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Wise Quotes about Civilization

May you find great value in these Civilization quotes and sayings.

Without adventure civilization is in full decay.
- Alfred North Whitehead

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I have thought a sufficient measure of civilization
is the influence of good women.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

To walk through the ruined cities of Germany is to
feel an actual doubt about the continuity of civilization.
- George Orwell

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

 

Inventor: A person who makes an ingenious arrangement of wheels,
levers and springs, and believes it civilization.
- Ambrose Bierce

Civilization had too many rules for me,
so I did my best to rewrite them.
- Bill Cosby

Civilization as it is known today could not have evolved,
nor can it survive, without an adequate food supply.
- Norman Borlaug

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Civilization is unbearable, but it is less unbearable at the top.
- Timothy Leary

Civilization is a movement and not a condition,
a voyage and not a harbor.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

When humor goes, there goes civilization.
- Erma Bombeck

Civilization advances by extending the number of important
operations which we can perform without thinking of them.
- Alfred North Whitehead

The family is the nucleus of civilization.
- Will Durant

It is not possible for civilization to
flow backwards while there is youth in the world.
Youth may be headstrong,
but it will advance its allotted length.
- Helen Keller

We've arranged a civilization in which most crucial
elements profoundly depend on science and technology.
- Carl Sagan

To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

You can't say civilization don't advance...
in every war they kill you in a new way.
- Will Rogers

Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote.
The relative positions to be assumed by man and woman
in the working out of our civilization were assigned
long ago by a higher intelligence than ours.
- Grover Cleveland

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

A great civilization is not conquered from without
until it has destroyed itself from within.
- Ariel Durant

People who cannot recognize a palpable absurdity are
very much in the way of civilization.
- Agnes Repplier

It's the Law of God that gave the stability to Christian civilization.
- Randall Terry

The test of civilization is its estimate of women.
- George William Curtis

The three great elements of modern civilization,
Gun powder, Printing, and the Protestant religion.
- Thomas Carlyle

From first to last the civilization of America has
been bound up with its physical environment.
- Ellsworth Huntington

The only hope is that our civilization will collapse at a certain point,
as always happens in history.
Then, out of barbarity, a renaissance.
- Pierre Schaeffer

We have always been taught that navigation is the result of civilization,
but modern archeology has demonstrated very clearly that this is not so.
- Thor Heyerdahl

You can't leave civilization behind entirely.
- Dirk Benedict

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

The mother art is architecture.
Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

The liberty of the individual is no gift of civilization.
It was greatest before there was any civilization.
- Sigmund Freud

Real freedom lies in wildness, not in civilization.
- Charles Lindbergh

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

I think governments are the cancer of civilization.
- Chuck D. *q

Civilization exists precisely so that there may be
no masses but rather men alert enough never to constitute masses.
- Georges Bernanos

Right now we're working on finishing up Pirates!
for the Xbox, we're developing Civilization IV and
we've got a couple other games in development that
we'll tell you about soon.
- Sid Meier

Individual commitment to a group effort -
that is what makes a team work,
a company work, a society work, a civilization work.
- Vince Lombardi

It will take a long time, and certainly the West will
remain the dominant civilization well into the next century,
but the decline is occurring.
- Samuel P. Huntington

The papacy again, representing the traditional unity
of European civilization,
has also shown itself unable to limit effectively the push of nationalism.
- Irving Babbitt

Nothing can be more abhorrent to democracy
than to imprison a person
or keep him in prison because he is unpopular.
This is really the test of civilization.
- Winston Churchill

A new civilization was not to be improvised by a single mind.
- John Lothrop Motley

When urbanity decays, civilization suffers and decays with it.
- James Norman Hall

The Industrial Revolution was another of those extraordinary
jumps forward in the story of civilization.
- Stephen Gardiner

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

Never had there been such an attempt to make conquest
the servant of civilization.
About keeping India there is no question.
England has a real duty there.
- Goldwin Smith

Classes struggle, some classes triumph,
others are eliminated.
Such is history; such is the history of civilization for thousands of years.
- Mao Zedong

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

It is impossible to overlook the extent to which civilization
is built upon a renunciation of instinct.
- Sigmund Freud

The true law of the race is progress and development.
Whenever civilization pauses in the march of conquest,
it is overthrown by the barbarian.
- William Gilmore Simms

Without winners, there wouldn't even be any civilization.
- Woody Hayes

Ultimately, there is no compromise.
Westerners will either retain their civilization,
including the right to insult and blaspheme,
or not.
- Daniel Pipes

It is what you do from now on that will either move
our civilization forward a few tiny steps,
or else...
begin to march us steadily backward.
- Patrick Stewart

Never before has a civilization reached such a degree of a contempt for life;
never before has a generation,
drowned in mortification, felt such a rage to live.
- Raoul Vaneigem

Peace on earth would mean the end of civilization as we know it.
- Joseph Heller

I believe with all my heart that civilization has produced
nothing finer than a man or woman who thinks and practices true tolerance.
- Frank Knox

The best security for civilization is the dwelling,
and upon properly appointed and becoming dwellings depends,
more than anything else, the improvement of mankind.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Disinterested intellectual curiosity is the life blood of real civilization.
- G. M. Trevelyan

Roman civilization had achieved, within the bounds of its technology,
relatively as great a mastery of time and space as we have achieved today.
- Arthur Erickson

It's too hard a life for me.
I could only do it - check out in that sense -
if I checked out somewhere that was luxurious and within
hailing distance of civilization.
- Derek Jacobi

Give me civilization.
I don't want to be pampered.
- Jennifer Esposito

The whole history of civilization is strewn with creeds
and institutions which were invaluable at first,
and deadly afterwards.
- Walter Bagehot

Surely the only sound foundation for a civilization
is a sound state of mind.
- E. M. Forster

Today's interpretations of religion are often backward
and contradict the needs of civilization.
- Naguib Mahfouz

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

If a nation expects to be ignorant and free,
in a state of civilization,
it expects what never was and never will be.
- Thomas Jefferson

Morocco as it is is a very fine place spoiled by civilization.
- Richard H. Davis

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

The greatest task before civilization at present is
to make machines what they ought to be,
the slaves, instead of the masters of men.
- Henry Ellis

The salt of any interesting civilization is mixture.
- Antonio Tabucchi

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

In our rich consumers' civilization we spin cocoons
around ourselves and get possessed by our possessions.
- Max Lerner

The more the history of the World War and what led up to it is studied,
the more clearly those tragic years become revealed
as a vast collapse of civilization.
- Arthur Henderson


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