If you're treated a certain way you become a certain kind of person. If certain things are described to you as being real they're real for you whether they're real or not.
James Baldwin (1924-1987) African-American writer.
In any great organization it is far, far safer to be wrong with the majority than to be right alone.
John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-2007) Canadian-American economist.
The more rational an institution is the less it suffers by making concessions to others.
George Santayana (1863-1952) American philosopher and poet.
Wherever a man goes, men will pursue him and paw him with their dirty institutions, and, if they can, constrain him to belong to their desperate odd-fellow society.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American naturalist, poet and philosopher.
What is a wife and what is a harlot? What is a church and what is a theatre? are they two and not one? Can they exist separate? Are not religion and politics the same thing? Brotherhood is religion. O demonstrations of reason dividing families in cruelty and pride!
William Blake (1757-1827) British poet and painter.
An institution is the lengthened shadow of one man.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.
The whole history of civilization is strewn with creeds and institutions which were invaluable at first, and deadly afterwards.
Walter Bagehot (1826-1877) British economist.