115+ Best Conformity Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Famous Conformity Quotes

Communism is the death of the soul. It is the organization of total conformity – in short, of tyranny – and it is committed to making tyranny universal. — Adlai E. Stevenson

How I hate those who are dedicated to producing conformity. — William S. Burroughs

No man on earth is truly free, All are slaves of money or necessity. Public opinion or fear of prosecution forces each one, against his conscience, to conform. — Euripides

Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members. The virtue in most request is conformity. Self-reliance is its aversion. It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

As an artist, it is central to be unsatisfied. — Lawrence Calcagno

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

Whenever I’m asked to identify my best work, or my favorite, my answer has always been the same – ‘My next one!’ — Ken Danby

I merely observe that all living things are manipulated. As long as there is a will, it is bent and twisted constantly. Only the dead are allowed the luxury of freedom, and then only because they want nothing, and therefore can’t be thwarted. — Orson Scott Card

The marvelous rebellion of man at all signs reading Keep Off. — Carl Sandburg

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. — Henry David Thoreau

Once conform, once do what other people do because they do it, and a lethargy steals over all the finer nerves and faculties of the soul. She becomes all outer show and inward emptiness; dull, callous, and indifferent. — Virginia Woolf

People are always talking about originality, but what do they mean? As soon as we are born, the world begins to work upon us, and this goes on to the end. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

The attractive idea that we can now have a parliament of man with authority to control the conduct of nations by legislation or an international police force with power to enforce national conformity to rules of right conduct is a counsel of perfection. — Elihu Root

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

All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions. All change is the result of a change in the contemporary state of mind. — Adlai E. Stevenson

However great his outward conformity, the immigrant is not Americanized unless his interests and affections have become deeply rooted here. And we properly demand of the immigrant even more than this. He must be brought into complete harmony with our ideals and aspirations and cooperate with us for their attainment. — Louis D. Brandeis

The Good of man is the active exercise of his soul’s faculties in conformity with excellence or virtue, or if there be several human excellences or virtues, in conformity with the best and most perfect among them. — Aristotle

Our expenses are all for conformity. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

What sometimes goes on in all sorts of Christian institutions is not formation of people in the character of Christ; it’s teaching of outward conformity. You don’t get in trouble for not having the character of Christ, but you do if you don’t obey the laws. — Dallas Willard

In America, through pressure of conformity, there is freedom of choice, but nothing to choose from. — Peter Ustinov

The aim of every authentic artist is not to conform to the history of art, but to release himself from it in order to replace it with his own history. — Harold Rosenberg

We do not quite say that the new is more valuable because it fits in; but its fitting in is a test of its value – a test, it is true, which can only be slowly and cautiously applied, for we are none of us infallible judges of conformity. — T. S. Eliot

Pop music allows you to be who you are without having to wear a social uniform or to conform, which some people find impossible to do. — Siobhan Fahey

Morality is a test of our conformity rather than our integrity. — Jane Rule

To seek understanding before taking action, yet to trust my instincts when action is called for. Never to avoid danger from fear, never to seek out danger for its own sake. Never to conform to fashion from fear of eccentricity, never to be eccentric from fear of conformity. — Steven Brust

If they give you ruled paper, write the other way. — Juan Ramon Jimenez

Conformity is inevitable when folks huddle together in rebellion. — Herbert Gold

To be a genuine individualist requires a great deal of strength and courage. It is never easy to chart new territory, to cross new frontiers, or to introduce subtle shadings to an established color. — Toller Cranston

When I conform to truth, I do not conform to an abstract principle; I conform to the nature of God. — Kenneth Lee Pike

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

Some people wish above all to conform to the rules, I wish only to render what I can hear. — Claude Debussy

The human race is a herd. Here we are, unique, eternal aspects of consciousness with an infinity of potential, and we have allowed ourselves to become an unthinking, unquestioning blob of conformity and uniformity. A herd. Once we concede to the herd mentality, we can be controlled and directed by a tiny few. And we are. — David Icke

Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of man will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice without constraint. — Alexander Hamilton

The great majority of men grow up and grow old in seeming and following. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be wise among the wise, but pretend to be dull among fools. — Thiruvalluvar

The characteristic human trait is not awareness but conformity, and the characteristic result is religious warfare. Other animals fight for territory or food; but, uniquely in the animal kingdom, human beings fight for their ‘beliefs.’ The reason is that beliefs guide behavior, which has evolutionary importance among human beings. But at a time when our behavior may well lead us to extinction, I see no reason to assume we have any awareness at all. We are stubborn, self-destructive conformists. Any other view of our species is just a self-congratulatory delusion. — Michael Crichton

The opposite for courage is not cowardice, it is conformity. Even a dead fish can go with the flow. — Jim Hightower

