165 Conformity Quotes to Embrace Your Individuality and Empower Your Authenticity

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The Most Famous Conformity Quotes (Best in 2024)

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I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself. — Rita Mae Brown

There is a level of cowardice lower than that of the conformist: the fashionable non-conformist. — Ayn Rand

I cannot change the world, but I do not have to conform. — Marva Collins

The average man is a conformist, accepting miseries and disasters with the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain. — Colin Wilson

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth. — John F. Kennedy

He who would be a man must therefore be a non-conformist. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have forced myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own taste. — Marcel Duchamp

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

Everything lives by movement, everything is maintained by equilibrium, and harmony results from the analogy of contraries; this law is the form of forms. — Eliphas Levi

Whatever an education is, it should make you a unique individual, not a conformist. — John Taylor Gatto

Short Conformity Quotes

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  • Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds — Paul the Apostle
  • Do you want to have an easy life? Then always stay with the herd and lose yourself in the herd. — Friedrich Nietzsche
  • be yourself- not your idea of what you think somebody else's idea of yourself should be. — Henry David Thoreau
  • dreaming of the person you want to be is wasting the person you already are. — Kurt Cobain
  • Patterning your life around other's opinions is nothing more than slavery. — Lawana Blackwell
  • Go into yourself and see how deep the place is from which your life flows. — Rainer Maria Rilke
  • We come from the mentality, that rarely sees the horror in symmetry or the beauty in non-conformity — Shane Koyczan
  • All progress depends on the unreasonable man. — George Bernard Shaw
  • We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. — Edward R. Murrow
  • One must do no violence to nature, nor model it in conformity to any blindly formed chimera. — Janos Bolyai

Top 10 Conformity Quotes

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Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds — Paul the Apostle

Do you want to have an easy life? Then always stay with the herd and lose yourself in the herd. — Friedrich Nietzsche

be yourself- not your idea of what you think somebody else's idea of yourself should be. — Henry David Thoreau

dreaming of the person you want to be is wasting the person you already are. — Kurt Cobain

Patterning your life around other's opinions is nothing more than slavery. — Lawana Blackwell

Nature is busy creating absolutely unique individuals, whereas culture has invented a single mold to which all must conform. It is grotesque. — U.G. Krishnamurti

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

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth. — John F. Kennedy

You are either in the Word and the Word is conforming you to the image of Jesus Christ, or you are in the world and the world is squeezing you into its mold. — Howard G. Hendricks

I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself. — Rita Mae Brown

Conformity quote I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.
I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.

Social Conformity Quotes

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What a tiresome place America would be if freedom meant we all had to think alike or be the same color or wear the same gray flannel suit! That road leads to the conformity of the graveyard! — John Oliver Killens

At every point I am besieged by people who would like me to conform to some social norm of whatever sort of social group they expect me to be a part of. I never have any identification with these social groups. — Sean Parker

Everything we did in the 1960s was designed to fission, to weaken faith in and conformity to the 1950s social order. Our precise surgical target was the Judeo-Christian power monolith, which has imposed a guilty, inhibited, grim, anti-body, anti-life repression on Western civilization. — Timothy Leary

Conformity quote Anti-social behavior is a trait of intelligence in a world full of conformists.
Anti-social behavior is a trait of intelligence in a world full of conformists.

Pop music allows you to be who you are without having to wear a social uniform or to conform, which some people find impossible to do. — Siobhan Fahey

Not that I wish by any means to deny, that the mental life of individuals and peoples is also in conformity with law, as is the object of philosophical, philological, historical, moral, and social sciences to establish. — Hermann von Helmholtz

Social progress takes effect through the replacement of all institutions by new ones; and since every institution involves the recognition of the duty of conforming to it, progress must involve the repudiation of an established duty at every step. — George Bernard Shaw

Conformity quote The opposite of courage in our society isn't cowardice, its conformity.
The opposite of courage in our society isn't cowardice, its conformity.

It's not the 'nice' guy who brings about real social change. 'Nice' guys look nice because they're conforming. It's the 'bad' guys, who only look nice a hundred years later, that are the real Dynamic force in social evolution. — Robert M. Pirsig

There's something known as "memory conformity," also known as "social contagion of memory," which refers to a situation where one person's telling of a memory influences another person's account of that same experience. — Rob Roberge

We show wisdom by a decent conformity to social etiquette; it is excess of neatness or display that creates dandyism in men, and coquetry in women. — Robert Adam

We get trapped and configured in patterns of consumption, patterns of social organization, of education and value systems that don't seem to be feeding that sense of our original being. We fight ourselves, repeating other people's games and being fed their appetites and their amusements. — James O'Dea

Conformable Quotes

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The tendency to conformity in our society is so strong that reasonably intelligent and well-meaning young people are willing to call white black. This is a matter of concern. It raises questions about our ways of education and about the values that guide our conduct. — Solomon Asch

Our deepest calling is to grow into our own authentic self-hood, whether or not it conforms to some image of who we ought to be. As we do so, we will not only find the joy that every human being seeks--we will also find our path of authentic service in the world. — Parker J. Palmer

It is not the end of the physical body that should worry us. Rather, our concern must be to live while we're alive - to release our inner selves from the spiritual death that comes with living behind a facade designed to conform to external definitions of who and what we are. — Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Conformity quote Let's teach them how to dream big, let us teach them never to conform.
Let's teach them how to dream big, let us teach them never to conform.

