Civilization Quotes

It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.

Albert Einstein

When humor goes, there goes civilization.

Erma Bombeck

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

Wallace Stevens

The ultimate tendency of civilization is towards barbarism.

David Hare

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

EMILE ZOLA

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

Julian Jaynes

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

Thomas Carlyle

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

Harry Golden

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

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Civilization is the distance man has placed between himself and his excreta.

Brian Aldiss

The writer, the actor, the musician, the filmmaker - they have become radiant jewels in the crown of modern civilization.

Arundhati Roy

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.

Lev Andreevich Artsimovich

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.

Chester A. Arthur

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.

Mikhail Alexandrovich Bakunin

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.

Hasan al-Banna

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.

Begum Aga Khan

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.

Saul Bellow

There is no document of civilization which is not at the same time a document of barbarism.

Walter Bendix Schnflies Benjamin

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.

Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm

No people ever did or ever can attain a worthy civilization by the satisfaction merely of material needs . . .

Louis Dembitz Brandeis

At first glance, My Super Sweet 16 appears to be a sugary bit of reality drizzle about some irritating American brats, but the more you watch it the more you realize its actually a stonehearted expos of everything thats wrong with our faltering so-called civilization.

Charlton

Okay, so what we really have to recognize and own as Americans is that our way of being is itself perhaps the greatest threat to the continuation of civilization.

Jerry Brown

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Updated On : March 11, 2014
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