Top 322 Civilization Quotes

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“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

“In this respect, the history of science, like the history of all civilization, has gone through cycles.”

― Abdus Salam

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

― Adrienne Clarkson

“People who cannot recognize a palpable absurdity are very much in the way of civilization.”

― Agnes Repplier

“It has been well said that tea is suggestive of a thousand wants, from which spring the decencies and luxuries of civilization.”

― Agnes Repplier

“The writer in western civilization has become not a voice of his tribe, but of his individuality. This is a very narrow-minded situation.”

― Aharon Appelfeld

“Syria is the proud heir of an ancient civilization that has a unique spectrum of minorities that encompasses Muslims and Christians of various denominations. There are at least ten such ethnic and religious groups.”

― Ahmed Zewail

“CO2 is the exhaling breath of our civilization, literally… Changing that pattern requires a scope, a scale, a speed of change that is beyond what we have done in the past.”

― Al Gore

“You know, our sense of individuality is just the number one target of civilization.”

― Alan Rudolph

“The next war… may well bury Western civilization forever.”

― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

“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.”

― Alex Steffen

“In society at large, nerds are law-abiding, caring, fundamentally good folk who keep the wheels of civilization grinding.”

― Alexandra Petri

“Without adventure civilization is in full decay.”

― Alfred North Whitehead

“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.”

― Alva Myrdal

“The world generally speaking is now drifting on a more and more devastating course towards the absurd target of extermination – or rather, to be more exact – of the northern hemisphere’s towns, fields, and the people who have developed our civilization.”

― Alva Myrdal

“Architecture belongs to culture, not to civilization.”

― Alvar Aalto

“That contagion idea is so relevant and shows how quickly civilization could self-destruct.”

― Alycia Debnam-Carey

“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.”

― Amanda Foreman

“Inventor: A person who makes an ingenious arrangement of wheels, levers and springs, and believes it civilization.”

― Ambrose Bierce

“No civilization has a monopoly on tolerance; each is capable of bigotry.”

― Amitava Kumar

“Dietary fat, whether saturated or not, is not a cause of obesity, heart disease or any other chronic disease of civilization.”

― Andrew Weil

“The only actual solution is the eventual collapse and demise of civilization… I think it needs to happen, but no one, not even me, really wants it to happen.”

― Andy Hurley

“My whole thing is I’m not into civilization as a whole.”

― Andy Hurley

“A civilization is built on what is required of men, not on that which is provided for them.”

― Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“The salt of any interesting civilization is mixture.”

― Antonio Tabucchi

“A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.”

― Ariel Durant

“Education is the transmission of civilization.”

― Ariel Durant

“Civilization is a movement and not a condition, a voyage and not a harbor.”

― Arnold J. Toynbee

“I do not believe that civilizations have to die because civilization is not an organism. It is a product of wills.”

― Arnold J. Toynbee

“To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization.”

― Arnold J. Toynbee

“What is the thread of western civilization that distinguished its course in history? It has to do with the preoccupation of western man with his outward command and his sense of superiority.”

― Arthur Erickson

“The more the history of the World War and what led up to it is studied, the more clearly those tragic years become revealed as a vast collapse of civilization.”

― Arthur Henderson

“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.”

― Arthur Henderson

“Tolerance is held to be a condition of mind which is encouraged by, and is necessary for, civilization.”

― Arthur Keith

“Civilization, we shall find, like Universalism and Christianity, is anti evolutionary in its effects; it works against the laws and conditions which regulated the earlier stages of man’s ascent.”

― Arthur Keith

“Christianity is the enemy of liberty and civilization.”

― August Bebel

“If any civilization is to survive, it is the morality of altruism that men have to reject.”

― Ayn Rand

“Reading is an act of civilization; it’s one of the greatest acts of civilization because it takes the free raw material of the mind and builds castles of possibilities.”

― Ben Okri

“It is possible to take the story of Noah figuratively, although virtually every Near East ancient civilization has its own version of the flood story (including the amoral epic of Gilgamesh).”

