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Society Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Society

Please enjoy these Society Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

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

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Society is based on the assumption that everyone is
alike and no one is alive.
- Hugh Kingsmill

Women with money and women in power are two uncomfortable ideas in our society.
- Candace Bushnell

How can a society that exists on instant mashed potatoes,
packaged cake mixes, frozen dinners,
and instant cameras teach patience to its young?
- Paul Sweeney

 

I am as frustrated with society as a pyromaniac in a petrified forest.
- A. Whitney Brown

To give aid to every poor man is far beyond the reach and power of every man.
Care of the poor is incumbent on society as a whole.
- Charles Edwards

Society has always seemed to demand a little more from
human beings than it will get in practice.
- George Orwell

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Society is one vast conspiracy for carving one into
the kind of statue likes,
and then placing it in the most convenient niche it has.
- Randolph Bourne

An armed society is a polite society.
Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.
- Robert A. Heinlein

In our society leaving baby with Daddy is just one
step above leaving the kids to be raised by wolves or apes.
- Al Roker

Our society is not a community, but merely a collection
of isolated family units.
- Valerie Solanas

The first principle of a free society is an untrammeled
flow of words in an open forum.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

The key to organizing an alternative society is to
organize people around what they can do,
and more importantly, what they want to do.
- Abbie Hoffman

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift
and the rational mind is a faithful servant.
We have created a society that honors the servant
and has forgotten the gift.
- Albert Einstein

The enemy of society is middle class and the enemy of life is middle age.
- Orson Welles

We must stop thinking of the individual and start thinking
about what is best for society.
- Hillary Clinton

There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul
than the way in which it treats its children.
- Nelson Mandela

No society can surely be flourishing and happy,
of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable.
- Adam Smith

Society honors its living conformists and its dead troublemakers.
- Mignon McLaughlin

The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose.
- James A. Baldwin

Normal social behavior requires that we be able to
recognize identities in spite of change.
Unless we can do so, there can be no human society as we know it.
- Kenneth L. Pike

Society is the union of men and not the men themselves.
- Charles de Secondat

A free society is one where it is safe to be unpopular.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

The function of the press in society is to inform,
but its role in society is to make money.
- A. J. Liebling

Neither the life of an individual nor the history of
a society can be understood without understanding both.
- C. Wright Mills

Marriage cannot be severed from its cultural,
religious and natural roots without weakening the good influence of society.
- Jack Kingston

Some people strengthen the society just by being the kind of people they are.
- John W. Gardner

The wise person often shuns society for fear of being bored.
- Jean de la Bruyere

A pure democracy is a society consisting of a small number of citizens,
who assemble and administer the government in person.
- James Madison

It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
- Jiddu Krishnamurti

What can you say about a society that says that God
is dead and Elvis is alive?
- Irv Kupcinet

It is good for society to have this introspection.
- Jacques Verges

Exclusiveness in a garden is a mistake as great as it is in society.
- Alfred Austin

I think this society suffers so much from too much freedom,
too many rights that allow people to be irresponsible.
- Boyd Rice

You can find your way across this country using burger
joints the way a navigator uses stars.
- Charles Kuralt

The world is governed more by appearance than realities
so that it is fully as necessary to seem to know something as to know it.
- Daniel Webster

Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse
that progress requires them are not really progress at all,
but just terrible things.
- Russell Baker

The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom,
power without conscience.
Our is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants.
- Omar N. Bradley

Today the world changes so quickly that in growing
up we take leave not just of youth but of the world we were young in.
- Peter Medawar

People who work together will win,
whether it be against complex football defenses,
or the problems of modern society.
- Vince Lombardi

In Iroquois society, leaders are encouraged to
remember seven generations in the past and
consider seven generations in the future
when making decisions that affect the people.
- Wilma Mankiller

You can't make up anything anymore.
The world itself is a satire.
All you're doing is recording it.
- Art Buchwald

The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win,
you're still a rat.
- Lily Tomlin

Cockroaches and socialites are the only things that
can stay up all night and eat anything.
- Herb Caen

Our individual lives cannot, generally,
be works of art unless the social order is also.
- Charles Horton Cooley

People are going to behave however the social norms permit,
and beyond that.
- Max Cannon

Society is always taken by surprise
at any new example of common sense.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is not a fragrant world.
- Raymond Chandler

One of the definitions of sanity is the ability to tell real from unreal.
Soon we'll need a new definition.
- Alvin Toffler

The danger of the past was that men became slaves.
The danger of the future is that man may become robots.
- Erich Fromm

Because we believe that our ethnic group,
our society, our political party, our God,
is better than your God, we kill each other.
- Neale Donald Walsch

The human race's prospects of survival were considerably
better when we were defenceless against tigers than
they are today when we have become defenceless against ourselves.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

Most of the change we think we see in life is due to
truths being in and out of favor.
- Robert Frost

Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees,
then names the streets after them.
- Bill Vaughan

I had three chairs in my house;
one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.
- Henry David Thoreau

Society is a masked ball,
where every one hides his real character,
and reveals it by hiding.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Truth is certainly a branch of morality
and a very important one to society.
- Thomas Jefferson

Civilization is unbearable, but it is less unbearable at the top.
- Timothy Leary

The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as
a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy
because it is an exalted activity will have neither
good plumbing nor good philosophy:
neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.
- John W. Gardner

It seems a long time since the morning mail could be called correspondence.
- Jacques Barzun

Think what a better world it would be if we all,
the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o'clock
every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap.
- Barbara Jordan

Clothes make the man.
Naked people have little or no influence on society.
- Mark Twain

Perhaps in time the so-called Dark Ages will be thought of as including our own.
- Georg C. Lichtenberg

Society censors our actions,
but our dreams reveal our true character.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In every society some men are born to rule,
and some to advise.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The heart is always right -
if there's a question of choosing between the mind and the heart -
because mind is a creation of the society.
It has been educated.
You have been given it by the society, not by existence.
The heart is unpolluted.
- Osho

We have a system that increasingly taxes work and subsidizes nonwork.
- Milton Friedman

In these times you have to be an optimist to open your
eyes when you awake in the morning.
- Carl Sandburg

Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak,
men mistook magic for medicine; now,
when science is strong and religion weak,
men mistake medicine for magic.
- Thomas Szasz

In my afternoon walk I would fain forget
all my morning occupations and my obligations to society.
- Henry David Thoreau

Good-looking individuals are treated better than homely
ones in virtually every social situation,
from dating to trial by jury.
- Martha Beck


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