For all have not the gift of martyrdom. — John Dryden

Man is a gregarious animal, and much more so in his mind than in his body. He may like to go alone for a walk, but he hates to stand alone in his opinions. — George Santayana

One lesson we learn early, that in spite of seeming difference, men are all of one pattern. We readily assume this with our mates, and are disappointed and angry if we find that we are premature, and that their watches are slower than ours. In fact, the only sin which we never forgive in each other is difference of opinion. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Conformity is the ape of harmony. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

I then endeavoured to show that it is more especially in the thorough conformity with law which natural phenomena and natural products exhibit, and in the comparative ease with which laws can be stated, that this difference exists. — Hermann von Helmholtz

One must never forbid oneself anything. One must also be able to go back, one must always be able to change. — Hans Hartung

You can look different but have the same values. That’s not diversity; it’s conformity. — Tucker Carlson

Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the danger of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of ‘crackpot’ than the stigma of conformity. — Thomas J. Watson

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

So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality, nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit. — Christopher McCandless

Conformity, humility, acceptance with these coins we are to pay our fares to paradise. — Robert M. Lindner

Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion. — Jack Kerouac

A big element of what they regard as conformity is simply a desire to have an audience. — Karel Reisz

Those who matter don’t mind, and those who mind don’t matter. — Bernard Baruch

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

Human beings never think for themselves. For the most part, members of our species simply repeat what they are told – and become upset if they are exposed to any different view. The characteristic human trait is not awareness but conformity. We are stubborn, self-destructive conformists. Any other view of our species is just a self-congratulatory delusion. — Michael Crichton

I cannot make the universe obey me. I cannot make other people conform to my own whims and fancies. I cannot make even my own body obey me. — Thomas Merton

Schools are generally feminine places, institutions where conformity is valued, taught largely by conformist women. — Judith M Bardwick

The good, say the mystics of spirit, is God, a being whose only definition is that he is beyond man’s power to conceive — a definition that invalidates man’s consciousness and nullifies his concepts of existence. The good, say the mystics of muscle, is Society — a thing which they define as an organism that possesses no physical form, a super-being embodied in no one in particular and everyone in general except yourself…. The purpose of man’s life, say both, is to become an abject zombie who serves a purpose he does not know, for reasons he is not to question. — Ayn Rand

There is a very well-defined procedure that allows the Vatican to raise issues with a particular theologian about something that does not appear in conformity with the Catholic faith. It is not always easy to make this determination. — Godfried Danneels

True consistency, that of the prudent and the wise, is to act in conformity with circumstances and not to act always the same way under a change of circumstances. — John C. Calhoun

We are citizens of an age, as well as of a State; and if it is held to be unseemly, or even inadmissible, for a man to cut himself off from the customs and manners of the circle in which he lives, why should it be less of a duty, in the choice of his activity, to submit his decision to the needs and the taste of his century? — Friedrich Schiller

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

Has there ever been a society which has died of dissent? Several have died of conformity in our lifetime. — Jacob Bronowski

We cannot expect that all nations will adopt like systems, for conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth. — John F. Kennedy

Becoming is superior to being. — Paul Klee

The reward for conformity is that everyone likes you but yourself. — Rita Mae Brown

Men cannot make Scripture conform to their lifestyle; they must make their lifestyle conform to Scripture. — Edwin Louis Cole

Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new. — Henry David Thoreau

Although images of perfection in people’s personal lives can cause unhappiness, images of perfect societies – utopian images – can cause monstrous evil. In fact, forcefully changing society to conform to societal images was the greatest cause of evil in the twentieth century. — Dennis Prager

The virtue in most request is conformity. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

The credit which the apparent conformity with recognized scientific standards can gain for seemingly simple but false theories may, as the present instance shows, have grave consequences. — Friedrich August von Hayek

When some folks agree with my opinions I begin to suspect I’m wrong. — Kin Hubbard

Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the danger of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of crackpot than the stigma of conformity. — Thomas J. Watson

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

I am not in this world to live up to other people’s expectations, nor do I feel that the world must live up to mine. — Frederick Salomon Perls

The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it is conformity. — Rollo May

It’s both rebellion and conformity that attack you with success. — Amy Tan

When I am told I am too old to do something, I try to do it right away. — Pablo Picasso

With the pride of the artist, you must blow against the walls of every power that exists the small trumpet of your defiance. — Norman Mailer

If I should say anything that is not in conformity with what is held by the Holy Roman Catholic Church, it will be through ignorance and not through malice. This may be taken as certain, and also that, through God’s goodness, I am, and shall always be, as I always have been, subject to her. — Saint Teresa of Avila

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

Orthodoxy: That peculiar condition where the patient can neither eliminate an old idea nor absorb a new one. — Elbert Hubbard

