Quotations on Civilization

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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)

Civilization is a method of living, an attitude of equal respect for all men.
- Jane Addams
(Keywords: Men, Civilization, Attitude, Living, Respect)

In a country of such recent civilization as ours, whose almost limitless treasures of material wealth invite the risks of capital and the industry of labor, it is but natural that material interests should absorb the attention of the people to a degree elsewhere unknown.
- Felix Adler
(Keywords: People, Civilization, Wealth, Attention, Country, Labor)

Civilization is the distance man has placed between himself and his excreta.
- Brian Aldiss
(Keywords: Civilization, Man)

Civilization is the lamb's skin in which barbarism masquerades.
- Thomas Bailey Aldrich
(Keywords: Civilization, Skin)

Here the Frenchman, Spaniard, and Englishman all passed, leaving each his legend; and a brilliant and more or less feudal civilization with its aristocracy and slaves has departed with the economic system upon which it rested.
- Hervey Allen
(Keywords: Civilization, Aristocracy)

That is why I come forward tonight without any political label, without any bias, but just simply as an Englishman to say to you: a crime is being committed against civilization.
- John Amery
(Keywords: Civilization, Being, Crime)

The writer in western civilization has become not a voice of his tribe, but of his individuality. This is a very narrow-minded situation.
- Aharon Appelfeld
(Keywords: Civilization, Individuality, Voice, Writer)

It is only through books that we partake of the great harvest that is human civilization across the ages.
- Ibrahim Babangida
(Keywords: Civilization, Books, Harvest)

The papacy again, representing the traditional unity of European civilization, has also shown itself unable to limit effectively the push of nationalism.
- Irving Babbitt
(Keywords: Civilization, Nationalism, Unity)

In our western civilization we have the glorious example, the great standard of perfection and the teachings of the Christ to guide us. He acts for us as Mediator between our personality and our Soul.
- Edward Bach
(Keywords: Soul, Civilization, Christ, Example, Perfection, Personality)

The whole history of civilization is strewn with creeds and institutions which were invaluable at first, and deadly afterwards.
- Walter Bagehot
(Keywords: History, Civilization, First)

A slight daily unconscious luxury is hardly ever wanting to the dwellers in civilization; like the gentle air of a genial climate, it is a perpetual minute enjoyment.
- Walter Bagehot
(Keywords: Civilization, Climate, Enjoyment, Luxury, Unconscious)

Back through the ages of barbarism and civilization, in all tongues, we find this instinctive pleasure in the imitative action that is the very essence of all drama.
- George P. Baker
(Keywords: Civilization, Action, Drama, Pleasure)

The exact measure of the progress of civilization is the degree in which the intelligence of the common mind has prevailed over wealth and brute force.
- George Bancroft
(Keywords: Intelligence, Civilization, Progress, Wealth, Force, Measure, Mind)

We will create a civilization of the Mind in Cyberspace. May it be more humane and fair than the world your governments have made before.
- John Perry Barlow
(Keywords: Civilization, May, Mind, Will, World)

Imagination has brought mankind through the dark ages to its present state of civilization. Imagination led Columbus to discover America. Imagination led Franklin to discover electricity.
- L. Frank Baum
(Keywords: Imagination, Civilization, America, Columbus, Electricity, Mankind, Present, State)

Christianity is the enemy of liberty and civilization.
- August Bebel
(Keywords: Civilization, Christianity, Enemy, Liberty)

A German immersed in any civilization different from his own loses a weight equivalent in volume to the amount of intelligence he displaces.
- Jose Bergamin
(Keywords: Intelligence, Civilization, Weight)

Sex appeal is the keynote of our civilization.
- Henri Bergson
(Keywords: Sex, Civilization, Sex appeal)

Civilization exists precisely so that there may be no masses but rather men alert enough never to constitute masses.
- Georges Bernanos
(Keywords: Men, Civilization, May)

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
(Keywords: Intelligence, Government, Civilization, Office, Republican)

Right now, there's the illusion of order and civilization, but there's a tremendous amount of economic tension in this country and the educational system is constantly eroding.
- Kathryn Bigelow
(Keywords: Civilization, Country, Illusion, Now, Order, Right, Tension)

No civilization other than that which is Christian, is worth seeking or possessing.
- Otto von Bismarck
(Keywords: Civilization, Christian, Worth)

The disease of mutual distrust among nations is the bane of modern civilization.
- Franz Boas
(Keywords: Civilization, Disease, Distrust, Nations)

The destiny of world civilization depends upon providing a decent standard of living for all mankind.
- Norman Borlaug
(Keywords: Civilization, Destiny, Living, Mankind, World)

Civilization as it is known today could not have evolved, nor can it survive, without an adequate food supply.
- Norman Borlaug
(Keywords: Food, Civilization, Today)

