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200 Best Society Quotes To Understand Society Better

200 Society Quotes

“Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.” – Gilbert K. Chesterton

“If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.” – John F. Kennedy

“Society is so divided in its perception of public school people. Most people who went to public school behave in the right way, but every now and then there will be someone who comes along and ruins it.” – Jack Whitehall

“The writer is the person who stands outside society, independent of affiliation and independent of influence.” – Don DeLillo

“Those born into poverty or on the margins of society require our extra support to realize their dreams.” – Novak Djokovic

“Be able to be alone. Lose not the advantage of solitude, and the society of thyself.” – Sir Thomas Browne

“The key to organizing an alternative society is to organize people around what they can do, and more importantly, what they want to do.” – Abbie Hoffman

“In an industrial society which confuses work and productivity, the necessity of producing has always been an enemy of the desire to create.” – Raoul Vaneigem

“I belonged to a new underclass, no longer determined by social status or the color of your skin. No, we now have discrimination down to a science.” – Vincent Freeman

“This society is driven by neurotic speed and force accelerated by greed and frustration of not being able to live up to the image of men and woman we have created for ourselves; the image has nothing to do with the reality of people.” – Yoko Ono

“The Federal Reserve, the Treasury, all the regulator agencies – if there’s a problem of the financial mechanism in society, the only one to fix it is government. They’ve got a legitimate role.” – Dick Cheney

“It’s an indication of how cynical our society has become that any kind of love story with a sad theme is automatically ridiculed as sentimental junk.” – Winona Ryder

“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” – Vince Lombardi

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

“Katherine Valentine: How can a society so advanced, so scientific, be so stupid? Tom Natsworthy: Well, no more stupid than people today.” – ‘Mortal Engines’

“The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas, i.e., the class which is the ruling material force of society, is at the same time its ruling intellectual force.” – Karl Marx

“I’m trying to be global and trying to push us, as a society, to becoming colorblind, and so I’m very grateful to ABC for casting me in ‘Quantico.’ It was based on my merit, not on my ethnicity.” – Priyanka Chopra

“The core political values of our free society are so deeply embedded in our collective consciousness that only a few malcontents, lunatics generally, ever dare to threaten them.” – John McCain

“A gender-equal society would be one where the word ‘gender’ does not exist: where everyone can be themselves.” – Gloria Steinem

“Women are the real architects of society.” – Cher

“No fundamental social change occurs merely because government acts. It’s because civil society, the conscience of a country, begins to rise up and demand – demand – demand change.” – Joe Biden

“Robert Kennedy was such an inspiring figure. His interest in politics seemed to come not from a desire for power, but from a need to help our society live up to its ideals.” – Elisabeth Shue

“Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age?” – Erich Fromm

“But, on the other hand, I get bored with racism too and recognize that there are still many things to be said about a Black person and a White person loving each other in a racist society.” – Audre Lorde

“It is better, as far as getting the vote is concerned, I believe, to have a small, united group than an immense debating society.” – Alice Paul

“Our society strives to avoid any possibility of offending anyone – except God.” – Billy Graham

“I can relax with bums because I am a bum. I don’t like laws, morals, religions, rules. I don’t like to be shaped by society.” – Charles Bukowski

“The happiness of society is the end of government.” – John Adams

“People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.” – Vince Lombardi

“Society is our extended mind and body.” – Alan Watts

“No society that feeds its children on tales of successful violence can expect them not to believe that violence in the end is rewarded.” – Margaret Mead

“The organizing principle of any society, Mr. Garrison, is for war. The authority of the state over its people resides in its war powers.” – X

“Before I do anything, I think, well what hasn’t been seen. Sometimes, that turns out to be something ghastly and not fit for society. And sometimes that inspiration becomes something that’s really worthwhile.” – Jim Carrey

“I should tie myself to no particular system of society other than of socialism.” – Nelson Mandela

“I feel bad about my outlook, how I feel about people and society, and that I’ll never be part of society the way I should.” – Mike Tyson