Most people are more comfortable with old problems than with new solutions. — Charles H. Brower

Rebel children, I urge you, fight the turgid slick of conformity with which they seek to smother your glory. — Russell Brand

Conformity—the natural instinct to passively yield to that vague something recognized as authority. — Mark Twain

To be ones self and unafraid whether right or wrong is more admirable than the easy cowardice of surrender to conformity. — Irving Wallace

The plague of mankind is the fear and rejection of diversity: monotheism, monarchy, monogamy and, in our age, monomedicine. The belief that there is only one right way to live, only one right way to regulate religious, political, sexual, medical affairs is the root cause of the greatest threat to man: members of his own species, bent on ensuring his salvation, security, and sanity. — Thomas Szasz

It’s no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society. — Jiddu Krishnamurti

I think a lot of people have lost respect for the individual, you know, the individual, the person who doesn’t conform. — Erykah Badu

The supreme lesson of any education should be to think for yourself and to be yourself; absent this attainment, education creates dangerous, stupefying conformity. — Bryant H. McGill

All my work keeps going like a pendulum; it seems to swing back to something I was involved with earlier, or it moves between horizontality and verticality, circularlity, or a composite of them. For me, I suppose, that change is the only constant. — Lee Krasner

Religions have always stressed that compassion is not only central to religious life, it is the key to enlightenment and it the true test of spirituality. But there have always have been those who’d rather put easier goals, like doctrine conformity, in place. — Karen Armstrong

Not that I wish by any means to deny, that the mental life of individuals and peoples is also in conformity with law, as is the object of philosophical, philological, historical, moral, and social sciences to establish. — Hermann von Helmholtz

My manner of thinking, so you say, cannot be approved. Do you suppose I care? A poor fool indeed is he who adopts a manner of thinking to suit other people! My manner of thinking stems straight from my considered reflections; it holds with my existence, with the way I am made. It is not in my power to alter it; and were it, I’d not do so. — Marquis de Sade

Reality does not conform to the ideal, but confirms it. — Gustave Flaubert

If religion were true, its followers would not try to bludgeon their young into an artificial conformity; but would merely insist on their unbending quest for truth, irrespective of artificial backgrounds or practical consequences. — H. P. Lovecraft

Abnormal, adj. Not conforming to standard. In matters of thought and conduct, to be independent is to be abnormal, to be abnormal is to be detested. — Ambrose Bierce

I think this is one of the major challenges that we face in the U.S. The major incidents in the U.S. have not conformed to our stereotype of an established terror organization attacking a major iconic landmark. — Bruce Hoffman

The so-called modern education, with all its defects, however, does others so much more good than it does the Negro, because it has been worked out in conformity to the needs of those who have enslaved and oppressed weaker peoples. — Carter G. Woodson

From now on, I’ll connect the dots my own way. — Bill Watterson

I was seen in earlier years by family members and people of authority as somebody wasting his time. I had trouble with the restrictions of conformity. It made me edgy. — Robert Redford

While to the claims of charity a man may yield and yet be free, to the claims of conformity no man may yield and remain free at all. — Oscar Wilde

When you’re just like everybody else, you’ve nothing to offer other than your conformity. — Wayne Dyer

That man is a creature who needs order yet yearns for change is the creative contradiction at the heart of the laws which structure his conformity and define his deviancy. — Freda Adler

Success, recognition, and conformity are the bywords of the modern world where everyone seems to crave the anesthetizing security of being identified with the majority. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

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 Watson, Jr.

Or about how when you’re a child, to stop you from following the crowd you’re assaulted with the line If everyone jumped off a bridge, would you? but when you’re an adult and to be different is suddenly a crime, people seem to be saying, Hey. Everyone else is jumping off a bridge. Why aren’t you? — Steve Toltz

One must do no violence to nature, nor model it in conformity to any blindly formed chimera. — Janos Bolyai

Nor does the idea of a moral order asserting itself against attack or want of conformity answer in full to our feelings regarding the tragic character. — Andrew Coyle Bradley

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

The race of man, while sheep in credulity, are wolves for conformity. — Carl Clinton Van Doren

It is not the end of the physical body that should worry us. Rather, our concern must be to live while we’re alive – to release our inner selves from the spiritual death that comes with living behind a facade designed to conform to external definitions of who and what we are. — Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

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. — Christopher Morley

Great fear, conformity, immorality: these are heavy burdens. They drain us of creative energy. And when we are drained of creative energy, we do not create. We procreate, but we do not create. — David McCallum

Love allows your beloved the freedom to be unlike you. Attachment asks for conformity to your needs and desires. Love imposes no demands. Attachment expresses an overwhelming demand – Make me feel whole. Love expands beyond the limits of two people. Attachment tries to exclude everything but two people. — Deepak Chopra