Quotes of Culture

“ When Ellen came back with the Emmys (in November 2001), she was coming back to a culture that had been put on total and complete hold,... a felicitous coincidence. ”

- Robert Thompson

“ Culture is an instrument wielded by professors to manufacture professors who when their turn comes, will manufacture professors. ”

- Simone Weil

“ Every aspect of Western culture needs a new code of ethics — a rational ethics — as a precondition of rebirth. ”

- Ayn Rand

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

- Thomas Carlyle

“ Civilization is an enormous device for economizing knowledge. ”

- Thomas Sowell

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

- Will Rogers

“ Whenever I hear the word culture, I reach for my revolver. ”

- Hermann Goering

“ No culture can live, if it attempts to be exclusive. ”

- Mahatma Gandhi

“ The commencement speech is not, I think, a wholly satisfactory manifestation of our culture. ”

- John Kenneth Galbraith

“ Speech is civilization itself. The word… preserves contact — it is silence which isolates. ”

- Thomas Mann

“ America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual intervention of civilization. ”

- Clarence Darrow

“ No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden. ”

- Thomas Jefferson

“ Partial culture runs to the ornate, extreme culture to simplicity. ”

- John Christian Bovee

“ When nature exceeds culture, we have the rustic. When culture exceeds nature then we the pedant. ”

- Confucius

“ What we call education and culture is for the most part nothing but the substitution of reading for experience, of literature for life, of the obsolete fictitious for the contemporary real. ”

- George Bernard Shaw

“ I think that one possible definition of our modern culture is that it is one in which nine-tenths of our intellectuals can't read any poetry. ”

- Randall Jarrell

“ If you see in any given situation only what everybody else can see, you can be said to be so much a representative of your culture than you are a victim of it. ”

- S. I. Hayakawa

“ Whoever controls the media — the images — controls the culture. ”

- Allen Ginsberg

“ Following the Rumanian tradition, garlic is used in excess to keep the vampires away. ”

- Calvin Trillin

“ Every aspect of Western culture needs a new code of ethics - a rational ethics - as a precondition of rebirth. ”

- Ayn Rand

“ Our culture has made us all the same. No one is truly white or black or rich, anymore. We all want the same. Individually, we are nothing. ”

- Chuck Palahniuk

“ You can lead a whore to culture, but you can't make her think. ”

- Dorothy Parker

“ 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

“ If the aborigine drafted an I.Q. test, all of Western civilization would presumably flunk it. ”

- Stanley Garn

“ Civilized society is one huge bourgeoisie: no nobleman dares now shock his greengrocer. ”

- George Bernard Shaw

“ Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands? ”

- Ernest Gaines

“ The word was — civilization! ”

- Thomas Mann

“ It is so stupid of modern civilization to have given up believing in the devil when he is the only explanation of it. ”

- Ronald Knox

“ Is it, perhaps, possible that there are two kinds of civilization one for home consumption and one for the heathen market? ”

- Mark Twain

“ Societies have always been shaped more by the nature of the media by which men communicate than by the content of the communication ”

- Marshall McLuhan
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