Yet, history has shown that if material force can defeat some ideologies it can no longer obliterate a civilization without destabilizing the whole planet.
- Abdelaziz Bouteflika
(Keywords: History, Civilization, Defeat, Force)

We were discussing civilization and the fact that young men among the Greeks at that time were idiots and uneducated, so the men had emotional and friendly relationships with members of their own sex.
- Marion Zimmer Bradley
(Keywords: Men, Time, Sex, Civilization, Fact, Idiots, Relationships)

It is the recognition of history as a record of human experience which has inevitably resulted in the inclusion of this conquest of civilization within the framework of a complete human history.
- James H. Breasted
(Keywords: Experience, History, Civilization, Conquest)

To the present writer a careful study of the facts now available seems to leave no doubt that civilization was born at the southeast corner of the Mediterranean.
- James H. Breasted
(Keywords: Civilization, Doubt, Facts, Now, Present, Study, Writer)

There was an age, however, when the transition from savagery to civilization, with all its impressive outward manifestations in art and architecture, took place for the first time.
- James H. Breasted
(Keywords: Art, Time, Age, Architecture, Civilization, First)

But it is obvious that our fathers, whose efforts have planted these great and prosperous cities along the once lonely trails of our own broad land, received all the fundamentals of civilization as a heritage from their European ancestors.
- James H. Breasted
(Keywords: Civilization, Cities, Fathers, Land, Lonely, Obvious)

In any case, in so far as our knowledge of the universe carries us, the advent of civilization for the first time on our globe represents the highest ascent of the life processes to which evolution had anywhere attained.
- James H. Breasted
(Keywords: Life, Time, Civilization, Knowledge, Evolution, First, Universe)

By 3000 B.C. the art of Egypt was so ripe and so far advanced that it is surprising to find any student of early culture proposing that the crude contemporary art of the early Babylonians is the product of a civilization earlier than that of the Nile.
- James H. Breasted
(Keywords: Art, Civilization, Culture)

Self-righteous people can talk themselves into forgetting they are part of a civilization. They can then feed on that culture, bringing it down. It's happened many times in the past. It could happen to us.
- David Brin
(Keywords: People, Civilization, Culture, Past, Self, Talk)

We are all afraid for our confidence, for the future, for the world. That is the nature of the human imagination. Yet every man, every civilization, has gone forward because of its engagement with what it has set itself to do.
- Jacob Bronowski
(Keywords: Nature, Imagination, Civilization, Confidence, Future, Man, World)

The last struggle for our rights, the battle for our civilization, is entirely with ourselves.
- William Wells Brown
(Keywords: Civilization, Battle, Rights, Struggle)

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
(Keywords: Civilization, American, Rights, Respect, Will)

Civilization is a conspiracy. Modern life is the silent compact of comfortable folk to keep up pretences.
- John Buchan
(Keywords: Life, Civilization, Folk)

You think that a wall as solid as the earth separates civilization from barbarism. I tell you the division is a thread, a sheet of glass. A touch here, a push there, and you bring back the reign of Saturn.
- John Buchan
(Keywords: Civilization, Earth)

Our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for the test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members.
- Pearl S. Buck
(Keywords: Society, People, Civilization, Fear, Deserted, Old, Right)

The condition of the tribes which occupy the country set apart for them in the West is highly prosperous, and encourages the hope of their early civilization. They have for the most part abandoned the hunter state and turned their attention to agricultural pursuits.
- Martin Van Buren
(Keywords: Civilization, Hope, Attention, Country, State)

Everything around a writer, or musician in the record business, probably everything in all the United States or in all of western civilization, is about competition.
- T-Bone Burnett
(Keywords: Business, Civilization, Competition, states, United, Writer)

Science has done more for the development of western civilization in one hundred years than Christianity did in eighteen hundred years.
- John Burroughs
(Keywords: Science, Civilization, Development, Christianity, Years)

Iraq is no diversion. It is a place where civilization is taking a decisive stand against chaos and terror, we must not waver.
- George W. Bush
(Keywords: Civilization, Chaos, Iraq, Terror)

The story of civilization is, in a sense, the story of engineering - that long and arduous struggle to make the forces of nature work for man's good.
- L. Sprague de Camp
(Keywords: Nature, Work, Civilization, Engineering, Man, Sense, Struggle)

I am especially grateful, however, to have known the fifties, before we began to poison our own civilization - or at least before the effects of the poison began to be felt.
- Orson Scott Card
(Keywords: Civilization, Poison)

The three great elements of modern civilization, Gun powder, Printing, and the Protestant religion.
- Thomas Carlyle
(Keywords: Religion, Civilization, Printing)

I have, for many years past, contemplated the noble races of red men who are now spread over these trackless forests and boundless prairies, melting away at the approach of civilization.
- George Catlin
(Keywords: Men, Civilization, Now, Past, Years)



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