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Arnold J. Toynbee Quotes

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Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

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The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

Civilization is a movement and not a condition,
a voyage and not a harbor.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

History is a vision of God's creation on the move.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

 

To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

A life which does not go into action is a failure.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

I can not think of any circumstances in which advertising would not be an evil.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

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Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

A city that outdistances man's walking powers is a trap for man.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

The equation of religion with belief is rather recent.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

Sooner or later, man has always had to decide whether
he worships his own power or the power of God.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

The human race's prospects of survival were considerably
better when we were defenceless against tigers than
they are today when we have become defenceless against ourselves.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

The immense cities lie basking on the beaches of the
continent like whales that have taken to the land.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

America is a large friendly dog in a small room.
Every time it wags its tail it knocks over a chair.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm,
and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things:
first,
an ideal, with takes the imagination by storm,
and second, a definite intelligible plan for carrying
that ideal into practice.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

As human beings, we are endowed with freedom of choice,
and we cannot shuffle off our responsibility upon the
shoulders of God or nature.
We must shoulder it ourselves.
It is our responsibility.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

The extinction of race consciousness as between Muslims
is one of the outstanding achievements of Islam,
and in the contemporary world there is,
as it happens, a crying need for the propagation of this Islamic virtue.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

History not used is nothing, for all intellectual life is action,
like practical life, and if you don't use the stuff well,
it might as well be dead.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

Of the twenty-two civilizations that have appeared in history,
nineteen of them collapsed when they reached the moral
state the United States is in now.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

It is a paradoxical but profoundly true and important
principle of life that the most likely way to reach
a goal is to be aiming not at that goal itself but
at some more ambitious goal beyond it.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

I do not believe that civilizations have to die because
civilization is not an organism.
It is a product of wills.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

There can be no transforming of darkness into light
and of apathy into movement without emotion.
- Carl Jung

We may have found a cure for most evils;
but we have found no remedy for the worst of them all,
the apathy of human beings.
- Helen Keller

Apathy is a sort of living oblivion.
- Horace Greeley

The price of apathy towards public affairs
is to be ruled by evil men.
- Plato

Is it ignorance or apathy?
Hey, I don't know and I don't care.
- Jimmy Buffett

Science may have found a cure for most evils;
but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all -
the apathy of human beings.
- Helen Keller

People have moved beyond apathy, beyond skepticism into deep cynicism.
- Elliot Richardson

I was faced more with apathy than opposition.
- Adrian Cronauer

Persecution was at least a sign of personal interest.
Tolerance is composed of nine parts of apathy to one of brotherly love.
- Frank Moore Colby

Man watches his history on the screen with apathy and
an occasional passing flicker of horror or indignation.
- Conor Cruise O'Brien

Slums may well be breeding grounds of crime,
but middle class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.
- Cyril Connolly

I think worrying things are going on in England -
a real apathy.
- Alan Rickman

The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous
to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy.
- Charles de Montesquieu

Tolerance it a tremendous virtue, but the immediate
neighbors of tolerance are apathy and weakness.
- James Goldsmith

HIV infection and AIDS is growing - but so too is public apathy.
We have already lost too many friends and colleagues.
- David Geffen

The apathy of the people is enough to make every statue
leap from its pedestal and hasten the resurrection of the dead.
- William Lloyd Garrison

Apathy, indifference, not caring...
It may sound insensitive for me to say, "I don't care,"
but ask first to what I am indifferent.
I choose to be caring, compassionate
and kind toward all people,
and I also choose to be indifferent to gossip,
petty complaints, and idle chatter.
About those, I just don't care.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Is sloppiness in speech caused by ignorance or apathy?
I don't know and I don't care.
- William Safire

Willpower is the key to success.
Successful people strive no matter what they feel by
applying their will to overcome apathy,
doubt or fear.
- Dan Millman

Harold Wilson is going around the country stirring up apathy.
- William Whitelaw

In communications, familiarity breeds apathy.
- William Bernbach

The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush.
It will be a slow extinction from apathy,
indifference, and undernourishment.
- Robert M. Hutchins

Hate is not the opposite of love; apathy is.
- Rollo May

I have a very strong feeling that the opposite of love is not hate -
it's apathy.
It's not giving a damn.
- Leo Buscaglia

When too many Americans don't vote or participate,
some see apathy and despair.
I see disappointment and even outrage.
And I believe that out of this frustration can come hope and action.
- Paul Wellstone

Clouds come floating into my life,
no longer to carry rain or usher storm,
but to add color to my sunset sky.
- Rabindranath Tagore

He who can no longer pause to wonder
and stand rapt in awe,
is as good as dead;
his eyes are closed.
- Albert Einstein

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

If we have no peace,
it is because we have forgotten
that we belong to each other.
- Mother Teresa

I leave no trace of wings in the air,
but I am glad I have had my flight.
- Rabindranath Tagore

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
- Anne Bradstreet

Without change, there would be no butterflies.
- Anonymous

I say NO to the demands of the world.
I say YES to the longings of my own heart.
There is nothing I ever need to have.
There is nothing I ever need to do.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Say NO to the demands of the world.
Say YES to the longings of your own heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do not let Sunday be taken from you.
If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.
- Albert Schweitzer

See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil.
- Japanese pictorial maxim (the Three Wise Monkeys)

Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Laugh.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
We give our own meaning to time as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

When people get caught up with that which is right
and they are willing to sacrifice for it,
there is no stopping point short of victory.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

No one was ever named "Hero" for following the crowd.
Heroes set their own course.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Through humor, you can soften some
of the worst blows that life delivers.
And once you find laughter,
no matter how painful your situation might be,
you can survive it.
- Bill Cosby

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.
No one can eliminate prejudices -
just recognize them.
- Edward R. Murrow

If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need
but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?
- 1 John 3:17

There are no facts, only interpretations.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

There are no small acts of kindness.
Every compassionate act makes large the world.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Travelers, there is no path.
Paths are made by walking.
- Antonio Machado

Do not blame the thistle that you see no beauty.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Courage is doing what you're afraid to do.
There can be no courage unless you're scared.
- Eddie Rickenbacker


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