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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

When humor goes, there goes civilization.
- Erma Bombeck

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

 

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What I am more concerned about is whether our whole
civilization will be around in the next 25 years.
- Sonny Rollins

Civilization is maintained by a very few people in
a small number of places and we need only some bombs
and a few prisons to blot it out altogether.
- Cyril Connolly

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

Progress in civilization has been accompanied by progress in cookery.
- Fannie Farmer

Civilization is what makes you sick.
- Paul Gauguin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

George Bush doesn't represent any civilization!
- George Galloway

On a group of theories one can found a school;
but on a group of values one can found a culture,
a civilization, a new way of living together among men.
- Ignazio Silone

Americans' great and secret fear is that America may
turn out to be a phenomenon rather than a civilization.
- Shirley Hazzard

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

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

Mankind is not likely to salvage civilization unless
he can evolve a system of good and evil which is independent of heaven and hell.
- George Orwell

Next to the striking of fire and the discovery of the wheel,
the greatest triumph of what we call civilization was
the domestication of the human male.
- Max Lerner

If civilization has risen from the Stone Age,
it can rise again from the Wastepaper Age.
- Jacques Barzun

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

God isn't compatible with machinery and scientific
medicine and universal happiness.
You must make your choice.
Our civilization has chosen machinery and medicine and happiness.
- Aldous Huxley

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

We will never have true civilization until we have
learned to recognize the rights of others.
- Will Rogers

The age in which we live can only be characterized as one of barbarism.
Our civilization is in the process not only of being militarized,
but also being brutalized.
- Alva Myrdal

If the views I have expressed be right,
we can think of our civilization evolving with the
growth of knowledge from small wandering tribes to large settled law.
- John Boyd Orr

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

The slum is the measure of civilization.
- Jacob Riis

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

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

Surely the only sound foundation for a civilization
is a sound state of mind.
- E. M. Forster

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

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

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

Our civilization has evolved through the continuous
adjustment of society to the stimulus of new knowledge.
- John Boyd Orr

Capitalism inevitably and by virtue of the very logic
of its civilization creates,
educates and subsidizes a vested interest in social unrest.
- Joseph A. Schumpeter

The moment you give up your principles,
and your values, you are dead, your culture is dead,
your civilization is dead.
Period.
- Oriana Fallaci

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

The love of domination and an uncontrolled lust of
arbitrary power have prevailed among all nations and
perhaps in proportion to the degrees of civilization.
- Mercy Otis Warren

Chastity is the cement of civilization and progress.
Without it there is no stability in society,
and without it one cannot attain the Science of Life.
- Mary Baker Eddy

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

I have seen the science I worshiped,
and the aircraft I loved,
destroying the civilization I expected them to serve.
- Charles Lindbergh

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

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

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

In the cold, shivering twilight, preceding the daybreak of civilization,
the dominating emotion of man was fear.
- Paul Harris

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


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