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Ralph Waldo Emerson
American poet and philosopher 1803-1882+6
Civilization depends on morality.
French writer 1888-1948+2
Civilization exists precisely so that there may be no masses but rather men alert enough never to constitute masses.
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.
Irish writer 1854-1900+1
America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.
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.
British criticus 1903-1974+1
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.
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)
American poet 1885-19720
A civilized man is one who will give a serious answer to a serious question. Civilization itself is a certain sane balance of values.
English writer 1709-17840
A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization.