Best 436 of Conformity quotes - MyQuotes
Rebel or don't rebel: whatever you wish.
J. Paul Getty
It shouldn't be very difficult for anyone to resist the temptation to force himself into the pattern of the structured man. One needs only to remember that a groove may be safe--but that, as one wears away at it, the groove becomes first a rut and finally a grave.
Walter Darby Bannard
The struggle to be original hates conformity, but the struggle to be better disregards it, or takes advantage of it to build workable conventions.
I must say to myself that I ruined myself, and that nobody great or small can be ruined except by his own hand. I am quite ready to say so. ... Terrible as was what the world did to me, what I did to myself was far more terrible still.
God elevates nations that behave in conformity with God's standards but he withdraws his blessings from a people who disregard those standards.
We ought, so far as it lies within our power, to aspire to immortality, and do all that we can to live in conformity with the highest that is within us; for even if it is small in quantity, in power and preciousness, it far excels all the rest.
Pure hearts will be Christlike. It is God’s desire that we be conformed to the image of His Son.
From now on, I'll connect the dots my own way.
It is easy to conform, but it takes great courage to stand up for peace.
Some people’s desire to look like some people is so intense that they seldom look like themselves.
There are so many voices heard today asserting that one should "have religion" or "believe," but all they mean is that one should associate himself, "sign up" with some religious group. Stand up and be counted. As if religion were somehow primarily a matter of gregariousness...
The aim of every authentic artist is not to conform to the history of art, but to release himself from it in order to replace it with his own history.
Don't stay in the harbour and miss the greatness of the sea. Just because everyone else is anchored, doesn't mean you have to be.
At the point where he, today's Ivan Ilyich, began to emerge, all the pleasures that had seemed so real melted away now before his eyes and turned into something trivial and often disgusting. And the further he was from childhood, the nearer he got to the present day, the more trivial and dubious his pleasures appeared. It started with law school. That had retained a little something that was really good: there was fun, there was friendship, there was hope. But in the last years the good times had become more exceptional. Then, at the beginning of his service with the governor, some good times came again: memories of making love to a woman. Then it became all confused, and the good times were not so many. After that there were fewer still; the further he went the fewer there were. Marriage. . .an accident and such a disappointment, and his wife's bad breath, and all that sensuality and hypocrisy! And the deadlines of his working life, and those money worries, going on for a year, two years, ten, twenty - always the same old story. And the longer it went on the deadlier it became. 'It's as if I had been going downhill when I thought I was going uphill. That's how it was. In society's opinion I was heading uphill, but in equal measure life was slipping away from me...And now it's all over. Nothing left but to die!
Group pressure is also a fascinating process to watch. Given enough arguments, time, and stress, even the most resolute and determined man can be made fearful enough to completely reverse his ideals to conform with everyone else.
The race of man, while sheep in credulity, are wolves for conformity.
The job is what you do when you are told what to do. The job is showing up at the factory, following instructions, meeting spec, and being managed. Someone can always do your job a little better or faster or cheaper than you can. The job might be difficult, it might require skill, but it's a job. Your art is what you do when no one can tell you exactly how to do it. Your art is the act of taking personal responsibility, challenging the status quo, and changing people. I call the process of doing your art 'the work.' It's possible to have a job and do the work, too. In fact, that's how you become a linchpin. The job is not the work.
A lot of times nerds are really artists listening to the beat of another drummer.
Being on the side of the majority is often a sign that you are wrong, or the most unlikely to be right.
Henry David Thoreau
It is remarkable how easily and insensibly we fall into a particular route, and make a beaten track for ourselves. I had not lived there a week before my feet wore a path from my door to the pond-side; and though it is five or six years since I trod it, it is still quite distinct. It is true, I fear, that others may have fallen into it, and so helped to keep it open. The surface of the earth is soft and impressible by the feet of men; and so with the paths which the mind travels. How worn and dusty, then, must be the highways of the world, how deep the ruts of tradition and conformity!
Conformity is often more dangerous than war. War destroys the body but confomity destoys the imaginative mind.
By acquiescing in an act that causes such suffering to a living creature, who among us is not diminished?
I am moving deeper into my own brain.
I do not see the point in dressing and acting and speaking in a way that makes you feel more comfortable and me feel less comfortable.
The question I'm most commonly asked is "Why?" A more pertinent question might be, why is it that more people don't attempt to escape the limitations imposed upon them? If Tracks has a message at all, it is that one can be awake to the demand for obedience that seems natural simply because it is familiar. Wherever there is pressure to conform (one person's conformity is often in the interests of another person's power), there is a requirement to resist. Of course I did not mean that people should drop what they were doing and head for the wilder places, certainly not that they should copy what I did. I meant that one can choose adventure in the most ordinary of circumstances. Adventure of the mind, or to use an old-fashioned word, the spirit.
Custom is, to think a handsome thing in private but tame it down in the utterance.
The power of the culture industry's ideology is such that conformity has replaced consciousness
For true liberation, you do not need to fight. You simply have to change your thoughts and drift away from conformity, comfort, security, and certainty of life and embrace and enjoy the possibilities and magnificence of the uncertainty of life.
Holiness is not a series of do’s and don’ts but conformity to the character of God and obedience to the will of God.
Conformity is inevitable when folks huddle together in rebellion.
Many of the boys and men who are regarded as immature by some females are so deemed merely because they do not want to get married someday … or soon.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think.... It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.
When I was younger, not being accepted made me enraged, but now, I am not inclined to dismantle my history. If you banish the dragons, you banish the heroes-and we become attached to the heroic strain in our personal history.
There is kind of a fundamental conformity, which is a virtual requirement to enter into the media.
We are free to live the life we have imagined, not the life imagined for us.
Think about the word mould for a moment. A mould is a device into which one crams and smashes something until it becomes the shape that they desire. Don't spend your life letting other people destroy you while they try and force you into their moulds.
When a village ceases to be a community, it becomes oppressive in its narrow conformity. So one becomes an individual and migrates to the city. There, finding others like-minded, one re-establishes a village community. Nowadays only New Yorkers are yokels.
I propose . . . . The conformity of the proposed Constitution to the true principles of republican government.
Henry David Thoreau
A man may grow rich in Turkey even, if he will be in all respects a good subject of the Turkish government.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The objection to conforming to usages that have become dead to you is that it scatters your force. It loses your time and blurs the impression of your character.
The pseudo-conscience ... demands not obedience to the inner law of our being, but conformity to super-imposed convention.
If you conform, you can never reform.
Great people have one thing in common: they do not conform.
They need a social mechanism to make us require conformity of one other, and the best way to do that is to provide a mechanism to make us punish our own deviants.
I am myself. That is not enough.
(He) committed the cardinal sin in a college atmosphere not only of being different but of being different in a way that left a lot of people with the impression that he thought he was better than they were.
Conformity is a cage that confines our ability to think. It is a cage that hinders growth and deters individualism
Sin is lack of conformity to the moral law of God, either in act, disposition, or state
Traditional American values: Genocide, aggression, conformity, emotional repression, hypocrisy, and the worship of comfort and consumer goods.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
People are so constituted that everybody would rather undertake what they see others do, whether they have an aptitude for it or not.