A Quote by François Fénelon on achievement, admiration, belief, certainty, children, cleverness, conformity, faith, happiness, humility, ideas, innocence, integrity, men, passion, pride, profit, prudence, salvation, simplicity, spirit, stability, women,

There is a great difference between a lofty spirit and a right spirit. A lofty spirit excites admiration by its profoundness; but only a right spirit achieves salvation and happiness by its stability and integrity. Do not conform your ideas to those of the world. Scorn the "intellectual" as much as the world esteems it. What men consider intellectual is a certain facility to produce brilliant thoughts. Nothing is more vain. We make an idol of our intellect as a woman who believes herself beautiful worships her face. We take pride in our own thoughts. We must reject not only human cleverness, but also human prudence, which seems so important and so profitable. Then we may enter - like little children, with candor and innocence of worldly ways - into the simplicity of faith; and with humility and a horror of sin we may enter into the holy passion of the cross.

Francois Fenelon (1651 - 1715)

Source: Meditations

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A Quote by Eric Hoffer on conformity, nonconformity, and travel

Nonconformists travel as a rule in bunches. You rarely find a nonconformist who goes it alone. And woe to him inside a nonconformist clique who does not conform with nonconformity.

Eric Hoffer (1902 - 1983)

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A Quote by Ellen Goodman on celebrity, children, conformity, culture, expectation, justice, neighbors, parenthood, responsibility, success, support, teachers, time, and violence

Americans once expected parents to raise their children in accordance with the dominant cultural messages. Today they are expected to raise their children in opposition to them. Once the chorus of cultural values was full of ministers, teachers, neighbors, leaders. They demanded more conformity, but offered more support. Now the messengers are violent cartoon characters, rappers and celebrities selling sneakers. Parents are considered "responsible" only if they are successful in their resistance. That's what makes child-raising harder. It's not just that American families have less time with their kids; it's that we have to spend more of this time doing battle with our own culture.

Ellen Goodman

Source: Boston Globe

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A Quote by e. e. cummings on self, identity, compliance, and conformity

To be nobody-but-yourself - in a world which is doing its best night and day, to make you everybody else - means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.

e.e. cummings (1894 - 1962)

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A Quote by Dr. Robert Anthony on bravery, conformity, cowardice, and opposites

The opposite of bravery is not cowardice but conformity.

Dr. Robert Anthony (1916 -)

Source: Think, Think On and Think Again

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A Quote by Douglas Jerrold on conformity, love, names, self-reliance, and virtue

The virtue in most request is conformity. Self-reliance is its aversion. It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs.

Douglas Jerrold (1803 - 1857)

Source: Self-Reliance.

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A Quote by Claude Gernade Bowers on conformity, history, mistakes, and past

History is the torch that is meant to illuminate the past, to guard us against the repetition of our mistakes of other days. We cannot join in the rewriting of history to make it conform to our comfort and convenience.

Claude Gernade Bowers (1878 - 1958)

Source: Introduction, The U.S. and the Spanish Civil War, 1956

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A Quote by Charles Dudley Warner on conformity

We are half ruined by conformity, but we should be wholly ruined without it.

Charles Dudley Warner (1829 - 1900)

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A Quote by Bill Vaughan on conformity and nonconformity

If there is anything the nonconformist hates worse than a conformist, it's another nonconformist who doesn't conform to the prevailing standard of nonconformity.

Bill Vaughan

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A Quote by Betty Naomi Friedan on beginning, conformity, conventionality, and women

When she stopped conforming to the conventional picture of femininity she finally began to enjoy being a woman.

Betty Naomi Friedan (1921 -)

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