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Love, n. A temporary insanity curable by marriage or by removal of the patient from the influences under which he incurred the disorder. This disease is prevalent only among civilized races living under artificial conditions; barbarous nations breathing pure air and eating simple food enjoy immunity from its ravages. Ambrose Bierce
Civilization is a method of living, an attitude of equal respect for all men. Jane Addams
Increased means and increased leisure are the two civilizers of man. Benjamin Disraeli
There is no kind of harassment that a man may not inflict on a woman with impunity in civilized societies. Denis Diderot
The more rapidly a civilization progresses, the sooner it dies for another to rise in its place. Havelock Ellis
The exact measure of the progress of civilization is the degree in which the intelligence of the common mind has prevailed over wealth and brute force. George Bancroft
If civilization has risen from the Stone Age, it can rise again from the Wastepaper Age. Jacques Barzun
Nothing can be more abhorrent to democracy than to imprison a person or keep him in prison because he is unpopular. This is really the test of civilization. Winston Churchill
Disinterested intellectual curiosity is the life blood of real civilization. G. M. Trevelyan
This will never be a civilized country until we spend more money for books than we do for chewing gum. Elbert Hubbard
Beware how you trifle with your marvelous inheritance, this great land of ordered liberty, for if we stumble and fall, freedom and civilization everywhere will go down in ruin. Henry Cabot Lodge
I expect that Woman will be the last thing civilized by Man. George Meredith
Peace on earth would mean the end of civilization as we know it. Joseph Heller
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. Ayn Rand
America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization. Georges Clemenceau
Art is the signature of civilizations. Beverly Sills
If a test of civilization be sought, none can be so sure as the condition of that half of society over which the other half has power. Harriet Martineau
Asia is not going to be civilized after the methods of the West. There is too much Asia and she is too old. Rudyard Kipling
Modern technology has become a total phenomenon for civilization, the defining force of a new social order in which efficiency is no longer an option but a necessity imposed on all human activity. Jacques Ellul
To have doubted one's own first principles is the mark of a civilized man. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
God made the country, and man made the town. William Cowper
All civilization has from time to time become a thin crust over a volcano of revolution. Havelock Ellis
Justice, sir, is the great interest of man on earth. It is the ligament which holds civilized beings and civilized nations together. Daniel Webster
The danger to society is not merely that it should believe wrong things, though that is great enough; but that it should become credulous, and lose the habit of testing things and inquiring into them; for then it must sink back into savagery. William Kingdon Clifford
Ultimately, here is the choice we face: we can either make the solution to the climate crisis the central organizing principle of civilization–or the hostile conditions we are creating will grow rapidly worse, thickening the smothering blanket of global warming pollution surrounding our planet and destroy the viability of civilization as we know it. Al Gore
... the taint of slavery will render the cause of the South loathsome to the civilized world. Richard Bickerton Pemell Lyons
Never in history did a people enter a country as we entered our country. There are two reasons for this: We are returning to our homeland that has waited for us as a wasteland, and we are not entering a new country that is not ours; we are a people of ancient culture, and in the long years of our exile we have added to that culture the great values of a new civilization. All these riches we bring with us as a gift to our ancient land, and to the people who settled it while we were away, and to the other peoples of the surrounding Orient ... Moshe Smilansky
It is through the European that civilization arrives ... precisely because of their superiority, the civilized people our responsible for an evolving world. Georges-Louis Leclerc de Buffon
These vast lands [Africa, South America, Asia]... need only assistance from us to be civilized. Marquis de Condorcet
After WWII .... the West exchanged the old racist coinage for new currency. "Uncivilized" became "underdeveloped". "Savage people" became the "third world". There was a genuine change of heart away from racism and toward respect for equality, but a paternalistic and coercive strain survived. William Easterly
[For those peoples not yet able to stand by themselves under the strenuous conditions of the modern world, there should be applied the principle that the well-being and development of such peoples form a sacred trust of civilization .... the tutelage of such peoples should be entrusted to advanced nations ... League of Nations
There is no document of civilization that is not simultaneously a document of barbarism. Walter Benjamin
Unanimity of opinion is characteristic of savages and civilization only advances as more and more people have the right to call wrong what the majority calls right.. George Samuel Schuyler
[Whites] must reassert our identity and our solidarity, and we must do so in explicitly racial terms through the articulation of a racial consciousness as whites. The civilization that we as whites created in Europe and America could not have developed apart from the genetic endowments of the creating people, nor is there any reason to believe that civilization can be successfully transmitted to a different people. Samuel Todd Francis
Could we do without the social safety net, without Social Security, without Medicare, without farm subsidies, without unemployment compensation, without school lunch programs, without housing assistance? Of course we could. But we would not be a civilized society and we would not be an American nation any of us would be proud of. Gary Hart
The ultimate unit, the taxpayer – whether home or colonial – looks for two groups of results as his reward. On the one hand, he hopes to see Christianity and civilization pro tanto extended; and, on the other, to see some compensating development of industry and trade. Unless he, or 'his servants the Government,' secure either or both these results, the question must be plainly asked, Has he the right, and is he right, to wage such wars? George Baden-Powell
What Satan put into the heads of our remote ancestors was the idea that they ... could ... invent some sort of happiness for themselves outside God, apart from God. And out of that hopeless attempt has come nearly all that we call human history—–money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery—–the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy. ... That is the key to history. Terrific energy is expended—–civilizations are built up—–excellent institutions devised; but each time something goes wrong. Some fatal flaw always brings the selfish and cruel people to the top and it all slides back into misery and ruin. In fact, the machine conks. It seems to start up all right and runs a few years, and then it breaks down. They are trying to run it on the wrong juice. That is what Satan has done to us humans. C. S. Lewis
The sympathy of India, deep and burning, for those passive resisters who were being dealt with by measures which could not for a moment be tolerated in any country that claims to be civilized. Lord Hardinge; Charles Hardinge
It is impossible for white men to live with the coloured races without adopting a conviction that…they have the right to command the services of the less civilized. John Scott
All the principal towns are sadly decayed, and instead of finding every mortal employed, you meet with multitudes of poor creatures who are starving in idleness. James Boswell
The Turkish army will have done its duty when it defends the country from foreign aggression and frees the nation from fanaticism and intellectual slavery. The Turkish nation has fallen far behind the West. The main aim should be to lead it to modern civilization. Kemal Ataturk
Today the Turkish nation is called on to defend its capacity for civilization, its right to life and independence – its entire future. Kemal Ataturk
A nation which does not make pictures, a nation which does not make statues, a nation which does not practice science, such a nation, one must admit, has no place on the highroad of civilization. But our nation with its true qualities deserves to become and will become civilized and progressive. Kemal Ataturk
Can one name a single nation that has not turned to the West in its quest for civilization? Kemal Ataturk
Skullcaps, fezes, turbans – it all costs money which goes to foreigners. We will become civilized…We will march forward…Civilization is a fearful fire which consumes those who ignore it. Kemal Ataturk
In the face of knowledge, science, and of the whole extent of radiant civilization, I cannot accept the presence in Turkey’s civilized community of people primitive enough to seek material and spiritual benefits in the guidance of sheikhs. The Turkish republic cannot be a country of sheikhs, dervishes and disciples. Kemal Ataturk
It is a disgrace for a civilized society to appeal for help to the dead. Kemal Ataturk
The hat is the common headgear of the Turkish people, and the government forbids habits to the contrary. Turkey
The civilized world is far ahead of us. We have no choice but to catch up. Kemal Ataturk
The change to the Latin alphabet will be done in three months or not at all. Kemal Ataturk
This land was our land; it was taken from us illegally …. John Smith did not bring a civilization here. There was already civilization here…. We should have burned the boat and killed them. all. Sewell Fitzhugh
Governments come and go, but civilizations linger on. David Halberstam
We must take, and continue to take, morally hazardous actions to preserve our civilization. We must exercise our power. But we ought neither to believe that a nation is capable of perfect disinterestedness in its exercise nor become complacent about particular degrees of interest and passion which corrupt the justice by which the exercise of power is legitimized. Reinhold Niebuhr