“The historic ascent of humanity, taken as a whole, may be summarized as a succession of victories of consciousness over blind forces – in nature, in society, in man himself.” – Leon Trotsky

“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

“Marriage is an institution. It’s the bedrock of society.” – Carmine Sabatini

“Political tyranny is nothing compared to the social tyranny and a reformer who defies society is a more courageous man than a politician who defies Government.” – B. R. Ambedkar

“To conclude that women are unfitted to the task of our historic society seems to me the equivalent of closing male eyes to female facts.” – Lyndon B. Johnson

“My role in society, or any artist’s or poet’s role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.” – John Lennon

“Society becomes how we behave.” – Gavin Newsom

“I feel like sometimes that I was not meant for this society.” – Mike Tyson

“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

“In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something else.” – Lee Iacocca

“We’re losing our way as a society. If we don’t stand up, if we don’t say what we think those rights should be, and if we don’t protect them, we will very soon find out that we do not have them.” – Edward Snowden

“The amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage it contained. That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time.” – John Stuart Mill

“In bourgeois society capital is independent and has individuality, while the living person is dependent and has no individuality.” – Karl Marx

“We owe our children – the most vulnerable citizens in any society – a life free from violence and fear.” – Nelson Mandela

“I think most people accept that it is necessary to have some surveillance in a democratic society. I think most people accept that it’s important to have limits and clear safeguards on that.” – Keir Starmer

“Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves. What is equally true is that every community gets the kind of law enforcement it insists on.” – Robert Kennedy

“At its core, a fair and just society is one where opportunity is open to all – not just those at the top.” – Rupert Murdoch

“I think the first duty of society is justice.” – Alexander Hamilton

“Because power corrupts, society’s demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.” – John Adams

“I do have strong feelings about the aristocracy: they serve a purpose, but it’s a sort of insular strand of society.” – Rachael Stirling

“In the future society, i.e. the communist society that we want to build, we are not going to establish charity institution, as there shall be no needy or poor, and no alms-giving and alms-taking.” – Bhagat Singh

“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.” – Frederick Douglass

“Society is like a large piece of frozen water; and skating well is the great art of social life.” – Letitia E. Landon

“It is easy to remove the mind from harping on the lost illusion of immortality. The disciplined intellect fears nothing and craves no sugar-plum at the day’s end, but is content to accept life and serve society as best it may.” – H. P. Lovecraft

“A work of art has no importance whatever to society. It is only important to the individual.” – Vladimir Nabokov

“I want a real revolution, a real change in society: society, a great organic mass of well-regulated forces used for the bringing-about a happy life for all.” – William Morris

“An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.” – Robert A. Heinlein

“A pure democracy is a society consisting of a small number of citizens, who assemble and administer the government in person.” – James Madison

“An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.” – Plutarch

“The only way to change something is to shock it. If you want your muscles to grow, you have to shock them. If you want society to change, you have to shock them.” – Jaden Smith

“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

“My foundations support people in the country who care about an open society. It’s their work that I’m supporting. So it’s not me doing it. But I can empower them. I can support them, and I can help them.” – George Soros

“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

“You judge a society by how it treats its citizens. We must do our best to ensure that every child can live in comfort and security, with the best possible education.” – Melania Trump

“The Constitution that I interpret and apply is not living, but dead, or as I prefer to call it, enduring. It means, today, not what current society, much less the court, thinks it ought to mean, but what it meant when it was adopted.” – Antonin Scalia

“Man was formed for society and is neither capable of living alone, nor has the courage to do it.” – William Blackstone

“Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” – Mark Twain

“No one needs to tell me about the importance of the free press in a democratic society or about the essential role a newspaper can play in its community.” – Robert Kennedy

“Society has to change, but the political powers we have at the moment are not enough to effect this change.” – Jose Saramago

“That is the one unforgivable sin in any society. Be different and be damned!” – Margaret Mitchell

