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The law is an adroit mixture of customs that are beneficial to society, and could be followed even if no law existed, and others that are of advantage to a ruling minority, but harmful to the masses of men, and can be enforced on them only by terror. Peter Kropotkin
It is impossible, in our condition of Society, not to be sometimes a Snob. William Makepeace Thackeray
Murder is unique in that it abolishes the party it injures, so that society has to take the place of the victim and on his behalf demand atonement or grant forgiveness; it is the one crime in which society has a direct interest. W. H. Auden
Society can exist only on the basis that there is some amount of polished lying and that no one says exactly what he thinks. Lin Yutang
A satirist is a man whose flesh creeps so at the ugly and the savage and the incongruous aspects of society that he has to express them as brutally and nakedly as possible in order to get relief. John Dos Passos
Clearly, society has a tremendous stake in insisting on a woman's natural fitness for the career of mother: the alternatives are all too expensive. Ann Oakley
It is vain to talk of the interest of the community, without understanding what is the interest of the individual. Jeremy Bentham
The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life. Jane Addams
Every society, all government, and every kind of civil compact therefore, is or ought to be, calculated for the general good and safety of the community. George Mason
Prison continues, on those who are entrusted to it, a work begun elsewhere, which the whole of society pursues on each individual through innumerable mechanisms of discipline. Michel Foucault
Nothing seems at first sight less important than the outward form of human actions, yet there is nothing upon which men set more store: they grow used to everything except to living in a society which has not their own manners. Alexis de Tocqueville
The nature of man is intricate; the objects of society are of the greatest complexity and therefore no simple disposition or direction of power can be suitable either to man's nature or to the quality of his affairs Edmund Burke
There is complete disdain for all that exists .... History, society, and the economics of present institutions are all minor issues in choosing a reform program ... Peter Murrell
Psychologists call this the online disinhibition effect, in which factors like anonymity, invisibility, a lack of authority, and not communicating in real time strip away the mores society spent millennia building. and its sweeping from our smartphones into every aspect of our lives. Joel Stein
We Americans have a long history of fighting "big," wisely or not. Lawrence Lessig
All around us are the consequences of the most significant technological, and hence cultural, revolution in generations. This revolution has produced the most powerful and diverse spur to innovation of any in modern times. Lawrence Lessig
The middle-class America of my youth was another country. Paul Krugman
A family is where character is formed, values are learned, ethics are created, and society preserved. Anonymous
Simply to pit "society" against "nature," "humanity" against the "biosphere," and "reason," "technology," and "science" against less developed, often primitive forms of human interaction with the natural world, prevents us from examining the highly complex differences and divisions within society so necessary to define our problems and their solutions. Murray Bookchin
We suffer not only as individuals from alienation and confusion over our identities and goals; our entire society, conceived as a single entity, seems unclear about its own nature and sense of direction. Murray Bookchin
War is the most serious of the complicated relationships of humankind. Christiane Amanpour
When I started working on women's history about thirty years ago, the field did not exist…. People didn't think that women had a history worth knowing Gerda Lerner
... black women . . . are trained from childhood to become workers, and expect to be financially self-supporting for most of their lives. They know they will have to work, whether they are married or single; work to them, unlike to white women, is not a liberating goal, but rather an imposed lifelong necessity. Gerda Lerner
People all over the world are today questioning matters that only a few generations ago were generally seen as "just the way things are.” Riane Eisler
Quaker meetings were the first enclaves in American society in which women were encouraged to speak out in public Gail Thain Parker
I really don't know what it is. He is at home doing the breakfast dishes so that his wife can attend this meeting. Mildred McAfee
Women’s instincts are constructive and tend to build and create, not to tear down. This war was brought about without the women having anything to say or do about it, and now they are the greatest sufferers. Alice Paul
For more than six thousand years the history of woman has been one of hopeless sadness. She moved only to the clank of chains, and her vain desire for better and higher things could not find expression, for woman was by force of circumstances inarticulate. Detraction of one sex and exaltation of the other became a habit of mind expressed in law, in religion, in literature as well as in the ordinary activities of everyday life. Maude Glasgow
Anyone here own 4 suits? Three suits? Even 2 suits? Well J. P. Morgan has over 100 suits, each one stolen off the back of a working man. Huey P. Long
The rich don’t want the poor to get ahead of them. Huey P. Long
Wanted: Women War Workers Anonymous
I regard irreligious people as pioneers. If there had been no priesthood the world would have advanced ten thousand times better than it has now. Anandabai Joshee
Every religion oppresses women. I talk about the Koran because I know this book best. It allows for torture and other mistreatment, especially for women. And I despise the Sharia laws. They cannot be changed. They must be thrown out, abolished. Taslima Nasrin
We decided … to put an end to illiteracy, and each of the factory representatives made lists of all illiterates at his own factory, found premises for schools, brought pressure to bear on the factory management and raised funds. A superintendent from amongst the workers was appointed to each school for illiterates, and he saw to it that everything necessary was provided - blackboards, chalk, ABC books; others were appointed to ensure that instruction was given correctly and to hear what the workers had to say about the schools. We gave instructions to the superintendents and heard their reports. Nadezhda Krupskaya
Real freedom for women is possible only through Communism. Vladimir Lenin
Lenin strove constantly to get the people to understand that the leaders could not do everything for them, that they them-selves, with their own hands, would have to build a new life and defend their own state; in this he proved himself to be a real people's leader, able to show the people the way forward and induce them to take the first step forward fully conscious of their aim, instead of following blindly behind the leaders. Nikolai Ilyich Podvoisky
The first step toward liberation of any group is to use the power in hand. . . . And the power in hand is the vote. Helen Gahagan
Democracy must live as it thinks and think as it lives Agnes E. Meyer
It is obvious that the most despotic forms of social organization would be suitable for inert men who are satisfied with the situation fate has placed them in, and that the most abstract form of democratic theory would be practicable among sages guided only by their reason. The only problem is to what degree it is possible to excite or to contain the passions without endangering public happiness. Anne Louise Germaine Necker; Madame de Stael-Holstein
It is subversive to set up inquisitions like this, state or national, into the thoughts and consciences of Americans. . . . It is subversive for commissions like this to spread hysteria and intimidation throughout the land that Americans are afraid to sign petitions, afraid to read progressive magazines, afraid to make out checks for liberal causes, afraid to join organizations, afraid to speak their mind on public issues. Americans dare not be free citizens! This is the destruction of democracy. Florence Luscomb
Every democratic system evolves its own conventions. It is not only the water but the banks which make the river. Indira Gandhi
A democratic home is the foundation of a democratic state. Agnes E. Benedict
