Society demands conformity at the expense of individual liberty. Let us be for once a non conformist to be fully alive.
It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed.
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.
Don't you get tired of seeing so many "non-conformists" with the same non-conformist look?
The individual has always to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe.
The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it is conformity.
The average man is a conformist, accepting miseries and disasters with the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain.
It's the non-conformist who gives color to history.
Society honors its living conformists and its dead troublemakers.
True individualists tend to be quite unobservant; it is the snob, the would be sophisticate, the frightened conformist, who keeps a fascinated or worried eye on what is in the wind.
A free society cherishes nonconformity.
It knows from the non-conformist, from the eccentric,
have come many of the great ideas.
If children were brought up to become non-conformists it would only ruin their lives. So parents all over China who loved their children told them to do as Chairman Mao said. It was not possible to tell them anything else.
Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.
Anti-social behavior is a trait of intelligence in a world full of conformists.
You rarely find a nonconformist who goes it alone.
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.
No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking.
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.
A "Normal" person is the sort of person that might be designed by a committee. You know, "Each person puts in a pretty color and it comes out gray."
People would rather be wrong than be different.
The opposite of bravery is not cowardice but conformity.
The ideal American type is perfectly expressed by the Protestant, individualist, anti-conformist, and this is the type that is in the process of disappearing. In reality there are few left.
Someone can always do your job a little better or faster or cheaper than you can.
All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions. All change is the result of a change in the contemporary state of mind.
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