Quotations by Whyte, William H., Jr.


People do not always argue because they misunderstand one another; they argue because they hold different goals.

William Hollingsworth "Holly" Whyte, Jr. (1917-1999) American sociologist, journalist, and civic planner
“Groupthink,” Fortune (Mar 1952)
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Nonconformity is an empty goal, and rebellion against prevailing opinion merely because it is prevailing should no more be praised than acquiescence to it. Indeed, it is often a mask for cowardice, and few are more pathetic than those who flaunt outer differences to expiate their inner surrender.

William Hollingsworth "Holly" Whyte, Jr. (1917-1999) American sociologist, journalist, and civic planner
The Organization Man, ch. 1 (1956)
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Nonconformity is an empty goal, and rebellion against prevailing opinion merely because it is prevailing should no more be praised that acquiescence to it. Indeed, it is often a mask for cowardice and few are more pathetic than those who flaunt outer differences to expiate their inner surrender.

William Hollingsworth "Holly" Whyte, Jr. (1917-1999) American sociologist, journalist, and civic planner
The Organization Man, ch. 1 (1956)
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A really new idea affronts current agreement — it wouldn’t be a new idea if it didn’t — and the group, impelled as it is to agreement, is instinctively hostile to that which is divisive.

William Hollingsworth "Holly" Whyte, Jr. (1917-1999) American sociologist, journalist, and civic planner
The Organization Man, ch. 5 (1956)
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