There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.
The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose.
I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.
Henry David Thoreau
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.
Society exists only as a mental concept; in the real world there are only individuals.
All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.
Our individual lives cannot, generally, be works of art unless the social order is also.
Charles Horton Cooley
I have a total irreverence for anything connected with society except that which makes the roads safer, the beer stronger, the food cheaper and the old men and old women warmer in the winter and happier in the summer.
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.
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.
If society fits you comfortably enough, you call it freedom.
Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.
Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.
P. J. O'Rourke
When a nation goes down, or a society perishes, one condition may always be found; they forgot where they came from. They lost sight of what had brought them along.
I think the first duty of society is justice.
A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Society does not consist of individuals but expresses the sum of interrelations, the relations within which these individuals stand.
Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak, men mistook magic for medicine; now, when science is strong and religion weak, men mistake medicine for magic.
Our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for the test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members.
Pearl S. Buck
Good-looking individuals are treated better than homely ones in virtually every social situation, from dating to trial by jury.
Civilization is unbearable, but it is less unbearable at the top.
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.
The most violent element in society is ignorance.
The danger of the past was that men became slaves. The danger of the future is that men may become robots.
No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable.
Cockroaches and socialites are the only things that can stay up all night and eat anything.
What's done to children, they will do to society.
Karl A. Menninger
Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at all, but just terrible things.
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.
The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.
To act on the belief that we possess the knowledge and the power which enable us to shape the processes of society entirely to our liking, knowledge which in fact we do not possess, is likely to make us do much harm.
Friedrich August von Hayek
A society that has more justice is a society that needs less charity.
How can a society that exists on instant mashed potatoes, packaged cake mixes, frozen dinners, and instant cameras teach patience to its young?
The first sign of corruption in a society that is still alive is that the end justifies the means.
Society has arisen out of the works of peace; the essence of society is peacemaking.
Ludwig von Mises