Top 360 Civilization Quotes

In this post, you will find great Civilization Quotes from famous people, such as Ray Bradbury, Yuri Milner, Mel Gibson, Max Lerner, Dean Koontz. You can learn and implement many lessons from these quotes.

Collecting facts is important. Knowledge is important.

Collecting facts is important. Knowledge is important. But if you don’t have an imagination to use the knowledge, civilization is nowhere.
Story was that human civilization started to develop with first social network. Emerged where population concentration was high. Helped propel to where we are now. Facebook is next step of creating a huge human brain to embrace hundreds of million, possibly billions of people.
I don’t think we’re crumbling as a civilization, but this is not our finest hour, and it’s good to be mindful that we’re all susceptible to fall and to look at what are the earmarks of a civilization on the wane. What are they – destruction of the environment? Conspicuous consumption? Heard of those?
In our rich consumers‘ civilization we spin cocoons around ourselves and get possessed by our possessions.
Max Lerner
Civilization rests on the fact that most people do the right thing most of the time.
Good God, if our civilization were to sober up for a couple of days it’d die of remorse on the third.
Malcolm Lowry
The Filipino embraces civilization and lives and thrives in every clime, in contact with every people.
If you want to maximize your expected utility, you try to save the world and the future of intergalactic civilization instead of donating your money to the society for curing rare diseases and cute puppies.
Never had there been such an attempt to make conquest the servant of civilization. About keeping India there is no question. England has a real duty there.
Civilization is a method of living, an attitude of equal respect for all men.
Jane Addams
The worth of a civilization or a culture is not valued in the terms of its material wealth or military power, but by the quality and achievements of its representative individuals – its philosophers, its poets and its artists.
We will create a civilization of the Mind in Cyberspace. May it be more humane and fair than the world your governments have made before.
Wherever an altar is found, there civilization exists.
Self-righteous people can talk themselves into forgetting they are part of a civilization. They can then feed on that culture, bringing it down. It’s happened many times in the past. It could happen to us.
Culture is the tacit agreement to let the means of subsistence disappear behind the purpose of existence. Civilization is the subordination of the latter to the former.
The new meaning of soul is creativity and mysticism. These will become the foundation of the new psychological type and with him or her will come the new civilization.
Otto Rank
The last struggle for our rights, the battle for our civilization, is entirely with ourselves.
William Wells Brown
While civilization has been improving our houses, it has not equally improved the men who are to inhabit them. It has created palaces, but it was not so easy to create noblemen and kings.
A civilization, a culture, cannot survive without passion, cannot be saved without passion.
Seoul promises to make a big investment in the transition of ecology and civilization that will transform the green crisis into a green opportunity.
Classes struggle, some classes triumph, others are eliminated. Such is history; such is the history of civilization for thousands of years.
A Christian people who have for two hundred years kept a race in bondage, deprived of the advantages of civilization and religion, owe them a debt of gratitude which it would seem ungenerous to withhold.
Public transportation is like a magnifying glass that shows you civilization up close.
It’s the Law of God that gave the stability to Christian civilization.
The more rapidly a civilization progresses, the sooner it dies for another to rise in its place.
Women know what men have long forgotten. The ultimate economic and spiritual unit of any civilization is still the family.
Violent drama has been a hallmark of every great civilization. It is not the cause of the disease – it is an immunizing factor. People go to the theater to experience emotions like fear and loathing. Violent drama shows us where we come from. It makes us face our hypocrisy.
It’s very difficult to marry into another civilization.
Leslie Caron
The world had already changed before September 11. The world has been going through a process of change over the last 20 or 30 years. A civilization ends, another one begins.
One civilization after another has been wrecked upon the attempt to secure sufficient leadership from a single group or class.
Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.
Barbara W. Tuchman
The Russian people and Russian culture are the linchpin

The Russian people and Russian culture are the linchpin, the glue that binds together this unique civilization.
Vladimir Putin
Government has never increased the standard of living of one single human being in civilization’s history. For some reason that simple truth has evaded everybody.
In our civilization, and under our republican form of government, intelligence is so highly honored that it is rewarded by exemption from the cares of office.
You know, our sense of individuality is just the number one target of civilization.
Alan Rudolph
The common liberal orthodoxy that living close to the land leads to eco-awareness is historically naive, considering that Mesopotamia, northern Africa, and the Mayan civilization were ruined by people who had lived there quite a long while.
Every civilization is founded on sins – every single one. Dispossession, violence, appropriation. What distinguishes civilizations are the ones who rise above it.
I don’t want to compare my city to Zurich; thank God we’re not that boring. Rio is advancing fast, but we’re at a different phase in our civilization.
One of the tests of the civilization of people is the treatment of its criminals.
We know that we cannot live together without rules which tell us what is right and what is wrong, what is permitted and what is prohibited. We know that it is law which enables men to live together, that creates order out of chaos. We know that law is the glue that holds civilization together.
So long as the system of competition in the production and exchange of the means of life goes on, the degradation of the arts will go on; and if that system is to last for ever, then art is doomed, and will surely die; that is to say, civilization will die.
Had the Hebrews not been disturbed in their progress a thousand and more years ago, they would have solved all the great problems of civilization which are being solved now under all the difficulties imposed by the spirit of the Middle Ages.
Isaac Mayer Wise
The habit of collecting, of attachment to things, is an essential human trait. But Western civilization put collecting on a pedestal by inventing museums. Museums are about representing power. It could be the king’s power or, later, people’s power.
Inventor: A person who makes an ingenious arrangement of wheels, levers and springs, and believes it civilization.
The true civilization is where every man gives to every other every right that he claims for himself.
And when you redefine the family other than what the Creator intended when he established it, then you look at the devolution of civilization.
