Top 292 Societies Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Societies Quotes from famous people such as Muhammad Yunus, Arancha Gonzalez, Masha Gessen, Richard Engel, Henry Louis Gates, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

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We have a list of human rights – right to food, right to shelter, right to health, right to education, many such items which are considered and accepted as bill of rights. These are to be insured to people. So all nations, all societies try to do that.
Muhammad Yunus
Empowering women with greater income opportunities will lift societies at a much faster rate.
Arancha Gonzalez
Poverty and scarcity are actually very good for totalitarian societies. They maintain that sense of mobilization that’s essential for totalitarian societies.
Masha Gessen
War does horrible things to human beings, to societies. It brings out the best, but most often the worst, in our human nature.
Richard Engel
So, Mexico, Brazil, they wanted their national culture to be ‘blackish’ – really brown, a beautiful brown blend. And finally, I discovered that in each of these societies the people at the bottom are the darkest skinned with the most African features.
Henry Louis Gates
Democratic societies can no longer give religious fanatics a free hand to abuse and murder non believers. Such action betrays contempt for the basic human rights which animate any democracy with meaning.
Armstrong Williams
The story of how Chile, in the decades after its 1973 coup and death of democratically elected socialist president Salvador Allende, became one of the most neoliberal societies on the planet is well known.
Greg Grandin
Elephants are social, thoughtful animals. They live in communities and – I have to say it – in matriarchal societies. They bear no grudge, but they remember well.
Margrethe Vestager
People don’t know the past, even though we live in literate societies, because they don’t trust the sources of the past.
Daniel Pauly
I always believe that every one of us is working hard not only for our own performance but also to give something significant back to the societies we live in.
Yani Tseng
Western countries in particular can today no longer be separated from Muslim societies, because they have them within themselves. They are themselves internally globalized.
Ulrich Beck
The simple facts of Chadian life – what it takes to survive in that kind of climate with nothing but a hut and some animals – stunned me. And this made me realize, perhaps for the first time, how easy my life was compared to those of people in less privileged societies.
Alex Honnold
As for the historical inspirations I drew on in writing The Snow Queen, I suppose I would call them more cross-cultural inspirations, though they frequently involve past societies as well as present day ones.
Joan D. Vinge
Societies have been conditioned to believe that entertainers are just that, but I refuse to be put into the box of a puppet.
Lauren Jauregui
In societies that profess some respect for law, suspects are apprehended and brought to fair trial. I stress ‘suspects.’
Noam Chomsky
Ancient societies had anthropomorphic gods: a huge pantheon expanding into centuries of dynastic drama; fathers and sons, martyred heroes, star-crossed lovers, the deaths of kings – stories that taught us of the danger of hubris and the primacy of humility.
Tom Hiddleston
The grandest of all laws is the law of progressive development. Under it, in the wide sweep of things, men grow wiser as they grow older, and societies better.
Christian Nestell Bovee
Because the traditional mode of dress for Muslim women is so distinct – the headcovering, which is not there for guys – women carry a greater burden of representation than Muslim men do in non-Muslim societies.
G. Willow Wilson
All societies make necessary moral distinctions between high crimes and misdemeanors, mortal and lesser sins.
Bret Stephens
Satellite broadcasting makes it possible for information-hungry residents of many closed societies to bypass state-controlled television channels.
Rupert Murdoch
Of course as children, we all, in all cultures and societies, learn behavior from observation, imitation, and encouragement of various kinds. So by the suggestion made, we all ‘pretend’ most of the time.
Gary Gygax
Technology advances at exponential rates, and human institutions and societies do not. They adapt at much slower rates. Those gaps get wider and wider.
Mitch Kapor
Of course great hotels have always been social ideas, flawless mirrors to the particular societies they service.
Joan Didion
Reunion has been nicknamed the Rainbow Isle because it is considered one of the most integrated societies on the planet, and you feel that vibe wherever you go. There is joyousness, warmth and a sense of equality.
Carol Drinkwater
The broadest pattern of history – namely, the differences between human societies on different continents – seems to me to be attributable to differences among continental environments, and not to biological differences among peoples themselves.
Jared Diamond
Health is already a dominant sector in most societies and the one most guaranteed to grow.
Geoff Mulgan
Our heroes are fighting to bring stability to the Middle East, and they have put pressure on all of the tyrannies of the Middle East. They have taken a stand against tyranny, against terrorists, and for the prospect of decent societies throughout that region.
Orrin Hatch
The truth is, we haven’t really figured out yet how artists are going to thrive in modern mass societies. We’re all experiments.
Brad Holland
It has been true in Western societies and it seems to be true elsewhere that you do not find democratic systems apart from capitalism, or apart from a market economy, if you prefer that term.
Peter L. Berger
Someday, the capitalist system will disappear in the United States, because no social class system has been eternal. One day, class societies will disappear.
Fidel Castro
The Costa Rican government is prioritizing laying fiber optic over paving roads. Costa Rica is trying to become one of the Internet societies. This is happening throughout the world.
Reed Hastings
The main thing that gives me hope is the media. We have

The main thing that gives me hope is the media. We have radio, TV, magazines, and books, so we have the possibility of learning from societies that are remote from us, like Somalia. We turn on the TV and see what blew up in Iraq or we see conditions in Afghanistan.
Jared Diamond
As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests.
Gore Vidal
Socialism ruins societies because it misunderstands human nature.
Michael J. Knowles
Uncertainty and fears of social decline and exclusion have reached the middle class in many societies.
Jose Angel Gurria
In societies where one sees a higher prevalence of ‘modern values’ – individualism, vitalism and self-expression – there’s also higher reported job satisfaction.
Edmund Phelps
Sacrifice, which is the passion of great souls, has never been the law of societies.
