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Society is like a stew. If you don't stir it up every once in a while then a layer of scum floats to the top.

Author: Edward Abbey (1927-1989)

Profession: American Writer

The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern.

Author: Lord Acton (1834-1902)

Profession: British Historian

American society is a sort of flat, fresh-water pond which absorbs silently, without reaction, anything which is thrown into it.

Author: Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918)

Profession: American Historian

The happiness of society is the end of government.

Author: John Adams (1735-1826)

Profession: Second President of the USA

Society lives by faith, and develops by science.

Author: Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881)

Profession: Swiss Philosopher, Poet, Critic

Nor was civil society founded merely to preserve the lives of its members; but that they might live well: for otherwise a state might be composed of slaves, or the animal creation... nor is it an alliance mutually to defend each other from injuries, or for a commercial intercourse. But whosoever endeavors to establish wholesome laws in a state, attends to the virtues and vices of each individual who composes it; from whence it is evident, that the first care of him who would found a city, truly deserving that name, and not nominally so, must be to have his citizens virtuous.

Author: Aristotle

Profession: Greek Philosopher

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.

Author: James Baldwin (1924-1987)

Profession: American Author

Society cares for the individual only so far as he is profitable.

Author: Simone De Beauvoir (1908-1986)

Profession: French Novelist, Essayist

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.

Author: Emily Bronte (1818-1848)

Profession: British Novelist, Poet

Society is indeed a contract. It is a partnership in all science; a partnership in all art; a partnership in every virtue, and in all perfection. As the ends of such a partnership cannot be obtained in many generations, it becomes a partnership not only between those who are living, but between those who are living, those who are dead, and those who are to be born.

Author: Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

Profession: British Political Writer, Statesman

Society is now one polished horde, formed of two mighty tribes, the Bores and Bored.

Author: Lord Byron (1788-1824)

Profession: British Poet

We call it a Society; and go about professing openly the totalest separation, isolation. Our life is not a mutual helpfulness; but rather, cloaked under due laws-of-war, named "fair competition" and so forth, it is a mutual hostility.

Author: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

Profession: Scottish Philosopher, Author

Society is divided into two classes, the shearers and the shorn.

Author: Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794)

Profession: French Writer, Journalist, Playwright

Society is composed of two great classes, those that have more dinners than appetite, and those who have more appetite than dinners.

Author: Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794)

Profession: French Writer, Journalist, Playwright

We can imagine a society in which no one could survive as a social being because it does not correspond to biologically determined perceptions and human social needs. For historical reasons, existing societies might have such properties, leading to various forms of pathology.

Author: Noam Chomsky (1928)

Profession: American Linguist, Political Activist