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Deliver me from your cold phlegmatic preachers, politicians, friends, lovers and husbands.
      - Abigail Adams, in a letter to John Adams

From social intercourse are derived some of the highest enjoyments of life; where there is a free interchange of sentiments, the mind acquires new ideas; and by a frequent exercise of its powers, the understanding gains fresh vigor.
      - Joseph Addison

There is a sort of economy in Providence that one shall excel where another is defective, in order to make men more useful to each other, and mix them in society.
      - Joseph Addison

Society rests upon conscience and not upon science.
      - Henri-Frederic Amiel

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.
      - Aristotle

Man is by nature a social animal, and an individual who is unsocial naturally and not accidentally is either beneath our notice or more than human. Society is something in nature that precedes the individual. Anyone who either cannot lead the common life or is so self-sufficient as not to need to, and therefore does not partake of society, is either a beast or he is a god.
      - Aristotle, Politics (1253 A)

It is most true that a natural and secret hatred and aversation towards society, in any man, hath somewhat of the savage beast.
      - Francis Bacon

Man seeketh in society comfort, use and protection.
      - Francis Bacon

For it is most true that a natural and secret hatred and aversation towards society in any man, hath somewhat of the savage beast.
      - Francis Bacon,
        Essays--Civil and Moral--Of Friendship

According to man's environment, society has made as many different types of men as there are varieties in zoology. The differences between a soldier, a workman, a statesman, a tradesman, a sailor, a poet, a pauper and a priest, are more difficult to seize, but quite considerable as the differences between a wolf, a lion, an ass, a crow, a sea-calf, a sheep, and so on.
      - Honore de Balzac

No society is complete without some victim, a creature to pity, to jeer at, to scorn or to protect.
      - Honore de Balzac

People who climb from one rung of society to another can never do anything simply.
      - Honore de Balzac

Society is no more indulgent than was the God of Genesis.
      - Honore de Balzac

Society proceeds like the ocean. After a disaster, it resume its wonted level and rhythms; its devouring interests efface all traces of damage.
      - Honore de Balzac

The great secret of social alchemy is to profit best from each stage in our lives, to gather all its leaves in spring, all its flowers in summer, and all its fruits in autumn.
      - Honore de Balzac

I think we left out one of the really important elements contributing to the dynamism of society, and that is the right to privacy. I mean something more than the right to shave in private. I mean the right to join what I want to join, to do what I want to do, or not to do what I might do without giving anyone a reason, either in advance or afterwards. That does not mean that I am seeking for irresponsibility socially.
      - Chester I. Barnard,
        in "Basic Elements of a Free Dynamic Society," in "Harvard Business Review," Nov., 1951

I have a total irreverence for anything connected with society, except that which makes the road safer, the beer stronger, the old men and women warmer in the winter, and happier in the summer.
      - Brendan Behan

A man's reception depends upon his coat; his dismissal upon the wit he shows.
      - Pierre Jean de Beranger

Man was formed for society.
      - Sir William Blackstone

Those can most easily dispense with society who are the most calculated to adorn it; they only are dependent on it who possess no mental resources, for though they bring nothing to the general mart, like beggars, they are too poor to stay at home.
      - Lady Marguerite Blessington, Countess of Blessington

It is with a company as it is with a punch, everything depends upon the ingredients of which it in composed.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

Society does not exist for itself, but for the individual; and man goes into it, not to lose, but to find himself.
      - Phillips Brooks

A people is but the attempt of many
  To rise to the completer life of one--
    And those who live as models for the mass
      Are singly of more value than they all.
      - Robert Browning, Luria (act V, l. 334)

Society is a long series of uprising ridges, which from the first to the last offer no valley of repose. Whenever you take your stand, you are looked down upon by those above you, and reviled and pelted by those below you. Every creature you see is a farthing Sisyphus, pushing his little stone up some Liliputian mole-hill. This is our world.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

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.
      - Edmund Burke


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