Civilization Quotes

207 Civilization quotes:

"The human race has improved everything, but the human race."
"The civilized savage is the worst of all savages."
Author: Weber Quotes Category: Civilization Quotes
"K is for Kenghis Khan. He was a very nice person. History has no record of him. There is a moral in that, somewhere."
"We are at the very beginning of time for the human race. It is not unreasonable that we grapple with problems. But there are tens of thousands of years in the future. Our responsibility is to do what we can, learn what we can, improve the solutions, and pass them on."
"Codi: Gives you the willies, doesn't it? The thought of raising kids in a place where the front yard ends in a two-hundred-foot drop? [referring to cliff dwellings] Loyd: No worse than raising up kids where the front yard ends in a freeway."
"Evolution made civilization steward of this planet. A hundred thousand years later, the steward stood before evolution not helper but destroyer, not healer but parasite. So evolution withdrew its gift, passed civilization by, rescued the planet from intelligence and handed it to love."
Author: Bach Quotes Category: Civilization Quotes
"Man - despite his artistic pretensions, his sophistication, and his many accomplishments - owes his existence to a six inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains."
"it is largely because civilization enables us constantly to profit from knowledge which we individually do not possess and because each individual's use of his particular knowledge may serve to assist others unknown to him in achieving their ends that men as members of civilized society can pursue their individual ends so much more successfully than they could alone."
Author: Hayek Quotes Category: Civilization Quotes
"It may indeed prove to be far the most difficult and not the least important task for human reason rationally to comprehend its own limitations. It is essential for the growth of reason that as individuals we should bow to forces and obey principles which we cannot hope fully to understand, yet on which the advance and even the preservation of civilization depend."
Author: Hayek Quotes Category: Civilization Quotes
"The process of evolution may be described as differentiation of structure and integration of function. The more differentiated and specialized the parts, the more elaborate co-ordination is needed to create a well-balanced whole. The ultimate criterion of the value of a functional whole is the degree of its internal harmony or integratedness, whether the functional whole is a biological species or a civilization or an individual. A whole is defined by the pattern of relations between its parts, not by the sum of its parts; and a civilization is not defined by the sum of its science, technology, art and social organization, but by the total pattern which they form, and the degree of harmonious integration in that pattern."
"For men become civilized, not in proportion to their willingness to believe, but in proportion to their readiness to doubt."
"Civilization is an enormous device for economizing knowledge."
"When discussing the rise and fall of empires, it is well to mark closely their rate of growth, avoiding the temptation to telescope time and discover too early signs of greatness in a state which we know will one day be great, or to predict too early the collapse of an empire which we know will one day cease to be. The life-span of empires cannot be plotted by events, only by careful diagnosis and ausculation--and as in medicine there is always room for error."
"The fundamental reality of any civilization must be its geographical cradle. Geography dictates its vegetational growth and lays down often impassable frontiers. Civilizations are regions, zones not merely as anthropologists understand them when they talk about the zone of the two-headed ax or the feathered arrow; they are areas which both confine man and undergo constant change through its efforts."
"The trade of governing has always been monopolized by the most ignorant and the most rascally individuals of mankind."
Author: Paine Quotes Category: Civilization Quotes
"Prejudices are the props of civilization"
Author: Gide Quotes Category: Civilization Quotes
"A civilization is built on what is required of men, not on that which is provided for them."
"The last struggle for our rights, the battle for our civilization, is entirely with ourselves."
Author: Brown Quotes Category: Civilization Quotes
"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."
"If history could teach us anything, it would be that private property is inextricably linked with civilization."
Author: Mises Quotes Category: Civilization Quotes

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