Civilization Quotes

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

Sex appeal is the keynote of our civilization.

Henri Bergson
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