Society Quotes

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The only valid political system is one that can handle an imbecile in power without suffering from it.

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The meek shall inherit the earth.
— Psalm 37:11

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Man is a social animal formed to please in society.


Society attacks early, when the individual is helpless.
Society is the union of men and not the men themselves.
What is not good for the swarm is not good for the bee.
If you would civilize a man, begin with his grandmother.
Science has made us gods even before we are worthy of being men.


The cost of sanity in this society is a certain level of alienation.
A sufficient measure of civilization is the influence of good women.

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I must try to live in society and yet remain untouched by its pitfalls.
There is a sufficiency in the world for man's need but not for man's greed.


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


The greater the stress within society the stronger the comic antidote required.


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


The character of a society is largely shaped and unified by its great creative works.


Society exists only as a mental concept; in the real world there are only individuals.
Society is like a stew.  If you don't keep it stirred up, you get a lot of scum on top.
Society is always trying in some way or other to grind us down to a single flat surface.
A society is as advanced as its treatment of its weak, its handicapped and its incapacitated.
One man cannot hold another man down in the ditch without remaining down in the ditch with him.

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Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
— Matthew 25:40

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The proper time to influence the character of a child is about a hundred years before he is born.


Society is itself a kind of organism, an enormously powerful one, but unfortunately not a very wise one.
The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.


The freer and more transparent a society, the more you will hear complaints about freedom and transparency.


Human societies are everywhere complex, for living at peace with ourselves requires a vast multiplicity of rules.
Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.

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How many ideas have there been in the history of the human race that were unthinkable ten years before they appeared?
There are three major social evils ... the evil of war, the evil of economic injustice, and the evil of racial injustice.

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We can't all be lions in this world. There must be some lambs, harmless, kindly, gregarious creatures for eating and shearing.


A minority group has "arrived" only when it has the right to produce some fools and scoundrels without the entire group paying for it.


As long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might.

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It's in our biology to trust what we see with our eyes. This makes living in a carefully edited, overproduced and photoshopped world very dangerous.
To live in society doesn't mean simply living side by side with others in a more or less close cohesion; it means living through one another and for one another.


Everyone in my book accuses everyone else of being crazy. Frankly, I think the whole society is nuts—and the question is: What does a sane man do in an insane society?
He who throws a bomb and kills a pedestrian, declares that as a victim of society he has rebelled against society. But could not the poor victim object: "Am I society?"

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True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.

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Empire, white supremacy, capitalism, patriarchy, and homophobia are linked in complex ways, and our struggles against them require moral consistency and systemic analyses.
When childhood dies, its corpses are called adults and they enter society, one of the politer names for hell. That is why we dread children, even if we love them. They show us the state of our decay.


In the mouth of Society are many diseased teeth, decayed to the bones of the jaws.  But Society makes no effort to have them extracted and be rid of the affliction.  It contents itself with gold fillings.
The most valuable of human possessions, next to a superior and disdainful air, is the reputation of being well-to-do. Nothing else so neatly eases one's way through life, especially in democratic countries.


What the world needs is not romantic lovers who are sufficient unto themselves, but husbands and wives who live in communities, relate to other people, carry on useful work and willingly give time and attention to their children.

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It's obvious that we can't opt out of being part of the "information society" in which we live, but what we can do is take our time to analyze, to lay out possibilities, to visualize consequences, to exchange points of view, and to listen to other voices.
To me it seems that to give happiness is a far nobler goal that to attain it: and that what we exist for is much more a matter of relations to others than a matter of individual progress: much more a matter of helping others to heaven than of getting there ourselves.

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The story — from Rumplestiltskin to War and Peace — is one of the basic tools invented by the human mind, for the purpose of gaining understanding. There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.

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As long as we pursue the destruction of the Earth, and the elaboration of materialist ideology, and the suppression of psychedelic states, and the suppression of the feminine we are going to be alienated, feel abandoned, and operate in an ambiance of rampant pathology.


A community that stops kneeling before the rich, before success and prestige, and which is capable, instead, of washing the feet of the humble and those in need, will be more aligned with [God's] teaching than the winner-at-any-price ethic that we've learned — badly — in recent times.


You want to live, in time and place, in a society where you hear the loudest complaints about freedom, coercion by government, prejudice, corruption, bureaucracy, and lack of opportunity. This will be the freest society with minimal bureaucracy, corruption, prejudice, and the most opportunities.
Western society has accepted as unquestionable a technological imperative that is quite as arbitrary as the most primitive taboo: not merely the duty to foster invention and constantly to create technological novelties, but equally the duty to surrender to these novelties unconditionally, just because they are offered, without respect to their human consequences.


Once we've identified our tribe... we may fall prey to something called pluralistic ignorance — the belief that everyone else thinks as we do... On the web... we tend to assume that... everyone else is more dedicated to the cause than we are... This effect inspires people to increase their extremism to conform... It's increasingly easy for online hate groups to play on this.

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Above all, I see the preaching ministry as a dual process. On the one hand I must attempt to change the soul of individuals so that their societies may be changed. On the other I must attempt to change the societies so that the individual soul will have a change. Therefore, I must be concerned about unemployment, slums, and economic insecurity. I am a profound advocate of the social gospel.

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We're so fearful of what [the web] will do to us and our institutions that we forget that we have the power to shape it ourselves... As much as we feel powerless and threatened by what is happening to us online, we have the ability and resources to fight against the things we feel are wrong. Insight and rationality are the greatest weapons against online hate. And thankfully, we have a lot of both.


With hindsight, we can see how optimistic the people who populated the early internet were. They believed that the technology would expose how trivial our apparent differences are and lead us to greater global social harmony. After all, how can you hate someone because of their skin colour, nationality, religion, gender or sexuality if you discover a mutual affinity for the same kind of comedy... or music... Rather than creating a global group hug, we're coping with the vast information and possibilities online by going tribal.

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If the sole reason why you must not kill your neighbour is because God has forbidden it and will severely punish you for it in this or the next life—then, when you learn that there is no God and that you need not fear His punishment, you will certainly kill your neighbour without hesitation, and you can only be prevented from doing so by mundane force. Thus either these dangerous masses must be held down most severely and kept most carefully away from any chance of intellectual awakening, or else the relationship between civilization and religion must undergo a fundamental revision.