“It’s good to pay high taxes – you have free schools, free universities. It’s a much more decent society than those where everybody pays their own way, and some people don’t get anything.” – Stellan Skarsgard

“So great is society’s demand for information that we can no longer say that all the news gathered is worthy of airing. Much of it is not.” – Robert Kardashian

“I say what I want to say and do what I want to do. There’s no in between. People will either love you for it or hate you for it.” – Eminem

“I’m 23 years old. I might just be my mother’s child, but in all reality, I’m everybody’s child. Nobody raised me; I was raised in this society.” – Tupac Shakur

“It is so easy for society to shock the people who are not in it.” – Edgar Watson Howe

“An ideal society should be mobile, should be full of channels for conveying a change taking place in one part to other parts. In an ideal society, there should be many interests consciously communicated and shared.” – B. R. Ambedkar

“One of the greatest casualties of the war in Vietnam is the Great Society…shot down on the battlefield of Vietnam.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Law has become a business. Health care has become a business. Unfortunately, politics has also become a business. That really undermines society.” – George Soros

“Some people strengthen the society just by being the kind of people they are.” – John W. Gardner

“The nature of a society is largely determined by the direction in which talent and ambition flow by the tilt of the social landscape.” – Eric Hoffer

“We have the opportunity to move not only toward the rich society and the powerful society, but upward to the Great Society.” – Lyndon B. Johnson

“Without intervention today, the cost of care for adults with autism will be significantly greater and the burden will no longer lie with the parents, but on our entire society.” – Jenny McCarthy

“I think this society suffers so much from too much freedom, too many rights that allow people to be irresponsible.” – Boyd Rice

“Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.” – James Russell Lowell

“There is one, and only one, thing in modern society more hideous than crime namely, repressive justice.” – Simone Weil

“Law represents the effort of man to organize society; governments, the efforts of selfishness to overthrow liberty.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“My goal was always to be recognized as a good actor but no one was interested in that, simply because society just wants to warm towards your appearance. This is the great blemish of society.” – Jude Law

“The caste system may be more highly developed in countries like India or England, but every tier of society in almost every culture tries to dominate a group it perceives as beneath it.” – Marlon Brando

“For the principal aim of society is to protect individuals in the enjoyment of those absolute rights, which were vested in them by the immutable laws of nature…” – William Blackstone

“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose.” – James Baldwin

“Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society.” – John Adams

“An open society is a society which allows its members the greatest possible degree of freedom in pursuing their interests compatible with the interests of others.” – George Soros

“I’m kind of ashamed to be a celebrity. I don’t understand wanting to read about other people’s dirty laundry. I think celebrity is the biggest red herring society has ever pulled on itself.” – Jude Law

“I find the earth to be a place of misery in which I am surrounded by the conformity that kills society.” – Matt LeBlanc

“In every society some men are born to rule, and some to advise.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“There have been moments in my life when I’ve become numb to certain aspects of myself that I found frightening. Or I’ve conformed to certain morals of society and then maybe rebelled or found a way out.” – Jessie Buckley

“The majority is never right. Never, I tell you! That’s one of these lies in society that no free and intelligent man can help rebelling against.” – Henrik Ibsen

“We all know growth is absolutely vital to a free society. No one should want Australia to be a stag-nation: a nation with a stagnant economy and stagnant aspirations.” – Rupert Murdoch

“People, for reasons of their own, often fail to do things that would be good for them or good for society. Those failures – joined with the similar failures of others – can readily have a substantial effect on interstate commerce.” – John Roberts

“One thing you have got to do politically is to identify the ties that bind society together and try to strengthen them.” – Boris Johnson

“A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Society knows perfectly well how to kill a man and has methods more subtle than death.” – Andre Gide

“Society honors its living conformists and its dead troublemakers.” – Mignon McLaughlin

“What is a society without a heroic dimension?” – Jean Baudrillard

“We live in a diverse society – in fact, a diverse world – and we must learn to live in peace and with respect for each other.” – Stan Lee

