Nonconformity Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old nonconformity quotes, nonconformity sayings, and nonconformity proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.     

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nonconformity is an empty goal, and rebellion against prevailing opinion merely because it is prevailing should no more be praised than acquiescence to it. Indeed, it is often a mask for cowardice, and few are more pathetic than those who flaunt outer differences to expiate their inner surrender.     

William H. Whyte

If a minority culture doesn't accept you as much as majority culture, think about following a path of non-conformity     

Paul Isaacs

Nonconformists travel as a rule in bunches. You rarely find a nonconformist who goes it alone. And woe to him inside a nonconformist clique who does not conform with nonconformity.     

Eric Hoffer

The fragrances are really a dream about the possibilities of a life. Nonconformity, no judgement.     

Jared Leto

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.

Friedrich Nietzsche

You were born an original work of art. Stay original always. Originals cost more than imitations.     

Suzy Kassem

Once in a while it really hits people that they don't have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.     

Alan Keightley

They will say you are on the wrong road, if it is your own.

Antonio Porchia

People would rather be wrong than be different.     

Henry Jacobsen

We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty.     

Edward R. Murrow

We are half ruined by conformity; but we should be wholly ruined without it.     

Dudley Warner

Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.     

Albert Einstein

A free society cherishes nonconformity. It knows from the non-conformist, from the eccentric, have come many of the great ideas.     

Henry Steele Commager

Non-conformity is the only real passion worth being ruled by.     

Julian Assange

Any fool can do something cool and look cool, but it takes skill to make something uncool cool again.

Criss Jami

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

Mark Twain

If you don't give yourself permission to create a new world, chances are nobody else will.     

James Altucher

Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity.     

Christopher Morley

Every great historic change has been based on nonconformity, has been bought either with the blood or with the reputation of nonconformists.     

Ben Shahn

For nonconformity the world will whip you with its displeasure.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.

Bernard Baruch

Most people believe most of the things they believe only because they believe that most people believe them.

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

We come from the mentality, that rarely sees the horror in symmetry or the beauty in non-conformity.     

Shane Koyczan

In this age, the mere example of nonconformity, the mere refusal to bend the knee to custom, is itself a service.     

John Stuart Mill

The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.     

Rob Siltanen

Nonconformity is the highest evolutionary attainment of social animals.     

Aldo Leopold

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

High-fiving people who share your beliefs is easy. What's hard is allowing others to have a different opinion without attempting to silence them.     

Duane Alan Hahn

If there is anything the nonconformist hates worse than a conformist, it's another nonconformist who doesn't conform to the prevailing standard of nonconformity.     

Bill Vaughan