― Ben Shapiro

“While the West tries to turn its civilization into cultural variety hour, Islam tries to turn Muslim lands into a cultural monolith. The same West that justifies the rap culture thinks that every Muslim terrorist bombing is an expression of economic angst or social alienation.”

― Ben Shapiro

“Really advanced civilization is based on advances in energy.”

― Bill Gates

“Patriotism is an indispensable weapon in the defense of civilization against barbarism.”

― Bill Kristol

“If the Earth gets hit by an asteroid, it’s game over. It’s control-alt-delete for civilization.”

― Bill Nye

“The birthplace of ‘Western’ civilization is generally agreed to be Greece, and its birth date is generally agreed to be some time during the 6th century B.C.E. Obviously, there is not one single dramatic moment that definitively started the whole thing.”

― Brendan Myers

“Civilization is the distance man has placed between himself and his excreta.”

― Brian Aldiss

“Civilization and profit go hand in hand.”

― Calvin Coolidge

“If civilization had been left in female hands we would still be living in grass huts.”

― Camille Paglia

“Civilization is hideously fragile and there’s not much between us and the horrors underneath, just about a coat of varnish.”

― Carrie Snow

“Real freedom lies in wildness, not civilization.”

― Charles Lindbergh

“Real freedom lies in wildness, not in civilization.”

― Charles Lindbergh

“I have seen the science I worshiped, and the aircraft I loved, destroying the civilization I expected them to serve.”

― Charles Lindbergh

“A pioneer destroys things and calls it civilization.”

― Charles Marion Russell

“How a society treats its disabled is the true measure of a civilization.”

― Chen Guangcheng

“Public transportation is like a magnifying glass that shows you civilization up close.”

― Chris Gethard

“History shows us that other highly developed forms of civilization have collapsed. Who knows whether the same fate does not await our own?”

― Christian Lous Lange

“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.”

― Christian Lous Lange

“Every great movement in the history of Western civilization from the Carolingian age to the nineteenth century has been an international movement which owed its existence and its development to the cooperation of many different peoples.”

― Christopher Dawson

“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.”

― Christopher Dawson

“I think governments are the cancer of civilization.”

― Chuck D

“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.”

― Cyril Connolly

“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

“Ultimately, there is no compromise. Westerners will either retain their civilization, including the right to insult and blaspheme, or not.”

― Daniel Pipes

“When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of human civilization.”

― Daniel Webster

“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

“If you look at any ancient civilization, they’ve all used fantasy stories to train the young.”

― David Gemmell

“It’s a difficult business, creating a new, alternative civilization.”

― David Graeber

“I think that an advanced planetary civilization will modify their own planets to be more stable, to prevent asteroid impacts and dangerous climate fluctuations.”

― David Grinspoon

“It’s quite possible that the end of us will not be the end of the Earth. Even if we really screw things up and things go badly for us and our civilization, the Earth is pretty resilient.”

― David Grinspoon

“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.”

― David Grinspoon

“The ultimate tendency of civilization is towards barbarism.”

― David Hare

“Partners from the Islamic world are of particular importance. Indeed, they have huge incentives to be involved, as the ongoing struggles are generally not clashes between civilizations. Rather, what we are seeing is more accurately a clash within a civilization: that of the Islamic world.”

― David Petraeus

“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

“Beneficience removes evils, introduces the practice of virtue, and adds to general welfare and civilization.”

― Dayananda Saraswati

“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

“Civilization can never be sustainable.”

― Derrick Jensen

“Christianity is the very root and foundation of Western civilization.”

― Dinesh D’Souza

“You can’t leave civilization behind entirely.”

― Dirk Benedict

“What I needed and actually need is a discipline of tradition, which is lacking in our civilization. Discipline of tradition and the ceremony of humbleness.”

― Donovan

“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

“Surely the only sound foundation for a civilization is a sound state of mind.”

― E. M. Forster

“I remind everybody that the Sabbath was the Jewish gift to civilization.”

― Edgar Bronfman, Sr.

“There is precious little in civilization to appeal to a Yeti.”

