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An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.
Robert A. Heinlein
Society is one vast conspiracy for carving one into the kind of statue likes, and then placing it in the most convenient niche it has.
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 first duty of society is to give each of its members the possibility of fulfilling his destiny. When it becomes incapable of performing this duty it must be transformed.
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.
Good humor is one of the best articles of dress one can wear in society.
William Makepeace Thackeray
Money is the barometer of a society's virtue.
The function of the press in society is to inform, but its role in society is to make money.
A. J. Liebling
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.
Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.
James Russell Lowell
Television is just one more facet of that considerable segment of our society that never had any standard but the soft buck.
What can you say about a society that says that God is dead and Elvis is alive?
The Internet: transforming society and shaping the future through chat.
Historians and archaeologists will one day discover that the ads of our time are the richest and most faithful reflections that any society ever made of its entire range of activities.
Society drives people crazy with lust and calls it advertising.
I don't think the advertisers have any real idea of their power not only to reflect but to mold society.
Advertising reflects the mores of society, but it does not influence them.
The instinct of nearly all societies is to lock up anybody who is truly free. First, society begins by trying to beat you up. If this fails, they try to poison you. If this fails too, the finish by loading honors on your head.
Terms like that, 'Humane Society,' are devised with people like me in mind, who don't care to dwell on what happens to the innocent.
The fact is that censorship always defeats its own purpose, for it creates, in the end, the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion.
Henry Steele Commager
Censorship reflects a society's lack of confidence in itself.
Society attacks early, when the individual is helpless.
B. F. Skinner
Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age?
Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
The instant formal government is abolished, society begins to act. A general association takes place, and common interest produces common security.
Society can exist only on the basis that there is some amount of polished lying and that no one says exactly what he thinks.
The most violent element in society is ignorance.
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
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.
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