The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.
He who joyfully marches to music 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.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
Take the tone of the company you are in.
It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed.
It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.
If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.
When we create something, we always create it first in a thought form. If we are basically positive in attitude, expecting and envisioning pleasure, satisfaction and happiness, we will attract and create people, situations, and events which conform to our positive expectations.
It is our nature to conform; it is a force which not many can successfully resist. What is its seat? The inborn requirement of self-approval.
I'm not going to conform to some consumer need.
Infancy conforms to nobody: all conform to it, so that one babe commonly makes four or five out of the adults who prattle and play to it.
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.
If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
As to conforming outwardly and living your own life inwardly, I do not think much of that.
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.
New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common.
The reward for conformity is that everyone likes you but yourself.
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.
Do not follow where the path may lead.
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.
Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking.
Be neither a conformist or a rebel, for they are really the same thing. Find your own path, and stay on it.
For all have not the gift of martyrdom.
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