Quotations About
nonconformity

Don’t keep forever on the public road. Leave the beaten track behind occasionally and dive into the woods. You will be certain to find something you have never seen before, and something worth thinking about to occupy your mind. All really big discoveries are the result of thought.

As quoted in "The Chemistry of Life" by Ralph Whiteside Kerr in Rosicrucian Digest (1947) p. 131

Going against the tide has never been difficult for me. It wasn’t even a conscious decision but the natural consequence of following my own instinct.

Achieving The Impossible - A Fearless Leader. A Fragile Earth. (2010)

Jeremy: Not fitting in is how qualified people get fired.
Isaac: Yeah, but a lot of the time, it’s how they end up working here.

The Hungry and the Hunted (season 1, episode 3)
Posted in: Sports Night

I much prefer the sharpest criticism of a single intelligent man to the thoughtless approval of the masses.

Posted in: Johannes Kepler

The dissenter is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself.

"In Praise of Dissent", New York Times, 16 December 1956

Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers.

The Neurotic's Notebook (1963)

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

Posted in: Aristotle

One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea.

Physics and Politics (1869)
Posted in: Walter Bagehot