Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both.
C. Wright Mills
No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable.
There is more to life than increasing its speed.
Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o'clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap.
To give aid to every poor man is far beyond the reach and power of every man. Care of the poor is incumbent on society as a whole.
The world is governed more by appearance than realities so that it is fully as necessary to seem to know something as to know it.
Perhaps in time the so-called Dark Ages will be thought of as including our own.
Georg C. Lichtenberg
Women with money and women in power are two uncomfortable ideas in our society.
Marriage cannot be severed from its cultural, religious and natural roots without weakening the good influence of society.
Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor.
Society has always seemed to demand a little more from human beings than it will get in practice.
You can find your way across this country using burger joints the way a navigator uses stars.
You can't make up anything anymore. The world itself is a satire. All you're doing is recording it.
Today the world changes so quickly that in growing up we take leave not just of youth but of the world we were young in.
Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at all, but just terrible things.
The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose.
James A. Baldwin
The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy: neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.
John W. Gardner
The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat.
People are going to behave however the social norms permit, and beyond that.
Punishment is now unfashionable... because it creates moral distinctions among men, which, to the democratic mind, are odious. We prefer a meaningless collective guilt to a meaningful individual responsibility.
Our society is not a community, but merely a collection of isolated family units.
You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
Life was a lot simpler when what we honored was father and mother rather than all major credit cards.
The human race's prospects of survival were considerably better when we were defenceless against tigers than they are today when we have become defenceless against ourselves.
Arnold J. Toynbee
The key to organizing an alternative society is to organize people around what they can do, and more importantly, what they want to do.