Henri Frederic Amiel
Democratic societies need a strong media, and WikiLeaks is part of that media.
Julian Assange
As a writer, I tend to be drawn to marginal people – writers, poet-prophets, seers, eccentrics – who embody the deeper ambivalences of their societies and bear deeper witness to their world than the famous figures we are used to celebrating, or demonizing, in our histories.
Pankaj Mishra
There’s no doubt that inequality destabilizes societies. I think the social science evidence on that front is crystal clear.
Jordan Peterson
The governments of the present day have to deal not merely with other governments, with emperors, kings and ministers, but also with the secret societies which have everywhere their unscrupulous agents, and can at the last moment upset all the governments’ plans.
Benjamin Disraeli
Multiculturalism leads to parallel societies and therefore remains a ‘life lie.’
Angela Merkel
Friendly societies, educational associations and trade unions gave working people the power to shape their own lives.
Liz Kendall
Homer, Hesiod, Pythagoras, Plato, and Cicero, just to name a few, all lived in pagan societies. Some of the greatest political and military leaders of all time, such as Alexander the Great, Pericles of Athens, Hannibal of Carthage, and Julius Caesar of Rome, were all pagans, or else living in a pagan society.
Brendan Myers
Marriage is no longer the main way in which societies regulate sexuality and parenting or organize the division of labor between men and women.
Stephanie Coontz
So many of the fantasy stories I encountered growing up were set in worlds that were largely modelled on medieval Europe in one way or another. Lots of white folks in feudal societies, castles and kings, that kind of thing.
Chris Roberson
Once you get to the Enlightenment, the way that powers get to be hyperpowers isn’t just by conquest. It’s through commerce and innovation. Societies like the Dutch Republic and the United States used tolerance to become a magnet for enterprising immigrants.
Amy Chua
My films have often looked at the whole dilemma of identity as a straitjacket for people, for societies, for cultures, for historical moments.
Todd Haynes
Both individuals and societies tell themselves stories to simplify and make sense of the messy chaos of reality.
Adam Curtis
We have to find a way to try and reconcile our beliefs – and Islam, like Judaism and Christianity, has traditionally seen homosexuality as a sin – with the reality of life in modern, pluralistic, secular societies in which gay people cannot be wished away or banished from sight.
Mehdi Hasan
I think that we live in a highly specialized, technologically advanced society. Highly developed societies tend to have very remote understandings about what underlies our prosperity.
Paolo Bacigalupi
In a world of democracies, in a world where the great projects that have set humanity on fire are the projects of the emancipation of individuals from entrenched social division and hierarchy; in such a world individuals must never be puppets or prisoners of the societies or cultures into which they have been born.
Roberto Unger
And so in terms of territorial control, in terms of economic preeminence, the western share of the gross world product is declining as Asian societies in particular develop economically.
Samuel P. Huntington
Preventing conflict means going back to basics – strengthening institutions and building resilient societies.
Antonio Guterres
There are some societies where women are not even allowed to drive a car, and that restriction is based in the name of religion and tradition. There are other countries where a woman can be punished if she does not cover her head.
Asma Jahangir
We are dealing with the greater challenges of globalisation. It is generating, in many cases, an increase in the levels of inequality in societies… that is undesirable.
Jose Angel Gurria
I’ve always had a Marxist understanding of history: democracy is a result of a broad modernization process that happens in every country. Neocons think the use of political power can force the pace of change, but ultimately it depends on societies doing it themselves.
Francis Fukuyama
Given the right conditions, any society can turn against democracy. Indeed, if history is anything to go by, all societies eventually will.
Anne Applebaum
Is there any more encouraging sign than to see an Indian, who has never been to a university, like our friend Mr. Asutosh Dey here, for example, carrying out original work and finding it recognized by the foremost societies of the world?
C. V. Raman
All societies on the verge of death are masculine. A society can survive with only one man; no society will survive a shortage of women.
Germaine Greer
Secular societies establish tolerance by being equally non-accommodating toward all religious demands within the public sphere.
Gad Saad
I started collecting aerial photographs of Native American and South Pacific architecture; only the African ones were fractal. And if you think about it, all these different societies have different geometric design themes that they use. So Native Americans use a combination of circular symmetry and fourfold symmetry.
Ron Eglash
Terrorism takes us back to ages we thought were long go

Terrorism takes us back to ages we thought were long gone if we allow it a free hand to corrupt democratic societies and destroy the basic rules of international life.
Jacques Chirac
We’re all functions of our societies, right? And we all become who we are because of the invisible forces that mold us.
Lauren Groff
I have a fascination for extra-judicial societies and underground cultures, and in situations where justice can only be found outside the law, and how these societies have evolved over the centuries.
Ann Nocenti
Sporting achievements bestow a sense of unification on the cultures and societies in which they take place and create an outpouring of nationalism and pride.
Richard Attias
Trade creates jobs and lifts people out of poverty. And when that happens, societies stabilize and grow. And there is nothing like a stable society to fight terrorism and strengthen democracy, freedom and rule of law.
Dennis Hastert
Crime fiction is the fiction of social history. Societies get the crimes they deserve.
Denise Mina
Free societies are societies in which the right of dissent is protected.
Natan Sharansky
Strong families are vital to strong societies.
Gary Herbert
A woman caring for her children; a woman striving to excel in the private sector; a woman partnering with her neighbors to make their street safer; a woman running for office to improve her country – they all have something to offer, and the more our societies empower women, the more we receive in return.
Queen Rania of Jordan
Evil societies always kill their consciences.
James L. Farmer, Jr.
Marriage is built around complementarity of the sexes, and therefore the institution of marriage is a support for stable families and societies.
