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

There is more to life than increasing its speed. Mohandas K. Gandhi

Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing. Arundhati Roy

Science is now the craft of the manipulation, substitution and deflection of the forces of nature. What I see coming is a gigantic slaughterhouse, an Auschwitz, in which valuable enzymes, hormones, and so on will be extracted instead of gold teeth. Erwin Chargaff

Our people have become as processed as our food. Terri Guillemets

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I always turn to the sports section first. The sports section records people’s accomplishments; the front page nothing but man’s failures. Earl Warren

Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family. Kofi Annan

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

Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics. Victor Pinchuk

Be stupid, be dumb, be funny, if that’s who you are. Don’t try to be someone that society wants you to be; that’s stupid. So be yourself. Christina Grimmie

Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better. Harry S Truman





There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more. Lord Byron

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

Unlike a drop of water which loses its identity when it joins the ocean, man does not lose his being in the society in which he lives. Man’s life is independent. He is born not for the development of the society alone, but for the development of his self. B. R. Ambedkar

When Gandhi was asked what he thought of Western civilization, he said, “It would be nice.” Author Unknown

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

On an average day 7 minutes of news happens. Yet there are currently three full-time, 24-hour news networks. Jon Stewart

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Our current obsession with creativity is the result of our continued striving for immortality in an era when most people no longer believe in an afterlife. Arianna Stassinopoulos

Social reform aims to improve the condition of the poor by worsening the condition of the rich. Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)

Progress imposes not only new possibilities for the future but new restrictions. Norbert Wiener

Somehow among all our use of antibiotic medicine and antibacterial soap our souls are becoming sanitized as well — don’t let it happen to you! Terri Guillemets

Jefferson thought schools would produce free men: we prove him right by putting dropouts in jail. Benjamin R. Barber

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

If our American way of life fails the child, it fails us all. Pearl S. Buck

This strange disease of modern life, with its sick hurry, its divided aims. Matthew Arnold

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We have to be bold in our national ambitions. First, we must win the fight against poverty within the next decade. Second, we must improve moral standards in government and society to provide a strong foundation for good governance. Third, we must change the character of our politics to promote fertile ground for reforms. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

Everyone in society should be a role model, not only for their own self-respect, but for respect from others. Barry Bonds

To love our neighbor as ourselves is such a truth for regulating human society, that by that alone one might determine all the cases in social morality. John Locke

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

If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace. Thich Nhat Hanh

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Society sayings and Modern Living

The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men. Martin Luther King

The year is 2006. The world has changed in about 364 significant ways since you started reading this sentence. Terri Guillemets

Everything is for the eye these days — TV, Life, Look, the movies. Nothing is just for the mind. The next generation will have eyeballs as big as cantaloupes and no brain at all. Fred Allen

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 Szas

The trouble with the laws these days is that criminals know their rights better than their wrongs. Author Unknown

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

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

No man can be judged a criminal until he is found guilty; nor can society take from him the public protection until it has been proved that he has violated the conditions on which it was granted. What right, then, but that of power, can authorize the punishment of a citizen so long as there remains any doubt of his guilt? Cesare Beccaria

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

If we desire a society of peace, then we cannot achieve such a society through violence. If we desire a society without discrimination, then we must not discriminate against anyone in the process of building this society. If we desire a society that is democratic, then democracy must become a means as well as an end. Bayard Rustin

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American youth attributes much more importance to arriving at driver’s-license age than at voting age. Marshall McLuhan

You can say this for ready-mixes — the next generation isn’t going to have any trouble making pies exactly like mother used to make. Earl Wilson

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

If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on the human face — forever. George Orwell

No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it too seriously. Dave Barry

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

Racism is taught in our society, it is not automatic. It is learned behavior toward persons with dissimilar physical characteristics. Alex Haley

Finance is not merely about making money. It’s about achieving our deep goals and protecting the fruits of our labor. It’s about stewardship and, therefore, about achieving the good society. Robert J. Shiller

The glory of justice and the majesty of law are created not just by the Constitution – nor by the courts – nor by the officers of the law – nor by the lawyers – but by the men and women who constitute our society – who are the protectors of the law as they are themselves protected by the law. Robert Kennedy

Hatred is corrosive of a person’s wisdom and conscience; the mentality of enmity can poison a nation’s spirit, instigate brutal life and death struggles, destroy a society’s tolerance and humanity, and block a nation’s progress to freedom and democracy. Liu Xiaobo

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There comes a time when a woman needs to stop thinking about her looks and focus her energies on raising her children. This time comes at the moment of conception. A child needs a role model, not a supermodel. Terri Guillemets



Somebody recently figured out that we have 35 million laws to enforce the ten commandments. Attributed to both Bert Masterson and Earl Wilson

I love Thanksgiving turkey. It’s the only time in Los Angeles that you see natural breasts. Arnold Schwarzenegger