Our understanding of Shakespeare already depends largely on the vitality of Renaissance elements in our education. Each man must live in his own generation, as the saying is; but the generations are bound together by the golden links of the great tradition of civilization.
From stoplights to skyscrapers, turn anywhere in civilization and you will see imagination at work. It’s in our inventions, advances and remedies and how a single parent masterminds each day. Imagination is boundless, surrounds us and resides in us all.
One might enumerate the items of high civilization, as it exists in other countries, which are absent from the texture of American life, until it should become a wonder to know what was left.
New York… when civilization falls apart, remember, we were way ahead of you.
I often think of it this way: The 21st century is going to be a war on the attention of humanity. Where civilization focuses its attention, I mean, that’s what defines what the civilization cares about.
Jesse Schell
Human civilization as we know it is like the Titanic headed for the iceberg, whether the iceberg be nuclear, environmental or terrorism-related.
The world runs on individuals pursuing their self interests. The great achievements of civilization have not come from government bureaus. Einstein didn’t construct his theory under order from a, from a bureaucrat. Henry Ford didn’t revolutionize the automobile industry that way.
He would see civilization in danger of perishing under the oppression of a gigantic paradox: he would see multitudes of people starving in the midst of plenty, and nations preparing for war although pledged to peace.
It will take a long time, and certainly the West will remain the dominant civilization well into the next century, but the decline is occurring.
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.
There is certainly a longstanding idea within western culture that civilization is only a thin veneer. As soon as something happens, say a war or a natural disaster or an epidemic like we’re going through right now, the worst comes out in each of us.
Internationalism is a community theory of society which is founded on economic, spiritual, and biological facts. It maintains that respect for a healthy development of human society and of world civilization requires that mankind be organized internationally.
It was the Law of the Sea, they said. Civilization ends at the waterline. Beyond that, we all enter the food chain, and not always right at the top.
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.
Disinterested intellectual curiosity is the life blood of real civilization.
G. M. Trevelyan
Cities are the crucible of civilization.

Cities are the crucible of civilization.
In this respect, the history of science, like the history of all civilization, has gone through cycles.
Abdus Salam
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
Civilization is built on a number of ultimate principles… respect for human life, the punishment of crimes against property and persons, the equality of all good citizens before the law… or, in a word justice.
Max Nordau
We say that slavery has vanished from European civilization, but this is not true. Slavery still exists, but now it applies only to women and its name is prostitution.
If human civilization were to be destroyed and its cities wiped off the map, there would be an easy way for future intelligent life-forms to know when the mid-20th century began: plastic.
Each man has an equal social right to multiply his power of motion by all the social factors of civilization. Private property in any of these factors is inconsistent with this fundamental right; it must, obviously, prove a source of economic despotism and industrial slavery.
Daniel De Leon
It would be wonderful if I could see the end of civilization during my lifetime.
Perhaps the greatest Maya mystery of all is the cause of the civilization’s abrupt decline. The last dated stela erected at Tikal was put up in A.D. 869; the last anywhere in the Maya world, in 909.
David Roberts
To deal with the true causes of war one must begin by recognizing as of prime relevancy to the solution of the problem the familiar fact that civilization is a partial, incomplete, and, to a great extent, superficial modification of barbarism.
You can’t say civilization don’t advance… in every war they kill you in a new way.
I remind everybody that the Sabbath was the Jewish gift to civilization.
The vast upheaval of the World War set in motion forces that will either destroy civilization or raise mankind to undreamed of heights of human welfare and prosperity.
The old interests of aristocracy – the romance of action, the exalted passions of chivalry and war – faded into the background, and their place was taken by the refined and intimate pursuits of peace and civilization.
Civilization consists in the multiplication and refinement of human wants.
Robert Andrews Millikan
Whoever uplifts civilization is rich though he die penniless, and future generations will erect his monument.
When humor goes, there goes civilization.
Civilization, to be worthy of the name, must afford other methods of settling human differences than those of blood letting.
Ralph Chaplin
Civilization is a progress from an indefinite, incoherent homogeneity toward a definite, coherent heterogeneity.
Triumphant science and technology are only at the threshold of man’s command over sources of energy so stupendous that, if used for military purposes, they can wipe out our entire civilization.
Cordell Hull
Compared with members of other nations of Western civilization, the ordinary American is a rationalistic being, and there are close relations between his moralism and his rationalism. Even romanticism, transcendentalism, and mysticism tend to be, in the American culture, rational, pragmatic and optimistic.
Gunnar Myrdal
We should be concerned about the impact of climate change on vulnerable populations, without question. There is nothing automatic about adaptation. But it’s clear that there is simply no science that supports claims that rising sea levels threaten civilization much less the apocalypse.
The American economic, political, and social organization has given to its citizens the benefits of material prosperity, political liberty, and a wholesome natural equality; and this achievement is a gain, not only to Americans, but to the world and to civilization.
Never before has a civilization reached such a degree of a contempt for life; never before has a generation, drowned in mortification, felt such a rage to live.
Raoul Vaneigem
I leave to the militarists the difficult task of trying to explain to us how these wars have served to shape character or to promote the progress of civilization or to achieve the reign of justice on earth. So far, they have not come forward with the explanation.
Elie Ducommun
A civilization which leaves so large a number of its participants unsatisfied and drives them into revolt neither has nor deserves the prospect of a lasting existence.
No matter what we call it, poison is still poison, death is still death, and industrial civilization is still causing the greatest mass extinction in the history of the planet.
Derrick Jensen
If the Earth gets hit by an asteroid, it’s game over. It’s control-alt-delete for civilization.
Western civilization is, no doubt, predominantly on the side of secular relativism. That is not true in the Islamic world, where faith dominates.
The great effort of civilization has been, and still is, the attempt to introduce a principle of control into that casual swarm of impressions which makes up men’s thought and of which, especially with swayed by emotion, spontaneous action is the law.
