Nonconformity Quotes

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1. “Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

Tags : Advertising Apple Change Commercial Computers Different Madness Misattributed Apple Misattributed Steve Jobs Misfits Nonconformity Progressive Rebels Status Quo Think Different Troublemakers
Author : Rob Siltanen

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

Tags : Bullies Cartoons Censorship Class Classes Compassionate Educational Event Grow Hair Memory Pigs Pledge Pledge Allegiance Runner Smart Teach Team Truthful Citizens Young Minds
Author : Suzy Kassem
Source : Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

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

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

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

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

5. “Yes, Kālāmas, it is proper that your have doubt, that you have perplexity, for a doubt has arisen in a matter which is doubtful. Now, look you Kālāmas, do not be led by reports, or traditions, or hearsay. Be not led by the authority of religious texts, not by the delight in speculative opinions, nor by seeming possibilities, not by the idea: 'this is our teacher'. But, O Kālāmas, when you know for yourself that certain things are unwholesome, and wrong, and bad, then give them up... And when you know for yourself that certain things are wholesome and good, then accept them and follow them.”

Tags : Buddhism Confusion Doubt Good Judgment Nonconformity Questioning Questioning Mind Religion Wisdom

6. “You were born an original work of art. Stay original always. Originals cost more than imitations.”

Tags : Artist Artwork Beautiful Beautiful In Your Own Skin Beauty Being Copy Copying Others Different Follower Imitate Innovate Inspiration Quotes Life Life Quotes Life Saying Love Yourself Originals Originate Own Skin Rebel Respect Yourself Self Love Unique
Author : Suzy Kassem
Source : Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

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

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

Tags : Aphorism Aphorisms Childlike Critical Thinking Funny Growth Humour Illogical Independent Thinker Individual Joke Majority Maturity Mr Follow Follow Original Thinker Originality Philosophers Reach Adulthood Reason Sheeple Standard Think Think For Yourself

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

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

10. “A sure way of retaining the grace of heaven is to disregard outward appearances, and diligently to cultivate such things as foster amendment of life and fervour of soul, rather than to cultivate those qualities that seem most popular.”

Tags : Grace Nonconformity Popularity Soul
Source : The Inner Life

11. “Seeds have the power to preserve species, to enhance cultural as well as genetic diversity, to counter economic monopoly and to check the advance of conformity on all its many fronts.”

Tags : Diversity Garden Gardening Nature Nonconformity Preservation Seeds
Source : Second Nature: A Gardener's Education

12. “The simplistic way of not conforming is to see what is in style in our culture and then do the opposite. If short hair is in vogue, the nonconformist wears long hair. If going to the movies is popular, then Christians avoid movies as “worldly.” The extreme case of this may be seen in groups that refuse to wear buttons or use electricity because such things, too, are worldly. A superficial style of nonconformity is the classical pharisaical trap. The kingdom of God is not about buttons, movies, or dancing. The concern of God is not focused on what we eat or what we drink. The call of nonconformity is a call to a deeper level of righteousness, that goes beyond externals. When piety is defined exclusively in terms of externals, the whole point of the apostle’s teaching has been lost. Somehow we have failed to hear Jesus’ words that it is not what goes into a person’s mouth that deflies a person, but what comes out of that mouth. We still want to make the kingdom a matter of eating and drinking.”

Tags : Holiness Nonconformity
Author : R.C. Sproul
Source : The Holiness of God

13. “It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed.”

Tags : Acclaim Nonconformity Stubbornness

14. “It's in the morning, for most of us. It's that time, those few seconds when we're coming out of sleep but we're not really awake yet. For those few seconds we're something more primitive than what we are about to become. We have just slept the sleep of our most distant ancestors, and something of them and their world still clings to us. For those few moments we are unformed, uncivilized. We are not the people we know as ourselves, but creatures more in tune with a tree than a keyboard. We are untitled, unnamed, natural, suspended between was and will be, the tadpole before the frog, the worm before the butterfly. We are for a few brief moments, anything and everything we could be. And then...and then -- ah -- we open our eyes and the day is before us and ... we become ourselves.”

