Sociology Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old sociology quotes, sociology sayings, and sociology proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

The function of sociology, as of every science, is to reveal that which is hidden. Pierre Bourdieu
Philosophy leads to death, sociology leads to suicide. Jean Baudrillard
An act cannot be defined by the end sought by the actor, for an identical system of behaviour may be adjustable to too many different ends without altering its nature. Emile Durkheim
Society is composed of two great classes -- those who have more dinners than appetite, and those who have more appetite than dinners. CHAMFORT
A sufficient measure of civilization is the influence of good women. Ralph Waldo Emerson
There's nothing wrong with giving up all your principles for a suitable financial reward. It is indeed the basis of our society. Manny Rayner
The task for sociology is to come to the help of the individual. We have to be in service of freedom. It is something we have lost sight of. Zygmunt Bauman
You must learn to use your life experience in your intellectual work: continually examine and interpret it. C. W. Mills
There is no sociology worthy of the name which does not possess a historical character. Emile Durkheim
Sociology seems to have missed every intellectually promising boat in the last half century. Pierre L Van Den Berghe
Sociology is thescience of talk, and there is onlyone law in sociology. Bad talk drives out good. Frank Knight
With sociology one can do anything and call it work. Malcolm Bradbury
Socialism is not a science, a sociology in miniature: it is a cry of pain. Emile Durkheim
The young cult of sociology, needing a language, invented one. There are many dead languages, but the sociologists' is the only language that was dead at birth. Russell Baker
One can't love humanity. One can only love people. Graham Greene
It is always of interest to know what strikes another human being as remarkable. Graham Greene
While economics is about how people make choice, sociology is about how they don't have any choice to make. Bertrand Russell
Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please. Karl Marx
A sociology for women would offer a knowledge of the social organisation & determinations of the properties & events of our directly experienced world. Dorothy Smith
Sociology is the science which has the most methods and the least results. Henri Poincare
Write about society as news and treat it like sociology. Clifton Daniel
Everyone of our relationships with nature and man must be a definite expression of our real, individual life. Karl Marx
Modern sociology is virtually an attempt to take up the larger program of social analysis and interpretation which was implicit in Adam Smith's moral philosophy, but which was suppressed for a century by prevailing interest in the technique of the production of wealth. Albion W. Small
Men are created different; they lose their social freedom and their individual autonomy in seeking to become like each other. David Riesman
Social media is less about technology and more about anthropology, sociology, and ethnography. Brian Solis
Sociology was born of the modern ardor to improve society. Albion Woodbury Small
Sociology, the guilty science, functions best by alarm. Hortense Calisher
Even at its most perceptive, sociology deals in abstractions. Richard Russo
Attempts to construct an ethic from the rules of evolution, or from psychology and sociology, end up being simply inadequate. Pope Benedict XVI
Happy is the people that is without history. And thrice is the people without sociology. Christopher Henry Dawson