?

146. “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

147. “I am going to the USA to catch sight of a wild porcupine and to give some lectures.”

Tags : America Individualism Intimacy Isolation Politeness Porcupine
Author : Sigmund Freud
Source : Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego

148. “The State in particular is turned into a quasi-animate personality from whom everything is expected. In reality it is only a camouflage for those individuals who know how to manipulate it.”

Tags : Anarchy Freedom Individualism Philosophy Politics Psychology Services Society State The Self Welfare
Author : C.G. Jung
Source : The Essential Jung: Selected Writings

149. “Ah, sir, that's just mean. She's not a Victoria's Secret model, but she's pretty in her way.”

Tags : Beauty Individualism Mainstream Odd Thomas Uniqueness
Author : Dean Koontz
Source : Odd Apocalypse

150. “Even in the act of fleeing modern ideologies, however, literary theory reveals its often unconscious complicity with them, betraying its elitism, sexism or individualism in the very ‘aesthetic’ or ‘unpolitical’ language it finds natural to use of the literary text. It assumes, in the main, that at the centre of the world is the contemplative individual self, bowed over its book, striving to gain touch with experience, truth, reality, history or tradition. Other things matter too, of course — this individual is in personal relationship with others, and we are always much more than readers — but it is notable how often such individual consciousness, set in its small circle of relationships, ends up as the touchstone of all else. The further we move from the rich inwardness of the personal life, of which literature is the supreme exemplar, the more drab, mechanical and impersonal existence becomes. It is a view equivalent in the literary sphere to what has been called possessive individualism in the social realm, much as the former attitude may shudder at the latter: it reflects the values of a political system which subordinates the sociality of human life to solitary individual enterprise.”

Tags : Authenticity Capitalist Subjectivity Ideology Individualism Literary Theory Social
Source : Literary Theory: An Introduction

151. “Creation from chaos is natural. We've come to a place where we've realized that we have this actual physical need to create things. We've discovered that we hate people en masse, we're sick of homogenized culture, and these realizations have left holes in our hearts. We create to fill those holes, to be able to sleep at night knowing we've done something, even a small something, to confront the manufactured culture that is currently being churned out.”

Tags : Anticraft Art Arts And Crafts Craft Crafts Individualism Nonconformity
Author : Renee Rigdon

152. “For the recognition of private property has really harmed Individualism, and obscured it, by confusing a man with what he possesses.”

Tags : Individualism Property Socialism Wisdom
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Soul of Man Under Socialism

153. “When distinction of any kind, even intellectual distinction, is somehow resented as a betrayal of the American spirit of equal opportunity for all, the result must be just this terror of individualistic impulses setting us apart, either above or below our neighbours; just this determination to obey without questioning and to subscribe with passion to the conventions and traditions. The dilemma becomes a very real one: How can this sense of democratic equality be made compatible with respect for exceptional personalities or great minds? How can democracy, as we understand it today, with its iron repression of the free spirit, its monotonous standardisation of everything, learn to cherish an intellectual aristocracy without which any nation runs the risk of becoming a civilisation of the commonplace and the second-rate?”

Tags : America Civilization Conventions Distinction Equality Individualism Intellectualism Lost Generation Repression Second Rate Standardisation Traditions
Source : America And The Young Intellectual

154. “I find it difficult to converse with robots.....Don't be afraid to be an independent thinker.”

Tags : Being An Individual Empty Heads Independent Thinking Individualism Robotic Humans Stand Out
Author : Just Jewel

155. “Thought you were going to be in touch. Where were you?""Where? There aren't places anymore, duck," he responded. "No locations now, just individuals. You didn't hear? Everyone's their own nation, with their own blog. Because everybody has something important to say; everybody's putting out press releases on what they ate for breakfast. It's the era of self-importance. Everyone's their own world. Doesn't matter where people are. Or where I was.""Nicely dodged.”

Tags : Individualism Social Media Behaviour
Author : Tom Rachman
Source : The Rise & Fall of Great Powers

156. “Sadly enough, individual liberty remains the ideal of revolutionary thinkers even in the 21st Century.”

