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Thomas Bailey Aldrich Quotes and Sayings

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Civilization is the lamb's skin in which barbarism masquerades.
- Thomas Bailey Aldrich

There must be such a thing as a child with average ability,
but you can't find a parent who will admit that it is his child.
- Thomas Bailey Aldrich

I like to have a thing suggested rather than told in full.
When every detail is given, the mind rests satisfied,
and the imagination loses the desire to use its own wings.
- Thomas Bailey Aldrich

No bird has ever uttered note That was not in some first bird's throat;
Since Eden's freshness and man's fall No rose has been original.
- Thomas Bailey Aldrich

 

True art selects and paraphrases, but seldom gives a verbatim translation.
- Thomas Bailey Aldrich

The ocean moans over dead men's bones.
- Thomas Bailey Aldrich

They fail, and they alone, who have not striven.
- Thomas Bailey Aldrich

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The man who suspects his own tediousness is yet to be born.
- Thomas Bailey Aldrich

A man is known by the company his mind keeps.
- Thomas Bailey Aldrich

What is lovely never dies, put passes into other loveliness.
- Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Books that have become classics - books that have had
their day and now get more praise than perusal -
always remind me of retired colonels and majors and captains who,
having reached the age limit, find themselves retired on half pay.
- Thomas Bailey Aldrich

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

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

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

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

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 family is the nucleus of civilization.
- Will Durant

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The true law of the race is progress and development.
Whenever civilization pauses in the march of conquest,
it is overthrown by the barbarian.
- William Gilmore Simms

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

Barbarians always think of themselves as the bringers of civilization.
- Pierre Schaeffer

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

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

The disease of mutual distrust among nations is the
bane of modern civilization.
- Franz Boas

Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote.
The relative positions to be assumed by man and woman
in the working out of our civilization were assigned
long ago by a higher intelligence than ours.
- Grover Cleveland

As civilization advances, poetry almost necessarily declines.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

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

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

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

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

And we owe science to the combined energies of individual men of genius,
rather than to any tendency to progress inherent in civilization.
- Chauncey Wright

No university in the world has ever risen to greatness
without a correspondingly great library...
When this is no longer true, then will our civilization have come to an end.
- Lawrence Clark Powell

The market is not an invention of capitalism.
It has existed for centuries.
It is an invention of civilization.
- Mikhail Gorbachev

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

One of the tests of the civilization of people is the
treatment of its criminals.
- Rutherford B. Hayes

A modern civilization is only possible when it is accepted
that singular beings exist and express themselves freely.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

Speech is civilization itself.
- Thomas Mann

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

A civilized man is one who will give a serious answer to a serious question.
Civilization itself is a certain sane balance of values.
- Ezra Pound

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

It has been well said that tea is suggestive of a thousand wants,
from which spring the decencies and luxuries of civilization.
- Agnes Repplier

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

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

The story of civilization is, in a sense,
the story of engineering - that long and arduous struggle
to make the forces of nature work for man's good.
- L. Sprague de Camp

Our civilization is now in the transition stage between
the age of warring empires and a new age of world unity and peace.
- John Boyd Orr

The two World Wars came in part, like much modern literature and art,
because men, whose nature is to tire of everything in turn...
tired of common sense and civilization.
- F. L. Lucas

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

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

Everything around a writer, or musician in the record business,
probably everything in all the United States or in
all of western civilization,
is about competition.
- T-Bone Burnett

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

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

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

A German immersed in any civilization different from
his own loses a weight equivalent in volume to the
amount of intelligence he displaces.
- Jose Bergamin

The next war...
may well bury Western civilization forever.
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

It is just because civilization is ever evolving,
changing, and becoming more complicated,
that experts find it so difficult to define it in explicit terms.
- Arthur Keith

If any civilization is to survive, it is the morality
of altruism that men have to reject.
- Ayn Rand

All over the world the wildlife that I write about is in grave danger.
It is being exterminated by what we call the progress of civilization.
- Gerald Durrell

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


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