Civilization Quotes

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)
Herbert butterfield - but the greatest menace to our civilization today...

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
Ralph waldo emerson - the end of the human race will be that it will...
The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.
Fyodor Dostoevsky
It is the first step of wisdom to recognize that the major advances in civilization are processes which all but wreck the society in which they occur.
George Whitehead

Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.
Ayn Rand
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
Civilization is a limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities.
Mark Twain
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
Real freedom lies in wildness, not in civilization.
Charles Lindbergh
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
Will durant - civilization is a stream with banks. the stream...
It is better for civilization to be going down the drain than to be coming up it.
Henry Allen
Underlying the whole scheme of civilization is the confidence men have in each other, confidence in their integrity, confidence in their honesty, confidence in their future.
Bourke Cockran
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
Civilization begins with order, grows with liberty, and dies with chaos.
Will Durant
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
One of the indictments of civilizations is that happiness and intelligence are so rarely found in the same person.
William Feathe
Civilization is a progress from an indefinite, incoherent homogeneity toward a definite, coherent heterogeneity.
Herbert Spence
Science has done more for the development of western civilization in one hundred years than Christianity did in eighteen hundred years.
John Burroughs
Simplicity is the peak of civilization.
Jessie Sampte
Ideas are the factors that lift civilization. They create revolutions. There is more dynamite in an idea than in many bombs.
Bishop Vincent
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
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
Man lowers his head and lunges into civilization, forgetting the days of his infancy when he sought truth in a snowflake or a stick. Man forgets the wisdom of the child.
Jack Kerouac
Civilization is the distance man has placed between himself and his excreta.
Brian Aldiss
Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice.
Will Durant
The family is the nucleus of civilization.
William James Durant
The first human being who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.
Sigmund Freud, (Attributed)
People who cannot recognize a palpable absurdity are very much in the way of civilization.
Agnes Repplie
What a time! What a civilization!
Cicero
Individual commitment to a group effort - That is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.
Vince Lombardi
Civilization is a slow process of adopting the ideas of minorities.
Anonymous
Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.
Barbara Tuchman
Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder.
Arnold Toynbee
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 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. I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business.
Henry David Thoreau
Every civilization that has ever existed has ultimately collapsed.
Henry Kissinge