Now this problem of the adjustment of man to his natural resources, and the problem of how such things as industrialization and urbanization can be accepted without destroying the traditional values of civilization and corrupting the inner vitality of its life—these things are not only problems of America; they are the problems of men everywhere. George F. Kennan
We cannot avoid facing the fact that we occupied a new place among the people of the world… Our flag is a proud flag, and it stands for liberty and civilization. Where it has once floated, there must be no return to tyranny. Theodore Roosevelt
A country is considered the more civilized the more the wisdom and efficiency of its laws hinder a weak man from becoming too weak and a powerful one too powerful. Primo Levi
The degree of civilization in a society can by judged by entering its prisons. Fyodor Dostoevsky
If fathers wish to educate their daughters beyond what is customary, for want of trained older women and on account of the extreme negligence which has become women's sad lit, since well-educated older women are unavailable, they are obliged to bring in men teachers to give instruction in reading, writing, and arithmetic, playing musical instruments, and other skills…. As a result of this, many fathers prefer leaving their daughters in a barbaric, uncivilized state to exposing them to an evident danger such as familiarity with men breeds. All of which would be eliminated if there were older women of learning Juana Ines de la Cruz
Let's face it: however old-fashioned and out of date and devaluated the word is, we like the way of living provided by democracy. Eve Curie
Sectarianism, bigotry, and it's horrible descendant, fanaticism, have long possessed this beautiful Earth. They have filled the earth with violence, drenched it often and often with human blood, destroyed civilization, and sent whole nations to despair. Had it not been for these horrible demons, human society would be far more advanced than it is now. Swami Vivekananda
The deadliest enemies of nations are not their foreign foes; they always dwell within their borders. And from these internal enemies civilization is always in need of being saved. William James
The different religions have never overlooked the part played by the sense of guilt in civilization Sigmund Freud
World history is the history of the great cultures. Oswald Spengler
More than by anything else, Western civilization is defined by total fearlessness of and openness to the truth. To the extent this civilization begins to harbor reservations about this fearlessness and this openness, it ceases to be itself, i.e., Western; and to the extent a society, any society, has developed fearlessness of and openness to the truth, it has become Westernized. Charles Habib Malik
The gross heathenism of civilization has generally destroyed nature, and poetry, and all that is spiritual John Muir
You must recollect that our situation is different from that of other towns in the Eastern part of the State, which have always enjoyed the benefits of churches, schools & other civilizing influences. We have always been a frontier Town, where the wild & reckless sons of the Plains have congregated, their influences are still felt here, but we are rapidly overcoming them, let us alone & we will work out our own salvation in due season. I flatter myself that I know how to handle the boys, they cannot be driven. Please do not borrow trouble Governor about the conduct or management of Dodge City. Robert Wright
A black man is no more an undeveloped white man than a rabbit is an undeveloped hare. Mary Kingsley
Civilization will not last, freedom will not survive, peace will not be kept, unless a very large majority of mankind unite together to defend them and show themselves possessed of a constabulary power before which barbaric and atavistic forces will stand in awe. Winston Churchill
I have not the smallest doubt that, if we had a purely democratic government here, the effect would be the same. Either the poor would plunder the rich, and civilization would perish; or order and property would be saved by a strong military government, and liberty would perish. Thomas Babington Macaulay
In civilized life, law floats in a sea of ethics. Each is indispensable to civilization. Without law, we should be at the mercy of the least scrupulous; without ethics, law could not exist. Earl Warren
The people of Northern Italy are the most civilized people I have ever met. Albert Einstein
Commandment Number One of any truly civilized society is this: Let people be different. Ray Stannard Baker
Over the past thirty years Europe’s influence has transformed Cairo. Now…we are civilized. Isma'il
The true measure of a civilization is the respect it pays to minorities and strangers. Prince Charles
The clash we are witnessing around the world is not a clash of religions, or a clash of civilizations. It is a clash between two opposites, between two eras. It is a clash between a mentality that belongs to the Middle Ages and another mentality that belongs to the 21st century. It is a clash between civilization and backwardness, between the civilized and the primitive, between barbarity and rationality. It is a clash between freedom and oppression, between democracy and dictatorship. It is a clash between human rights, on the one hand, and the violation of these rights, on other hand. It is a clash between those who treat women like beasts, and those who treat them like human beings. What we see today is not a clash of civilizations. Civilizations do not clash, but compete. Wafa Sultan
When the fruits of civilization, created by all, are enjoyed in common by all, then civilization is secure. Not till then. James Connolly
The history of the world demonstrates that man becomes what we call civilized by increasing his wants. Robert G. Ingersoll
I had been preserved from the spirit-breaking Indian schools… My psychology, therefore, had not been shot to pieces by that cheap attitude of the Indian service, whose one aim was to “civilize” the race youth, by denouncing his parents, his customs, his people wholesale, and filling the vacuum they had created with their vulgar notions of what constituted civilization. Laura Minnie Cornelius Kellogg
They seem to me to leave the Indians in a worse condition than they found them in. Laura Minnie Cornelius Kellogg
All civilizations must go through four stages: The first stage is the emergence of a new civilization and society. The second stage covers a period of growth and prosperity. Stagnation and decadence characterize the third stage where wealth can no longer increase. This brings us to a fourth stage of decline leading to the ultimate collapse. Finally, a new civilization emerges from the ashes of the previous one and another cycle is born. The conditions of the world, and of the nations do not persist in one unchanging state but are transformed with the passage of time and move from one condition to another Ibn Khaldoun
The war [WWI] has lasted more than a year. Millions of corpses cover the battlefields. Millions of human beings have been crippled for the rest of their lives. Europe is like a gigantic human slaughterhouse. All civilization, created by the labor of many generations, is doomed to destruction. The most savage barbarism is today celebrating its triumph over all that hitherto constituted the pride of humanity International Socialist Conference
Outside the pale of society, language is just as useless as an eye in darkness Anton Pannekoek
Courage without compassion can wreak havoc on our civilization. Angela Bassett
Women are a great civilizing force in any society and when they are repressed things don’t work very well. George P. Shultz
…if civilization is to advance at all in the future, it must be through the help of women, women freed of their political shackles, women with full power to work their will in society. Emmeline Pankhurst
Civilization, Commerce and Christianity Anonymous
The Hebrews have done more to civilize men than any other nation. John Adams
Standards violated are better than no standards at all. Kenneth Adelman
The mission of colonization cannot be other than a mission of high civilization. Albert I
Civilization degrades the many to exalt the few Amos Bronson Alcott
If it be necessary, in order to bring about the end of a money civilization and set up something new, healthy and strong, that we of the so-called artist class have to be submerged, let us be submerged. Down with us. A little poverty and shaking down won’t hurt us … Maxwell Anderson
The whites introduced among them [the Indians] the fatal and exterminating conditions of modern life. William Appis
It is always upon the spirit that I lay stress. The world should know more about our spirit, for the world has tended to ignore Asiatic civilization. I am firmly convinced that the fundamentals of Asiatic civilization are just as good as the European Sadao Araki
It was necessary to abolish the fez, which sat on the heads of our nation as an emblem of ignorance, negligence, fanaticism, and hatred of progress and civilization … Kemal Ataturk
Must we not first take the government of Mexico in hand, either to establish a protectorate over the country, or by undertaking to give the [Mexican] President a Military Support that will insure domestic tranquility and a due regards for the rights of foreigners. Horace Austin
Christianity is the enemy of liberty and of civilization. It has kept mankind in chains. August Bebel
Ethics is a fluid term ...It's the standards by which a civilized society lives. Robert S. Bennett
Civilization, or extinction, has been the fate of all people who have found themselves in the track of the advancing Whites Thomas Hart Benton
We must be aware of the superiority of our civilization. Silvio Berlusconi
The times call for candor. The Philippines are ours forever… and just beyond the Philippines are China’s inimitable market. We will not retreat from either. We will not repudiate our destiny in the Archipelago… We will not renounce our part in the mission of our race—trustees under God of the civilization of the world. Albert J. Beveridge
Science is so greatly opposed to history and tradition that it cannot be absorbed by our civilization. Max Born
The right to be let alone—the most comprehensive of rights and the most valued by civilized men. Louis D. Brandeis
The test of civilization is in the way that it cares for its helpless members. Pearl S. Buck
Christianity is the hallmark of civilization. William F. Buckley Jr.