John Sentamu
Faster roads are not always safer roads – and virtually all societies, democratic or authoritarian, prefer safety over speed, even if many of their citizens enjoy fast driving.
Evgeny Morozov
All human societies go through fads in which they temporarily either adopt practices of little use or else abandon practices of considerable use.
Jared Diamond
Even though I knew pretty early that I was going to be a scientist, it wasn’t the science that interested me in science fiction; it was the vision of future societies that, for better or worse, would be radically different from our own.
Steven Weinberg
Parallel societies are exactly that: They exist side by side and rarely meet.
Andy Ngo
Southeast Asia is an area in which there is a form of Islam which is both devout and progressive, and therefore to be supported. It’s an area in which I see a congruence of American interests and local interests: to have tolerant societies and become more prosperous.
Dennis C. Blair
There is nothing so good for the human soul as the discovery that there are ancient and flourishing civilized societies which have somehow managed to exist for many centuries and are still in being though they have had no help from the traveler in solving their problems.
Walter Lippmann
In societies no less than individuals, acknowledging our limitations may ultimately be more humane than denying them.
Steven Pinker
Notwithstanding the supposed egalitarian ethos of some hunter-gatherer societies, humans are a hierarchical social species. We care greatly about where we stand in comparison to some relevant reference group.
Gad Saad
Care work contributes enormously to the well-being of our societies and to the sustainability of our economies.
Sharan Burrow
We know that genes shape human cultures and human societies: The DNA we inherited from our ancestors makes certain foods taste better, affects the way we care for children, influences what colors we find vibrant, and contributes to our love of socializing, among other examples.
Sam Kean
I think we have to face the reality that in a society where there is a legitimate threat of terrorism, not being able to see one’s face, not being able to have some sense of communication in that way, is for many societies a challenge.
Hillary Clinton
The reason societies with democratic governments are better places to live in than their alternatives isn’t because of some goodness intrinsic to democracy, but because its hopeless inefficiency helps blunt the basic potential for evil.
Nathan Myhrvold
Societies can be sunk by the weight of buried ugliness.
Daniel Goleman
Classic English liberalism of the sort that ‘The Economist’ was founded to champion and still espouses is about open societies and free markets.
Zanny Minton Beddoes
Monopoly controls have been the exception in free societies; they have been the rule in closed societies.
Lawrence Lessig
Military officers from different countries, when they meet each other, tend to sort of fall in love, become mutual admiration societies, at the expense of realities.
William Odom
Shallowness and ignorance have been our lot in the mass consumer societies we inhabit, where we were too distracted to act politically, apart from periodically deputing political elites to take life-and-death decisions on our behalf.
Pankaj Mishra
Countries that have the Internet already are not going to turn it off. And so the power of freedom, the power of ideas will spread, and it will change those societies in very dramatic ways.
Eric Schmidt
5G will have an impact similar to the introduction of electricity or the car, affecting entire economies and benefiting entire societies.
Steve Mollenkopf
We all have the problem of what do you do with the not-guilty-yet in free and democratic societies where you have the presumption of innocence. It’s a very difficult problem.
Ron Johnson
Families are the Nurseries of all Societies; and the Fi

Families are the Nurseries of all Societies; and the First combinations of mankind.
Cotton Mather
Discomfort levels in our societies are rising, or so it would seem. In theory, we invoke diversity and tolerance. But in real life, we raise our hackles and withdraw into ourselves.
Tariq Ramadan
Unions are susceptible to the same ills that befall all human societies.
Tony Kushner
I think a lot of things will be self-correcting, even in America. After all, human societies are essentially self-organizing emergent systems. The catch is, how much disorder will we have to endure while this re-self-organizing process occurs.
James Howard Kunstler
A ‘human right’ is, by definition, timeless. It cannot adhere to some societies and not others, at some times and not at other times.
Tom Stoppard
Epidemics, like disasters, have a way of revealing underlying truths about the societies they impact.
Anne Applebaum
America has absorbed people from around the world, and there is an Indian in every part of the world. This characterizes both the societies. Indians and Americans have co-existed in their natural temperament.
Narendra Modi
The constant effort towards population, which is found even in the most vicious societies, increases the number of people before the means of subsistence are increased.
Thomas Malthus
One of the problems we’re facing is, in my view, that there are no globalized, youth-led, grassroots social movements advocating for democratic culture across Muslim-majority societies.
Maajid Nawaz
Every single girl in the world has had to fight to have herself heard, to have space, and to have a self in societies that try their best to deny them all three.
Marjorie Liu
History and social sciences were my interests. I was always interested in knowing how societies get organized, why there is rich and poor divide, why there are classes. I was never apolitical. I think we are all political in a way. Politics decides our day-to-day life.
Pawan Kalyan
Now it is time to make historic reassessments in order to transform our region into one of stability, freedom, prosperity, cultural revival and co-existence. In this new regional order there should be less violence and fewer barriers between countries, societies and sects.
Ahmet Davutoglu
It’s wrong to try and convert tribal societies. What should the empirical evidence for religion be? It should produce peaceful, strong, secure people who are right with God and right with the world. I don’t see that evidence very often.
Daniel Everett
There are no globalized, youth-led, grassroots social movements advocating for democratic culture across Muslim-majority societies. There is no equivalent of Al-Qaeda without the terrorism.
Maajid Nawaz
China and the U.S. are two societies with very different attitudes towards opinion and criticism. In China, I am constantly under surveillance. Even my slightest, most innocuous move can – and often is – censored by Chinese authorities.
Ai Weiwei
The primary problem in many modernizing societies is not liberty but the creation of a legitimate public order. Men may, of course, have order without liberty, but they cannot have liberty without order.