The human animal originally came from out-of-doors. When spring begins to move in his bones, he just must get out again. Moreover, as civilization, cement pavements, office buildings, radios have overwhelmed us, the need for regeneration has increased, and the impulses are even stronger.
We strain to tell Americans and aliens in this country

We strain to tell Americans and aliens in this country that there’s nothing unique about America, nothing unique about American civilization, nothing that requires their allegiance, nothing of great value that they should sacrifice for.
Brands are essentially forbidden from saying or associating themselves with the Olympics – something that has been commonly owned by Western Civilization since the Greeksunless they hand over piles of cash to the Games.
The freedom enjoyed in Western society under the rule of law and constitutional government explains both the quality of its civilization and its wealth.
My argument is simple, which is, that for several thousand years in Western civilization, marriage has been the union of one man and one woman. Research is overwhelming that children need mothers and fathers.
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.
For all of higher civilization’s recorded history, becoming a man was defined overwhelmingly as taking responsibility for a family.
Feminists are in an untenable position, defending something they no longer believe in, and which history will force them to recognize was destructive of most of the central pillars of civilization. I’m just the first one to point it out publicly.
Dave Sim
Responsibility has become the fundamental imperative in modern civilization, and it should be an unavoidable criterion to assess and evaluate human actions, including, in a special way, development activities.
Poland is not East or West. Poland is at the center of European civilization. It has contributed mightily to that civilization. It is doing so today by being magnificently unreconciled to oppression.
Almost all wars, perhaps all, are trade wars connected with some material interest. They are always disguised as sacred wars, made in the name of God, or civilization or progress. But all of them, or almost all of the wars, have been trade wars.
If there hadn’t been women we’d still be squatting in a cave eating raw meat, because we made civilization in order to impress our girlfriends.
America is experiencing an Islamist cultural-political offensive designed to undermine and destroy our civilization.
Equal and united people can above all become a part of the civilization toward which mankind is moving. If we cannot be at the head of the column leading to such a civilization, there is certainly no need for us to be at is tail.
Slobodan Milosevic
Really advanced civilization is based on advances in energy.
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.
Civilization begins with order, grows with liberty and dies with chaos.
Civilization as it is known today could not have evolved, nor can it survive, without an adequate food supply.
It’s a difficult business, creating a new, alternative civilization.
David Graeber
Few can contemplate without a sense of exhilaration the splendid achievements of practical energy and technical skill, which, from the latter part of the seventeenth century, were transforming the face of material civilization, and of which England was the daring, if not too scrupulous, pioneer.
E. F. Schumacher
It has been said that the position of woman is the test of civilization, and that of our women was secure. In them was vested our standard of morals and the purity of our blood.
In peace, the Middle East, the ancient cradle of civilization, will become invigorated and transformed. Throughout its lands there will be freedom of movement of people, of ideas, of goods.
I believe, 50 years from now, when you write history, one technology that would have changed human civilization is going to be the mobile Internet.
We definitely don’t want to go through another Ice Age or another natural cycle of global warming. Both happen over a long period of time. It would be disastrous for our civilization, and not just for us but many other species.
The sovereign state has in our times become a lethal danger to human civilization because technical developments enable it to employ an infinite number and variety of means of destruction.
Iraq is no diversion. It is a place where civilization is taking a decisive stand against chaos and terror, we must not waver.
Agriculture is not crop production as popular belief holds – it’s the production of food and fiber from the world’s land and waters. Without agriculture it is not possible to have a city, stock market, banks, university, church or army. Agriculture is the foundation of civilization and any stable economy.
My view of civilization is that there have always been small pockets of good, decent, kind people surrounded by corrupt and evil power structures. It’s always a battle to stay on the side of good.
Nancy Farmer
Debt is part of the human condition. Civilization is based on exchanges – on gifts, trades, loans – and the revenges and insults that come when they are not paid back.
The only people who steal are thieves, and that’s a very small percentage of civilization. Most people want to have some way to make the economic transaction valid. They want to return the favor, if you will… return the benefit and reciprocate.
If the views I have expressed be right, we can think of our civilization evolving with the growth of knowledge from small wandering tribes to large settled law.
Four years of world war, at a cost in human suffering which our minds are mercifully too limited to imagine, led to the very clear realization that international anarchy must be abandoned if civilization was to survive.
Civilization is a failure. We need to think what we can

Civilization is a failure. We need to think what we can do together in love and peace.
God makes it really clear that society and civilization is really held together by the glue of families… When a man and a woman come together and say ‘I do,’ they are committing for a lifetime to love each other and to model what love is and what forgiveness is and what joy is to their kids.
The face of nature and civilization in this our country is to a certain point a very sufficient literary field. But it will yield its secrets only to a really grasping imagination. To write well and worthily of American things one need even more than elsewhere to be a master.
I have thought that a good test of civilization, perhaps one of the best, is country life. Where country life is safe and enjoyable, where many of the conveniences and appliances of the town are joined to the large freedom and large benefits of the country, a high state of civilization prevails.
A new civilization was not to be improvised by a single mind.
John Lothrop Motley
By bringing out into the public domain how human institutions actually behave, we can understand frankly, to a degree, for the first time the civilization that we actually have.
Christianity is the very root and foundation of Western civilization.
In my mid-adolescence, my friend Terry Martin and I became obsessed with William F. Buckley. This makes more sense when you realize that we were living in Bible Belt farming country miles from civilization. Buckley seemed impossibly exotic.
The true face of religion belongs to the re-enchantment of our injured civilization; faith is a way of filling all the spiritual spaces in our damaged world with the vision of a loving God, the God described in the Qur’an as al-Rahman al-Rahim.
