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Civilization Quotes

Ayn Rand
Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage's whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
Sunday is the core of our civilization, dedicated to thought and reverence.
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Albert Einstein
I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.
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Havelock Ellis
The prevalence of suicide, without doubt, is a test of height in civilization; it means that the population is winding up its nervous and intellectual system to the utmost point of tension and that sometimes it snaps.
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There was not a single trail, no sign of civilization, no sign of even local communities ever having been there.
Bruce Beehler Permalink
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.
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Oscar Wilde
Civilization is not by any means an easy thing to attain to. There are only two ways by which man can reach it. One is by being cultured, the other by being corrupt.
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Erma Bombeck
When humor goes, there goes civilization.
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We will never have true civilization until we have learned to recognize the rights of others.
Will Rogers Permalink
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George Carlin
We will never be an advanced civilization as long as rain showers can delay the launching of a space rocket
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Civilization is a movement and not a condition, a voyage and not a harbor.
Arnold Toynbee Permalink
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Thomas Sowell
While rationalism at the individual level is a plea for more personal autonomy from cultural norms, at the social level it is often a claim- or arrogation- of power to stifle the autonomy of others.
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The open mind is key to true understanding.
Leo Veness Permalink
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We are slaves to this consumer society, ... When this civilization ends, what are they going to see when the archaeologists dig us up? I think they're going to say we worshipped technology.
Adam Horowitz Permalink
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George Bernard Shaw
Civilized society is one huge bourgeoisie: no nobleman dares now shock his greengrocer.
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True Civilization does not lie in gas, nor in steam, nor in turn-tables. It lies in the reduction of the traces of original sin.
Charles Baudelaire Permalink
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There are few strong new forces in the world today. Man’s civilization is tired, fed up with war, poverty and crime.Perhaps it is natural that anyone who offered help would also be fought at first. Man is so used to fighting, so used to being fooled.I set out to try to help my fellow man and to do what little I could to make the world a better place.The future will tell more than I could about the value of my work.
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Henry Miller
Civilization is drugs, alcohol, engines of war, prostitution, machines and machine slaves, low wages, bad food, bad taste, prisons, reformatories, lunatic asylums, divorce, perversion, brutal sports, suicides, infanticide, cinema, quackery, demagogy, strikes, lockouts, revolutions, putsches, colonization, electric chairs, guillotines, sabotage, floods, famine, disease, gangsters, money barons, horse racing, fashion shows, poodle dogs, chow dogs, Siamese cats, condoms, peccaries, syphilis, gonorrhea, insanity, neuroses, etc., etc.
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superior values of European civilization.
Abdullah Ocalan Permalink
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Ayn Rand
A culture is made -- or destroyed -- by its articulate voices.
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Shirin Ebadi
Human rights is a universal standard. It is a component of every religion and every civilization.
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Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
A high civilization is a pyramid: it can stand only on a broad base; its primary prerequisite is a strong and soundly consolidated mediocrity.
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To be complex does not mean to be fragmented. This is the paradox and the genius of our Canadian civilization.
Adrienne Clarkson Permalink
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He would see civilization in danger of perishing under the oppression of a gigantic paradox: he would see multitudes of people starving in the midst of plenty, and nations preparing for war although pledged to peace.
Arthur Henderson Permalink
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Stumbling through darkness and racing through light, we have persisted in the creation of a Canadian civilization.
Adrienne Clarkson Permalink
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Thomas Sowell
Given that some social processes must convey inherent constraints, the choice is among various mixtures of persuasion, force, and cultural inducement. The less of one, the more of the others. The degree of freedom that is possible is therefore tied to the extent to which people respond to persuasion or inducement.
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Democracy with its semi-civilization sincerely cherishes junk. The artist's power should be spiritual. But the power of the majority is material. When these worlds meet occasionally, it is pure coincidence.
Paul Klee Permalink
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A civilization in which there is not a continuous controversy about important issues is on the way to totalitarianism and death
Robert Hutchins Permalink
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Theodore Roosevelt
No people is fully civilized where a distinction is drawn between stealing an office and stealing a purse
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Dalai Lama
Each of us in our own way can try to spread compassion into people’s hearts. Western civilizations these days place great importance on filling the human 'brain' with knowledge, but no one seems to care about filling the human 'heart' with compassion. This is what the real role of religion is.
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