Ferdinand Marcos
I was 21 in 1968, so I’m as much a child of the ’60s as is possible to be. In those years the subject of religion had really almost disappeared; the idea that religion was going to be a major force in the life of our societies, in the West anyway, would have seemed absurd in 1968.
Salman Rushdie
The metaphor of the king as the shepherd of his people goes back to ancient Egypt. Perhaps the use of this particular convention is due to the fact that, being stupid, affectionate, gregarious, and easily stampeded, the societies formed by sheep are most like human ones.
Northrop Frye
Societies are not sustainable without institutions.
Mo Ibrahim
Among the many reasons assignable for the sad decay of true Christianity, perhaps the neglecting to assemble ourselves together, in religious societies, may not be one of the least.
George Whitefield
When we talk about technology, often, we talk about the fact that it’s going to be cool; it’s going to do all these things for us. But at the same time, technology will deeply change our societies.
David Cage
Building a solid foundation in the early years of a child’s life will not only help him or her reach their reach their full potential but will also result in better societies as a whole.
Novak Djokovic
We believe. We believe in our destiny as a nation. We believe we have been called to do good, to spread the blessings of liberty and encourage the sense of trust upon which free societies depend.
Tony Snow
What history taught me is that societies are not static and that the straight line of progressive ideals – this thinking we have that a society will just magically become more egalitarian over time – is patently false.
Kameron Hurley
Cities tend to be representations of societies: diversity and inequality find their extremes in urban settings. Yet, when war is added onto pre-existing inequalities, high levels of poverty, or even disaster, urban fragility increases exponentially, making it harder to absorb the shocks of warfare.
Peter Maurer
Gender equality has a transformative effect that is essential to fully functioning communities, societies, and economies.
Antonio Guterres
There’s a long record here of being wrong. There’s a good reason for it. There are probably multiple reasons. Certainly proliferation is a hard thing to track, particularly in countries that deny easy and free access and don’t have free and open societies.
David Kay
If you look within the United States, religion seems to make you a better person. Yet atheist societies do very well – better, in many ways, than devout ones.
Paul Bloom
We can never run away from our past. The past will catch up to us because it is us. It is a part of us; it’s what makes us we are. It’s what delineates the borders of our societies.
Joshua Oppenheimer
Class – or the economic status of individuals – is evident in all societies, some very well stratified by a rigid caste system determined by birth.
F. Sionil Jose
Many societies have educated their male children on the simple device of teaching them not to be women.
Margaret Mead
When societies go backwards and slide into authoritaria

When societies go backwards and slide into authoritarianism, nationalism, and tribalism, machismo and sexism are also emboldened.
Elif Safak
Any serious shift towards more sustainable societies has to include gender equality.
Helen Clark
Marriage is a core institution of societies throughout the world and throughout history. It’s something that has provided permanence and stability for our very social structure.
David Vitter
There is very strong historical data that suggests the way societies grow is by making large, long-term investments.
Fareed Zakaria
Societies are being interconnected and we have to adjust to that fact.
Rick Famuyiwa
Progressive societies outgrow institutions as children outgrow clothes.
Henry George
The dual scourge of hunger and malnutrition will be truly vanquished not only when granaries are full, but also when people’s basic health needs are met and women are given their rightful role in societies.
Gro Harlem Brundtland
Multicultural societies are multi-conflict societies.
Marine Le Pen
In the infancy of societies, the chiefs of state shape its institutions; later the institutions shape the chiefs of state.
Montesquieu
Society may no longer define marriage in the only way marriage has ever been defined in the annals of recorded history. Many societies allowed polygamy, many allowed child marriages, some allowed marriage within families; but none, in thousands of years, defined marriage as the union of people of the same sex.
Dennis Prager
Western societies in general and universities in particular have not always been immune from institutional sexism. This is incontestable.
Gad Saad
If intelligent robots are our competitors and, to some extent, cerebrally alike – enough for us to discuss their ethical standing – why would they be above the law? Should they not contribute to our societies, too? And why would they be exempt from taxes?
Jens Martin Skibsted
Societies need rules that make no sense for individuals. For example, it makes no difference whether a single car drives on the left or on the right. But it makes all the difference when there are many cars!
Marvin Minsky
It serves notice that President Bush is serious about promoting freedom, because free societies are a lot more peaceable than dictatorships and monarchies.
Tony Snow
I feel optimistic about how heterogeneous societies pull together. We just have to keep on with the struggle.
Gael Garcia Bernal
Whether you speak English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, everybody can speak wrestling and it’s really cool to go to different cultures and societies and see how the littlest things we do as performers influence the biggest things.
Jake Hager
There were two drama societies in Enniskillen when I was growing up, St. Michaels and the Enniskillen Amateur Dramatic Society, and I had the pleasure of working with them both.
Adrian Dunbar
Effectively transcending and conquering the legacies of enchainment, impoverishment and racial denigration continue to elude us. Residual elements of the plantation-based past continue to shape our societies and determine their trajectories.
Hilary Beckles
Demography is changing us as we are older societies, we’re living longer. How the generations balance each other out, how that affects education and health care.
Howard Baker
It’s never been clearer that unrestrained market forces do not produce the kind of societies we aspire to – economically stable and socially inclusive, where citizens have access to secure jobs with the dignity of a fair wage and a welfare safety net.
Sharan Burrow
Anthropologists have found evidence of romantic love in 170 societies. They’ve never found a society that did not have it.
Helen Fisher
All democratic societies eventually decide what is in favor of them.
Rakesh Jhunjhunwala
I have behind me not only the splendid traditions and the annals of more than a thousand years but the living strength and majesty of the Commonwealth and Empire; of societies old and new; of lands and races different in history and origins but all, by God’s Will, united in spirit and in aim.