Courts are an aristocratic institution in a democracy. That's the dilemma for an institution that has the function of reviewing the will of the people. We're bound to be "anti-majoritarian. Rose Bird
Since the time of the ancient Greeks a democracy has depended on its philosophers and creative artists. It can only flourish by continuous probing, prodding, and questioning of the social conditions under which man exists and tries to better himself. One of the first moves of a dictatorship is to stifle the artists and thinkers who have the ability to stir up dissent from any prescribed dogma which might enslave them. Because the artist can arouse the curiosity and conscience of his community, he becomes a threat to those who have taken power. Uta Hagen
Let's face it: however old-fashioned and out of date and devaluated the word is, we like the way of living provided by democracy. Eve Curie
Majority rule rests on numbers; democracy rests on the well-grounded assumption that society is neither a collection of units nor an organism but a network of human relations. Mary Parker Follett
Democracy is the fig leaf of elitism. Florence King
If blacks are oppressed in America, why isn't there a black exodus? David Horowitz
Every human being, including those who belong to the enemy, have rights. Shulamit Aloni
People need islands of stability during periods of rapid change. Alvin Toffler
Nobody in America lives at the survival level, Most people in the world would love to live the way poor Americans live. Rick Warren
Before the human race today there are only two roads: War or brotherhood. Charles de Gaulle
I had always hoped that this land might become a safe and agreeable asylum to the virtuous and persecuted part of mankind, to whatever nation they might belong. George Washington
Other than the war in Iraq the Katrina disaster, the deficit, the CIA leak, torture, stopping stem cell research, homeland security, global warming and undercutting science, we've yet to really feel the negative effects of the George W. Bush administration Bill Moyers
People without money are slaves. James Baldwin
The Iranians and the Syrians, sipping their coffee in their cafes discussing politics, want to fight the Israelis to the last Lebanese and the last Palestinian. Hisham Melhem
The achievement of independence for my own country will be fragmentary and incomplete so long as one square inch of African soil remains unfree. Kwame Nkrumah
The time seems right for a new conception of association within the Commonwealth, not necessarily owing allegiance to the Crown, especially for those countries which have no ties of blood, culture, or religion Hubert Elvin Rance
The way to help this country is to limit Republican power. Howard Dean
It’s our responsibility to read the newspapers and then say it is our opinion. Trey Parker
When things fall apart you sometimes can see more. You might even be able to see how to put things back together. Anna Deavere Smith
Despite all the political sound and fury, little service-sector offshoring has happened to date. But it may eventually amount to a third Industrial Revolution, and industrial revolutions have a way of transforming societies. Alan S. Blinder
Government cannot substitute for a healthy private sector, and both need a strong civil society. Abdullah II
In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society…. These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations. United Nations
Society receives its momentum from power. Louis Blanc
Our Ancestors founded their government on morality and religious sentiment. They were brought hither by their high veneration of the Christian religion. They journeyed by its light, and labored in its hope. They sought to incorporate it with the elements of their society, and to diffuse its influences through all their institutions, civil, political, social, and educational. Daniel Webster
Civilizations do not give out, they give in. They come apart not in a flash but by the inch. In a society where anything goes, everything eventually will. John Underwood
We are becoming a society where multiculture means no public culture. Michael Valpy
the superiority of state over private education lies in the fact that in the former the teacher is responsible to society... The result desired by the state is a wholly different one from that desired by parents, guardians, and pupils. Lester Frank Ward
... this is a grievance society and that if you want to get into its leading edge you pretty well have to be a victim. Barbara Amiel
Society is like a stew. If you don’t keep it stirred up, you get a lot of scum on top. Edward Abbey
The seeds of a fruitful society are sown in the minds of its youth. Jean Augustine
The home is the foundation of sanity and sobriety; it is the indispensable condition of continuity; its health determines the health of society as a whole. Robert Menzies
There are only two choices open to those who have discovered that society is a madhouse. In the tradition of Plato's cave, they can withdraw and seek light elsewhere to discover the larger landscape in which the madhouse is located. Or, if that Platonic tradition of the Good seems merely an infantile fantasy, they can deny self-determination to the insane majority and burn the madhouse to the ground to force people out into the open. William Irwin Thompson
Most sorts of diversion in men, children, and other animals, are an imitation of fighting. Jonathan Swift
The system of stereotypes may be the core of our personal tradition, the defenses of our position in society…They may not be a complete picture of the world, but they are a picture of a possible world to which we are adapted. In that world people and things have their well-known places, and do certain expected things. Walter Lippmann
Science of Society Ibn Khaldoun
Such forms of wealth as gold, silver, precious stones are only minerals and products having an exchange value. It is social effort, the search for profit and the use of tools that cause the increase or decrease of the quantity of precious metals in circulation and hence, the real wealth of a King Ibn Khaldoun
...I have no resentment towards the man. If society were so constituted as to allow every man, woman and child to lead a normal life there would be no violence in this world. It fills me with horror to think the brutal acts done in the name of government. Every act of violence finds its echo in another act of violence. The policeman's club breeds criminals. Voltairine de Cleyre
Individuals often exercise considerable influence upon the fate of society, but this influence is determined by the internal structure of that society and by its relation to other societies G. V. Plekhanov
The family breaks down as more and more women go out to work. How can one talk about family life when the man and woman work different shifts, and where the wife does not even have the time to prepare a decent meal for her offspring? How can one talk of parents when the mother and father are out working all day and cannot find the time to spend even a few minutes with their children?.... Even if housework disappears, you may argue, there are still the children to look after. But here too, the workers’ state will come to replace the family, society will gradually take upon itself all the tasks that before the revolution fell to the individual parents. Alexandra Kollontai
Outside the pale of society, language is just as useless as an eye in darkness Anton Pannekoek
When a number of animals live in a group, herd or flock, they carry on the struggle for existence in common against the outside world … The animals which live socially no longer wage a struggle against each other, wherein the weak succumb; just the reverse, the weak enjoy the same advantages as the strong. When some animals have the advantage by means of greater strength, sharper smell, or experience in finding the best pasture or in warding off the enemy, this advantage does not accrue only to these better fitted, but also to the entire group. This combining of the animals’ separate powers into one unit gives to the group a new and much stronger power than any one individual possessed, even the strongest. It is owing to this united strength that the defenseless plant-eaters can ward off rapacious animals. It is only by means of this unity that some animals are able to protect their young. Anton Pannekoek
Society goes on and on and on. It is the same with ideas. James Ramsey MacDonald