― Edmund Hillary

“’Custom is the great deadener.’ There is no doubt that we of the white race are going on obliviously supporting customs that would seem abhorrent and incredible to a higher and more brotherly civilization.”

― Edwin Markham

“Let no one refer to the sword of Napoleon I as the instrument of progress and civilization!”

― Elie Ducommun

“If you don’t have manufactured items or anything we think of as ‘civilization,’ then you’re living according to your species.”

― Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

“Tenderness has created the first ‘social order’ – that of the mother with her offspring. Through motherliness, woman later makes her great contributions to civilization.”

― Ellen Key

“From first to last the civilization of America has been bound up with its physical environment.”

― Ellsworth Huntington

“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.”

― Elon Musk

“A civilization is destroyed only when its gods are destroyed.”

― Emil Cioran

“Our language, history, and civilization shine out across every continent.”

― Emmanuel Macron

“Western civilization shapes the content of my films, provides me with subjects that haven’t been used before.”

― Eric Rohmer

“When humor goes, there goes civilization.”

― Erma Bombeck

“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.”

― F. Sionil Jose

“Progress in civilization has been accompanied by progress in cookery.”

― Fannie Farmer

“The people of Egypt are an intelligent people with a glorious history who left their mark on civilization.”

― Fidel Castro

“I consider that there are different degrees of civilization and there are many different ways of expressing it. But one is civilized or is not.”

― Flora Lewis

“The long march of Western civilization from pantheons of gods for every taste to one God for all has been thrown into reverse by celebrity worship to give us a plethora of ancient deities to follow.”

― Florence King

“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

“The Lincoln Memorial is related to the toga and the civilization that wore it.”

― Frank Lloyd Wright

“The disease of mutual distrust among nations is the bane of modern civilization.”

― Franz Boas

“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

“The strength of a civilization is not measured by its ability to fight wars, but rather by its ability to prevent them.”

― Gene Roddenberry

“Cities are the crucible of civilization.”

― Geoffrey West

“I have, for many years past, contemplated the noble races of red men who are now spread over these trackless forests and boundless prairies, melting away at the approach of civilization.”

― George Catlin

“To realize life in the abstract as noble or beautiful or humane, to set it forth so with radiance upon it, that is civilization in the arts. Shakespeare is the chief modern example of this supreme faculty of mankind.”

― George Edward Woodberry

“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.”

― George Edward Woodberry

“George Bush doesn’t represent any civilization!”

― George Galloway

“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

“Iraq is no diversion. It is a place where civilization is taking a decisive stand against chaos and terror, we must not waver.”

― George W. Bush

“The test of civilization is its estimate of women.”

― George William Curtis

“Civilization exists precisely so that there may be no masses but rather men alert enough never to constitute masses.”

― Georges Bernanos

“America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization.”

― Georges Clemenceau

“All over the world the wildlife that I write about is in grave danger. It is being exterminated by what we call the progress of civilization.”

― Gerald Durrell

“Artificial Intelligence leaves no doubt that it wants its audiences to enter a realm of pure fantasy when it identifies one of the last remaining islands of civilization as New Jersey.”

― Godfried Danneels

“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.”

― Goldwin Smith

“I don’t believe civilization can do a lot more than educate a person’s senses.”

― Grace Paley

“Before language, cavemen simply grunted, and then they used the club. Communication changed that. It’s the mechanism that created civilization and prevents its own destruction.”

― Greg Gutfeld

“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.”

― Gregory Benford

“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

“For nearly as long as civilization has existed, patriarchy – enforced through the rights of the firstborn son – has been the organizing principle, with few exceptions.”

― Hanna Rosin

“There’s still racism. Western Europe… has taken the native cultures of the Americas, the African cultures, the Asian civilization and lumped them together into The Others.”

― Hans Rosling

“If a test of civilization be sought, none can be so sure as the condition of that half of society over which the other half has power.”

― Harriet Martineau

“All civilization has from time to time become a thin crust over a volcano of revolution.”

― Havelock Ellis

“The greatest task before civilization at present is to make machines what they ought to be, the slaves, instead of the masters of men.”

