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- To give up the task of reforming society is to give up one's responsibility as a free man.
- Alan Paton (1903 - 1988)
- 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 (384 BC - 322 BC), Politics
- Society, my dear, is like salt water, good to swim in but hard to swallow.
- Arthur Stringer, "The Silver Poppy"
- A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves.
- Bertrand de Jouvenal
- We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.
- Carl Sagan (1934 - 1996)
- A nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestry and by common hatred of its neighbors.
- Dean William R. Inge
- The nature of society is largely determined by the direction in which talent and ambition flow-by the tilt of the social landscape.
- Eric Hoffer (1902 - 1983), The Temper of Our Time, 1967
- Be very circumspect in the choice of thy company. In the society of thine equals thou shalt enjoy more pleasure; in the society of thy superiors thou shalt find more profit. To be the best in the company is the way to grow worse.
- Francis Quarles (1592 - 1644)
- What can you say about a society that says that God is dead and Elvis is alive?
- Irv Kupcinet
- But society has now fairly got the better of individuality; and the danger which threatens human nature is not the excess, but the deficiency, of personal impulses and preferences.
- John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873), On Liberty,chapter 3, 1859
- Everyone who receives the protection of society owes a return for the benefit.
- John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873), On Liberty
- It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
- The needs of society determine its ethics.
- Maya Angelou (1928 - )
- Do not speak ill of society, Algie. Only people who can't get in do that.
- Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900), The Importance of Being Earnest
- I'm against a homogenized society, because I want the cream to rise.
- Robert Frost (1874 - 1963)
- There is no nonsense so gross that society will not, at some time, make a doctrine of it and defend it with every weapon of communal stupidity.
- Robertson Davies
- Man seeketh in society comfort, use and protection.
- Sir Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626), The Advancement of Learning, 1605
- We must beware of trying to build a society in which nobody counts for anything except a politician or an official, a society where enterprise gains no reward and thrift no privileges.
- Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965), Radio broadcast, London, March 21, 1943