Industrialization divorces the family from society. The place of business moves away from the place of residence: the father goes to work in the plant or in the office, miles away from the home. Wife and children are no longer integrated into the productive work. They may, indeed, have their own jobs and go to work themselves; but even if they should work in the same plant or the same office as the man of the family, they do not work as a family unit. Peter Drucker
Women are a great civilizing force in any society and when they are repressed things don’t work very well. George P. Shultz
What intellectuals have done is that they've brought to the surface important problems that face society, that are on the subconscious of culture, of society. They've provided societies with insights, with concepts, with perspectives that allowed people and communities to make sense of the world. Frank Furedi
Modern liberal societies cannot be based on a simple assertion of group identity - the very idea of the rule of law, of equal legal treatment for everyone regardless of religion, wealth, gender or ethnicity, conflicts with it. David Goodhart
Society sometimes discovers facts that society has a hard time getting used to. James D. Watson
Listen or your tongue will keep you deaf. Anonymous
Society is immoral and immortal; it can afford to commit any kind of folly, and indulge in any kind of vice; it cannot be killed and the fragments that survive can always laugh at the dead. Henry Adams
Constitutions are but paper; society is the substratum of government. Fisher Ames
Everything that lives, does so under the categorical condition of decisively interfering in the life of someone else. Mikhail Bakunin
In community people remain essentially united in spite of all separating factors, while in society they are essentially separated in spite of all uniting factors. Sheri Berman
If there is a bedrock principle underlying the 1st Amendment, it is that the Government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable. William J. Brennan, Jr.
A man's virtue is best secured by shame, and best improved by emulation in the society of virtuous men. Edmund Burke
There is more opportunity for a nobody to become a somebody in Washington than in the whirl-pool of New York. Frank [Carp] Carpenter
Religious-based and ethnic-based schools act as points of division in society, often breeding prejudice and fear … Eddie Clynes
A strike bulletin or an impassioned leaflet are of more moment than three hundred pretty and faultlessly written pages about the private woes of a gigolo or the biological ferment of a society dame… Jack Conroy; John Wesley Conroy
It is a community of purpose that constitutes society. Benjamin Disraeli
No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. John Donne
Has not the world today somehow got itself enslaved by this immense machine, the Industrial system? Millions of men perform labor narrowing and stultifying even under the best conditions, bound in the traces of mechanical industry, without ever a chance of self-expression, except in the hectic pleasures of suffocating life in cities. They grind their lives away on the wheels, producing, producing, producing....Is this what men have been striving for through the ages? Is this ponderous suicidal machine civilization? John Dos Passos
Protestant Christianity ... tutored the first generations of Americans. It provided what we today would call the value system of the society. Terry Eastland
The individual and society have waged a relentless and bloody battle for ages, each striving for supremacy, because each was blind to the value and importance of the other. Emma Goldman
I don't believe the makeup of America is as solid as it was 40 years ago. Society has become more selfish and, as a result, less dedicated to the common good. Millions hail a culture that is now more concerned with money and appearances than with genuine accomplishment. Barry Goldwater
We launched perestroika [openness and restructuring] with our eyes open. We foresaw the complexity and the special nature of that process, realizing that it would shake up thoroughly our entire society. We were not wrong.... As for the difficulties—and they do exist—we accept them as a natural expression of contradictions inherent in a transition period. Mikhail Gorbachev
Poverty is an open-mouthed, relentless hell which yawns beneath civilized society. Henry George
Faith is an important part of the fabric of our society. Ari Fleischer
The public power of all society is above every soul contained in the same society. Richard Hooker
Until racial justice and freedom is a reality in this land, our union will remain profoundly imperfect.... The Negro is going to get justice or this society will be ripped apart. Hubert Humphrey
The spirit of truth and the spirit of freedom—they are the pillars of society. Henrik Ibsen
A New Dealer regrets poverty and deplores the fact that it is necessary for society to slough off its misfits as an individual sheds his impurities and his diseases. But New Dealers believe that human want and human distress should be prevented or at least ameliorated. Harold L. Ickes
Since men are social by nature they are meant to live with others and to work for one another's welfare John XXIII; Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli
Your imagination, your initiative, and your indignation will determine whether we build a society where progress is the servant of our needs, or a society where old values and new visions are buried under unbridled growth. For in your time we have the opportunity to move not only toward the rich society, and the powerful society, but upward to the Great Society. Lyndon B. Johnson
The safety and happiness of society are the objects at which all political institutions aim and to which all such institutions must be sacrificed. James Madison
In the state of nature, indeed, all men are born equal; but they cannot continue in this equality. Society makes them lose it, and they recover it only by the protection of the laws Charles de Montesquieu
The spirit of the times may alter, will alter. Our rulers will become corrupt, our people careless. A single zealot may commence persecutor, and better men be his victims. It can never be too often repeated that the time for fixing every essential right on a legal basis is while our rulers are honest and ourselves united. Thomas Jefferson
What is true of every member of the society, individually, is true of them all collectively; since the rights of the whole can be no more than the sum of the rights of the individuals. Thomas Jefferson
Society is held together by trust. Joyce Appleby
Inventions... cannot, in nature, be a subject of property. Society may give an exclusive right to the profits arising from them, as an encouragement to men to pursue ideas which may produce utility, but this may or may not be done, according to the will and convenience of the society, without claim or complaint from anybody... The exclusive right to invention is given not of natural right, but for the benefit of society Thomas Jefferson
Individuals do not derive from government their right to contract, but bring that right with them into society.... every man retains the right to acquire property, to dispose of that property according to his own judgment, and to pledge himself for a future act. John Marshall
It is not possible to teach an entire generation to bomb and destroy others in an undeclared, unjustified war abroad without paying the price in the derangement of our own society. George McGovern
Society has now fairly got the better of individuality; and the danger which threatens human nature is not the excess, but the deficiency, of personal impulses and preferences. John Stuart Mill
The individual is not accountable to society for his actions, insofar as these concern the interests of no person but himself. John Stuart Mill
There is no subject on which there is a greater habitual difference of judgment between a man judging for himself, and the same man judging for other people. John Stuart Mill
Every man, by consenting with others to make one body politic u ment, puts himself under an obligation to every one of that society to submit to the determination of the majority John Locke
The reason why men enter into society is the preservation of their property; and the end while they choose and authorize a legislature is that there may be laws made, and rules set, as guards and fences to the properties of all the society, to limit the power and moderate the dominion of every part and member of the society. John Locke
The end that we seek is a society at peace with itself. Martin Luther King Jr.