The point of asylum is not to declare to the world what country you think is the pinnacle of civilization. The point of asylum is to find a country that’s both willing and able to protect you from political persecution. In no way is asylum an endorsement of a country’s politics, laws, or values.
I don’t want to have anything to do with the government. And yet if we don’t have any regulations, there goes civilization, there goes security, and there goes protecting you against what people are going to sell you.
Charles Grodin
The family is the nucleus of civilization.
Ten thousand years from now our civilization will have passed without leaving a trace. A new race of people will inhabit the earth. They will come to Mount Rushmore and read the record we have made.
To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization.
Arnold J. Toynbee
It’s too hard a life for me. I could only do it – check out in that sense – if I checked out somewhere that was luxurious and within hailing distance of civilization.
The prevalence of suicide, without doubt, is a test of height in civilization; it means that the population is winding up its nervous and intellectual system to the utmost point of tension and that sometimes it snaps.
Civilization is maintained by a very few people in a small number of places and we need only some bombs and a few prisons to blot it out altogether.
Civilization is the limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities.
In society at large, nerds are law-abiding, caring, fundamentally good folk who keep the wheels of civilization grinding.
Every diminution of the liberty of the press is followed by a diminution of civilization. Wherever we see the freedom of the press interfered with, there we see the nutrition of the human family interrupted.
Our language, history, and civilization shine out across every continent.
Chastity is the cement of civilization and progress. Without it there is no stability in society, and without it one cannot attain the Science of Life.
Mary Baker Eddy
Real freedom lies in wildness, not in civilization.
That’s all that counts. People being sorry. Makes you feel better; gives you a sense of dignity, and that’s all that’s important; a sense of dignity. And it doesn’t matter if you don’t care or not, either. You got to have a sense of dignity, even if you don’t care, ’cause, if you don’t have that, civilization’s doomed.
The story of the decadence of the cathedral as a moral power, a spiritual energizer in civilization, is the sad but inevitable story of dogmatism. It is the story of the struggle of free thought with bigotry, religion making common cause with the wrong side.
Jenkin Lloyd Jones
ISIL is more threatening to the Muslim world than it is to western civilization.
It is what you do from now on that will either move our civilization forward a few tiny steps, or else… begin to march us steadily backward.
As the publisher of the ‘Tory,’ I strive to defend the pillars of Western civilization against the distractions of diversity.
If we haven‘t become the Liberty Party of an undoubted future, let us take this fact: the great totalitarian regimes have died. The Soviet Union broke up along ethnic lines, as we always thought it would. The Chinese – am I wrong? – are becoming a commercial civilization.
A writer is justly called ‘universal‘ when he is understood within the limits of his civilization, though that be bounded by a country or an age.
In our western civilization we have the glorious example, the great standard of perfection and the teachings of the Christ to guide us. He acts for us as Mediator between our personality and our Soul.
Edward Bach
It is not possible for civilization to flow backwards w

It is not possible for civilization to flow backwards while there is youth in the world. Youth may be headstrong, but it will advance it allotted length.
We will never have true civilization until we have learned to recognize the rights of others.
The Americans will never solve the Indian problem till the Indian is extinct. They have treated them after a fashion which has intensified their treachery and ‘devilry’ as enemies, and as friends reduces them to a degraded pauperism, devoid of the very first elements of civilization.
I have always believed that technology drives human civilization’s endeavor and progress.
But if we keep doing politics the way we’re doing politics, and we keep doing climate action the way we’re doing climate action, we will not have a history that judges us because we, certainly as a civilization, won’t be here.
Civilization can never be sustainable.
Derrick Jensen
The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.
Gorillas are almost altruistic in nature. There’s very little if any ‘me-itis.’ When I get back to civilization, I’m always appalled by ‘me, me, me.’
Our civilization is now in the transition stage between the age of warring empires and a new age of world unity and peace.
Americans’ great and secret fear is that America may turn out to be a phenomenon rather than a civilization.
Shirley Hazzard
To be complex does not mean to be fragmented. This is the paradox and the genius of our Canadian civilization.
Adrienne Clarkson
We send messages all the time, free of charge. There’s a big shell out there now, 80 light-years around us. A civilization only a little more advanced than we are can pick those things up.
Frank Drake
It’s just a show. It’s not the end of Western Civilization. It’s chewing gum.
Jerry Springer
It is just because civilization is ever evolving, changing, and becoming more complicated, that experts find it so difficult to define it in explicit terms.
To walk through the ruined cities of Germany is to feel an actual doubt about the continuity of civilization.
A civilization that only looks inward will stagnate. We have to keep looking outward; we have to keep finding new avenues for human endeavor and human expression.
John L. Phillips
A monument’s dimensions should be determined by the importance to civilization of the events commemorated.
Civilization is so hard on the body that some have called it a disease, despite the arts that keep puny bodies alive to a greater average age, and our greater protection from contagious and germ diseases.
G. Stanley Hall
I see in the rising crescendo of ethnic tensions, civilization clashes and the use of religious justification for acts of terror, a clear and present danger to humanity.
I count myself a a rationalist and a skeptic with a very conscious awareness of my indebtedness to Western Christian civilization, and I am a fairly passionate defender of it.
Today, human civilization is drowning in a sea of lies.
Let us not forget that the cultivation of the earth is the most important labor of man. When tillage begins, other arts will follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of civilization.
We need to shift from an economic organizing principle for human civilization, to a humanitarian organizing principle. Making money more important than your own children is a pathological way for an individual to run their affairs, and it’s a pathological way for a society to run its affairs.
Art is like a border of flowers along the course of civilization.
The Lincoln Memorial is related to the toga and the civilization that wore it.
A slight daily unconscious luxury is hardly ever wanting to the dwellers in civilization; like the gentle air of a genial climate, it is a perpetual minute enjoyment.
