Society Quotes

We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.-Ronald Reagan



Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves. What is equally true is that every community gets the kind of law enforcement it insists on.-Robert Kennedy



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




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



Society as a whole benefits immeasurably from a climate in which all persons, regardless of race or gender, may have the opportunity to earn respect, responsibility, advancement and remuneration based on ability.-Sandra Day O’Connor



Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we’re looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn’t test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.-P. J. O’Rourke



I think this society suffers so much from too much freedom, too many rights that allow people to be irresponsible. – Boyd Rice



Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it.-John Lennon



The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose.-James Baldwin



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



Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both.-C. Wright Mills



Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap.-Barbara Jordan



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



There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.-Nelson Mandela



A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.-Dwight D. Eisenhower



The most violent element in society is ignorance.-Emma Goldman



Our society strives to avoid any possibility of offending anyone – except God. – Billy Graham



The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.-Lily Tomlin



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



Our individual lives cannot, generally, be works of art unless the social order is also.-Charles Horton Cooley



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



The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.-Dietrich Bonhoeffer



An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.-Robert A. Heinlein



We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society.-Angela Davis



A society that has more justice is a society that needs less charity.-Ralph Nader



People are going to behave however the social norms permit, and beyond that.-Max Cannon



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




Society cares for the individual only so far as he is profitable. – Simone de Beauvoir



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



Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.-John F. Kennedy


The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy: neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.-John W. Gardner



You can’t make up anything anymore. The world itself is a satire. All you’re doing is recording it.-Art Buchwald



In a society that tries to standardize thinking, individuality is not highly prized.-Alex Grey



What’s done to children, they will do to society.-Karl A. Menninger



The enemy of society is middle class and the enemy of life is middle age.-Orson Welles



Our society is not a community, but merely a collection of isolated family units.-Valerie Solanas


Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them.-Bill Vaughan



The danger of the past was that men became slaves. The danger of the future is that men may become robots. – Erich Fromm



Today the world changes so quickly that in growing up we take leave not just of youth but of the world we were young in.-Peter Medawar



The first sign of corruption in a society that is still alive is that the end justifies the means.-Georges Bernanos



If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.-John F. Kennedy



In much of society, research means to investigate something you do not know or understand.-Neil Armstrong



Society exists only as a mental concept; in the real world there are only individuals.-Oscar Wilde



No society has been able to abolish human sadness, no political system can deliver us from the pain of living, from our fear of death, our thirst for the absolute. It is the human condition that directs the social condition, not vice versa.-Eugene Ionesco



When a nation goes down, or a society perishes, one condition may always be found; they forgot where they came from. They lost sight of what had brought them along.-Carl Sandburg


To give aid to every poor man is far beyond the reach and power of every man. Care of the poor is incumbent on society as a whole.-Baruch Spinoza



Society is the union of men and not the men themselves.-Montesquieu



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



I am now quite cured of seeking pleasure in society, be it country or town. A sensible man ought to find sufficient company in himself.-Emily Bronte



I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.-Nelson Mandela



Life was a lot simpler when what we honored was father and mother rather than all major credit cards.-Robert Orben



In these times you have to be an optimist to open your eyes when you awake in the morning.-Carl Sandburg



A pure democracy is a society consisting of a small number of citizens, who assemble and administer the government in person.-James Madison



Our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for the test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members.-Pearl S. Buck



There is no such thing as society: there are individual men and women, and there are families.-Margaret Thatcher


One of the definitions of sanity is the ability to tell real from unreal. Soon we’ll need a new definition.-Alvin Toffler



Society does not consist of individuals but expresses the sum of interrelations, the relations within which these individuals stand.-Karl Marx



The world is governed more by appearance than realities so that it is fully as necessary to seem to know something as to know it. – Daniel Webster



One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude.-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe



If those in charge of our society – politicians, corporate executives, and owners of press and television – can dominate our ideas, they will be secure in their power. They will not need soldiers patrolling the streets. We will control ourselves.-Howard Zinn

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