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-
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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
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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
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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
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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.
  • 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)
  • Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
    French writer 1900-1944
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    A civilization is a heritage of beliefs, customs, and knowledge slowly accumulated in the course of centuries, elements difficult at times to justify by logic, but justifying themselves as paths when they lead somewhere, since they open up for man his inner distance.
  • Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
    French writer 1900-1944
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    A civilization is built on what is required of men, not on that which is provided for them.
  • Ezra Pound
    Ezra Pound
    American poet 1885-1972
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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.
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