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Civilization is a movement and not a condition, a voyage and not a harbor.

- Arnold Toynbee

Civilization and profits go hand in hand.

- Coolidge, Calvin

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.

- Martineau, Harriet

Young women... you are, in my opinion, disgracefully ignorant. You have never made a discovery of any sort of importance. You have never shaken an empire or led an army into battle. The plays by Shakespeare are not by you, and you have never introduced a barbarous race to the blessings of civilization. What is your excuse?

- Woolf, Virginia

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

- Ellis, Havelock

Classes struggle, some classes triumph, others are eliminated. Such is history; such is the history of civilization for thousands of years.

- Zedong, Mao

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

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

- Mikhail Gorbachev

Speech is civilization itself. The word... preserves contact -- it is silence which isolates.

- Mann, Thomas

The fact is, that civilization requires slaves. Human slavery is wrong, insecure, and demoralizing. On mechanical slavery, on the slavery of the machine, the future of the world depends.

- Wilde, Oscar

The two World Wars came in part, like much modern literature and art, because men, whose nature is to tire of everything in turn, tired of common sense and civilization.

- Lucan, F. L.

Our civilization, bequeathed to us by fierce adventurers, eaters of meat and hunters, is so full of hurry and combat, so busy about many things which perhaps are of no importance, that it cannot but see something feeble in a civilization which smiles as it refuses to make the battlefield the test of excellence.

- Joyce, James

A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over lousy fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average of the world%uFFFDs great civilizations before they decline has been 200 years. These nations have progressed in this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; from faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to Complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependency; from dependency back again to bondage.

- Alexander Fraser Tyler

If civilization had been left in female hands we would still be living in grass huts.

- Paglia, Camille

The fact is, that civilization requires slaves. The Greeks were quite right there. Unless there are slaves to do the ugly, horrible, uninteresting work, culture, and contemplation become almost impossible. Human slavery is wrong, insecure, and demoralizing. On mechanical slavery, on the slavery of the machine, the future of the world depends.

- Oscar Wilde

Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.

- Vince Lombardi

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.

- Emerson, Ralph Waldo

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

- Oscar Wilde

In the highest civilization, the book is still the highest delight. He who has once known its satisfactions is provided with a resource against calamity.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I see little of more importance to the future of our country and of civilization than full recognition of the place of the artist. If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.

- Kennedy, John F.

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