Civilization Quotes

George will - we know next to nothing about virtually...
Civilization is a movement and not a condition, a voyage and not a harbor.
Arnold Toynbee

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 true test of a civilization is not the census, nor the size of the cities, nor the crops? no, but the kind of man the country turns out.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Society and Solitude
Robert ingersoll - the true civilization is where every man gives to...
Taxes are the price we pay for civilization.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

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
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
Western civilization, unfortunately, does not link knowledge and morality but rather, it connects knowledge and power and makes them equivalent.
Vine Deloria
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
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
When vultures watching your civilization begin dropping dead, it is time to pause and wonder.
David Browe
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
When humor goes, there goes civilization.
Erma Bombeck
The more rapidly a civilization progresses, the sooner it dies for another to rise in its place.
Havelock Ellis, The Dance of Life
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.
Arnold Toynbee
It is better for civilization to be going down the drain than to be coming up it.
Henry Allen
People who cannot recognize a palpable absurdity are very much in the way of civilization.
Agnes Repplie
America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.
Oscar Wilde
Clearly, a civilization that feels guilty for everything it is and does will lack the energy and conviction to defend itself.
Jean Francois Revel
Every civilization that has ever existed has ultimately collapsed.
Henry Kissinge
Civilization is a method of living, an attitude of equal respect for all men.
Jane Addams, Speech, Honolulu (1933)
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
The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.
Fyodor Dostoevsky
Civilization begins with order, grows with liberty, and dies with chaos.
Will Durant
Civilization degrades the many to exalt the few.
Amos Bronson Alcott, Table Talk (1877)
Civilization is the process of reducing the infinite to the finite.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Civilization is the distance man has placed between himself and his excreta.
Brian Aldiss
Civilization is a slow process of adopting the ideas of minorities.
The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.
Sigmund Freud
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 F. Will
Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder.
Arnold Toynbee
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
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
Simplicity is the peak of civilization.
Jessie Sampte
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
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
Individual commitment to a group effort, that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.
Vince Lombardi