Roman civilization had achieved, within the bounds of its technology, relatively as great a mastery of time and space as we have achieved today.
The people of Egypt are an intelligent people with a glorious history who left their mark on civilization.
People here always said to me, ‘Why would you leave civilization to go to a place like Fiji?’ Fiji is a far more civilized place than California or New York City.
Raymond Burr
I’ve been waiting over 40 years to come to Cyprus, and it has not disappointed – the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Crossroads of Civilization, and, I might add, a genuine strategic partner to the United States of America.
I think almost everything about humans and human civilization is explained better by evolution than anything else.
We represent the only efficient moral, intellectual and

We represent the only efficient moral, intellectual and political force capable of saving human civilization.
Lyndon LaRouche
The slum is the measure of civilization.
Jacob Riis
With the emergence of civilization, the rate of change shifted from hundreds of thousands of years to millennia. With the emergence of science as a way of knowing the universe, the rate of change shifted to centuries.
William Irwin Thompson
Civilization began the first time an angry person cast a word instead of a rock.
Treating an age group as a demographic requires coming up with something that’s common to every single one of them. Right?… So it’s reductionist in that it reduces an entire segment of civilization down to one person with one habit.
The true law of the race is progress and development. Whenever civilization pauses in the march of conquest, it is overthrown by the barbarian.
William Gilmore Simms
Civilization depends on our expanding ability to produce food efficiently, which has markedly accelerated thanks to science and technology.
What do I think of Western civilization? I think it would be a very good idea.
Strong, generous, and confident, she has nobly served mankind. Beware how you trifle with your marvellous inheritance, this great land of ordered liberty, for if we stumble and fall freedom and civilization everywhere will go down in ruin.
As civilization advances, poetry almost necessarily declines.
Civilization is a youth with a molotov cocktail in his hand. Culture is the Soviet tank or L.A. cop that guns him down.
I think it’s motivating and exalting when we defend ideas that are at the foundation of western civilization.
Why should we consider defining intelligence as something global and as something that hasn’t actually yet appeared on Earth? It may be useful for envisioning the future of our own civilization and any others that may be out there among the stars. It might give us something to strive for.
People now know how important it is to build secure systems to underlie our civilization.
A German immersed in any civilization different from his own loses a weight equivalent in volume to the amount of intelligence he displaces.
Civilization never recedes; the law of necessity ever forces it onwards.
Christianity is the enemy of liberty and civilization.
August Bebel
This planet came with a set of instructions, but we seem to have misplaced them. Civilization needs a new operating system.
We need a spirit of victory, a spirit that will carry us to our rightful place under the sun, a spirit which can recognize that we, as inheritors of a proud civilization, are entitled to our rightful place on this planet. If that indomitable spirit were to arise, nothing can hold us from achieving our rightful destiny.
If you want to believe that the government’s coming for our guns or that being gay is a choice and a sin or that ObamaCare signals the end of civilization or that cutting taxes for rich people is the path to a better America, that’s your choice. I’m never going to believe in any of that.
Colonialism subdues in many dulcet guises. It conquered under the pretext of spreading Christianity, civilization, law and order, to make the world safe for democracy.
If we want a great future in this world, we have to take God at his word, and God makes it really clear that society and civilization is held together by the glue of families… This is where the next generation of human beings are incubated and nurtured and matured – in homes. In families.
The solution to women’s issues can only be achieved in a free and democratic society in which human energy is liberated, the energy of both women and men together. Our civilization is called human civilization and is not attributed only to men or women.
Tawakkol Karman
Of course, one way of thinking about all of life and civilization is as being about how the world registers and processes information. Certainly that’s what sex is about; that’s what history is about.
I think governments are the cancer of civilization.
Democracy rests upon two pillars: one, the principle that all men are equally entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; and the other, the conviction that such equal opportunity will most advance civilization.
Western civilization, unfortunately, does not link knowledge and morality but rather, it connects knowledge and power and makes them equivalent.
Vine Deloria, Jr.
Human civilization has been changing the Earth’s environment for millennia, often to our detriment. Dams, deforestation and urbanization can alter water cycles and wind patterns, occasionally triggering droughts or even creating deserts.
China is a civilization pretending to be a nation.
Michael Ledeen
It is said that Mahatma Gandhi, when asked about Western civilization, remarked, ‘I think it would be a good idea.’ That’s how I feel about intelligent life on Earth, especially when I think about the question of what truly intelligent life might look like elsewhere in the universe.
Right now, there’s the illusion of order and civilization, but there’s a tremendous amount of economic tension in this country and the educational system is constantly eroding.
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A banker who is allowed to borrow money at X and loan it out at X plus Y will just go crazy and do too much of it if the civilization doesn’t have rules that prevent it.
Courtesy is a silver lining around the dark clouds of civilization; it is the best part of refinement and in many ways, an art of heroic beauty in the vast gallery of man’s cruelty and baseness.
And we owe science to the combined energies of individual men of genius, rather than to any tendency to progress inherent in civilization.
Chauncey Wright
I have always believed that resistance against repression and violence is possible without relying on similar repression and violence. I have always believed that human civilization is the fruit of the effort of both women and men.
Tawakkol Karman
The Indians are a civilization wrought with culture and a beautiful, deep spirituality.
America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization.
Georges Clemenceau
It’s a choice of civilization. I will be the president of those French who want to continue living in France as the French do.
I think if I were to express my wish, it would be that we are more regionally self-reliant. And I don’t mean people being survivalists, I mean regionally self-reliant. So that you have these individual cells. The idea of having different solutions in different areas, so that we have a very robust, durable civilization.
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.
The age in which we live can only be characterized as one of barbarism. Our civilization is in the process not only of being militarized, but also being brutalized.
