Civilization Quotes

A man's labor is not only his capital but his life. When it passes it returns never more. To utilize it, to prevent its wasteful squandering, to enable the poor man to bank it up for use hereafter, this surely is one of the most urgent tasks before civilization.

William Booth

This is a lovely world, he sighed. And yet it has suffered horror. Sometimes, so-called civilization seems bent on destroying those very things which it is sworn to protect.

William M. Kucmierowski

Every marvel of our age arose out of the critical give and take of an open society. No other civilization ever managed to incorporate this crucial innovation, weaving it into daily life. And if you disagree with this ... say so!

William M. Kucmierowski

Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.

Barbara W. Tuchman

The test of a civilization is in the way that it cares for its helpless members.

Pearl S. Buck

Civilization has gotten further and further from the so-called 'natural' man, who uses all his faculties: perception, invention, improvisation.

Robert Green Ingersoll

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

Will Durant

A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.

Ariel Durant

The slum is the measure of civilization

Jacob Riis

As long as art is the beauty parlor of civilization, neither art nor civilization is secure

John Dewey

If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.

Thomas Jefferson

Disinterested intellectual curiosity is the life-blood of real civilization

George Macaulay Trevelyan

Civilization is being poisoned by its own waste products

W. R. Inge

Civilization is what makes you sick.

Paul Gauguin

The true civilization is where every man gives to every other every right that he claims for himself.

Robert Ingersoll

Civilization is nothing more than the effort to reduce the use of force to the last resort.

Jose Ortega y Gasset

A sufficient measure of civilization is the influence of good women.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Civilization is the order and freedom promoting cultural activity.

Will Durant

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

Jane Addams

Civilization is not a burden. It is an opportunity.

Alexander Meiklejohn

The more rapidly a civilization progresses, the sooner it dies for another to rise in its place.

Havelock Ellis

Civilization is the process of reducing the infinite to the finite.

Oliver Wendall Holmes

To accept civilization as it is practically means accepting decay.

George Orwell

The test of civilization is its estimate of women.

George William Curtis
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