― Havelock Ellis

“The more rapidly a civilization progresses, the sooner it dies for another to rise in its place.”

― Havelock Ellis

“It would be wonderful if I could see the end of civilization during my lifetime.”

― Hayao Miyazaki

“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.”

― Helen Keller

“Sex appeal is the keynote of our civilization.”

― Henri Bergson

“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.”

― Henry David Thoreau

“What has destroyed every previous civilization has been the tendency to the unequal distribution of wealth and power.”

― Henry George

“One civilization after another has been wrecked upon the attempt to secure sufficient leadership from a single group or class.”

― Herbert Hoover

“We may be sure that out of the ruins of our capitalist civilization a new religion will emerge, just as Christianity emerged from the ruins of the Roman civilization.”

― Herbert Read

“Civilization is a progress from an indefinite, incoherent homogeneity toward a definite, coherent heterogeneity.”

― Herbert Spencer

“Here the Frenchman, Spaniard, and Englishman all passed, leaving each his legend; and a brilliant and more or less feudal civilization with its aristocracy and slaves has departed with the economic system upon which it rested.”

― Hervey Allen

“Humans have lived for much, much longer than the approximately 10,000 years of settled agricultural civilization.”

― Howard Rheingold

“It is commonly said and known that each civilization has its own religion. Now my claim is that if we look deeper, the different civilizations were brought into being by the different revelations.”

― Huston Smith

“It is only through books that we partake of the great harvest that is human civilization across the ages.”

― Ibrahim Babangida

“Thus lynch law held sway in the far West until civilization spread into the Territories and the orderly processes of law took its place. The emergency no longer existing, lynching gradually disappeared from the West.”

― Ida B. Wells

“I have not changed my opinion that the Holocaust is a trauma of European civilization.”

― Imre Kertesz

“The papacy again, representing the traditional unity of European civilization, has also shown itself unable to limit effectively the push of nationalism.”

― Irving Babbitt

“United States and our allied partners need to wake up. ISIS is at war with us and civilization.”

― Jack Keane

“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.”

― Jack Schwartz

“’Business,’ properly understood, is so central to every aspect of our civilization that Republicans should proudly announce that they are indeed ‘the party of business.’”

― Jacob K. Javits

“The slum is the measure of civilization.”

― Jacob Riis

“If civilization has risen from the Stone Age, it can rise again from the Wastepaper Age.”

― Jacques Barzun

“But it is obvious that our fathers, whose efforts have planted these great and prosperous cities along the once lonely trails of our own broad land, received all the fundamentals of civilization as a heritage from their European ancestors.”

― James Henry Breasted

“The earth is a fickle place for all life, not least the human project of civilization.”

― James Howard Kunstler

“Civilization in its present form hasn’t got long.”

― James Lovelock

“When urbanity decays, civilization suffers and decays with it.”

― James Norman Hall

“Civilization is a method of living, an attitude of equal respect for all men.”

― Jane Addams

“We’ve been playing games since humanity had civilization – there is something primal about our desire and our ability to play games. It’s so deep-seated that it can bypass latter-day cultural norms and biases.”

― Jane McGonigal

“Give me civilization. I don’t want to be pampered.”

― Jennifer Esposito

“It’s just a show. It’s not the end of Western Civilization. It’s chewing gum.”

― Jerry Springer

“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.”

― Joe Biden

“You can’t have a healthy civilization without healthy soil. You can’t have junk food and have healthy people.”

― Joel Salatin

“No civilization on the brink of collapse has ever changed fast enough to avert collapse.”

― Joel Salatin

“That is why I come forward tonight without any political label, without any bias, but just simply as an Englishman to say to you: a crime is being committed against civilization.”

― John Amery

“Our civilization has evolved through the continuous adjustment of society to the stimulus of new knowledge.”

― John Boyd Orr

“The history of our civilization has been one of intermittent war.”

― John Boyd Orr

“Civilization is a conspiracy. Modern life is the silent compact of comfortable folk to keep up pretences.”

