Quotations on Society

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The Border Ballads, for instance, and the Robin Hood Ballads, clearly suppose a state of society which is nothing but a very circumscribed and not very important heroic age.
- Lascelles Abercrombie
(Keywords: Age, Society, Ballads, Nothing, State)

By the general process of epic poetry, I mean the way this form of art has constantly responded to the profound needs of the society in which it was made.
- Lascelles Abercrombie
(Keywords: Art, Society, Poetry, Needs)

But the development of human society does not go straight forward; and the epic process will therefore be a recurring process, the series a recurring series - though not in exact repetition.
- Lascelles Abercrombie
(Keywords: Society, Development, Repetition, Will)

On the surface we all act like we all love each other and we're free and easy, and actually we're far more moralistic than any other society I've ever lived in.
- Kathy Acker
(Keywords: Love, Society, Act)

Property is not the sacred right. When a rich man becomes poor it is a misfortune, it is not a moral evil. When a poor man becomes destitute, it is a moral evil, teeming with consequences and injurious to society and morality.
- Lord Acton
(Keywords: Society, Morality, Consequences, Evil, Man, Misfortune, Poor, Property, Right)

American society is a sort of flat, fresh-water pond which absorbs silently, without reaction, anything which is thrown into it.
- Henry B. Adams
(Keywords: Society, American)

The happiness of society is the end of government.
- John Adams
(Keywords: Government, Happiness, Society, End)

Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.
- John Adams
(Keywords: Power, Society, Character, Authority, Importance)

Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society.
- John Adams
(Keywords: Society, Abuse, Party, Words)

The test of one's behavior pattern is their relationship to society, relationship to work and relationship to sex.
- Alfred Adler
(Keywords: Work, Society, Sex, Behavior)

The platform of an Ethical Society is itself the altar; the address must be the fire that burns thereon.
- Felix Adler
(Keywords: Society, Fire)

The Ethical Society, therefore, is like a Church in maintaining, and emphasizing the importance of maintaining the custom of public assemblies on Sunday.
- Felix Adler
(Keywords: Society, Church, Custom, Importance, Public)

A junkie is someone who uses their body to tell society that something is wrong.
- Stella Adler
(Keywords: Society, Body, Wrong)

Not only is the self entwined in society; it owes society its existence in the most literal sense.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: Society, Existence, Self, Sense)

An emancipated society, on the other hand, would not be a unitary state, but the realization of universality in the reconciliation of differences.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: Society, State)

He who stands aloof runs the risk of believing himself better than others and misusing his critique of society as an ideology for his private interest.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: Society, Ideology, Interest, Risk)

A good person can make another person good; it means that goodness will elicit goodness in the society; other persons will also be good.
- Bhumibol Adulyadej
(Keywords: Society, Goodness, Will)

The important thing for the survival of the Thai society is that the majority of those who work, both in the government and the private sector, still strive to work in the same direction; this is why the Thai nation still stands.
- Bhumibol Adulyadej
(Keywords: Government, Society, Work, Survival, Direction, Majority, Nation)

Our notion of the perfect society embraces the family as its center and ornament, and this paradise is not secure until children appear to animate and complete the picture.
- Amos Bronson Alcott
(Keywords: Family, Society, Children, Paradise)

We who have been born and nurtured on this soil, we, whose habits, manners, and customs are the same in common with other Americans, can never consent to - be the bearers of the redress offered by that Society to that much afflicted.
- Richard V. Allen
(Keywords: Society, Americans, Habits, Manners)

If it is widely assumed that the new President cannot move forward simply because of a narrow victory, there can easily develop a sense of unease and uncertainty, adversely affecting every sector of American society, our economy and the perception of other nations.
- Richard V. Allen
(Keywords: Society, Perception, Victory, American, Economy, Nations, President, Sense, Uncertainty)

In a rational society we would want our presidents to be teachers. In our actual society we insist they be cheerleaders.
- Steve Allen
(Keywords: Society, Teachers, Want)

Ideology... is indispensable in any society if men are to be formed, transformed and equipped to respond to the demands of their conditions of existence.
- Louis Althusser
(Keywords: Men, Society, Existence, Ideology)

In emerging democracies like Russia, in authoritarian states like Iran or even Yugoslavia, journalists play a vital role in civil society. In fact, they form the very basis of those new democracies and civil societies.
- Christiane Amanpour
(Keywords: Society, Fact, Play, Russia, states)