The socialist or anarchist who seeks to overturn present conditions is to be regarded as attacking the foundation upon which civilization itself rests. Andrew Carnegie
Annexation [of Mexico] … because the United States is destined to supplant all other governments on this continent [and] … leading Mexico to a higher plane of civilization. Matthew Hale Carpenter
World Habeas Corpus is the difference between civilization and tyranny. Winston Churchill
Civilization and profits go hand in hand. Calvin Coolidge
We justify the greater and greater accumulation of capital because we believe that therefrom flows the support of all science, art, learning, and the charities which minister to the humanities of life, all carrying their beneficent effects to the people as a whole. Unless this is measurably true our system of civilization ought to stand condemned. Calvin Coolidge
We have discovered a land rich in gold, pearls, and other things … There are in the city many large and beautiful houses … and pleasant gardens …. Two great aqueducts made of mortar … The people are dressed with elegance and [have a ] courtly bearing …. Considering that these people are barbarous, lacking knowledge of God and communication with other civilized nations, it is remarkable to see all that they have. Hernan Cortes
We do not want your civilization. We would live as our fathers did, and their fathers before them. Crazy Horse
The main task of a free society is to civilize the struggle for power. Richard Crossman
Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization. Eugene V. Debs
The European talks of progress because by the aid of a few scientific discoveries he has established a society which has mistaken comfort for civilization. Benjamin Disraeli
Has not the world today somehow got itself enslaved by this immense machine, the Industrial system? Millions of men perform labor narrowing and stultifying even under the best conditions, bound in the traces of mechanical industry, without ever a chance of self-expression, except in the hectic pleasures of suffocating life in cities. They grind their lives away on the wheels, producing, producing, producing....Is this what men have been striving for through the ages? Is this ponderous suicidal machine civilization? John Dos Passos
War is one of the constants of history, and it has not diminished with civilization or democracy. In the last 3,421 years of recorded history only 268 have seen no war. Will Durant; Ariel Durant
Civilized men arrived in the Pacific, armed with alcohol, syphilis, trousers, and the Bible. Havelock Ellis
There is held to be no surer test of civilization than the increase per head of the consumption of alcohol and tobacco. Yet alcohol and tobacco are recognizable poisons, so that their consumption has only to be carried far enough to destroy civilization altogether. Havelock Ellis
Emancipation is a demand of civilization. All else is intrigue. Ralph Waldo Emerson
The true test of civilization is, not the census, nor the size of cities, nor the crops—no, but the kind of man the country turns out. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Prejudices are the props of civilization. Andre Gide
Treaties were expedients by which ignorant, intractable, and savage people were induced without bloodshed to yield up what civilized peoples had a right to possess. George Rockingham Gilmer
Civilizations are a matter of the mind. Newt Gingrich
The periods of unemployment accompanying depression in the business cycle ... present a challenge to all our claims to progress, humanity, and civilization. Samuel Gompers
The market is not an invention of capitalism …. It is an invention of civilization. Mikhail Gorbachev
The privilege against self-incrimination is one of the great landmarks in man’s struggle to make himself civilized. Erwin N. Griswold
It would be a good idea. Mohandas K. Gandhi
The British government in India constitutes a struggle between the Modern Civilization, which is the Kingdom of Satan, and the Ancient Civilization, which is the kingdom of God. Mohandas K. Gandhi
Poverty is an open-mouthed, relentless hell which yawns beneath civilized society. Henry George
Taxes are a necessary evil of a civilized society. Richard A. Gephardt
No nation is rich enough to pay for both war and civilization. We must make our choice; we cannot have both. Abraham Flexner
Every murder strikes at the heart of civilization; it is an attack on all mankind. Rae Foley; Elinore Denniston
We're in a war, the war of industrial civilization against the natural world. Dave Foreman
Taxes are what pays for a civilized society. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
A body of law is more rational and more civilized when every rule it contains is referred articulately and definitely to an end which it subserves and when the grounds for desiring that end are stated, or are ready to be stated in words. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
If Western civilization is to be saved from another relapse into the Dark Ages, it must be saved at the peace table. Herbert Hoover; Hugh Gibson
The expression "World Power" has been made an occasion for ridicule and sneers, but it has a real meaning and a real significance. It means an influence throughout the world, and so long as that influence is wielded for the betterment of mankind, for the uplifting of our unfortunate fellow creatures, for the maintenance of peace, for the promotion of morality and civilization, we may be proud to have taken part in the change of our national policy which made us a world power. Charles Evans Hughes
Civilization is the art of living in towns of such size that everyone does not know everyone else Julian Jaynes
Civilization as we know it could not continue to exist without oil. Harold L. Ickes
All preceding experiments for the improvement of the Indians have failed. It seems now to be an established fact that they cannot live in contact with a civilized community and prosper. Andrew Jackson
The progress and survival of civilization [are] dependent upon ... the realization ... of the utter futility of force as an arbiter. Douglas MacArthur
No civilization worthy of the name has every been founded on any agricultural basis other than that of cereals. Paul Christoph Manglesdorf
The United States has always had little sympathy for the native and has always seen settlements as a positive and civilizing force….they saw the native as a squatter with no rights. Mahmood Mamdani
If a test of civilization be sought, none can be so sure as the condition of the half of society over which the other half has power—from the exercises of the right of the strongest. Harriet Martineau
One measure of the degree of civilization attained by a nation might fairly be the extent to which the nation's creative artists are supported, encouraged and esteemed by the nation as a whole. Vincent Massey
The superiority of the Arab civilization, especially in Spain and Sicily, was the chief agency which awakened Europe after six centuries of barbarism. Joseph McCabe
A society which is clamoring for choice, which is filled with many articulate groups, each urging its own brand of salvation, its own variety of economic philosophy, will give each new generation no peace until all have chosen or gone under, unable to bear the conditions of choice. The stress is in our civilization. Margaret Mead
A people who are revolted by an execution, but not shocked at an assassination--require that the public authorities should be armed with much sterner powers of repression than elsewhere, since the first indispensable requisites of civilized life have nothing else to rest on. John Stuart Mill
A rude people, though in some degree alive to the benefits of civilized society, may be unable to practice the forbearance which it demands: their passions may be too violent, or their personal pride too exacting, to forego private conflict, and leave to the laws the avenging of their real or supposed wrongs. John Stuart Mill
At some period, however, of their history, almost every people, now civilized, have consisted, in majority, of slaves. A people in that condition require to raise them out of it a very different polity from a nation of savages. John Stuart Mill
Uncivilized races, and the bravest and most energetic still more than the rest, are averse to continuous labor of an unexciting kind. Yet all real civilization is at this price; without such labor, neither can the mind be disciplined into the habits required by civilized society, nor the material world prepared to receive it. John Stuart Mill
Peace, political stability and reconciliation are not too much to ask for. They are the minimum that a decent civilized society provides. George J. Mitchell
Free enterprise and the market economy mean war; socialism and planned economy mean peace. We must plan civilization or we must perish. Leo XIII
Although she [America] might have had pressing provocations, yet she ought to have looked to this country as the guardian power to which she was indebted not only for her comforts, not only for her rank in the scale of civilization but for her very existence. Robert Banks Jenkinson Liverpool
If our civilization is destroyed it will not be by ... barbarians from below. Our barbarians come from above. Henry Demarest Lloyd
You have said that it is me killing you; now here are your masters coming … you will have to pull and shove wagons, but under me you never had to do this kind of thing. Now you be joyful because here are your future rulers. Lobengula
We have such a great civilization. Jacqueline Kennedy
The curse of poverty has no justification in our age. It is socially as cruel and blind as the practice of cannibalism at the dawn of civilization, when men ate each other because they had not yet learned to take food from the soil or to consume the abundant animal life around them. The time has come for us to civilize ourselves by the total, direct and immediate abolition of poverty. Martin Luther King Jr.
Went to the White drawing-room to receive three Chiefs from Bechuanaland,…. One of their chief objects in coming was to obtain a permit from the Government to suppress strong drink, which demoralises and kills the poor natives. Alas! everywhere this terrible evil, which has such a fatal effect on the population, seems to follow civilization! Queen Victoria
The major challenge facing us is to elevate our national life to the highest level of civilization and prosperity. Kemal Ataturk
The people of the Turkish republic, who claim to be civilized must prove that they are civilized by the way they appear. And that, means boots and shoes, trousers, shirt, and tie, jacket and vest. And to complete these, a cover with a brim on our heads. I want to make this clear. This head covering is called a hat Kemal Ataturk
Civilization is not inherited; it has to be learned and earned by each generation anew; if the transmission should be interrupted for one century, civilization would die, and we should be savages again. Will Durant; Ariel Durant
I am not certain whether we can afford your friendship, be it eternal or merely temporary. I fail to see the difference between what you define as friendship and what civilized nations call enmity. William Eaton
Young barbarians of today, enter and sack the decadent civilization of this unhappy country; destroy its temples; finish off its gods; tear the veil from its [religious] novices and raise them up to be mothers to propagate the species. Alejandro Lerroux
And though they do just bear the likeness of men (of a very ugly pattern), they are so little advanced in civilization that they make no use of fire, nor any kind of relish, in the preparation of their food, but feed upon the roots which they find in the fields, and the half-raw flesh of any animal …. When in close combat with swords, they fight without regard to their own safety, and while their enemy is intent upon parrying the thrust of the swords, they throw a net over him and so entangle his limbs that he loses all power of walking or riding. Ammianus Marcellinus
The progress of civilization, in all Christian countries at least, has created a public opinion, which now protects the personal liberty of men in a greater degree than formerly, regardless of the form of government David J. McCord Jr.
