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Quotes About Conformity

Conformity is the process by which an individual's beliefs, attitudes and behaviors are conditioned in correspondence with socially accepted standards, conventions, rules, or laws. Below is a compilation of famous quotes and sayings relating to conformity. Do you have a favorite quote or quotes about conformity that you think others would enjoy? Let us know.


Conformity is that jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.  ~ John F. Kennedy


To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


Do not follow where the path may lead.  Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


At least once in your lifetime take a risk for a principle you believe in, even if it brings you up against your bosses.  ~ Daniel Schorr


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.  ~ Thomas J. Watson Jr.


On matters of style, swim with the current, on matters of principle, stand like a rock.  ~ Thomas Jefferson


I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.  ~ Rita Mae Brown


Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it - even if I have said it - unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.  ~ Buddha


Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities.  The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary.  ~ Albert Einstein


We are all born originals - why is it so many of us die copies?  ~ Edward Young


If everyone is thinking alike, then no one is thinking.  ~ Benjamin Franklin


Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model.  ~ Vincent Van Gogh


It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.  ~ Herman Melville


Fashion is what you adopt when you don't know who you are.  ~ Quentin Crisp


Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt.  ~ Clarence Darrow


If critics say your work stinks it's because they want it to stink and they can make it stink by scaring you into conformity with their comfortable little standards. Standards so low that they can no longer be considered "dangerous" but set in place in their compartmental understandings.  ~ Jack Kerouac


You have enemies?  Good.  That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.  ~ Winston Churchill


The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.  ~ John Kenneth Galbraith


Why do you have to be a non-conformist like everybody else?  ~ Stan Hunt


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.  ~ Voltaire


To be one's self, and unafraid whether right or wrong, is more admirable than the easy cowardice of surrender to conformity.  ~ Irving Wallace


He who lives among dogs must learn to pant.  ~ Fred Hoyle


Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.  ~ Albert Camus


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.  ~ Bertrand Russell


The average man is a conformist, accepting miseries and disasters with the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain.  ~ Colin Wilson


The young always have the same problem - how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another.  ~ Quentin Crisp


I'm not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I've always been a freak. So I've been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know. I'm one of those people.  ~ John Lennon


Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.  ~ Mark Twain


If everyone is thinking alike then somebody isn't thinking.  ~ George S. Patton


If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.  ~ Anatole France


Custom will reconcile people to any atrocity; and fashion will drive them to acquire any custom.  ~ George Bernard Shaw


Not all those who wander are lost.  ~ J.R.R. Tolkien


As to conforming outwardly and living your own life inwardly, I do not think much of that.  ~ Henry David Thoreau


Where all men think alike, no one thinks very much.  ~ Walter Lippmann


I force myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own taste.  ~ Marcel Duchamp


Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.  ~ Henry David Thoreau


One dog barks at something, and a hundred bark at the bark.  ~ Chinese proverb


The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them.  ~ George Bernard Shaw


You don't get harmony when everybody sings the same note.  ~ Doug Floyd


Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.  ~ Dr. Seuss


We cannot improve the world if we are conformed to the world.  ~ Neal A. Maxwell


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.  ~ Bill Vaughan


Labels are for filing.  Labels are for clothing.  Labels are not for people.  ~ Martina Navratilova


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.  ~ Friedrich Nietzsche


If you don't control your mind, someone else will.  ~ John Allston


Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.  ~ Alexander Hamilton


The hottest place in hell is reserved for those remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.  ~ Martin Luther King Jr.


We are half ruined by conformity; but we should be wholly ruined without it.  ~ Charles Dudley Warner


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.  ~ Ani Difranco


A man must consider what a rich realm he abdicates when he becomes a conformist.  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


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