Quotations on Conformity

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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
(Keywords: Change, Heart, Conformity, Contradiction, Laws, Man, Needs, Order)

The opposite of bravery is not cowardice but conformity.
- Robert Anthony
(Keywords: Bravery, Conformity, Cowardice)

Schools are generally feminine places, institutions where conformity is valued, taught largely by conformist women.
- Judith M. Bardwick
(Keywords: Women, Conformity, Schools)

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
(Keywords: Life, God, Conformity, Desire, End, Prayer, Will)

One must do no violence to nature, nor model it in conformity to any blindly formed chimera.
- Janos Bolyai
(Keywords: Nature, Conformity, Violence)

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
(Keywords: Feelings, Idea, Character, Conformity, Order, Want)

Has there ever been a society which has died of dissent? Several have died of conformity in our lifetime.
- Jacob Bronowski
(Keywords: Society, Conformity, Dissent)

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
(Keywords: Trust, Fear, Action, Conformity, Danger, Eccentricity, Fashion, Understanding)

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
(Keywords: Faith, Conformity, Example, Philosophy, Rome)

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
(Keywords: Fear, Ideas, Conformity, Controversy, Mind)

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
(Keywords: Government, Conformity, Direction, Results, Summer, Washington)

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
(Keywords: Equality, Time, Conformity, Fathers, First, Founding, Liberty)

Unfortunately what came out of it was also kind of an imitation community with a lot of mindless conformity.
- Bill Griffith
(Keywords: Community, Conformity, Imitation)

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
(Keywords: Life, Conformity, Law)

The opposite for courage is not cowardice, it is conformity. Even a dead fish can go with the flow.
- Jim Hightower
(Keywords: Courage, Conformity, Cowardice, Fish)

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
(Keywords: Society, People, Heart, Conformity, Night, Writers)

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
(Keywords: Hope, Conformity, Lies, Now, Weight, Will, Youth)

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
(Keywords: Growth, Conformity, Enemy, Freedom, Nations, Will)

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
- John F. Kennedy
(Keywords: Growth, Conformity, Enemy, Freedom)

I find the earth to be a place of misery in which I am surrounded by the conformity that kills society.
- Matt LeBlanc
(Keywords: Society, Conformity, Earth, Misery)

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
(Keywords: Religion, Truth, Conformity, Consequences, Followers, Quest)

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
(Keywords: Faith, Fear, Being, Conformity, Opinions, Unworthy)

The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it is conformity.
- Rollo May
(Keywords: Society, Courage, Conformity, Cowardice)

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
(Keywords: Fear, Conformity, Energy)

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
(Keywords: Power, Idea, Control, Authority, Conformity, Force, Legislation, Man, Nations, Now, Parliament, Perfection, Police, Right, Rules)

Morality is a test of our conformity rather than our integrity.
- Jane Rule
(Keywords: Morality, Conformity, Integrity)

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
(Keywords: Death, Soul, Communism, Conformity, Tyranny)

It's both rebellion and conformity that attack you with success.
- Amy Tan
(Keywords: Success, Conformity, Rebellion)

In America, through pressure of conformity, there is freedom of choice, but nothing to choose from.
- Peter Ustinov
(Keywords: America, Choice, Conformity, Freedom, Nothing, Pressure)

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
(Keywords: Time, Conformity, Man, May)

Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the danger of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of "crackpot" than the stigma of conformity.
- Thomas John Watson, Sr.
(Keywords: Fear, Ideas, Conformity, Controversy, Danger, Mind)

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
(Keywords: People, Conformity, Hate, Want)

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
(Keywords: Education, Conformity, Needs)









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