Quotations on Culture

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Our culture runs on coffee and gasoline, the first often tasting like the second.
- Edward Abbey
(Keywords: Coffee, Culture, First)

Civilization is a youth with a molotov cocktail in his hand. Culture is the Soviet tank or L.A. cop that guns him down.
- Edward Abbey
(Keywords: Civilization, Culture, Youth)

Every man's ability may be strengthened or increased by culture.
- John Abbott
(Keywords: Ability, Culture, Man, May)

You can't walk alone. Many have given the illusion, but none have really walked alone. Man is not made that way. Each man is bedded in his people, their history, their culture, and their values.
- Peter Abrahams
(Keywords: History, People, Values, Culture, Illusion, Man)

The literary culture, if you examine it, the high literary culture is that which preserves the government and you know it's really the talk for those who have.
- Kathy Acker
(Keywords: Government, Culture, Literary, Talk)

The cartoon is a metaphor really for the fact that it's almost impossible in our celebrity obsessed culture to move around genres and sort of change you ideas, change your face, you know?
- Damon Albarn
(Keywords: Change, Ideas, Celebrity, Culture, Fact, Metaphor)

People are only mean when they're threatened, and that's what our culture does. That's what our economy does.
- Mitch Albom
(Keywords: People, Culture, Economy)

What is right? Simply put, it is any assignment in which the photographer has a significant spiritual stake... spiritually driven work constitutes the core of a photographer's contribution to culture.
- William Albert Allard
(Keywords: Work, Culture, Right, Spiritual)

Indians have a big problem with alcohol and drugs. I grew up with an admiration for their culture and was sensitive to their problems.
- Kirstie Alley
(Keywords: Admiration, Alcohol, Culture, Drugs, Problems)

I am very proud of what we have built in Spain, because it is not a traditional Formula 1 country. I think we have found passionate fans, and built up a strong culture for the sport - and things are improving every day, with more and more people getting interested.
- Fernando Alonso
(Keywords: People, Country, Culture, Day, Fans, Formula, Spain)

The idea of the peace movement and of people who spent their entire lives trying to have a more egalitarian, just society, suddenly became swamped by the record industry, by the new rock and roll culture, and by the idea of not trusting anyone over thirty.
- David Amram
(Keywords: Peace, Society, People, Idea, Culture, Trying)

I acquired an admiration for Japanese culture, art, and architecture, and learned of the existence of the game of GO, which I still play.
- Philip Warren Anderson
(Keywords: Architecture, Art, Admiration, Culture, Existence, Play)

I hope that America as a whole, and especially its architects, will become more seriously involved in producing a new architectural culture that would bring the nation to the apex - where it has stood before - and lead the world.
- Tadao Ando
(Keywords: Hope, America, Culture, Nation, Will, World)

In fact, I believe that we need better sex education in our own culture, here in America, so that young folk learn about things like venereal disease before they encounter it.
- Piers Anthony
(Keywords: Education, Sex, America, Culture, Disease, Fact, Folk)

Culture relates to objects and is a phenomenon of the world; entertainment relates to people and is a phenomenon of life.
- Hannah Arendt
(Keywords: Life, People, Culture, Entertainment, World)

There is a tendency around the world today to copy TV culture. And that is not always a virtue.
- Francis Arinze
(Keywords: Virtue, Culture, Today, World)

The arts, as a reflection of human existence at its highest, have always and spontaneously lived up to this demand of plenitude. No mature style of art in any culture has ever been simple.
- Rudolf Arnheim
(Keywords: Art, Culture, Existence, Reflection, Style)

Culture is properly described as the love of perfection; it is a study of perfection.
- Matthew Arnold
(Keywords: Love, Culture, Perfection, Study)

Culture is to know the best that has been said and thought in the world.
- Matthew Arnold
(Keywords: Thought, Culture, World)

Not a having and a resting, but a growing and becoming, is the character of perfection as culture conceives it.
- Matthew Arnold
(Keywords: Character, Culture, Perfection)

The FBI. is a massive culture. It's been a culture that served America well, and it's been focused on prosecution. But what we need in terms of terrorism is prevention.
- John Ashcroft
(Keywords: America, Culture, Prevention, Terrorism)

It is a sad fact about our culture that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about his art than he can by practicing it.
- W. H. Auden
(Keywords: Art, Money, Culture, Fact, Talking, Writing)

It's a sad fact about our culture that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about his art than he can by practicing it.
- W. H. Auden
(Keywords: Art, Money, Culture, Fact, Talking, Writing)

What we call soul has been around a long time. It comes out of a particular culture that is African in origin, but influenced by 250 years of slavery, as well as other forms of racial oppression.
- Roy Ayers
(Keywords: Time, Soul, African, Culture, Oppression, Slavery, Years)

Debate and divergence of views can only enrich our history and culture.
- Ibrahim Babangida
(Keywords: History, Culture, Debate)

No people come into possession of a culture without having paid a heavy price for it.
- James A. Baldwin
(Keywords: People, Culture, Possession)

So, I think the output of our innovation is great. We have a culture of self-improvement. I know we can continue to improve. There is no issue. But at the same time, our absolute level of output is fantastic.
- Steve Ballmer
(Keywords: Time, Culture, Innovation, Self)

