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

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

It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.

— Jiddu Krishnamurti

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.

— Dwight D. Eisenhower

There is more to life than increasing its speed.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap.

— Barbara Jordan

Do not waste your time on Social Questions. What is the matter with the poor is Poverty what is the matter with the rich is Uselessness.

— George Bernard Shaw

If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.

— Henry David Thoreau

We have a system that increasingly taxes work and subsidizes nonwork.

— Milton Friedman

What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?

— Henry David Thoreau

Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor.

— Robert Frost

The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose.

— James A. Baldwin

The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.

— Lily Tomlin

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

— Erich Fromm

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

— Adam Smith

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

Some people strengthen the society just by being the kind of people they are.

— John W. Gardner

We must stop thinking of the individual and start thinking about what is best for society.

— Hillary Clinton

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

— George Orwell

Society honors its living conformists and its dead troublemakers.

— Mignon McLaughlin

In these times you have to be an optimist to open your eyes when you awake in the morning.

— Carl Sandburg

The enemy of society is middle class and the enemy of life is middle age.

— Orson Welles

Punishment is now unfashionable… because it creates moral distinctions among men, which, to the democratic mind, are odious. We prefer a meaningless collective guilt to a meaningful individual responsibility.

— Thomas Szasz

Life was a lot simpler when what we honored was father and mother rather than all major credit cards.

— Robert Orben

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

Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both.

— C. Wright Mills

I am as frustrated with society as a pyromaniac in a petrified forest.

— A. Whitney Brown

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

— James Madison

Civilization is unbearable, but it is less unbearable at the top.

— Timothy Leary

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

The first principle of a free society is an untrammeled flow of words in an open forum.

— Adlai E. Stevenson

The wise person often shuns society for fear of being bored.

— Jean de la Bruyere

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

— Charles Kuralt

One of the definitions of sanity is the ability to tell real from unreal. Soon we’ll need a new definition.

— Alvin Toffler

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

— Boyd Rice

Perhaps in time the so-called Dark Ages will be thought of as including our own.

— Georg C. Lichtenberg

To give aid to every poor man is far beyond the reach and power of every man. Care of the poor is incumbent on society as a whole.

— Baruch Spinoza

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

— Charles Horton Cooley

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

— Martha Beck

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

— Bill Vaughan

Man is the animal that intends to shoot himself out into interplanetary space, after having given up on the problem of an efficient way to get himself five miles to work and back each day.

— Bill Vaughan

The world is governed more by appearance than realities so that it is fully as necessary to seem to know something as to know it.

— Daniel Webster

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

It is not a fragrant world.

— Raymond Chandler

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

— Herb Caen

Normal social behavior requires that we be able to recognize identities in spite of change. Unless we can do so, there can be no human society as we know it.

— Kenneth L. Pike

Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at all, but just terrible things.

— Russell Baker

What can you say about a society that says that God is dead and Elvis is alive?

— Irv Kupcinet

Today the world changes so quickly that in growing up we take leave not just of youth but of the world we were young in.

— Peter Medawar

The function of the press in society is to inform, but its role in society is to make money.

— A. J. Liebling

Society is based on the assumption that everyone is alike and no one is alive.

— Hugh Kingsmill

Exclusiveness in a garden is a mistake as great as it is in society.

— Alfred Austin

Society is the union of men and not the men themselves.

— Charles de Secondat

Women with money and women in power are two uncomfortable ideas in our society.

— Candace Bushnell

It seems a long time since the morning mail could be called correspondence.

— Jacques Barzun

You can’t make up anything anymore. The world itself is a satire. All you’re doing is recording it.

— Art Buchwald

Marriage cannot be severed from its cultural, religious and natural roots without weakening the good influence of society.

— Jack Kingston

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

People are going to behave however the social norms permit, and beyond that.

— Max Cannon

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

Our society is not a community, but merely a collection of isolated family units.

— Valerie Solanas

In our society leaving baby with Daddy is just one step above leaving the kids to be raised by wolves or apes.

— Al Roker

It is good for society to have this introspection.

— Jacques Verges

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

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

Discrimination is a hellhound that gnaws at Negroes in every waking moment of their lives to remind them that the lie of their inferiority is accepted as truth in the society dominating them.

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.

— Albert Einstein

If God would have wanted us to live in a permissive society He would have given us Ten Suggestions and not Ten Commandments.

— Zig Ziglar

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.

It is incontestable and deplorable that Negroes have committed crimes but they are derivative crimes. They are born of the greater crimes of the white society.

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.

— John F. Kennedy

Anyway, 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.

— P. J. O’Rourke

Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.

— Mark Twain

In a closed society where everybody’s guilty, the only crime is getting caught. In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity.

— Hunter S. Thompson

The finest clothing made is a person’s own skin, but, of course, society demands something more than this.

— Mark Twain

The very word ‘secrecy’ is repugnant in a free and open society and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths, and to secret proceedings.

— John F. Kennedy

I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.

— Thomas Jefferson

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

After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn’t do it. I sure as hell wouldn’t want to live in a society where the only people allowed guns are the police and the military.

— William S. Burroughs

Truth is certainly a branch of morality and a very important one to society.

— Thomas Jefferson

A liberal education is at the heart of a civil society, and at the heart of a liberal education is the act of teaching.

— A. Bartlett Giamatti

I claim that human mind or human society is not divided into watertight compartments called social, political and religious. All act and react upon one another.

— Mahatma Gandhi

If one could only teach the English how to talk, and the Irish how to listen, society here would be quite civilized.

— Oscar Wilde

Society exists only as a mental concept in the real world there are only individuals.

— Oscar Wilde

The great danger for family life, in the midst of any society whose idols are pleasure, comfort and independence, lies in the fact that people close their hearts and become selfish.

— Pope John Paul II

Arguments are extremely vulgar, for everyone in good society holds exactly the same opinion.

— Oscar Wilde

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

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

— Vince Lombardi

To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.

— Theodore Roosevelt

Measures must always in a progressive society be held superior to men, who are after all imperfect instruments, working for their fulfilment.

— Mahatma Gandhi

If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.

— John F. Kennedy

I suppose society is wonderfully delightful. To be in it is merely a bore. But to be out of it is simply a tragedy.

— Oscar Wilde

The basic thing nobody asks is why do people take drugs of any sort? Why do we have these accessories to normal living to live? I mean, is there something wrong with society that’s making us so pressurized, that we cannot live without guarding ourselves against it?

— John Lennon

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

— Nelson Mandela

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