In the lifetime of one person, we went from figuring out where we came from to figuring out how to get rid of ourselves. Jack Horner

Death is losing its terror. It is the emergency exit for a world that is becoming more frightening death ever was. Julian Green

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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

Laws are the terms by which independent and isolated men united to form a society, once they tired of living in a perpetual state of war where the enjoyment of liberty was rendered useless by the uncertainty of its preservation. They sacrificed a portion of this liberty so that they could enjoy the remainder in security and peace. Cesare Beccaria

The most important impact on society and the world is the cell phone. Cell phones have actually been one of the primary drivers in productivity improvements. Fabrice Grinda

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

A multicultural society does not reject the culture of the other but is prepared to listen, to see, to dialogue and, in the final analysis, to possibly accept the other’s culture without compromising its own. Reuven Rivlin

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Quotations about Society

All these things have been created in your mind by conditioning, by programming; that’s what the society has done to you. We have lived the whole of history in an ugly way. Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

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 Toynbee

Psychoanalysis can provide a theory of ‘progress,’ but only by viewing history as a neurosis. Norman O. Brown, Life Against Death

You make me sick! You are offered meat and you choose a banana-split-with-nuts. Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)

We’re the middle children of history…. no purpose or place. We have no Great War, no Great Depression. Our great war is a spiritual war. Our great depression is our lives. From the movie Fight Club, based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk

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We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology. Carl Sagan

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

Sports is the common denominator in the world that brings everyone together. If there’s any one place in the world where there is equality, it is probably sports. That was something that didn’t always exist. We’ve come a long way in sports. Why can’t society use sports as a way to bring people together and create change? Stephen M. Ross

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

Ethics or simple honesty is the building blocks upon which our whole society is based, and business is a part of our society, and it’s integral to the practice of being able to conduct business, that you have a set of honest standards. Kerry Stokes

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Society alienation quotes

I believe… that security declines as security machinery expands. E.B. White

I admit that I have no idea how our modern world works. And I’d like to make it through my life not having to find out, because I do know that it’s very complex and should be much, much simpler. Terri Guillemets

If some people got their rights they would complain of being deprived of their wrongs. Oliver Herford

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

Society honors its living conformists and its dead troublemakers. Mignon McLaughlin

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The scars and stains of racism are still deeply embedded in the American society. John Lewis

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

In our society, the women who break down barriers are those who ignore limits. Arnold Schwarzenegger

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

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

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Society is like a stew. If you don’t stir it up every once in a while then a layer of scum floats to the top. Edward Abbey

American society is a sort of flat, fresh-water pond which absorbs silently, without reaction, anything which is thrown into it. Henry Adams

The problem with society is that happiness and intelligence are rarely found in the same person. I guess that’s why they say ignorance is bliss. Anonymous

Nor was civil society founded merely to preserve the lives of its members; but that they might live well: for otherwise a state might be composed of slaves, or the animal creation… nor is it an alliance mutually to defend each other from injuries, or for a commercial intercourse. But whosoever endeavors to establish wholesome laws in a state, attends to the virtues and vices of each individual who composes it; from whence it is evident, that the first care of him who would found a city, truly deserving that name, and not nominally so, must be to have his citizens virtuous. Aristotle

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

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Terrorism is a psychological warfare. Terrorists try to manipulate us and change our behavior by creating fear, uncertainty, and division in society. Patrick J. Kennedy

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

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Men and women must be educated, in a great degree, by the opinions and manners of the society they live in. Mary Wollstonecraft

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

I think it’s important for us as a society to remember that the youth within juvenile justice systems are, most of the time, youths who simply haven’t had the right mentors and supporters around them – because of circumstances beyond their control. Q’orianka Kilcher

There is a huge need and a huge opportunity to get everyone in the world connected, to give everyone a voice and to help transform society for the future. The scale of the technology and infrastructure that must be built is unprecedented, and we believe this is the most important problem we can focus on. Mark Zuckerberg

Genocide is not just a murderous madness; it is, more deeply, a politics that promises a utopia beyond politics – one people, one land, one truth, the end of difference. Since genocide is a form of political utopia, it remains an enduring temptation in any multiethnic and multicultural society in crisis. Michael Ignatieff

Nothing brings me more happiness than trying to help the most vulnerable people in society. It is a goal and an essential part of my life – a kind of destiny. Whoever is in distress can call on me. I will come running wherever they are. Princess Diana

Language has no independent existence apart from the people who use it. It is not an end in itself; it is a means to an end of understanding who you are and what society is like. David Crystal

There are more doctors in a single North Shore medical building than in one entire West Side ghetto. Jack Starr

Junk mail, junk food, our society is full of junk living, period. Terri Guillemets

We have smothered ourselves, buried ourselves, in the vast heap of information which all of us have and none of us has. Gamaliel Bradford