All Society therefore is either for Gain, or for Glory; (i.e.) not so much for love of our Fellowes Thomas Hobbes
All fixed capital, not only in the first instance, as is generally admitted, but in every stage of society, at every period in the history of man, is the creation of labour … Thomas Hodgskin
So dependent is man on man, and so much does this dependence increase as society advances, that hardly any labour of any single individual, however much it may contribute to the whole produce of society, is of the least value but as forming a part of the great social task. Thomas Hodgskin
Profit does not decrease but increase in the progress of society Thomas Hodgskin
Farming teaches a brutal work ethic that serves society well when farm kids move to the city. Blake Hurst
The individual is prior to society and society must be ordered to the good of the individual. John XXIII
Catholics dismissed notions that Africans were biologically inferior to other humans, insisted that slaves be permitted to marry and receive an education, frequently expressed doubts about the morality of slavery as it existed in the nineteenth century, and almost never defended slavery as an unqualified good. But most Catholics accepted slavery in principle, with even twentieth-century theologians declaring slavery “not in itself intrinsically wrong.” Fearful of social disorder and unwilling to distinguish the suffering of slaves from other human miseries, Catholics lumped immediate slave emancipation with a religious and political radicalism that threatened the foundations of society. John T. McGreevy
The philosophers, who have inquired into the foundations of society, have all felt the necessity of going back to a state of nature; but not one of them has got there. Jean Jacques Rousseau
A premodern society, a preindustrial society, is one where people wake up whenever they want, there’s a lot of work but that isn’t set off from leisure…. A modern society is one where the bells ring at a certain time and we move from one place to another and people just become parts of a machine which has a very well thought out, pre-thought out way of working. Susan Smulyan
Where there is bread, there is my country. (Ubi est pane, ibi est patria.) Ancient Roman Proverb
Society is produced by our wants and government by our wickedness….government in its best state is a necessary evil; in its worse state an intolerable one. Thomas Paine
Once you follow a path of nonviolence and social justice, it won't take you long before you come into conflict with the culture, with the society. You can't know what is at stake or how much it is going to cost you until you get in the game. Martin Sheen
We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us. Marshall McLuhan
It is the emergence of mass media which makes possible the use of propaganda techniques on a societal scale. The orchestration of press, radio and television to create a continuous, lasting and total environment renders the influence of propaganda virtually unnoticed precisely because it creates a constant environment. Jacques Ellul
Man's society is an ecology that forces adaptation to it. Philip K. Dick
We ascend the hill-tops of philosophy, not to gaze up at the ever-visible heavens, but to embrace in one grand view the human world beneath us. Arnold J. Toynbee
God gave the world to men in common; but since he gave it them for their benefit and the greatest conveniences of life they were capable to draw from it, it cannot be supposed that he meant it should always remain common and uncultivated. John Locke
Autonomy of the individual in an autonomous community Anonymous
The family is the most important unit of society…. When all is said and done, there is nothing more important than the family. Gordon B. Hinckley
To be a political philosopher is more a vocation than a career …. it is a vocation for thinking about the political. Not just day-to-day politics, but about the phenomenon of the political, that all communities of any degree of complexity organize themselves according to certain principles of justice, equality, reciprocity, and authority. Seyla Benhabib
If you're not engaged in challenging the lies of the system, what's the good of living in this society? Tariq Ali
Conflicts arouse tremendous passions and passion clouds judgment. Zbigniew Brzezinski
The Left’s essential mental instrument is class analysis, according to which society is best understood in terms of the competing interests of aggregate groups. Michael Laws
War sometimes is a necessary instrument to bring clarity to a society. Jay Winik
Culture more than politics determines the success of the society, but politics can save the culture. Daniel P. Moynihan
Politicians haven't the capacity to lead whole societies anywhere. They are outclassed and outrun by trends in the world economy that are beyond the ability of the political class to control or direct. Lew Rockwell; Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr.
