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Quotes on Nonconformity
Opinionated quotations from the famous and not-so-famous.

Conform Comply Consume
Stop Trying to Fit in You Were Born to Stand Out


The cynic says, ''One man can't do anything.'' I say, ''Only one man can do anything.''

John W. Gardner

People would rather be wrong than be different.

Henry Jacobsen

Propaganda is like a puddle of puke and most people are like dogs who love the flavor.

Duane Alan Hahn

Nothing pains some people more than having to think.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

When all think alike, then no one is thinking.

Walter Lippman

Once in a while it really hits people that they don't have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.

Alan Keightley

Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.

Charles Kuralt

You should aim to be independent of any one vote, of any one fashion, of any one century.


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

Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.

Sir Cecil Beaton

The man who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The man who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been.

Alan Ashley-Pitt

The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them.

George Bernard Shaw

If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.

John D. Rockefeller

They will say you are on the wrong road, if it is your own.

Antonio Porchia

If we are not ashamed to think it, we should not be ashamed to say it.

Marcus T. Cicero

I may not be better than other people, but at least I'm different.

Jean Jacques Rousseau

High-fiving people who share your beliefs is easy. What's hard is allowing others to have a different opinion without attempting to silence them.

Duane Alan Hahn


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