The Apache Indian, superior in strength to the Mexican, [has] gradually extirpated every trace of civilization, and roamed uninterrupted and unmolested, sole possessor of what was once a thriving and populous Spanish province. Sylvester Mowry
Let us pray that the destruction of civilization may be averted, that Christ may live and reign, and that Communism and the power of Satan on Earth be brought to naught. Eoin O'Duffy
I will devote the rest of my life to God’s plan and help to make the rest of the world English. Cecil Rhodes
Give civilized man time to gather all his machines about him, and he will no doubt easily beat the savage; but if you would see a still more unequal contest, set them together naked and unarmed, and you will soon see the advantage of having all our forces constantly at our disposal, of being always prepared for every event Jean Jacques Rousseau
A premodern society, a preindustrial society, is one where people wake up whenever they want, there’s a lot of work but that isn’t set off from leisure…. A modern society is one where the bells ring at a certain time and we move from one place to another and people just become parts of a machine which has a very well thought out, pre-thought out way of working. Susan Smulyan
The Egyptians had no Stone age, and were born civilized. James Cocke Southall
Measures calculated to insure a continuance of the friendship of the Indians and to preserve peace along the extent of our interior frontier have been digested and adopted. In the framing of these care has been taken to guard on the one hand our advanced settlements from the predatory incursions of those unruly individuals who can not be restrained by their tribes, and on the other hand to protect the rights secured to the Indians by treaty - to draw them nearer to the civilized state and inspire them with correct conceptions of the power as well as justice of the Government. George Washington
No community ever did or ever can emerge unassisted by external helps from a state of utter barbarism into anything that can be called civilization Richard Whately
Men in masses do not forget the main gains of their civilization, and that, in spite of deteriorations, their tendency is upward. Andrew Dickson White
Baseball, my son, is the cornerstone of civilization. Murat Bernard Young
Always the man on the ground has feared the new comer because he did not understand him. If a white man went into the Congo, he would be hated and misunderstood. That is your lot here. You have a long, long road to travel, an arduous foe to fight, and that foe is prejudice, which we have always had with us. It may be, that without slavery, your race would never have had its chance for civilization. You might still be savages in Africa---and you might be better off there. But still I think that civilization is worth the price we have to pay for it. You'll have to work harder---harder than the white man---because you're on his home grounds....There is no inherent difference between your capacity for growth and that of any other man, whatever his color. Clarence Darrow
Many have passed idly through the Indian schools during the last decade, afterward to boast of their charity to the North American Indian. But few there are who have paused to question whether real life or long-lasting death lies beneath this semblance of civilization Gertrude Simmons Bonnin; Zitkala-Sa
In the history of the world, slavery has been and still is the normal condition of most men; all the great accumulations of property have been the result of slavery, and civilization was the result of property…. art, literature, science, architecture, beautiful women, and gentlemen of leisure all depend upon the forced labor of masses of ignorant men whom to make free would be a social crime. Thomas Roderick Dew
There is not a respectable system of civilization known to history whose foundations were not laid in the institution of domestic slavery. Robert M. T. Hunter
Civilization is the common possession of all who will assimilate and apply its principles …. No race or nation can pre-empt civilization any more than they can monopolize the atmosphere which surrounds the earth, or the waters which hold it in their liquid embrace. Kelly Miller
He was in time to witness the destruction of the Summer Palace at Peking--the act by which Lord Elgin, in the name of European civilization, took vengeance upon the barbarism of the East. Giles Lytton Strachey
I saw such personal wealth there that were I to describe it, the people of Persia would never believe it. I could discover no end or limit to their wealth, and I never saw such ease and comfort anywhere Nasir Khusaro
There were no less than twenty thousand shops in Cairo, all of which belong to the sultan (al-Mustansir). Many shops are rented for as much as ten dinars a month, and none for less than two. There is no end of caravanserais, bathhouses and other public buildings - all property of the sultan, for no one owns any property except houses and what he himself builds….In the midst of the houses in the city are gardens and orchards watered by wells. In the sultan's harem are the most beautiful gardens imaginable. Water-wheels have been constructed to irrigate these gardens. There are trees planted and pleasure parks built even on the roofs …. All the houses of Cairo are built separate one from another, so that no one's trees or outbuildings are against anyone else's walls. Cairo has four cathedral mosques where men pray on Fridays. Nasir Khusaro
If it were not my purpose to combine barbarian things with things Hellenic, to traverse and civilize every continent, to search out the uttermost parts of land and sea, to push the bounds of Macedonia to the farthest Ocean, and to disseminate and shower the blessings of the Hellenic justice and peace over every nation, I should not be content to sit quietly in the luxury of idle power Alexander III
A defensible and durable civilization can only sustain itself legitimately and effectively if it recognizes the inherent dignity of every member of the human family Ismail Mohamed
The drive to create just societies has been among the fundamental forces in history -- and without doubt no lasting world civilization can be founded unless it is firmly grounded in the principle of justice. Bahai Universal House of Justice
True civilization will unfurl its banner in the midmost heart of the world whenever a certain number of its distinguished and high-minded sovereigns … shall, for the good and happiness of all mankind, arise, with firm resolve and clear vision, to establish the Cause of Universal Peace. They must make the Cause of Peace the object of general consultation, and seek by every means in their power to establish a Union of the nations of the world. They must conclude a binding treaty and establish a covenant, the provisions of which shall be sound, inviolable and definite. They must proclaim it to all the world and obtain for it the sanction of all the human race. Effendi Abbas; Abdul Baha
Where there is bread, there is my country. (Ubi est pane, ibi est patria.) Ancient Roman Proverb
The Mohammadan conquest of India is probably the bloodiest story in history. It is a discouraging tale, for its evident moral is that civilization is a precarious thing, whose delicate complex of order and liberty, culture and peace may at any time be overthrown by barbarians invading from without or multiplying within. Will Durant
I was involved in an extreme or radical religious path from 1984-1989. I carried knives in the name of religious conflict. In point of fact, I felt something missing with the function of religion. I came to question whether Islam had truly commanded me to be exclusive and to isolate myself from other communities. There was a battle inside me…. I left that extremist group since it was impossible for me to survive in an exclusive community. Because Islam supports civilization, it should work for the betterment of human life. On the contrary, religious extremism and intolerance will destroy human civilization. Munir; Munir Said Thalib
In the Middle East, the opposition is quite different than the opposition in advanced countries. In our countries, the opposition takes the form of explosions, assassinations, killings. Muammar Qaddafi
Arab nationalism is not a theory but the source of all theories Michel Aflaq
Rationality is an achievement that can be undone at any moment. Richard V. Cruz
Propaganda can play only on individuals more or less intensely involved in social currents. The isolated mountaineer or forester, having only occasional contact with society at the village market, is hardly sensitive to propaganda. Jacques Ellul
Of all our institutions public education is the most important. Everything depends on it, the present and the future. Napoleon Bonaparte
Our civilization is built on competition, and competition evolves itself crime to so acute an infatuation has the lunacy of self-interest carried our dominant opinion. Henry Demarest Lloyd
When the tempers of men are softened as well as their knowledge improved, this humanity appears still more conspicuous, and is the chief characteristic which distinguishes a civilized age from times of barbarity and ignorance. Factions are then less inveterate, revolutions less tragical, authority less severe, and seditions less frequent. Hume
God gave the world to men in common; but since he gave it them for their benefit and the greatest conveniences of life they were capable to draw from it, it cannot be supposed that he meant it should always remain common and uncultivated. John Locke
How can one ignore the role of Islamic culture in European civilization? Edgar Morin
Individualism, one of the great achievements of Western civilization, is now accompanied more and more by such phenomena as fragmentation, solitude, egocentricity and the disintegration of solidarity Edgar Morin
We are all Greeks. Our laws, our literature, our religion, our arts have their roots in Greece. But for Greece… we might still have been savages and idolators. Percy Bysshe Shelley
Compared with the safety of my sons, my brother and our women,, the loss of the rest meant little to me, except for my books. There had been 4,000 fine volumes on board, and their destruction has been a cruel loss to me for the rest of my life. Usmah Ibn Munqidh
We are blessed with more liberty than just about any other civilized people in history Walter A. McDougall
The Marshal has posted up printed notices, informing all persons that the ordinance against carrying firearms or other weapons in Abilene will be enforced. That's right. There's no bravery in carrying revolvers in a civilized community. Abilene Chronicle
Education is the medium by which a people are prepared for the creation of their own particular civilization, and the advancement and glory of their own race. Marcus Garvey
If the wealth of the whole world is, as you say, "pre-eminently and beneficially the nation's wealth," how is it that thousands of able-bodied, willing, earnest men and women are suffering the pangs of hunger? We may boast of our wealth and civilization, but to the hungry man and woman and child our progress is a hollow mockery, our civilization a sham, and our "national wealth" a chimera. Samuel Gompers
It is pretty well settled that the city is the Negro's great contribution to civilization, for it was in Africa where the first cities grew up. Emanuel Haldeman-Julius
A civilization without insanity, without criminals and without war, where the able can prosper and honest beings can have rights, and where man is free to rise to greater heights, are the aims of Scientology. L. Ron Hubbard
The accident of the predominance of white men in modern times should not give us supercilious ideas about color or persuade us to listen to superficial theories about the innate superiority of the white-skinned man. Four thousand years ago, when civilization was already one or two thousand years old, white men were just a bunch of semi-savages on the outskirts of the civilized world. If there had been anthropologists in Crete, Egypt, and Babylonia, they would have pronounced the white race obviously inferior, and might have discoursed learnedly on the superior germ-plasm or glands of colored folk. Joseph McCabe
Civilization and religion do not necessarily move with equal pace. Robert Hamill Nassau
In all governments fear is recognized as one of the grounds for the enforcement of law. In even the freest nations and under the highest form of civilization the public opinion that administers law makes its demand partly in the interest of essential right, partly with the instinct of self-preservation against the forces of evil, and partly for the punishment of wrong. Punishment in itself is not reformatory; it is retributive; it is deterrent; it plays upon fear. Robert Hamill Nassau
