Quotes: civilization

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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    American poet and philosopher 1803-1882
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    Civilization depends on morality.
  • Georges Bernanos
    Georges Bernanos
    French writer 1888-1948
    Georges Bernanos
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    Civilization exists precisely so that there may be no masses but rather men alert enough never to constitute masses.
  • Henry Allen
    Henry Allen
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    It is better for civilization to be going down the drain than to be coming up it.
  • E. M. Cioran
    E. M. Cioran
    French philosopher 1911-
    E. M. Cioran
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    A decadent civilization compromises with its disease, cherishes the virus infecting it, loses its self-respect.
  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar Wilde
    Irish writer 1854-1900
    Oscar Wilde
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    America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.
  • Georges Clemenceau
    Georges Clemenceau
    French politician, physician, and journalist 1841-1929
    Georges Clemenceau
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    America is the only nation in history which, miraculously, has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization.
  • Mark Twain
    Mark Twain
    American writer (ps. of Samuel Langhorne Clemens) 1835-1910
    Mark Twain
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    Civilization is a limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities.
  • Arnold Toynbee
    Arnold Toynbee
    British economic historian and social reformer 1852-1883
    Arnold Toynbee
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    Civilization is a movement and not a condition, a voyage and not a harbor.
  • Cyril Connolly
    Cyril Connolly
    British criticus 1903-1974
    Cyril Connolly
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    Civilization is maintained by a very few people in a small number of places and we need only some bombs and a few prisons to blot it out altogether.
  • John Ruskin
    John Ruskin
    English art critic 1819-1900
    John Ruskin
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    Civilization is the making of civil persons.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    American poet and philosopher 1803-1882
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    In the highest civilization, the book is still the highest delight. He who has once known its satisfactions is provided with a resource against calamity.
  • George Bernard Shaw
    George Bernard Shaw
    Irish-English writer and critic 1856-1950
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    Newspapers are unable, seemingly, to discriminate between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilization.
  • Carroll Quigley
    Carroll Quigley
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    ...Western Civilization began to expand in 976....The economic expansion was achieved chiefly by specialization and exchange... commercialization.
    Source: Oscar Iden Lecture Series, Lecture 3: The State of Individuals (1976)
  • Ezra Pound
    Ezra Pound
    American poet 1885-1972
    Ezra Pound
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    A civilized man is one who will give a serious answer to a serious question. Civilization itself is a certain sane balance of values.
  • Samuel Johnson
    Samuel Johnson
    English writer 1709-1784
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    A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization.
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