Subjects — C
The opposite of bravery is not cowardice but conformity.
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.
The American ideal, after all, is that everyone should be as much alike as possible.
We are discreet sheep; we wait to see how the drove is going, and then go with the drove.
If you give someone a white shirt and a tie and a ring of keys you’ll find out what kind of a son of a bitch he is. Give them to him in the morning and you’ll know before noon.
Conform and be dull.
For all have not the gift of martyrdom.
It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed.
One lesson we learn early, that in spite of seeming difference, men are all of one pattern. We readily assume this with our mates, and are disappointed and angry if we find that we are premature, and that their watches are slower than ours. In fact, the only sin which we never forgive in each other is difference of opinion.
Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members. … The virtue in most request is conformity. Self-reliance is its aversion. It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs.