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Civilization Quotes

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Without adventure civilization is in full decay.
- Alfred North Whitehead

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Civilization had too many rules for me,
so I did my best to rewrite them.
- Bill Cosby

A nation or civilization that
continues to produce soft-minded men
purchases its own spiritual death
on the installment plan.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The end of the human race will be that
it will eventually die of civilization.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Inventor: A person who makes an ingenious arrangement of wheels,
levers and springs, and believes it civilization.
- Ambrose Bierce

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

If a nation expects to be ignorant and free,
in a state of civilization,
it expects what never was and never will be.
- Thomas Jefferson

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When humor goes, there goes civilization.
- Erma Bombeck

Civilization advances by extending the number of important
operations which we can perform without thinking of them.
- Alfred North Whitehead

I have thought a sufficient measure of civilization
is the influence of good women.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

You can't say civilization don't advance...
in every war they kill you in a new way.
- Will Rogers

The family is the nucleus of civilization.
- Will Durant

We've arranged a civilization in which most crucial
elements profoundly depend on science and technology.
- Carl Sagan

Nothing can be more abhorrent to democracy
than to imprison a person
or keep him in prison because he is unpopular.
This is really the test of civilization.
- Winston Churchill

What do I think of Western civilization?
I think it would be a very good idea.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

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

We will create a civilization of the Mind in Cyberspace.
May it be more humane and fair than the world your
governments have made before.
- John Perry Barlow

Civilization as it is known today could not have evolved,
nor can it survive, without an adequate food supply.
- Norman Borlaug

Civilization is unbearable, but it is less unbearable at the top.
- Timothy Leary

It is not possible for civilization to
flow backwards while there is youth in the world.
Youth may be headstrong,
but it will advance its allotted length.
- Helen Keller

To walk through the ruined cities of Germany is to
feel an actual doubt about the continuity of civilization.
- George Orwell

Lack of culture means what it has always meant:
ignoble civilization and therefore imminent downfall.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

I do not believe that civilization will be wiped out
in a war fought with the atomic bomb.
Perhaps two-thirds of the people of the earth will be killed.
- Albert Einstein

This freedom of political discussion on the highest
level is something which Western civilization has in
common with that of classical antiquity,
but with no other.
- Christopher Dawson

Civilization is hideously fragile and there's not much
between us and the horrors underneath,
just about a coat of varnish.
- Carrie P. Snow

Civilization is merely an advance in taste:
accepting,
all the time, nicer things, and rejecting nasty ones.
- Katharine Fullerton Gerould

The slum is the measure of civilization.
- Jacob Riis

If the battle for civilization comes down to the wimps versus the barbarians,
the barbarians are going to win.
- Thomas Sowell

Good God, if our civilization were to sober up for
a couple of days it'd die of remorse on the third.
- Malcolm Lowry

Well, we can't afford blindness anymore.
There are tens of thousands of thugs who loathe liberty and love death,
and want to annihilate Western civilization.
- Tony Snow

Our civilization is still in a middle stage,
scarcely beast, in that it is no longer wholly guided by instinct;
scarcely human,
in that it is not yet wholly guided by reason.
- Theodore Dreiser

Culture is the tacit agreement to let the means of
subsistence disappear behind the purpose of existence.
Civilization is the subordination of the latter to the former.
- Karl Kraus

I don't believe civilization can do a lot more than
educate a person's senses.
- Grace Paley

Yet, history has shown that if material force can defeat
some ideologies it can no longer obliterate a civilization
without destabilizing the whole planet.
- Abdelaziz Bouteflika

The more the history of the World War and what led up to it is studied,
the more clearly those tragic years become revealed
as a vast collapse of civilization.
- Arthur Henderson

Civilization is a conspiracy.
Modern life is the silent compact of comfortable folk to keep up pretences.
- John Buchan

Civilization consists in the multiplication and refinement of human wants.
- Robert Millikan

