Civilization Quotes

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
George whitehead - it is the first step of wisdom to recognize that...

Clearly, a civilization that feels guilty for everything it is and does will lack the energy and conviction to defend itself.
Jean Francois Revel
Civilization is a transient sickness.
Robinson Jeffers
The measuring rod of a civilization is the prosperity of the masses.
Albert & Emily Vail, Transforming Light (pg 254)
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

John burroughs - science has done more for the development of...
Civilization has been thrust upon me... and it has not added one whit to my love for truth, honesty, and generosity.
Luther Standing Bea
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
Civilizations in decline are consistently characterised by a tendency towards standardization and uniformity.
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
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