Henry David Thoreau
“Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.”

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Rudyard Kipling
"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."
John F. Kennedy
“Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.”
J.R.R. Tolkien
“Not all those who wander are lost."
Dr. Robert Anthony
“The opposite of bravery is not cowardice but conformity.”
Adlai Stevenson
“All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions.” -
Rita Mae Brown
“I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.”
James Baldwin
“It is very nearly impossible to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind.”
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."
Claire Lehmann
“Only a very small number of people are truly evil. But a very large number of people are conformists. To prevent evil on a mass scale it’s more important for us to ward against our own instinct to conform with the crowd than it is to worry about anything else."

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Some people will water down a compliment by saying, "It was nothing..." or "It could be better..."

These responses are dismissive of the person giving the compliment. Instead, thank the individual and add, " I'm glad you like it." When you're thanked, instead of just saying "you're welcome, add "I'm happy I was able to help you." It leaves a positive impression with the person.

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In 'Avengers: Infinity War', Thanos is one of the main characters: a purple giant warlord, who believes that there are too many people in the Universe with not enough resources. Furthermore, he plans and eventually succeeds to make half of the world population disappear by snapping his jeweled fingers.

However, the truth seems to be quite the opposite: the more individuals we are, the more resources we can enjoy.

  • Rather than saying "I can’t" or "I’m not able to" when you’re declining a request, focus on the positive
  • Instead try, “Here’s what I can do for you.” That way, you’ve set a boundary with your client or colleague about what you’re not able or willing to do, but you’ve also indicated that you’re willing to find a workable solution.

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