Tags : Collectivism Collectivists Individual Liberty Individualism Individuality Libertarian Libertarianism Liberty Marxism Socialism Socialists
Author : A.E. Samaan

157. “For Americans, the car is the American way. Jay Gatsby roars through capitalism, individual freedom, and the good life. For China, the train is the metaphor. Everyone's on board, there's no chance to steer, and it's clickety-clack to collectivism's dreams.”

Tags : America Cars China Collectivism Individualism
Author : Mei Fong
Source : One Child: The Story of China's Most Radical Experiment

158. “Individualism turns a band into a society. Collectivism turns society into a mob.”

Tags : Autonomy Collectivism Individualism Society

159. “You may not be able to change the world for the better, but the world is able to change you for the worst, don't give them the rock you stand on.”

Tags : Beliefs Change Individualism Opposition Rights Rock Society

160. “But whenever one meets modern thinkers (as one often does) progressing towards a madhouse, one always finds, on inquiry, that they have just had a splendid escape from another madhouse. Thus, hundreds of people become Socialists, not because they have tried Socialism and found it nice, but because they have tried Individualism and found it nasty.”

Tags : Individualism Socialism
Source : Alarms and Discursions

161. “Government programs didn’t arise because the people demanded them or because the free market was unable to provide needed services. They arose because the politicians found them to be a convenient way to buy votes with other people’s money, a convenient way to enlarge their own power, a convenient way to reward their political cronies, and a convenient way to keep people dependent on government.”

Tags : Anarcho Capitalism Anarchy Ancap Austrian School Of Economics Capitalism Coercion Collectivism Communism Freedom Individualism Laissez Faire Libertarian Liberty Non Aggression Principle Politics Socialism Statism Voluntaryism
Author : Harry Browne

162. “When you consider socialism, do not fool yourself about its nature. Remember that there is no such dichotomy as “human rights” versus “property rights.” No human rights can exist without property rights.”

Tags : Ancap Capitalism Coercion Collectivism Communism Democracy Evil Freedom Government Individual Rights Individualism Initiation Of Force Libertarian Liberty Non Aggression Principle Philosophy Politics Socialism Statism Taxation Theft Voluntaryism
Author : Ayn Rand

163. “With them the individual counted for nothing. No one was irreplaceable, because they drew no distinction between one man and another... In this community there was harmony, but no love.”

Tags : Communism Importance Of Self Individualism Marxism
Author : Michael Ende
Source : The Neverending Story

164. “Notice the malice toward an independent man. Look back at your own life. Howard, and at the people you've met. They know. They're afraid. You're a reproach.”

Tags : Famous Rapists Individualism Literary Oddballs Weirdo Politics
Author : Ayn Rand

165. “The cult of self dominates our cultural landscape. This cult has within it the classic traits of psychopaths: superficial charm, grandiosity, and self-importance; a need for constant stimulation, a penchant for lying, deception, and manipulation, and the inability to feel remorse or guilt. This is, of course, the ethic promoted by corporations. It is the ethic of unfettered capitalism. It is the misguided belief that personal style and personal advancement, mistaken for individualism, are the same as democratic equality. In fact, personal style, defined by the commodities we buy or consume, has become a compensation for our loss of democratic equality. We have a right, in the cult of the self, to get whatever we desire. We can do anything, even belittle and destroy those around us, including our friends, to make money, to be happy, and to become famous. Once fame and wealth are achieved, they become their own justification, their own morality. How one gets there is irrelevant. Once you get there, those questions are no longer asked.”

Tags : Capitalism Corporate Culture Individualism
Author : Chris Hedges
Source : Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle

166. “Anarchism alone stresses the importance of the individual, his possibilities and needs in a free society. Instead of telling him that he must fall down and worship before institutions, live and die for abstractions, break his heart and stunt his life for taboos, Anarchism insists that the center of gravity in society is the individual--that he must think for himself, act freely, and live fully. The aim of Anarchism is that every individual in the world shall be able to do so. If he is to develop freely and fully, he must be relieved from the interference and oppression of others. Freedom is, therefore, the cornerstone of the Anarchist philosophy. Of course, this has nothing in common with a much boasted "rugged individualism." Such predatory individualism is really flabby, not rugged. At the least danger to its safety it runs to cover of the state and wails for protection of armies, navies, or whatever devices for strangulation it has at its command. Their "rugged individualism" is simply one of the many pretenses the ruling class makes to unbridled business and political extortion.”

