Civilization Quotes

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
Fyodor dostoevsky - the degree of civilization in a society can be...

Civilization is a movement and not a condition, a voyage and not a harbor.
Arnold Toynbee
William jennings bryan - anglo - saxon civilization has taught the...
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
Individual commitment to a group effort - That is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.
Vince Lombardi

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 Will
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.
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
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
America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization.
Georges Clemenceau
George whitehead - it is the first step of wisdom to recognize that...
Western civilization, unfortunately, does not link knowledge and morality but rather, it connects knowledge and power and makes them equivalent.
Vine Deloria
What a time! What a civilization!
Cicero
Civilization is a method of living, an attitude of equal respect for all men.
Jane Addams, Speech, Honolulu (1933)
The whole history of civilization is strewn with creeds and institutions which were invaluable at first, and deadly afterwards.
Walter Bagehot
The more rapidly a civilization progresses, the sooner it dies for another to rise in its place.
Havelock Ellis, The Dance of Life
Early civilizations complained about still earlier ones, much as we do about both.
Author Unknown
Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.
Ayn Rand
Civilization is a limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities.
Mark Twain
Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder.
Arnold Toynbee
When humor goes, there goes civilization.
Erma Bombeck
The civilization of one epoch becomes the manure of the next.
Cyril Connolly
Civilization is a transient sickness.
Robinson Jeffers
The first human being who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.
Sigmund Freud, (Attributed)
The true civilization is where every man gives to every other every right that he claims for himself.
Robert Ingersoll
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
The measuring rod of a civilization is the prosperity of the masses.
Albert & Emily Vail, Transforming Light (pg 254)
Taxes are the price we pay for civilization.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Simplicity is the peak of civilization.
Jessie Sampte
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
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
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
People who cannot recognize a palpable absurdity are very much in the way of civilization.
Agnes Repplie
The market is not an invention of capitalism. It has existed for centuries. It is an invention of civilization.
Mikhail Gorbachev, June 8, 1990
It is better for civilization to be going down the drain than to be coming up it.
Henry Allen
Ideas are the factors that lift civilization. They create revolutions. There is more dynamite in an idea than in many bombs.
Bishop Vincent
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 exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice.
Will Durant