18 Quotes About Being Ostracized

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Embracing differences is one of the best ways to build diversity throughout society. Here are some of the best quotes about being ostracized that are important to remember.

“Art is fueled by rebellion: the need, in some amounting to obsessions, to resist what is, to defy one’s elders, even to the point of ostracism; to define oneself, and by extension one’s generation, as new, novel, ungovernable.”

“But then why is it so terrible for me to be with the girl I love? Everyone one is permitted to have what they want, express their love as they please, without fear of harassment, ostracism, persecution, or even the law.”

“For there are two possible reactions to social ostracism – either a man emerges determined to be better, purer, and kindlier or he goes bad, challenges the world and does even worse things. The last is by far the commonest reaction to stigma.”

“I had seen how in an instant, those you called friends could suddenly become tormentors, sniffing out a weakness or a difference, turning their own fear of ostracism into a weapon with which they could beat the victim away, afraid that being an outsider, and individual even, was somehow infectious.”

“I would suffer all the humiliation, all the torture, the absolute ostracism and even death, to prevent violence.”

“I’m not afraid of death but I am afraid of dying. Pain can be alleviated by morphine but the pain of social ostracism cannot be taken away.”

“It is said that the fear of public speaking is a fear greater than death for most people.”

“Motherhood, to be sure, receives a great deal of sentimental adulation, but only if it is committed in accordance with rules which have been prescribed by a predominantly masculine society.”

“Nowadays, you suffer the same risks – ostracism, career loss, possible assault – for being perceived as racist that you would have encountered a century ago for daring to question racist ideology.”

“Ostracism means you don’t exist at all. And that’s a very difficult situation to live with. As gay people, we had been chasing ostracism by that point for probably 300 years. You just knew that you should have dropped into your black hole.”

“Poverty is relative, and the lack of food and of the necessities of life is not necessarily a hardship. Spiritual and social ostracism, the invasion of your privacy, are what constitute the pain of poverty.”

“The left is entering a new phase of ideological agitation no longer trying to win the debate but stopping debate altogether, banishing from public discourse any and all opposition.”

“The rich, the well-born, and the able, acquire an influence among the people that will soon be too much for simple honesty and plain sense, in a house of representatives.”

“The shock of public hostility served as a stimulant. It made them acutely conscious of how society functioned.”

“The very same brain centers that interpret and feel physical pain also become activated during experiences of emotional rejection.”

“The world in which we live would benefit greatly if men and women everywhere would exercise the pure love of Christ, which is kind, meek, and lowly.”

“The world needs someone they can admire from a distance; from a very far distance.”

“You should read history and look at ostracism, persecution, martyrdom, and that kind of thing. They always happen to the best men, you know.”

Ostracism goes against the very aspect of a free society. Excluding a specific group from a society or banishing people creates division and conflict.