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Civilization Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Civilization

Please enjoy these Civilization Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

Without adventure civilization is in full decay.
- Alfred North Whitehead

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Civilization had too many rules for me,
so I did my best to rewrite them.
- Bill Cosby

When humor goes, there goes civilization.
- Erma Bombeck

Civilization is a movement and not a condition,
a voyage and not a harbor.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

 

Civilization advances by extending the number of important
operations which we can perform without thinking of them.
- Alfred North Whitehead

To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

Civilization is unbearable, but it is less unbearable at the top.
- Timothy Leary

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Inventor: A person who makes an ingenious arrangement of wheels,
levers and springs, and believes it civilization.
- Ambrose Bierce

You can't say civilization don't advance...
in every war they kill you in a new way.
- Will Rogers

The family is the nucleus of civilization.
- Will Durant

It is not possible for civilization to
flow backwards while there is youth in the world.
Youth may be headstrong,
but it will advance its allotted length.
- Helen Keller

I have thought a sufficient measure of civilization
is the influence of good women.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Civilization as it is known today could not have evolved,
nor can it survive, without an adequate food supply.
- Norman Borlaug

We will create a civilization of the Mind in Cyberspace.
May it be more humane and fair than the world your
governments have made before.
- John Perry Barlow

We've arranged a civilization in which most crucial
elements profoundly depend on science and technology.
- Carl Sagan

To walk through the ruined cities of Germany is to
feel an actual doubt about the continuity of civilization.
- George Orwell

No matter what we call it, poison is still poison,
death is still death, and industrial civilization is
still causing the greatest mass extinction in the history of the planet.
- Derrick Jensen

But you have to understand, my beard is so nasty.
I mean, it's the only beard in the history of Western
civilization that makes Bob Dylan's beard look good.
- Bill Walton

There is precious little in civilization to appeal to a Yeti.
- Edmund Hillary

It has been well said that tea is suggestive of a thousand wants,
from which spring the decencies and luxuries of civilization.
- Agnes Repplier

Americans' great and secret fear is that America may
turn out to be a phenomenon rather than a civilization.
- Shirley Hazzard

Each new generation born is in effect an invasion of
civilization by little barbarians,
who must be civilized before it is too late.
- Thomas Sowell

The destiny of world civilization depends upon providing
a decent standard of living for all mankind.
- Norman Borlaug

Morocco as it is is a very fine place spoiled by civilization.
- Richard H. Davis

It's just a show.
It's not the end of Western Civilization.
It's chewing gum.
- Jerry Springer

Hold fast to the Bible.
To the influence of this Book we are indebted for all
the progress made in true civilization and to this
we must look as our guide in the future.
- Ulysses S. Grant

The contemporary form of true greatness lies in a civilization
founded on the spirituality of work.
- Simone Weil

I believe that what we are fighting here is not just
a small group of people who have hijacked a religion,
but it is a civilization bent on destroying ours.
- Tom Tancredo

A new civilization was not to be improvised by a single mind.
- John Lothrop Motley

The slum is the measure of civilization.
- Jacob Riis

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.
- Max Lerner

A lot of people thought of me as a threat to Western civilization.
- John Milius

The love of domination and an uncontrolled lust of
arbitrary power have prevailed among all nations and
perhaps in proportion to the degrees of civilization.
- Mercy Otis Warren

If a test of civilization be sought,
none can be so sure as the condition of that half of
society over which the other half has power.
- Harriet Martineau

America may be unique in being a country which has
leapt from barbarism to decadence without touching civilization.
- John O'Hara

A pioneer destroys things and calls it civilization.
- Charles Marion Russell

People who cannot recognize a palpable absurdity are
very much in the way of civilization.
- Agnes Repplier

The story of civilization is, in a sense,
the story of engineering - that long and arduous struggle
to make the forces of nature work for man's good.
- L. Sprague de Camp

We believe that civilization has been created under
the pressure of the exigencies of life at the cost
of satisfaction of the instincts.
- Sigmund Freud

You know, our sense of individuality is just the number
one target of civilization.
- Alan Rudolph

In the cold, shivering twilight, preceding the daybreak of civilization,
the dominating emotion of man was fear.
- Paul Harris

When the toddler does something and there are consequences
for his action civilization begins.
- Alicia F. Lieberman

The perfect normal person is rare in our civilization.
- Karen Horney

Civilization is hideously fragile and there's not much
between us and the horrors underneath,
just about a coat of varnish.
- Carrie P. Snow

Human rights is a universal standard.
It is a component of every religion and every civilization.
- Shirin Ebadi

China is a civilization pretending to be a nation.
- Michael Ledeen

Human civilization is not something achieved against nature;
it is rather the outcome of the working of the innate qualities of man.
- Ludwig von Mises

The exact measure of the progress of civilization is
the degree in which the intelligence of the common
mind has prevailed over wealth and brute force.
- George Bancroft

God isn't compatible with machinery and scientific
medicine and universal happiness.
You must make your choice.
Our civilization has chosen machinery and medicine and happiness.
- Aldous Huxley

If any civilization is to survive, it is the morality
of altruism that men have to reject.
- Ayn Rand

Government has never increased the standard of living
of one single human being in civilization's history.
For some reason that simple truth has evaded everybody.
- Steve Wynn

Civilization began the first time an angry person cast
a word instead of a rock.
- Sigmund Freud

A civilization that only looks inward will stagnate.
We have to keep looking outward; we have to keep finding
new avenues for human endeavor and human expression.
- John L. Phillips

Civilization is a progress from an indefinite,
incoherent homogeneity toward a definite,
coherent heterogeneity.
- Herbert Spencer

Civilization rests on the fact that most people do
the right thing most of the time.
- Dean Koontz

From first to last the civilization of America has
been bound up with its physical environment.
- Ellsworth Huntington

A civilization is destroyed only when its gods are destroyed.
- Emile M. Cioran

And we owe science to the combined energies of individual men of genius,
rather than to any tendency to progress inherent in civilization.
- Chauncey Wright

The greatest advances of civilization,
whether in architecture or painting,
in science and literature,
in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government.
- Milton Friedman

For me, politeness is a sine qua non of civilization.
- Robert A. Heinlein

In essence the Renaissance was simply the green end
of one of civilization's hardest winters.
- John Fowles

Civilization begins with order, grows with liberty and dies with chaos.
- Will Durant

The market is not an invention of capitalism.
It has existed for centuries.
It is an invention of civilization.
- Mikhail Gorbachev

The city is the nerve center of our civilization.
It is also the storm center.
- Josiah Strong

The Industrial Revolution was another of those extraordinary
jumps forward in the story of civilization.
- Stephen Gardiner

Today, human civilization is drowning in a sea of lies.
- L. Neil Smith

Nothing can be more abhorrent to democracy
than to imprison a person
or keep him in prison because he is unpopular.
This is really the test of civilization.
- Winston Churchill

I believe with all my heart that civilization has produced
nothing finer than a man or woman who thinks and practices true tolerance.
- Frank Knox

Beware how you trifle with your marvelous inheritance,
this great land of ordered liberty, for if we stumble and fall,
freedom and civilization everywhere will go down in ruin.
- Henry Cabot Lodge

It is only through books that we partake of the great
harvest that is human civilization across the ages.
- Ibrahim Babangida

Not a single piece of material culture -
not a single object -
has been found at Giza that can be interpreted to come
from a lost civilization.
- Zahi Hawass


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