Quotes on Freedom and Differences


The nail that sticks up gets hammered down.

Marcus Aurelius

What is no good for the hive is no good for the bee.

Ambrose Bierce

In manners of thought and conduct, to be independent is to be abnormal, to be abnormal is to be detested.

Leon Blum

The free man is he who does not fear to go to the end of his thought.

Loren Eisely

Like the herd animals we are, we sniff warily at the strange one among us.

Adolf Hitler

Anyone who sees and paints a sky green and pastures blue ought to be sterilized.

Charles Evans Hughes

When we lose the right to be different, we lose the right to be free.

Robert Jackson

The test of [freedom] is the right to differ as to things that touch the existing order.

Rudyard Kipling

All the people like us are We and everyone else is They.

Samuel Johnson

The greatest part of mankind have no other reaons for their opinions than that they are in fashion.

Robert Lindner

Our schools have become fast factories for the manufacture of robots.

Rosa Luxembourg

Freedom is ... for the one who thinks differently.

Mignon McLaughlin

Every society honors its live conformists, and its dead troublemakers.

Marshall McLuhan

[The school system] is the homogenizing hopper into which we toss our integral tots for processing.

H. L. Mencken

Most people want security in this world, not liberty.

John Stuart Mill

If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing him than he, if he had the power, would be in silencing mankind.

Henry Miller

The only law which is really lived up to wholeheartedly and with a vengeance is the law of conformity.

John Viscount Morley

You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.

The Qu'ran

SAY: O ye that reject Faith; I worship not that which ye worship, nor will ye worship that which I worship, and I will not worship that which ye have been want to worship, nor will ye worship that which I worship: to you be your Way, and to me mine.

John Saltmarsh

... the more we love any that are not as we are, the less we love as men and the more as God.

Friderich von Shiller

Whatever is not forbidden is permitted.

Adlai Stevenson

The mind is the expression of the soul, which belongs to God, and must be left alone by government.

A. J. P. Taylor

If there had been no troublemakers, no Dissenters, we should still be living in caves.

Henry David Thoreau

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.

Mark Twain

It were not best that we should all think alike; it is difference of opinion that makes horse races.


I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

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.

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