Queen Elizabeth II
The Native American cultures on this continent, most of them, were matrilineal, and some women were the chiefs. Societies were about balance.
Gloria Steinem
Homegrown terrorists are a real problem for even the most modern, democratic societies.
Richard N. Haass
Gender equality is essential for ensuring that men and women can contribute fully at home, at work, and in public life for the betterment of societies and economies at large.
Jose Angel Gurria
Over the ages, some societies have accorded far less value and respect to singles than to married individuals.
Stephanie Coontz
Human societies vary in lots of independent factors affecting their openness to innovation.
Jared Diamond
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.
Jean Cocteau
As it defines itself, every society defines other societies. That definition almost always takes the form of a condemnation: the ‘other’ is the barbarian.
Octavio Paz
Ive lived and worked in developing countries so Im particularly interested in helping women in oppressive societies. Our problems can pale in comparison to theirs, the more we can do to empower them, the better off all women will be.
Katty Kay
Although my family - parents and sister - all work in t

Although my family – parents and sister – all work in the personnel management business, their real passion is performing, amateur operatic societies and so on.
Michael Sheen
Transforming our societies and our economies is an agenda that requires the participation of all. Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls are key. Including and empowering women and girls to develop and implement climate solutions is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing to do.
Patricia Espinosa
There are precedents for what happens when societies allow the divide between rich and poor to get so huge that it stops being funny and starts becoming a sick, blood-boiling joke. If you had a Tardis, you could go back to 1917 and ask the Russian royal family how it was all going.
John Niven
There’s no such thing as an absolute openness. Openness is relative, I think, in all societies.
Peter Eisenman
Poverty is not the simple result of bad geography, bad culture, bad history. It’s the result of us: of the ways that people choose to organize their societies.
Adam Davidson
In countries with a properly functioning legal system, the mob continues to exist, but it is rarely called upon to mete out capital punishment. The right to take human life belongs to the state. Not so in societies where weak courts and poor law enforcement are combined with intractable structural injustices.
Teju Cole
We cannot give our students all that they expect, whether by way of the quality of their schooling or by way of the jobs that they were hoping to get. Student frustration is a worldwide phenomenon, pushing our societies into adjusting faster than they are used to.
Arthur Lewis
If we become one of those societies that attack success, why not come as certain there will be a lot less success? And that’s not who we are.
Mitt Romney
The slugs are ascending this steep city staircase that leads up to a huge Catholic church, essentially signifying their slow crawl towards death. The work reminds us of religion, mortality, natural decay, and the slow suffocation of commercialized societies.
Florentijn Hofman
In aristocratic societies, rich people used to commission exquisite paintings for their walls.
Brad Holland
We should all be able to live as human beings – and to be recognized as such by the societies we live in.
Chelsea Manning
I was in Vienna in August 1968 for a meeting of the International Federation of Multiple Sclerosis Societies, of which I was co-founder, and we wanted a 20th country to join. They asked for a volunteer to go to Prague to get Czechoslovakia to do it, and my hand always goes up first.
Shirley Temple
Democratic societies are unfit for the publication of such thunderous revelations as I am in the habit of making.
Salvador Dali
Societies need to have one illness which becomes identified with evil, and attaches blame to its victims.
Susan Sontag
Both solar and wind produce too much energy when societies don’t need it, and not enough when they do.
Michael Shellenberger
Coming out of university, one of my obsessions was that in the novels I was reading, they seemed to be portraying a world that had a social fabric. People knew each other in ‘War and Peace.’ They went to all the same balls. These were societies with tightly wound, woven, social textures.
Whit Stillman
The strong emergence of pro-feminine values in highly masculine societies signals that traditional masculine structures will continue to be challenged as the Millennial generation grows up and gains even more influence.
John Gerzema
It is a privilege to be part of an organization that delivers high-quality services and innovative solutions to the best clients, develops the most talented professionals into leaders, and does its part to improve the societies in which we operate.
Punit Renjen
Women are interested in relationships and how other societies manage those relationships. They may have been constrained in what roles were open to them, but they could question and observe, and they could write it down.
Margaret MacMillan
The moral disapprobation of society has an impact on behavior in societies.
Joe Biden
By seeing the problem of poverty merely in terms of assistance, we overlook that our enormous economic advantage is deeply tainted by how it accumulated over the course of one historical process that has devastated the societies and cultures of four continents.
Thomas Pogge
Does this planet have enough resources so seven or eight billion can have the same level of consumption and waste that today is seen in rich societies? It is this level of hyper-consumption that is harming our planet.
Jose Mujica
Our working hypothesis is that the status of knowledge is altered as societies enter what is known as the postindustrial age and cultures enter what is known as the postmodern age.
Jean-Francois Lyotard
We know that literate people are more likely than others to participate in their societies’ democratic institutions and that the risk of war drops as more of a country’s citizens receive a secondary education.
Julia Gillard
To be able to transform societies and economies to low-carbon ones was an amazing challenge. To influence and to facilitate such an important transformation in the world would be like witnessing something of industrial revolution proportions.
Patricia Espinosa
Societies have always been shaped more by the nature of the media by which men communicate than by the content of the communication.
Marshall McLuhan
Language as a communication tool is the primary element from which literature is created. Even in pre-literate societies, it exists as songs, riddles, or epics that are chanted.
F. Sionil Jose
You’ll find individuals agreeing on this, but when they get into collective societies and larger groups they find it difficult to achieve group agreement.
Neale Donald Walsch
There are so many societies, so many churches, so many -isms, that it is almost impossible for an independent man to succeed in a political career.
Robert Green Ingersoll
I guess I’ve always been attracted to secret societies and the mystery surrounding them.
