Conformity Sayings and Quotes

Being a carbon copy of what society considers acceptable or desirable is boring. Everyone is unique and has their own special talents. Below you’ll find a collection of wise and insightful conformity quotes that remind us that sometimes it’s better to rock the boat.


The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it is conformity.     

Rollo May

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.     

John F. Kennedy

The supreme lesson of any education should be to think for yourself and to be yourself; absent this attainment, education creates dangerous, stupefying conformity.     

Bryant McGill

If you stand up and be counted, from time to time you may get yourself knocked down. But remember this: A man flattened by an opponent can get up again. A man flattened by conformity stays down for good.     

Thomas J. Watson

The reward for conformity is that everyone likes you but yourself.     

Rita Mae Brown

Group conformity scares the pants off me because it's so often a prelude to cruelty towards anyone who doesn't want to - or can't - join the Big Parade.     

Bette Midler

In America, through pressure of conformity, there is freedom of choice, but nothing to choose from. Read more at https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/conformity-quotes     

Peter Ustinov

Conformity is painful. You know, it's too tight. Conformity leads to rebellion. So a desire for happiness is in direct conflict with a desire for freedom.     

Thomas Jane

The individual has always to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

Basically, I hate conformity. I hate people telling me what to do. It makes me want to smash things. So-called normal behaviour patterns make me so bored, I could throw up!     

Wendy O. WIlliams