I think that an advanced planetary civilization will modify their own planets to be more stable, to prevent asteroid impacts and dangerous climate fluctuations.
The gross heathenism of civilization has generally destroyed nature, and poetry, and all that is spiritual.
You can’t have a healthy civilization without healthy soil. You can’t have junk food and have healthy people.
I have increasingly, over the years, felt that religion today does our civilization more harm than good.
I have a fascination with Egypt. It’s the greatest civilization. When the rest of the world was still in darkness, there were universities in Egypt and there were monetary systems, the pyramids.
Poetry is the elder sister of history, the mother of language, the ancestress of civilization.
Orson F. Whitney
A civilized man is one who will give a serious answer to a serious question. Civilization itself is a certain sane balance of values.
History shows us that other highly developed forms of civilization have collapsed. Who knows whether the same fate does not await our own?
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
Not a single piece of material culture – not a single object – has been found at Giza that can be interpreted to come from a lost civilization.
Zahi Hawass
Without winners, there wouldn’t even be any civilization.
Woody Hayes
Today’s interpretations of religion are often backward and contradict the needs of civilization.
Dietary fat, whether saturated or not, is not a cause of obesity, heart disease or any other chronic disease of civilization.
In 1861, Bachofen published his radical thesis that the Amazons were not a myth but a fact. In his view, humanity started out under the rule of womankind and only switched to patriarchy at the dawn of civilization.
We must not try to force him to take civilization immediately in its complete form, but under just laws, guaranteeing to Indians equal civil laws, the Indian question, a source of such dishonor to our country and of shame to true patriots, will soon be a thing of the past.
George Crook
I’m fairly certain that the seeds of Mel Gibson‘s extraordinary work ‘The Passion of the Christ’ were sown long before Islamic fundamentalists delivered their abominable message to America and the entire Judeo-Christian civilization.
Civilization is the distance man has placed between himself and his excreta.
Brian Aldiss
I have not changed my opinion that the Holocaust is a trauma of European civilization.
My American undergraduate education probably gave me a better idea of the fundamentals of what European civilization is about, better than the undergraduate education you get at most European universities.
Many people say I believe aliens built the pyramids. I don’t. In fact I’m not a supporter of the ‘ancient alienhypothesis at all. I think a lost human civilization is a much better explanation of the mysteries and paradoxes of ancient cultures.
Graham Hancock
A life of stasis would be population control, combined with energy rationing. That is the stasis world that you live in if you stay. And even with improvements in efficiency, you’ll still have to ration energy. That, to me, doesn’t sound like a very exciting civilization for our grandchildren‘s grandchildren to live in.
The dead spacecraft in orbit have become a permanent fi

The dead spacecraft in orbit have become a permanent fixture around our planet, not unlike the rings of Saturn. They will be the longest-lasting artifacts of human civilization, quietly circling the Earth until the sun turns into a red giant about 5 billion years from now.
Meat consumption is a part of our evolutionary heritage; meat production has been a major component of modern food systems. Carnivory should remain, within limits, an important component of a civilization that finally must learn how to maintain the integrity of its only biosphere.
I believe Costco does more for civilization than the Rockefeller Foundation. I think it’s a better place. You get a bunch of very intelligent people sitting around trying to do good, I immediately get kind of suspicious and squirm in my seat.
To the brains of our predecessors we owe all of our inheritance of civilization and culture.
John Eccles
If civilization had been left in female hands we would still be living in grass huts.
I happen to be a big fan of Western civilization; I think it beats the hell out of tyranny and starvation.
I think… the history of civilization is an attempt to codify, classify and categorize aspects of human nature that hardly lend themselves to that process.
The disease of mutual distrust among nations is the bane of modern civilization.
Franz Boas
No civilization on the brink of collapse has ever changed fast enough to avert collapse.
Civilization is the order and freedom is promoting cultural activity.
You think you’re in another civilization, another time, and then you see antennas coming out of these hovels, and your mouth falls open when you see the descendants of the Incas shouting ‘Columbo! Columbo!’
Our political system continues to produce human rights disasters and social crises, thereby not only constricting China’s own development but also limiting the progress of all of human civilization.
Washington and Lincoln mean as much to us as any two men could mean to a civilization, a people, and age, but I told Mr. Coolidge when he dedicated this monument that this rock is being carved with a monument that will outlive our government.
We’re addicted to this concept of civilization – we can’t imagine living outside of it because we’ve had it for 10,000 years, all of what we call history. But according to archaeologists, humanity has been on this planet for millions of years in indigenous form.
The story of civilization is, in a sense, the story of engineering – that long and arduous struggle to make the forces of nature work for man’s good.
L. Sprague de Camp
I do not believe that the values which the Western democracies consider essential to civilization can survive in a world rent by the international anarchy of nationalism and the economic anarchy of competitive enterprise.
There was an age, however, when the transition from savagery to civilization, with all its impressive outward manifestations in art and architecture, took place for the first time.
James Henry Breasted
The first requisite of civilization is that of justice.
The love of domination and an uncontrolled lust of arbitrary power have prevailed among all nations and perhaps in proportion to the degrees of civilization.
You can’t leave civilization behind entirely.
Nearly half of the American population is eagerly anticipating the end of the world. This dewy-eyed nihilism provides absolutely no incentive to build a sustainable civilization. Many of these people are lunatics, but they are not the lunatic fringe.
Geosynchronous spacecraft will be among civilization’s most enduring remnants, quietly circling Earth until the Earth is no more.
Although there exist in the world today some microbes of the soul, such as discrimination and aggression, science was and still is the core of progress for humanity and the continuity of civilization.
That contagion idea is so relevant and shows how quickly civilization could self-destruct.
Paper is at the center of so many of the elements of the development of civilization.
