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Conventionality

He who would be a man must therefore be a non-conformist.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

What greater reassurance can the weak have than that they are like anyone else?

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

Why can't somebody give us a list of things that everybody thinks and nobody says, and another list of things that everybody says and nobody thinks.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894) American author and poet.

Conventional people are roused to fury by departures from convention, largely because they regard such departures as a criticism of themselves.

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) British logician and philosopher.

Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but religiously follows the new.

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

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