“In these times you have to be an optimist to open your eyes when you awake in the morning.” – Carl Sandburg

“No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable.” – Adam Smith

“I do believe in humanism, and I believe that we should treat each other with respect and care and look after each other. All human beings should have an equal chance to survive in society, and inequality is a big problem in society.” – Stellan Skarsgard

“Everyone has to have a sense of duty. A duty to society, to their family. I mean, you name it.” – Prince Philip

“You don’t see Indians in Hollywood films around which a story can revolve. As soon as we have a social presence in your society, I am sure there will be many actors from our part of the world that will be acting in Hollywood films.” – Amitabh Bachchan

“Meals make the society, hold the fabric together in lots of ways that were charming and interesting and intoxicating to me. The perfect meal, or the best meals, occur in a context that frequently has very little to do with the food itself.” – Anthony Bourdain

“I think you can get to a point where nihilism, if that’s the right word, is overwhelming, and the basic laws that society has set up – either religious or social laws – become meaningless.” – Bruce Springsteen

“What we need to do is to put an end to all this barbarity. Put an end to all this violence – find a solution for it. By inventing a new society.” – Hermann Kermit Warm

“No one would talk much in society if they knew how often they misunderstood others.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“We live in a society of victimization, where people are much more comfortable being victimized than actually standing up for themselves.” – Marilyn Manson

“Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.” – John F. Kennedy

“The society must be better than the individual.” – Governor Mike Morris

“To succeed in polite society, a young woman must be many things. Kind… well-read… and accomplished. But to survive in the world as we know it, you’ll need… other qualities.” – Elizabeth Bennet

“Men are beginning to realize that they are not individuals but persons in society, that man alone is weak and adrift, that he must seek strength in common action.” – Dorothy Day

“To develop political and economic power in a capitalist society, you need capital.” – Bobby Seale

“Society as a whole benefits immeasurably from a climate in which all persons, regardless of race or gender, may have the opportunity to earn respect, responsibility, advancement and remuneration based on ability.” – Sandra Day O’Connor

“The paradox of education is precisely this – that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated.” – James Baldwin

“Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage’s whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.” – Ayn Rand

“No system of mass surveillance has existed in any society that we know of to this point that has not been abused.” – Edward Snowden

“Until we get equality in education, we won’t have an equal society.” – Sonia Sotomayor

“For me, democratic socialism is about – really, the value for me is that I believe that in a modern, moral, and wealthy society, no person in America should be too poor to live.” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

“Under any system of society… the family holds the future in its bosom.” – Charles Franklin Thwing

“The gift of loneliness is sometimes a radical vision of society or one’s people that has not previously been taken into account.” – Alice Walker

“A good person can make another person good; it means that goodness will elicit goodness in the society; other persons will also be good.” – Bhumibol Adulyadej

“The runway symbolizes something in society that’s very intimidating to women.” – Tyra Banks

“I think as an American society, when we’re paying too many taxes or dealing with war, we don’t want to see sad things at the movies.” – Zoe Saldana

“Unity is the secret of social progress, and service to society is the means to promote it.” – Sri Sathya Sai Baba

“I believe that every American should have stable, dignified housing; health care; education – that the most very basic needs to sustain modern life should be guaranteed in a moral society.” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

“I believe discrimination still exists in society and we must fight it in every form.” – Andrew Cuomo

“Sports are a microcosm of society.” – Billie Jean King

“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

“I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves…” – Thomas Jefferson

“The danger of the past was that men became slaves. The danger of the future is that men may become robots.” – Erich Fromm

“We won’t have a society if we destroy the environment.” – Margaret Mead

“Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it.” – John Lennon

“While I’m not a celebrity, it’s such a weird concept that society has cooked up for us. Astronauts and teachers are much more amazing than actors.” – Joseph Gordon-Levitt

“The first time I changed the world, I was hailed as a visionary. The second time I was asked politely to retire. Society tolerates only one change at a time.” – Nikola Tesla