Back before our civilization despised itself, we applauded tough men. But you can’t produce tough men – or honorable women – without tough love. If you want to keep civilization, you better start by insisting that boys grow up, instead of trying to infantilize them so they’re afraid to stop sucking their thumbs.
When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of human civilization.
There has always been enough fossil fuels to power human civilization for hundreds and perhaps thousands of years, and nuclear energy is effectively infinite.
I have been obsequious toward Western civilization, exaggerating its merits and, at the same time, exaggerating my own merits.
Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory, there would be no civilization, no society, no future.
I see little of more importance to the future of our country and of civilization than full recognition of the place of the artist. If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.
Pauline Kael
I feel this is very important for us to have serene bui

I feel this is very important for us to have serene buildings because our civilization is chaotic as it is, you see; our whole machine age has brought about a chaos that has to be somehow counterbalanced, I think.
Our own civilization has lost its way, and this makes us even more vulnerable to Islamist nihilism.
Sex appeal is the keynote of our civilization.
After Nigeria, we are the second biggest black African nation. We are the headquarters of the African Union. We are the only African country that has never been colonized. This is perhaps the last surviving African civilization.
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
I grew up in Manhattan. For Manhattanites, Brooklyn was the sticks, a second-rate civilization. My friends and I, we were so snobby. Living in the Bronx or Brooklyn was incredible… for me, that was like a foreign country.
Probably, no nation is rich enough to pay for both war and civilization. We must make our choice; we cannot have both.
Abraham Flexner
In any case, in so far as our knowledge of the universe carries us, the advent of civilization for the first time on our globe represents the highest ascent of the life processes to which evolution had anywhere attained.
James Henry Breasted
My songs are a mix of my own weird raised-by-wolves perspective and civilization.
In most major cities, you can find stores for urban homesteaders. They sell everything you need so that you won’t need anything. Sort of a ‘Take This Civilization and Shove It’ starter kit.
Private enterprise in the history of civilization has never led large, expensive, dangerous projects with unknown risks. That has never happened because when you combine all these factors, you cannot create a capital market valuation of that activity.
Education is the transmission of civilization.
Must simplicity and humanity go under in the interest of progress? What is the most important component of civilization – is it human or mechanical? Must thought processes become involved and insincere? Must the class-struggle warp those who are involved in it?
Civilization in our time is driven by materialism and troubled by pollution, over-population, corruption, and violence. National parks can hardly be uncoupled from the society around them, but that only makes it more important to protect them and keep them whole and pure.
A modern civilization is only possible when it is accepted that singular beings exist and express themselves freely.
The strength of a civilization is not measured by its ability to fight wars, but rather by its ability to prevent them.
We have always been taught that navigation is the result of civilization, but modern archeology has demonstrated very clearly that this is not so.
If we cannot by reason, by influence, by example, by strenuous effort, and by personal sacrifice, mend the bad places of civilization, we certainly cannot do it by force.
Auberon Herbert
All through history, a nation or a civilization’s enduring glory is articulated by its mega constructions – the pyramids, the lofty cathedrals of the Christian world.
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.
The contemporary form of true greatness lies in a civilization founded on the spirituality of work.
Back through the ages of barbarism and civilization, in all tongues, we find this instinctive pleasure in the imitative action that is the very essence of all drama.
George Pierce Baker
Unemployment is a great tragedy. The man who goes about hopelessly seeking work in order to earn bread for his children is a living reproach to civilization.
Carlos Saavedra Lamas
The Industrial Revolution was another of those extraordinary jumps forward in the story of civilization.
A lot of people thought of me as a threat to Western civilization.
John Milius
The city has become a serious menace to our civilization… It has a peculiar attraction for the immigrant.
War, we are told, shapes character; it resolves the major questions of international politics, consolidates nations, and indeed, constitutes the principal factor in the progress of civilization through its successive stages.
Elie Ducommun
Hackers are seen as shadowy figures with superhuman powers that threaten civilization.
America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.
When urbanity decays, civilization suffers and decays with it.
James Norman Hall
Barbarians always think of themselves as the bringers of civilization.
Pierre Schaeffer
As I have said for many years throughout this land, we'

As I have said for many years throughout this land, we’re borrowing money from China to buy oil from the Persian Gulf to burn it in ways that destroy the future of human civilization. Every bit of that has to change.
I myself saw the great works of Western civilization for the first time in my high school in Lithuania in bad black-and-white reproductions on miserable paper. That was, for many years, what art was for me. But from those miserable black-and-white reproductions, I got something, something unmistakable.
While I have no empirical evidence to back this up, I bet that the number of homosexual people per thousand has not fluctuated all that much over the centuries. I do not believe the dented wisdom my father used to extol, that homosexuality was a sure sign of a civilization in decline.
The diversity of India, of our civilization, is actually a thing of beauty, which is something we are extremely proud of.
As the grandson of Italian immigrants, maybe I am biased, but I think Christopher Columbus, the man who is rightfully credited with bringing European civilization to the Western Hemisphere, deserves the national holiday enacted by Congress in 1934.
It’s never a question of skin pigmentation. It’s never a question of just culture or sexual orientation or civilization. It’s what kind of human being you’re going to choose to be from your mama‘s womb to the tomb and what kind of legacy will you leave.
It is not necessary to argue to those for whom I write that the two great needs of mankind, that all men may be lifted up into the light of the highest Christian civilization, are, first, a pure, spiritual Christianity, and second, civil liberty.
People who cannot recognize a palpable absurdity are very much in the way of civilization.
Agnes Repplier
My tendency to idealize Western civilization arises from my nationalistic desire to use the West in order to reform China. But this has led me to overlook the flaws of Western culture.
Right now we’re working on finishing up Pirates! for the Xbox, we’re developing Civilization IV and we’ve got a couple other games in development that we’ll tell you about soon.
