Civilization Quotes

Having a thirteen - Year - Old in the family is like having a general - Admission ticket to the movies, radio and TV. You get to understand that the glittering new arts of our civilization are directed to the teen - Agers, and by their suffrage they stand or fall.
Max Lerne
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Civilizations in decline are consistently characterised by a tendency towards standardization and uniformity.
Arnold Toynbee
Luther standing bea - civilization has been thrust upon me... and it...
If the aborigine drafted an IQ test, all of Western civilization would presumably flunk it.
Stanley Garn
The market is not an invention of capitalism. It has existed for centuries. It is an invention of civilization.
Mikhail Gorbachev, June 8, 1990

One of the indictments of civilizations is that happiness and intelligence are so rarely found in the same person.
William Feathe
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
Civilization is a progress from an indefinite, incoherent homogeneity toward a definite, coherent heterogeneity.
Herbert Spence
Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.
Barbara Tuchman
Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking about them.
Alfred North Whitehead, Introduction to Mathematics (1911)
Western civilization, unfortunately, does not link knowledge and morality but rather, it connects knowledge and power and makes them equivalent.
Vine Deloria
Vince lombardi - individual commitment to a group effort - that is...
Civilization is a stream with banks. The stream is sometimes filled with blood from people killing, stealing, shouting and doing the things historians usually record, while on the banks, unnoticed, people build homes, make love, raise children, sing song.
Will Durant
Taxes are the price we pay for civilization.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization.
Georges Clemenceau
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 begins with order, grows with liberty, and dies with chaos.
Will Durant
Individual commitment to a group effort, that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.
Vince Lombardi
Early civilizations complained about still earlier ones, much as we do about both.
Author Unknown
The artist should be a seeing - Eye dog for a myopic civilization.
Jacob Getlar Smith
The thin and precarious crust of decency is all that separates any civilization, however impressive, from the hell of anarchy or systematic tyranny which lie in wait beneath the surface.
Aldous Huxley
Civilization is unbearable, but it is less unbearable at the top.
Timothy Leary
The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.
Fyodor Dostoevsky
Civilization is a limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities.
Mark Twain
Real freedom lies in wildness, not in civilization.
Charles Lindbergh
To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization, and at present very few people have reached this level.
Bertrand Russell, Conquest of Happiness (1930) ch. 14
What a time! What a civilization!
Civilization is the art of living in towns of such size the everyone does not know everyone else.
Julian Jaynes, "The Origin of Consciousness".
The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.
Sigmund Freud
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
Civilization is a slow process of adopting the ideas of minorities.
The fact is, that civilization requires slaves. The Greeks were quite right there. Unless there are slaves to do the ugly, horrible, uninteresting work, culture, and contemplation become almost impossible. Human slavery is wrong, insecure, and demoralizing. On mechanical slavery, on the slavery of the machine, the future of the world depends.
Oscar Wilde
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 might be killed, but enough men capable of thinking, and enough books, would be left to start again, and civilization could be restored.
Albert Einstein
One of the great dreams of man must be to find some place between the extremes of nature and civilization where it is possible to live without regret.
Barry Lopez
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)
Ideas are the factors that lift civilization. They create revolutions. There is more dynamite in an idea than in many bombs.
Bishop Vincent
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
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
Science has done more for the development of western civilization in one hundred years than Christianity did in eighteen hundred years.
John Burroughs