Civilization Quotes

Civilization has gotten further and further from the so-called ‘natural’ man, who uses all his faculties: perception, invention, improvisation.
~Robert Green Ingersoll

Civilization… wrecks the planet from seafloor to stratosphere.
~Richard Bach

I do not believe that civilization will be wiped out in a war fought with the atomic bomb. Perhaps two-thirds of the people of the earth will be killed.
~Albert Einstein

Civilization is a progress from an indefinite, incoherent homogeneity toward a definite, coherent heterogeneity.
~Herbert Spencer

Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace. – The Philosophy of Civilization.
~Albert Schweitzer

Human civilization is not something achieved against nature; it is rather the outcome of the working of the innate qualities of man.
~Ludwig von Mises

We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far.
~H. P Lovecraft

Well, we can’t afford blindness anymore. There are tens of thousands of thugs who loathe liberty and love death, and want to annihilate Western civilization.
~Tony Snow

Art is the signature of civilizations.
~Beverly Sills

America is the civilization of people engaged in transforming themselves. In the past, the stars of the performance were the pioneer and the immigrant. Today, it is youth and the Black.
~Harold Rosenberg

The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.
~Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Without adventure civilization is in full decay.
~Alfred North Whitehead

Each of us in our own way can try to spread compassion into people’s hearts. Western civilizations these days place great importance on filling the human ‘brain’ with knowledge, but no one seems to care about filling the human ‘heart’ with compassion. This is what the real role of religion is.
~Dalai Lama

If the battle for civilization comes down to the wimps versus the barbarians, the barbarians are going to win.
~Thomas Sowell

The city is the nerve center of our civilization. It is also the storm center.
~Josiah Strong

Western civilization, Christianity, decency are struggling for their very lives. In this worldwide civil war, race prejudice is our most dangerous enemy, for it is a disease at the very root of our democratic life.
~Mordecai Wyatt Johnson

The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.
~ Sigmund Freud

Civilization had too many rules for me, so I did my best to rewrite them.
~Bill Cosby

People don’t like the true and simple; they like fairy tales and humbug.
~ Edmond de Goncourt

I should like to say that I am as proud of my Chinese heritage and background as I am devoted to modern science, a part of human civilization of Western origin, to which I have dedicated and I shall continue to dedicate my work.
~Chen Ning Yang

The true test of civilization is, not the census, nor the size of the cities, nor the crops, but the kind of man that the country turns out.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

We’ve arranged a civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology.
~ Carl Sagan

The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Civilization grew in the beginning from the minute that we had communication – particularly communication by sea that enabled people to get inspiration and ideas from each other and to exchange basic raw materials.
~Thor Heyerdahl

Civilization is a method of living, an attitude of equal respect for all men.
~Jane Addams

I have seen the science I worshiped, and the aircraft I loved, destroying the civilization I expected them to serve.
~Charles Lindbergh

The center of Western culture is Greece, and we have never lost our ties with the architectural concepts of that ancient civilization.
~Stephen Gardiner

Within seven centuries, [the ancient Greeks] invented for itself, epic, elegy, lyric, tragedy, novel, democratic government, political and economic science, history, geography, philosophy, physics and biology; and made revolutionary advances in architecture, sculpture, painting, music, oratory, mathematics, astronomy, medicine, anatomy, engineering, law and war… a stupendous feat for whose most brilliant state Attica was the size of Hertfordshire, with a free population (including children) of perhaps 160,000.
~ F. J. Lucas

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

We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.
~Albert Einstein

Civilization rests on the fact that most people do the right thing most of the time.
~Dean Koontz

Today we are faced with the preeminent fact that, if civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships – the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world, at peace
~Franklin D. Roosevelt

Savage peoples are ruled by passion, civilized peoples by the mind. The difference lies not in the respective natures of savagery and civilization, but in their attendant circumstances, institutions, and so forth. The difference, therefore, does not operate in every sense, but it does in most of them. Even the most civilized peoples, in short, can be fired with passionate hatred for each other.
~ Carl von Clausewitz

When humor goes, there goes civilization.
~Erma Bombeck

When discussing the rise and fall of empires, it is well to mark closely their rate of growth, avoiding the temptation to telescope time and discover too early signs of greatness in a state which we know will one day be great, or to predict too early the collapse of an empire which we know will one day cease to be. The life-span of empires cannot be plotted by events, only by careful diagnosis and ausculation–and as in medicine there is always room for error.
~ Fernand Braudel

America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.
~Oscar Wilde

It is the habitual carriage of the umbrella that is the stamp of Respectability. Robinson Crusoe was rather a moralist than a pietist, and his leaf-umbrella is as fine an example of the civilised mind striving to express itself under adverse circumstances as we have ever met with.
~Robert Louis Stevenson

A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on an installment plan
~ Martin Luther King, Jr

All the worth which the human being possesses, all spiritual reality, he possesses only through the State. . . For Truth is the unity of the universal and subjective will; and the Universal is to be found in the State, in its laws, its universal and rational arrangements. The State is the Divine Idea as it exists on earth. We have in it, therefore, the object of history in a more definite shape than before; that in which Freedom obtains objectivity.~G. W. F. Hegel

It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.
~Albert Einstein

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