Whatever is funny is subversive, every joke is ultimately a custard pie... a dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion.
— George Orwell

Egotism is usually subversive of sagacity.
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The sight of women talking together has always made men uneasy; nowadays it means rank subversion.
— Germaine Greer

You can't be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet.
— Hal Borland

Men in authority will always think that criticism of their policies is dangerous. They will always equate their policies with patriotism, and find criticism subversive.
— subversion quotation by Henry Steele Commager