Conformism Quotes

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“Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road.”
Voltaire, Philosophical Dictionary

C. JoyBell C.
“It is when we think we can act like God, that all respect is lost, and I think this is the downfall of peace. We lie if we say we do not see color and culture and difference. We fool ourselves and cheat ourselves when we say that all of us are the same. We should not want to be the same as others and we should not want others to be the same as us. Rather, we ought to glory and shine in all of our differences, flaunting them fabulously for all to see! It is never a conformity that we need! We need not to conform! What we need is to burst out into all these beautiful colors!”
C. JoyBell C.

Ray Bradbury
“The television is 'real'. It is immediate, it has dimension. It tells you what to think and blasts it in. It must be right. It seems so right. It rushes you on so quickly to its own conclusions your mind hasn't time to protest, 'What nonsense!'.”
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

Rollo May
“Mass communication--wonder as it may be technologically and something to be appreciated and valued--presents us wit a serious daner, the danger of conformism, due to the fact that we all view the same things at the same time in all the cities of the country. (p. 73)”
Rollo May, The Courage to Create

Rebecca West
“For the sake of my country, and perhaps a little for the sake of my soul, I have given up the deep peace of being in opposition.”
Rebecca West, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon

Tony Blair
“Our tolerance is part of what makes Britain Britain. So conform to it, or don't come here.”
Tony Blair

Joanne Harris
“Wild birds will kill exotic ones: the budgies and the lovebirds and the yellow canaries-- escaped from their cages and hoping to get a taste of the sky -- usually end up back on the ground, plucked raw by their more conformist cousins”
Joanne Harris, The Girl with No Shadow

Joseph Weizenbaum
“Our time prides itself on having finally achieved the freedom from censorship for which libertarians in all ages have struggled...The credit for these great achievements is claimed by the new spirit of rationalism, a rationalism that, it is argued, has finally been able to tear from man's eyes the shrouds imposed by mystical thought, religion, and such powerful illusions as freedom and dignity. Science has given us this great victory over ignorance. But, on closer examination, this victory too can be seen as an Orwellian triumph of an even higher ignorance: what we have gained is a new conformism, which permits us to say anything that can be said in the functional languages of instrumental reason, but forbids us to allude to...the living we may discuss the very manufacture of life and its 'objective' manipulations, but we may not mention God, grace, or morality.”
Joseph Weizenbaum, Computer Power and Human Reason: From Judgment to Calculation

Oscar Wilde
“The arts that have escaped [uniformity] best are the arts in which the public take no interest. Poetry is an instance of what I mean. We have been able to have fine poetry in England because the public do not read it, and consequently do not influence it.”
Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man Under Socialism

“But the death of spirit goes by another name. It is usually called the birth of reason.

The dreams of reason are, at this late date, everywhere to be seen, much like headstones in a cemetery. The inertia of a standard which prunes every tree to the dimensions of a utility pole will, with the same determination, core the heart out of the human personality. This fermenting mind, intoxicated by its heady sobriety, methodically slits its own throat, all the while mistaking the elongating wound for a smile.

When the spirit is free, according to Nietzsche, the head will be the bowels of the heart. In these top heavy days that have turned life topsy-turvy the head has little appetite for freedom. Instead it has developed a taste for coprophagy.”
Ed Lawrence

Paulo Coelho
“The air was icy, Mari came back in, grabbed a coat and went out again. Outside, far from the eyes of everyone, she lit a cigarette. She smoked slowly and guiltlessly, thinking about the young woman, the piano music she could hear and life outside the walls of Villete which was becoming unbearably difficult for everyone.
In Mari's view this difficulty was due not to chaos or disorganization or anarchy but to an excess of order. Society had more and more rules and laws that contradicted the rules and new rules that contradicted the laws. People felt too frightened to take a step outside the invisible regulations that guided everyone's lives.”
Paulo Coelho, Veronika Decides to Die

Paulo Coelho
“The air was icy, Mari came back in, grabbed a coat and went out again. Outside, far from the eyes of everyone, she lit a cigarrete. She smoked slowly and guiltlessly, thinking about the young woman, the piano music she could hear and life outside the walls of Villete which was becoming unbearably difficult for everyone.
In Mari's view this difficulty was due not to chaos or disorganization or anarchy but to an excess of order. Society had more and more rules and laws that contradicted the rules and new rules that contradicted the laws. People felt too frightened to take a step outside the invisible regulations that guided everyone's lives.”
Paulo Coelho, Veronika Decides to Die