Now we already know that the white supremacist Western scholars are going to object and oppose any evidence that shows an Afrikan influence on Greek civilization, or any other part of Europe. Their basic premise is to give Afrikan people credit for nothing Kwaku Person-Lynn
Labor is the source of all wealth, and of all civilization; and since it is only through society that generally productive labor is possible, the whole product of labor, where there is a general obligation to work, belongs to society, - that is, to all its members, by equal right, to each according to his reasonable needs. Socialist Labor Party of Germany
[The plow] is the instrument which separates civilization from savagery; and converts a desert into a farm or garden.... To be more concise, Rain follows the plow. Charles Dana Wilber
The European destruction of African civilization was done under the guise of "saving souls. Carter G. Woodson
In this war we are not fighting against you, the German people, for whom we have no bitter feeling, but against a tyrannous and forsworn regime which has betrayed not only its own people but the whole of Western civilization and all that you and we hold dear. Neville Chamberlain
Even if hostilities do not begin, the world is menaced by economic collapse. Mistrust and suspicion reign everywhere. Beneath our very eyes the camps are forming, armies are gathering and a fearful struggle is being prepared in Europe. Is our continent to commit suicide in a terrifying war at the end of which no nation could call itself victor or vanquished, but in which the spiritual and material values created by centuries of civilization would founder? Leopold III
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
The history of the race, from infancy through its stages of barbarism, heathenism, civilization, and Christianity, is a process of suffering, as the lower principles of humanity are gradually subjected to the higher. Catharine Beecher
There has never been in history another such culture as … Western civilization…a culture which has practiced the belief that the physical and social environment of man is subject to rational manipulation and that history is subject to the will and action of man; whereas central to the traditional cultures of the rivals of Western civilization, … is a belief that it is environment that dominates man. Ishmael Reed
The function of the university is not simply to teach bread- winning, or to furnish teachers for the public schools or to be a centre of polite society; it is, above all, to be the organ of that fine adjustment between real life and the growing knowledge of life, an adjustment which forms the secret of civilization. Such an institution the South of to-day sorely needs. W. E. B. Du Bois
It is indispensably necessary that they be placed in positions [reservations] where they can be controlled and finally compelled by sheer necessity to resort to agricultural labor or starve. Considering, as the untutored Indian does, that labor is a degradation, and that there is nothing worthy of his ambitions but prowess in war, success in the chase, and eloquence in council, it is only under such circumstances that his haughty pride can be subdued, and his wild energies trained to the more ennobling pursuits of civilized life. Luke Lea
Civilization or death to all American savages! James Norris
War, which remains an anomaly in a civilized world, has taken on so devastating and universal a character...that every thought and every effort should be aimed, above all, at making it impossible. Red Cross International Committee
You can't say that civilization don't advance, however, for in every war they kill you in a new way. Will Rogers
Every student of history, of impartial mind, knows that the Negro once ruled the world, when white men were savages and barbarians living in caves; that thousands of Negro professors at that time taught in the universities in Alexandria, then the seat of learning; that ancient Egypt gave the world civilization and that Greece and Rome have robbed Egypt of her arts and letters, and taken all the credit to themselves Marcus Garvey
The rich make life more interesting: they are a luxury a civilized society should be able to afford. William C. Davis
The marriage institution, in its purity would serve as a vehicle of civilization among the natives. Their practice of polygamy would fade away if simply discountenanced, because this practice ever yields and vanishes before the light of civilization and Christianity…there should be intermarriage between white men and Indian women to produce new generations who would merge with the American people. Jedidiah Morse
Marriage, as creating the most important relation in life, as having more to do with the morals and civilization of a people than any other institution, has always been subject to the control of the legislature. Stephen J. Field
Monogamy does not only go with the western Caucasian race, the Europeans and their descendants, beyond Christianity, it goes beyond Common Law. It is one of the primordial elements out of which all law proceeds, or which the law steps in to recognize and to protect. Wedlock…stands in this respect on a level with property…Wedlock, or monogamic marriage, is one of the “categories” of our social thoughts and conceptions, and therefore, of our social existence. It is one of the elementary distinctions – historical and actual – between European and Asiatic humanity…It is one of the pre-existing conditions of our existence as civilized white men…Strike it out, and you destroy our very being; and when we say our we mean our race – a race which has its great and broad destiny, a solemn aim in the great career of civilization. Francis Lieber
[Polygamy is] a blot on our civilization…in a measure, a return to barbarism…contrary to the spirit of Christianity and of the civilization which Christianity has produced in the Western world. Joseph P. Bradley
You can tell an awful lot about a civilization by how it spends its money. David McCullough
Egypt was not longer the empire of the Ptolemies, covered with populous and wealthy cities; it now presented one unvaried scene of devastation and misery. Instead of being aided by the inhabitants … we found all against us …. No Frenchman was secure of his life who happened to stray half a mile … Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne
Universities are meant to pass the torch of civilization. Hal Abelson
If the family is the basis of the society, and the basis of the family is the division of labor between husband and wife, and the upbringing of children is the most important function of the family, then such a society is indeed civilized ... Sayyid Qutb
Not by force of arms are civilizations held together, but by subtle threads of moral and intellectual principle. Russell Kirk
This is not a clash of civilizations or religions, and it reaches far beyond Islam and America, on which efforts are being made to focus the conflict in order to create the delusion of a visible confrontation and a solution based upon force. There is indeed a fundamental antagonism here, but one that points past the specter of America (which is perhaps the epicenter, but in no sense the sole embodiment, of globalization) and the specter of Islam (which is not the embodiment of terrorism either) to triumphant globalization battling against itself. Jean Baudrillard
It becomes not us, if we value the characters of our forefathers; it becomes not the civilized nations of Europe who have had American possessions, to inveigh against the merciless conduct of the savage (Scalping). His appetite for blood was sharpened and whetted by European instigation, and his cupidity was enlisted on the side of cruelty by every temptation. In the wars between France and England and their colonies, their Indian allies were entitled to a premium for every scalp of an enemy. In the war preceding 1703, the government of Massachusetts gave twelve pounds for every Indian scalp; in that year the premium was raised to forty pounds, but in 1722 it was augmented to one hundred pounds. DeWitt Clinton
Peace is movement towards globality and universality of civilization Mikhail Gorbachev
The destiny of world civilization depends on providing a decent standard of living for all mankind …. The first essential component of social justice is adequate food for all mankind. Norman Borlaug
I know I am among civilized men because they are fighting so savagely. Voltaire
Civilization both in the East and the West was visited by a destructive plague which devastated nations and caused populations to vanish. It swallowed up many of the good things of civilization and wiped them out. It overtook the dynasties at the time of their senility, when they had reached the limit of their duration. It lessened their power and curtailed their influence. It weakened their authority. Their situation approached the point of annihilation and dissolution. Civilization decreased with the decrease of mankind. Cities and buildings were laid waste, roads and way signs were obliterated, settlements and mansions became empty, dynasties and tribes grew weak. The entire inhabited world changed Ibn Khaldun
Unless legal and illegal immigration is halted and reversed, European First World nations across all of Europe from Spain to Russia, North America, Australia and New Zealand — will be destroyed and have their very culture and civilization changed to that of the Third World. Immigration is now the single most important issue facing all First World nations, and will determine whether Western Civilisation continues to exist or not. Arthur Benjamin Kemp
Men, women, and children, who would be doomed to death in the savage state, have their lives prolonged by civilization; the sickly, whom the hardships of the savage struggle for existence would kill off, are carefully tended in hospitals, and saved by medical skill; the parents, whose thread of life would be cut short, are cherished on into prolonged old age; the feeble, who would be left to starve, are tenderly shielded from hardship, and life’s road is made the smoother for the lame; the average life is lengthened, and more and more thought is brought to bear on the causes of preventable disease; better drainage, better homes, better food, better clothing, all these, among the more comfortable classes, remove many of the natural checks to population. Annie Besant
First: to encourage them to abandon hunting, to apply to the raising stock, to agriculture and domestic manufacture, and thereby prove to themselves that less land and labor will maintain them in this, better than in their former mode of living. The extensive forests necessary in the hunting life, will then become useless, and they will see advantage in exchanging them for the means of improving their farms, and of increasing their domestic comforts. Secondly: to multiply trading houses among them, and place within their reach those things which will contribute more to their domestic comfort, than the possession of extensive, but uncultivated wilds. Experience and reflection will develop to them the wisdom of exchanging what they can spare and we want, for what we can spare and they want. In leading them to agriculture, to manufactures, and civilization; in bringing together their and our settlements, and in preparing them ultimately to participate in the benefits of our governments. Thomas Jefferson
While science and technology play critical roles in sustaining modern civilization, they are not part of our culture in the sense that they are not commonly studied or well comprehended. Neither the potential nor the limitations of science are understood so that what can be achieved and what is beyond reach are not comprehended. Henry W. Kendall
Infectious diseases ... have probably been the most dangerous of enemies of mankind, much more so than war and mass murder. When one studies the constant epidemics of the past and the deficiency diseases on land and at sea, one realizes that the whole of civilization could have succumbed, and one is constantly surprised that mankind has survived. Folke Henschen
Modern civilization depends on science … Joseph Henry
The abolition of war is like the abolition of slavery, a matter of education and civilization. William Randolph Hearst
The prison system of the United States is an unendurable disgrace to a civilized country. William Randolph Hearst
No person ought to be in a worse condition when born under what is called a state of civilization, than he would have been had he been born in a state of nature Thomas Paine