Tags : Civilization Life Nonconformity Sleep
Source : Stargirl

15. “I am not made like any of those I have seen. I venture to believe that I am not made like any of those who are in existence. If I am not better, at least I am different.”

Tags : Identity Nonconformity

16. “Giving style” to one’s character - a great and rare art! It is exercised by those who see all the strengths and weaknesses of their own natures and then comprehend them in an artistic plan until everything appears as art and reason and even weakness delights the eye.”

Tags : Confomity Courage Individuality Nonconformity Self Freedom Truth To Self

17. “If there is anything the nonconformist hates worse than a conformist, it’s another nonconformist who doesn’t conform to the prevailing standard of nonconformity.”

Tags : Nonconformity
Author : Bill Vaughan

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

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

19. “I took the other road, all right, but only because it was the easy road for me, the way I wanted to go. If I've encountered some unnecessary resistance that's because most of the traffic is going the other way.”

Tags : Choices Life Nonconformity
Author : Edward Abbey
Source : Postcards from Ed: Dispatches and Salvos from an American Iconoclast

20. “But let it not be said that we did nothing. Let not those who love the power of the welfare/warfare state label the dissenters of authoritarianism as unpatriotic or uncaring. Patriotism is more closely linked to dissent than it is to conformity and a blind desire for safety and security. Understanding the magnificent rewards of a free society makes us unbashful in its promotion, fully realizing that maximum wealth is created and the greatest chance for peace comes from a society respectful of individual liberty.”

Tags : Courage Dissent Freedom Liberty Nonconformity Patriotism
Author : Ron Paul

21. “He likes driving very fast on the wrong side of the road," said Sarah. "Which I can completely understand.”

Tags : Driving Fast Life Nonconformity
Author : Hilary McKay
Source : Saffy's Angel

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

Tags : Conformity Freedom Nonconformity
Author : Marty Rubin

23. “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

24. “The system loves resistance. Resistance is often creative and it feeds on creativity until the subversive becomes just another pre-packaged lifestyle on special offer. So Cease to Resist. Relax and enjoy the PandaemonAeon. Believe everything and anything. Seek not proof, but take pleasure in your choice of belief. Wipe that superior sneer of your face and try smiling (if only inwardly) at the people/institutions/beliefs that you've waged your personal war against. Wouldn't it be more fun if you didn't run around quite so hard trying to be an individual, or fighting to prove or uphold your chosen belief-system?”

Tags : Belief Chaos Magick Magick Nonconformity Proof Resistance
Author : Phil Hine
Source : Rebels and Devils: The Psychology of Liberation

25. “This was the price for the the strange life she had chosen, but she had gone into it with eyes open, and there was no profit in regret.”

Tags : Feminism Living Without Regrets Nonconformity Pope Joan
Source : Pope Joan

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

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

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

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

28. “I dare say a good many... would have kept quiet and thought about keeping on the right side of the Chief, but I'm afraid I'm not much good at that.”

Tags : Docility Nonconformity Rebel Sheep Sheepdog
Author : Richard Adams
Source : Watership Down

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

Tags : Individuality Nonconformity Single Life Stargirl
Source : Stargirl

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

Tags : Breakup Breakups Conformist Conformists Conformity Dead Death Divorce Divorcees Divorces Engagement Ring Engagement Rings Expectations Icu Love Marriages Marry Nonconformity Opinions Proposal Proposals Public Opinion Relationship Relationships

31. “Este Mundo es demasiado pequeño para contener mis Sueños, mis Pasiones y mis Aspiraciones ".”

Tags : Aspiraciones Aspirations Quotes Deseos Dreams Quotes Earth Quotes Fighting Spirit Goals Quotes Life Love Quotes Lucha Mundo Nonconformity Passion Spiritual Quotes Sueños Vida Wishes Quotes World

32. “Your path is yours alone. And if it’s the path less traveled, that’s absolutely fine. The world doesn’t need more conformists. The world needs more people who create and question and search.”

Tags : Nonconformity Searcher
Source : Force of Nature: Mind, Body, Soul

33. “Cause and effect is the basis of my education, leading me to an essence far more profound than any rule of societal conditioning.”

