Civilization Quotes

America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.
Oscar Wilde
Herbert spence - civilization is a progress from an indefinite,...

The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
John burroughs - science has done more for the development of...
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 distance man has placed between himself and his excreta.
Brian Aldiss

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
To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization.
Arnold Toynbee
The true civilization is where every man gives to every other every right that he claims for himself.
Robert Ingersoll
Simplicity is the peak of civilization.
Jessie Sampte
A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft - Minded men purchases its own spiritual death on an installment plan.
Martin Luther King Jr.
When vultures watching your civilization begin dropping dead, it is time to pause and wonder.
David Browe
Martin luther king, jr. - if you will protest courageously, and yet with...
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)
Individual commitment to a group effort, that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.
Vince Lombardi
Civilizations in decline are consistently characterised by a tendency towards standardization and uniformity.
Arnold Toynbee
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 begins with order, grows with liberty, and dies with chaos.
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
Civilization degrades the many to exalt the few.
Amos Bronson Alcott, Table Talk (1877)
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
Civilization is a slow process of adopting the ideas of minorities.
Anonymous
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
It is better for civilization to be going down the drain than to be coming up it.
Henry Allen
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
The basic problem is that our civilization, which is a civilization of machines, can teach man everything except how to be a man.
Andre Malraux
Civilization has been thrust upon me... and it has not added one whit to my love for truth, honesty, and generosity.
Luther Standing Bea
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
Ideas are the factors that lift civilization. They create revolutions. There is more dynamite in an idea than in many bombs.
Bishop Vincent
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
Civilization is a method of living, an attitude of equal respect for all men.
Jane Addams, Speech, Honolulu (1933)
The civilization of one epoch becomes the manure of the next.
Cyril Connolly
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 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
When humor goes, there goes civilization.
Erma Bombeck
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
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
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
The artist should be a seeing - Eye dog for a myopic civilization.
Jacob Getlar Smith
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