Selected Quotes about Conformity & Nonconformity

The American ideal, after all, is that everyone should be as much alike as possible. -- James Baldwin

Suppose we were able to share meanings freely without a compulsive urge to impose our view or conform to those of others and without distortion and self-deception. Would this not constitute a real revolution in culture? -- David Bohm

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

I think the reward for conformity is everyone likes you but yourself. -- Rita Mae Brown

He who joyfully marches in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice. -- Albert Einstein

You don't get harmony when everybody sings the same note. -- Doug Floyd

The fastest way to succeed is to look as if you're playing by somebody else's rules, while quietly playing by your own. -- Michael Konda

A heretic is a man who sees with his own eyes. -- Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

The dissenter is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself. -- Archibald MacLeish

Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity. -- Christopher Morley

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to pause and reflect. -- Mark Twain

There is no order in the world around us, we must adapt ourselves to the requirements of chaos instead. -- Kurt Vonnegut

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

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. -- Thomas J. Watson

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

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