Rollo May
“Are we to conclude that these chief gods, Zeus and Yahweh, did not wish humankind to have moral consciousness and the arts of civilization? It is a mystery indeed.
The most obvious explanation is that the creative artist and poet and saint must fight the actual (as contrasted to the ideal) gods of our society—the god of conformism as well as the gods of apathy, material success, and exploitative power. These are the “idols” of our society that are worshiped by multitudes of people.”
Rollo May, The Courage to Create

Adam M. Grant
“The first follower is what transforms a lone nut into a leader." - Quoting Derek Sivers”
Adam M. Grant, Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World

Christopher Hitchens
“His importance to the century just past, and therefore his status as a figure in history as well as in literature, derives from the extraordinary salience of the subjects he ‘took on,’ and stayed with, and never abandoned. As a consequence, we commonly use the term ‘Orwellian’ in one of two ways. To describe a state of affairs as ‘Orwellian’ is to imply crushing tyranny and fear and conformism. To describe a piece of writing as ‘Orwellian’ is to recognize that human resistance to these terrors is unquenchable. Not bad for one short lifetime.”
Christopher Hitchens

Samir Machado de Machado
“Não há como ser progressista sendo socialmente conservador, porque uma comunidade conformista não gera inovação. E a sociedade não pode ser gerida como uma empresa privada. Você não pode se livrar de um cidadão porque ele está insatisfeito ou rende pouco.”
Samir Machado de Machado, Tupinilândia

“Иногда читаешь хорошую книгу советского писателя — и вдруг натыкаешься на места, такие безвкусные, «идейные», что плюнуть хочется. Автор их дописывал, отлично зная, что они вызовут только недоумение и презрение читателя, но далеко не все читатели знают, что только такой ценой могло выйти в свет произведение. Особенно ярко это проявляется в книгах стихов. Они должны открываться стихами дежурно-идейными, которыми автор зарабатывает право поместить дальше уже и подлинную поэзию. Поэтому многие читатели начинают читать сборники стихов с конца, т. е. с лучшего [8].”
Анатолий Кузнецов, Babi Yar: A Document in the Form of a Novel

“— А ну, — сказала мама, — разорви эту книгу, клади в печку и разжигай.

Книг у нас было много, мама собирала их и постоянно покупала новые. И вот она стала пересматривать их, стопу за стопой — и отправлять в печь. Книги горят долго и упрямо, их надо ворошить кочергой. [...] Особенно жаль было великолепно иллюстрированных, переплетенных годовых комплектов «Иностранной литературы» с 1890 по 1910 год, напечатанную при царе «Русскую историю в картинах», не говоря уж о книгах Горького.

— Это вредительские книги, — объяснила мать.

Понятно. Если в школе тетради жгут, то вредительские книги надо и подавно — в печь. Горький не так давно умер, но вокруг все шепотом говорили, что его отравили. Сперва сына его убили, а потом и самого «залечили» в Кремлевской больнице. А раз такое дело, лучше его книг не держать.

Но я буквально завизжал, когда к сожжению были приговорены японские сказки:

— Не надо, мама, не надо!

Это была самая любимая книга моего детства, по ней я выучился читать. В ней рассказывалось о занятных и поучительных историях, происходивших с мальчиком Таро и девочкой Такой, а на картинках были прудики с золотыми рыбками и японские домики среди карликовых сосенок. Я вцепился в книгу, а мать стала вырывать, и она была сильнее, и мои Таро и Такой полетели в огонь. Обложка была плотная, лакированная и долго не хотела гореть. Лежит великолепная детская книга среди огня — и не горит.
— Японцы — капиталисты и наши враги, — сказала мать. — Нельзя держать в доме японские книги.

Чтобы я не разревелся, она дала мне ножницы и велела кромсать семейные фотографии. Ставила крест на лицах, которые надо вырезать, это были враги народа, и я их аккуратно вырезал. Что-то у нас оказалось подозрительно много знакомых врагов народа.

