Peer Pressure

 

Steven Wright
“Hermits have no peer pressure.”
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Jim Smoke
“Pressure usually comes when we have no plan.”
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George Herbert
“He that lies with the dogs, riseth with fleas.”
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Mark Twain
“Be good and you will be lonely”
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Kathi Hudson
“No child is immune to peer pressure.”
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William Safire
“Never assume the obvious is true.”  
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William Wordsworth
“Habit rules the unreflecting herd.”  
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Henrik Ibsen
“The strongest man in the world is he who stands alone.”
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George S. Patton
“If everyone is thinking alike then somebody isn't thinking.”  
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Aesop
“Yield to all and you will soon have nothing to yield.”  
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Neal A. Maxwell
“We cannot improve the world if we are conformed to the world.”
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John F. Kennedy
“Conformity is that jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.”  
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Author Unknown
“One dog barks at something, and a hundred bark at the bark.”
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Edgar Watson Howe
“Every man is a reformer until reform tramps on his toes.”
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Alexander Hamilton
“Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.”
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Author Unknown
“Fashion is more powerful than any tyrant.”
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Mignon McLaughlin
“Traditions are group efforts to keep the unexpected from happening.”
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Moritz Guedemann
“Men will sooner surrender their rights than their customs.”  
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Lillian Hellman
“I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions.”
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Robert Ingersoll
“Custom meets us at the cradle and leaves us only at the tomb.”
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Daniel Knode
“You laugh at me because I am different; I laugh because you are all the same.”  
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Dennis Wolfberg
“There's one advantage to being 102. There's no peer pressure.”
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Doug Floyd
“You don't get harmony when everybody sings the same note.”  
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Rita Mae Brown
“The reward for conformity was that everyone liked you except yourself.”  
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Author Unknown
“Don't think you're on the right road just because it’s a well-beaten path.” 
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2 Timothy 3:12
“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”
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James 4:7
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
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Spencer Hall
“To the kids at school I wasn’t cool and I was proud of it…”
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Jacob Levin
“It's a rash man who reaches a conclusion before he gets to it.” 
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Author Unknown
“Before you can break out of prison, you must first realize you're locked up.” 
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Anthony J. D'Angelo
“Just because something is tradition doesn't make it right.”
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Eric Hoffer
“When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.” 
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Author Unknown
“One who walks in another's tracks leaves no footprints.”
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J.K. Galbraith
“The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.”  
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William J. Dybus
“I may not be different, but I'm definitely not the same.”  
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Herman Melville
“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”  
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John Allston
“If you don't control your mind, someone else will.”
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Alfred de Musset
“How glorious it is - and also how painful - to be an exception.”
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Grace Hopper
“The most damaging phrase in the language is: ‘It's always been done that way.’”
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Anatole France
“If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.”  
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Quentin Crisp
“Fashion is what you adopt when you don't know who you are.” 
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Adlai Stevenson
“All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions.”
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Henry David Thoreau
“Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.”
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Martin H. Fischer
“If you do not agree with the prevalent point of view, be ready to explain why.”
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
“A man must consider what a rich realm he abdicates when he becomes a conformist.”
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Winston Churchill
“You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.”  
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Do not follow where the path may lead.  Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.”
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Mark Twain
“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”
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Richard Brinsley Sheridan
“The number of those who undergo the fatigue of judging for themselves is very small indeed.”
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Neal A. Maxwell
“The laughter of the world is merely loneliness pathetically trying to reassure itself.”
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George Bernard Shaw
“Custom will reconcile people to any atrocity; and fashion will drive them to acquire any custom.”  
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Bill Treasurer
“Peer pressure has many redeeming qualities. It is the pressure of our peers, after all, that gives us the support to try things we otherwise wouldn't have.”
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Walt Mueller
“The ugly reality is that peer pressure reaches its greatest intensity at just the age when kids tend to be most insensitive and cruel.”
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Walt Mueller
“Kids…can get to the point where they feel peer pressure that isn't even there simply because of how they see themselves.”
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John Locke
“New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common.”
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Paul Vixie
“Be neither a conformist or a rebel, for they are really the same thing.  Find your own path, and stay on it.”  
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Augustus and Julius Hare
“In the moment of our creation we receive the stamp of our individuality; and much of life is spent in rubbing off or defacing the impression.”
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Author Unknown
“If you keep doing things like you've always done them, what you'll get is what you've already got.”
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Albert Einstein
“Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities.  The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary.”  
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Bruce Lee
“I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.”
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Dr. Seuss
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.”  
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Michael Korda
“The fastest way to succeed is to look as if you're playing by other people's rules, while quietly playing by your own.”
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Condorcet
“People still retain the errors of their childhood, their nation, and their age, long after they have accepted the truths needed to refute them.”  
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Mary Wortley Montagu
“I believe more follies are committed out of complaisance to the world, than in following our own inclinations.”  
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La Bruyère
“There are some men who turn a deaf ear to reason and good advice, and willfully go wrong for fear of being controlled.”
