The three great elements of modern civilization, Gunpowder, Printing, and the Protestant Religion.
A tablecloth restaurant is still one of the great rewards of civilization.
We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization.
Civilization... wrecks the planet from seafloor to stratosphere.
A living civilization creates; a dying, builds museums.
Property is the pivot of civilization
Civilization is hideously fragile and there's not much between us and the horrors underneath, just about a coat of varnish.
Civilization is the distance man has placed between himself and his excreta.
The writer, the actor, the musician, the filmmaker - they have become radiant jewels in the crown of modern civilization.
There can be no doubt that our descendants will learn to exploit the energy of fusion for peaceful purposes even before its use becomes necessary for the preservation of human civilization.
I trust the time is nigh when, with the universal assent of civilized people, all international differences shall be determined without resort to arms by the benignant processes of civilization.
Liberty is so great a magician, endowed with so marvelous a power of productivity, that under the inspiration of this spirit alone, North America was able within less than a century to equal, and even surpass, the civilization of Europe.
The civilization of the West, which was brilliant by virtue of its scientific perfection for a long time, and which subjugated the whole world with the products of this science to its states and nations, is now bankrupt and in decline.
Business is globalizing so fast that it has led to the often quoted clash of civilizations. People simply have not had time to get to know and understand people of other cultures sufficiently to live and work in harmony.
Reading Decline of the West I learned that in Spenglers view ours was a Faustian civilization and that we, the Jews, were Magians, the survivors and representatives of an earlier type, totally incapable of comprehending the Faustian spirit that had created the great civilization of the West. ... What Magians were to Faustians, Faustians might very well be to Americans.
There is no document of civilization which is not at the same time a document of barbarism.
You cannot make a man by standing a sheep on its hind-legs. But by standing a whole flock of sheep in that position you can make a crowd of men. If man were not a gregarious animal, the world might have achieved, by this time, some real progress towards civilization. Segregate him, and he is no fool. But let him loose among his fellows, and he is lost - he becomes a unit in unreason.
No people ever did or ever can attain a worthy civilization by the satisfaction merely of material needs . . .
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