A revolution has taken place within the government but it has not yet penetrated civil society. Louis Saint-Just
The Law Society should be more of a mirror of society. Adrienne Clarkson
The frontier is not merely a dramatic imagery but a very real process, indeed the basic socio-technical process that informs the experience of certain people and countries. As a process, it is dynamic and essentially progressive, although fraught with problems of its own, as is every other dimension of human life. Daniel J. Elazar
The complex origins of class cleavage in politics are not easily unraveled Daniel J. Elazar
New societies, like the United States, in general, tend to emphasize fundamental law rather than custom or usage precisely because they are new societies. Since customary usage is not available to them, they have to enact laws and legitimize them by linking them to fundamental law. New states serving old societies, like post revolutionary France, reject customary usage as inconsistent with their efforts to build something new. At most they are willing to incorporate elements of the customs that cannot be ignored in the hope of neutralizing or transforming them politically. Daniel J. Elazar
Immigrants are changed by the greater society. Immigrants change the greater society. Peter Skerry
The prison is the state writ small. Mason Cooley
From the moment when a subordinate class becomes really independent and dominant, calling into being a new type of State, the need arises concretely, of building a new intellectual and moral order, i.e. a new type of society. Antonio Gramsci
The Zionist invasion is a vicious invasion. It does not refrain from resorting to all methods, using all evil and contemptible ways to achieve its end. It relies greatly in its infiltration and espionage operations on the secret organizations it gave rise to, such as the Freemasons, The Rotary and Lions clubs, and other sabotage groups. All these organizations, whether secret or open, work in the interest of Zionism and according to its instructions. They aim at undermining societies, destroying values, corrupting consciences, deteriorating character and annihilating Islam. It is behind the drug trade and alcoholism in all its kinds so as to facilitate its control and expansion. Hamas
The first duty of law is to keep sound the society it serves Woodrow Wilson
The prosperity of all is the interest of all. William Godwin
[Marriage is] something more than a mere contract. It is rather to be deemed an institution of society, founded upon consent and contract of the parties. Joseph Story
It is an act of hubris to believe that marriage can be infinitely malleable, that it can be pushed and pulled around like silly-putty without destroying its essential stability and what it means to our society, and if marriage goes, then the family goes, and if the family goes, we have none of the decency or ordered liberty which Americans have been brought up to enjoy and to appreciate. James M. Talent
The pursuit of happiness … calls for the institution of government to regulate and adjust the collisions and passions of society incident to the existence of a civil society. John Quincy Adams
The etiquette question has become of so much importance as to be an object of state. Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams
All ladies arriving here as strangers it seems expect to be visited by the wives of the heads of the departments and even by the President’s wife. Mrs. Madison subjected herself to this torture, … but from which having begun the practice, she never found an opportunity of receding from. John Quincy Adams
I must write you a line of deepest sympathy. I know how you must be suffering about Constance. We cannot disguise from ourselves that our old Constance has gone forever. I feel, whatever it may be in the future, for the moment she has passed out of the lives of her family. She has become an impersonal being, and no one will feel this so much as you. Emily Lutyens
Fundamentally all social and political questions are economic. Charlotte Despard
The speed with which armies collapse, bureaucracies abdicate, and social structures dissolve once the autocrat is removed frequently surprises American Policy makers. Jeane Kirkpatrick
The structure of society throughout the world has been created by individuals Jiddu Krishnamurti
The bigger the gap there is between the rich and the poor, the less stable and successful the society will be Howard Dean
Separate an individual from society, and give him an island or a continent to possess, and he cannot acquire personal property. He cannot be rich. So inseparably are the means connected with the end, in all cases, that where the former do not exist the latter cannot be obtained. All accumulation, therefore, of personal property, beyond what a man's own hands produce, is derived to him by living in society; and he owes on every principle of justice, of gratitude, and of civilization, a part of that accumulation back again to society from whence the whole came. Thomas Paine
Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness POSITIVELY by uniting our affections, the latter NEGATIVELY by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first a patron, the last a punisher. Thomas Paine
The classical case is that of the starving man who steals a loaf of bread. That he should be allowed to go free is understandable enough; but it is less understandable that 'society's' obligation not to let him starve should devolve upon one baker chosen at random and not on society as a whole. Vilfredo Pareto
Every man cannot have his way in all things…Without this mutual disposition, we are disjointed individuals, but not a society Thomas Jefferson
A body politic is a social compact by which the whole people covenants with each citizen, and each citizen with the whole people, that all shall be governed by certain laws for the common good. Massachusetts
Society is a partnership not only by those who are living, but between those who are living, those who are dead, and those who are to be born. Edmund Burke
The uncertainty of Socialists themselves concerning the organization of the society they are wishing for, paralyses their energy Peter Kropotkin
One of the primary tests of the mood of a society at any given time is whether its comfortable people tend to identify, psychologically, with the power and achievements of the very successful or with the needs and sufferings of the underprivileged. Richard Hofstadter
Great talents appear whenever the social conditions favorable to their development exist. This means that every man of talent who actually appears, every man of talent who becomes a social force, is the product of social relations. G. V. Plekhanov
We must be cognizant of the fact that the absence of economic rationality and perpetual political instability in our societies prevent us from fully benefiting from our resources as well as capabilities. In the extreme case, we find ourselves in devastating wars. Our conflict-ridden geography has substantially undercut our ability to develop economically. Natural wealth, including oil revenues has been wasted and the focus of attention has been other than human development Abdullah Gul
Without creative personalities able to think and judge independently, the upward development of society is as unthinkable as the development of the individual personality without the nourishing soil of the community. Albert Einstein
All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded to the individual. Albert Einstein
While the overall goal of any society must be to educate all its members, at this stage in human history the greatest need is to educate women and girls. For over twenty years, studies have consistently documented that, of all possible investments, educating women and girls pays the highest overall dividends in terms of social development, the eradication of poverty and the advancement of community. Bahai Universal House of Justice
The economic development of industrial society tends inevitably to the ruin of small industries. Socialist Labor Party of Germany
It is society which, fashioning us in its image, fills us with religious, political, and moral beliefs that control our actions. Emile Durkheim
