quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson

He who would be a man must therefore be a non-conformist.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Promising Non Conformist quotations

We live in a society that penalizes highly creative individuals for their non-conformist autonomy. This makes the teaching of problem solving in design both discouraging and difficult. A...student (has) massive blocks against new ways of thinking, engendered by some 16 years of mis-education.


Non conformist 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.

Be neither a conformist or a rebel, for they are really the same thing.

Find your own path, and stay on it.

Non conformist quote There will be haters, there will be doubters, there will be non-believers, and t
There will be haters, there will be doubters, there will be non-believers, and then there will be You, proving them wrong.
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All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions.

All change is the result of a change in the contemporary state of mind.

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

A free society cherishes nonconformity.

It knows from the non-conformist, from the eccentric, have come many of the great ideas.


Non conformist quote A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity
A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity

Rebels and non-conformists are often the pioneers and designers of change.

The Non-Conformist Conscience makes cowards of us all.

Why is it that all non-conformists look the same?

Don't you get tired of seeing so many "non-conformists" with the same non-conformist look?

You rarely find a nonconformist who goes it alone.


The only true non-conformists are in the asylums;

the only radically free spirits are in the death house awaiting the chair. We live by patterns.

(...the non-conformist, how do you keep from getting scarred?)/i don’t! i got a scar here…and uh i got a scar on my knee…and uh a few scars on my soul.

If children were brought up to become non-conformists it would only ruin their lives. So parents all over China who loved their children told them to do as Chairman Mao said. It was not possible to tell them anything else.

Society demands conformity at the expense of individual liberty.

Let us be for once a non conformist to be fully alive.

My prodigious sin was, and still is, being a non-conformist.

Although I am not a Communist I refused to fall in line by hating them.


It's the non-conformist who gives color to history.

Woe to him inside a non-conformist clique who does not conform to non-conformity.

My prodigious sin was, and still is, being a non-conformist.

You can’t be a non-conformist if you don’t wear the proper uniform.

A "Normal" person is the sort of person that might be designed by a committee.

You know, "Each person puts in a pretty color and it comes out gray."


I learned the word non-conformist in fourth grade and immediately announced that I would grow up to become one.

Now let's repeat the non-conformists' oath: I promise to be different! I promise to be unique! I promise not to repeat things other people say! Good!

The American people...have a stake in non-conformity. For they know that the American genius is non-conformist.

I feel like, in many ways, Billie Holiday's still very under-appreciated as an artist. People focus on her voice, and all of the very recognizable vocal things that she does, which are great. But I wanted to, with this project, start the conversation again about her as a radical feminist, as a civil rights activist - taking a stance. And also just [her] being a non-conformist.

Linde's Danger to Self is a warm, candid and appealing account of being an emergency room psychiatrist. Linde captures the non-conformist, hard-boiled style of the psychiatrists who work in this setting.


Friends have asked how I came to engender this American antagonism.

My prodigious sin was, and still is, being a non-conformist. Although I am not a Communist I refused to fall in line by hating them. Secondly, I was opposed to the Committee on Un-American Activities - a dishonest phrase to begin with, elastic enough to wrap around the throat and strangle the voice of any American citizen whose honest opinion is a minority of one.

Films might get to you and your subconscious and make a little difference, but when the vigilante drum beats, the mob screams and the conformists go along with it. There have to be people who are non-conformists.

The spirit of a production-centered, commodity-greedy society is such that only the non-conformist can defend himself sufficiently against it. Those who are seriously concerned with love as the only rational answer to the problem of human existence must, then, arrive at the conclusion that important and radical changes in our social structure are necessary, if love is to become a social and not a highly individualistic, marginal phenomenon.

I don't think playing it safe constitutes a retreat, necessarily.

In other words, I don't think if, by playing safe he means we are not going to delve into controversy, then if that's what he means he's quite right. I'm not going to delve into controversy. Somebody asked me the other day if this means that I'm going to be a meek conformist, and my answer is no. I'm just acting the role of a tired non-conformist.