Civilization quotes
True Civilization does not lie in gas, nor in steam, nor in turn-tables. It lies in the reduction of the traces of original sin.

- Baudelaire, Charles
Coming to terms with the rhythms of women's lives means coming to terms with life itself, accepting the imperatives of the body rather than the imperatives of an artificial, man-made, perhaps transcendentally beautiful civilization. Emphasis on the male work-rhythm is an emphasis on infinite possibilities; emphasis on the female rhythms is an emphasis on a defined pattern, on limitation.

- Mead, Margaret
One cannot but wonder at this constantly recurring phrase getting something for nothing, as if it were the peculiar and perverse ambition of disturbers of society. Except for our animal outfit, practically all we have is handed us gratis. Can the most complacent reactionary flatter himself that he invented the art of writing or the printing press, or discovered his religious, economic, and moral convictions, or any of the devices which supply him with meat and raiment or any of the sources of such pleasure as he may derive from literature or the fine arts? In short, civilization is little else than getting something for nothing.

- Robinson, James H.
The writer in western civilization has become not a voice of his tribe, but of his individuality. This is a very narrow-minded situation.

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

- Lombardi, Vince
To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization, and at present very few people have reached this level.

- Bertrand Russell
The secret of success is to realize that the crisis on our planet is much larger than just deciding what to do with your own life, and if the system under which we live the structure of western civilization begins to collapse because of our selfishness and greed, then it will make no difference whether you have $1 million dollars when the crash comes or just $1.00. The only work that will ultimately bring any good to any of us is the work of contributing to the healing of the world.

- Williamson, Marianne
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 word civilization to my mind is coupled with death. When I use the word, I see civilization as a crippling, thwarting thing, a stultifying thing. For me it was always so. I don't believe in the golden ages, you see... civilization is the arteriosclerosis of culture.

- Miller, Henry
Civilization is just a slow process of learning to be kind.

- Lucas, Charles L.
The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.

- Fyodor Dostoevsky
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
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.
I have seen the science I worshipped, and the aircraft I loved, destroying the civilization I expected them to serve.

- Charles Lindbergh
The test of civilization is its estimate of women.

- Curtis, George William
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
I believe that truth is the glue that holds government together, not only our government but civilization itself.

- Gerald R. Ford
Real freedom lies in wildness, not in civilization.

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

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

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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