“It is impossible, in our condition of Society, not to be sometimes a Snob.” – William Makepeace Thackeray

“The health of a democratic society may be measured by the quality of functions performed by private citizens.” – Alexis de Tocqueville

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” – Nelson Mandela

“All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.” – Albert Einstein

“There is no such thing as society: there are individual men and women, and there are families.” – Margaret Thatcher

“Any society that starts forbidding certain words or expressions is a society you should be wary about, whether it’s the KGB or social consensus that enforces it.” – Stellan Skarsgard

“Passion must be concealed in a society where cold reserve and indifference are the signs of good breeding.” – Anton Chekhov

“What is missing from today’s dialogue is the effect autism is having on families, our society and what the unknown factors are. The 300lb. gorilla in the room is that our children with autism today will soon become adults with autism.” – Jenny McCarthy

“Celebrity is a big part of the American social system. I’m certainly grateful for what it’s done for me, but I do think that celebrity is overdone in our society. I think it’s got a dangerous side to it.” – Robert Redford

“The true meaning of feminism is this: to use your strong womanly image to gain strong results in society.” – Pamela Anderson

“Because values change, legislatures abolish the death penalty, permit same-sex marriage if they want, abolish laws against homosexual conduct. That’s how the change in a society occurs. Society doesn’t change through a Constitution.” – Antonin Scalia

“We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.” – Ronald Reagan

“We educated, privileged lawyers have a professional and moral duty to represent the underrepresented in our society, to ensure that justice exists for all, both legal and economic justice.” – Sonia Sotomayor

“Being biracial is sort of like being in a secret society. Most people I know of that mix have a real ability to be in a room with anyone, black or white.” – Halle Berry

“I feel like a serious revolution needs to take place in order for human beings to evolve in a way where we can truly exist as a society.” – Jaden Smith

“Drones overall will be more impactful than I think people recognize, in positive ways to help society.” – Bill Gates

“The only limits on scientific progress are those imposed by society.” – Nikola Tesla

“A great step forward was made the day men understood that in order to torment one another more efficiently they would have to gather together, to organize themselves into a society.” – Emil Cioran

“Man seeketh in society comfort, use and protection.” – Francis Bacon

“Society is composed of two great classes – those who have more dinners than appetite, and those who have more appetite than dinners.” – Nicolas Chamfort

“We must work together to ensure the equitable distribution of wealth, opportunity and power in our society.” – Nelson Mandela

“Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory, there would be no civilization, no society, no future.” – Elie Wiesel

“Progressive societies outgrow institutions as children outgrow clothes.” – Henry George

“A free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.” – Adlai Stevenson II

“It matters enormously to a successful democratic society like ours that we have three branches of government, each with some independence and some control over the other two. That’s set out in the Constitution.” – Sandra Day O’Connor

“No drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we’re looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn’t test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.” – Patrick Jake O’Rourke

“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

“Crimes against children are the most heinous crime. That, for me, would be a reason for capital punishment because children are innocent and need the guidance of an adult society.” – Clint Eastwood

“A glimpse into the world proves that horror is nothing other than reality.” – Alfred Hitchcock

“Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both.” – C. Wright Mills

“The enemy of society is middle class and the enemy of life is middle age.” – Orson Welles

“If your joy is derived from what society thinks of you, you’re always going to be disappointed.” – Madonna

“Sometimes society looks upon people as crazy. It may only mean that they are alienated from their own true natures.” – Laszlo Kreizler

“Men and women are custodians of this society, and we both decide what’s going to happen for our future. I feel that very, very strongly.” – Cillian Murphy

“Murder is unique in that it abolishes the party it injures, so that society has to take the place of the victim and on his behalf demand atonement or grant forgiveness; it is the one crime in which society has a direct interest.” – W. H. Auden

“Society attacks early, when the individual is helpless. It enslaves him almost before he has tasted freedom.” – B. F. Skinner

