We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people.
In America, through pressure of conformity, there is freedom of choice, but nothing to choose from.
When ideas go unexamined and unchallenged for a long enough time, certain things happen. They become mythological, and they become very, very powerful. They create conformity. They intimidate.
—E. L. Doctorow
Freedom lies beyond conformity or rebellion.
The reward for conformity was that everyone liked you except yourself.
—Rita Mae Brown
I've never walked the same path other people found comfortable and I'm not going to start now.
—Lora Leigh in Forbidden Pleasure
Why do you have to be a nonconformist like everybody else?
Sometimes you have to steer away from the crowd in order to be a better person.
—Simone Elkeles in Leaving Paradise
For most men life is a search for the proper manila envelope in which to get themselves filed.