Conformity Quotes

Never forget that only dead fish swims with the stream.

To get nowhere, follow the crowd.

In any free society, the conflict between social conformity and individual liberty is permanent, unresolvable, and necessary.

To rebel in season is not to rebel.

It saves trouble to be conventional, for you’re not always explaining things.

I am a believer and a conformist. Anyone can revolt; it is more difficult silently to obey our own interior promptings, and to spend our lives finding sincere and fitting means of expression for our temperaments and our gifts – if we have any.

I fear uniformity. You cannot manufacture great man any more than you can manufacture gold.

One should respect public opinion in so far as is necessary to avoid starvation and to keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny.

Call it oddity, eccentricity, humor or what you please, it is evident that the special flavor of mind or manner, which independently of fortune, station, or profession, sets a man apart from his fellows, and which gives the charm of picturesqueness to society is fast disappearing from amongst us. A man may count the odd […]

While I am not in favour of maladjustment, I view this cultivation of neutrality, this breeding of mental neuters, this hostility to eccentricity and controversy with grave misgiving. One looks back with dismay at the possibility of a Shakespeare perfectly adjusted to bourgeois life in Stratford, a Wesley contentedly administering a country parish, George Washington […]