quote

Quotes About Society

Quotes tagged as "society" (showing 331-360 of 1,541)
Derek Landy
“You are a cynical man, Mr. Pleasant."
"We live in cynical times, Miss Cain.”
Derek Landy, Death Bringer

Eddie Vedder
“Society, you're a crazy breed.”
Eddie Vedder

Michael J. Sandel
“First, individual rights cannot be sacrificed for the sake of the general good, and second, the principles of justice that specify these rights cannot be premised on any particular vision of the good life. What justifies the rights is not that they maximize the general welfare or otherwise promote the good, but rather that they comprise a fair framework within which individuals and groups can choose their own values and ends, consistent with a similar liberty for others.”
Michael J. Sandel, Liberalism and Its Critics

Emma Goldman
“‎Civilization has been a continuous struggle of the individual or of groups of individuals against the State and even against "society," that is, against the majority subdued and hypnotized by the State and State worship.”
Emma Goldman

Frank Zappa
“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible. -Frank Zappa, composer, musician, film director (1940-1993)”
Frank Zappa

John Stuart Mill
“Society can and does execute its own mandates: and if it issues wrong mandates instead of right, or any mandates at all in things with it ought not to meddle, it practices a social tyranny more formidable than many kinds of political oppression, since, though not usually upheld by such extreme penalties, it leaves fewer means of escape, penetrating much more deeply into the details of life, and enslaving the soul itself.”
John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

“Suicide is an attack on society--an attack on its omnipotence, on its denial of death, and on its own despair.”
Robert E. Neale, The Art of Dying

Wallace Stegner
“Civilizations grow by agreements and accomodations and accretions, not by repudiations. The rebels and the revolutionaries are only eddies, they keep the stream from getting stagnant but they get swept down and absorbed, they're a side issue. Quiet desperation is another name for the human condition. If revolutionaries would learn that they can't remodel society by day after tomorrow -- haven't the wisdom to and shouldn't be permitted to -- I'd have more respect for them ... Civilizations grow and change and decline -- they aren't remade.”
Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose

Stefan Molyneux
“I refuse to let the standards of evil people chip away at my capacity for integrity.”
Stefan Molyneux

M.F.K. Fisher
“There are very few men and women, I suspect, who cooked and marketed their way through the past war without losing forever some of the nonchalant extravagance of the Twenties. They will feel, until their final days on earth, a kind of culinary caution: butter, no matter how unlimited, is a precious substance not lightly to be wasted; meats, too, and eggs, and all the far-brought spices of the world, take on a new significance, having once been so rare. And that is good, for there can be no more shameful carelessness than with the food we eat for life itself When we exist without thought or thanksgiving we are not men, but beasts.”
M.F.K. Fisher, The Art of Eating: 50th Anniversary Edition

Edith Wharton
“A frivolous society can acquire dramatic significance only through what its frivolity destroys.”
Edith Wharton

B.F. Skinner
“Society attacks early, when the individual is helpless. It enslaves him almost before he has tasted freedom. The 'ologies' will tell you how its done Theology calls it building a conscience or developing a spirit of selflessness. Psychology calls it the growth of the superego.

Considering how long society has been at it, you'd expect a better job. But the campaigns have been badly planned and the victory has never been secured.”
B.F. Skinner, Walden Two

Dalma Heyn
“[Women's magazines]ignore older women or pretend that they don’t exist; magazines try to avoid photographs of older women, and when they feature celebrities who are over sixty, ‘retouching artists’ conspire to ‘help’ beautiful women look more beautiful, ie less than their age...By now readers have no idea what a real woman’s 60 year old face looks like in print because it’s made to look 45. Worse, 60 year old readers look in the mirror and think they are too old, because they’re comparing themselves to some retouched face smiling back at them from a magazine.”
Dalma Heyn

Naomi Wolf
“Most urgently, women's identity must be premised upon our "beauty" so that we will remain vulnerable to outside approval, carrying the vital sensitive organ of self-esteem exposed to the air.”
Naomi Wolf

Mark Skousen
“The triumph of persuasion over force is the sign of a civilized society.”
Mark Skousen

Talleyrand
“To be agreeable in society, you must consent to be taught many things which you already know.”
Talleyrand

Naomi Wolf
“Beauty' is a currency system like the gold standard. Like any economy, it is determined by politics, and in the modern age in the West is is the last, best belief system that keeps male dominance intact.”
Naomi Wolf

Michel Foucault
“Le fou ce ne sera plus l’exilé, celui qu’on repousse dans les marges de nos villes, mais celui qu’on rend étranger à lui même en le culpabilisant d’être celui qu’il est.”
Michel Foucault

“I have never understood why a woman must have a man to take her into dinner.”
Jude Morgan, Indiscretion

Charles A. Beard
“It is sobering to reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence.”
Charles A. Beard

Henry David Thoreau
“It is not for a man to put himself in such an attitude to society, but to maintain himself in whatever attitude he find himself through obedience to the laws of his being, which will never be one of opposition to a just government, if he should chance to meet with such.”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden & Civil Disobedience

John Stuart Mill
“Experience has taught me that those who give their time to the absorbing claims of what is called society, not having leisure to keep up a large acquaintance with the organs of opinion, remain much more ignorant of the general state either of the public mind, or of the active and instructed part of it, than a recluse who reads the newspapers need be. ”
John Stuart Mill, The Autobiography

Naomi Wolf
“The economics of industrialized countries would collapse if women didn't do the work they do for free: According to economist Marilyn Waring, throughout the West it generates between 25 and 40 percent of the gross national product.”
Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth

Gustave Flaubert
“Everyone rushes wherever his instincts impel him, the populace swarms like insects over a corpse, poets pass by without having the time to sculpt their thoughts, hardly have they scribbled their ideas down on sheets of paper than the sheets are blown away; everything glitters and everything resounds in this masquerade, beneath its ephemeral royalties and its cardboard scepters, gold flows, wine cascades, cold debauchery lifts her skirts and jigs around…horror! horror! and then there hangs over it all a veil that each one grabs part of to hide himself the best he can. Derision! Horror – horror!”
Gustave Flaubert, Memoirs of a Madman

“No young woman of good breeding should show exclusive partiality to one partner all night.”
Jude Morgan, Indiscretion

“We don't need to have the answers. We'll never have them. They'll come and go and change. And all we can do is figure out the best way to behave when life comes at us. Even if society says it isn't right. Right is so subjective, after all.”
Na, I'll Be Seeing You

Golda Poretsky
“Sometimes you need a reminder that negative comments about your body aren’t even really about your body, they’re about society and our society’s wrongheaded and impossibly narrow definition of a “good” body. Your body didn’t do anything wrong. What’s fucked up about your body is not your body at all, but that your body has to live in a society that thinks it has a right to say fucked up things about your body.”
Golda Poretsky

Kaye Gibbons
“Unless society came out past Flat Rock Crossroads, kept on past Booker T. High School, hung two rights, a left, turned in on Milk Farm Road and found Roland plowing a tobacco field, jerked him off the tractor, warped him and set him back up there without anybody riding by and noticing, blame can't be laid on society.”
Kaye Gibbons, A Virtuous Woman

Laurie Anderson
“and there was a beautiful view but nobody could see cause everybody on the island was saying look at me”
Laurie Anderson

Robert McKee
“Politics is the name we give to the orchestration of power in any society.”
Robert McKee, Story: Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of Screenwriting

All Quotes | My Quotes | Add A Quote


Browse By Tag

More...