― John Buchan

“Science has done more for the development of western civilization in one hundred years than Christianity did in eighteen hundred years.”

― John Burroughs

“To the brains of our predecessors we owe all of our inheritance of civilization and culture.”

― John Eccles

“In essence the Renaissance was simply the green end of one of civilization’s hardest winters.”

― John Fowles

“A new civilization was not to be improvised by a single mind.”

― John Lothrop Motley

“A lot of people thought of me as a threat to Western civilization.”

― John Milius

“The gross heathenism of civilization has generally destroyed nature, and poetry, and all that is spiritual.”

― John Muir

“America may be unique in being a country which has leapt from barbarism to decadence without touching civilization.”

― John O’Hara

“Civilization is the making of civil persons.”

― John Ruskin

“I started the Stress Reduction Clinic in 1979. The idea of bringing Buddhist meditation without the Buddhism into the mainstream of medicine was tantamount to the Visigoths being at the gates about to tear down the citadel of Western civilization.”

― Jon Kabat-Zinn

“Trout plus bacon is one of civilization’s greatest formulas; it always equals pleasure.”

― Jonathan Miles

“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.”

― Jonathan Sacks

“I happen to be a big fan of Western civilization; I think it beats the hell out of tyranny and starvation.”

― Jordan Peterson

“A German immersed in any civilization different from his own loses a weight equivalent in volume to the amount of intelligence he displaces.”

― Jose Bergamin

“The Filipino embraces civilization and lives and thrives in every clime, in contact with every people.”

― Jose Rizal

“Capitalism inevitably and by virtue of the very logic of its civilization creates, educates and subsidizes a vested interest in social unrest.”

― Joseph A. Schumpeter

“Wherever an altar is found, there civilization exists.”

― Joseph de Maistre

“This is the reality of nuclear weapons: they may trigger a world war; a war which, unlike previous ones, destroys all of civilization.”

― Joseph Rotblat

“The city is the nerve center of our civilization. It is also the storm center.”

― Josiah Strong

“The city has become a serious menace to our civilization… It has a peculiar attraction for the immigrant.”

― Josiah Strong

“Civilization never recedes; the law of necessity ever forces it onwards.”

― Jules Verne

“My songs are a mix of my own weird raised-by-wolves perspective and civilization.”

― K. Flay

“The perfect normal person is rare in our civilization.”

― Karen Horney

“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.”

― Karl Kraus

“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.”

― Karl Marx

“Civilization is merely an advance in taste: accepting, all the time, nicer things, and rejecting nasty ones.”

― Katharine Elizabeth Fullerton Gerould

“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.”

― Kathryn Bigelow

“Today, human civilization is drowning in a sea of lies.”

― L. Neil Smith

“We know we need civilization and laws and procedures, but isn’t it frustrating? Wouldn’t it be great if we could just do what we needed to do?”

― Lee Child

“It’s very difficult to marry into another civilization.”

― Leslie Caron

“Africa has a time-honored and brilliant civilization.”

― Li Keqiang

“Art is like a border of flowers along the course of civilization.”

― Lincoln Steffens

“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.”

― Liu Xiaobo

“I have been obsequious toward Western civilization, exaggerating its merits and, at the same time, exaggerating my own merits.”

― Liu Xiaobo

“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.”

― Liu Xiaobo

“If history could teach us anything, it would be that private property is inextricably linked with civilization.”

― Ludwig von Mises

“If men do not now succeed in abolishing war, civilization and mankind are doomed.”

― Ludwig von Mises

“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

“What do I think of Western civilization? I think it would be a very good idea.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Good God, if our civilization were to sober up for a couple of days it’d die of remorse on the third.”

― Malcolm Lowry

“Classes struggle, some classes triumph, others are eliminated. Such is history; such is the history of civilization for thousands of years.”

― Mao Zedong

“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.”

― Margaret Atwood

“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

“Human civilization as we know it is like the Titanic headed for the iceberg, whether the iceberg be nuclear, environmental or terrorism-related.”

― Marianne Williamson

“Islamism is a monstrous totalitarian ideology that has declared war on our nation, on reason, on civilization.”

