Civilization Quotes

Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking about them.
Alfred North Whitehead, Introduction to Mathematics (1911)
Agnes repplie - people who cannot recognize a palpable absurdity...

If the aborigine drafted an IQ test, all of Western civilization would presumably flunk it.
Stanley Garn
Jane addams, speech, honolulu (1933) - civilization is a method of living, an attitude...
The true civilization is where every man gives to every other every right that he claims for himself.
Robert Ingersoll
The whole history of civilization is strewn with creeds and institutions which were invaluable at first, and deadly afterwards.
Walter Bagehot

Humanity faces a quantum leap forward. It faces the deepest social upheaval and creative restructuring of all time. Without clearly recognizing it, we are engaged in building a remarkable new civilization from the ground up. This is the meaning of the Third Wave.
Alvin Toffle
It is not too strong a statement to declare that this is the way civilizations begin to die... None of us has the right to suppose it cannot happen here.
Richard Milhous Nixon
Simplicity is the peak of civilization.
Jessie Sampte
Early civilizations complained about still earlier ones, much as we do about both.
Author Unknown
Civilization is a transient sickness.
Robinson Jeffers
One of the indictments of civilizations is that happiness and intelligence are so rarely found in the same person.
William Feathe
Henry kissinge - every civilization that has ever existed has...
Anglo - Saxon civilization has taught the individual to protect his own rights American civilization will teach him to respect the rights of others.
William Jennings Bryan
I have seen the science I worshipped, and the aircraft I loved, destroying the civilization I expected them to serve.
Charles Lindbergh, Toronto Globe and Mail newspaper (letter to the editor)
Civilization is the distance man has placed between himself and his excreta.
Brian Aldiss
Civilization begins with order, grows with liberty, and dies with chaos.
Will Durant
It was the Law of the Sea, they said. Civilization ends at the waterline. Beyond that, we all enter the food chain, and not always right at the top.
Hunter S. Thompson
When vultures watching your civilization begin dropping dead, it is time to pause and wonder.
David Browe
The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.
Sigmund Freud
Remember Things in life will not always run smoothly. Sometimes we will be rising toward the heights - Then all will seem to reverse itself and start downward. The great fact to remember is that the trend of civilization itself is forever upward, that a line drawn through the middle of the peaks and the valleys of the centuries always has an upward trend.
Endicott Peabody
Civilization has been thrust upon me... and it has not added one whit to my love for truth, honesty, and generosity.
Luther Standing Bea
Civilization is a limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessaries.
Mark Twain
The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.
Fyodor Dostoevsky
Noble life demands a noble architecture for noble uses of noble men. Lack of culture means what it has always meant ignoble civilization and therefore imminent downfall.
Frank Lloyd Wright
But the greatest menace to our civilization today is the conflict between giant organized systems of self - Righteousness - - Each system only too delighted to find that the other is wicked - - Each only too glad that the sins give it the pretext for still deeper hatred and animosity.
Herbert Butterfield
Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice.
Will Durant
The civilization of one epoch becomes the manure of the next.
Cyril Connolly
The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
In the highest civilization, the book is still the highest delight. He who has once known its satisfactions is provided with a resource against calamity.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Letters and Social Aims: Quotation and Originality, 1876
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
It is so stupid of modern civilization to have given up believing in the devil when he is the only explanation of it.
Ronald Knox
We know next to nothing about virtually everything. It is not necessary to know the origin of the universe; it is necessary to want to know. Civilization depends not on any particular knowledge, but on the disposition to crave knowledge.
George F. Will
Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.
Barbara Tuchman
A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft - Minded men purchases its own spiritual death on an installment plan.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Civilization is a progress from an indefinite, incoherent homogeneity toward a definite, coherent heterogeneity.
Herbert Spence
Western civilization, unfortunately, does not link knowledge and morality but rather, it connects knowledge and power and makes them equivalent.
Vine Deloria
The basic problem is that our civilization, which is a civilization of machines, can teach man everything except how to be a man.
Andre Malraux
The family is the nucleus of civilization.
William James Durant
If you will protest courageously, and yet with dignity and Christian love, when the history books are written in future generations, the historians will have to pause and say, There lived a great people - A black people - who injected new meaning and dignity into the veins of civilization.
Martin Luther King, Jr.