The idea that men are created free and equal is both true and misleading: men are created different; they lose their social freedom and their individual autonomy in seeking to become like each other.
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to pause and reflect.
If there is anything the nonconformist hates worse than a conformist, it's another nonconformist who doesn't conform to the prevailing standard of nonconformity.
The opposite of bravery is not cowardice but conformity.
Conform and be dull.
Nonconformists travel as a rule in bunches. You rarely find a nonconformist who goes it alone. And woe to him inside a nonconformist clique who does not conform with nonconformity.
A heretic is a man who sees with his own eyes.
To do exactly as your neighbors do is the only sensible rule.
You don't get harmony when everybody sings the same note.
For all have not the gift of martyrdom.
As to conforming outwardly, and living your own life inwardly, I have not a very high opinion of that course.
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?
The fastest way to succeed is to look as if you're playing by somebody else's rules, while quietly playing by your own.
The dissenter is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself.
Has there ever been a society which has died of dissent? Several have died of conformity in our lifetime.
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.
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.
Singularity in the right hath ruined many; happy those who are convinced of the general opinion.
I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America.
The mark of our time is its revulsion against imposed patterns.
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