Civilization Quotes

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

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
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