После моей обработки фотографии выглядели презабавно. Вот, например, большая групповая фотография, ряды проглотивших аршин мужчин и женщин, надпись: «Учительская конференция 1935 года». А в этих рядах теперь, после моих ножниц, — пустые дырки в форме человеческих силуэтов, словно не люди были, а привидения. Все они оказались врагами народа, теперь их уж нет, их надо забыть [88—89].”
Анатолий Кузнецов, Babi Yar: A Document in the Form of a Novel

Anna Politkovskaya
“Мы как раз вчера встречались и говорили об этом с правозащитниками, — и были вынуждены признать, что россиян никакая кровь не вызовет на улицы. То есть если написать, что вчера погибли одномоментно 200 тысяч чеченцев, скажут — ну, много, — но не более того. Люди не выйдут. Более того, если погибнут 200 тысяч жителей Твери — тоже не выйдут. Такова ситуация на сегодняшний день. Общество очень ожесточилось.”
Анна Политковская

Cătălin Dorian Florescu
“Святой отец Шульц включал радио на полную громкость, как во время трансляции футбольного матча. Фюрер и футбол — вот два самых громких воспоминания моего детства. По сравнению с ними большой колокол нашей церкви был монументом деликатности. Велповру удалось добиться такой популярности, что его фотографии висели на стенах самых дальних комнат и стояли в рамочках на комодах. Рядом с дедушками и бабушками, свадьбами и крестинами в таких же рамочках. Он тоже стал членом каждой семьи, вырезанный из журнала «Сигнал» или газеты «Поллерпайч». Эти издания покупали у Фонда зимней помощи, чтобы внести свой вклад в войну, которую вели от нашего имени.

— Да что нам проку от этой войны? — возмущался отец. — На кой ляд нам русская земля, когда своей хоть отбавляй? И ведь она уже наша.

Но и он все-таки повесил фюрера, правда, в дешевой рамке и без особого рвения.

— На всякий случай, — сказал он. — Поди знай, кто в дом зайдет.”
Cătălin Dorian Florescu, Jacob beschließt zu lieben

Владимир Войнович
“Когда люди живут в таких обстоятельствах, когда происходят ужасные вещи на их глазах, многие закрывают глаза и не хотят ничего знать, видеть. Потому что знать, видеть и понимать — это очень опасно. Многие рассуждали так: если я буду это знать, об этом думать, я начну об этом говорить. Тогда со мной самим что-то случится, я никому ничем не помогу, поэтому я не буду знать и не буду думать, пока меня это не коснулось. И сейчас так тоже многие думают.”
Владимир Войнович

Noam Chomsky
“Those who occupy managerial positions in the media, or gain status within them as commentators, belong to the same privileged elites, and might be expected to share the perceptions, aspirations, and attitudes of their associates, reflecting their own class interests as well. Journalists entering the system are unlikely to make their way unless they conform to these ideological pressures, generally by internalizing the values; it is not easy to say one thing and believe another, and those who fail to conform will tend to be weeded out by familiar mechanisms.”
Noam Chomsky, Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies

“[Я] перечитал сотни тысяч интервью героев войны, это люди из низов, из крестьян, из беднейших слоев, которые благодаря Советской власти, благодаря, как они считали, Сталину поднялись и чего-то достигли в жизни. Их невозможно переубедить в том, что это было как-то не так, что были совершены колоссальные преступления, что были уничтожены миллионы людей. Они видели это по-другому. И вот это большая проблема.”
Олег Будницкий

Krzysztof Pacyński
“Yeah,” Robertson nodded grimly. “It’s the whole problem, isn’t it? People just doing their jobs.”
Krzysztof Pacyński, A perfect Patricide: Part 1

“Сталина бы не было без поддержки определенной части общества, в какие-то периоды подавляющего большинства общества. [...] люди были частью общества, пронизанного духом и идеями сталинизма. [...] Покрышкин — трижды Герой Советского Союза. [...] Покрышкин говорит, что Сталин — это его кумир. И особенно его оценил после дела Тухачевского, как он сумел увидеть, разоблачить и решится на это, говорит Покрышкин. Это 1944 год, декабрь. Вот о чем речь! Это люди, выросшие в определенном обществе, в определенной системе, воспринявшие его ценности, его миропонимание.”
Олег Будницкий

