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The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. Isaac Asimov, scientist

Society has arisen out of the works of peace; the essence of society is peacemaking. Ludwig von Mises, economist

To be social is to be forgiving. Robert Frost, poet

Society lives by faith, and develops by science. Henri Frederic Amiel, philosopher

Society is a hospital of incurables. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet

Society exists only as a mental concept; in the real world there are only individuals. Oscar Wilde, dramatist

Society attacks early, when the individual is helpless. B. F. Skinner, psychologist

When a nation goes down, or a society perishes, one condition may always be found; they forgot where they came from. They lost sight of what had brought them along. Carl Sandburg, poet

The concept of the "good ol' days" must be one of our society's biggest delusions, top reasons for depression, as well as most often used excuse for lack of success. Bo Bennett, entrepreneur

In any great organization it is far, far safer to be wrong with the majority than to be right alone. John Kenneth Galbraith, economist

One of the definitions of sanity is the ability to tell real from unreal. Soon we'll need a new definition. Alvin Toffler, author

Remember and help America remember that the fellowship of human beings is more important than the fellowship of race and class and gender in a democratic society. Marian Wright Edelman, activist

We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology. Carl Sagan, scientist

Society is like a stew. If you don't stir it up every once in a while then a layer of scum floats to the top. Edward Abbey, author

Society always consists in the greatest part, of young and foolish persons. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet

No power in society, no hardship in your condition can depress you, keep you down, in knowledge, power, virtue, influence, but by your own consent. William Ellery Channing, writer

When a society abandons its ideals just because most people can't live up to them, behavior gets very ugly indeed. Judith Martin, author

A nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestry and by common hatred of its neighbours. William Ralph Inge, clergyman

Schools and libraries are the twin cornerstones of a civilized society. Libraries are only good if people use them, like books only exist when someone reads them. Nicholas Meyer, writer

Society cares for the individual only so far as he is profitable. Simone de Beauvoir, writer

The greatest difficulty with the world is not its ability to produce, but the unwillingness to share. Roy L. Smith, clergyman

Never speak disrespectfully of Society. Only people who can't get into it do that. Oscar Wilde, dramatist

I do earnestly wish to see the distinction of sex confounded in society, unless where love animates the behaviour. Mary Wollstonecraft, writer

The most violent element in society is ignorance. Emma Goldman, activist

The happiness of society is the end of government. John Adams, president

If you're treated a certain way you become a certain kind of person. If certain things are described to you as being real they're real for you whether they're real or not. James Baldwin, educator

Civilization is unbearable, but it is less unbearable at the top. Timothy Leary, educator

A free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular. Adlai Stevenson, politician

No civilized society can thrive upon victims, whose humanity has been permanently mutilated. Rabindranath Tagore, poet

Sobriety, severity, and self-respect are the foundations of all true sociality. Henry David Thoreau, author

We now have a whole culture based on the assumption that people know nothing and so anything can be said to them. Stephen Vizinczey,

America must be the teacher of democracy, not the advertiser of the consumer society. It is unrealistic for the rest of the world to reach the American living standard. Mikhail Gorbachev, statesman

This avidity alone, of acquiring goods and possessions for ourselves and our nearest friends, is insatiable, perpetual, universal, and directly destructive of society. David Hume, philosopher

Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them. Bill Vaughan, journalist

One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, poet

A society that gets rid of all its troublemakers goes downhill. Robert A. Heinlein, writer

I think we risk becoming the best informed society that has ever died of ignorance. Ruben Blades, musician

Society is now one polished horde, formed of two mighty tribes, the Bores and Bored. Lord (George Gordon) Byron, poet

Society is a masked ball, where every one hides his real character, and reveals it by hiding. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet

Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency. Man is a social being. Mahatma Gandhi, leader

Society does not consist of individuals but expresses the sum of interrelations, the relations within which these individuals stand. Karl Marx, economist

Anarchy is the ultimate destination of any positively evolving society. Eric Parslow,

It is the tendency of the social burdens to crush out the middle class, and to force society into an organization of only two classes, one at each social extreme. William Graham Sumner, businessman

Bankers - pillars of society who are going to hell if there is a God and He has been accurately quoted. John Ralston Saul, author