Great companies have high cultures of accountability, it comes with this culture of criticism I was talking about before, and I think our culture is strong on that.
- Steve Ballmer
(Keywords: Criticism, Culture, Talking)

How you act, walk, look and talk is all part of Hip Hop culture. And the music is colorless. Hip Hop music is made from Black, brown, yellow, red and white.
- Afrika Bambaataa
(Keywords: Music, Act, Culture, Talk)

You do not know our culture, our ethics, or the unwritten codes that already provide our society more order than could be obtained by any of your impositions.
- John Perry Barlow
(Keywords: Society, Culture, Ethics, Order)

Television is the first truly democratic culture - the first culture available to everybody and entirely governed by what the people want. The most terrifying thing is what people do want.
- Clive Barnes
(Keywords: People, Culture, First, Television, Want)

The bastard form of mass culture is humiliated repetition... always new books, new programs, new films, news items, but always the same meaning.
- Roland Barthes
(Keywords: Books, Culture, Meaning, News, Repetition)

German is more familiar now since I live part of the year in Rome and part in the German part of Switzerland. But it's not difficult to sing in German; it's difficult to feel in German. This takes time. It's a culture.
- Cecilia Bartoli
(Keywords: Time, Culture, Now, Rome)

In the transmission of human culture, people always attempt to replicate, to pass on to the next generation the skills and values of the parents, but the attempt always fails because cultural transmission is geared to learning, not DNA.
- Gregory Bateson
(Keywords: People, Values, Culture, Learning, Parents)

All the culture war issues will be settled by the court.
- Gary Bauer
(Keywords: War, Court, Culture, Will)

I could name a few songs and say exactly what summer they came out and what boy I thought I was in love with when I was fourteen years old, but I think that music used to be really more a part of the culture when people went out dancing in a different way than they do now.
- Ann Beattie
(Keywords: Love, Music, Thought, People, Culture, Dancing, Name, Now, Old, Songs, Summer, Years)

I sat out a few years because I wasn't really sure what I wanted to do next. So many things were changing in music and in culture, so it seemed like a good time to step back.
- Beck
(Keywords: Music, Time, Culture, Years)

At times in my life, I have been utterly lonely. At other times, I've had disgusting infectious diseases. Try admitting these things in our culture.
- Martha Beck
(Keywords: Life, Culture, Lonely)

A man from a primitive culture who sees an automobile might guess that it was powered by the wind or by an antelope hidden under the car, but when he opens up the hood and sees the engine he immediately realizes that it was designed.
- Michael Behe
(Keywords: Car, Culture, Man, Wind)

The Holocaust committed by the Nazis turned this country, where most of the European Jews used to live and where their culture used to flourish, into a massive grave. This is why initiatives to revive Jewish culture in Poland is so important.
- Marek Belka
(Keywords: Country, Culture, Grave)

Does there, I wonder, exist a being who has read all, or approximately all, that the person of average culture is supposed to have read, and that not to have read is a social sin? If such a being does exist, surely he is an old, a very old man.
- Arnold Bennett
(Keywords: Being, Culture, Man, Old, Sin, Wonder)

When I was 24 I went to Nigeria and it was such a culture shock, growing up in Australia and suddenly being the only white man in this unit full of black men.
- Bruce Beresford
(Keywords: Men, Being, Culture, Growing up, Man)

Publicity is the life of this culture - in so far as without publicity capitalism could not survive - and at the same time publicity is its dream.
- John Berger
(Keywords: Life, Time, Dream, Capitalism, Culture, Publicity)

The negative side to globalization is that it wipes out entire economic systems and in doing so wipes out the accompanying culture.
- Peter L. Berger
(Keywords: Negative, Culture, Globalization)

Our institute's agenda is relatively simple. We study the relationship between social-economic change and culture. By culture we mean beliefs, values and lifestyles. We cover a broad range of issues, and we work very internationally.
- Peter L. Berger
(Keywords: Change, Work, Values, Beliefs, Culture, Study)

As a culture I see us as presently deprived of subtleties. The music is loud, the anger is elevated, sex seems lacking in sweetness and privacy.
- Shelley Berman
(Keywords: Anger, Music, Sex, Culture, Privacy, Sweetness)

The present aristocracy of western culture, at the moment when it most clearly dominates the world, is being imitated rapidly and successfully in every eastern country.
- John Desmond Bernal
(Keywords: Aristocracy, Being, Country, Culture, Present, World)

The lowest form of popular culture - lack of information, misinformation, disinformation, and a contempt for the truth or the reality of most people's lives - has overrun real journalism. Today, ordinary Americans are being stuffed with garbage.
- Carl Bernstein
(Keywords: Truth, People, Americans, Being, Contempt, Culture, Information, Journalism, Popular, Reality, Today)

What moves me is neither ethnocentric pride nor sectarian arrogance. I make no claim that Jewish culture is superior to other cultures. But it is mine.
- Theodore Bikel
(Keywords: Arrogance, Culture, Pride)

I am a passionate believer that Britain has benefited the whole world and that our heritage, our culture, our values and more importantly our people who created those things, are worth fighting for.
- Steve Blake
(Keywords: People, Values, Culture, Fighting, World, Worth)



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