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A civilization is a heritage of beliefs, customs, and knowledge slowly accumulated in the course of centuries, elements difficult at times to justify by logic, but justifying themselves as paths when they lead somewhere, since they open up for man his inner distance.
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery | ( French aviator and writer. ) | 1900-1944 | Civilization
quotes Division : French Authors and Writers   
     
A civilization is built on what is required of men, not on that which is provided for them.
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery | ( French aviator and writer. ) | 1900-1944 | Civilization
quotes Division : French Authors and Writers   
     
A civilized man is one who will give a serious answer to a serious question. Civilization itself is a certain sane balance of values.
~ Ezra Pound | ( American poet, critic and intellectual. ) | 1885-1972 | Civilization
quotes Division : Intellectuals   
     
As long as our civilization is essentially one of property, of fences, of exclusiveness, it will be mocked by delusions. Our riches will leave us sick; there will be bitterness in our laughter; and our wine will burn our mouth. Only that good profits, which we can taste with all doors open, and which serves all men.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson | ( U.S. poet ) | 1803-1882 | Civilization
quotes Division : American poets   
     
Barbarism is the natural state of mankind. Civilization is unnatural. It is a whim of circumstance. And barbarism must always ultimately triumph.
-: [ "Beyond the Black River" (1935) ]
~ Gaston Bachelard | (French Philosopher and Poet ) | 1884-1962 | Civilization
quotes Division : French Philosophers   
     
Break the skin of civilization and you find the ape, roaring and red-handed.
-: [ in a letter to Harold Preece (c. January or February 1928) ]
~ Robert E. Howard | (American writer of fantasy and historical adventure pulp stories ) | 1906 - 1936 | Civilization
quotes Division : Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers   
     
Civilization depends on morality.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson | ( U.S. poet ) | 1803-1882 | Civilization
quotes Division : American poets   
     
Civilization is a limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities.
~ Mark Twain | (American Humorist and Educator ) | 1835 - 1910 | Civilization
quotes Division : Humorists and Comedians   
     
Civilization is a process in the service of Eros, whose purpose is to combine single human individuals, and after that families, then races, peoples and nations, into one great unity, the unity of mankind. Why this has to happen, we do not know; the work of Eros is precisely this.
~ Sigmund Freud | ( Austrian neurologist and fhysician. ) | 1856-1939 | Civilization
quotes Division : Psychotherapists   
     
Civilization is not by any means an easy thing to attain to. There are only two ways by which man can reach it. One is by being cultured, the other by being corrupt.
~ Oscar Wilde | ( Irish poet and dramatist. ) | 1854-1900 | Civilization
quotes Division : Dramatists   
     
Civilization is the making of civil persons.
~ John Ruskin | ( English art critic. ) | 1819-1900 | Civilization
quotes Division : Artists   
     
Civilization must be destroyed. The hairy saints of the North have earned this crumb by their complaints.
~ Wallace Stevens | (American Modernist poet. ) | 1879-1955 | Civilization
quotes Division : American poets   
     
Civilized men are more discourteous than savages because they know they can be impolite without having their skulls split, as a general thing.
-: [ "The Tower of the Elephant" (1933) ]
~ Robert E. Howard | (American writer of fantasy and historical adventure pulp stories ) | 1906 - 1936 | Civilization
quotes Division : Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers   
     
Every new stroke of civilization has cost the lives of countless brave men, who have fallen defeated by the ''dragon,'' in their efforts to win the apples of the Hesperides, or the fleece of gold. Fallen in their efforts to overcome the old, half sordid savagery of the lower stages of creation, and win the next stage.
~ D. H. Lawrence | (English writer. ) | 1885-1930 | Civilization
quotes Division : British Authors and Writers   
     
I believe, like you, that civilization is a natural and inevitable consequence, whether good or evil I am not prepared to state.
-: [ in a letter to H. P. Lovecraft (c. August 1930) ]
~ Robert E. Howard | (American writer of fantasy and historical adventure pulp stories ) | 1906 - 1936 | Civilization
quotes Division : Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers   
     
If Germany, thanks to Hitler and his successors, were to enslave the European nations and destroy most of the treasures of their past, future historians would certainly pronounce that she had civilized Europe.
~ Simone Weil | ( French Philosopher ) | 1910-1943 | Civilization
quotes Division : French Philosophers   
     
Increased means and increased leisure are the two civilizers of man.
~ Benjamin Disraeli | ( British politician and author. ) | 1804-1881 | Civilization
quotes Division : British Authors and Writers   
     
Many clever men like you have trusted to civilization. Many clever Babylonians, many clever Egyptians, many clever men at the end of Rome. Can you tell me, in a world that is flagrant with the failures of civilisation, what there is particularly immortal about yours?
-: [ The Napoleon of Notting Hill (1904) ]
~ Gilbert Keith Chesterton | ( British journalist, novelist and poet. ) | 1874-1936 | Civilization
quotes Division : Journalists   
     
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.
~ Henry James | ( American author. ) | 1843-1916 | Civilization
quotes Division : American writers   
     
Sunday is the core of our civilization, dedicated to thought and reverence.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson | ( U.S. poet ) | 1803-1882 | Civilization
quotes Division : American poets   
     
The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.
-: [ The House of the Dead (1862) ]
~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky | ( Russian writer of novels. ) | 1821-1881 | Civilization
quotes Division : Novelists   
     
The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others.
-: [ Ch. I: Introductory, p. 14-15, On Liberty (1859) ]
~ John Stuart Mill | ( British philosopher and economist, the leading exp ) | 1806-1873 | Civilization
quotes Division : Economists and Business   
     
The path of civilization is paved with tin cans.
~ Elbert Hubbard | ( American editor and publisher ) | 1856-1915 | Civilization
quotes Division : American writers   
     
The skylines lit up at dead of night, the air-conditioning systems cooling empty hotels in the desert and artificial light in the middle of the day all have something both demented and admirable about them. The mindless luxury of a rich civilization, and yet of a civilization perhaps as scared to see the lights go out as was the hunter in his primitive night.
~ Jean Baudrillard | (French sociologist, and philosopher. ) | 1929-2007 | Civilization
quotes Division : French Philosophers   
     
The three great elements of modern civilization, Gun powder, Printing, and the Protestant religion.
~ Thomas Carlyle | ( British historian and essayist. ) | 1795-1881 | Civilization
quotes Division : Historians   
     
The word ''civilization'' to my mind is coupled with death. When I use the word, I see civilization as a crippling, thwarting thing, a stultifying thing. For me it was always so. I don't believe in the golden ages, you see... civilization is the arteriosclerosis of culture.
~ Henry Miller | ( American author. ) | 1891-1980 | Civilization
quotes Division : American writers   
     
To accept civilization as it is practically means accepting decay.
~ George Orwell | ( British novelist, essayist, and critic. ) | 1903-1950 | Civilization
quotes Division : Critics   
     
We civilised men do our utmost to check the process of elimination; we build asylums for the imbecile, the maimed, and the sick .... There is reason to believe that vaccination has preserved thousands... Thus the weak members of civilised societies propagate their kind. No one who has attended to the breeding of domestic animals will doubt that this must be highly injurious to the race of man. It is surprising how soon a want of care, or care wrongly directed, leads to the degeneration of a domestic race; but excepting in the case of man itself, hardly any one is so ignorant as to allow his worst animals to breed.
-: [ The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex, London: MacMillan (1871),p. 501 ]
~ Charles Darwin | (English Naturalist ) | 1809-1882 | Civilization
quotes Division : Naturalists   
     

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