― Marine Le Pen

“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.”

― Marine Le Pen

“I have heard it said that the measure of a civilization is how it treats those who have hurt it. I think a further measure is how it treats those who deeply disappoint it.”

― Mark Goulston

“Undeniably, Birdseye changed our civilization.”

― Mark Kurlansky

“Paper is at the center of so many of the elements of the development of civilization.”

― Mark Kurlansky

“Civilization is the limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities.”

― Mark Twain

“The condition of the tribes which occupy the country set apart for them in the West is highly prosperous, and encourages the hope of their early civilization. They have for the most part abandoned the hunter state and turned their attention to agricultural pursuits.”

― Martin Van Buren

“I have increasingly, over the years, felt that religion today does our civilization more harm than good.”

― Mary Douglas

“Without civilization, we would not turn into animals, but vegetables.”

― Mason Cooley

“We may get to the point where the only way of saving the world will be for industrial civilization to collapse.”

― Maurice Strong

“Next to the striking of fire and the discovery of the wheel, the greatest triumph of what we call civilization was the domestication of the human male.”

― Max Lerner

“In our rich consumers’ civilization we spin cocoons around ourselves and get possessed by our possessions.”

― Max Lerner

“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.”

― Mercy Otis Warren

“Without fathers you would have no civilization.”

― Michael Gurian

“China is a civilization pretending to be a nation.”

― Michael Ledeen

“We are reminded repeatedly, often by older men, that western civilization has died on the altar of social media.”

― Michelle Dean

“The market is not an invention of capitalism. It has existed for centuries. It is an invention of civilization.”

― Mikhail Gorbachev

“It is necessary to name the enemy of human civilization, and this enemy is international terrorism associated with religious fundamentalism and religious intolerance.”

― Milos Zeman

“Hackers are seen as shadowy figures with superhuman powers that threaten civilization.”

― Mitch Kapor

“Today’s interpretations of religion are often backward and contradict the needs of civilization.”

― Naguib Mahfouz

“Arts are a luxury, proof that a civilization has risen above ‘politics and war.’”

― Nell Scovell

“America is experiencing an Islamist cultural-political offensive designed to undermine and destroy our civilization.”

― Newt Gingrich

“The poet Melvin B. Tolson once said, ‘A civilization is judged only in its decline.’ That made sense to me. I would imagine the same is true for poets and tennis players.”

― Nikki Giovanni

“In the twenty-first century, the robot will take the place which slave labor occupied in ancient civilization.”

― Nikola Tesla

“Civilization as it is known today could not have evolved, nor can it survive, without an adequate food supply.”

― Norman Borlaug

“The destiny of world civilization depends upon providing a decent standard of living for all mankind.”

― Norman Borlaug

“A civilization, a culture, cannot survive without passion, cannot be saved without passion.”

― Oriana Fallaci

“The Muslims refuse our culture and try to impose their culture on us. I reject them, and this is not only my duty toward my culture-it is toward my values, my principles, my civilization.”

― Oriana Fallaci

“I am especially grateful, however, to have known the fifties, before we began to poison our own civilization – or at least before the effects of the poison began to be felt.”

― Orson Scott Card

“There were centuries when civilization had no theater.”

― Orson Welles

“America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.”

― Oscar Wilde

“No civilization other than that which is Christian, is worth seeking or possessing.”

― Otto von Bismarck

“Not much was really invented during the Renaissance, if you don’t count modern civilization.”

― P. J. O’Rourke

“When the faith dies, the culture it produced begins to die, then the civilization goes, and, then, the population.”

― Pat Buchanan

“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.”

― Patrick Stewart

“Civilization is what makes you sick.”

― Paul Gauguin

“This planet came with a set of instructions, but we seem to have misplaced them. Civilization needs a new operating system.”

― Paul Hawken

“Indeed it is the protean ability of Western civilization to be self-critical and self-correcting – not only in producing wealth but over the whole range of human activities – that constitutes its most decisive superiority over any of its rivals.”

