Society may have taught us to live in conformity, but it’s up to us to discover our innate freedom. It may mold us to behave in a certain way to the point of suppressing self-expression, but it doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t try. To be free in a society that somehow restrains us with its norms and expectations is the best kind of freedom, because it is freedom that’s earned. And as we discover ourselves in the process, we also learn to acknowledge the very factors that highlight our individuality.
Society functions the way that it does to keep us in line, to foster a semblance of peace, but it must not take away our sense of self.
These 30 society quotes are here to remind you to be the kind of person you want to be.
If society fits you comfortably enough, you call it freedom. – Robert Frost
The first principle of a free society is an untrammeled flow of words in an open forum. – Adlai Stevenson
The great hope of society is in individual character. – William Ellery Channing
All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual. – Albert Einstein
Sane is the insanity most call normality put forth by society. – Erik Till
When one person suffers from delusions, we call it a mental illness. When society suffers from them, we call it being normal.
Some people strengthen the society just by being the kind of people they are. – John W. Gardner
We’ve turned into a whining society. – Billy Corgan
People can do whatever they want. It’s when they conform to society that they restrict themselves. – Erin Pracht
Society does not consist of individuals, but expresses the sum of interrelations, the relations within which these individuals stand. – Karl Marx
Society exists only as a mental concept; in the real world there are only individuals. – Oscar Wilde
No man can have society upon his own terms. If he seek it, he must serve it too. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
The sign of a good society is where talent is respected. – Irrfan Khan
The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it is conformity. – Rollo May
Society expresses its sympathy for the geniuses of the past to distract attention from the fact that it has no intention of being sympathetic to the geniuses of the present. – Celia Green
A society that has more justice is a society that needs less charity. – Ralph Nader
The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it. – George Orwell
In an industrial society which confuses work and productivity, the necessity of producing has always been an enemy of the desire to create. – Raoul Vaneigem
The whole system of society tells you what to do. – Barry White
Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics. – Victor Pinchuk
We call it a Society; and go about professing openly the totalest separation, isolation. Our life is not a mutual helpfulness; but rather, cloaked under due laws-of-war, named fair competition and so forth, it is a mutual hostility. – Thomas Carlyle
An ‘ideal society’ would be the graveyard of human greatness. – Nicolas Gomez Davila
A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in. – Greek Proverb
No one can live entirely on their own, nor can any country or society exist in isolation. – Daisaku Ikeda
The enemy of society is middle class and the enemy of life is middle age. – Orson Welles
Today’s society will ignore almost any form of public behavior except getting in the express line with two extra items. – Paul Sweeney
If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich. – John F. Kennedy
Society is like a stew. If you don’t stir it up every once in a while then a layer of scum floats to the top. – Edward Abbey
The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose. – James Baldwin
Human societies, like human beings, live by faith and die when faith dies. – Whittaker Chambers
Inspire others to break away from societal standards with these 30 society quotes.