The Middle East was once an economically advanced region of the world, as measured by standard of living, technology, agricultural productivity, literacy or institutiontopmeal creativity. Only China might have been even more developed. Subsequently, however, the Middle East failed to match the institutional transformation through which western Europe vastly increased its capacity to pool resources, coordinate productive activities and conduct exchanges. Timur Kuran
This not the age of pamphleteers. It is the age of engineers. The spark-gap is mightier than the pen. Democracy will not be salvaged by men who talk fluently, debate forcefully, and quote aptly. Lancelot Hogben
Art is the permanence of a civilization. Charlie Rose
America…could within twenty years bring us to a degree of development which Turks, left to themselves, would not be able to achieve in a century. It would make Turkey prosperous, rich and happy and turn Turks into a strong and civilized nation. Riza Nur
With highly civilized nations, continued progress depends in a subordinate degree on natural selection; for such nations do not supplant and exterminate one another as do savage tribes. Nevertheless the more intelligent members within the same community will succeed better in the long run than the inferior, and leave a more numerous progeny, and this is a form of natural selection. Charles Darwin
I think this ... will demand, as a minimum condition, the establishment of a world State and the subsequent institution of a world-wide system of education designed to produce loyalty to the world State. No doubt such a system of education will entail, at any rate for a century or two, certain crudities which will militate against the development of the individual. But if the alternative is chaos and the death of civilization, the price will be worth paying. Bertrand Russell
Men have now arrived at such a high pitch of civilization that all institutions which act in any way to obstruct or thwart the development of individuals, and compress men together into vast uniform masses, are far more hurtful than in earlier ages of the world. Alexander von Humboldt
Civilization develops man, and if he is, according to his whole character and destiny, made for development, civilization is his truly natural state … Francis Lieber
The overpopulation of the earth The destruction of our natural habitat The rat race of humanity against itself The disappearance of all strong emotions and passions through pampering Genetic deterioration through deficient selection pressure on development and the lack of preservation of the norms of social behavior The breakdown of tradition; and The increasing susceptibility of humans to indoctrination Konrad Lorenz
One of the effects of civilization is to diminish the rigor of the application of the law of natural selection. It preserves weakly lives that would have perished in barbarous lands. Francis Galton
Some time this century, the day will arrive when the human influence on the climate will overwhelm all natural factors.` Tim Flannery
We have now in our possession three instruments of civilization, unknown to antiquity. These are the art of printing; free representative government; and, lastly, a pure and spiritual religion, the deep fountain of generous enthusiasm, the mighty spring of bold and lofty designs, the great sanctuary of moral power. Edward Everett
Is it right for us, as a society, to do a thing – hang a man – which none of us individually would be prepared to do or even witness? The answer is 'no, not in a civilized society Alfred Denning
The progress made in refinement of manners and morals seems to have gone on simultaneously with the improvement in arts, manufactures and commerce. It moved slowly at first, but has been constantly increasing in velocity…. we are a much better people than we were then, better instructed, more sincere and kind-hearted, less gross and brutal, and have fewer of the concomitant vices of a less civilized state. Francis Place
Not merely for country, not merely for humanity, not only for civilization, but for the religion of our Lord itself John Albion Andrew
If humans pursue a business-as-usual course for the first half of this century, I believe the collapse of civilization due to climate change becomes inevitable. Tim Flannery
Wilderness is the raw material out of which man has hammered the artifact called civilization. Aldo Leopold
Civilization is not a spontaneous generation with any race or nation known to history, but the torch to be handed down from race to race from age to age. Kelly Miller
Civilization cannot go back; civilization must not stand still. We have undertaken new methods. It is our task to perfect, to improve, to alter when necessary, but in all cases to go forward. To consolidate what we are doing, to make our economic and social structure capable of dealing with modern life, is the joint task of the legislative, the judicial, and the executive branches of the National Government. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Civilization never recedes; the law of necessity ever forces it onwards Jules Verne
From the very beginning of history, all human civilization was essentially designed to interfere with … brute struggle. We intend to modify the violence of the fight, and to prevent the weak being trampled under foot. Arnold J. Toynbee
Civilizations die from suicide, not murder Arnold J. Toynbee
We must plant the sea and herd its animals . . . using the sea as farmers instead of hunters. That is what civilization is all about -- farming replacing hunting. Jacques-Yves Costeau
Everybody thinks that this civilization has lasted a very long time but it really does take very few grandfathers’ granddaughters to take us back to the dark ages. Gertrude Stein
Propaganda is not French, it is not civilized to want other people to believe what you believe because the essence of being civilized is to possess yourself as you are, and if you possess yourself as you are, you of course cannot possess any one else, it is not your business. Gertrude Stein
The basic notion of justice, is that the rights of everybody are equals, in principle. In the rights of others, we have to respect our own rights. It is only in that condition that we can reasonably require that it be respected by others…. The realization of justice is, in the actual state of things, a matter of life or death for society and for civilization itself. Afrikan Aleksandrovich Spir
In the four quarters of the globe, who reads an American book? Or goes to an American play? or looks at an American picture or statue? What does the world yet owe to American physicians or surgeons? What new substances have their chemists discovered? Or what old ones have they advanced? What new constellations have been discovered by the telescopes of Americans? Who drinks out of American glasses? Or eats from American plates? Or wears American coats or gowns? or sleeps in American blankets? Finally, under which of the old tyrannical governments of Europe is every sixth man a slave, whom his fellow-creatures may buy and sell and torture? Sydney Smith
To those who say derogatory things about colonialism, I would say colonialism is a wonderful thing. It spread civilization to Africa. Before it they had no written language, no wheel as we know it, no schools, no hospitals, not even normal clothing. Ian Smith
What kind of development is it when the people lead shorter lives than before? They catch HIV/AIDS. Our children are beaten in school and won't go. Some become prostitutes. They are not allowed to hunt. They fight because they are bored and get drunk. They are starting to commit suicide. We never saw that before. Is this "development Roy Sesana
We are not primitive. We live differently to you, but we do not live exactly like our grandparents did, nor do you. Were your ancestors 'primitive'? I don't think so. We respect our ancestors. We love our children. This is the same for all people. We are not primitive. We live differently to you, but we do not live exactly like our grandparents did, nor do you. Were your ancestors 'primitive'? I don't think so. We respect our ancestors. We love our children. This is the same for all people. Roy Sesana
modern civilization and the progress of science have greatly improved man's life and have brought comfort and ease in their trail. But civilization can serve man both for good as well as for evil purposes. Experience shows that it has invariably brought great dividends to those who use it for good purposes while it has always brought incalculable harm and damnation to those who use it for evil purposes Haile Selassie
Christianity has found its triumphs and shown its fruits in every nation and tribe upon the globe; and its results have been in every case the same. Virtue, social order, prosperity, blessedness, the elevation and improvement, in all respects, of the human life, are the uniform and exclusive inheritance of those who receive the gospel. Julius Hawley Seelye
A civilization is a social entity that manifests religious, political legal, and customary uniformity over an extended period, and which confers on its members the benefits of socially accumulated knowledge. Roger Scruton
Those who advocate that bad laws should not be obeyed—in circumstances where such "bad" laws are enacted by a democratically elected government—are putting at risk the entire conception of civilized society. That directly challenges democracy...the way to change bad laws is to change the government that has made them Frank Chapple
The British Empire wasn't some project designed to bring enlightenment to ignorant savages, but rather a brutal and rapacious exploitation of peoples who were often more humane than us. Alexei Sayle
Opulent, civilized, and industrious nations, are greater consumers than poor ones, because they are infinitely greater producers. Jean-Baptiste Say
Still how unenlightened and ignorant are the very nations we term civilized! Jean-Baptiste Say
The reward for using the atom's power towards man's welfare is great and sure. The punishment for its misuse would seem to be death and the destruction of the civilization that has been growing for a thousand years. Arthur Holly Compton
History is the study of what civilizations die from. Literature is the study of what civilizations live for. Finley Peter Dunne
A tree is beautiful, but what’s more, it has a right to life; like water, the sun and the stars, it is essential. Life on earth is inconceivable without trees. Forests create climate, climate influences peoples’ character, and so on and so forth. There can be neither civilization nor happiness if forests crash down under the axe, if the climate is harsh and severe, if people are also harsh and severe. ... What a terrible future! Anton Chekhov
Let us hope that the advent of a successful flying machine, now only dimly foreseen and nevertheless thought to be possible, will bring nothing but good into the world; that it shall abridge distance, make all parts of the globe accessible, bring men into closer relation with each other, advance civilization, and hasten the promised era in which there shall be nothing but peace and goodwill among all men. Octave Chanute
Scientists are the true driving force of civilization. James E. Burke
Next to the right of liberty, the right of property is the most important individual right guaranteed by the Constitution and the one which, united with that of personal liberty, has contributed more to the growth of civilization than any other institution established by the human race. William Howard Taft
I wish I could bring Stonehenge to Nyasaland to show there was a time when Britain had a savage culture. Hastings Kamuzu Banda
… the nature of the breakdowns of civilizations can be summed up in three points: a failure of creative power in the minority, an answering withdrawal of mimesis on the part of the majority, and a consequent loss of social unity in the society as a whole. Arnold J. Toynbee
Liberty—liberty within the law—and civilization are inseparable. Warren G. Harding
Civilization depends on morality. Ralph Waldo Emerson
… the highest proof of civility is, that the whole public action of the State is directed on securing the greatest good of the greatest number. Our Southern States have introduced confusion into the moral sentiments of their people, by reversing this rule in theory and practice, and denying a man's right to his labor. Ralph Waldo Emerson
The true test of civilization is, not the census, nor the size of cities, nor the crops,—no, but the kind of man the country turns out. Ralph Waldo Emerson
