In my heart I'm independent, a bit of a rebel, a nonconformist.
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.
All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions. All change is the result of a change in the contemporary state of mind.
New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common.
The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.
You rarely find a nonconformist who goes it alone.
It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed.
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.
No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
The opposite of bravery is not cowardice but conformity.
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.
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
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.
Nonconformists travel as a rule in bunches. You rarely find a nonconformist who goes it alone. And woe to him inside a nonconformist clique who does not conform with nonconformity.
Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist.
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.
Why do you have to be a nonconformist like everybody else?
People would rather be wrong than be different.
A man must consider what a rich realm he abdicates when he becomes a conformist.
the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.
The average man is a conformist, accepting miseries and disasters with the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain.
Whoso would be a man, must be a nonconformist. He who would gather immortal palms must not be hindered by the name of goodness, but must explore it if it be goodness. Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. Absolve you to yourself, and you shall have the suffrage of the world.
Do not follow where the path may lead.
Comedy is the last refuge of the non-comformist mind.
Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking.
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