quotations about society
Society is composed of two great classes -- those who have more dinners than appetite, and those who have more appetite than dinners.
CHAMFORT, The Cynic's Breviary
The majority is never right. Never, I tell you! That's one of these lies in society that no free and intelligent man can help rebelling against. Who are the people that make up the biggest proportion of the population -- the intelligent ones or the fools?
HENRIK IBSEN, An Enemy of the People
A society regulated by a public sense of justice is inherently stable.
JOHN RAWLS, A Theory of Justice
Society is inside of man and man is inside society, and you cannot even create a truthfully drawn psychological entity on the stage until you understand his social relations and their power to make him what he is and to prevent him from being what he is not. The fish is in the water and the water is in the fish.
ARTHUR MILLER, "The Shadows of the Gods"
[A] new society cannot be created by reproducing the repugnant past, however refined or enticingly repackaged.
NELSON MANDELA, Nobel lecture, December 10, 1993
When virtual reality gets cheaper than dating, society is doomed.
SCOTT ADAMS, Dogbert
What is not good for the beehive, cannot be good for the bees.
MARCUS AURELIUS, Meditations
We obey the laws of society because they are the laws of virtue.
FISHER AMES, speech in the U. S. House of Representatives, April 28, 1796
Man seeketh in society comfort, use, and protection.
FRANCIS BACON, Advancement of Learning
The citizen's life is made possible only by due performance of his function in the place he fills; and he cannot wholly free himself from the beliefs and sentiments generated by the vital connections hence arising between himself and his society.... To cut himself off in thought from all his relationships of race, and country, and citizenship -- to get rid of all those interests, prejudices, likings, superstitions, generated in him by the life of his own society and his own time -- to look on all the changes societies have undergone and are undergoing, without reference to nationality, or creed, or personal welfare; is what the average man cannot do at all, and what the exceptional man can do very imperfectly.
HERBERT SPENCER, The Study of Sociology
Society than solitude is worse
And man to man is still the greatest curse.
ANNA LETITIA BARBAULD, Ovid to His Wife
Society is now one polish'd horde,
Form'd of two mighty tribes, the Bores and Bored.
LORD BYRON, Don Juan
Any decent society must generate a feeling of community. Community offsets loneliness. It gives people a vitally necessary sense of belonging. Yet today the institutions on which community depends are crumbling in all the techno-societies. The result is a spreading plague of loneliness.
ALVIN TOFFLER, The Third Wave
A picture is made up of so many square inches of painted canvas; but if you should look at these one at a time, covering the others, until you had seen them all, you would still not have seen the picture. There may, in all such cases, be a system or organization in the whole that is not apparent in the parts. In this sense, and in no other, is there a difference between society and the individuals of which it is composed; a difference not residing in the facts themselves but existing to the observer on account of the limits of his perception. A complete view of society would also be a complete view of all the individuals, and vice versa; there would be no difference between them.
CHARLES HORTON COOLEY, Human Nature and the Social Order
A society composed of none but the wicked could not exist; it contains within itself the seeds of its own destruction, and without a flood, would be swept away from the earth by the deluge of its own iniquity.
CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon
The sanity of society is a balance of a thousand insanities.
RALPH WALDO EMERSON, "Nominalist and Realist", Essays
Hitherto, every form of society has been based ... on the antagonism of oppressing and oppressed classes.
KARL MARX, The Communist Manifesto
We must reform society before we can reform ourselves.
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, preface, Misalliance
Individual commitment to a group effort -- that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.
VINCE LOMBARDI, attributed, Forbes, 1975
Society is not merely a select body of spiritual or intellectual persons, but a great organism composed of all kinds of members, a net containing bad and good.
ROBERT HUGH BENSON, A City Set on a Hill