Unlike a drop of water which loses its identity when it joins the ocean, man does not lose his being in the society in which he lives. Man's life is independent. He is born not for the development of the society alone, but for the development of his self.
- B. R. Ambedkar
(Keywords: Life, Society, Development, Being, Identity, Man, Ocean, Self, Water)

Political tyranny is nothing compared to the social tyranny and a reformer who defies society is a more courageous man than a politician who defies Government.
- B. R. Ambedkar
(Keywords: Government, Society, Man, Nothing, Tyranny)

A great man is different from an eminent one in that he is ready to be the servant of the society.
- B. R. Ambedkar
(Keywords: Society, Man)

Our society is not perfect and this will come as no surprise to many of you.
- Barbara Amiel
(Keywords: Society, Will)

It did not occur to us that the Marxists' solution was fraudulent or that their vision was distorted, that whatever the wrongs in our society it was not the ideology of theirs that will cure them.
- Barbara Amiel
(Keywords: Society, Vision, Cure, Ideology, Solution, Will, Wrongs)

Society lives by faith, and develops by science.
- Henri Frederic Amiel
(Keywords: Science, Society, Faith)

The idea of the peace movement and of people who spent their entire lives trying to have a more egalitarian, just society, suddenly became swamped by the record industry, by the new rock and roll culture, and by the idea of not trusting anyone over thirty.
- David Amram
(Keywords: Peace, Society, People, Idea, Culture, Trying)

But now, more and more, its society is concerned with economy and finance.
- Tadao Ando
(Keywords: Finance, Society, Economy, Now)

Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.
- Kofi Annan
(Keywords: Education, Family, Power, Society, Knowledge, Progress, Information)

There is no development strategy more beneficial to society as a whole - women and men alike - than the one which involves women as central players.
- Kofi Annan
(Keywords: Men, Society, Women, Strategy, Development)

Business, labor and civil society organizations have skills and resources that are vital in helping to build a more robust global community.
- Kofi Annan
(Keywords: Society, Business, Community, Labor)

The self is an oral society in which the present is constantly running a dialogue with the past and the future inside of one skin.
- David Antin
(Keywords: Society, Future, Past, Present, Running, Self, Skin)

There is probably no oral society that fails to mark the spatial distinction of left and right, peculiar as this distinction may be.
- David Antin
(Keywords: Society, May, Right)

I don't want what I am saying to sound like a prophecy or anything like an analysis of modern society... these are only feelings I have, and I am the least speculative man on earth.
- Michelangelo Antonioni
(Keywords: Society, Feelings, Earth, Man, Prophecy, Saying, Sound, Want)

Adolescence is society's permission slip for combining physical maturity with psychological irresponsibility.
- Terri Apter
(Keywords: Society, Adolescence, Maturity)

Every fundamentalist movement I've studied in Judaism, Christianity and Islam is convinced at some gut, visceral level that secular liberal society wants to wipe out religion.
- Karen Armstrong
(Keywords: Religion, Society, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Liberal)

In much of society, research means to investigate something you do not know or understand.
- Neil Armstrong
(Keywords: Society, Research)

At one of the annual conventions of the American Society for Aesthetics much confusion arose when the Society for Anesthetics met at the same time in the same hotel.
- Rudolf Arnheim
(Keywords: Society, Time, Aesthetics, American, Confusion)

Our society distributes itself into Barbarians, Philistines and Populace; and America is just ourselves with the Barbarians quite left out, and the Populace nearly.
- Matthew Arnold
(Keywords: Society, America)

The greatest failure is that although we have created institutions, we have not created a civil society.
- Paddy Ashdown
(Keywords: Society, Failure)

When I read about the way in which library funds are being cut and cut, I can only think that American society has found one more way to destroy itself.
- Isaac Asimov
(Keywords: Society, American, Being)

The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
- Isaac Asimov
(Keywords: Life, Science, Society, Wisdom, Knowledge, Right)

It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be.
- Isaac Asimov
(Keywords: Society, Change, Decision, Today, Will, World)

I don't know who will lead us through the '90s, but they must be made to speak to this spiritual vacuum at the heart of American society, this tumor of the soul.
- Lee Atwater
(Keywords: Society, Soul, Heart, American, Spiritual, Will)

Popular art is the dream of society; it does not examine itself.
- Margaret Atwood
(Keywords: Art, Dream, Society, Popular)

The class distinctions proper to a democratic society are not those of rank or money, still less, as is apt to happen when these are abandoned, of race, but of age.
- W. H. Auden
(Keywords: Age, Society, Money, Class, Race, Rank)



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