Two types of choices seem to me to have been crucial in tipping their outcomes towards success or failure: long-term planning, and willingness to reconsider core values. Jared Diamond
Society is one word, but many things. John Dewey
Rapid changes - the machine age, the advent of universal and rapid communication, and many other new factors - have brought new problems. Succeeding generations have attempted to keep pace by reforming in piecemeal fashion this or that attendant abuse. As a result evils overlap and reform becomes confused and frustrated. We lose sight, from time to time, of our ultimate human objectives. Franklin D. Roosevelt
… we have one life on this planet. We have one chance to live it and to contribute to the future of society and the future of life. The only "afterlife" is what other people remember of you. Craig Venter
A society made up of individuals who were all capable of original thought would probably be unendurable. The pressure of ideas would simply drive it frantic. H. L. Mencken
Education must establish the moral unity of mankind. Harry S Truman
Though it is very important for man as an individual that his religion should be true, that is not the case for society. Society has nothing to fear or hope from another life; what is most important for it is not that all citizens profess the true religion but that they should profess religion. Alexis de Tocqueville
In an over-organized society, the individual is altogether crushed out of existence. He gains the whole wealth of social thought around him and loses his own soul. Muhammad Iqbal
The ultimate fate of a people does not depend so much on organization as on the worth and power of individual men. Muhammad Iqbal
A society based on … reality must reconcile in its life, the categories of permanence and change. Muhammad Iqbal
Living together is an art. William Pickens
The Social Sciences will concern themselves with the rationalization of social control... the control of human behavior. Charles Max Mason
It is our firm belief, nay a conviction which constitutes one of the basic values of a free society to which we are wedded under our Constitution, that there must be freedom not only for the thought that we cherish, but also for the thought that we hate K. J. Shetty
Environmental degradation and pollution constrain economic growth, contribute to large-scale migration, harm public health, and engender social unrest. Elizabeth Economy
A society with no values outside of politics is a machine carrying its human cargo, with no purpose in its institutions reflecting their care, eternal aspirations, loneliness, need for love. Stephen Spender
The universal basis of co-operation is the proportioning of benefits received to services rendered. Herbert Spencer
Every individual is continually exerting himself to find out the most advantageous employment for whatever capital he can command. It is his own advantage, indeed, and not that of the society, which he has in his view. But the study of his own advantage naturally, or rather necessarily leads him to prefer that employment which is most advantageous to the society. Adam Smith
A civilization is a social entity that manifests religious, political legal, and customary uniformity over an extended period, and which confers on its members the benefits of socially accumulated knowledge. Roger Scruton
Those who advocate that bad laws should not be obeyed—in circumstances where such "bad" laws are enacted by a democratically elected government—are putting at risk the entire conception of civilized society. That directly challenges democracy...the way to change bad laws is to change the government that has made them Frank Chapple
Knowing what we now know about living systems—how they replicate and how they mutate—we are beginning to know how to control their evolutionary futures. To a considerable extent we now do that with the plants we cultivate and the animals we domesticate. This is, in fact, a standard application of genetics today. We could even go further, for there is no reason why we cannot in the same way direct our own evolutionary futures. I wish to emphasize, however—and emphatically—that whether we should do this and, if so, how, are not questions science alone can answer. They are for society as a whole to think about. Scientists can say what the consequences might be, but they are not justified in going further except as responsible members of society. George Wells Beadle
All people owe their lives to surrounding society. Thomas Sowell
In a highly developed society, the Establishment cannot survive without the obedience and loyalty of millions of people who are given small rewards to keep the system going: the soldiers and police, teachers and ministers, administrators and social workers, technicians and production workers, In a highly developed society, the Establishment cannot survive without the obedience and loyalty of millions of people who are given small rewards to keep the system going: the soldiers and police, teachers and ministers, administrators and social workers, technicians and production workers, doctors, lawyers, nurses, transport and communication workers, garbagemen and firemen. These people -- the employed, the somewhat privileged -- are drawn into alliance with the elite. They become the guards of the system, buffers between the upper and lower classes. If they stop obeying, the system falls. Howard Zinn
The history of all hither-to-existing society is the history of class struggles. Karl Marx
The condition of our survival in any but the meagerest existence is our willingness to accommodate ourselves to the conflicting interests of others, to learn to live in a social world. Learned Hand
Man is not made for society, but society is made for man. Sarah Margaret Fuller
There are good reasons why plutocrats should care about inequality anyway—even if they’re thinking only about themselves. The rich do not exist in a vacuum. They need a functioning society around them to sustain their position. Widely unequal societies do not function efficiently and their economies are neither stable nor sustainable. The evidence from history and from around the modern world is unequivocal: there comes a point when inequality spirals into economic dysfunction for the whole society, and when it does, even the rich pay a steep price. Joseph Stiglitz
… a good society ensues from the selfish pursuits of individual men. Leland Hazard
Our permanent enemy is the noted bellicosity of human nature.... The plain truth is that people want war.... It is a sacrament. Society would rot, they think, without the mystical blood-payment. William James
Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness POSITIVELY by uniting our affections, the latter NEGATIVELY by restraining our vices. Thomas Paine
It is not the same thing—society and government Laurent Fabius
Justice is the great end of civil society. David Dudley Field II
The condition of our survival in any but the meagerest existence is our willingness to accommodate ourselves to the conflicting interests of others, to learn to live in a social world. Learned Hand
What Americans should by now be able to see is that neither the laissez-faire marketplace nor strong government has given them a satisfying or permanent resolution. The problem is not the marketplace and it is not government. The problem originates in the contest of clashing values between society and capitalism and, since this human society cannot surrender its deepest values, it must try to alter capitalism's. William Greider
When each citizen submits himself to the authority of law he does not thereby decrease his independence or freedom, but rather increases it. By recognizing that he is a part of a larger body which is banded together for a common purpose, he becomes more than an individual, he rises to a new dignity of citizenship. Instead of finding himself restricted and confined by rendering obedience to public law, he finds himself protected and defended and in the exercise of increased and increasing rights. Calvin Coolidge
No one has yet been found resolute enough in dogmatizing to deny that Nature made man equal; that society has destroyed this equality is a truth not more incontrovertible. Percy Bysshe Shelley