We believe in personal choice, rather than society dictating how we must live our lives. Mike Peters, cartoonist

It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society. Jiddu Krishnamurti, philosopher

Society honors its living conformists and its dead troublemakers. Mignon McLaughlin, journalist

Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best stage, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one. Thomas Paine, writer

Civilized society is perpetually menaced with disintegration through this primary hostility of men towards one another. Sigmund Freud, psychologist

The path towards a free society has not been simple. There are tragic and glorious pages in our history. Vladimir Putin, statesman

Society is becoming less and less transparent. People no longer know where decisions that substantially affect their lives are taken, nor by whom, nor how. Georg Henrik von Wright, philosopher

I think the problem starts with the general appreciation of the music in the larger society. Sonny Rollins, musician

Beneath all of these addictions is this disease, this control disease which is the mark of our society. Keith Miller, author

The problem with society is that happiness and intelligence are rarely found in the same person. I guess that's why they say ignorance is bliss. Anonymous,

Society is divided into two classes, the shearers and the shorn. Sebastian Roch Nicolas Chamfort,

Our individual lives cannot, generally, be works of art unless the social order is also. Charles Horton Cooley, sociologist

The circumstances of human society are too complicated to be submitted to the rigor of mathematical calculation. Marquis De Custine, author

As long as we have an unjust society, like we do now, we will never have a loving society. If you don Jane Elliot, actress

An institution is the lengthened shadow of one man. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet

Society is always trying in some way to grind us down to a single flat surface. Oliver Wendell Holmes, writer

The spirit of truth and the spirit of freedom -- these are the pillars of society. Henrik Ibsen, poet

Society in shipwreck is comfort to all. Publilius Syrus, writer

We don't need a weakened government but a strong government that would take responsibility for the rights of the individual and care for the society as a whole. Vladimir Putin, statesman

Women with money and women in power are two uncomfortable ideas in our society. Candace Bushnell, writer

Society is one vast conspiracy for carving one into the kind of statue likes, and then placing it in the most convenient niche it has. Randolph Bourne, writer

Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society. Mark Twain, author

The human race's prospects of survival were considerably better when we were defenceless against tigers than they are today when we have become defenceless against ourselves. Arnold J. Toynbee, historian

The Supreme Court's only armor is the cloak of public trust; its sole ammunition, the collective hopes of our society. Irving R. Kaufman, judge

Society exists for the benefit of its members, not the members for the benefit of society. Herbert Spencer, philosopher

The danger of the past was that men became slaves. The danger of the future is that man may become robots. Erich Fromm, psychologist

I'm also interested in the modern suggestion that you can have a combination of love and sex in a marriage - which no previous society has ever believed. Alain de Botton, writer

As the mainstream media has become increasingly dependent on advertising revenues for support, it has become an anti-democratic force in society. Robert McChesney, critic

We all do better when we work together. Our differences do matter, but our common humanity matters more. Bill Clinton,

Bigotry or prejudice in any form is more than a problem; it is a deep-seated evil within our society. Judith Light, actress

Good-looking individuals are treated better than homely ones in virtually every social situation, from dating to trial by jury. Martha Beck, author

The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern. Lord (John Emerich Edward Dalberg) Acton,

It is always possible to bind together a considerable number of people in love, so long as there are other people left over to receive the manifestations of their aggression. Sigmund Freud, psychologist

Whoever marries the spirit of this age will find himself a widower in the next. W. R. [William Ralph] Inge,

There is one fact that can be established. The only phenomenon which, always and in all parts of the world, seems to be linked with the appearance of writing Claude LeviStrauss,

Society has always seemed to demand a little more from human beings than it will get in practice. George Orwell, author

We are all murderers and prostitutes - no matter to what culture, society, class, nation one belongs, no matter how normal, moral, or mature, one takes oneself to be. R. D. Laing, psychologist

When I read about the way in which library funds are being cut and cut, I can only think that American society has found one more way to destroy itself. Isaac Asimov, scientist

In a society in which equality is a fact, not merely a word, words of racial or sexual assault and humiliation will be nonsense syllables. Catharine MacKinnon, activist

Our society finds truth too strong a medicine to digest undiluted. In its purest form, truth is not a polite tap on the shoulder. It is a howling reproach. Ted Koppel, journalist

