Civilization Quotes

207 Civilization quotes:

"We will never be an advanced civilization as long as rain showers can delay the launching of a space rocket"
"The prevalence of suicide, without doubt, is a test of height in civilization; it means that the population is winding up its nervous and intellectual system to the utmost point of tension and that sometimes it snaps."
"Is civilization only a higher form of idolatry, that man should bow down to a flesh-brush, to flannels, to baths, diet, exercise, and air?"
Author: Eddy Quotes Category: Civilization Quotes
"There was not a single trail, no sign of civilization, no sign of even local communities ever having been there."
"Give me civilization. I don't want to be pampered."
"A high civilization is a pyramid: it can stand only on a broad base; its primary prerequisite is a strong and soundly consolidated mediocrity."
"People sometimes tell me that they prefer barbarism to civilization. I doubt if they have given it a long enough trial. Like the people of Alexandria, they are bored by civilization; but all the evidence suggests that the boredom of barbarism is infinitely greater."
Author: Clark Quotes Category: Civilization Quotes
"Given that some social processes must convey inherent constraints, the choice is among various mixtures of persuasion, force, and cultural inducement. The less of one, the more of the others. The degree of freedom that is possible is therefore tied to the extent to which people respond to persuasion or inducement."
"Courtesy is a silver lining around the dark clouds of civilization; it is the best part of refinement and in many ways, an art of heroic beauty in the vast gallery of man's cruelty and baseness."
"The gross heathenism of civilization has generally destroyed nature, and poetry, and all that is spiritual."
Author: Muir Quotes Category: Civilization Quotes American Environmentalist Quotes
"Civilization -- a heap of rubble scavenged by scrawny English Lit. vultures."
"Next to the striking of fire and the discovery of the wheel, the greatest triumph of what we call civilization was the domestication of the human male."
"It would have been called provincial and barbarous; it would have been cited as an incident of low civilization to confuse such art."
"Civilization... wrecks the planet from seafloor to stratosphere."
"LOCK-AND-KEY, n. The distinguishing device of civilization and enlightenment."
"Human civilization is not something achieved against nature; it is rather the outcome of the working of the innate qualities of man."
Author: Mises Quotes Category: Civilization Quotes
"A slight daily unconscious luxury is hardly ever wanting to the dwellers in civilization; like the gentle air of a genial climate, it is a perpetual minute enjoyment."
"Violence is not necessary to destroy a civilization. Each civilization dies from indifference to the unique values which created it."
"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
"Civilization is built on a number of ultimate principles...respect for human life, the punishment of crimes against property and persons, the equality of all good citizens before the law...or, in a word justice."

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