God is more concerned with conforming me to the likeness of His Son than leaving me in my comfort zones. God is more interested in inward qualities than outward circumstances - things like refining my faith, humbling my heart, cleaning up my thought life and strengthening my character. — Joni Eareckson Tada

We pray for our enemies; we seek to persuade those who hate us without cause to live conformably to the goodly precepts of Christ, that they may become partakers with us of the joyful hope of blessings from God, the Lord of all. — Justin Martyr

If religion were true, its followers would not try to bludgeon their young into an artificial conformity; but would merely insist on their unbending quest for truth, irrespective of artificial backgrounds or practical consequences. — H. P. Lovecraft

Conformity quote Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.

Integrity is conforming reality to our words - in other words, keeping promises and fulfilling expectations. — Stephen Covey

I think a lot of people have lost respect for the individual, you know, the individual, the person who doesn't conform. — Erykah Badu

Probably the greatest tragedy of the church throughout its long and checkered history has been its constant tendency to conform to the prevailing culture instead of developing a Christian counter-culture . — John Stott

Yes I know my enemies. They're the teachers who taught me to fight me, compromise, conformity, assimilation, submission, ignorance, hypocrisy, brutality, the elite, all of which are American dreams. — Zack de la Rocha

Non Conformity Quotes

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A contrarian isn’t one who always objects — that’s a conformist of a different sort. A contrarian reasons independently, from the ground up, and resists pressure to conform. — Naval Ravikant

Go against the grain, refuse to conform, take the road less traveled instead of the well-beaten path. — Mandy Hale

My darling girl, when are you going to understand that "normal" isn't a virtue? It rather denotes a lack of courage. — Stockard Channing

In this age, the mere example of non-conformity, the mere refusal to bend the knee to custom, is itself a service. Precisely because the tyranny of opinion is such as to make eccentricity a reproach, it is desirable, in order to break through that tyranny, that people should be eccentric. — John Stuart Mill

To be a genuine individualist requires a great deal of strength and courage. It is never easy to chart new territory, to cross new frontiers, or to introduce subtle shadings to an established color. — Toller Cranston

I am not in this world to live up to other people's expectations, nor do I feel that the world must live up to mine. — Frederick Salomon Perls

I was very far away. My real life had gone underground and could not be seen by anybody. The person at the surface that everybody saw was no longer me. — Philip O Ceallaigh

Be neither a conformist or a rebel, for they are really the same thing. Find your own path, and stay on it. — Paul Vixie

As an artist, it is central to be unsatisfied. — Lawrence Calcagno

All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions. All change is the result of a change in the contemporary state of mind. — Adlai E. Stevenson

Do Not Conform Quotes

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Voting is not an act of political freedom. It is an act of political conformity. Those who refuse to vote are not expressing silence. They are screaming in the politician's ear: 'You do not represent me. This is not a process in which my voice matters. I do not believe you.' — Wendy McElroy

Do not follow where the path may lead. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

We really must understand that the lust for affluence in contemporary society is psychotic. It is psychotic because it has completely lost touch with reality. We crave things we neither need nor enjoy. We buy things we do not want to impress people we do not like. — Richard J. Foster

Many people feel they are powerless to do anything effective with their lives. It takes courage to break out of the settled mold, but most find conformity more comfortable. This is why the opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it's conformity. — Rollo May

Have the courage to go against the tide of current values that do not conform to the path of Jesus. — Pope Francis

If outer doors close seem to close to you, do not hesitate. Perist in inner preparations. The inner realm of thought controls all outer action. When you get the right attitude, the outer world of results and personalities must conform to it. That is the law of mind-action. — Catherine Ponder

For a man needs only to be turned around once with his eyes shut in this world to be lost...Not 'til we are lost do we begin to find ourselves. — Henry David Thoreau

As to conforming outwardly and living your own life inwardly, I do not think much of that. — Henry David Thoreau

When I conform to truth, I do not conform to an abstract principle; I conform to the nature of God. — Kenneth L. Pike

