Quotes of Civilization

“ Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking of them. ”

- Alfred North Whitehead

“ Civilization degrades the many to exalt the few. ”

- Amos Bronson Alcott

“ When several villages are united in a single complete community, large enough to nearly or quite self-sufficing, the state comes into existence, originating in the bare needs of life, and continuing in existence for the sake of a good life. ”

- Aristotle

“ Underlying the whole scheme of civilization is the confidence men have in each other, confidence in their integrity, confidence in their honesty, confidence in their future. ”

- Bourke Cockran

“ The country only has charms for those not obliged to stay there. ”

- Edouard Manet

“ The history of man is a graveyard of great cultures that came to catastrophic ends because of their incapacity for planned, rational, voluntary reaction to challenge. ”

- Erich Fromm

“ We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization. ”

- Franklin D. Roosevelt

“ Civilization is a race between education and catastrophe. ”

- H. G. Wells

“ The more rapidly a civilization progresses, the sooner it dies for another to rise in its place. ”

- Havelock Ellis

“ It is better for civilization to be going down the drain than to be coming up it. ”

- Henry Allen

“ But the greatest menace to our civilization today is the conflict between giant organized systems of self-righteousness-each system only too delighted to find that the other is wicked-each only too glad that the sins give it the pretext for still deeper hatred and animosity. ”

- Herbert Butterfield

“ Civilization is a method of living, an attitude of equal respect for all men. ”

- Jane Addams

“ Civilization is the art of living in towns of such size the everyone does not know everyone else. ”

- Julian Jaynes

“ 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. ”

- Max Nordau

“ America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between. ”

- Oscar Wilde

“ The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization. ”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“ The true civilization is where every man gives to every other every right that he claims for himself. ”

- Robert Ingersoll

“ Speech is civilization itself... It is silence which isolates. ”

- Thomas Mann

“ Civilization begins with order, grows with liberty, and dies with chaos. ”

- Will Durant

“ You can't say that civilization don't advance, however, for in every war they kill you in a new way. ”

- Will Rogers

“ One of the indictments of civilizations is that happiness and intelligence are so rarely found in the same person. ”

- William Feather

“ The three great elements of modern civilization, Gun powder, Printing, and the Protestant religion. ”

- Thomas Carlyle

“ LOCK-AND-KEY, n. The distinguishing device of civilization and enlightenment. ”

- Ambrose Bierce

“ The true civilization is where every man gives to every other every right that he claims for himself. ”

- Robert Ingersoll

“ Human rights is a universal standard. It is a component of every religion and every civilization. ”

- Shirin Ebadi

“ Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage's whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men. ”

- Ayn Rand

“ Civilization is a method of living, an attitude of equal respect for all men. ”

- Jane Addams

“ The liberty of the individual is no gift of civilization. It was greatest before there was any civilization. ”

- Sigmund Freud

“ The human race has improved everything, but the human race. ”

- Adlai E. Stevenson

“ You can't say that civilization don't advance, however, for in every war they kill you in a new way. ”

- Will Rogers
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