It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.
Robert A. Heinlein
Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o'clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap.
A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
We have a system that increasingly taxes work and subsidizes nonwork.
Do not waste your time on Social Questions. What is the matter with the poor is Poverty; what is the matter with the rich is Uselessness.
George Bernard Shaw
The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat.
If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.
Henry David Thoreau
The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose.
James A. Baldwin
The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy: neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.
John W. Gardner
No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable.
What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?
Henry David Thoreau
The danger of the past was that men became slaves. The danger of the future is that man may become robots.
A free society is one where it is safe to be unpopular.
Adlai E. Stevenson
In these times you have to be an optimist to open your eyes when you awake in the morning.
There is more to life than increasing its speed.
Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak, men mistook magic for medicine; now, when science is strong and religion weak, men mistake medicine for magic.
We must stop thinking of the individual and start thinking about what is best for society.
I am as frustrated with society as a pyromaniac in a petrified forest.
A. Whitney Brown
Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor.
Punishment is now unfashionable... because it creates moral distinctions among men, which, to the democratic mind, are odious. We prefer a meaningless collective guilt to a meaningful individual responsibility.
Life was a lot simpler when what we honored was father and mother rather than all major credit cards.
Society has always seemed to demand a little more from human beings than it will get in practice.
Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both.
C. Wright Mills
Civilization is unbearable, but it is less unbearable at the top.
I think this society suffers so much from too much freedom, too many rights that allow people to be irresponsible.
The first principle of a free society is an untrammeled flow of words in an open forum.
Adlai E. Stevenson
You can find your way across this country using burger joints the way a navigator uses stars.
Perhaps in time the so-called Dark Ages will be thought of as including our own.
Georg C. Lichtenberg
A pure democracy is a society consisting of a small number of citizens, who assemble and administer the government in person.
One of the definitions of sanity is the ability to tell real from unreal. Soon we'll need a new definition.
The wise person often shuns society for fear of being bored.
Jean de la Bruyere
Society honors its living conformists and its dead troublemakers.
Good-looking individuals are treated better than homely ones in virtually every social situation, from dating to trial by jury.
To give aid to every poor man is far beyond the reach and power of every man. Care of the poor is incumbent on society as a whole.
Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at all, but just terrible things.
The world is governed more by appearance than realities so that it is fully as necessary to seem to know something as to know it.
The enemy of society is middle class and the enemy of life is middle age.
Normal social behavior requires that we be able to recognize identities in spite of change. Unless we can do so, there can be no human society as we know it.
Kenneth L. Pike
It is not a fragrant world.
Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them.
Man is the animal that intends to shoot himself out into interplanetary space, after having given up on the problem of an efficient way to get himself five miles to work and back each day.
The human race's prospects of survival were considerably better when we were defenceless against tigers than they are today when we have become defenceless against ourselves.
Arnold J. Toynbee
Society is the union of men and not the men themselves.
Charles de Secondat
Some people strengthen the society just by being the kind of people they are.
John W. Gardner
How can a society that exists on instant mashed potatoes, packaged cake mixes, frozen dinners, and instant cameras teach patience to its young?
Cockroaches and socialites are the only things that can stay up all night and eat anything.
The function of the press in society is to inform, but its role in society is to make money.
A. J. Liebling
Our individual lives cannot, generally, be works of art unless the social order is also.
Charles Horton Cooley
It seems a long time since the morning mail could be called correspondence.
People are going to behave however the social norms permit, and beyond that.
Marriage cannot be severed from its cultural, religious and natural roots without weakening the good influence of society.
You can't make up anything anymore. The world itself is a satire. All you're doing is recording it.
Today the world changes so quickly that in growing up we take leave not just of youth but of the world we were young in.
The key to organizing an alternative society is to organize people around what they can do, and more importantly, what they want to do.
Exclusiveness in a garden is a mistake as great as it is in society.
In our society leaving baby with Daddy is just one step above leaving the kids to be raised by wolves or apes.
Society is based on the assumption that everyone is alike and no one is alive.
Our society is not a community, but merely a collection of isolated family units.
It is good for society to have this introspection.
Women with money and women in power are two uncomfortable ideas in our society.
Society is one vast conspiracy for carving one into the kind of statue likes, and then placing it in the most convenient niche it has.
