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  • 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 (1976). “The ascent of man”
  • Without winners, there would be no civilization.

  • [The blame for the future 'plight of civilization] must rest on scientific men, equally with others, for being incapable of accepting the responsibility for the profound social upheavals which their own work primarily has brought about in human relationships.

  • [To the South African parliament:] I do not know why we equate - and with the examples before us - a white skin with civilization.

  • Nations have recently been led to borrow billions for war; no nation has ever borrowed largely for education... no nation is rich enough to pay for both war and civilization. We must make our choice; we cannot have both.

    Education   Peace   Money  
    Abraham Flexner (1994). “Universities: American, English, German”, p.302, Transaction Publishers
  • The time has come to choose a new direction of global development, to opt for a new civilization.

    Angeles Arrien, Mikhail Sergeevich Gorbachev (2001). “Working Together: Diversity as Opportunity”, p.15, Berrett-Koehler Publishers
  • This extraordinary metal, the soul of every manufacture, and the mainspring perhaps of civilised society. Of iron.

    Samuel Smiles (2010). “Men of Invention and Industry”, p.87, BoD – Books on Demand
  • Do you think that civilization advances because of things written in books? Not a bit of what is written in books ever got there until after the thought of it happened in someone's mind. Someone first had to collect it from space, or recollect it from its electrical pattern to which he (or she) had been attuned. The book is but a record of what has already happened.

    Wisdom   Book   Thinking  
  • The bicameral mind with its controlling gods was evolved as a final stage of the evolution of language. And in this development lies the origin of civilization.

    Julian Jaynes (2000). “The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind”, p.136, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Business as usual doesn't work, that we're in a time where we have to rethink a lot of the basic ground rules and assumptions of our civilizations.

  • Every civilization finds it necessary to negotiate compromises with its own values.

    "Fictional character: Golda Meir". "Munich", 2005.
  • The press, watchful with more than the hundred eyes of Argus, strong with more than the hundred arms of Briareus, not only guards all the conquests of civilization, but leads the way to future triumphs.

    Charles Sumner (2016). “The Complete Works of Charles Sumner”, p.593, Library of Alexandria
  • I saw in States' rights the only availing check upon the absolutism of the sovereign will, and secession filled me with hope, not as the destruction but as the redemption of Democracy.... Therefore I deemed that you were fighting the battles of our liberty, our progress, and our civilization, and I mourn for the stake which was lost at Richmond more deeply than I rejoice over that which was saved at Waterloo.

  • The burgeoisie, by the rapid improvement of all instruments of production, by the immensely facilitated means of communication, draws all nations into civilization.

    Karl Marx, David McLellan (2000). “Karl Marx: Selected Writings”, p.249, Oxford University Press, USA
  • nothing like a few restful weeks contemplating the decline of civilization to restore the humors. What I did on my summer vacation was listen to a lot of people talk about the decline of practically everything - you could call it the leisure of the theory class.

    Molly Ivins (2010). “You Got to Dance with Them What Brung You”, p.200, Vintage
  • Our families may be corrupted by worldly trends and teachings unless we know how to use the [Book of Mormon] to expose and combat the falsehoods in socialism, organic evolution, rationalism, humanism, and so forth.…And our nation will continue to degenerate unless we read and heed the words of the God of this land, Jesus Christ, and quit building up and upholding the secret combinations which the Book of Mormon tells us proved the downfall of both previous American civilizations.

    Jesus   Book   Teaching  
  • The hippie is the scion of surplus value. The dropout can only claim sanctity in a society which offers something to be dropped out of--career, ambition, conspicuous consumption. The effects of hippie sanctimony can only be felt in the context of others who plunder his lifestyle for what they find good or profitable, a process known as rip-off by the hippie, who will not see how savagely he has pillaged intricate and demanding civilizations for his own parodic lifestyle.

    Rip   Hippie   Ambition  
    Germaine Greer (1990). “The Madwoman's Underclothes: Essays and Occasional Writings”, p.121, Atlantic Monthly Press
  • Our idea of what constitutes social good has advanced with the procession of the ages, from those desperate times when just to keep body and soul together was an achievement, to the great present when "good" includes an agreeable, stable civilization accessible to all, the opportunity of each to develop his particular genius and the privilege of mutual usefulness.

    Frances Perkins (1934). “People at work”
  • The right of individual property is no doubt the very corner-stone of civilization, as hitherto understood; but I am a little impatient of being told that property is entitled to exceptional consideration because it bears all the burdens of the state. It bears those, indeed, which can be most easily borne, but poverty pays with its person the chief expenses of war, pestilence, and famine.

    James Russell Lowell (1910). “Essays, English and American”
  • The philosopher cannot seriously put to himself questions that his civilization has not lived.

    William Barrett (2011). “Irrational Man: A Study in Existential Philosophy”, p.20, Anchor
  • A history of civilization shares the presumptuousness of every philosophical enterprise: it offers the ridiculous spectacle of a fragment expounding the whole. Like philosophy, such a venture has no rational excuse, and is at best but a brave stupidity; but let us hope that, like philosophy, it will always lure some rash spirits into its fatal depths.

    Will Durant (2011). “Our Oriental Heritage: The Story of Civilization”, p.44, Simon and Schuster
  • The institution of marriage in all societies is a pattern within which the strains put by civilization on males and females alike must be resolved, a pattern within which men must learn, in return for a variety of elaborate rewards, new forms in which sexual spontaneity is still possible, and women must learn to discipline their receptivity to a thousand other considerations.

    "Male and Female". Margaret Mead, Ladies' Home Journal, Volume 66 (p. 36), September 1949.
  • We were postwar middle-class white kids living in the slipstream of the greatest per-capita rise in income in the history of Western civilization; we were 'teen-agers' - a term, coined in 1941, that was in common usage a decade later - a new, recognizable franchise. We had money, mobility, and problems all our own.

    "Can’t Stop the Beat" by John Lahr, October 26, 2009.
  • The significance of the vast Islamic scientific tradition for Muslims and especially for young Muslims today is not only that it gives them a sense of pride in their own civilization because of the prestige that science fhas in the present day world. It is furthermore a testament to the way Islam was able to cultivate various sciences extensively without becoming alienated from the Islamic world view and without creating a science whose application would destroy the world of nature and the harmony that must exist between man and the natural environment.

    Islamic   Pride   Men  
  • No true civilization can be expected permanently to continue which is not based on the great principles of Christianity.

    Tryon Edwards (2015). “The New Dictionary of Thoughts”, p.213, Ravenio Books
  • Fermentation equals civilization.

  • American civilization, from its beginnings, had combined a dogmatic confidence in the future with a naive puzzlement over what the future might bring.

  • To be complex does not mean to be fragmented. This is the paradox and the genius of our Canadian civilization.

    Mean   Civilization   Doe  
  • Every civilization when it loses its inner vision and its cleaner energy, falls into a new sort of sordidness, more vast and more stupendous than the old savage sort. An Augean stable of metallic filth.

    D. H. Lawrence (1962). “The Art of Perversity”
  • In my considered opinion, the profit to be made by permanent settlement in space is nothing less than the survival of industrial civilization, and therefore the survival of nearly the entire human race, along with such amenities as peace, freedom, enough to eat, and the chance to reach a high age in good health.

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