Civilization Quotes

Early civilizations complained about still earlier ones, much as we do about both.
Author Unknown
Fyodor dostoevsky - the degree of civilization in a society can be...

Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice.
Will Durant
George f. will - we know next to nothing about virtually...
Having a thirteen - Year - Old in the family is like having a general - Admission ticket to the movies, radio and TV. You get to understand that the glittering new arts of our civilization are directed to the teen - Agers, and by their suffrage they stand or fall.
Max Lerne
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 is the process of setting man free from men.
Ayn Rand
The whole history of civilization is strewn with creeds and institutions which were invaluable at first, and deadly afterwards.
Walter Bagehot
People who cannot recognize a palpable absurdity are very much in the way of civilization.
Agnes Repplie
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
The true civilization is where every man gives to every other every right that he claims for himself.
Robert Ingersoll
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
Richard milhous nixon - it is not too strong a statement to declare that...
The family is the nucleus of civilization.
William James Durant
Individual commitment to a group effort - That is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.
Vince Lombardi
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
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
Real freedom lies in wildness, not in civilization.
Charles Lindbergh
The measuring rod of a civilization is the prosperity of the masses.
Albert & Emily Vail, Transforming Light (pg 254)
To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization.
Arnold Toynbee
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.
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 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
I do not believe that civilization will be wiped out in a war fought with the atomic bomb. Perhaps two - Thirds of the people of the Earth might be killed, but enough men capable of thinking, and enough books, would be left to start again, and civilization could be restored.
Albert Einstein
The true law of the race is progress and development. Whatever civilization pauses in the march of conquest, it is overthrown by the barbarian.
The more rapidly a civilization progresses, the sooner it dies for another to rise in its place.
Havelock Ellis, The Dance of Life
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
On Western civilization I think it would be a good idea.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Civilization is a limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities.
Mark Twain
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 advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking about them.
Alfred North Whitehead, Introduction to Mathematics (1911)
Civilization is a method of living, an attitude of equal respect for all men.
Jane Addams, Speech, Honolulu (1933)
Ideas are the factors that lift civilization. They create revolutions. There is more dynamite in an idea than in many bombs.
Bishop Vincent
Taxes are the price we pay for civilization.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
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
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
When humor goes, there goes civilization.
Erma Bombeck
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
What a time! What a civilization!
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