Society Quotes

Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
– Dwight D. Eisenhower
Property is not the sacred right. When a rich man becomes poor it is a misfortune, it is not a moral evil. When a poor man becomes destitute, it is a moral evil, teeming with consequences and injurious to society and morality.
– Lord Acton
American society is a sort of flat, fresh-water pond which absorbs silently, without reaction, anything which is thrown into it.
– Henry B. Adams
Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society.
– John Adams
The happiness of society is the end of government.
– John Adams
Our notion of the perfect society embraces the family as its center and ornament, and this paradise is not secure until children appear to animate and complete the picture.
– Amos Bronson Alcott
Society lives by faith, and develops by science.
– Henri Frederic Amiel
Business, labor and civil society organizations have skills and resources that are vital in helping to build a more robust global community.
– Kofi Annan
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
Murder is unique in that it abolishes the party it injures, so that society has to take the place of the victim and on his behalf demand atonement or grant forgiveness; it is the one crime in which society has a direct interest.
– W. H. Auden
The class distinctions proper to a democratic society are not those of rank or money, still less, as is apt to happen when these are abandoned, of race, but of age.
– W. H. Auden
Exclusiveness in a garden is a mistake as great as it is in society.
– Alfred Austin
Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at all, but just terrible things.
– Russell Baker
The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose.
– James A. Baldwin
The paradox of education is precisely this - that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated.
– James A. Baldwin
Nature makes only dumb animals. We owe the fools to society.
– Honore de Balzac
We are now integrated into American society and I don't like the word fashionable, because fashionable means that it's going to pass. It's not like that anymore.
– Antonio Banderas
You do not know our culture, our ethics, or the unwritten codes that already provide our society more order than could be obtained by any of your impositions.
– John Perry Barlow
The Internet: Transforming Society and Shaping the Future Through Chat.
– Dave Barry
There is only one way left to escape the alienation of present day society: to retreat ahead of it.
– Roland Barthes
It seems a long time since the morning mail could be called correspondence.
– Jacques Barzun
Deep down, the US, with its space, its technological refinement, its bluff good conscience, even in those spaces which it opens up for simulation, is the only remaining primitive society.
– Jean Baudrillard
What is a society without a heroic dimension?
– Jean Baudrillard
Society cares for the individual only so far as he is profitable.
– Simone de Beauvoir
Law represents the effort of man to organize society; governments, the efforts of selfishness to overthrow liberty.
– Henry Ward Beecher
We are not just here to manage capitalism but to change society and to define its finer values.
– Tony Benn
The first sign of corruption in a society that is still alive is that the end justifies the means.
– Georges Bernanos
Fascism is not in itself a new order of society. It is the future refusing to be born.
– Aneurin Bevan
The devastating punch we took on September 11th still reverberates throughout American society.
– Joe Biden
Land: A part of the earth's surface, considered as property. The theory that land is property subject to private ownership and control is the foundation of modern society, and is eminently worthy of the superstructure.
– Ambrose Bierce
Friendship! Mysterious cement of the soul, Sweet'ner of life, and solder of society.
– Robert Blair
I never leaf through a copy of National Geographic without realizing how lucky we are to live in a society where it is traditional to wear clothes.
– Erma Bombeck
Thanks to my mother, not a single cardboard box has found its way back into society. We receive gifts in boxes from stores that went out of business twenty years ago.
– Erma Bombeck
A person's worth is quite independent of their usefulness to society.
– Kjell Magne Bondevik
The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.
– Dietrich Bonhoeffer
I'm also interested in the modern suggestion that you can have a combination of love and sex in a marriage - which no previous society has ever believed.
– Alain de Botton
It is in Saudi Arabia's best interest to allow women to fully participate in its society, and this includes the right to vote and run for office.
– Barbara Boxer
Congress acknowledged that society's accumulated myths and fears about disability and disease are as handicapping as are the physical limitations that flow from actual impairment.
– William J. Brennan, Jr.
Has there ever been a society which has died of dissent? Several have died of conformity in our lifetime.
– Jacob Bronowski
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
Existentialism is about being a saint without God; being your own hero, without all the sanction and support of religion or society.
– Anita Brookner
Be able to be alone. Lose not the advantage of solitude, and the society of thyself.
– Sir Thomas Browne
The regeneration of society is the regeneration of society by individual education.
– Jean de la Bruyere
The wise person often shuns society for fear of being bored.
– Jean de la Bruyere
You can't make up anything anymore. The world itself is a satire. All you're doing is recording it.
– Art Buchwald
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
Society can overlook murder, adultery or swindling; it never forgives preaching of a new gospel.
– Edmund Burke
After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn't do it. I sure as hell wouldn't want to live in a society where the only people allowed guns are the police and the military.
– William S. Burroughs
There couldn't be a society of people who didn't dream. They'd be dead in two weeks.
