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.
Take the tone of the company you are in.
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.
It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.
It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed.
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.
New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common.
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.
Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
As to conforming outwardly and living your own life inwardly, I do not think much of that.
If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking.
The reward for conformity is that everyone likes you but yourself.
A consistent thinker is a thoughtless person, because he conforms to a pattern; he repeats phrases and thinks in a groove.
This, and this alone, is Christianity, a universal holiness in every part of life, a heavenly wisdom in all our actions, not conforming to the spirit and temper of the world but turning all worldly enjoyments into means of piety and devotion to God.
No enactment of man can be considered law unless it conforms to the law of God
I would sum up my fear about the future in one word: boring. And that's my one fear: that everything has happened; nothing exciting or new or interesting is ever going to happen again... the future is just going to be a vast, conforming suburb of the soul.
If what the heart approves conforms to proper patterns, then even if one's desires are many, what harm would they be to good order?
An artist's failures are as valuable as his successes: by misjudging one thing he conforms something else, even if at the time he does not know what that something else is.
Our desire to conform is greater than our respect for objective facts.
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