Quotes About Conformity

Conformity is the process by which an individual's beliefs, attitudes and behaviors are conditioned in correspondence with socially accepted standards, conventions, rules, or laws. Below is a compilation of famous quotes and sayings relating to conformity. Do you have a favorite quote or quotes about conformity that you think others would enjoy? Let us know.

Conformity is that jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.  ~ John F. Kennedy

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do not follow where the path may lead.  Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

At least once in your lifetime take a risk for a principle you believe in, even if it brings you up against your bosses.  ~ Daniel Schorr

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 Jr.

On matters of style, swim with the current, on matters of principle, stand like a rock.  ~ Thomas Jefferson

I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.  ~ Rita Mae Brown

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it - even if I have said it - unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.  ~ Buddha

Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities.  The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary.  ~ Albert Einstein

We are all born originals - why is it so many of us die copies?  ~ Edward Young

If everyone is thinking alike, then no one is thinking.  ~ Benjamin Franklin

Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model.  ~ Vincent Van Gogh

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.  ~ Herman Melville

Fashion is what you adopt when you don't know who you are.  ~ Quentin Crisp

Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt.  ~ Clarence Darrow

If critics say your work stinks it's because they want it to stink and they can make it stink by scaring you into conformity with their comfortable little standards. Standards so low that they can no longer be considered "dangerous" but set in place in their compartmental understandings.  ~ Jack Kerouac

You have enemies?  Good.  That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.  ~ Winston Churchill

The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.  ~ John Kenneth Galbraith

Why do you have to be a non-conformist like everybody else?  ~ Stan Hunt

Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road.  ~ Voltaire

To be one's self, and unafraid whether right or wrong, is more admirable than the easy cowardice of surrender to conformity.  ~ Irving Wallace

He who lives among dogs must learn to pant.  ~ Fred Hoyle

Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.  ~ Albert Camus

In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.  ~ Bertrand Russell

The average man is a conformist, accepting miseries and disasters with the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain.  ~ Colin Wilson

The young always have the same problem - how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another.  ~ Quentin Crisp

I'm not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I've always been a freak. So I've been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know. I'm one of those people.  ~ John Lennon

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.  ~ Mark Twain

If everyone is thinking alike then somebody isn't thinking.  ~ George S. Patton

If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.  ~ Anatole France

Custom will reconcile people to any atrocity; and fashion will drive them to acquire any custom.  ~ George Bernard Shaw

Not all those who wander are lost.  ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

As to conforming outwardly and living your own life inwardly, I do not think much of that.  ~ Henry David Thoreau

Where all men think alike, no one thinks very much.  ~ Walter Lippmann

I force myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own taste.  ~ Marcel Duchamp

Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.  ~ Henry David Thoreau

One dog barks at something, and a hundred bark at the bark.  ~ Chinese proverb

The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them.  ~ George Bernard Shaw

You don't get harmony when everybody sings the same note.  ~ Doug Floyd

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.  ~ Dr. Seuss

We cannot improve the world if we are conformed to the world.  ~ Neal A. Maxwell

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.  ~ Bill Vaughan

Labels are for filing.  Labels are for clothing.  Labels are not for people.  ~ Martina Navratilova

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.  ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

If you don't control your mind, someone else will.  ~ John Allston

Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.  ~ Alexander Hamilton

The hottest place in hell is reserved for those remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.  ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

We are half ruined by conformity; but we should be wholly ruined without it.  ~ Charles Dudley Warner

When I was four years old they tried to test my IQ, they showed me this picture of three oranges and a pear. They asked me which one is different and does not belong, they taught me different was wrong.  ~ Ani Difranco

A man must consider what a rich realm he abdicates when he becomes a conformist.  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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