Tags : Anarchism Individualism Rugger Individualism
Author : Emma Goldman
Source : Red Emma Speaks

167. “Collective will supplants individual whim”

Tags : Collectivism Individualism

168. “Totalitarianism begins with using the word "we" without every I's permission.”

Tags : Collectivism Individualism Totalitarianism

169. “There were always men who looked beyond the dimensions of their own society- and while they may have been called fools or criminals in their time they are the roster of great men as far as the record of human history is concerned- and visualized something which can be called universally human and which is not identical with what a particular society assumes human nature to be. There were always men who were bold and imaginative enough to see beyond the frontiers of their own existence.”

Tags : Change Individualism Individualist Society Unique People Universality
Author : Erich Fromm
Source : The Revolution of Hope: Toward a Humanized Technology

170. “Rebelliousness or unconventionality as such do not constitute proof of individualism. Just as individualism does not consist merely of rejecting collectivism, so it does not consist merely of the absence of conformity. A conformist is a man who declares, “It’s true because others believe it”—but an individualist is not a man who declares, “It’s true because I believe it.” An individualist declares, “I believe it because I see in reason that it’s true.”

Tags : Individualism Individualist Objectivism
Author : Ayn Rand
Source : The Virtue of Selfishness: A New Concept of Egoism

171. “resistance often lacks an overt political project and frequently reflects social practices that are informal, disorganised, apolitical, and atheoretical in nature. In some instances it can reduce itself to an unreflective and defeatist refusal to acquiesce to different forms of domination; on some occasions it can be seen as a cynical, arrogant, or even naive rejection of oppressive forms of moral and political regulation”

Tags : Individualism Political Project Resistance Theory

172. “Coolness is not an image that can be bought or worn. True cool is an attitude that is projected from a person who is extremely comfortable in their own skin.”

Tags : Attitude Bought Cool Definition Of Cool Fake Fashion Hip Hipsters Image Individual Individualism Original Originality Society True Cool Worn
Author : Suzy Kassem
Source : Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

173. “There can be no socialism without a state, and as long as there is a state there is socialism. The state, then, is the very institution that puts socialism into action; and as socialism rests on aggressive violence directed against innocent victims, aggressive violence is the nature of any state.”

Tags : Aggression Anarcho Capitalism Anarchy Ancap Austrian School Of Economics Coercion Collectivism Communism Evil Free Markets Free Trade Freedom Government Individualism Initiation Of Force Laissez Faire Libertarian Liberty Nap Non Aggression Principle Politics Self Ownership Statism Voluntaryism Voluntaryist
Source : A Theory of Socialism and Capitalism: Economics, Politics, and Ethics

174. “The goal and meaning of individual life (which is the only real life) no longer lie in individual development but in the policy of the State, which is thrust upon the individual from outside and consists in the execution of an abstract idea which ultimately tends to attract all life to itself.”

Tags : Individualism Mental Health Philosophy Politics Psychology State System The Self Truth Welfare
Author : C.G. Jung
Source : The Essential Jung: Selected Writings

175. “Thou shalt make no image, no abstraction, including none of THE American, THE Swiss, THE German.”

Tags : Assumptions Image Of God Individualism Prejudice
Author : Karl Barth
Source : Evangelical Theology: An Introduction

176. “A whole nation cannot rise above itself.”

Tags : Bigotry Change Conformity Conventional Wisdom Discipleship Individualism Perspective Prejudice Racism Remnant
Source : Democracy in America

177. “An exchange student from Afghanistan "finds himself in the midst of America's circus of self-invention" as he experiences Halloween for the first time. His hosts bauble, "It's the greatest of holidays when you can become anything you want.”

Tags : Acculturation Immigration Individualism
Author : Ron Suskind
Source : The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism

178. “And, don't you see, the terror of the position was not in being knocked on the head - though I had a very lively sense of that danger, too - but in this, that I had to deal with a being to whom I could not appeal in the name of anything high or low. I had, even like the niggers, to invoke him - himself - his own exalted and incredible degradation. There was nothing either above or below him, and I knew it. He had kicked himself loose of the earth. Confound the man! he had kicked the very earth to pieces. He was alone, and I before him did not know whether I stood on the ground of floated in the air.”

