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Wise Quotes about Conformity

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Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
- John F. Kennedy

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The opposite of courage in our society
is not cowardice, it is conformity.
- Rollo May

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

Love allows your beloved the freedom to be unlike you.
Attachment asks for conformity to your needs and desires.
Love imposes no demands.
Attachment expresses an overwhelming demand - "Make me feel whole."
Love expands beyond the limits of two people.
Attachment tries to exclude everything but two people.
- Deepak Chopra in The Path to Love

 

Equality, rightly understood as our founding fathers understood it,
leads to liberty and to the emancipation of creative differences;
wrongly understood,
as it has been so tragically in our time,
it leads first to conformity and then to despotism.
- Barry Goldwater

Nor does the idea of a moral order asserting itself
against attack or want of conformity answer in full
to our feelings regarding the tragic character.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley

Group conformity scares the pants off me because it's
so often a prelude to cruelty towards anyone who doesn't want to -
or can't -
join the Big Parade.
- Bette Midler

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Has there ever been a society which has died of dissent?
Several have died of conformity in our lifetime.
- Jacob Bronowski

The real end of prayer is not so much to get this or
that single desire granted,
as to put human life into full and joyful conformity with the will of God.
- Charles Bent

We are half ruined by conformity, but we should be
wholly ruined without it.
- Charles Dudley Warner

Unfortunately what came out of it was also kind of
an imitation community with a lot of mindless conformity.
- Bill Griffith

It's both rebellion and conformity that attack you with success.
- Amy Tan

One must do no violence to nature, nor model it in
conformity to any blindly formed chimera.
- Janos Bolyai

Communism is the death of the soul.
It is the organization of total conformity -
in short,
of tyranny - and it is committed to making tyranny universal.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

The opposite of bravery is not cowardice but conformity.
- Robert Anthony

The race of man, while sheep in credulity,
are wolves for conformity.
- Carl Van Doren

The opposite for courage is not cowardice,
it is conformity.
Even a dead fish can go with the flow.
- Jim Hightower

I find the earth to be a place of misery in which I
am surrounded by the conformity that kills society.
- Matt LeBlanc

Basically, I hate conformity.
I hate people telling me what to do.
It makes me want to smash things.
So-called normal behaviour patterns make me so bored,
I could throw up!
- Wendy O. Williams

To be one's self, and unafraid whether right or wrong,
is more admirable than the easy cowardice of surrender to conformity.
- Irving Wallace

The reward for conformity is that everyone likes you but yourself.
- Rita Mae Brown

In America, through pressure of conformity,
there is freedom of choice, but nothing to choose from.
- Peter Ustinov

The hired preachers of all sects, creeds,
and religions, never do, and never can,
teach any thing but what is in conformity with the
opinions of those who pay them.
- Francis Wright

We cannot expect that all nations will adopt like systems,
for conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
- John F. Kennedy

I, for one, hope that youth will again revolt and again
demoralize the dead weight of conformity that now lies upon us.
- Howard Mumford Jones

That man is a creature who needs order yet yearns for
change is the creative contradiction at the heart of
the laws which structure his conformity and define his deviancy.
- Freda Adler

How I hate those who are dedicated to producing conformity.
- William S. Burroughs

A big element of what they regard as conformity is
simply a desire to have an audience.
- Karel Reisz

Morality is a test of our conformity rather than our integrity.
- Jane Rule

Schools are generally feminine places,
institutions where conformity is valued,
taught largely by conformist women.
- Judith M. Bardwick

I didn't care too much for ballet, because you had to be more disciplined,
and you sort of looked like everyone else.
It required a certain kind of conformity that I didn't
feel like I wanted to do.
- Suzanne Farrell

I then endeavoured to show that it is more especially
in the thorough conformity with law which natural phenomena
and natural products exhibit,
and in the comparative ease with which laws can be stated,
that this difference exists.
- Hermann von Helmholtz

If religion were true, its followers would not try
to bludgeon their young into an artificial conformity;
but would merely insist on their unbending quest for truth,
irrespective of artificial backgrounds or practical consequences.
- H. P. Lovecraft

The attractive idea that we can now have a parliament
of man with authority to control the conduct of nations
by legislation or an international police force with
power to enforce national conformity to rules of right
conduct is a counsel of perfection.
- Elihu Root

Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker.
Expose your ideas to the dangers of controversy.
Speak your mind and fear less the label of 'crackpot'
than the stigma of conformity.
And on issues that seem important to you,
stand up and be counted at any cost.
- Chauncey Depew

In conformity with these designs on the city of Washington,
and notwithstanding the disastrous results of the invasion of 1862,
it was determined by the Rebel government last summer
to resume the offensive in that direction.
- Edward Everett

Not that I wish by any means to deny,
that the mental life of individuals and peoples is
also in conformity with law,
as is the object of philosophical, philological,
historical, moral, and social sciences to establish.
- Hermann von Helmholtz

I believe that writers, unless they consider themselves terribly exquisite,
are at heart people who live by night,
a little bit outside society, moving between delinquency and conformity.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

