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.
It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed.
Don't you get tired of seeing so many "non-conformists" with the same non-conformist look?
Society demands conformity at the expense of individual liberty. Let us be for once a non conformist to be fully alive.
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.
There is a level of cowardice lower than that of the conformist: the fashionable non-conformist.
He who would be a man must therefore be a non-conformist.
If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
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.
In the traditional urban novel, there is only survival or not. The suburban idea, the conformist idea, that agony can be seen to and cured by doctors or psychoanalysis or self-knowledge is nowhere to be found in the city. Talking is a way of life, but it is not a cure. Same with religion.
No one can possibly achieve any real and lasting success or 'get rich' in business by being a conformist.
Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.
A free society cherishes nonconformity.
It knows from the non-conformist, from the eccentric,
have come many of the great ideas.
The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it is conformity.
It's the non-conformist who gives color to history.
The British cinema had been very dull and conformist.
My prodigious sin was, and still is, being a non-conformist. Although I am not a Communist I refused to fall in line by hating them.
The average man is a conformist, accepting miseries and disasters with the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain.
You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.
Those who matter don't mind, and those who mind don't matter.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
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.
My prodigious sin was, and still is, being a non-conformist.
Cat people are different, to the extent that they generally are not conformists. How could they be, with a cat running their lives?
I am a believer and a conformist.
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