I have thought it a sufficient definition of civilization to say, it is the influence of good women. Ralph Waldo Emerson
A certain degree of progress from the rudest state in which man is found,—a dweller in caves, or on trees, like an ape, a cannibal, an eater of pounded snails, worms, and offal,—a certain degree of progress from this extreme is called Civilization. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Man is not made for society, but society is made for man. Sarah Margaret Fuller
Self interest is a masterful agent in modern civilization. Sidney Andrews
Freedom of expression is the foundation of a civil society …. This will come. Ai Weiwei
The instinct of humanity revolts against the employment of woman as a soldier on the battlefield. No civilized man would wish to lay this duty upon her; no civilized woman would wish to assume it. Lyman Abbott
Among civilized peoples, especially the very wealthy population of the United States of America, women have become objects of luxury who consume but do not produce. Vilfredo Pareto
With highly civilised nations continued progress depends in a subordinate degree on natural selection; for such nations do not supplant and exterminate one another as do savage tribes. Nevertheless the more intelligent members within the same community will succeed better in the long run than the inferior, and leave a more numerous progeny, and this is a form of natural selection. Charles Darwin
Any government that chooses to be an ally of terror has also chosen to be an enemy of civilization. George W. Bush
The only very marked difference between the average civilized man and the average savage is that the one is gilded and the other is painted. Mark Twain
Is it, perhaps, possible that there are two kinds of Civilization--one for home consumption and one for the heathen market? Mark Twain
There are many humorous things in the world; among them, the white man's notion that he less savage than the other savages. Mark Twain
The peoples furthest from civilization are the ones where equality between man and woman are furthest apart Mark Twain
Civilization largely consists in hiding human nature. When the barbarian learns to hide it we account him enlightened. Mark Twain
Our civilization is still in a middle stage, scarcely beast in that it is no longer wholly guided by instinct; scarcely human, in that it is not yet wholly guided by reason. Theodore Dreiser
Civilization has been a permanent dialogue between human beings and water. Paolo Lugari
We must treat water as if it were the most precious thing in the world, the most valuable natural resource. Be economical with water! Don't waste it! We still have time to do something about this problem before it is too late…. The shortage of fresh water is the major ecological problem of this moment. Mikhail Gorbachev
The death of Lincoln was a disaster for Christendom. There was no man in the United States great enough to wear his boots and the bankers went anew to grab the riches. I fear that foreign bankers with their craftiness and tortuous tricks will entirely control the exuberant riches of America and use it to systematically corrupt civilization Prince Otto von Bismarck-Schoenhausen
He is stern and severe—with fixed principles of duty which nothing on earth will make him change; very clever I do not think him, and his mind is an uncivilized one; his education has been neglected; politics and military concerns are the only things he takes great interest in; the arts and all softer occupations he is insensible to, but he is sincere, I am certain, sincere even in his most despotic acts, from a sense that that is the only way to govern; he is not, I am sure, aware of the dreadful cases of individual misery which he so often causes, for I can see by various instances that he is kept in utter ignorance of many things, which his people carry out in most corrupt ways, while he thinks that he is extremely just. Queen Victoria
In America there is not one single element of civilization that is not made to depend, in the end, upon public opinion. Henry Ward Beecher
We are fairly engaged in a war which cannot be a short one, even though our enemies should before long lay down their arms; for it is a war not merely to support and defend the Constitution and to retake the property of the United States, not merely to settle the question of the right of a majority to control an insolent and rebellious minority in the republic, nor to establish the fact of the national existence and historic unity of the United States; but it is also and more essentially a war for the establishment of civilization in that immense portion of our country in which for many years barbarism has been gaining power. It is for the establishment of liberty and justice, of freedom of conscience and liberty of thought, of equal law and of personal rights, throughout the South. If these are not to be secured without the abolition of slavery, it is a war for the abolition of slavery. Charles Eliot Norton
The plague swallowed up many of the good things of civilization and wiped them out. The entire world changed. Ibn Khaldun
The one enemy in the world that America has is England. But then, England is the great land of Christian civilization, and it may not be a thing to be much wondered at that our Americans whom we send to represent us in London become in a short time somewhat civilized, and learn to love those who hate them, bless those that curse them, and do good to those that persecute and calumniate them. Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa
In every civilized society property rights must be carefully safeguarded; ordinarily, and in the great majority of cases, human rights and property rights are fundamentally and in the long run identical; but when it clearly appears that there is a real conflict between them, human rights must have the upper hand, for property belongs to man and not man to property. Theodore Roosevelt
When you have civilized men fighting savages, you support the civilized men, no matter who they are.. Ayn Rand
They (Native Americans) didn't have any rights to the land, and there was no reason for anyone to grant them rights which they had not conceived and were not using. What was it that they were fighting for, when they opposed white men on this continent? For their wish to continue a primitive existence, their 'right' to keep part of the earth untouched, unused and not even as property, but just keep everybody out so that you will live practically like an animal, or a few caves above it. Any white person who brings the element of civilization has the right to take over this continent. Ayn Rand
Each and every civilization in the world is in complete concordance with its people and their condition of living. If a civilization loses this equilibrium it will be lost itself. The inharmonious civilizations die because of their lack of harmony and those who survive are in complete harmony with the changing conditions. The best way of coping with these ever-increasing changes is to come together with the other civilizations. Elia M. Ramollah
I have always felt that the best security for civilization is the dwelling, and that upon properly appointed and becoming dwellings depends more than anything else the improvement of mankind. Such dwellings are the nursery of all domestic virtues, and without a becoming home the exercise of those virtues is impossible. Benjamin Disraeli
The fact that civilization is becoming more intricate must not mean that we treat men for a longer period as immature. Does it not mean, perhaps, the opposite: that we must skillfully make them mature sooner, that we must find ways of handling the intricacy of our culture? Edwin Land
I have long been convinced that institutions purely democratic must, sooner or later, destroy liberty, or civilization, or both…. Thomas Babington Macaulay
In the past, civilization has been a heritage enjoyed by a few upon a basis of the brutalization of the vast multitude …. nation aims at a civilization of the whole resting upon the whole, and only made possible by the educated co-operation of an educated whole. James Connolly
History is the record of human society or world civilization, of the changes that take place in the nature of that society … of all the transformations that society undergoes by its very nature. Ibn Khaldun
History, we now know, is not merely, of even primarily, past politics, it is also past economics, past society, past religion, past civilization, in short—past everything. Stanley Thomas Bindoff
It is common to think of our own time as standing on the apex of human history. Robert Houghwout Jackson
If we allow the passions of our men to get full command then indeed will this war become a reproach to the names of liberty and civilization. William Tecumseh Sherman
Modern technical civilization does not seem to be as well handled by the black man as by the white man in the United States Archibald Bulloch Roosevelt
During this period the Arab world became an intellectual center for science, philosophy, medicine and education; the Abbasids championed the cause of knowledge and established the House of Wisdom (Bait-ul-Hikmat) at Baghdad, where both Muslim and non-Muslim scholars sought to translate and gather all the world's knowledge into Arabic. The Arabs displayed a remarkable capacity of assimilating the scientific knowledge of the civilizations they had overrun. Many classic works of antiquity that might otherwise have been lost were translated into Arabic and Persian and later in turn translated into Turkish, Hebrew and Latin. During this period the Arab world was a collection of cultures which put together, synthesized and significantly advanced the knowledge gained from the ancient Roman, Chinese, Indian, Persian, Egyptian, Greek, Byzantine and Phoenician civilizations. Vartan Gregorian
In order to sustain such large number and such immense cities as Cahokia and Tiahuanaco, the original Americans had to do more than pick berries, they had to transform their environment. Jeremy Adelman
Liberty is the most civilized and the least of evils in this world. Milos Forman
Each year some 1,400 square miles of land in Northern China turns into desert …. Civilization can survive the loss of its oil reserves, but it cannot survive the loss of its soil reserves. Wang Tao
What this bill will do is take our civilization back 900 years. Arlen Specter
The permissive society has been allowed to become a dirty phrase. A better phrase is the civilized society. Roy Jenkins
Now, now, little lady, you don’t want to believe all those things you read in the newspaper about crisis and upheavals, and the end of civilization as we know it. Dearie me, not at all. James Callaghan
Without slavery, North America, the most progressive nation, would be transformed into a patriarchal country. Only wipe North America off the map and you will get anarchy, the complete decay of trade and modern civilization. But to do away with slavery would be to wipe America off the map. Karl Marx
In order to rule the world, our wise forefathers created civilization based on ritual, moral values, and education. Li Zicheng
Among human beings, the subjection of women is much more complete at a certain level of civilization than it is among savages. And the subjection is always reinforced by morality. Bertrand Russell
No country is fully civilized which cannot appreciate its artists. They make a contribution not just to the entertainment side of life, but to the educational, economic and spiritual sides. Eleanor Roosevelt
Clash of civilizations Bernard Lewis
THIS IS A WHITE MAN'S ORGANIZATION, exalting the Caucasian Race and teaching the doctrine of White Supremacy. This does not mean that we are enemies of the colored and mongrel races. All of Christian Civilization depends upon the preservation and upbuilding of the White Race THIS IS A CHRISTIAN ORGANIZATION. Membership is restricted to those who accept the tenets of true Christianity, which is essentially Protestant. One of the sad facts in American political life is the readiness of so many politicians to sell their noble white birthright for a mess of black pottage. Purity of the white blood must be maintained. One of the crying evils of the times is the mixture of white blood with that of Negro and other mongrel races…. This condition is … biologically disastrous … Klu Klux Klan
Polygamy is abhorrent to the sentiments and feelings of the civilized world. Melville Fuller
I’m not an anthropologist, but I’ve studied history. And there is no case in history of a mongrel race preserving a civilization, much less creating one. Richard B. Russell Jr.