As to harmonizing the theory of evolution with the Biblical account of creation, I do not believe it can be done, and I do not see why it should be. The story of Genesis is beautiful, and profoundly significant as symbolism: there is no good reason to torture it into conformity with modern theory. — Will Durant

No Conform Quotes

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The world said to conform, the world said to settle for less, the world said to compromise and no one would know... so I made my own world. — Bijan

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No enactment of man can be considered law unless it conforms to the law of God — William Blackstone

Conformity may give you a quiet life; it may even bring you to a University Chair. But all change in history, all advance, comes from the nonconformists. If there had been no trouble-makers, no Dissenters, we should still be living in caves. — A. J. P. Taylor

I regret that I didn’t realize that actually they’ve got no power over you at school — it’s all just a trick to indoctrinate you into being a conditioned, tame, placid citizen. Rebel, children, I urge you, fight the turgid slick of conformity with which they seek to smother your glory. — Russell Brand

What is a rebel? A man who says no. — Albert Camus

No man on earth is truly free, All are slaves of money or necessity. Public opinion or fear of prosecution forces each one, against his conscience, to conform. — Euripides

Until we lose ourselves there is no hope of finding ourselves. — Henry Miller

When women are relegated to moods, mannerisms, and contours that conform to a single ideal of beauty and behavior, they are captured in both body and soul, and are no longer free. — Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. — Christopher Morley

Fashion is the abortive issue of vain ostentation and exclusive egotism ... tied to no rule, and bound to conform to every whim of the minute. — William Hazlitt

Conform Quotes

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I'm not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I've always been a freak. So I've been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know. I'm one of those people. — John Lennon

Within each of us exists the image of God, however disfigured and corrupted by sin it may presently be. God is able to recover this image through grace as we are conformed to Christ. — Alister E. McGrath

You can look different but have the same values. That's not diversity; it's conformity. — Tucker Carlson

Be wise among the wise, but pretend to be dull among fools. — Thiruvalluvar

Better that only a few Catholics should be left, staunch and sincere in their religion, than that they should, remaining many, desire as it were, to be in collusion with the Church's enemies and in conformity with the open foes of our faith. — Peter Canisius

In any culture, subculture, or family in which belief is valued above thought, and self-surrender is valued above self-expression, and conformity is valued above integrity, those who preserve their self-esteem are likely to be heroic exceptions. — Nathaniel Branden

Once among the crows, caw as they do. — Polish Proverbs

You are successful if you are able to work on the kind of material that you want to - if your life conforms to your dreams, regardless of outside acceptance or acclaim. — James Franco

Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the danger of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of "crackpot" than the stigma of conformity. — Thomas John Watson, Sr.

We are not going to move this world by criticism of it nor conformity to it, but by the combustion within it of lives ignited by the Spirit of God. — Vance Havner

Never Conform Quotes

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To seek understanding before taking action, yet to trust my instincts when action is called for. Never to avoid danger from fear, never to seek out danger for its own sake. Never to conform to fashion from fear of eccentricity, never to be eccentric from fear of conformity. — Steven Brust

Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul. — Mark Twain

Never call yourself a philosopher, nor talk a great deal among the unlearned about theorems, but act conformably to them. Thus, at an entertainment, don't talk how persons ought to eat, but eat as you ought. For remember that in this manner Socrates also universally avoided all ostentation. — Epictetus

...most men and women will grow up to love their servitude and will never dream of revolution. — Aldous Huxley

A classic is classic not because it conforms to certain structural rules, or fits certain definitions (of which its author had quite probably never heard). It is classic because of a certain eternal and irrepressible freshness. — Ezra Pound

Men are recognizing that they have been forced to conform to a very narrow and rather two-dimensional picture of maleness and manhood that they have never had the freedom to question. — Andrew Cohen

But when I call for a hero, out comes my lazy old self; so I never know who I am, nor how many I am or will be. I'd love to be able to touch a bell and summon the real me, because if I really need myself, I mustn't disappear. — Pablo Neruda

You should never be afraid to be yourself, under any circumstances. The genre of cool is fleeting. What's cool today will not be cool a year from now. If you're yourself, you'll be at peace with yourself. — Jaleel White

One must never forbid oneself anything. One must also be able to go back, one must always be able to change. — Hans Hartung

There are plenty of people in the world whose lives are governed by rote and routine. Such people will never be happy dealing with me, because I don't conform. — John Elder Robison

Conformity And Individuality Quotes

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The things that make me different are the things that make me. — A. A. Milne

The original American patriots were those individuals brave enough to resist with force the oppressive power of King George... Patriotism is more closely linked to dissent than it is to conformity and a blind desire for safety and security. — Ron Paul

Taking into account the public's regrettable lack of taste, it is incumbent upon you not to fit in. — Janeane Garofalo