Do not fear lest you should meditate too much upon
Him and speak of Him in an unworthy way,
providing you are led by faith.
Do not fear lest you should entertain false opinions
of Him so long as they are in conformity with the notion
of the infinitely perfect Being.
- Nicolas Malebranche

Fear, conformity, immorality: these are heavy burdens.
They drain us of creative energy.
And when we are drained of creative energy,
we do not create.
We procreate, but we do not create.
- David McCallum

Rome should sometimes intervene and say this or that
is not in conformity with the Catholic faith.
Theologians should understand that.
Some theologians go too far, for example,
reducing the Catholic faith to a universal philosophy.
- Godfried Danneels

To seek understanding before taking action,
yet to trust my instincts when action is called for.
Never to avoid danger from fear, never to seek out danger for its own sake.
Never to conform to fashion from fear of eccentricity,
never to be eccentric from fear of conformity.
- Steven Brust

The so-called modern education, with all its defects,
however, does others so much more good than it does the Negro,
because it has been worked out in conformity to the
needs of those who have enslaved and oppressed weaker peoples.
- Carter G. Woodson

The credit which the apparent conformity with recognized
scientific standards can gain for seemingly simple but false theories may,
as the present instance shows, have grave consequences.
- Friedrich August von Hayek

There is a very well-defined procedure that allows
the Vatican to raise issues with a particular theologian
about something that does not appear in conformity with the Catholic faith.
It is not always easy to make this determination.
- Godfried Danneels

I have no need to conform to the stereotypes
others have defined for me.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I was a brownie for a day.
My mom made me stop.
She didn't want me to conform.
- Sandra Bullock

Why has government been instituted at all? Because
the passions of man will not conform to the dictates
of reason and justice without constraint.
- Alexander Hamilton

I cannot make the universe obey me.
I cannot make other people conform to my own whims and fancies.
I cannot make even my own body obey me.
- Thomas Merton

Mathematics takes us into the region of absolute necessity,
to which not only the actual word, but every possible word,
must conform.
- Bertrand Russell

The young always have the same problem -
how to rebel and conform at the same time.
They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another.
- Quentin Crisp

When I conform to truth, I do not conform to an abstract principle;
I conform to the nature of God.
- Kenneth L. Pike

It is true that the politician, in his professional character,
does not always, or even very often,
conform to the most approved pattern of private conduct.
- Frederick Scott Oliver

Men are recognizing that they have been forced to conform
to a very narrow and rather two-dimensional picture
of maleness and manhood that they have never had the freedom to question.
- Andrew Cohen

Reality does not conform to the ideal,
but confirms it.
- Gustave Flaubert

Some people wish above all to conform to the rules,
I wish only to render what I can hear.
There is no theory.
You have only to listen.
Pleasure is the law.
- Claude Debussy

The aim of every authentic artist is not to conform to the history of art,
but to release himself from it in order to replace it with his own history.
- Harold Rosenberg

Men cannot make Scripture conform to their lifestyle;
they must make their lifestyle conform to Scripture.
- Edwin Louis Cole

You either go along with the system -
conform to what is expected to be a hit -
or you have very tough going.
- Budd Schulberg

Working mothers are just as likely to want to conform
to a standard of perfection and just as likely to suffer
from their failure to meet it as their stay-at-home counterparts.
- Melinda M. Marshall

I think a lot of people have lost respect for the individual,
you know, the individual, the person who doesn't conform.
- Erykah Badu

Once conform, once do what others do because they do it,
and a kind of lethargy steals over all the finer senses of the soul.
- Michel de Montaigne

This is the devilish thing about foreign affairs:
they are foreign and will not always conform to our whim.
- James Reston

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.
- Bill Vaughan

I'd just like to inspire people to be themselves and
do what they want and not conform to the rigid guidelines
of the music or entertainment business.
- Juliana Hatfield

Pop music allows you to be who you are without having
to wear a social uniform or to conform,
which some people find impossible to do.
- Siobhan Fahey

I'm not going to change the way I look
or the way I feel to conform to anything.
I've always been a freak.
So I've been a freak all my life
and I have to live with that, you know.
I'm one of those people.
- John Lennon

The decree of a coercive tribunal would not need to
conform to the true standard of wages,
the final productivity of social labor.
It would introduce into distribution a genuinely arbitrary element,
with a very large ultimate power to pervert the natural system.
- John Bates Clark

Banks properly established and conducted are highly
useful to the business of the country,
and will doubtless continue to exist in the States
so long as they conform to their laws and are found
to be safe and beneficial.
- Martin Van Buren

But these realities will make themselves felt soon
enough and while I am certainly not asking you to close
your eyes to the experiences of earlier generations,
I want to advise you not to conform too soon and to
resist the pressure of practical necessity.
- Felix Bloch

It is not the end of the physical body that should worry us.
Rather, our concern must be to live while we're alive -
to release our inner selves from the spiritual death
that comes with living behind a facade designed to
conform to external definitions of who and what we are.
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross


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