Quotes on Conformity

nothing is more restful than conformity. Elizabeth Bowen

I have an aversion to conformity. Jeremy Enigk

Until we lose ourselves there is no hope of finding ourselves. Henry Miller

Each one of us has to be what he or she is. Kurt Vonnegut

Seek freedom from the conformity of styles Bruce Lee

Great thoughts are against all doctrines of conformity Austin Osman Spare

Never say No when the world says Aye. Elizabeth Barrett Browning

He who lives among dogs must learn to pant. Fred Hoyle

Sophistication is upscale conformity. James Richardson

One can be committed to conformity or one can be committed to truth, but not both. George H. Smith

There is kind of a fundamental conformity, which is a virtual requirement to enter into the media. Noam Chomsky

Let's all be different same as me. John Brunner

What we need is equality without conformity. Kim Stanley Robinson

The opposite of courage is conformity Rickson Gracie

When I am told I am too old to do something, I try to do it right away. Pablo Picasso

Becoming is superior to being. Paul Klee

I am myself. That is not enough. Sylvia Plath

You never do find out what makes you tick, and after a while it's unimportant. Norman Mailer

As an artist, it is central to be unsatisfied. Lawrence Calcagno

One must never forbid oneself anything. One must also be able to go back, one must always be able to change... Hans Hartung

Is there an existence that is only mine? Russell Hoban

Non-conformity is the only real passion worth being ruled by. Julian Assange

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

I am bored in France because everyone resembles Voltaire. Charles Baudelaire

The only reason I'm in fashion is to destroy the word conformity. Vivienne Westwood

...how deep the ruts of tradition and conformity! Henry David Thoreau

Curiosity has no important place in my work, only conformity. John Taylor Gatto

Before you can think out of the box, you have to start with a box Twyla Tharp

Knowledge is the conformity of the object and the intellect. Averroes

The opposite of courage is not so much fear as it is conformity. Wayne Dyer

We're all getting lashed to the great wheel of uniformity. Robert James Waller

Everything in nature acts in conformity with law. Immanuel Kant

What have I to do with plows? I cut another furrow than you see. Henry David Thoreau

There is a deadening conformity in the culture of cyberspace in which we don't intend to participate. Michael Kinsley

A person is bound to work in obedience to and in conformity to that person's own nature. Mahatma Gandhi

To go to war without the Security Council will not be in conformity with the Council. Kofi Annan

The multitude is always in the wrong. Paulo Freire

Conformity is the last refuge of the unimaginitive Oscar Wilde

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

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

Conformity is an imitation of grace. Simone Weil

It takes far more courage to violate a custom than a law. Evan Esar

All art is based on non-conformity. Ben Shahn

Our expenses are all for conformity. Ralph Waldo Emerson

We're so many, we're so hard to distinguish from each other, but we long to be distinguished ... Lydia Millet

How could I be anything but a dissenter? Who wants the opinion of a group? Saul Bellow

He ... knew, in that instant, that his life would not be an easy one-he was different, he looked different, he thought differently. Alan Cumming

You have mourned over others; now sit down for a while and weep over your own self. Rumi

When you reach the bottom of the well of your own nature, then you will know that the vileness was from yourself. Rumi

We come from the mentality, that rarely sees the horror in symmetry or the beauty in non-conformity Shane Koyczan

Resistance is the secret of joy! Alice Walker

One of the saddest things about conformity is the ghastly sort of non-conformity it breeds; the noisy protesting, the aggressive rebelliousness, the rigid counter-fetishism. Louis Kronenberger

Whenever I'm asked to identify my best work, or my favorite, my answer has always been the same - 'My next one!' Ken Danby

dreaming of the person you want to be is wasting the person you already are. Kurt Cobain

My surface is myself. Under which to witness, youth is buried. Roots? Everybody has roots. William Carlos Williams

Better Than You island doesn't exist. And if it does it's full of idiots, looking over their shoulder for the next idiot to arrive. David Whitehouse

A lot of times nerds are really artists listening to the beat of another drummer. Roseanne Barr

My darling girl, when are you going to understand that "normal" isn't a virtue? It rather denotes a lack of courage. Stockard Channing

... he who has independent ideas is hated by the mass[es]. Shang Yang

I must say to myself that I ruined myself, and that nobody great or small can be ruined except by his own hand. I am quite ready to say so. ... Terrible as was what the world did to me, what I did to myself was far more terrible still. Oscar Wilde

Who do I belong to? How come I mortgaged my being till I don't belong to myself? How come I sold my blood? And who now owns my indecisions, my hands, my private pain, my pride? Pablo Neruda

Our real journey in life is interior. Thomas Merton

One must not look inward too much, while the inside is yet tender. I do not wish to frighten myself until I can stand it. Djuna Barnes

There is a light seed grain inside. You fill it with yourself, or it dies. Rumi

In ourselves we harbor the intuition of another evolution, of other possibilities of life. Abdellatif Laabi

Pour out wine till I become a wanderer from myself; for in selfhood and existence I have felt only fatigue. Rumi

... but I'm always being invaded by others' souls so I can't see my own soul very well. Shuntaro Tanikawa

I am moving deeper into my own brain. Peter Porter

Other people are quite dreadful. The only possible society is oneself. Oscar Wilde

What is a rebel? A man who says no. Albert Camus

The longest journey is the journey inward. Dag Hammarskjold

I don't follow any system. All the laws you can lay down are only so many props to be cast aside when the hour of creation arrives. Raoul Dufy

They taught me different was wrong. Ani Difranco

From now on, I'll connect the dots my own way. Bill Watterson

Conformity is the ape of harmony. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Freedom to think requires not only freedom of expression but also freedom from the threat of orthodoxy and being outcast and ostracized. Helen Foster Snow

Conformity to a sick society is to be sick. Richard J. Foster

Conformity makes everything easier, if you can still breathe. Mason Cooley

He who rides and keeps the beaten track studies the fences chiefly. Henry David Thoreau

We pray to be conventional. But the wary Heaven takes care you shall not be, if there is anything good in you. Dante was very badcompany, and was never invited to dinner. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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