A volunteer is a person who can see what others cannot see; who can feel what most do not feel. Often, such gifted persons do not think of themselves as volunteers, but as citizens - citizens in the fullest sense: partners in civilization.
A civilization flourishes when people plant trees under which they will never sit.
Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.
There is a higher form of patriotism than nationalism, and that higher form is not limited by the boundaries of one's country; but by a duty to mankind to safeguard the trust of civilization.
The man who first abused his fellows with swear-words instead of bashing their brains out with a club should be counted among those who laid the foundations of civilization.
The exact measure of the progress of civilization is the degree in which the intelligence of the common mind has prevailed over wealth and brute force.
I know it is more agreeable to walk upon carpets than to lie upon dungeon floors, I know it is pleasant to have all the comforts and luxuries of
civilization; but he who cares only for these things is worth no more than a butterfly, contented and thoughtless, upon a morning flower; and who
ever thought of rearing a tombstone to a last summer's butterfly?
The goal of every culture is to decay through over-civilization; the factors of decadence, -- LUXURY, scepticism, weariness and superstition, -- are constant. The civilization of one epoch becomes the manure of the next.
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.
A disquieting era of genetic manipulation is coming, one that may revolutionize human capacities, and notions of health. If we treat moral scruples impatiently, as inherently retrograde in a scientifically advancing civilization, we will not be in moral trim when, soon, our very humanity depends on our being in trim.
Civilization is a progress from an indefinite, incoherent homogeneity toward a definite, coherent heterogeneity.
Simplicity is the peak of civilization.
Civilization is like a thin layer of ice upon a deep ocean of chaos and darkness.
I think God's going to come down and pull civilization over for speeding.
First, I worry about climate change. It's the only thing that I believe has the power to fundamentally end the march of civilization as we know it, and make a lot of the other efforts that we're making irrelevant and impossible
We veneer civilization by doing unkind things in a kind way
The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.
Every advance in civilization has been denounced as unnatural while it was recent
All our lauded technological progress -- our very civilization - is like the axe in the hand of the pathological criminal.
The true test of civilization is, not the census, nor the size of the cities, nor the crops, but the kind of man that the country turns out.
All civilization has from time to time become a thin crust over a volcano of revolution.
Civilization depends on morality.
Civilization is a limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities.
Civilization is just a slow process of learning to be kind.
Sunday is the core of our civilization, dedicated to thought and reverence.