There should be no differentiation amongst the people. All should be treated as equals. On this basis the Brahmin must give up his false prestige. In the interest of the society. I say that the blind beliefs should be given up Periyar E. V. Ramasamy
If you have a sense of purpose and a sense of direction, I believe people will follow you. Democracy isn't just about deducing what the people want. Democracy is leading the people as well. Margaret Thatcher
There is no such thing as society…There are individuals, men and women, and there are families. Margaret Thatcher
There is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people, and people must look to themselves first. Margaret Thatcher
Everyone carries a part of society on his shoulders; no one is relieved of his share of responsibility … Ludwig von Mises
Our society has come to look more like an unsupervised playground than a forum where differences are seriously discussed, alternatives weighed, and compromises forged by give and take. Many of us would be willing to submit to some adult supervision, but we're having considerable difficulty finding anyone in charge who is acting like an adult. Rich Turner
In society at large, … nostalgia can distort our understanding of the world in dangerous ways, making it needlessly negative about our current situation. Stephanie Coontz
History, we now know, is not merely, of even primarily, past politics, it is also past economics, past society, past religion, past civilization, in short—past everything. Stanley Thomas Bindoff
The legislative agenda reflects the complication of society. Thomas S. Foley
We are now going through a period of demolition. In morals, in social life, in politics, in medicine, and in religion there is a universal upturning of foundations. But the day of reconstruction seems to be looming, and now the grand question is: Are there any sure and universal principles that will evolve a harmonious system in which we shall all agree? Catharine Beecher
The primary purpose of organized society is to enable everybody to get a living. Prestonia Mann Martin
Massive Federal Budget Deficits are only the most conspicuous sign of a society that has promised itself more than it could afford. Robert Jacob Samuelson
A market economy is a tool—a valuable and effective tool—for organizing productive activity. A market society is a way of life in which market values sweep into every aspect of human endeavor. It is a place where social relations are made over in the image of the market. Michael Sandel
Within each country’s borders, different view exist of the obligations of individual citizens to one another, of provinces and cities to their neighbors, of the large and the small entities to the polity—corporations, churches, and other institutions—to society as a whole. David Rothkopf
This statement of fact is an eloquent comment on the apathy with which many people regard the mental and physical health of the rising generation…A woman will lavish love and care, and attention on her pet cat or ‘prize’ poodle, and yet draw her skirts aside from the starving children in the gutter. The mew of the cat and the howl of the dog, to say nothing of the squeal of the ‘tortured rabbit’- that figment of anti-vivisectionist imagination- are far more potent to loosen the purse-strings of the sentimentalists than the wail of children. Victoria Woodhull
The institution of such supervisatory control and surveillance over the now low orders of society as shall compel them to industry, and provide for the helpless, and thus banish those institutions of pauperism and beggary which are fastening upon the vitals of society, and are so prolific of crime and suffering in certain communities. Victoria Woodhull
Ours is a sort of corporate society with a democratic safety valve. Anthony Wedgewood Benn; Tony Benn; 2nd Viscount Stansgate
It has taken us centuries of thought and mockery to shake the medieval system. -- With this in view I have taken as impulses, instincts, or needs certain driving forces in the human species as we know it at present, and argued for such social and economic changes as will give them new, free, and varied expression. To take even this first step towards a happy society is a herculean task. After it has been accomplished, generations to come will see what the creature [us] will do next. We none of us know; and we should be thoroughly on our guard against all those who pretend that they do Dora Russell
Capitalism, even 150 years ago, was more inclusive; there was more of a sense of social responsibility…. Today the system doesn’t seem to be as fair or inclusive. It doesn’t seem to be helping broader society. Dominic Barton
Unfortunately … trust is becoming yet another casualty of our country’s staggering inequality: As the gap between Americans widens, the bonds that hold society together weaken. Joseph Stiglitz
The workers, whose grievances were once the driving energy for social change, are more satisfied with society than the intellectuals. The workers have not achieved Utopia but their expectations were less than those of the intellectuals, and the gains correspondingly larger. Daniel Bell
The fact that the young, perceiving themselves at a turning point in history, do not feel at home in the society and wish to change it, is a sign of portentous changes and of the difficult travails within which a new humanity is born. Aldo Moro
The women’s movement is at heart revolutionary for it aims at a fundamental reorganization of all forms of human living together, a reorganization that perhaps Social Democracy does not even dream of. Anna Kuliscioff
An ‘enabling society’ is one where individuals have declared rights and can achieve their full potential, where a sense of community thrives in the open acceptance of duties, obligations and responsibly for others, and where effort is respected no less than altruism is encouraged. David Anthony Llewellyn Owen
Society can address the environment’s problems only if it regains some control over the flow of investments. Jorgen Randers
It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be...This, in turn, means that our statesmen, our businessmen, our everyman must take on a science fictional way of thinking. Isaac Asimov
The family was not only the social unit, but also the unit of government Charles Eastman
There is no one in this country who got rich on his own Elizabeth Warren
Society doesn't have values. People have values. Milton Friedman
Take me as an example. I happen to have a talent for allocating capital. But my ability to use that talent is completely dependent on the society I was born into. If I'd been born into a tribe of hunters, this talent of mine would be pretty worthless. I can't run very fast. I'm not particularly strong. I'd probably end up as some wild animal's dinner. Warren Buffett
Freedom of economic determination is inseparably linked up with civic rights and with the possibility of influencing and determining the social and political life of the commonwealth. Vladimir Mikhailovich Zenzinov
The State always moves slowly and grudgingly towards any purpose that accrues to society's advantage, but moves rapidly and with alacrity towards one that accrues to its own advantage… Albert J. Nock
The working class must be emancipated by the working class., Woman must be given her true place in society by the working class. Child labor must be abolished by the working class. Society must be reconstructed by the working class. The working class must be employed by the working class ., The fruits of labor must be enjoyed by the working class. War, bloody war, must be ended by the working class. Eugene V. Debs
… the first duty of society is justice. Wendell Phillips
A final argument for broad freedom of expression is its effect on the character of individuals in a society. Citizens in a free society must have courage — the courage to hear not only unwelcome political speech but novel and shocking ideas in science and the arts. Anthony Lewis
If there is a bedrock principle of the First Amendment, it is that the government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable. William J. Brennan, Jr.