“I service society by rocking, ok? I’m out there on the front lines liberating people with my music!” – Dewey Finn

“In a higher phase of communist society… only then can the narrow horizon of bourgeois right be fully left behind and society inscribe on its banners: from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.” – Karl Marx

“I know what it feels like to carry a lot of weight in a society that’s very image-conscious. It’s a thin person’s world, and we try to navigate within it without being made fun of.” – Kevin Smith

“I chose America as my home because I value freedom and democracy, civil liberties and an open society.” – George Soros

“The sign of a good society is where talent is respected.” – Irrfan Khan

“So if we have anything original to offer, it’s to speak from our own life about the society we’re in.” – Sean Penn

“I’m going to get controversial here and say that monogamy isn’t natural, especially not for men. It’s a concept society birthed a few hundred years ago, even though men’s DNA is busy telling them to spread the seed.” – Jameela Jamil

“I suppose I’m intrigued with the bad traits of society, because I’m a part of society, and the bad traits pose the dangerous questions for our future.” – Jude Law

“A great man is different from an eminent one in that he is ready to be the servant of the society.” – B. R. Ambedkar

“There is no better gift a society can give children than the opportunity to grow up safe and free – the chance to pursue whatever dreams they may have.” – John Roberts

“Money is the barometer of a society’s virtue.” – Ayn Rand

“Cinema will always have an important role to play in society.” – Leslie Caron

“We must reform society before we can reform ourselves.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Music moves society more than most people realize. In my opinion, it’s a soft manipulator of influence and change.” – Kim Harrison

“Some people think that religion is not essential to society. I do not hold this view. I consider the foundation of religion to be essential to the life and practices of a society.” – B. R. Ambedkar

“The societies to which I have been exposed seemed to me largely machines for the suppression of women.” – Cormac McCarthy

“Sadly, in any industry and in any work-related environment, females always strive to achieve a certain amount of perfection, whether that be skinny or pretty. It’s a constant, in our society.” – Mila Kunis

“I don’t want to live in a society that does these sort of things… I do not want to live in a world where everything I do and say is recorded. That is not something I am willing to support or live under.” – Edward Snowden

“He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.” – Aristotle

“We declare our right on this earth to be a man, to be a human being, to be given the rights of a human being, to be respected as a human being in this society, on this earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence.” – Malcolm X

“Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future.” – Albert Camus

“…the new society cannot be created by reproducing the repugnant past, however refined or enticingly repackaged.” – Nelson Mandela

“In a repressive society, a writer can be deeply influential, but in a society that’s filled with glut and repetition and endless consumption, the act of terror may be the only meaningful act.” – Don DeLillo

“What else is a criminal except somebody who can’t function in society?” – Dr. Wendy Carr

“All societies end up wearing masks.” – Jean Baudrillard

“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.” – Isaac Asimov

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

“A society regulated by a public sense of justice is inherently stable.” – John Rawls

“Everything in this room is eatable, even I’m eatable! But that is called ‘cannibalism’, my dear children, and is in fact frowned upon in most societies.” – Willy Wonka

“What passed for society was a loud, giddy whirl of thieves and pretentious hustlers, a dull sideshow full of quacks and clowns…” – Hunter S. Thompson

“I know a life of crime has led me to this sorry fate, and yet, I blame society. Society made me what I am.” – Duke

“There is little chance for a person to exercise the imagination today in this complex, programmed society we have.” – Peter Cushing

“The sanity of society is a balance of a thousand insanities.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay.” – Ernst Fischer

“We live in a very dysfunctional society, and this is a very, very dysfunctional Administration.” – Martin Sheen

“I am a socialist; of course I am a socialist. To hold a vision that society can be fundamentally different, to believe that all people can be equal – that is not a new idea.” – Bernie Sanders

“The individual is not accountable to society for his actions in so far as these concern the interests of no person but himself.” – John Stuart Mill

Originally published October 6, 2021, updated October 6, 2021

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