Skip To Content

    10 Nonconformists On How They Changed The World

    Keeping it real is a full-time job. Inspired by this thread on Quora.

    1. Oscar Wilde, a writer and merciless wit of (mostly) the 19th century.

    Napoleon Sarony / Library of Congress

    Quotation from Oscar Wilde: The Major Works

    (From Quora)

    2. Maya Angelou, a writer who lays her sorrows bare.

    3. Noam Chomsky, who challenged accepted ideas of linguistic theory.

    4. bell hooks, an activist and scholar who does not accept the status quo.

    drc.denison.edu / Creative Commons

    Quotation from Feminism Is for Everybody

    5. Louise Erdrich, a Native American writer who wrote in her debut novel that right and wrong "were shades of meaning, not sides of a coin."

    6. Salvador Dalí, a painter, here answering a question about why he drove in a car filled with cauliflower.

    7. Simone de Beauvoir, a 20th century feminist theorist who rejected norms of "womanhood."

    Flickr: 53035820@N02

    Quotation from The Second Sex, quoted in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

    8. Lenny Bruce, a comedian whose obscene act paved the way for comedians' freedom of speech.

    Quotation from this interview

    (From Quora)

    9. Aung San Suu Kyi, a Burmese activist and former political prisoner.

    10. Frida Kahlo, a painter who defies classification.

    BuzzFeed Daily

    Keep up with the latest daily buzz with the BuzzFeed Daily newsletter!

    Newsletter signup form