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Civilization Quotes

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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


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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

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

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

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

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

The family is the nucleus of civilization.
- Will Durant

While civilization has been improving our houses,
it has not equally improved
the men who are to inhabit them.
It has created palaces, but it was
not so easy to create noblemen and kings.
- Henry David Thoreau

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

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

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

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

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

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

When humor goes, there goes civilization.
- Erma Bombeck

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

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

Education is the transmission of civilization.
- Ariel Durant

What has destroyed every previous civilization has
been the tendency to the unequal distribution of wealth and power.
- Henry George

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

The greatest task before civilization at present is
to make machines what they ought to be,
the slaves, instead of the masters of men.
- Henry Ellis

Tolerance is held to be a condition of mind which is encouraged by,
and is necessary for, civilization.
- Arthur Keith

The city is the nerve center of our civilization.
It is also the storm center.
- Josiah Strong

Ultimately, there is no compromise.
Westerners will either retain their civilization,
including the right to insult and blaspheme,
or not.
- Daniel Pipes

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

If civilization had been left in female hands we would
still be living in grass huts.
- Camille Paglia

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

Roman civilization had achieved, within the bounds of its technology,
relatively as great a mastery of time and space as we have achieved today.
- Arthur Erickson

I consider that there are different degrees of civilization
and there are many different ways of expressing it.
But one is civilized or is not.
- Flora Lewis

Civilization is a progress from an indefinite,
incoherent homogeneity toward a definite,
coherent heterogeneity.
- Herbert Spencer

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 is a failure.
We need to think what we can do together in love and peace.
- Serj Tankian

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

If men do not now succeed in abolishing war,
civilization and mankind are doomed.
- Ludwig von Mises

The history of our civilization has been one of intermittent war.
- John Boyd Orr

The contemporary form of true greatness lies in a civilization
founded on the spirituality of work.
- Simone Weil

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

Never had there been such an attempt to make conquest
the servant of civilization.
About keeping India there is no question.
England has a real duty there.
- Goldwin Smith

The ultimate tendency of civilization is towards barbarism.
- David Hare

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

Women know what men have long forgotten.
The ultimate economic and spiritual unit of any civilization is still the family.
- Clare Boothe Luce

In essence the Renaissance was simply the green end
of one of civilization's hardest winters.
- John Fowles

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

You can't leave civilization behind entirely.
- Dirk Benedict

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

Against the dark background of this contemporary civilization of well-being,
even the arts tend to mingle, to lose their identity.
- Eugenio Montale

Barbarism is needed every four or five hundred years
to bring the world back to life.
Otherwise it would die of civilization.
- Edmond de Goncourt

All civilization has from time to time become a thin
crust over a volcano of revolution.
- Henry Ellis

I think governments are the cancer of civilization.
- Chuck D. *q

Civilization is not a spontaneous generation with any
race or nation known to history,
but the torch to be handed down from race to race from age to age.
- Kelly Millar

Civilization is the order and freedom is promoting cultural activity.
- Will Durant

Imagination has brought mankind through the dark ages
to its present state of civilization.
Imagination led Columbus to discover America.
Imagination led Franklin to discover electricity.
- L. Frank Baum

Art is like a border of flowers along the course of civilization.
- Lincoln Steffens

History shows us that other highly developed forms
of civilization have collapsed.
Who knows whether the same fate does not await our own?
- Christian Lous Lange

Not a single piece of material culture -
not a single object -
has been found at Giza that can be interpreted to come
from a lost civilization.
- Zahi Hawass

It is only through books that we partake of the great
harvest that is human civilization across the ages.
- Ibrahim Babangida

I think God's going to come down and pull civilization over for speeding.
- Steven Wright

The first requisite of civilization is that of justice.
- Sigmund Freud

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

I believe that what we are fighting here is not just
a small group of people who have hijacked a religion,
but it is a civilization bent on destroying ours.
- Tom Tancredo

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

If there hadn't been women we'd still be squatting
in a cave eating raw meat,
because we made civilization in order to impress our girlfriends.
- Orson Welles

That is why I come forward tonight without any political label,
without any bias, but just simply as an Englishman to say to you:
a crime is being committed against civilization.
- John Amery

A slight daily unconscious luxury is hardly ever wanting
to the dwellers in civilization;
like the gentle air of a genial climate,
it is a perpetual minute enjoyment.
- Walter Bagehot


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