Civilization Quotes

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
Oscar wilde - america is the only country that went from...

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.
Sigmund freud, (attributed) - the first human being who hurled an insult...
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 degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.
Fyodor Dostoevsky

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
Clearly, a civilization that feels guilty for everything it is and does will lack the energy and conviction to defend itself.
Jean Francois Revel
Real freedom lies in wildness, not in civilization.
Charles Lindbergh
Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.
Ayn Rand
Civilization is unbearable, but it is less unbearable at the top.
Timothy Leary
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)
Luther standing bea - civilization has been thrust upon me... and it...
Individual commitment to a group effort, that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.
Vince Lombardi
The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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
People who cannot recognize a palpable absurdity are very much in the way of civilization.
Agnes Repplie
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
Taxes are the price we pay for civilization.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Civilization is a limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessaries.
Mark Twain
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 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
The artist should be a seeing - Eye dog for a myopic civilization.
Jacob Getlar Smith
Western civilization, unfortunately, does not link knowledge and morality but rather, it connects knowledge and power and makes them equivalent.
Vine Deloria
Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder.
Arnold Toynbee
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
Civilization is a slow process of adopting the ideas of minorities.
Anonymous
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
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
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
The measuring rod of a civilization is the prosperity of the masses.
Albert & Emily Vail, Transforming Light (pg 254)
Civilization degrades the many to exalt the few.
Amos Bronson Alcott, Table Talk (1877)
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
Simplicity is the peak of civilization.
Jessie Sampte
When humor goes, there goes civilization.
Erma Bombeck
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 begins with order, grows with liberty, and dies with chaos.
Will Durant
When vultures watching your civilization begin dropping dead, it is time to pause and wonder.
David Browe
I think there are only three things America will be known for 2, 000 years from now when they study this civilization the Constitution, jazz music, and baseball.
Gerald Early
One of the indictments of civilizations is that happiness and intelligence are so rarely found in the same person.
William Feathe