If you say, I'm for equal pay, that's a reform. But if you say. I'm a feminist, that's a transformation of society. Gloria Steinem, activist

The triumph of persuasion over force is the sign of a civilized society. Mark Skousen, economist

The reconnection of society, economy and ethics is a project we cannot postpone. Michael D. Higgins, politician

In all of our society, but especially in Hollywood, there is an obsession with perfection that can lead to self-loathing and neurosis and all that kind of stuff. Ethan Hawke, actor

Society cannot continue to disable themselves through their need to categorize people or make assumptions as to another individual's abilities. Evelyn Glennie, musician

My mind boggles at the amount of violence inflicted upon children in today's society. Samantha Morton, actress

China is completely lacking in self-awareness and as someone who has stepped outside that society, I have a responsibility to write about it as I see it. Ma Jian, writer

You can find your way across this country using burger joints the way a navigator uses stars. Charles Kuralt, journalist

Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak, men mistook magic for medicine; now, when science is strong and religion weak, men mistake medicine for magic. Thomas Szasz, psychologist

How can a society that exists on instant mashed potatoes, packaged cake mixes, frozen dinners, and instant cameras teach patience to its young? Paul Sweeney,

There is more to life than increasing its speed. Mahatma Gandhi, leader

The enemy of society is middle class and the enemy of life is middle age. Orson Welles, actor

The smarter the journalists are, the better off society is. For to a degree, people read the press to inform themselves - and the better the teacher, the better the student body. Warren Buffett, businessman

A civilized society is one which tolerates eccentricity to the point of doubtful sanity. Robert Frost, poet

In a civilized society, all crimes are likely to be sins, but most sins are not and ought not to be treated as crimes. Man's ultimate responsibility is to God alone. Geoffrey Fisher, clergyman

Cockroaches and socialites are the only things that can stay up all night and eat anything. Herb Caen, journalist

There can be hope only for a society which acts as one big family, not as many separate ones. Anwar Sadat, statesman

The surface of American society is covered with a layer of democratic paint, but from time to time one can see the old aristocratic colours breaking through. Alexis de Tocqueville, historian

Politics I conceive to be nothing more than the science of the ordered progress of society along the lines of greatest usefulness and convenience to itself. Woodrow Wilson, president

You have to look at history as an evolution of society. Jean Chretien, statesman

Truth is certainly a branch of morality and a very important one to society. Thomas Jefferson, president

We have a system that increasingly taxes work and subsidizes nonwork. Milton Friedman, economist

Individual rights are the means of subordinating society to moral law. Ayn Rand, writer

Society is always taken by surprise at any new example of common sense. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet

A society that has more justice is a society that needs less charity. Ralph Nader, lawyer

Our guiding principle was that design is neither an intellectual nor a material affair, but simply an integral part of the stuff of life, necessary for everyone in a civilized society. Walter Gropius, architect

It seems that we have it backward in our society. We tend to look up to people who are under a great deal of stress, who can handle loads of stress, and those who are under a great deal of pressure. Richard Carlson, author

For centuries we have been living in the society where not laws but people ruled, where there was no legal state. Nursultan Nazarbayev, politician

Corruption, the greatest single bane of our society today. Olusegun Obasanjo, statesman

Our civic society is really all we have by way of nationhood. Cokie Roberts, journalist

Having soon discovered to be great, I must appear so, and therefore studiously avoided mixing in society, and wrapped myself in mystery, devoting my time to fasting and prayer. Nat Turner, activist

Film, therefore, is part of society, not distant from it, easy to experience for people regardless of class. Mark Poster,

I am strongly convinced that the people or society is the best and the most unerring critic. Vissarion Belinsky, critic

What is the damnation of hell? To go with that society who have not obeyed His commands. Joseph Smith, Jr., clergyman

Sometimes the most positive thing you can be in a boring society is absolutely negative. Johnny Rotten, musician

In society, one doesn't tell the truth, one tells the exact opposite. Nelson Eddy, musician

I have an intense dislike for artificial society. In France, one could lead a free life - to do what one wanted to do without interference or criticism from one's neighbors. Robert W. Service, poet

