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Attitude and Belief

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The Power of Thoughts

Conformity, Originality,
and Going Against the Crowd

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and Imagination


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and Making Decisions

The Value of Hard Work


Talent, Skills, and Character

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Marketing, Advertising,
and Making Sales

Solving Problems and
Overcoming Obstacles


Handling Criticism

Risks and Rewards

Success and Failure

Happiness, Satisfaction,
and Enjoying Your Work

Money and Wealth

Quotes - Conformity

Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Philosopher, essayist and poet

The multitude is always in the wrong.
Dillon Wentworth
Earl of Rosscommon

The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd.
Bertrand Russell
Philosopher and mathematician

That which has always been accepted by everyone, everywhere, is almost certain to be false.
Paul Valéry
Poet and critic

If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.
Anatole France
Novelist and satirist

When everyone is against you, it means that you are absolutely wrong — or absolutely right.
Albert Guinon

To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you somebody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.
e.e. cummings

We all have to fight to maintain our unique style and taste in a world that would have us conform.
Ralph Lauren
Fashion designer

To create one’s own world takes courage.
Georgia O’Keefe

The best things and best people rise out of their separateness; I’m against a homogenized society because I want the cream to rise.
Robert Frost

Men are made by nature unequal. It is vain, therefore, to treat them as if they were equal.
James Anthony Froude

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Muriel Strode

The hardest struggle of all is to be something different from what the average man is.
Charles M. Schwab

When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free.
Charles Evans Hughes
U.S. Supreme Court Justice

Only the mediocre are always at their best.
Jean Giraudoux
Diplomat and writer

When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.
Eric Hoffer
Philosopher, writer

Intelligent people, when assembled into an organization, will tend toward collective stupidity.
Karl Albrecht
Management consultant, speaker, author

Every great advancement in knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority.
Thomas Henry Huxley
Biologist, author

A powerful idea communicates some of its power to the man who contradicts it.
Marcel Proust

Truth always begins in a minority of one, and every custom begins as a broken precedent.
Will Durant

In modern society the opposite of courage is not cowardice; it is conformity.
Rollo May
Psychologist and therapist

Never follow the crowd.
Bernard Baruch
Financier and statesman

How far would Moses have gone if he had taken a poll in Egypt?
Harry S. Truman
33rd U.S. president

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends upon the unreasonable man.
George Bernard Shaw

All good things which exist are the fruits of originality.
John Stuart Mill
Economist and philosopher

Don’t let other people tell you what you want.
Pat Riley
Basketball coach

Every truth passes through three stages before it is recognized. In the first, it is ridiculed, in the second it is opposed, in the third it is regarded as self-evident.
Arthur Schopenhauer

So long as men praise you, you can only be sure that you are not yet on your own true path but on someone else’s.
Friedrich Nietzsche

The cleverly expressed opposite of any generally accepted idea is worth a fortune to somebody.
F. Scott Fitzgerald

It’s better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life.
Sister Elizabeth Kenny

Rules are prisons.
William Bernbach
Advertising executive

The great corporations of this country were not founded by ordinary people. They were founded by people with extraordinary intelligence, ambition, and aggressiveness.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan
U.S. Senator

Few great men could pass personnel.
Paul Goodman
Author and poet

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
Elbert Hubbard

To succeed, it is necessary to accept the world as it is and rise above it.
Michael Korda
Publishing executive and author

I must create a system or be enslaved by another man’s.
William Blake

He travels the fastest who travels alone.
Rudyard Kipling

Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
George Bernard Shaw

There is no useful rule without an exception.
Thomas Fuller
Physician and writer

The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.
Niels Bohr

You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason.
Jerry Seinfeld

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead
Anthropologist and author

People are so constituted that everybody would rather undertake what they see others do, whether they have an aptitude for it or not.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Poet and dramatist

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

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
John F. Kennedy
35th U.S. President

Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road.
Poet and satirist

The good ideas are all hammered out in agony by individuals, not spewed out by groups.
Charles Browder
American journalist and novelist

Normal is not something to aspire to, it’s something to get away from.
Jodie Foster

People would rather be wrong than be different.
Henry Jacobsen

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.
Herman Melville

In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.
Coco Chanel
French fashion designer

He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away.
Raymond Hull

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