Quotes about normality
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- I wouldn't say I'm normal, but I'm relatively stable. When I think of normalcy I think of mediocrity and mediocrity scares the fuck out of me.
- Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.
- Albert Camus, Notebook IV in Notebooks: 1942-1951
- America's present need is not heroics, but healing; not nostrums, but normalcy; not revolution, but restoration.
- Warren Gamaliel Harding, quoted in Frederick E. Schortemeier, Rededicating America (1920), ch.17
- The note I wanted; that of the strange and sinister embroidered on the very type of the normal and easy.
- Henry James, Prefaces (1909), "The Altar of the Dead"
- Society highly values its normal man. It educates children to lose themselves and to become absurd, and thus to be normal. Normal men have killed perhaps 100,000,000 of their fellow normal men in the last fifty years.
- Ronald David Laing, The Politics of Experience (1967), p. 28
- The Normal is the good smile in a child's eyes - all right. It is also the dead stare in a million adults.
- Peter Shaffer, Equus, Act 1, Scene 19
- Normal is enormously susceptible to swinging with the gusts of politics and history. Disguised as scientific and fixed, it is subjective and protean. That is why I used the word normative above, a term derived from statistics, simply meaning what most people do.
- Levine, Judith (2003). "Therapy". Harmful to Minors. Thunder's Mouth Press. p. 48. ISBN 1-56025-516-1.
- What is abnormal is that I am normal. That I survived the Holocaust and went on to love beautiful girls, to talk, to write, to have toast and tea and live my life — that is what is abnormal.
- Elie Wiesel, After being asked "What does it take to be normal again, after having your humanity stripped away by the Nazis?" in an interview in O : The Oprah Magazine Nov. 2000.