Sasha Grey
When I used to teach civil procedure as a law professor, I would begin the year by telling my students that ‘civil procedure is the etiquette of ritualized battle.’ The phrase, which did not originate with me, captured the point that peaceful, developed societies resolve disputes by law rather than by force.
Anne-Marie Slaughter
I speak at various events, including student societies,

I speak at various events, including student societies, several times a week.
Douglas Murray
In emerging democracies like Russia, in authoritarian states like Iran or even Yugoslavia, journalists play a vital role in civil society. In fact, they form the very basis of those new democracies and civil societies.
Christiane Amanpour
As women in industrial societies join the paid workforce, they gain the economic means to depart unhappy marriages more easily.
Helen Fisher
I think modern societies have to ask a very basic question: What strategies buy the most health for people? Doctors can do so many marvelous things now. They can keep a corpse alive, almost.
Richard Lamm
Inclusive, good-quality education is a foundation for dynamic and equitable societies.
Desmond Tutu
It was only with the rise of capitalism and the need for workers to be freer, more mobile, and prosperous, that societies were able to undermine pagan morality and the ancient institution of slavery.
Michael Shellenberger
At times, I have been criticized by some philosophers of education, who place me in postures that they classify pejoratively as ‘revolutionary.’ But I have had the satisfaction of being invited to work in societies making progressive efforts without wavering. They were changing, and so they called on me.
Paulo Freire
I believe excellent fantasy reflects us all, and yes, it can use those myths that underpin societies, our subconscious yearnings and longings, and perhaps our barren spirituality.
Isobelle Carmody
Hong Kong has created one of the most successful societies on Earth.
Prince Charles
It has taken centuries to create the freest, fairest, most prosperous societies in the world, and there have been lots of studies about this.
Ann Coulter
Racist societies enforce the idea of race as home by making race an inescapable fate.
Shelby Steele
Because I’m a doctor, I know when you have an injury it will heal if it’s clean enough to heal; if your injury is dirty, it won’t heal. And so when you are talking in societies, we are also talking in healing processes, and for a good healing process, you need to make things right.
Michelle Bachelet
Businesses succeed when societies themselves succeed. When countries are affected by violence and the absence of the rule of law, business can and must be a messenger of peace.
Ban Ki-moon
The strength of democratic societies relies on their capacity to know how to stand firm against extremism while respecting justice in the means used to fight terrorism.
Tariq Ramadan
Climate neutrality means a situation where the world can naturally absorb the emissions that will continue to be produced in our societies.
Patricia Espinosa
Democratic leaders, whose power is ultimately dependent on popular support, are held accountable for failing to improve the lives of their citizens. Therefore, they have a powerful incentive to keep their societies peaceful and prosperous.
Natan Sharansky
I have always been most drawn to those moments from the past when people from distant lands and different societies made contact with one another.
David Olusoga
I think human societies tend to be problematic.
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Cuties’ is universal, and it raises concerns that involve all world societies.
Maimouna Doucoure
I think there’s a lot of work to be done with our societies. My biggest passions are the environment and health. And when I say ‘health’ I mean the secrets behind health and our food system.
Shailene Woodley
I have no idea if some societies, anthropologically speaking, aren’t really suited for democracy. I don’t think that’s true.
P. J. O’Rourke
There are trends in our societies… that can lead to some political decisions in America and in Europe that can give some ground to the radicalization discourse.
Federica Mogherini
Law is stable; the societies we are speaking of are progressive. The greater or less happiness of a people depends on the degree of promptitude with which the gulf is narrowed.
Henry James Sumner Maine
People have been looking for love potions since hunter-gatherer societies.
Helen Fisher
In traditional societies, we have a long legacy of men controlling the body and mind of women. Such societies have valorised motherhood and fabricated concepts like chastity. Women have been the victims of these notions for thousands of years.
Taslima Nasrin
A social problem is one that concerns the way in which people live together in one society. A racial problem is a problem which confronts two different races who live in two separate societies, even if those societies are side by side.
Pauline Hanson
For nations and societies, the ‘good’ or benefit of technology is often expressed in economic terms, in measures such as workplace productivity and business growth.
Rajeev Suri
Capacity of human societies both to absorb and to discard cultures is much underestimated.
Norman Davies
Truth is the silliest thing under the sun. Try to get a living by the Truth and go to the Soup Societies. Heavens! Let any clergyman try to preach the Truth from its very stronghold, the pulpit, and they would ride him out of his church on his own pulpit bannister.
Herman Melville
Societies raise their grandest monuments to what their cultures value most highly. As the tallest buildings in a city noted for tall buildings, the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center were certainly monumental.
Michael Mandelbaum
Many individuals are doing what they can. But real success can only come if there is a change in our societies and in our economics and in our politics.
David Attenborough
Already we're seeing graduates of U.S. higher education

Already we’re seeing graduates of U.S. higher education going back to their home countries and contributing to societies there, where in the past they would have stayed in the U.S. and built new companies here. We have to have immigration reform that allows talented foreigners to become Americans.
David Malpass
I think, certainly in the more civilized societies, women’s roles are growing in power all of the time.
Sally Quinn
The serious questions that are talked out or strangled with red tape are more numerous than those that are killed by silence; the number of people whose ideas are knocked on the head in societies is greater in our day than that of the solitary fighters who go under.
Ellen Key
Everybody feels like an outcast because the world is so large and every fingerprint is so vastly different from one another, and yet we have these standards and beliefs, and dogmatic systems of judgment and ranking, in almost all the societies of the world.
Ezra Miller
Basic science provides long-term benefits for ourselves and our fragile planet and should be supported by all the world’s societies.
David Lee
Facebook has become the richest and most powerful publisher in history by replacing editors with algorithms – shattering the public square into millions of personalised news feeds, shifting entire societies away from the open terrain of genuine debate and argument while they make billions from our valued attention.
