Quotes: Individuality and Society

"Most people are pinheads."
--Joe Keane

"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."
--Albert Einstein

"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best night and day to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle any human being can fight and never stop fighting."
--e.e. cummings

It's a good idea not to live your life just to please others. You don't please yourself and you end up not pleasing anyone else. But if you please yourself, maybe you'll please someone else.
--Groucho Marx

"What the public reproaches you for--cultivate it! It's you."
--Jean Cocteau

"If you think this is weird, just look at yourselves."
--Charles Mingus

"The world is made for people who aren't cursed with self-awareness."
--(the character) Annie Savoy in the film Bull Durham

"Those unaware are unaware of being unaware."
--Merrill Jenkins

"Remember if people talk behind your back, it only means you're two steps ahead!
--Fannie Flagg

"The man who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The man who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been."
--Alan Ashley-Pitt

"Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life, but define yourself."
--Harvey Fierstien

"Those of us forged in the crucibles of difference know that survival is not an academic skill."
--Audre Lorde

"I have all the defects of other people and yet everything they do seems inconceivable to me."
--E.M. Cioran

"The liberation of the human mind has never been furthered by dunderheads"
--H. L. Mencken

"When you are fascinated with the world, the world is fascinated with you."
--Stephanie Smith

"The world is full of pathetic morons. You are not alone, unique, or memorable."
--Michael Thomas


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