Tags : Heart Of Darkness Individualism Joseph Conrad
Author : Joseph Conrad
Source : Heart of Darkness

179. “Of all the dangerous ideas that health officials could have embraced while trying to understand why we get fat, they would have been hard-pressed to find one ultimately more damaging than calories-in/calories-out. That it reinforces what appears to be so obvious - obesity as the penalty for gluttony and sloth - is what makes it so alluring. But it's misleading and misconceived on so many levels that it's hard to imagine how it survived unscathed and virtually unchallenged for the last fifty years. It has done incalculable harm. Not only is this thinking at least partly responsible for the ever-growing numbers of obese and overweight in the world - while directing attention away from the real reasons we get fat - but it has served to reinforce the perception that those who get fat have no one to blame but themselves. That eating less invariably fails as a cure for obesity is rarely perceived as the single most important reason to make us question our assumptions, as Hilde Bruch suggested half a century ago. Rather, it is taken as still more evidence that the overweight and obese are incapable of following a diet and eating in moderation. And it put the blame for their physical condition squarely on their behavior, which couldn't be further from the truth.”

Tags : American Culture Conservatism Conservatism In The Us Gluttony Health And Fitness Health Care Health Care Reform Individualism Obesity Personal Responsibility Self Control Self Reliance Sloth Sugar Addiction
Author : Gary Taubes
Source : Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It

180. “For, whatever was the case in de Tocqueville's day, not the passion for egalitarianism but an individualist, that is anti-authoritarian, antinomian though curiously legalistic anarchism, has become the core of the value system in the USA.”

Tags : Egalitarianism Individualism Usa
Author : Eric Hobsbawm

181. “Only the self-sufficient stand alone - most people follow the crowd and imitate.”

Tags : Individualism Self Sufficiency
Author : Bruce Lee

182. “After Napoleon's 1815 defeat at Waterloo, Europeans had created nation-states in the image and likeness of Napoleon. The new states became the foci of popular affection, even worship. All organized themselves as Napoleon had France, and as Hegel had prescribed, with every house numbered so that bureaucratic government could pass its science to and collect sustenance from each. The states became the purveyors of education and sources of authority. They fostered the myth that people within their borders formed distinct races with different geniuses and destinies. All partook of Charles Darwin's ideology that life is an evolutionary struggle in which the fittest survive.”

Tags : Bureaucracy Europe Freedom Individualism Nationalism Peace Statism War

183. “Check the history, more people died for freedom than love, people need freedom before they need love.”

Tags : Amit Kalantri Amit Kalantri Quotes Free Freedom Freedom Before Love Freedom Of Choice Historical History Humans Independence Individual Individualism Individuality Inspiration Inspirational Inspirational Quotes Love Motivation Motivational Motivational Quotes Philosophy To Die For Wisdom Wisdom Quotes
Author : Amit Kalantri

184. “Gen. Matthew Ridgeway "intended not to impose his will on his men, but to allow the men under him to find something in themselves that would make them more confident, more purposeful fighting men. It was their confidence in themselves that would make them fight well, he believed, not so much their belief in him. His job was to keep them to find that quality in themselves.”

Tags : Development Education Individualism Leadership Motivation Self Actualization
Source : The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War

185. “It’s as close to true freedom as I have come. Not freedom of, but freedom from; freedom from the debris of life that piles up and forces us to dig and dig for our original self, who we were once upon a time, innocent and wonderfully naïve, as authentically pure as a human can be.”

Tags : Freedom Freedom From Anxiety Freedom From Fear Freedom From The Known Individual Individualism Individuality Innocence Innocent Original Self Self
Author : Dan Groat
Source : An Enigmatic Escape: A Trilogy

186. “To call an artist morbid because he deals with morbidity as his subject-matter is as silly as if one called Shakespeare mad because he wrote ‘King Lear.”