Men and women must be educated, in a great degree, by the opinions and manners of the society they live in. Mary Wollstonecraft, writer

Ideology... is indispensable in any society if men are to be formed, transformed and equipped to respond to the demands of their conditions of existence. Louis Althusser, philosopher

A society deadened by a smothering network of laws while finding release in moral chaos is not likely to be either happy or stable. Robert Bork, public servant

Having enough to eat, being able to educate your children, have reasonably stable employment, and being able to live in a society which isn't collapsing around you-all of these things have been generally eroded. Susan George, activist

We live in a society that blames everybody else for what's wrong. Max Cannon, comic strip creator

Our society's strong emphasis on dieting and self-image can sometimes lead to eating disorders. We know that more than 5 million Americans suffer from eating disorders, most of them young women. Tipper Gore, celebrity

The negative side of football. The negative side of our society. People sometimes go to football and bring to it the negative aspects of our society. Jose Mourinho, coach

The real point is that totalitarian regimes have claimed jurisdiction over the whole person, and the whole society, and they don't at all believe that we should give unto Caesar that which is Caesar's and unto God that which is God's. Jeane Kirkpatrick, diplomat

Terrorism is a psychological warfare. Terrorists try to manipulate us and change our behavior by creating fear, uncertainty, and division in society. Patrick J. Kennedy, politician

In our open society, we are inclined to give to the less fortunate for the pure goodness of giving. We open our home to those who are alone on this holiday to spread some warmth into the life of another. Jeff Miller, politician

American society is a sort of flat, fresh-water pond which absorbs silently, without reaction, anything which is thrown into it. Henry Adams, historian

Popular art is the dream of society; it does not examine itself. Margaret Atwood, novelist

The whole history of civilization is strewn with creeds and institutions which were invaluable at first, and deadly afterwards. Walter Bagehot, author

Society is held together by our need; we bind it together with legend, myth, coercion, fearing that without it we will be hurled into that void, within which, like the earth before the Word was spoken, the foundations of society are hidden. James Baldwin, educator

The bastard form of mass culture is humiliated repetition... always new books, new programs, new films, news items, but always the same meaning. Roland Barthes, critic

Ours is the age of substitutes: instead of language, we have jargon: instead of principles, slogans: and, instead of genuine ideas, bright ideas. Eric Bently,

I am now quite cured of seeking pleasure in society, be it country or town. A sensible man ought to find sufficient company in himself. Emily Bronte, novelist

It is a stern fact of history that no nation that rushed to the abyss ever turned back. Not ever, in the long history of the world. We are now on the edge of the abyss. Can we, for the first time in history, turn back? It is up to you. Taylor Caldwell, author

We call it a Society; and go about professing openly the totalest separation, isolation. Our life is not a mutual helpfulness; but rather, cloaked under due laws-of-war, named fair competition and so forth, it is a mutual hostility. Thomas Carlyle, philosopher

Society is composed of two great classes, those that have more dinners than appetite, and those who have more appetite than dinners. Sebastian Roch Nicolas Chamfort,

Once we have resolved only to see those who will treat us morally and virtuously, reasonably and truthfully, without treating conventions, vanities and ceremonials as anything other than props of polite society, we will have to live more or less on our own. Sebastian Roch Nicolas Chamfort,

Institutions -- government, churches, industries, and the like -- have properly no other function than to contribute to human freedom; and in so far as they fail, on the whole, to perform this function, they are wrong and need reconstruction. Charles Horton Cooley, sociologist

You can tell all you need to about a society from how it treats animals and beaches. Frank DeFord, writer

Society never advances. It recedes as fast on one side as it gains on the other. Society acquires new arts, and loses old instincts. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet

Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members. The virtue in most request is conformity. Self-reliance is its aversion. It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet

Every society by its own practice of living and by the mode of relatedness, of feelings, and perceiving, develops a system of categories which determines the forms of awareness. Erich Fromm, psychologist

The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy: neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water. John W. Gardner, educator

Social improvement is attained more readily by a concern with the quality of results than with the purity of motives. Eric Hoffer, writer

Society is a republic. When an individual tries to lift themselves above others, they are dragged down by the mass, either by ridicule or slander. Victor Hugo, author

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