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

Individual commitment to a group effort that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.
– Vince Lombardi

Gardening is civil and social, but it wants the vigor and freedom of the forest and the outlaw.
– Henry David Thoreau

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
– H.G. Wells

Civilization begins with order, grows with liberty, and dies with chaos.
– Will Durant

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

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

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

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

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

If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.
– Thomas Jefferson

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can’t say that civilization don’t advance, however, for in every war they kill you in a new way.
– Will Rogers

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

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