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I do sometimes painful things to my body in an effort to conform to culturally imposed beauty ideals.
Am I coasting on some early success? Yeah. It was a good lucky break for me. But I would rather earn my way back again than simply conform to what people are expecting.
You don't have to conform to a very specific aesthetic today, whereas 1950s women definitely had to.
But for everyone, I think, there is always a pressure to conform, and I guess as you get older you realize it's less interesting to do that. It starts with you, though, saying, 'I know what I like doing and that's what I'm going to do.'
Everywhere I look, there are ads marking Mother's Day. Mostly they conform to stereotype: flowers, jewelry, perfume. Not a lot of books. Not many computers. Few tools. Little that's useful.
Fairy tales opened up a door into my imagination - they don't conform to the reality that's around you as a child. I started reading when I was three and read everything, but I wanted to be an actress.
I like being the odd one out in L.A. Because if you conform, you become something you hate. I love being the odd one out. It's not about 'Look at me! Look at me!' It's about really becoming someone else.
I did not try to conform to anybody's ideal of what a Latin celebrity or movie star should be. I took a lot of hits for it.
Whatever you do, be happy with you. Don't conform. You are who you are, and you shouldn't change that for anybody.
I just know that I'm innovative. I'm a quick thinker... In Washington, I just want to be a senator who finds a way to drive change and not figure out a way to conform.
Once you have a Down's syndrome child, you can't conform. In a way, you're free.
The idea of old was to conform yourself to a style of cooking, it was not to create a style of cooking. Now the chef is so much into 'I want to sign that dish and say I am the one who made that dish.'
When I conform to truth, I do not conform to an abstract principle; I conform to the nature of God.
Kenneth L. Pike
People have Plato's form in their mind of what a leader is, or what a C.E.O. is, and it is a bunch of elements that I really don't conform to at all. I've given this a lot of thought, and I came to the conclusion that I don't care.
You can grow up without having to conform, stop going to shows, stop having a record collection, start being politically iffy.
I don't like the idea of fitting into a mould so as to conform. What I like is the danger, the difference - being unpredictable.
I refused to conform to an image that a lot of people thought a president's brother should adopt.
You either go along with the system - conform to what is expected to be a hit - or you have very tough going.
You're made aware of what the industry is and what you need to conform to; I don't fit that, and I'm never going to.
But these realities will make themselves felt soon enough and while I am certainly not asking you to close your eyes to the experiences of earlier generations, I want to advise you not to conform too soon and to resist the pressure of practical necessity.
The aim of every authentic artist is not to conform to the history of art, but to release himself from it in order to replace it with his own history.
The decree of a coercive tribunal would not need to conform to the true standard of wages, the final productivity of social labor. It would introduce into distribution a genuinely arbitrary element, with a very large ultimate power to pervert the natural system.
John Bates Clark
As far as what I do, my value as a writer is certainly not to try to recapitulate a 19th century form. Certain styles of narrative don't conform to my style of experiencing the world.
I know I'm never going to be a big pop star, because I'm not willing to conform.
Justin Townes Earle
Want to depose the government of a poor country with resources? Want to bash Muslims? Want to build support for American military interventions around the world? Want to undermine governments that are raising their people up from poverty because they don't conform to the tastes of Upper West Side intellectuals? Use human rights as your excuse!
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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