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  Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.  
 -  John Adams
  

  Torture is such a slippery slope; as soon as you allow a society or any legal system to do that, almost instantly you get a situation where people are being tortured for very trivial reasons.  
 -  Iain Banks
  

  Technology determines the possibilities of society. It doesn't matter whether you start out from a fascist state or a communist state or a free-market state.  
 -  Iain Banks
  

  Society is no comfort to one not sociable.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.  
 -  Maya Angelou
  

  As a vibrant force in civil society, women continue to press for their rights, equal participation in decision-making, and the upholding of the principles of the revolution by the highest levels of leadership in Egypt.  
 -  Michelle Bachelet
  

  The instant formal government is abolished, society begins to act. A general association takes place, and common interest produces common security.  
 -  Thomas Paine
  

  A junkie is someone who uses their body to tell society that something is wrong.  
 -  Stella Adler
  

  The test of one's behavior pattern is their relationship to society, relationship to work and relationship to sex.  
 -  Alfred Adler
  

  Law represents the effort of man to organize society; governments, the efforts of selfishness to overthrow liberty.  
 -  Henry Ward Beecher
  

  Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society.  
 -  John Adams
  

  Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.  
 -  John Adams
  

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

  As a proud Catholic, I know the impact that faith-based education can have in our society and have witnessed it first hand in my district.  
 -  Joe Baca
  

  The platform of an Ethical Society is itself the altar; the address must be the fire that burns thereon.  
 -  Felix Adler
  

  The Ethical Society, therefore, is like a Church in maintaining, and emphasizing the importance of maintaining the custom of public assemblies on Sunday.  
 -  Felix Adler
  

  It is a wonderful honor to receive the Audubon Medal from the National Audubon Society, which for more than a century has fought tirelessly to protect and preserve our natural resources and environment for future generations.  
 -  Louis Bacon
  

  That made me think I could contribute more to society by looking at people on the autopsy table and feeding back the findings so that lots of people could benefit, rather than just treating patients one at a time.  
 -  Louis Bacon
  

  As a nation, we owe a great deal to the National Audubon Society, one of our most distinguished and important environmental organizations, and all those who work to protect America's open land and waterways.  
 -  Louis Bacon
  

  The smarter the journalists are, the better off society is. For to a degree, people read the press to inform themselves - and the better the teacher, the better the student body.  
 -  Warren Buffett
  

  Society can exist only on the basis that there is some amount of polished lying and that no one says exactly what he thinks.  
 -  Lyn Yutang
  

  The important thing for the survival of the Thai society is that the majority of those who work, both in the government and the private sector, still strive to work in the same direction; this is why the Thai nation still stands.  
 -  Sade Adu
  

  A good person can make another person good; it means that goodness will elicit goodness in the society; other persons will also be good.  
 -  Sade Adu
  

  We are now integrated into American society and I don't like the word fashionable, because fashionable means that it's going to pass. It's not like that anymore.  
 -  Antonio Banderas
  

  Society is a hospital of incurables.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  No emancipation without that of society.  
 -  Theodor Adorno
  

  I truly believe that individuals can make a difference in society. Since periods of change such as the present one come so rarely in human history, it is up to each of us to make the best use of our time to help create a happier world.  
 -  Dalai Lama
  

  An emancipated society, on the other hand, would not be a unitary state, but the realization of universality in the reconciliation of differences.  
 -  Theodor Adorno
  

  Not only is the self entwined in society; it owes society its existence in the most literal sense.  
 -  Theodor Adorno
  

  He who stands aloof runs the risk of believing himself better than others and misusing his critique of society as an ideology for his private interest.  
 -  Theodor Adorno
  

  Society is now one polished horde, formed of two mighty tries, the Bores and Bored.  
 -  Lord Byron
  

  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
  

  Nobility is a graceful ornament to the civil order. It is the Corinthian capital of polished society.  
 -  Edmund Burke
  

  Society can overlook murder, adultery or swindling; it never forgives preaching of a new gospel.  
 -  Edmund Burke
  

  Justice is itself the great standing policy of civil society; and any eminent departure from it, under any circumstances, lies under the suspicion of being no policy at all.  
 -  Edmund Burke
  

  I never leaf through a copy of National Geographic without realizing how lucky we are to live in a society where it is traditional to wear clothes.  
 -  Erma Bombeck
  

  Thanks to my mother, not a single cardboard box has found its way back into society. We receive gifts in boxes from stores that went out of business twenty years ago.  
 -  Erma Bombeck
  

  All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.  
 -  Albert Einstein
  

  Inasmuch as society cannot go on without discipline of some kind, men were constrained, in the absence of any other form of discipline, to turn to discipline of the military type.  
 -  Irving Babbitt
  

  In a civilized society, all crimes are likely to be sins, but most sins are not and ought not to be treated as crimes. Man's ultimate responsibility is to God alone.  
 -  Geoffrey Fisher
  

  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.  
 -  Isaac Asimov
  

  When I read about the way in which library funds are being cut and cut, I can only think that American society has found one more way to destroy itself.  
 -  Isaac Asimov
  

  There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  Suicide, moreover, was at the time in vogue in Paris: what more suitable key to the mystery of life for a skeptical society?  
 -  Honore de Balzac
  

  Nature makes only dumb animals. We owe the fools to society.  
 -  Honore de Balzac
  

  As a remedy to life in society I would suggest the big city. Nowadays, it is the only desert within our means.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  To assert in any case that a man must be absolutely cut off from society because he is absolutely evil amounts to saying that society is absolutely good, and no-one in his right mind will believe this today.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  The society based on production is only productive, not creative.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  Society bristles with enigmas which look hard to solve. It is a perfect maze of intrigue.  
 -  Honore de Balzac
  

