Civilization Quotes

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

Mikhail Gorbachev

Prejudices are the props of civilization.

Andre Gide

Unless there is a vast alteration in manís civilization as it stumbles along today,man will not be here very long.

L. Ron Hubbard

Park and open-space efforts can be described as an institutional reflection of the principal means by which urban man has historically engaged in the Edenic search. He has, since the beginnings of civilization, sought gardeners in his cities, a pastoral landscape outside of his cities, and wilderness for retreat away from his cities. Baghdad boasts a thousand gardens; Alexander set aside one quarter of his North African city as a park;...wilderness served as retreat for Jesus of Nazareth, as it did later for the Waldenisians and the Franciscans; and mediation in the wilderness is a common theme in Far Eastern cultures. Thus, there is good evidence that a prosperity for greenery as a substitute Eden in urban civilizations is not a particularity of any single race, religion, or national culture.

Charles E. Little†

We've arranged a civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology.

Dr. Carl Sagan

Jesus wept; Voltaire smiled. From that divine tear and from that human smile is derived the grace of present civilization.

Victor Hugo

Civilization is hideously fragile and there's not much between us and the horrors underneath, just about a coat of varnish.

Carrie P. Snow

Property is the pivot of civilization

Leon Samson

A living civilization creates; a dying, builds museums.

Martin H. Fischer

We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

A tablecloth restaurant is still one of the great rewards of civilization.

Harry Golden

The three great elements of modern civilization, Gunpowder, Printing, and the Protestant Religion.

Thomas Carlyle

Civilization is the art of living in towns of such size the everyone does not know everyone else.

Julian Jaynes

Civilization will not attain to its perfection until the last stone from the last church falls on the last priest.


The ultimate tendency of civilization is towards barbarism.

David Hare

Civilization must be destroyed. The hairy saints of the North have earned this crumb by their complaints.

Wallace Stevens

When humor goes, there goes civilization.

Erma Bombeck

Civilization... wrecks the planet from seafloor to stratosphere.

Richard Bach

Education is the transmission of civilization.

Ariel and Will Durant

This war in Vietnam is, I believe, a war for civilization. Certainly it is not a war of our seeking. It is a war thrust upon us and we cannot yield to tyranny.

Francis Cardinal Spellman

Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage's whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men


The prevalent fear of poverty among the educated classes is the worst moral disease from which our civilization suffers

William James

To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization.

Arnold Toynbee

We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization

Franklin D. Roosevelt
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