Why can't you be a nonconformist like everyone else?
A well-beaten path does not always make the right road.
Xerox never comes up with anything original.
Resist your time--take a foothold outside it. --Lord Acton, MSS notes, Cambridge, late 19th century
The opposite of bravery is not cowardice, but conformity.-- Robert Anthony
To get nowhere, follow the crowd. --Frank Baer
Who so would be a man, must be a nonconformist.-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
For nonconformity the world whips you with its displeasure. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803&endash;1882) "Self-Reliance," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).
If you see in any given situation only what everybody else can see, you can be said to be so much a representative of your culture that you are a victim of it. S.I. Hayakawa
We must conform, to a certain extent, to the conventionalities of society, for they are the ripened results of a varied and long experience. --A. A. Hodge
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 (1902 &endash; 1983)
It is no measureof health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.-- Krishnamurti
Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.
Every society honours its live conformists and its dead troublemakers. --Mignon McLaughlin
How glorious it is, and also how painful, to be an exception.... Alfred de Musset
If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. --Henry Thoreau (Walden)
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to pause and reflect. -Mark Twain
To disagree with three-fourths of the British public on all points is one of the first elements of sanity, one of the deepest consolations in all moments of spiritual doubt. ~ Oscar Wilde 1854-1900, lecture (1882)