There was nothing I knew that would indicate that if we could do it [create an atomic bomb], they [the Germans] couldn’t do it. Therefore I thought it was very important to try and cooperate. I felt I should do it in order to protect civilization. … Richard P. Feynman
The fate of France is henceforth inseparably linked with that of Greater France. With a population which unfortunately remains stationary in the neighborhood of 40 millions. France would seem to be condemned to be but a great memory, a shadow of a glorious past. That instead she is a great reality, faced with a great future, is because of the 60 million subjects and protégés who inhabit the France beyond the seas. Among them there are not, it is true, more than one million of European origin and not more than 10 million of the white race. But it is French civilization which is stamping these diverse elements. Henri Hauser
The organization of independent nations which has followed the disappearance of the Holy Roman Empire is in the main the outgrowth of that progress in civilization which leads peoples to seek the liberty of local self-government according to their own ideas. Elihu Root
These five contributions to civilization--peace-keeping, religious toleration, the development of manhood suffrage, the welcoming of newcomers, and the diffusion of well-being--I hold to have been eminently characteristic of our country, and so important that …, they will ever be held in the grateful remembrance of mankind. Charles W. Eliot
Without a generation of civilized people to study history, to preserve its records, to absorb its lessons and relate them to its own problems, history, too, would lose its meaning. George F. Kennan
… economic systems ... have never arranged themselves by themselves. It is men who do the ordering according to their attitudes, desires and understanding of things. Changes take place, not independent of man's will, but on account of man's wills. Civilization has progressed by man's interference with material conditions. Goparaju Ramachandra Rao
We tend to think of the stock and bond markets as relatively recent historical phenomena, but, in fact, there have been credit markets since human civilization first took root in the Fertile Crescent. William J. Bernstein
I hate them [the Americans]. Them and their false democracy, their false liberty, their imperialism conducted in the name of Christian Civilization, their coups, like the coup which they started against me... Norodom Sihanouk
Education will never be raised to a level adequate to the demands of the present form of civilization--it is woefully inadequate now--till international ethical action raises it. Lawrence Pearsall Jacks
There must of course always be separate interests of different nations which their governments are bound to maintain, but there are also common interests in which all civilized nations share. These common interests arise from the interdependence of civilized peoples and they are a product of developing civilization. Elihu Root
The United States can best serve the world, first, by preserving its own strength and the fabric of its civilization, which is the great bulwark at the present moment between the civilized world and anarchy, and help humanity most fully by being detached from the European system and giving and helping independently, freely and in their own fashion. Henry Cabot Lodge
The United States … has never been isolated, never can be isolated, and has no desire to be isolated. The people of the United States are not only ready but willing and desirous to help their fellow-men, especially those of western civilization, in any way that is possible. Henry Cabot Lodge
… representatives of those forces which simmer beneath the surface of every civilized community and if they could break out, would destroy not only property and civilization but finally even themselves. . Theodore Roosevelt
Those who are seeking miraculous remedies for the depression are mistaken. Either the present depression is a periodic depression with the economic system, in which case it will be overcome, or it represents a transition from one stage of civilization to another. Benito Mussolini
In modern civilized communities... the members of each stratum accept as their ideal of decency the scheme of life in vogue in the next higher stratum. Thorstein Veblen
...the splitting up of mankind into a multitude of infinitesimal governments, in accordance with their actual differences of dialect or their presumed differences of race, would be to undo the work of civilization and renounce all the benefits which the slow and painful process of consolidation has procured for mankind...It is the agglomeration and not the comminution of states to which civilization is constantly tending; it is the fusion and not the isolation of races by which the physical and moral excellence of the species is advanced. There are races, as there are trees, which cannot stand erect by themselves, and which, if their growth is not hindered by artificial constraints, are all the healthier for twining round some robuster stem. Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess Salisbury
Not the number of noses, but the magnitude of interests, should furnish the elements by which the proportion of representation should be computed...The classes that represent civilization, the holders of accumulated capital and accumulated thought have a right to require securities to protect them from being overwhelmed by hordes who have neither knowledge to guide them nor stake in the Commonwealth to control them. Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess Salisbury
Increasingly constructive doubt is the sign of advancing civilization. We must put question marks along many of our inherited legal dogmas, since they are dangerously out of line with social facts. Jerome New Frank
If civilization had been left in female hands, we would still be living in grass huts. Camille Paglia
… no civilization can be perfect until exact equality between man and woman is included. Mark Twain
Civilization is a limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessaries. Mark Twain
I believe that truth is the glue that holds government together, not only our government but civilization itself ... Our long national nightmare is over. Our Constitution works. Our great Republic is a government of laws and not of men. Here, the people rule. Gerald R. Ford
The duty of an American churchman in China is not simply introducing new ideas into the country, but modifying its industrial, social, and political life and institutions. Missionaries are the pioneers of trade and commerce. Civilization, learning, instruction breed new wants which commerce supplies. Charles Denby
China is not a warlike nation—her antecedents, her civilization, her idiosyncrasies, all make for peace, and it’s a pity that the rough world should disturb it … Robert Hart
Virtually every instance of terrorism in recent years has evoked a God who is perceived to be engaged in cosmic warfare. These imagined battles are about power and politics and more: freedom, civilization and life itself. Mark Juergensmeyer
The great question of the 20th century is whether the Anglo-Saxon of the Slav is to impress his civilization upon the world. Franklin Henry Giddings
American and Chinese civilizations are antagonistic; they cannot live and thrive and both survive on the same soil. One or the other must perish. Terrence Vincent Powederly
Nuclear weapons are only good for deterring. It is insane that two men, sitting on opposite ends of the world, should be able to decide to bring an end to civilization. John F. Kennedy
Civilization rests on a set of promises; if the promises are broken too often, the civilization dies, no matter how rich it may be, or how mechanically clever. Hope and faith depend on the promises; if hope and faith go, everything goes. Herbert Sebastian Agar
France is the most civilized country there is. Benjamin Franklin
France is the most civilized country there is. Benjamin Franklin
It is man's vision of a world fit for rational, civilized humanity which leads him to dare and to suffer to build societies free from want and fear. Concepts such as truth, justice and compassion cannot be dismissed as trite when these are often the only bulwarks which stand against ruthless power. Aung San Suu Kyi
Equality, in a social sense, may be divided into that of condition and that of rights. Equality of condition is incompatible with civilization, and is found only to exist in those communities that are but slightly removed from the savage state. In practice, it can only mean a common misery. James F. Cooper
Individual freedom does not allow one to call into question the major civilizational choices France has made. Marine Le Pen
We can't restore our civilization with someome else's babies. Steve King
…the doctrine of a supreme, intelligent, wise, almighty sovereign of the universe, which I believe to be the great essential principle of all morality, and consequently of all civilization. John Quincy Adams
Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. John Quincy Adams
Martin Luther King Jr., a fraud and degenerate in his life, has become the symbol and cynosure of White Dispossession and the deconstruction of Occidental civilization. We must overcome! Richard Spencer

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