Katharine Viner
The Jews are the living embodiment of the minority, the constant reminder of what duties societies owe their minorities, whoever they might be.
Abba Eban
Who I am really doesn’t matter at all. If I’m the worst person in the world, you can hate me and move on. What really matters here are the issues. What really matters here is the kind of government we want, the kind of Internet we want, the kind of relationship between people and societies.
Edward Snowden
In authoritarian societies, cultural institutions tend to become ideological proxies – think of the National Ballet in Cuba or the East German gymnastics team.
Jacob Weisberg
The value of solar and wind decline in economic value as they become larger shares of the electricity grid for physical reasons. They produce too much energy when societies don’t need it and not enough energy when they do.
Michael Shellenberger
Since our complex societies are highly susceptible to interferences and accidents, they certainly offer ideal opportunities for a prompt disruption of normal activities.
Jurgen Habermas
It is also, I would guess, a universal that in all societies people value respectability granted to them.
Kenneth L. Pike
Primate and elephant and even pig societies show considerable evidence of care for others, parent-child bonding, solidarity in the face of danger, and so on.
Christopher Hitchens
The Anthroposophical Society is different from other societies in that it will not tolerate any figments of the imagination in its organization but is constructed on the basis of reality.
Rudolf Steiner
Are artists the canaries in the mine, warning of the coming explosion before anyone else? It’s hard to look at the world before 1914 and not wonder if they somehow felt a catastrophe was bearing down on them and their societies.
Margaret MacMillan
If you look at the primitive societies that we know about, the worst thing that could have happened to you was to be captured and be turned over to the women.
Jeff Lindsay
Our societies have achieved a general level of prosperity of which most of all the human beings who have ever lived could only dream. Now we need to show that we can stop continually wanting more – more money, more stuff. We must show that it is possible for people to realise that they have enough.
John Lanchester
Migration powers economic growth, reduces inequalities, and connects diverse societies. Yet it is also a source of political tensions and human tragedies.
Antonio Guterres
We need to tackle extreme inequality because it is morally indefensible and socially corrosive – undermining our health, affecting our well-being, and undermining peaceful societies.
Winnie Byanyima
Human societies, like human beings, live by faith and die when faith dies.
Whittaker Chambers
Tech innovation is something societies have to pursue as vigorously as they can. We have to innovate civically and socially at the same rate; otherwise, you create unfortunate disruptions, and that’s where you have people opposing technological innovations.
Nick Hanauer
Societies that empower women are less violent in every way.
Steven Pinker
Punitive murder by the police and by vigilantes has existed in all societies at some point, and probably still exists in most.
Teju Cole
Freedom of the press underpins free societies around the world.
Will Hurd
I belong to quite a lot of learned societies. We collect firearms and discuss them at dinners and clubs and things.
Michael Gambon
Throughout history, when societies have been faced with big challenges, they’ve put their best people on them. During the Space Race, American and Russian scientists, engineers, astronauts and cosmonauts pushed the bounds of what was possible and landed men on the moon.
Wendy Kopp
Today, our attention is less than the television advertisement. We’re looking at six or seven problems constantly. We’re living in the disturbed societies of cities. I think modern technology is one of the worst things human beings have invented.
Marina Abramovic
Because of cyberattacks and fake news, we can already imagine the problem all democratic societies will face in future elections: how to limit lies when they threaten democracy?
Toomas Hendrik Ilves
Well we are hoping that the power of the community of free nations is such that our sovereignty our rights are not going to be challenged by anybody who’s going try to undermine the freedom, the openness of our societies and our security.
Douglas Feith
Duplicity in matters of religion is not confined to Pakistan, but it hurts the most in societies where debate on religion is asphyxiated and preachers of hate have become keepers of faith.
Asma Jahangir
They’re such hierarchical things, film sets, they’re sort of mini societies. Often they’re incredibly political places.
Eddie Redmayne
You have to believe that it's through politics that soc

You have to believe that it’s through politics that societies can lead social and economic and political change.
David Miliband
The term ‘cyberutopian’ tends to be used only in the context of critique. Calling someone a cyberutopian implies that he or she has an unrealistic and naively overinflated sense of what technology makes possible and an insufficient understanding of the forces that govern societies.
Ethan Zuckerman
Our duty as journalists is to use our clarity – and our imagination – to build hope in the societies in which we work. Our duty is to keep holding power to account, and to fight for press freedom around the world.
Katharine Viner
Baboons take a bit of getting to know but, apparently, once you break the ice, so to speak, they are complex and interesting creatures with elaborate societies.
Alexander McCall Smith
Radical multicultural types will, in the end, destroy the things they claim to like, because they don’t understand that liberty and reasonable equality are features of stable, free, conservative societies based on Christian ideas, which guard their borders and are proud of their civilisation.
Peter Hitchens
Pakistan is heir to an intellectual tradition of which the illustrious exponent was the poet and philosopher Mohammad Iqbal. He saw the future course for Islamic societies in a synthesis between adherence to the faith and adjustment to the modern age.
Benazir Bhutto
Based on a lifetime of observations and a few decades in the markets, I understand that societies, beliefs and fashions all move in long arcs of time. We call these arcs several things: cycles, periods, eras.
Barry Ritholtz
I’m a latecomer to the environmental issue, which for years seemed to me like an excuse for more government regulation. But I can see that in rich societies, voters are paying less attention to economic issues and more to issues of the spirit, including the environment.
David Frum
I think our societies – to certain extent, of course, and to different degrees, but almost with no exception – have always been struggling to come to terms with archaic traditions.
Yasmine Hamdan
I’ve benefited from the best of both societies and both cultures, East and West.
