Civilization Quotes

When you can’t do something truly useful, you tend to vent the pent up energy in something useless but available, like snappy dressing.
– Lois McMaster

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Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.
– Barbara Tuchman

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We are so clothed in rationalization and dissemblance that we can recognize but dimly the deep primal impulses that motivate us.
– James Ramsey

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One of the indictments of civilizations is that happiness and intelligence are so rarely found in the same person.
– William Feather

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Civilization is hideously fragile… there’s not much between us and the Horrors underneath, just about a coat of varnish.
– C.P. Snow

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The gross heathenism of civilization has generally destroyed nature, and poetry, and all that is spiritual.
– John Muir

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The true civilization is where every man gives to every other every right that he claims for himself.
– Robert Ingersoll

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When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of human civilization.
– Daniel Webster

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The more rapidly a civilization progresses, the sooner it dies for another to rise in its place.
– Havelock Ellis

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

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The dying process begins the minute we are born, but it accelerates during dinner parties.
– Carol Matthau

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If the Aborigine drafted an I.Q. test, all of Western civilization would presumably flunk it.
– Stanley Garn

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