Civilization Quotes

Civilization is unbearable, but it is less unbearable at the top.
Timothy Leary
Ignazio silone - on a group of theories one can found a school;...

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
Simms - the true law of the race is progress and...
The more rapidly a civilization progresses, the sooner it dies for another to rise in its place.
Havelock Ellis, The Dance of Life
The whole history of civilization is strewn with creeds and institutions which were invaluable at first, and deadly afterwards.
Walter Bagehot

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 method of living, an attitude of equal respect for all men.
Jane Addams, Speech, Honolulu (1933)
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 advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking about them.
Alfred North Whitehead, Introduction to Mathematics (1911)
To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization.
Arnold Toynbee
Simplicity is the peak of civilization.
Jessie Sampte
Oliver wendell holmes - taxes are the price we pay for civilization....
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
The civilization of one epoch becomes the manure of the next.
Cyril Connolly
The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.
Fyodor Dostoevsky
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
One of the indictments of civilizations is that happiness and intelligence are so rarely found in the same person.
William Feathe
Civilization is a limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities.
Mark Twain
The first human being who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.
Sigmund Freud, (Attributed)
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
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 is a progress from an indefinite, incoherent homogeneity toward a definite, coherent heterogeneity.
Herbert Spence
Civilization is a slow process of adopting the ideas of minorities.
The family is the nucleus of civilization.
William James Durant
Every civilization that has ever existed has ultimately collapsed.
Henry Kissinge
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 a transient sickness.
Robinson Jeffers
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 very much an immature and ongoing experiment, the success of which is by no means yet proven.
Colin Turnbull, anthropologist, The Human Cycle
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
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
Early civilizations complained about still earlier ones, much as we do about both.
Author Unknown
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
Clearly, a civilization that feels guilty for everything it is and does will lack the energy and conviction to defend itself.
Jean Francois Revel
People who cannot recognize a palpable absurdity are very much in the way of civilization.
Agnes Repplie
When humor goes, there goes civilization.
Erma Bombeck
Real freedom lies in wildness, not in civilization.
Charles Lindbergh
Civilization has been thrust upon me... and it has not added one whit to my love for truth, honesty, and generosity.
Luther Standing Bea