Abdullah II of Jordan
I prefer the countryside to cities. This is also true of my films: I have made more films in rural societies, and villages, than in towns.
Abbas Kiarostami
Societies or companies that expect a glorious past to shield them from the forces of change driven by advancing technology will fail and fall. That applies as much to my own, the media industry, as to every other business on the planet.
Rupert Murdoch
A culture of love and kinship has knitted Mississippi families together, and tied them to each other, for ages. It is what makes us special in a fast-paced and transient world. I will defend that culture against the erosion that frays societies.
Tate Reeves
Our democratic societies are in danger. In allowing ourselves to be infiltrated by fear, to be blinded by the passion of identity, we are entertaining the most serious illusions about our freedom.
Tariq Ramadan
A lot of journalists help us to better understand the world by zooming out and sometimes zooming in on a really important case but sort of helping us to get a grasp of what are the structural forces that govern our lives and our societies and that is incredibly important.
Rutger Bregman
I like to make films with characters that resemble real people, about societies that exist.
Farhan Akhtar
Millions of men have lived to fight, build palaces and boundaries, shape destinies and societies; but the compelling force of all times has been the force of originality and creation profoundly affecting the roots of human spirit.
Ansel Adams
Societies that depend on natural resources tend to have certain inherent problems. The limited concentration of wealth – whether from oil, coal, diamonds, or bauxite – often leads to corruption and authoritarianism.
Lawrence Wright
Those who have heard or read anything from me on the subject, know that one of the principal points insisted on is, the forming of societies or any other artificial combinations IS the first, greatest, and most fatal mistake ever committed by legislators and by reformers.
Josiah Warren
People who study primate societies make a distinction between two kinds of cultural interactions, agonic and hedonic. In agonic societies, you gain status by asserting dominance over others. In hedonic societies, you gain status by drawing attention to yourself. Open source is a hedonic culture.
Eric S. Raymond
In contrast, fear societies are societies in which dissent is banned.
Natan Sharansky
Climate change brings pressures that will influence resource competition between nations and place additional burdens on economies, societies and governance institutions around the globe. These effects are threat multipliers.
Barry Gardiner
The 1 to 2 billion poorest in the world, who don’t have food for the day, suffer from the worst disease: globalization deficiency. The way globalization is occurring could be much better, but the worst thing is not being part of it. For those people, we need to support good civil societies and governments.
Hans Rosling
Many journalists are influenced by a myopic multiculturalism that is suspicious of anything Western, while giving the benefit of the doubt to non-Western societies.
Nancy Pearcey
There is no kind of harassment that a man may not inflict on a woman with impunity in civilized societies.
Denis Diderot
Very few societies on Earth developed science as we know it today. On the other hand, the number is not zero – the Greeks, the Chinese, and the Maya did, among others. Once invented, science proved so useful that it spread like mold on a petri dish.
Seth Shostak
When we are unwilling to draw clear moral lines between free societies and fear societies, when we are unwilling to call the former good and the latter evil, we will not be able to advance the cause of peace because peace cannot be disconnected from freedom.
Natan Sharansky
Sharing food has always had a central place in civilized societies; it’s no accident that so many of our cultural, religious and patriotic rituals are involved with eating.
Ruth Reichl
In a lot of Indian societies, spirituality has been lost, I think it’s still the best way of looking at the world for Indians – better than any organized religion in this country.
James Welch
Societies can easily talk themselves into conflict and misery. But they can also talk, and act, their way out.
Geoff Mulgan
Societies cannot move forward without law, and our constitution is the cornerstone of the law and our National Assembly is its umbrella and fortress.
Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa
In most of history, societies have not been free. It's

In most of history, societies have not been free. It’s a very rare society that is free. The default condition of human societies is tyranny.
Michael Novak
Secularism and pluralism are two of the defining ethos of Western societies. The former decouples religion from governmental institutions whilst the latter seeks to protect the rights of all citizens to freely practice their creed.
Gad Saad
Education enables people and societies to be what they can be.
Bill Richardson
Nothing in our evolutionary history specifically prepared us to live in large societies. Almost everything about the way culture works does.
Mark Pagel
Happiness is a real, objective phenomenon, scientifically verifiable. That means people and whole societies can now be measured over time and compared accurately with one another. Causes and cures for unhappiness can be quantified.
Polly Toynbee
The degradation of natural resources such as forests and freshwater has removed much of the resilience that societies formerly enjoyed.
Barry Gardiner
Economic activity can help repair war-torn societies, but if it’s not conducted responsibly, it can also create or prolong violence. Companies and international organisations must help strengthen communities and overcome the trauma of violence.
Peter Maurer
Historically, we’ve attached a lot of shame to women and their bodies – probably since biblical times. It’s a way that patriarchal societies have perpetuated.
Marielle Heller
One of the things that put me off writing for a while was that piece of advice everybody gives new writers: ‘Write what you know.’ Nobody would ever want to read about my boring life! But I do know a lot of things about different societies’ cultures and mythologies. The way people were and are.
Carol Berg
Giving and receiving kindness are easy ways to feel good and to help others feel good too. People, organizations, and societies thrive when they are grounded in a culture of kindness.
Vivek Murthy
Institutionalized discrimination is bad for people and for societies. Widespread discrimination is also bad for economies. There is clear evidence that when societies enact laws that prevent productive people from fully participating in the workforce, economies suffer.
Jim Yong Kim
Though women are no longer barred from university laboratories and scientific societies, the idea that they are innately less suited to mathematical science is deeply ingrained in our cultural genes.
Margaret Wertheim
One of the enduring problems with certain societies in the world – and this is certainly true of a lot of places in the Middle East – is that the capacity for self-governance and self-organizing just isn’t there. It has to do with history.
P. J. O’Rourke