― Paul Johnson

“In the cold, shivering twilight, preceding the daybreak of civilization, the dominating emotion of man was fear.”

― Paul P. Harris

“My body really, really wanted to reproduce when I was 15. It took a lot of civilization, socialization, willpower and some emulsion polymerization technology for me not to reproduce at 15.”

― Penn Jillette

“As the publisher of the ‘Tory,’ I strive to defend the pillars of Western civilization against the distractions of diversity.”

― Pete Hegseth

“Barbarians always think of themselves as the bringers of civilization.”

― Pierre Schaeffer

“Has it struck you that the music which is regarded as the most sublime in western civilization, which is the music of Bach, is called baroque?”

― Pierre Schaeffer

“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.”

― Priyamvada Natarajan

“Civilization, to be worthy of the name, must afford other methods of settling human differences than those of blood letting.”

― Ralph Chaplin

“The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It’s the Law of God that gave the stability to Christian civilization.”

― Randall Terry

“There are historic situations in which refusal to defend the inheritance of a civilization, however imperfect, against tyranny and aggression may result in consequences even worse than war.”

― Reinhold Niebuhr

“Civilization… wrecks the planet from seafloor to stratosphere.”

― Richard Bach

“ISIL is more threatening to the Muslim world than it is to western civilization.”

― Richard Burr

“My play is the ultimate expression of my feeling of the twilight of Western civilization.”

― Richard Foreman

“Morocco as it is is a very fine place spoiled by civilization.”

― Richard Harding Davis

“For me, politeness is a sine qua non of civilization.”

― Robert A. Heinlein

“Civilization consists in the multiplication and refinement of human wants.”

― Robert Andrews Millikan

“The true civilization is where every man gives to every other every right that he claims for himself.”

― Robert Green Ingersoll

“To me, the Holocaust stands alone as the most horrible human event in modern civilization.”

― Robert Shapiro

“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.”

― Ronald Reagan

“In order for the students’ development and the outer development of civilization to coincide, we need a faculty whose interest is not limited to specialized educational practices. Rather, this faculty must be fully involved in the broader aspects of life.”

― Rudolf Steiner

“One of the tests of the civilization of people is the treatment of its criminals.”

― Rutherford B. Hayes

“Brands are essentially forbidden from saying or associating themselves with the Olympics – something that has been commonly owned by Western Civilization since the Greeks – unless they hand over piles of cash to the Games.”

― Ryan Holiday

“One could surely argue that the Buddhist tradition, taken as a whole, represents the richest source of contemplative wisdom that any civilization has produced.”

― Sam Harris

“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.”

― Sam Kean

“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.”

― Serj Tankian

“You know when civilization began? With the invention of the mirror.”

― Shimon Peres

“Human rights is a universal standard. It is a component of every religion and every civilization.”

― Shirin Ebadi

“Americans’ great and secret fear is that America may turn out to be a phenomenon rather than a civilization.”

― Shirley Hazzard

“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 first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.”

― Sigmund Freud

“The first requisite of civilization is that of justice.”

― Sigmund Freud

“The liberty of the individual is no gift of civilization. It was greatest before there was any civilization.”

― Sigmund Freud

“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.”

― Sigmund Freud

“It is impossible to overlook the extent to which civilization is built upon a renunciation of instinct.”

― Sigmund Freud

“The contemporary form of true greatness lies in a civilization founded on the spirituality of work.”

― Simone Weil

“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

“What I am more concerned about is whether our whole civilization will be around in the next 25 years.”

― Sonny Rollins

“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

“The center of Western culture is Greece, and we have never lost our ties with the architectural concepts of that ancient civilization.”

― Stephen Gardiner

“I think it quite likely that we are the only civilization within several hundred light years; otherwise we would have heard radio waves.”

― Stephen Hawking

“Through a mix of market forces and regulation, we’ve brought civilization to the electronic provinces.”

― Steven Levy

“I think God’s going to come down and pull civilization over for speeding.”

