Society Quotes

There are four varieties in society; the lovers, the ambitious, observers, and fools. The fools are the happiest.

Hippolyte Taine

A civilized society is one which tolerates eccentricity to the point of doubtful sanity.

Robert Frost

Meditation is not to escape from society, but to come back to ourselves and see what is going on. Once there is seeing, there must be acting. With mindfulness, we know what to do and what not to do to help

Thich Nhat Hanh

Shame and guilt are noble emotions essential in the maintenance of civilized society, and vital for the development of some of the most refined and elegant qualities of human potential.

Willard Gaylen

Nobility is a graceful ornament to the civil order. It is the Corinthian capital of polished society.

Edmund Burke

A civilized society is one which tolerates eccentricity to the point of doubtful sanity

Robert Frost

All literary men are Red Sox fans - to be a Yankee fan in a literate society is to endanger your life.

John Cheever

The safety and happiness of society are the objects at which all political institutions aim, and to which all such institutions must be sacrificed

James Madison

When important issues affecting the life of an individual are decided by somebody else, it makes no difference to the individual whether that somebody else is a king, a dictator, or society at large.

James Taggart

The truth is that a vast restructuring of our society is needed if remedies are to become available to the average person. Without that restructuring the good will that holds society together will be slowly dissipated. . . . It is that sense of futility which permeates the present series of protests and dissents. Where there is a persistent sense of futility, there is violence; and that is where we are today.

William Orville Douglas

A gentleman is always a gentleman; but the butterflies of society differ as much in their moods as does that insect in its colors.

Adelaide Billet Dufresnoy

We reveal the fullness of our devotion to individualism by keeping it as a reward for full participation in society. For the prisoner, the chronically ill, the bedridden old and the destitute, we reserve the forced collective life.

Elaine Cumming

The majority, oppressing an individual, is guilty of a crime, abuses its strength, and by acting on the law of the strongest breaks up the foundations of society

Thomas Jefferson

The function of government ought to be: make sure you have good water to drink, somebody picking up the garbage, good roads to drive on, enough electricity to turn your light bulbs and your record player on, and whatever smaller amounts of regulatory assistance is necessary to make this society work

Frank Zappa

Personally, I'm in favor of democracy, which means that the central institutions of society have to be under popular control. Now, under capitalism, we can't have democracy by definition. Capitalism is a system in which the central institutions of society are in principle under autocratic control. Thus, a corporation or an industry is, if we were to think of it in political terms, fascist; that is, it has tight control at the top and strict obedience has to be establishedat every level--there's little bargaining, a little give and take,but the line of authority is perfectly straightforward. Just as I'm opposed to political fascism, I'm opposed to economic fascism. I think that until the major institutions of society are under the popular control of participants and communities, it's pointless to talk about democracy.

Noam Chomsky
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