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Walter Bagehot
“Public opinion... requires us to think other men's thoughts, to speak other men's words, to follow other men's habits.”  
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Bethania McKenstry
“I'm not sure I want popular opinion on my side - I've noticed those with the most opinions often have the fewest facts.”  
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Clive Barker
“If you want to look like the people next door, you're probably smothering yourself and your dreams.”  
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S.I. Hayakawa
“If you see in any given situation only what everybody else can see, you can be said to be so much a representative of your culture that you are a victim of it.”
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Voltaire
“Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road.”  
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Romain Rolland
“Every man who is truly a man must learn to be alone in the midst of all the others, and if need be against all the others.”
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Lauren Greenfield
“The people in the popular group say there is no peer pressure because they are at the top of the food chain. Really what they are doing is just eating away at everybody else.”
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George Bernard Shaw
“The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me.  The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them.”  
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John W. Gardner
“The creative individual has the capacity to free himself from the web of social pressures in which the rest of us are caught. He is capable of questioning the assumptions that the rest of us accept.”
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Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
“Most of the things we do, we do for no better reason than that our fathers have done them or that our neighbors do them, and the same is true of a larger part than we suspect of what we think.”  
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John W. Gardner
“The creative individual has the capacity to free himself from the web of social pressures in which the rest of us are caught. He is capable of questioning the assumptions that the rest of us accept.”
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Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
“Most of the things we do, we do for no better reason than that our fathers have done them or that our neighbors do them, and the same is true of a larger part than we suspect of what we think.”  
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Kevin Leman
“How you handle peer pressure -- the pressure your children feel as well as the pressure you feel -- in the early years will play a significant role in how your children handle peer pressure when they become adolescents.”
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L. Eugene Arnold
“The stress of resisting unhealthy peer pressure can be buffered by good family relationships and a high self-esteem, and it is often those adolescents with neither who succomb to unhealthy pressure from their peers.”
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Charles D. Hayes
“Of course, peer pressure has a strong positive component. It provides the social cohesion that allows the very development of communal affiliation. But peer power as an extrinsic force is a lot like radiation: a little goes a long way.”
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Tom McMahon
“Talk to your children about peer pressure. Explain what a powerful force it can be, and ... tell them that you will never accept the excuse that "Everyone did it" ... that they will be held responsible for their actions.”
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Lisa Leslie
“I don't think I would have been able to stick with it and been proud of who I am and be feminine out on the court. I think I would have folded to the peer pressure if I didn't have my mom to encourage me to be me and be proud of how tall I am.”
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Christopher Morley
“Read, every day, something no one else is reading.  Think, every day, something no one else is thinking.  Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do.  It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity.”  
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Richard G. Scott
“No one intends to make serious mistakes. They come when you compromise your standards to be more accepted by others. You be the strong one. You be the leader. Choose good friends and resist peer pressure together.”
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Friedrich Nietzsche
“The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe.  If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened.  But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.”  
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Clarence Darrow
“Common experience shows how much rarer is moral courage than physical bravery.  A thousand men will march to the mouth of the cannon where one man will dare espouse an unpopular cause.”
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
“It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.”  
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Toller Cranston
“To be a genuine individualist requires a great deal of strength and courage.  It is never easy to chart new territory, to cross new frontiers, or to introduce subtle shadings to an established color.”  
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Laurence Steinberg
“Peer pressure is not a monolithic force that presses adolescents into the same mold…Adolescents generally choose friend whose values, attitudes, tastes, and families are similar to their own. In short, good kids rarely go bad because of their friends.”
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Lydia Maria Child
“Nature made us individuals, as she did the flowers and the pebbles; but we are afraid to be peculiar, and so our society resembles a bag of marbles, or a string of mold candles.  Why should we all dress after the same fashion?  The frost never paints my windows twice alike.”
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Samuel R. Berger
“Rarely do schools acknowledge the power of peer culture in defining standards, and rarely do they take advantage of this power as an engine for quality. When students themselves are in charge of projects that they care about, peer pressure can become a powerful force for high standards.”
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H.L. Mencken
“And what is a good citizen?  Simply one who never says, does or thinks anything that is unusual.  Schools are maintained in order to bring this uniformity up to the highest possible point.  A school is a hopper into which children are heaved while they are still young and tender; therein they are pressed into certain standard shapes and covered from head to heels with official rubber-stamps.”
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Richard Brodie
“When people get immersed in a culture with strong new memes, it tends to be a sink-or-swim proposition. Either you change your mind, succumbing to peer pressure and adopting the new memes as your own, or you struggle with the extremely uncomfortable feeling of being surrounded by people who think you're crazy or inadequate. The fact that you probably think the same about them is little consolation.”
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Michael Riera
“The main consequence of saying no to negative peer pressure is not just withstanding "the heat of the moment," as most adults think. Rather, it is coping with a sense of exclusion as others engage in the behavior and leave the adolescent increasingly alone. It is the loss of the shared experience. Further, the sense of exclusion remains whenever the group later recounts what happened. This feeling of loneliness then becomes pervasive but carries an easy solution -- go along with the crowd.”
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