Civilization Quotes

207 Civilization quotes:

"TYPE, n. Pestilent bits of metal suspected of destroying civilization and enlightenment, despite their obvious agency in this incomparable dictionary."
"To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization."
"When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of human civilization."
Author: Webster Quotes Category: Civilization Quotes American Statesman Quotes
"You can't leave civilization behind entirely."
"The path of civilization is paved with tin cans."
"To accept civilization as it is practically means accepting decay."
"When I make a new discovery, every journalist in every newspaper wants to know, ... These are all important. To know of this greatest civilization - the greatest people, both rich and poor - it is the best thing we could know."
Author: Hawass Quotes Category: Civilization Quotes Journalists Quotes
"The beginning of civilization is marked by an intense legality; that legality is the very condition of its existence, the bond which ties it together; but that legality - that tendency to impose a settled customary yoke upon all men and all actions -"
"Cultures contain many cues and inducements to dissuade the individual from approaching ultimate limits, in much the same way that a special warning strip of land around the edge of a baseball field lets a player know that he is about to run into a concrete wall when he is preoccupied with catching the ball. The wider that strip of land and the more sensitive the player is to the changing composition of the ground under his feet as he pursues the ball, the more effective the warning. Romanticizing or lionizing as individualistic those people who disregard social cues and inducements increases the danger of head-on collisions with inherent social limits. Decrying various forms of social disapproval is in effect narrowing the warning strip."
"Organized charity itself is the symptom of a malignant social disease. Those vast, complex, interrelated organizations aiming to control and to diminish the spread of misery and destitution and all the menacing evils that spring out of this sinisterly fertile soil, are the surest sign that our civilization has bred, is breeding and perpetuating constantly increasing numbers of defectives, delinquents and breed out of the race the scourges of transmissible disease, mental defect, poverty, lawlessness, crime since these classes would be decreasing in number instead of breeding like weeds....such a plan would reduce the birthrate among the diseased, the sickly, the poverty stricken and anti-social classes, elements unable to provide for themselves, and the burden of which we are all forced to carry"
"[5. In his essay] Can Gold Producers Survive By Promoting Jewelry?, ... At the end of the day, to revive the fortunes of the gold producers, it is necessary and sufficient to restore gold as the choice of free markets and free people all over the world as money that doesnt depreciate at home or abroad; as money that is as steady as the stars; as money that is as faithful as the tides or, as the American Federation of Labor put it at the turn of the last century: Gold is the standard of every great civilization."
Author: Parks Quotes Category: Civilization Quotes Fortunes Quotes
"Social science virtually abhors the event. Not without reason; the short-term is the most capricious and deceptive form of time."
"The wind whips through the canyons of the American Southwest, and there is no one to hear it but us - a reminder of the 40,000 generations of thinking men and women who preceded us, about whom we know almost nothing, upon whom our civilization is based."
"The effect of boredom on a large scale in history is underestimated. It is a main cause of revolutions, and would soon bring to an end all the static Utopias and the farmyard civilization of the Fabians."
Author: Inge Quotes Category: Civilization Quotes
"Our civilization is still in a middle stage, scarcely beast, in that it is no longer wholly guided by instinct; scarcely human, in that it is not yet wholly guided by reason"
"Cities have always been the fireplaces of civilization, whence light and heat radiated out into the dark"
"Today it costs over a billion dollars for a space shuttle flight. The cost is fundamentally what's holding us back from becoming a space traveling civilization and ultimately a multi-planet species."
Author: Musk Quotes Category: Civilization Quotes Billion Dollars Quotes
"As the film's hidden, sympathetic hero who proves to be victimized by businessmen pillaging the Third World for their own gain, who is eventually victimized by a bunch of bullies and out-classed by so-called 'civilization,' King Kong has held on with Frankenstein, Dracula and the Wolf-Man. But some people will end up profoundly unhappy and some will just shrug their shoulders and say, 'Well, that was an interesting three hours."
Author: Sharrett Quotes Category: Civilization Quotes Hero Quotes
"Civilization is an active deposit which is formed by the combustion of the present with the past. Neither in countries without a Present nor in those without a Past is it to be encountered. Proust in Venice, Matisse's birdcages overlooking the flower market at Nice, Gide on the seventeenth-century quais of Toulon, Lorca in Granada, Picasso by Saint-Germain-des-PrTs: there lies civilization and for me it can exist only under those liberal regimes in which the Present is alive and therefore capable of assimilating the Past."
"Civilization must be destroyed. The hairy saints of the North have earned this crumb by their complaints."

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