― Steven Wright

“Japan today has become acquainted with the Western civilization of the rule of Might, but retains the characteristics of the Oriental civilization of the rule of Right. Now the question remains whether Japan will be the hawk of the Western civilization of the rule of Might, or the tower of strength of the Orient.”

― Sun Yat-sen

“A modern civilization is only possible when it is accepted that singular beings exist and express themselves freely.”

― Tahar Ben Jelloun

“For the liberal state to accommodate a diversity of beliefs while having few positive convictions is one of the more admirable achievements of civilization.”

― Terry Eagleton

“Our civilization is still in a middle stage, scarcely beast, in that it is no longer wholly guided by instinct; scarcely human, in that it is not yet wholly guided by reason.”

― Theodore Dreiser

“Cities have always been the fireplaces of civilization, whence light and heat radiated out into the dark.”

― Theodore Parker

“As civilization advances, poetry almost necessarily declines.”

― Thomas Babington Macaulay

“Civilization is the lamb’s skin in which barbarism masquerades.”

― Thomas Bailey Aldrich

“Speech is civilization itself.”

― Thomas Mann

“Violence and irrationality were so long and thoroughly cultivated among the Irish, and so perfectly ingrained into their nature, that modern civilization has as yet been unable to extract the virus.”

― Thomas Mellon

“If the battle for civilization comes down to the wimps versus the barbarians, the barbarians are going to win.”

― Thomas Sowell

“If you are not prepared to use force to defend civilization, then be prepared to accept barbarism.”

― Thomas Sowell

“We have always been taught that navigation is the result of civilization, but modern archeology has demonstrated very clearly that this is not so.”

― Thor Heyerdahl

“Civilization is unbearable, but it is less unbearable at the top.”

― Timothy Leary

“Perhaps Western civilization is in a post-decline phase, or maybe the decline is just taking a really long time, like the Roman Empire’s did. The Romans had gladiators and Christian-hungry lions and that sort of thing. We have MTV.”

― Tom Shales

“Our own civilization has lost its way, and this makes us even more vulnerable to Islamist nihilism.”

― Tom Tancredo

“And when you redefine the family other than what the Creator intended when he established it, then you look at the devolution of civilization.”

― Tony Evans

“Well, we can’t afford blindness anymore. There are tens of thousands of thugs who loathe liberty and love death, and want to annihilate Western civilization.”

― Tony Snow

“Geosynchronous spacecraft will be among civilization’s most enduring remnants, quietly circling Earth until the Earth is no more.”

― Trevor Paglen

“Coal, oil and natural gas have lit homes and powered machinery for centuries, driving civilization forward. But as human development accelerated, the unsustainability of such energy became apparent.”

― Tulsi Tanti

“A civilization which has taken over the world cannot be said to be dying.”

― V. S. Naipaul

“No human civilization could ever sever our dependence on photosynthesis.”

― Vaclav Smil

“Civilization is going down the drain, and the sooner it does, the better.”

― Varg Vikernes

“Jesus wept; Voltaire smiled. From that divine tear and from that human smile is derived the grace of present civilization.”

― Victor Hugo

“Peace is the virtue of civilization. War is its crime.”

― Victor Hugo

“Western civilization, unfortunately, does not link knowledge and morality but rather, it connects knowledge and power and makes them equivalent.”

― Vine Deloria, Jr.

“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.”

― W. Kamau Bell

“The whole history of civilization is strewn with creeds and institutions which were invaluable at first, and deadly afterwards.”

― Walter Bagehot

“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.”

― Walter Bagehot

“Terrorism is a horrible thing that is the great threat to civilization on our planet.”

― Walter Isaacson

“Civilization begins with order, grows with liberty and dies with chaos.”

― Will Durant

“Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice.”

― Will Durant

“Education is the transmission of civilization.”

― Will Durant

“The family is the nucleus of civilization.”

― Will Durant

“Civilization is the order and freedom is promoting cultural activity.”

― Will Durant

“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

“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.”

― William Klein

“The last struggle for our rights, the battle for our civilization, is entirely with ourselves.”

― William Wells Brown

“Without winners, there wouldn’t even be any civilization.”

― Woody Hayes

“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
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