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 :: Famous Quotations Topic: Civilization (43 Quotations)

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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?
~ Mary Baker Eddy

 

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Civilization is the lamb's skin in which barbarism masquerades.
~ Thomas B. Aldrich

 

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Each new generation is a fresh invasion of savages.
~ Hervey Allen

 

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The skylines lit up at dead of night, the air-conditioning systems cooling empty hotels in the desert and artificial light in the middle of the day all have something both demented and admirable about them. The mindless luxury of a rich civilization, and yet of a civilization perhaps as scared to see the lights go out as was the hunter in his primitive night.
~ Jean Baudrillard

 

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We are born princes and the civilizing process makes us frogs.
~ Eric Berne

 

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The three great elements of modern civilization, Gun powder, Printing, and the Protestant religion.
~ Thomas Carlyle

 

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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.
~ Kenneth Clark

 

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The civilized are those who get more out of life than the uncivilized, and for this we are not likely to be forgiven.
~ Cyril Connolly

 

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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.
~ Cyril Connolly

 

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The test of civilization is its estimate of women.
~ George William Curtis

 

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Increased means and increased leisure are the two civilizers of man.
~ Benjamin Disraeli

 

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Civilization is a stream with banks. The stream is sometimes filled with blood from people killing, stealing, shouting and doing the things historians usually record, while on the banks, unnoticed, people build homes, make love, raise children, sing songs, write poetry and even whittle statues. The story of civilization is the story of what happened on the banks. Historians are pessimists because they ignore the banks for the river.
~ William J. Durant

 

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I think there are only three things America will be known for 2, 000 years from now when they study this civilization: the Constitution, jazz music and baseball.
~ Gerald Early

 

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All civilization has from time to time become a thin crust over a volcano of revolution.
~ Havelock Ellis

 

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As long as our civilization is essentially one of property, of fences, of exclusiveness, it will be mocked by delusions. Our riches will leave us sick; there will be bitterness in our laughter; and our wine will burn our mouth. Only that good profits, which we can taste with all doors open, and which serves all men.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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Civilization depends on morality.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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Sunday is the core of our civilization, dedicated to thought and reverence.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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Civilization is a process in the service of Eros, whose purpose is to combine single human individuals, and after that families, then races, peoples and nations, into one great unity, the unity of mankind. Why this has to happen, we do not know; the work of Eros is precisely this.
~ Sigmund Freud

 

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Civilization...is a matter of imponderables, of delight in the thins of the mind, of love of beauty, of honor, grace, courtesy, delicate feeling. Where imponderables, are things of first importance, there is the height of civilization, and, if at the same time, the power of art exists unimpaired, human life has reached a level seldom attained and very seldom surpassed.
~ Edith Hamilton

 

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The ultimate tendency of civilization is towards barbarism.
~ David Hare

 

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