Mental slavery is mental death, and every man who has given up his intellectual freedom is the living coffin of his dead soul. — Robert Green Ingersoll

We all live in the protection of certain cowardices which we call our principles. — Mark Twain

Custom will reconcile people to any atrocity, and fashion will drive them to acquire any custom. — George Bernard Shaw

Instead of celebrating what makes each child unique, most parents push their children to "fit in" so that they don't "stick out." This unwittingly stomps out individuality and encourages conformity, despite these parents' good intentions — Tom Rath

If you have your own agenda and your own style and you don't easily conform to what the masses are doing, you're looked upon as being difficult. Whereas, I think of it as just being an individual. — Anita Baker

The eager and often inconsiderate appeals of reformers and revolutionists are indispensable to counterbalance the inertia and fossilism marking so large a part of human institutions. — Walt Whitman

Schoolchildren make up their own rules and enforce their own conformities. They feel safest when leisure time is rationed and dosed. They like to wear uniforms, and they frown on personal idiosyncrasies. Deviance is the mark of an outsider. — Louise J. Kaplan

Uniformity Quotes

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The uniform makes for brotherhood, since when universally adopted it covers up all differences of class and country. — Robert Baden-Powell

My faith is not identified by my title. My faith is identified by how I live. Wearing the uniform is not the same as playing the game. — LeCrae

There is no such thing as a model or ideal Canadian. What could be more absurd than the concept of an "all Canadian" boy or girl? A society which emphasizes uniformity is one which creates intolerance and hate. — Pierre Trudeau

Unity, not uniformity, must be our aim. We attain unity only through variety. Differences must be integrated, not annihilated, not absorbed. — Mary Parker Follett

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Let the generations know that women in uniform also guaranteed their freedom. — Mary Edwards Walker

Uniformity is not nature's way; diversity is nature's way. — Vandana Shiva

... let us unite, not in spite of our differences, but through them. For differences can never be wiped away, and life would be so much the poorer without them. Let all human races keep their own personalities, and yet come together, not in a uniformity that is dead, but in a unity that is living. — Rabindranath Tagore

I hope the time is not far off when I shall be able to unite all the wise and educated men of all the countries and establish a uniform regime based on the principles of the Quran which alone are true and which alone can lead men to happiness. — Napoleon Bonaparte

The total subject of mathematics is clearly too broad for any of us. I do not think that any mathematician since Gauss has covered it uniformly and fully; even Hilbert did not and all of us are of considerably lesser width quite apart from the question of depth than Hilbert. — John Von Neumann

God requireth not a uniformity of religion to be enacted in any civil state; which enforced uniformity (sooner or later) is the greatest occasion of civil war, ravishing of conscience, persecution of Christ Jesus in his servants, and of the hypocrisy and destruction of millions of souls. — Roger Williams

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More Conformity Quotes

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The human race is a herd. Here we are, unique, eternal aspects of consciousness with an infinity of potential, and we have allowed ourselves to become an unthinking, unquestioning blob of conformity and uniformity. A herd. Once we concede to the herd mentality, we can be controlled and directed by a tiny few. And we are. — David Icke

We laugh at sheep because sheep just follow the one in front. We humans have out-sheeped the sheep, because at least the sheep need a sheep dog to keep them in line. Humans keep each other in line. And they do it by ridiculing or condemning anyone who commits the crime, and that’s what it’s become, of being different. — David Icke

An artist, if he's unselfish and passionate, is always a living protest. Just to open his mouth is to protest: against conformism, against what is official, public, or national, what everyone else feels comfortable with, so the moment he opens his mouth, an artist is engaged, because opening his mouth is always scandalous. — Pier Paolo Pasolini

The main purpose of my work is to provoke people into using their imagination. Most people spend their lives in dreary, grey-beige conformity, mortally afraid of using colours. By experimenting with lighting, colours, textiles and furniture and utilizing the latest technologies, I try to show new ways to encourage people to use their phantasy and make their surroundings more exciting. — Verner Panton

Those seeking the life of the spirit should be cheerful and free, and not neglect recreation. Married people must act in conformity with their vocation--but their progress will of necessity be but the pace of a hen. — Teresa of Avila

Courtesy, modesty, good manners, conformity to definite ethical standards are universal, but what constitutes courtesy, modesty, good manners, and definite ethical standards is not universal. It is instructive to know that standards differ in the most unexpected ways. — Franz Boas

In Conclusion

These quotes also emphasize the negative effects of conformity on personal growth and creativity. They highlight how conformity restricts the ability to think freely and stifle innovation. Many of these quotes advocate for breaking free from societal expectations and norms, encouraging individuals to embrace their true selves and stand out from the crowd. These quotes serve as a reminder that conformity can be limiting and that it is essential to express one's own thoughts and ideas, even if they go against the norm.

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