Civilization quotes
We say that slavery has vanished from European civilization, but this is not true. Slavery still exists, but now it applies only to women and its name is prostitution.

- Hugo, Victor
It seems to me, Golan, that the advance of civilization is nothing but an exercise in the limiting of privacy.

- Janov Pelorat in Asimov's Foundation's Edge
America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.

- Oscar Wilde
Ideas are the factors that lift civilization. They create revolutions. There is more dynamite in an idea than in many bombs.

- Bishop Vincent
LOCK-AND-KEY, n. The distinguishing device of civilization and enlightenment.

- Ambrose Bierce
It was the Law of the Sea, they said. Civilization ends at the waterline. Beyond that, we all enter the food chain, and not always right at the top.

- Hunter S. Thompson
Civilization and profits go hand in hand.

- Coolidge, Calvin
One measure of a civilization, either of an age or of a single individual, is what that age or person really wishes to do. A man's hope measures his civilization. The attainability of the hope measures, or may measure, the civilization of his nation and time.

- Pound, Ezra
Clearly, a civilization that feels guilty for everything it is and does will lack the energy and conviction to defend itself.

- Jean Francois Revel
Civilization exists precisely so that there may be no masses but rather men alert enough never to constitute masses.

- Bernanos, Georges
Simplicity is the peak of civilization.

- Jessie Sampter
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.

- Durant, William J.
The reason for the slow progress of the world seems to lie in a single fact. Every man is born under the yoke, and grows up beneath the oppressions of his age. He can only get a vision of the unselfish forces in the world by appealing to them, and every appeal is a call to arms. If he fights he must fight, not one man, but a conspiracy. He is always at war with a civilization. On his side is proverbial philosophy, a galaxy of invisible saints and sages, and the half-developed consciousness and professions of everybody. Against him is the world, and every selfish passion in his own heart.

- Chapman, John Jay
What a time! What a civilization!

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

- Julian Jaynes
Every new stroke of civilization has cost the lives of countless brave men, who have fallen defeated by the dragon, in their efforts to win the apples of the Hesperides, or the fleece of gold. Fallen in their efforts to overcome the old, half sordid savagery of the lower stages of creation, and win the next stage.

- Lawrence, D. H.
A slight daily unconscious luxury is hardly ever wanting to the dwellers in civilization; like the gentle air of a genial climate, it is a perpetual minute enjoyment.

- Bagehot, Walter
Civilization is a method of living, an attitude of equal respect for all men.

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

- Lombardi, Vince
Being human signifies, for each one of us, belonging to a class, a society, a country, a continent and a civilization; and for us European earth-dwellers, the adventure played out in the heart of the New World signifies in the first place that it was not our world and that we bear responsibility for the crime of its destruction.

- Levi-Strauss, Claude

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