Tags : Nonconformity Observation Rising Above Society Society Humanity Unschooling
Author : Ka Chinery

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

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

35. “We are fighting now to save that endangered species-the individual.”

Tags : Endangered Animals Individuality Nonconformity The Individual
Author : Marty Rubin

36. “Most schooling is training for stupidity and conformity, and that's institutional, but occasionally you get a spark, somebody'll challenge your mind, make you think and so on, and that has a tremendous effect you just reach all sorts of people. Of course if you do it you may very have problems, you have to tread the narrow line. There are plenty of people who don't want students to think, they're afraid of the crisis of democracy. If people start thinking you get all these problems that I quoted before. They won't have enough humility to submit to a civil rule or they'll start trying to press their demands in the political arena and have ideas of their own, instead of beleiving what they're told. And privelage and power typically doesn't want that and so they react and the high school teacher that tries to get students to think may find oppression, firing and so on.”

Tags : Anarchism Conspiracies Conspiracy Theory Education Educational Philosophy Educational System Nonconformity Nwo Orwellianism Political Philosophy Totalitarianism
Author : Noam Chomsky

37. “You can do the right thing that seems wrong to others, or the wrong thing that seems right, and its actually puerile to await recommendation when what you are about to do doesn't concerns anyone.”

Tags : Bad Habit Bad Habits Difference Differences Dislike Disobedience Grudge Grudges Habit Hate Instruction Instructions Irritation Nonconformity Obedience Obligation Order Orders Presence Puerility Recommendation Right Wrong

38. “Do not conform to seek the seekers, but leave the leavers. Wisdom comes from facing what you do not yet understand.”

Tags : Abandonment Apostates Compassion Evolution Freedom Happiness Harmony Inactive Joy Life Love Loving One Another Nonconformity Peace Perfection Positive Seekers Speculation Stayingpositiveu Com Unity

39. “In his mother’s honor, vowing not to commit the “fashionable stupidity” of ignoring things he didn’t understand, Max performed a brave act of nonconformity by accepting the possibility that his dreams might be exactly what they seemed: real.”

Tags : Astral Projection Dreams Lucid Dreaming Nonconformity Reality Visionary Visions
Author : Sol Luckman
Source : Snooze: A Story of Awakening

40. “She was a surprise, and let's face it, few people are.”

Tags : Nonconformity Surprised Unique

41. “I am not crazy, I just don't allow anyone to tell me How to think, How to do it, or What to do. I overstand, that I am the Supervisor of me and my life, Not you.”

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42. “In your absolute defiance against tyranny, lies and all odds; lies therein, your true moral strength. Rise!”

Tags : Defiance Morality Nonconformity Politics Strength Struggle Truth Tyranny

43. “I am not a number; I am a free man.”

Tags : Free Freedom Individuality Nonconformity The Prisoner

44. “In a funny way, Dad was always a bow-tie wearer, always a little more traditional than you might imagine. Because even though he had blue hair and tattoos and wore leather jackets and worked in a record store, he wanted to marry Mom back at a time when the rest of their friends were still having drunken one-night stands. "Girlfriend is such a stupid word," he said. "I couldn't stand calling her that. So, we had to get married, so I could call her "wife"'.”

Tags : Girlfriend Love Marriage Nonconformity Traditional Wife
Author : Gayle Forman
Source : If I Stay

45. “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

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

Tags : Abortion Conformity Herd Mentality Ideas Nonconformity Public Opinion Sperm

47. “The tenure of human positions, no matter how highly exalted will eventually come to an end. Only Gods tenure is eternal –”

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Author : Oche Otorkpa
Source : The Unseen Terrorist

48. “I was aware that he was laughing at me, but I told myself I didn't care what other people thought and would dress how I liked. Of course, like many self-consciously wacky people, I was in fact paralyzed by fear of the opinions of others and made the effort to appear as the maddest of the mad headbangers just in case anyone had the slightest lingering doubt as to the depth of my devotion. In fact, I think my disguise felt so fragile I couldn't allow it a single crack. If I did it might fall to bits and leave the real me shrivelling under the evaluating gaze of my peer group.”