Ernest Becker
“a perfect description of the “automatic cultural man”—man as confined by culture, a slave to it, who imagines that he has an identity if he pays his insurance premium, that he has control of his life if he guns his sports car or works his electric toothbrush. Today the inauthentic or immediate men are familiar types, after decades of Marxist and existentialist analysis of man’s slavery to his social system. But in Kierkegaard’s time it must have been a shock to be a modern European city-dweller and be considered a Philistine at the same time. For Kierkegaard “philistinism” was triviality, man lulled by the daily routines of his society, content with the satisfactions that it offers him: in today’s world the car, the shopping center, the two-week summer vacation. Man is protected by the secure and limited alternatives his society offers him, and if he does not look up from his path he can live out his life with a certain dull security:

Devoid of imagination, as the Philistine always is, he lives in a certain trivial province of experience as to how things go, what is possible, what usually occurs… . Philistinism tranquilizes itself in the trivial…”
Ernest Becker, The Denial of Death

Paulo Coelho
“Dr Igor paused but he knew that Mari was following his reasoning.

"So let's turn to your illness. Each human being is unique. Each with their own qualities, instincts, forms of pleasure, and desire for adventure. However, society always imposes on us a collective way of behaving. And people never stop to wonder why they should behave like that. They just accept it, the way typist accepted the fact that the qwerty keyboard is the best possible one. How you ever met anyone in your entire life who asked, why the hands of a clock should go in one particular direction, and not in the other?"


"If someone were to ask, the response they got would probably be, you are mad! If they persisted people would try to come up with a reason but they'd soon change the subject because there isn't a reason apart from the one I just given you. So, to go back to your question, what was it again?"

"Am I cured?"

"No, you are someone who is different. But who wants to be the same as everyone else. And that, in my view, is a serious illness."

"Is wanting to be different a serious illness?"

"It is if you force yourself to be the same as everyone else. It causes neurosis, psychosis and paranoia. It's a distortion of nature, it goes against god's laws for in all the world's woods and forests, he did not create a single leaf the same as another".”
Paulo Coelho, Veronika Decides to Die

“So the experience I have of my everyday work environment is of a conformist, claustrophobic and repressive verbal universe, a penitential domain of reason-mongering in which hyperactivity in detail—the endlessly repeated shouts of “why,” the rebuttals, calls for “evidence,” qualifications and quibbles—stands in stark contrast to the immobility and self-referentiality of the structure as a whole. I suffer from recurrent bouts of nausea in the face of this densely woven tissue of “arguments,” most of which are nothing but blinds for something else altogether, generally something unsavory; and I feel an urgent need to exit from it altogether.”
Raymond Geuss, A World Without Why

Alberto Moravia
“He went up to the counter and asked for his preferred brand at the same time that three other people asked for the same cigarettes, and the tobacconist slid them rapidly across the marble of the countertop toward the four hands holding out money - four identical packs, which the four hands picked up with identical gestures. Marcello noticed that he took the pack, squeezed it to see if it was fresh enough, and then ripped off the seal the same way the other three did. He even noticed that two of the three tucked the pack back inte a small inner pocket in their jackets, as he did. Finally, one of the three stopped just outside the tobacconist’s to light a cigarette with a silver lighter exactly like his own. These observations stirred a satisfied, almost voluptuous pleasure in him. Yes, he was the same as the others, the same as everyone. The same as the men who bought the same brand of cigarettes, with the same gestures, even the men who turned at the passage of a women dressed in red, himself among them, to eye the quiver of her solid buttocks under the thin material of the dress. Even if, as in this last gesture, the similarity was due more to willed imitation in his case than to any real personal inclination.”
Alberto Moravia, The Conformist

“[С]вобода попервах здається хорошим обмінним товаром. Спершу її міняють на харчі, потім на те, щоб завжди було не гірше, ніж тепер (стабільність), потім на безпеку, і тільки потім-потім виявляється, що немає ні харчів, ні безпеки, ні стабільності, ні свободи [91].”
Володимир Войнович, Малиновый пеликан

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