I have increasingly, over the years,
felt that religion today does our civilization more harm than good.
- Mary Douglas

A civilization which leaves so large a number of its
participants unsatisfied and drives them into revolt
neither has nor deserves the prospect of a lasting existence.
- Sigmund Freud

Sex appeal is the keynote of our civilization.
- Henri Bergson

The writer in western civilization has become not a voice of his tribe,
but of his individuality.
This is a very narrow-minded situation.
- Aharon Appelfeld

China is a civilization pretending to be a nation.
- Michael Ledeen

If you are not prepared to use force to defend civilization,
then be prepared to accept barbarism.
- Thomas Sowell

We may be sure that out of the ruins of our capitalist
civilization a new religion will emerge,
just as Christianity emerged from the ruins of the Roman civilization.
- Herbert Read

Civilization...
wrecks the planet from seafloor to stratosphere.
- Richard Bach

Individual commitment to a group effort -
that is what makes a team work,
a company work, a society work, a civilization work.
- Vince Lombardi

But you have to understand, my beard is so nasty.
I mean, it's the only beard in the history of Western
civilization that makes Bob Dylan's beard look good.
- Bill Walton

There is a single thread of attitude,
a single direction of flow, that joins our present
time to its early burgeoning in Mediterranean civilization.
- Arthur Erickson

I am especially grateful, however, to have known the fifties,
before we began to poison our own civilization -
or at least before the effects of the poison began to be felt.
- Orson Scott Card

Civilization is a youth with a molotov cocktail in his hand.
Culture is the Soviet tank or L.A.
cop that guns him down.
- Edward Abbey

Has it struck you that the music which is regarded
as the most sublime in western civilization,
which is the music of Bach, is called baroque?
- Pierre Schaeffer

Science has done more for the development of western
civilization in one hundred years than Christianity
did in eighteen hundred years.
- John Burroughs

A lot of people thought of me as a threat to Western civilization.
- John Milius

We may get to the point where the only way of saving
the world will be for industrial civilization to collapse.
- Maurice Strong

The contribution of Islam to history and modern civilization
is the product of the efforts of peoples of many races
and tongues which came to accept its way of life.
- Aly Khan

Probably, no nation is rich enough to pay for both war and civilization.
We must make our choice; we cannot have both.
- Abraham Flexner

Civilization rests on the fact that most people do
the right thing most of the time.
- Dean Koontz

It is impossible to overlook the extent to which civilization
is built upon a renunciation of instinct.
- Sigmund Freud

A pioneer destroys things and calls it civilization.
- Charles Marion Russell

New York...
when civilization falls apart, remember,
we were way ahead of you.
- David Letterman

When urbanity decays, civilization suffers and decays with it.
- James Norman Hall

Western civilization, unfortunately,
does not link knowledge and morality but rather,
it connects knowledge and power and makes them equivalent.
- Vine Deloria, Jr.

The city has become a serious menace to our civilization...
It has a peculiar attraction for the immigrant.
- Josiah Strong

Classes struggle, some classes triumph,
others are eliminated.
Such is history; such is the history of civilization for thousands of years.
- Mao Zedong

A civilization is built on what is required of men,
not on that which is provided for them.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

A civilization that only looks inward will stagnate.
We have to keep looking outward; we have to keep finding
new avenues for human endeavor and human expression.
- John L. Phillips

Cities have always been the fireplaces of civilization,
whence light and heat radiated out into the dark.
- Theodore Parker

The Lincoln Memorial is related to the toga
and the civilization that wore it.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

We believe that civilization has been created under
the pressure of the exigencies of life at the cost
of satisfaction of the instincts.
- Sigmund Freud

Human rights is a universal standard.
It is a component of every religion and every civilization.
- Shirin Ebadi

When the French nation gradually came into existence
among the ruins of the Roman civilization in Gaul,
a new language was at the same time slowly evolved.
- Lytton Strachey


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