Tags : Contrarianism Heavy Metal Low Self Esteem Nonconformity Peer Pressure Teen Rebellion Time Of The Hawklords
Source : The Elfish Gene: Dungeons, Dragons And Growing Up Strange

49. “How come when girls play with gender it's a sign of strength and when boys play with gender it's a sign of weakness?”

Tags : Gender Gender Roles Nonconformity
Author : Lori Duron
Source : Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son

50. “Some say that you should turn your face from the light of the moon. They say it makes you mad.I turn my face towards it and I laugh.Make me mad, I whisper. Go on, make Mina mad.I laugh again.Some people think that she's already mad, I think.”

Tags : Laughing Madness Moon Moonlight Nonconformity Weirdness
Author : David Almond
Source : My Name Is Mina

51. “He'd made a name for himself out there in the world beyond not just in spite of the distinctly unfashionable persona he presented, but, perhaps, BECAUSE of it.”

Tags : Discipleship Nonconformity Uniqueness
Source : Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked

52. “Follow the rules or don't follow them: whatever you wish.”

Tags : Choices Conformity Freedom Nonconformity Rules
Author : Marty Rubin

53. “Freedom means nothing unless it means the freedom to be different”

Tags : Being Different Freedom Individuality Nonconformity
Author : Marty Rubin

54. “her choice to be, not only a poet but a woman who explored her own mind, without any of the guidelines of orthodoxy. To say "yes" to her powers was not simply a major act of nonconformity in the nineteenth century; even in our own time it has been assumed that Emily Dickinson, not patriarchal society, was "the problem." The ore we come to recognise the unwritten and written laws and taboos underpining patriarchy, the less problematical, surely, will seem the methods she chose.”

Tags : Nonconformity
Author : Adrienne Rich
Source : On Lies, Secrets, and Silence: Selected Prose, 1966-1978

55. “Salvation lies not in the faithfulness to forms, but in the liberation from them.”

Tags : Faith Iconoclasm Individualism Liberty Nonconformity Originality Salvation Tradition
Source : Doctor Zhivago

56. “I don't belong to the masses, I've been against the masses all my life, and I'm not in favour of dogs.”

Tags : Dogs Mass Culture Nonconformity
Source : Concrete

57. “Never subject to the rules, believing that the correct judgement and healthy nature keep her in the honesty she lived in.”

Tags : Honesty Life Nonconformity Rules Rules To Live By
Author : Émile Zola
Source : The Ladies' Paradise

58. “For nonconformity the world whips you with its displeasure. And therefore a man must know how to estimate a sour face. The by-standers look askance on him in the public street or in the friend’s parlour. If this aversation had its origin in contempt and resistance like his own, he might well go home with a sad countenance; but the sour faces of the multitude, like their sweet faces, have no deep cause, but are put on and off as the wind blows and a newspaper directs.”

Tags : Nonconformity

59. “...there was alienation in the standing consciousness that his squareness would not fit the round hole that had been prepared for him.”

Tags : Family Nonconformity
Author : Thomas Hardy

60. “-I have to admit that ever since I started to rip-up the lawns of rich people I have felt a lot calmer!”

Tags : Life In General Meditation Nonconformity
Source : Circle In the Sand

61. “If you don’t give yourself permission to create a new world, chances are nobody else will.”

Tags : Creation Creativity Nonconformity Permission Self Realization
Source : The Rich Employee

62. “185. It Is Getting So Dark I am the sort of person who approves of what others abhor and detests the things they like.”

Tags : Conformity Nonconformity
Author : Sei Shōnagon
Source : The Pillow Book

63. “It then becomes necessary to stop short and make a choice: Either/Or. Either one drifts with their absurd system of ideas, believing that this is the human community. Or one dissents totally from their system of ideas and stands as a lonely human being. (But luckily one notices that the others are in the same crisis and making the same choices.)”

Tags : Conformity Nonconformity
Author : Paul Goodman
Source : Growing Up Absurd