Monday, 23 January 2012


Conformity is a problem for many small groups. Members put a higher priority on cohesion than on coming up with a well-reasoned choice. They pressure dissenters, shield themselves from negative feedback, keep silent when they disagree. - Craig E. Johnson

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

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

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

Every society honours its live conformists and its dead troublemakers. - Mignon McLaughlin

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

Human beings are not machines, and however powerful the pressure to conform, they sometimes are so moved by what they see as injustice that they dare to declare their independence. In that historical possibility lies hope. - Howard Zinn

I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself. - Rita Mae Brown Most people can't understand how others can blow their noses differently than they do. - Ivan Turgenev

In individualistic cultures, conformity is seen as a sign of weakness ... people want to stand out and be different, and we admire people who differentiate themselves from the crowd.... In contrast, people in collectivistic cultures often place a particular value on fitting in with others and conforming to social norms, and therefore conformity is seen as a sign of self-control, maturity, tolerance, and respect for others. - Catherine A Sanderson

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.

The biggest problem with this staid world was the overwhelming demand for conformity. Everything was so eerily definitive: assent to the mandates of society would see you on the rise, but dissent was a steady downward path. - Django Wylie

The conformist is filled with the need for approval. He can never get enough. he runs from one person to another seeking compliments and endorsements for his behaviour and actions. as a child, he turned to parents and teachers; when he started to work, to his boss and fellow workers; in marriage, he turned to his mate. he must always have someone around to pat him on the head and tell him he is doing a good job. this bolsters up his poor self-esteem. - Robert Anthony

We all have a tendency to think that the world must conform to our prejudices. The opposite view involves some effort of thought, and most people would die sooner than think – in fact they do so. - Bertrand Russell

We are not supposed to all be the same, feel the same, think the same, and believe the same. The key to continued expansion of our Universe lies in diversity, not in conformity and coercion. Conventionality is the death of creation. - Anthon St. Maarten

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 Tolz

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