Solitude is fine but you need someone to tell that solitude is fine.
Honoré de Balzac
In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.
Life is too short to waste any amount of time on wondering what other people think about you. In the first place, if they had better things going on in their lives, they wouldn’t have the time to sit around and talk about you. What’s important to me is not others’ opinions of me, but what’s important to me is my opinion of myself.
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The unhappiest people in this world, are those who care the most about what other people think.
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The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them.
If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.
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The soul is healed by being with children.
When you’re surrounded by all these people, it can be lonelier than when you’re by yourself. You can be in a huge crowd, but if you don’t feel like you can trust anyone or talk to anybody, you feel like you’re really alone.
What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or in the holy name of liberty or democracy?
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
Good humor may be said to be one of the very best articles of dress one can wear in society.
William Makepeace Thackeray, Sketches and Travels, Etc.
Friends are the family you choose (~ Nin/Ithilnin, Elven rogue).
Jess C Scott, The Other Side of Life
If you want to rebel, rebel from inside the system.That’s much more powerful than rebelling outside the system.
Marie Lu, Legend (Legend, #1)
The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.
There are people who are generic. They make generic responses and they expect generic answers. They live inside a box and they think people who don’t fit into their box are weird. But I’ll tell you what, generic people are the weird people. They are like genetically-manipulated plants growing inside a laboratory, like indistinguishable faces, like droids. Like ignorance.
C. JoyBell C.
Highly sensitive people are too often perceived as weaklings or damaged goods. To feel intensely is not a symptom of weakness, it is the trademark of the truly alive and compassionate. It is not the empath who is broken, it is society that has become dysfunctional and emotionally disabled. There is no shame in expressing your authentic feelings. Those who are at times described as being a ‘hot mess’ or having ‘too many issues’ are the very fabric of what keeps the dream alive for a more caring, humane world. Never be ashamed to let your tears shine a light in this world.
Anthon St. Maarten
Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.
Quotes About Society
Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions that differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are incapable of forming such opinions.”
I’m worried that students will take their obedient place in society and look to become successful cogs in the wheel – let the wheel spin them around as it wants without taking a look at what they’re doing. I’m concerned that students did not become passive acceptors of the official doctrine that’s handed down to them from the White House, the media, textbooks, teachers, and preachers.
Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.
For there is but one essential justice which cements society, and one law which establishes this justice. This law is the right reason, which is the true rule of all commandments and prohibitions. Whoever neglects this law, whether written or unwritten, is necessarily unjust and wicked.
Marcus Tullius Cicero, On the Laws
We are all equal in the fact that we are all different. We are all the same in the fact that we will never be the same. We are united by the reality that all colors and all cultures are distinct & individual. We are harmonious in the reality that we are all held to this earth by the same gravity. We don’t share blood, but we share the air that keeps us alive. I will not blind myself and say that my black brother is not different from me. I will not blind myself and say that my brown sister is not different from me. But my black brother is he as much as I am me. But my brown sister is she as much as I am me.
C. JoyBell C.
Civilized men are more discourteous than savages because they know they can be impolite without having their skulls split, as a general thing.
Robert E. Howard
A dying culture invariably exhibits personal rudeness. Bad manners. Lack of consideration for others in minor matters. A loss of politeness, of gentle manners, is more significant than is a riot.
Robert A. Heinlein, Friday
I suppose it’s not a social norm and not a manly thing to do — to feel, discuss feelings. So that’s what I’m giving the finger to. Social norms and stuff…what good are social norms, really? I think all they do is project a limited and harmful image of people. It thus impedes a broader social acceptance of what someone, or a group of people, might actually be like.
Have you been out in society recently? ‘Cause, it’s SHIT.
That’s sad. How plastic and artificial life has become. It gets harder and harder to find something…real.” Nin interlocked his fingers and stretched out his arms. “Real love, real friends, real body parts…
Jess C Scott, The Other Side of Life
To be wealthy and honored in an unjust society is a disgrace.
Confucius, The Analects
It was possible, no doubt, to imagine a society in which wealth, in the sense of personal possessions and luxuries, should be evenly distributed, while power remained in the hands of a small privileged caste. But in practice, such a society could not long remain stable. For if leisure and security were enjoyed by all alike, the great mass of human beings who are normally stupefied by poverty would become literate and would learn to think for themselves; and when once they had done this, they would sooner or later realize that the privileged minority had no function, and they would sweep it away. In the long run, a hierarchical society was only possible on a basis of poverty and ignorance.
No social stability without individual stability.
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
To be ill-adjusted to a deranged world is not a breakdown.
That is the one unforgivable sin in any society. Be different and be damned!
Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind
The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.
Freeman and slave, patrician and plebeian, lord and serf, guildmaster and journeyman, in a word, oppressor and oppressed, stood in constant opposition to one another, carried on an uninterrupted, now hidden, now open fight, that each time ended, either in the revolutionary reconstitution of society at large or in the common ruin of the contending classes.
Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto
I don’t imagine you will dispute the fact that at present the stupid people are in an absolutely overwhelming majority all the world over.
You call me a misanthrope because I avoid society. You err; I love society. Yet in order not to hate people, I must avoid their company.
Caspar David Friedrich
If the misery of the poor is caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.
Charles Darwin, Voyage of the Beagle
Quotes On Society
The fear of appearances is the first symptom of impotence.
Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment
That millions of people share the same forms of mental pathology does not make these people sane.
Erich Fromm, The Sane Society
If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
John F. Kennedy
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