Tags : Art Humor Individualism King Lear Morbid Morbidity Shakespeare
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Soul of Man Under Socialism

187. “There might be some sort of justification for the savage societies in which a man had to expect that enemies could murder him at any moment and had to defend himself as best as he could. But there can be no justification for a society in which a man is expected to manufacture the weapons for his own murderers.”

Tags : Capitalism Individualism Objectivism Parasites
Author : Ayn Rand
Source : Atlas Shrugged

188. “Just when we are in many ways moving to an ever greater validation of the sacredness of the individual person, our capacity to imagine a social fabric that would hold individuals together is vanishing. This is in part because of the fact that our ethical individualism, deriving, as I have argued, from the Protestant religious tradition in America, is linked to an economic individualism that, ironically, knows nothing of the sacredness of the individual. Its only standard is money, and the only thing more sacred than money is more money. What economic individualism destroys and what our kind of religious individualism cannot restore is solidarity, a sense of being members of the same body. In most other North Atlantic societies, including other Protestant societies, a tradition of an established church, however secularized, provides some notion that we are in this thing together, that we need each other, that our precious and unique selves are not going to make it all alone.”

Tags : Economics Individualism Protestantism

189. “But mostly because he could be himself - never needing to bend.”

Tags : Children Individualism Kids Picture Book
Author : Niki Alling
Source : The Straight Rainbow

190. “None believeth in the soul of man, but only in some man or person old and departed. Ah me! no man goeth alone. All men go in flocks to this saint or that poet, avoiding the God who seeth in secret. They cannot see in secret; they love to be blind in public. They think society is wiser than their soul, and know not that one soul, and their soul, is wiser than the whole world.”

Tags : Conformity Individualism Intuition Transcendentalism

191. “Individualists and collectivists both have been wronged by the government, and we all maintain (consciously or subconsciously) a list of the ways our lives have been diminished by its bureaucracies and actions. One of the differences between the collectivists and the individualists is that those wrongs are front and center for the individualists, whereas the collectivists are blind to those wrongs, or they excuse those wrongs, or they forgive those wrongs. "Use us," the collectivists say, while they throw not only themselves into the bottomless pit that is the Administrative State, but everybody else too.”

Tags : Apologist Collectivism Government Grievance Individualism Sacrafice
Author : Mike Klepper

192. “What is a drop of rain, compared to the storm? What is a thought, compared to the mind? Our unity is full of wonder which your tiny individualism cannot even conceive.”

Tags : Individualism Unity
Author : Ken Levine

193. “You're in a horse race but you're thinking like a sheep. Sheep don't win horse races.”

Tags : Individualism Life Race
Source : The Glass Castle

194. “The number of those who undergo the fatigue of judging for themselves is very small indeed.”

Tags : Critical Thinking Effort Individualism
Source : The Critic

195. “Our problem isn't that we're individualists. It's that our individualism is static rather than dynamic. We value what we think rather than what we do. We forget that we haven't done, or been, what we thought; that the first function of life is action, just as the first property of things is motion.”

Tags : Action Dynamic Identity Individualism Motion Philosophy Self Static
Source : The Education of the Stoic

196. “We must each achieve greater individual consciousness and self-knowledge, and project mindful kindness toward everything and everyone.”

Tags : Awareness And Attitude Care Consciousness Individualism Kindness Love Self Knowledge
Author : Bryant McGill
Source : Voice of Reason

197. “Such is the disconcerting miracle of good acting; at its best it implicitly challenges our faith in who we are, who anyone is.”

Tags : Acting Individualism
Author : Melissa Febos
Source : Whip Smart: A Memoir

198. “And the wind shall say: 'Here were decent Godless people:Their only monument the asphalt roadAnd a thousand lost golf balls.”

Tags : Individualism Modernity Progress
Author : T.S. Eliot

199. “We hear a lot about identity theft when someone takes your wallet and pretends to be you and uses your credit cards. But the more serious identity theft is to get swallowed up in other people's definition of you.”

Tags : Identity Individualism Success
Source : The 3rd Alternative: Solving Life's Most Difficult Problems

200. “It has always been my contention that an individual who can be relied upon to be himself and to be honest unto himself can be relied upon in every other way.”

Tags : Honesty Individualism Reliability Self Knowledge
Author : J. Paul Getty
Source : How to Be Rich