The condition of our survival in any but the meagerest existence is our willingness to accommodate ourselves to the conflicting interests of others, to learn to live in a social world. Learned Hand
The general idea of history seems to be that it is the biography of a society…. History is to the common life of many what biography is to an individual. Thomas Arnold
I hold to be of itself a lesson for all those who love liberty, and who would extend its blessings to their country. Men are not to be pedants in liberty, any more than in virtue. Though they are not to be oppressed by tyrants, they must at least be governed by their fellow-men. The great principles of independence in the heart of man are to be cherished and upheld; but order, prosperity, the purposes of society, must be accomplished. The many must delegate the government of themselves to the few. Control, executive power, must be lodged somewhere … William Smyth
We shall have to share out the fruits of technology among the whole of mankind. The notion that the direct and immediate producers of the fruits of technology have a proprietary right to these fruits will have to be forgotten. After all, who is the producer? Man is a social animal, and the immediate producer has been helped to produce by the whole structure of society, beginning with his own education. Arnold J. Toynbee
No society is healthy when the gap between the rich and the poor is growing. Lake Anthony
Abortion needs to be claimed as a positive, social good. It is an essential option for women—not just ones in dramatic, terrible, body-and-soul-destroying situations, but all women—and thus benefits society as a whole. Katha Politt
We have become too much a society of consumers rather than a society of citizens. Norman Lear
I don’t think that a society that sanctifies death can prevail. Moshe Ya'Alon
Rule of law is the most important element in any civil society. To build a successful country, we need to have rule of law. And rule of law is not just about writing a beautiful constitution or set of laws. It is also about the independence of the judiciary. It’s about institutions. It’s about respect for rights, human rights, social, economic rights, etc. Mo Ibrahim
I acknowledge freely the great power of education and social influences in developing the active powers of the mind, just as I acknowledge the effect of use in developing the muscles of the blacksmith’s arm, and no further. Let the blacksmith labour as he will, he will find that there are certain feats beyond his power that are well within the strength of a man of herculean make, even although the latter may have led a sedentary life.. Francis Galton
In the world today all culture, all literature and art belong to definite classes and are geared to definite political lines. There is in fact no such thing as art for art's sake, art that stands above classes or art that is detached from or independent of politics. Mao Zedong
Society as a whole had sentenced me to a life of humiliation for the sole reason that I was not white. John Hope Franklin
The corrosion of our public language reflects deep pathologies — societal, cultural, economic — in the body politic. Jeff Shesol
Hip Hop emerged fearlessly and unappoligeticly reflecting our society. Jeffery Ogbar
Free society! We sicken at the name. What is it but a conglomeration of greasy mechanics, filthy operatives, small-fisted farmers, and moon-struck theorists? All the northern, and especially the New England states, are devoid of society fitted for well-bred gentlemen. The prevailing class one meets with is that of mechanics struggling to be genteel, and small farmers who do their own drudgery, and yet are hardly fit for association with a southern gentleman’s body servant. Muskogee Herald
The result [of more rapidly adopting technology] is likely to be more unemployment in the short term and perhaps greater inequality—a recipe for social instability. Economists are right to remind us that workers who are displaced by machine intelligence need not be condemned to long-term idleness. Given the infinite variety of human desires, there is always more work to be done. But society will need to facilitate social structures that help employees face a lifetime of job changes. John McGinnis
Society must look upon germ-plasm as belonging to society and not merely to the individual who carries it. American Breeders’ Association
Unfettered discretion [in obtaining information could] alter the relationship between citizen and government in a way that is inimical to democratic society. Sonia Sotomayor
[The FBI v. Apple Case] threatens a radical transformation of the relationship between the government and the governed. American Civil Liberties Union
Online censorship, mass and targeted surveillance and data collection, digital attacks on civil society and repression resulting from online expression force individuals around the world to seek security to hold opinions without interference and seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds. Many seek to protect their security through encryption, the scrambling of data so only intended recipients may access it David Kaye (law professor)
In any country,,, only a small portion of the income eenws in any year is a result of individual work effort, ingenuioty and risk taking. Teh rest is explained by the natural resources with which that country is endowed, the physicalk infrastructure, the collective know-how of fellow citizens , the quality of public and private institutions and teh degree of trust that greases the wheels of commerve, politics and every day life. Stephen Pearlstein
Both a societal infrastructure and the talent of ab individuals or individuals are necessary and dufficient conditions for success in a modern democracy. Lewis D. Eigen
There’s a carrying capacity in any society for how much change it can incorporate at any one time. James Mattis
Sometimes people invent things because they want to stay alive or feed their children or conquer the village next door. But just as often, new ideas come into the world simply because they're fun. And here's the really strange thing: many of those playful but seemingly frivolous inventions ended up sparking momentous transformations in science, in politics and society. Steven Johnson
the more our societies grow, the more important trust becomes and the harder it is to build. And that is a paradox of modern societies. Margrethe Vestager
It's not well appreciated, but over half of the world's population suffers from some form of cognitive, emotional, sensory or motor condition, and because of poor technology, too often, conditions result in disability and a poorer quality of life. Basic levels of physiological function should be a part of our human rights. Every person should have the right to live life without disability if they so choose -- the right to live life without severe depression; the right to see a loved one, in the case of seeing-impaired; or the right to walk or to dance, in the case of limb paralysis or limb amputation. As a society, we can achieve these human rights, if we accept the proposition that humans are not disabled. A person can never be broken. Our built environment, our technologies, are broken and disabled. We the people need not accept our limitations, but can transcend disability through technological innovation. Indeed, through fundamental advances in bionics in this century, we will set the technological foundation for an enhanced human experience, and we will end disability. Hugh Herr