Sid Meier
The development of civilization and industry in general has always shown itself so active in the destruction of forests that everything that has been done for their conservation and production is completely insignificant in comparison.
There’s no question to my mind that saving our civilization and many other species is more important than our ability to do ground-based astronomy for a few decades.
Robots are great. I am saying that now so that when a future civilization of robots takes us captive, they will search through the ‘Guardianweb archive and realise I said, ‘Robots are great,’ and then they’ll choose to save me.
Each new generation born is in effect an invasion of civilization by little barbarians, who must be civilized before it is too late.
If Reagan and John Paul II were linked by anything, it was a grand, ambitious, and generous idea of Western political civilization, one in which a democratic Europe would be integrated by multiple economic, political, and cultural links, and held together beneath an umbrella of American hegemony.
I am not a Catholic; but I consider the Christian idea, which has its roots in Greek thought and in the course of the centuries has nourished all of our European civilization, as something that one cannot renounce without becoming degraded.
What I am more concerned about is whether our whole civilization will be around in the next 25 years.
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.
It’s only Western civilization that, God forbid, you talk about dying, when it’s the only thing we know for certain, right? Everyone‘s going to die, so what’s the big problem? ‘Oh, God. Don’t talk about it. Don’t think about it.’ I mean, I’m one of them. I’m not a big fan of talking about dying.
It is impossible to overlook the extent to which civilization is built upon a renunciation of instinct.
Science has done more for the development of western civilization in one hundred years than Christianity did in eighteen hundred years.
We need to make sure that the Voyager probes carrying a record of human civilization speeding beyond our solar system remain an introduction to the world that sent them and not an epitaph for a civilization that caused its own ruin.
One could surely argue that the Buddhist tradition, taken as a whole, represents the richest source of contemplative wisdom that any civilization has produced.
The evidence of a Jewish civilization going back more than two millennia is overwhelmingly borne out in the archaeology of the region. The heritage of the Jews in Palestine is documented.
Several years ago, when I was about to start a novel, I thought I might get some mileage out of the idea of a civilization in which people somehow felt – that is, they shared – all the pain and all the pleasure they caused one another.
The two World Wars came in part, like much modern literature and art, because men, whose nature is to tire of everything in turn… tired of common sense and civilization.
F. L. Lucas
The statistics of life out there and the statistics of intelligent beings and advanced civilization is a certainty, the way I look at it. that It has not been accepted, because we’ve been in an anthropocentric era.
The greatest advances of civilization, whether in architecture or painting, in science and literature, in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government.
It has been well said that tea is suggestive of a thousand wants, from which spring the decencies and luxuries of civilization.
Agnes Repplier
By vulgarity I mean that vice of civilization which makes man ashamed of himself and his next of kin, and pretend to be somebody else.
Solomon Schechter
This freedom of political discussion on the highest level is something which Western civilization has in common with that of classical antiquity, but with no other.
That sacred space of conscience where you can exercise

That sacred space of conscience where you can exercise your rights in terms of religious freedom and deeply-held, reasonable beliefs is the core of human dignity. In fact, that’s the basis for civilization itself. And when you lose that fundamental principle… you have no basis on which to build.
We are all afraid for our confidence, for the future, for the world. That is the nature of the human imagination. Yet every man, every civilization, has gone forward because of its engagement with what it has set itself to do.
Jacob Bronowski
In order for us to have a future that’s exciting and inspiring, it has to be one where we’re a space-bearing civilization.
Education is the transmission of civilization.
Ariel Durant
I ever will profess myself the greatest friend to those whose actions best correspond with their doctrine; which, I am sorry to say, is too seldom the case amongst those nations who pretend most to civilization.
John Gabriel Stedman
Yet, history has shown that if material force can defeat some ideologies it can no longer obliterate a civilization without destabilizing the whole planet.
Abdelaziz Bouteflika
Civilization must stand up and combat the current collapse of governance, the rise of violence, and the spread of chaos and fear in many parts of the world.
Civilization never stands still; if in one country it is falling back, in another it is changing, evolving, becoming more complicated, bringing fresh experience to body and mind, breeding new desires, and exploiting Nature’s cupboard for their satisfaction.
To one who believes that really good industrial conditions are the hope for a machine civilization, nothing is more heartening than to watch conference methods and education replacing police methods.
Frances Perkins
We’re becoming a planet of a thousand new major cities. The economy of the 21st century is a city-building economy. It’s within our power to make it a carbon zero one, too; and to be blunt, civilization depends on our success.
Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking of them.
Everywhere in the universe, the periodic table has the same basic structure. Even if an alien civilization’s table weren’t plotted out in the castle-with-turrets shape we humans favor, their spiral or pyramidal or whatever-shaped periodic table would naturally pause after 118 elements.
Surely the only sound foundation for a civilization is a sound state of mind.
You ask what my conclusions are, rereading my journals and looking back on World War II from the vantage point of quarter century in time? We won the war in a military sense; but in a broader sense, it seems to me we lost it, for our Western civilization is less respected and secure than it was before.
It seems to me we are now, since 1789, going through the same sort of process of regeneration the Roman world went through between 300 and 500. It is only to be hoped all civilization will not again be destroyed by the anarchists.
Harry Graf Kessler
What most people don’t seem to realize is that there is just as much money to be made out of the wreckage of a civilization as from the upbuilding of one.
Margaret Mitchell
The Nobel Prizes are much more than awards to scholars; they are a celebration of civilization, of mankind, and of what makes humans unique – that is their intellect from which springs creativity.
Stanley B. Prusiner
If men do not now succeed in abolishing war, civilization and mankind are doomed.
Ludwig von Mises
India is a groundwater civilization. Almost all Indians use groundwater, directly or indirectly, each day.