Civilization Quotes

The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.
Sigmund Freud
Vince lombardi - individual commitment to a group effort, that is...

The market is not an invention of capitalism. It has existed for centuries. It is an invention of civilization.
Mikhail Gorbachev, June 8, 1990
Will durant - civilization is a stream with banks. the stream...
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
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

Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.
Barbara Tuchman
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
Simplicity is the peak of civilization.
Jessie Sampte
The family is the nucleus of civilization.
William James Durant
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
If the aborigine drafted an IQ test, all of Western civilization would presumably flunk it.
Stanley Garn
Bertrand russell, conquest of happiness (1930) ch. 14 - to be able to fill leisure intelligently is the...
The true test of a civilization is not the census, nor the size of the cities, nor the crops? no, but the kind of man the country turns out.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Society and Solitude
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
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
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
Civilizations in decline are consistently characterised by a tendency towards standardization and uniformity.
Arnold Toynbee
The measuring rod of a civilization is the prosperity of the masses.
Albert & Emily Vail, Transforming Light (pg 254)
When humor goes, there goes civilization.
Erma Bombeck
Civilization is a movement and not a condition, a voyage and not a harbor.
Arnold Toynbee
Civilization is a slow process of adopting the ideas of minorities.
Anonymous
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
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
Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.
Ayn Rand
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)
The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.
Fyodor Dostoevsky
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 Will
I believe that truth is the glue that holds government together, not only our government but civilization itself.
Gerald R. Ford, Inaugural Address, 9 August 1974
The true law of the race is progress and development. Whatever civilization pauses in the march of conquest, it is overthrown by the barbarian.
Simms
It is better for civilization to be going down the drain than to be coming up it.
Henry Allen
What a time! What a civilization!
Cicero
People who cannot recognize a palpable absurdity are very much in the way of civilization.
Agnes Repplie
Civilization is a limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities.
Mark Twain
Civilization begins with order, grows with liberty, and dies with chaos.
Will Durant
Disinterested intellectual curiosity is the life blood of real civilization.
G. M. Trevelyan, English Social History (1942)
Civilization is built on a number of ultimate principles... respect for human life, the punishment of crimes against property and persons, the equality of all good citizens before the law... or, in a word justice.
Max Nordau
If it had not been for the discontent of a few fellows who had not been satisfied with their conditions, you would still be living in caves. Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization. Progress is born of agitation. It is agitation or stagnation.
Eugene V. Debs
Civilization is very much an immature and ongoing experiment, the success of which is by no means yet proven.
Colin Turnbull, anthropologist, The Human Cycle
Western civilization, unfortunately, does not link knowledge and morality but rather, it connects knowledge and power and makes them equivalent.
Vine Deloria