Civilization Quotes

Wilderness is the raw material out of which man has hammered the artifact called civilization.

Aldo Leopold

A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself

Edward Abbey†

And here we encounter the seeds of government disaster and collapse -- the kind that wrecked ancient Rome and every other civilization that allowed a socio political monster called the welfare state to exist

Barry Goldwater

The sole pre-occupation of this learned society was the destruction of humanity for philanthropic reasons and the perfection of weapons as instruments of civilization.

Jules Verne

Civilization has been a permanent dialogue between human beings and water

Paolo Lugari

The condition of the tribes which occupy the country set apart for them in the West is highly prosperous, and encourages the hope of their early civilization. They have for the most part abandoned the hunter state and turned their attention to agricultural pursuits.

Martin Van Buren

Civilization begins with order, grows with liberty, and dies with chaos.

Will Durant

Without winners, there wouldn't even be any civilization.

Woody Hayes

Sunday is the core of our civilization, dedicated to thought and reverence.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Civilization is just a slow process of learning to be kind.

Charles L. Lucas

Civilization is a limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities.

Mark Twain

Civilization depends on morality.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Havelock Ellis

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.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

All our lauded technological progress -- our very civilization - is like the axe in the hand of the pathological criminal.

Albert Einstein

Every advance in civilization has been denounced as unnatural while it was recent

Bertrand Russell

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

We veneer civilization by doing unkind things in a kind way

George Bernard Shaw

The goal of every culture is to decay through over-civilization; the factors of decadence, -- luxury, skepticism, weariness and superstition, -- are constant. The civilization of one epoch becomes the manure of the next.

Cyril Connolly

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

Bill Clinton

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.

Walter Bagehot

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

Mao Zedong

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

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?

Henry Ward Beecher
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