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The American ideal, after all, is that everyone should be as much alike as possible.

James Baldwin (1924-1987) African-American writer.

Take the tone of the company you are in.

Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773) British statesman.

Nonconformists travel as a rule in bunches. You rarely find a nonconformist who goes it alone. And woe to him inside a nonconformist clique who does not conform with nonconformity.

Eric Hoffer (1902-1983) American philosopher and author.

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) Thirty-fifth President of the USA

The mark of our time is its revulsion against imposed patterns.

Marshall Mcluhan (1911-1980) Canadian communications theorist and educator.


The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) German-Swiss philosopher and writer.

We are citizens of an age, as well as of a State; and if it is held to be unseemly, or even inadmissible, for a man to cut himself off from the customs and manners of the circle in which he lives, why should it be less of a duty, in the choice of his activity, to submit his decision to the needs and the taste of his century?

Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805) German dramatist, poet and historian.

As to conforming outwardly, and living your own life inwardly, I have not a very high opinion of that course.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American naturalist, poet and philosopher.

I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America.

Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1889) French social philosopher.

Most people can't understand how others can blow their noses differently than they do.

Ivan Turgenev (1818-1883) Russian writer.