We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.
A liberal education is at the heart of a civil society, and at the heart of a liberal education is the act of teaching.
A. Bartlett Giamatti
If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
John F. Kennedy
Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we're being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I'm liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That's what's insane about it.
Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.
P. J. O'Rourke
Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
In a closed society where everybody's guilty, the only crime is getting caught. In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity.
Hunter S. Thompson
The very word 'secrecy' is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths, and to secret proceedings.
John F. Kennedy
Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.
Discrimination is a hellhound that gnaws at Negroes in every waking moment of their lives to remind them that the lie of their inferiority is accepted as truth in the society dominating them.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.
After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn't do it. I sure as hell wouldn't want to live in a society where the only people allowed guns are the police and the military.
William S. Burroughs
Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.
Harry S. Truman
Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.
People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.
The great danger for family life, in the midst of any society whose idols are pleasure, comfort and independence, lies in the fact that people close their hearts and become selfish.
Pope John Paul II
There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.
A healthy democracy requires a decent society; it requires that we are honorable, generous, tolerant and respectful.
Charles W. Pickering
The central conservative truth is that it is culture, not politics, that determines the success of a society. The central liberal truth is that politics can change a culture and save it from itself.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan
Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage's whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.
We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.
In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable. And help to change it.
I'm 23 years old. I might just be my mother's child, but in all reality, I'm everybody's child. Nobody raised me; I was raised in this society.
The basic thing nobody asks is why do people take drugs of any sort? Why do we have these accessories to normal living to live? I mean, is there something wrong with society that's making us so pressurized, that we cannot live without guarding ourselves against it?
I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.
My role in society, or any artist's or poet's role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.
If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.
John F. Kennedy
Unlike a drop of water which loses its identity when it joins the ocean, man does not lose his being in the society in which he lives. Man's life is independent. He is born not for the development of the society alone, but for the development of his self.
B. R. Ambedkar
Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age?
Ages of experience have taught humanity that the commitment of a husband and wife to love and to serve one another promotes the welfare of children and the stability of society.
Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.
When freedom does not have a purpose, when it does not wish to know anything about the rule of law engraved in the hearts of men and women, when it does not listen to the voice of conscience, it turns against humanity and society.
Pope John Paul II
To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.
The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.
A great man is different from an eminent one in that he is ready to be the servant of the society.
B. R. Ambedkar
If we had any nerve at all, if we had any real balls as a society, or whatever you need, whatever quality you need, real character, we would make an effort to really address the wrongs in this society, righteously.
We live in a society of victimization, where people are much more comfortable being victimized than actually standing up for themselves.
One of the greatest casualties of the war in Vietnam is the Great Society... shot down on the battlefield of Vietnam.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
I am absolutely opposed to a national ID card. This is a total contradiction of what a free society is all about. The purpose of government is to protect the secrecy and the privacy of all individuals, not the secrecy of government. We don't need a national ID card.
I claim that human mind or human society is not divided into watertight compartments called social, political and religious. All act and react upon one another.
The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
A good person can make another person good; it means that goodness will elicit goodness in the society; other persons will also be good.
Am I a criminal? The world knows I'm not a criminal. What are they trying to put me in jail for? You've lost common sense in this society because of religious fanaticism and dogma.
If one could only teach the English how to talk, and the Irish how to listen, society here would be quite civilized.
Society is always taken by surprise at any new example of common sense.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it is conformity.
We are all murderers and prostitutes - no matter to what culture, society, class, nation one belongs, no matter how normal, moral, or mature, one takes oneself to be.
R. D. Laing
It is in war that the State really comes into its own: swelling in power, in number, in pride, in absolute dominion over the economy and the society.
I come from that society and there is a common thread, specifically family values - the idea that you do anything for your family, and the unconditional love for one's children.
In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something else.
Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.
A just laicism allows religious freedom. The state does not impose religion but rather gives space to religions with a responsibility toward civil society, and therefore it allows these religions to be factors in building up society.
Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society.
In much of society, research means to investigate something you do not know or understand.
Arguments are extremely vulgar, for everyone in good society holds exactly the same opinion.
I have a total irreverence for anything connected with society except that which makes the roads safer, the beer stronger, the food cheaper and the old men and old women warmer in the winter and happier in the summer.