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Ralph Waldo Emerson
American poet and philosopher 1803-1882+6
Civilization depends on morality.
Irish writer 1854-1900+2
America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.
William Jennings Bryan
American orator and politician 1860-1925+2
Anglo-Saxon civilization has taught the individual to protect his own rights; American civilization will teach him to respect the rights of others.
French writer 1888-1948+2
Civilization exists precisely so that there may be no masses but rather men alert enough never to constitute masses.
British criticus 1903-1974+2
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.
It is better for civilization to be going down the drain than to be coming up it.
E. M. Cioran
French philosopher 1911-+1
A decadent civilization compromises with its disease, cherishes the virus infecting it, loses its self-respect.
English writer 1709-1784+1
A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization.
French politician, physician, and journalist 1841-1929+1
America is the only nation in history which, miraculously, has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization.
American writer (ps. of Samuel Langhorne Clemens) 1835-1910+1
Civilization is a limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities.
British economic historian and social reformer 1852-1883+1
Civilization is a movement and not a condition, a voyage and not a harbor.
English art critic 1819-1900+1
Civilization is the making of civil persons.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
American poet and philosopher 1803-1882+1
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
Irish-English writer and critic 1856-1950+1
Newspapers are unable, seemingly, to discriminate between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilization.
...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)