  The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.  
 -  Isaac Asimov
  

  Ours is an open and accepting society, and has historically provided an avenue for lawful immigration to all those willing to accept the responsibilities of citizenship.  
 -  Spencer Bachus
  

  In much of society, research means to investigate something you do not know or understand.  
 -  Neil Armstrong
  

  The completion of the Iraqi cabinet with the appointment of three critical ministers is also confirmation of continued movement toward a just and democratic society in Iraq.  
 -  Spencer Bachus
  

  The aggregate happiness of society, which is best promoted by the practice of a virtuous policy, is, or ought to be, the end of all government.  
 -  George Washington
  

  The finest clothing made is a person's own skin, but, of course, society demands something more than this.  
 -  Mark Twain
  

  Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.  
 -  Mark Twain
  

  Illegal immigrants are beginning to comprise a black market class of workers in our society, jeopardizing the financial health of companies which play by the rules, while themselves vulnerable to the exploitation by those willing to take advantage of their illegal status.  
 -  Spencer Bachus
  

  At the same, we need to remain sensitive to the reality that we are still an African society in which the majority of the people and communities live under severe deprivations and afflictions that are no fault of theirs.  
 -  Ibrahim Babangida
  

  Our choice of a reform framework dictated that we looked at the fundamental assumptions that had driven Nigeria's economy, society and policy hitherto and to seek ways of either abandoning or transcending those assumptions and their supporting institutions.  
 -  Ibrahim Babangida
  

  A society that does not correctly interpret and appreciate its past cannot understand its present fortunes and adversities and can be caught unawares in a fast changing world.  
 -  Ibrahim Babangida
  

  If you ask me to summarise our mission, I would put it this way: We were a military regime that sought to lay the foundations for freedom and liberty in a complex society.  
 -  Ibrahim Babangida
  

  I am looking for suggestions on what we can do about extremists within our own society. They cannot be ignored.  
 -  Thomas Campion
  

  What is especially important is addressing the question of how religion can be enforced through political means and what can be done to create a political environment that, on the one hand, acknowledges the role of religion in society, while on the other hand does not impose one religion on the populace at the expense of all others.  
 -  Thomas Campion
  

  We live in a society that blames everybody else for what's wrong.  
 -  Joseph Cannon
  

  I have the satisfaction of knowing I did something useful for society.  
 -  James Cameron
  

  Nuclear physics is interesting but it is unlikely to help society.  
 -  James Cameron
  

  I am sure that I have been much more useful to society as a medical physicist.  
 -  James Cameron
  

  I don't know if high society is different in other cities, but in Hollywood, important people can't stand to be invited someplace that isn't full of other important people. They don't mind a few unfamous people being present because they make good listeners.  
 -  Marilyn Monroe
  

  Land: A part of the earth's surface, considered as property. The theory that land is property subject to private ownership and control is the foundation of modern society, and is eminently worthy of the superstructure.  
 -  Ambrose Bierce
  

  Discrimination is a hellhound that gnaws at Negroes in every waking moment of their lives to remind them that the lie of their inferiority is accepted as truth in the society dominating them.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  It is incontestable and deplorable that Negroes have committed crimes; but they are derivative crimes. They are born of the greater crimes of the white society.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  It is not enough to be an upright man, we must be seen to be one; society does not exist on moral ideas only.  
 -  Honore De Balzac
  

  One of the greatest casualties of the war in Vietnam is the Great Society... shot down on the battlefield of Vietnam.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.  
 -  John F. Kennedy
  

  If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.  
 -  John F. Kennedy
  

  The very word 'secrecy' is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths, and to secret proceedings.  
 -  John F. Kennedy
  

  But most Canadians have recognized to a greater or lesser extent that despite much of the so-called progress of the affluent society, essential ingredients to a meaningful life seem to be either entirely lacking, or at best, difficult to grasp.  
 -  Alex Campbell
  

  I think we need to just be very clear about what we're trying to do in Afghanistan. Frankly, we're not trying to create the perfect democracy. We're never going to create some ideal society. We are simply there for our own national security.  
 -  David Cameron
  

  The political system is broken, the economy is broken and so is society. That is why people are so depressed about the state of our country.  
 -  David Cameron
  

  Over the past few years, many of us have increasingly begun to question the direction and meaning of our society as it has developed over the past several centuries.  
 -  Alex Campbell
  

  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
  

  The paradox of education is precisely this - that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated.  
 -  James A. Baldwin
  

  A nation as a society forms a moral person, and every member of it is personally responsible for his society.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Truth is certainly a branch of morality and a very important one to society.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.  
 -  Ronald Reagan
  

  What drives me is exploration with a purpose, more the classic Royal Geographical Society genre.  
 -  Robert Ballard
  

  The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose.  
 -  James A. Baldwin
  

  If one could only teach the English how to talk, and the Irish how to listen, society here would be quite civilized.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I suppose society is wonderfully delightful. To be in it is merely a bore. But to be out of it is simply a tragedy.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Arguments are extremely vulgar, for everyone in good society holds exactly the same opinion.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

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

  Society is always taken by surprise at any new example of common sense.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  In our society, the ideal self is bold, gregarious, and comfortable in the spotlight. We like to think that we value individuality, but mostly we admire the type of individual who's comfortable 'putting himself out there.'  
 -  Jonathan Cain
  

  A widely held, but rarely articulated, belief in our society is that the ideal self is bold, alpha, gregarious. Introversion is viewed somewhere between disappointment and pathology.  
 -  Jonathan Cain
  

  Cockroaches and socialites are the only things that can stay up all night and eat anything.  
 -  Herb Caen
  

  A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.  
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