Arnold Toynbee

British economic historian and social reformer

Lived from: 1852-1883

Category: History and sociology

Quotes: Arnold Toynbee

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    As human beings, we are endowed with freedom of choice, and we cannot shuffle off our responsibility upon the shoulders of God or nature. We must shoulder it ourselves. It is up to us.
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    Civilization is a movement and not a condition, a voyage and not a harbor.
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    America is a large, friendly dog in a very small room. Every time it wags its tail, it knocks over a chair.
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    Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder.
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    It is a paradoxical but profoundly true and important principle of life that the most likely way to reach a goal is to be aiming not at that goal itself but at some more ambitious goal beyond it.
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    To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization.
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    We have been God-like in our planned breeding of our domesticated plants and animals, but we have been rabbit-like in our unplanned breeding of ourselves.
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