– William S. Burroughs
But without a caring society, without each citizen voluntarily accepting the weight of responsibility, government is destined to grow even larger, taking more of your money, burrowing deeper into your lives.
– Jeb Bush
If more people were actively engaged in advocating their positions I think we'd have a better society.
– Jeb Bush
Society is now one polished horde, formed of two mighty tries, the Bores and Bored.
– Lord Byron
As a remedy to life in society I would suggest the big city. Nowadays, it is the only desert within our means.
– Albert Camus
The society based on production is only productive, not creative.
– Albert Camus
To assert in any case that a man must be absolutely cut off from society because he is absolutely evil amounts to saying that society is absolutely good, and no-one in his right mind will believe this today.
– Albert Camus
Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future.
– Albert Camus
The first duty of society is to give each of its members the possibility of fulfilling his destiny. When it becomes incapable of performing this duty it must be transformed.
– Alexis Carrel
It is not a fragrant world.
– Raymond Chandler
Television is just one more facet of that considerable segment of our society that never had any standard but the soft buck.
– Raymond Chandler
I did it to myself. It wasn't society... it wasn't a pusher, it wasn't being blind or being black or being poor. It was all my doing.
– Ray Charles
All literary men are Red Sox fans - to be a Yankee fan in a literate society is to endanger your life.
– John Cheever
Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.
– G. K. Chesterton
Society is not a disease, it is a disaster. What a stupid miracle that one can live in it.
– Emile M. Cioran
Our lifetime may be the last that will be lived out in a technological society.
– Arthur C. Clarke
The society of dead authors has this advantage over that of the living: they never flatter us to our faces, nor slander us behind our backs, nor intrude upon our privacy, nor quit their shelves until we take them down.
– Charles Caleb Colton
Access to computers and the Internet has become a basic need for education in our society.
– Kent Conrad
Our individual lives cannot, generally, be works of art unless the social order is also.
– Charles Horton Cooley
The imaginations which people have of one another are the solid facts of society.
– Charles Horton Cooley
Cockroaches and socialites are the only things that can stay up all night and eat anything.
– Herb Caen
The worker is the slave of capitalist society, the female worker is the slave of that slave.
– James Connolly
In order to acquire a growing and lasting respect in society, it is a good thing, if you possess great talent, to give, early in your youth, a very hard kick to the right shin of the society that you love. After that, be a snob.
– Salvador Dali
We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society.
– Angela Davis
Today is a celebration of hope for the Iraqi people. The Iraqi people can now take control of their government and their future by creating a society that protects the rights endowed to us by our creator - life, liberty and freedom.
– Jim DeMint
If a man be gloomy let him keep to himself. No one has the right to go croaking about society, or what is worse, looking as if he stifled grief.
– Benjamin Disraeli
Like art and politics, gangsterism is a very important avenue of assimilation into society.
– E. L. Doctorow
There is in us a lyric germ or nucleus which deserves respect; it bids a man to ponder or create; and in this dim corner of himself he can take refuge and find consolations which the society of his fellow creatures does not provide.
– Norman Douglas
Chastity is the cement of civilization and progress. Without it there is no stability in society, and without it one cannot attain the Science of Life.
– Mary Baker Eddy
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.
– Charles Edwards
All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.
– Albert Einstein
Society is always taken by surprise at any new example of common sense.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
The value of a dollar is social, as it is created by society.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable. And help to change it.
– Ernst Fischer
In a civilized society, all crimes are likely to be sins, but most sins are not and ought not to be treated as crimes. Man's ultimate responsibility is to God alone.
– Geoffrey Fisher
Prison continues, on those who are entrusted to it, a work begun elsewhere, which the whole of society pursues on each individual through innumerable mechanisms of discipline.
– Michel Foucault
What strikes me is the fact that in our society, art has become something which is only related to objects, and not to individuals, or to life.
– Michel Foucault
Civilized society is perpetually menaced with disintegration through this primary hostility of men towards one another.
– Sigmund Freud
The danger of the past was that men became slaves. The danger of the future is that man may become robots.
– Erich Fromm
Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age?
– Erich Fromm
A civilized society is one which tolerates eccentricity to the point of doubtful sanity.
– Robert Frost
If society fits you comfortably enough, you call it freedom.
– Robert Frost
Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor.
– Robert Frost
The best things and best people rise out of their separateness; I'm against a homogenized society because I want the cream to rise.
– Robert Frost
Let him who expects one class of society to prosper in the highest degree, while the other is in distress, try whether one side ;of the face can smile while the other is pinched.
– Dr. Thomas Fuller
I have always maintained that society has no business dictating morality.
– Peter Fonda
I claim that human mind or human society is not divided into watertight compartments called social, political and religious. All act and react upon one another.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Measures must always in a progressive society be held superior to men, who are after all imperfect instruments, working for their fulfilment.
– Mahatma Gandhi
There is more to life than increasing its speed.
– Mahatma Gandhi
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