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Society is like the air, necessary to breathe but insufficient to live on. George Santayana

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The happiness of society is the end of government. John Adams

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No society has been able to abolish human sadness, no political system can deliver us from the pain of living, from our fear of death, our thirst for the absolute. It is the human condition that directs the social condition, not vice versa. Eugène Ionesco

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A free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular. Adlai Stevenson I

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Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency. Man is a social being. Mahatma Gandhi

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A civilized society that can no longer feel outrage, can no longer be civilized.

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Society lives by faith, and develops by science. Henri-Frédéric Amiel

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Society never advances. It recedes as fast on one side as it gains on the other. Society acquires new arts, and loses old instincts. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The spirit of truth and the spirit of freedom -- these are the pillars of society. Henrik Ibsen

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Society is composed of two great classes, those that have more dinners than appetite, and those who have more appetite than dinners. Nicolas Chamfort

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Society cares for the individual only so far as he is profitable. Simone de Beauvoir

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Society exists only as a mental concept; in the real world there are only individuals. Oscar Wilde

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Society is divided into two classes, the shearers and the shorn. Nicolas Chamfort

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Society is a masked ball, where every one hides his real character, and reveals it by hiding. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Society does not consist of individuals but expresses the sum of interrelations, the relations within which these individuals stand. Karl Marx

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We have two American flags always: one for the rich and one for the poor. When the rich fly it means that things are under control; when the poor fly it means danger, revolution, anarchy. Henry Miller

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The great society is a place where men are more concerned with the quality of their goods than with the quantity of their goods. Lyndon B. Johnson

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Society is always trying in some way to grind us down to a single flat surface.

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Never speak disrespectfully of Society. Only people who can't get into it do that. Oscar Wilde

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To be social is to be forgiving. Robert Frost

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Society is now one polished horde, formed of two mighty tribes, the Bores and Bored. George Gordon Noel Byron^! 6th Baron Byron

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We call it a Society; and go about professing openly the totalest separation, isolation. Our life is not a mutual helpfulness; but rather, cloaked under due laws-of-war, named fair competition and so forth, it is a mutual hostility. Thomas Carlyle

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Society is a hospital of incurables. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Nor was civil society founded merely to preserve the lives of its members; but that they might live well: for otherwise a state might be composed of slaves, or the animal creation... nor is it an alliance mutually to defend each other from injuries, or for a commercial intercourse. But whosoever endeavors to establish wholesome laws in a state, attends to the virtues and vices of each individual who composes it; from whence it is evident, that the first care of him who would found a city, truly deserving that name, and not nominally so, must be to have his citizens virtuous. Aristotle

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Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members. The virtue in most request is conformity. Self-reliance is its aversion. It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Society is held together by our need; we bind it together with legend, myth, coercion, fearing that without it we will be hurled into that void, within which, like the earth before the Word was spoken, the foundations of society are hidden. James Baldwin

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What is called good society is usually nothing but a mosaic of polished caricatures. Karl Wilhelm Friedrich von Schlegel

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One set of messages of the society we live in is: Consume. Grow. Do what you want. Amuse yourselves. The very working of this economic system, which has bestowed these unprecedented liberties, most cherished in the form of physical mobility and material prosperity, depends on encouraging people to defy limits. Susan Sontag

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Society is indeed a contract. It is a partnership in all science; a partnership in all art; a partnership in every virtue, and in all perfection. As the ends of such a partnership cannot be obtained in many generations, it becomes a partnership not only between those who are living, but between those who are living, those who are dead, and those who are to be born. Edmund Burke

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Society in shipwreck is comfort to all. Publilius Syrus

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No civilized society can thrive upon victims, whose humanity has been permanently mutilated. Rabindranath Tagore

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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 Brontë

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“The international community cannot accept that whole communities are marginalized because of the color of their skin. People of African descent are among those most affected by racism. Too often, they face denial of basic rights such as access to quality health services and education. Such fundamental wrongs have a long and terrible history.” Ban Ki-moon

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It is always possible to bind together a considerable number of people in love, so long as there are other people left over to receive the manifestations of their aggression. Sigmund Freud

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American society is a sort of flat, fresh-water pond which absorbs silently, without reaction, anything which is thrown into it. Henry Adams

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Social improvement is attained more readily by a concern with the quality of results than with the purity of motives. Eric Hoffer

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Society always consists in the greatest part, of young and foolish persons. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Whoever marries the spirit of this age will find himself a widower in the next. William Ralph Inge

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Man's characteristic privilege is that the bond he accepts is not physical but moral; that is, social. He is governed not by a material environment brutally imposed on him, but by a conscience superior to his own, the superiority of which he feels. Because the greater, better part of his existence transcends the body, he escapes the body's yoke, but is subject to that of society. Émile Durkheim

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We can imagine a society in which no one could survive as a social being because it does not correspond to biologically determined perceptions and human social needs. For historical reasons, existing societies might have such properties, leading to various forms of pathology. Noam Chomsky

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There is no such thing as society: there are individual men and women, and there are families. Margaret Thatcher

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Society is a republic. When an individual tries to lift themselves above others, they are dragged down by the mass, either by ridicule or slander. Victor Hugo

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The principles of the good society call for a concern with an order of being -- which cannot be proved existentially to the sense organs -- where it matters supremely that the human person is inviolable, that reason shall regulate the will, that truth shall prevail over error. Walter Lippmann

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“The United Nations and the Organization of American States have named 2011 as the International Year for People of African Descent. This is an opportunity for all of us around the globe to celebrate the diversity of our societies and to honor the contributions that our fellow citizens of African descent make every day to the economic, social and political fabrics of our communities.” Hillary Clinton

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Sobriety, severity, and self-respect are the foundations of all true sociality. Henry David Thoreau

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A system in which the two great commandments are to hate your neighbor and to love your neighbor's wife. Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay