The difficult and risky task of meeting and mastering the newwhether it be the settlement of new lands or the initiation of new ways of lifeis not undertaken by the vanguard of society but by its rear. It is the misfits, failures, fugitives, outcasts and their like who are among the first to grapple with the new.
ERIC HOFFER, The Passionate State of Mind
When individuals are shamed so remorselessly and unforgivingly that they become outcasts, or even begin to think of themselves as outcasts it becomes more rewarding to associate with others who are perceived in some limited or total way as also at odds with mainstream standards.
JOHN BRAITHWAITE, Crime, Shame and Reintegration
Tattoos tell stories of crime and passion, punishment and regret. They express an outlaw, antiauthoritarian point of view and communicate a romantic solidarity among society's outcasts.
DOUGLAS KENT HALL, Prison Tattoos
Jesus ... associated with the outcasts; he spoke with them, touched them, ate with them, loved them.
JOHN ORTBERG, Everybody's Normal Till You Get to Know Them
We know that the outcasts and misfits are the children most likely to become violent, so it only follows that we must pull them into the arms of love and/or acceptance, and find a place where they fit. If our system doesn't have a place where a child fits, there's something wrong with the system, not the child.
WILLIAM G. DEFOORE, Anger
Those who start out as outcasts can wind up as being part of the system.
PATRICIA ROBERTS HARRIS, Newsweek, Jan. 24, 1977
OSCAR WILDE, The Ballad of Reading Gaol