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Georges Bernanos Quotes and Sayings

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Civilization exists precisely so that there may be
no masses but rather men alert enough never to constitute masses.
- Georges Bernanos

It is the perpetual dread of fear, the fear of fear,
that shapes the face of a brave man.
- Georges Bernanos

It's a fine thing to rise above pride,
but you must have pride in order to do so.
- Georges Bernanos

The first sign of corruption in a society that is still
alive is that the end justifies the means.
- Georges Bernanos

 

The wish to pray is a prayer in itself.
God can ask no more than that of us.
- Georges Bernanos

Hell, madam, is to love no longer.
- Georges Bernanos

Who are you to condemn another's sin? He who condemns sin becomes part of it,
espouses it.
- Georges Bernanos

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No one ever discovers the depths of his own loneliness.
- Georges Bernanos

Little things seem nothing, but they give peace,
like those meadow flowers which individually seem odorless
but all together perfume the air.
- Georges Bernanos

The modern state no longer has anything but rights;
it does not recognize duties any more.
- Georges Bernanos

A poor man with nothing in his belly needs hope,
illusion, more than bread.
- Georges Bernanos

Hope is a risk that must be run.
- Georges Bernanos

Faith is not a thing which one "loses,"
we merely cease to shape our lives by it.
- Georges Bernanos

A thought which does not result in an action is nothing much,
and an action which does not proceed from a thought is nothing at all.
- Georges Bernanos

Truth is meant to save you first, and the comfort comes afterward.
- Georges Bernanos

What does the truth matter? Haven't we mothers all
given our sons a taste for lies,
lies which from the cradle upwards lull them,
reassure them, send them to sleep: lies as soft and warm as a breast!
- Georges Bernanos

Purity is not imposed upon us as though it were a kind of punishment,
it is one of those mysterious but obvious conditions
of that supernatural knowledge of ourselves in the Divine,
which we speak of as faith.
Impurity does not destroy this knowledge,
it slays our need for it.
- Georges Bernanos

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

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

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

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

The family is the nucleus of civilization.
- Will Durant

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If we cannot by reason, by influence,
by example, by strenuous effort, and by personal sacrifice,
mend the bad places of civilization,
we certainly cannot do it by force.
- Auberon Herbert

The exact measure of the progress of civilization is
the degree in which the intelligence of the common
mind has prevailed over wealth and brute force.
- George Bancroft

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

If history could teach us anything, it would be that
private property is inextricably linked with civilization.
- Ludwig von Mises

The world had already changed before September 11.
The world has been going through a process of change
over the last 20 or 30 years.
A civilization ends, another one begins.
- Jose Saramago

Civilization is the distance man has placed between himself and his excreta.
- Brian Aldiss

Peace on earth would mean the end of civilization as we know it.
- Joseph Heller

Christianity is the enemy of liberty and civilization.
- August Bebel

America may be unique in being a country which has
leapt from barbarism to decadence without touching civilization.
- John O'Hara

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

If a test of civilization be sought,
none can be so sure as the condition of that half of
society over which the other half has power.
- Harriet Martineau

From first to last the civilization of America has
been bound up with its physical environment.
- Ellsworth Huntington

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 and profit go hand in hand.
- Calvin Coolidge

The destiny of world civilization depends upon providing
a decent standard of living for all mankind.
- Norman Borlaug

Give me civilization.
I don't want to be pampered.
- Jennifer Esposito

Human civilization is not something achieved against nature;
it is rather the outcome of the working of the innate qualities of man.
- Ludwig von Mises

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

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

The best security for civilization is the dwelling,
and upon properly appointed and becoming dwellings depends,
more than anything else, the improvement of mankind.
- Benjamin Disraeli

In our civilization, and under our republican form of government,
intelligence is so highly honored that it is rewarded
by exemption from the cares of office.
- Ambrose Bierce

Beware how you trifle with your marvelous inheritance,
this great land of ordered liberty, for if we stumble and fall,
freedom and civilization everywhere will go down in ruin.
- Henry Cabot Lodge

Civilization is a method of living, an attitude of
equal respect for all men.
- Jane Addams

It's too hard a life for me.
I could only do it - check out in that sense -
if I checked out somewhere that was luxurious and within
hailing distance of civilization.
- Derek Jacobi

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

If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the
science of human relationships -
the ability of all peoples,
of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

To the present writer a careful study of the facts
now available seems to leave no doubt that civilization
was born at the southeast corner of the Mediterranean.
- James H. Breasted

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

Back through the ages of barbarism and civilization,
in all tongues, we find this instinctive pleasure in
the imitative action that is the very essence of all drama.
- George P. Baker

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

The vast upheaval of the World War set in motion forces
that will either destroy civilization or raise mankind
to undreamed of heights of human welfare and prosperity.
- Arthur Henderson

The greatest advances of civilization,
whether in architecture or painting,
in science and literature,
in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government.
- Milton Friedman

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


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