The first human being who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.
America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.
If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.
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.
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To accept civilization as it is practically means accepting decay.
The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.
Civilization began the first time an angry person cast a word instead of a rock.
Civilization is a limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities.
The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering the prisons.
Hold fast to the Bible. To the influence of this Book we are indebted for all the progress made in true civilization and to this we must look as our guide in the future.
Civilization and profits go hand in hand.
In our rich consumers' civilization we spin cocoons around ourselves and get possessed by our possessions.
Without adventure civilization is in full decay.
I believe empathy is the most essential quality of civilization.
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.
The test of civilization is its estimate of women.
Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder.
The prevalent fear of poverty among the educated classes is the worst moral disease from which our civilization suffers.
Civilization is unbearable, but it is less unbearable at the top.
The first requisite of civilization is that of justice.
We have created a Star Wars civilization with Stone Age emotions, medieval institutions and godlike technology.
Civilization is merely an advance in taste: accepting, all the time, nicer things, and rejecting nasty ones.
The gross heathenism of civilization has generally destroyed nature, and poetry, and all that is spiritual.
In the highest civilization, the book is still the highest delight.
He who has once known its satisfactions is provided with a resource against calamity.
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.
Increased means and increased leisure are the two civilizers of man.
To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization.
Civilization is a movement and not a condition, a voyage and not a harbor.
Civilization is a conspiracy. Modern life is the silent compact of comfortable folk to keep up pretences.
Speech is civilization itself. The word... preserves contact -- it is silence which isolates.
Disinterested intellectual curiosity is the life blood of real civilization.
To walk through the ruined cities of Germany is to feel an actual doubt about the continuity of civilization.
For such an advanced civilization as ours to be without images that are adequate to it is as serious a defect as being without memory.
Anglo-Saxon civilization has taught the individual to protect his own rights;
American civilization will teach him to respect the rights of others.
On a group of theories one can found a school;
but on a group of values one can found a culture, a civilization, a new way of living together among men.
The imitation of complex skills is what we call culture and is the basis of civilization.
As civilization advances, poetry almost necessarily declines.
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.
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.
We must plant the sea and herd its animals using the sea as farmers instead of hunters. That is what civilization is all about - farming replacing hunting.
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.
The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.
I believe that truth is the glue that holds government together, not only our Government but civilization itself. That bond, though strained, is unbroken at home and abroad.
We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization.
Had there been no difficulties and no thorns in the way, then man would have been in his primitive state and no progress made in civilization and mental culture.
A decadent civilization compromises with its disease, cherishes the virus infecting it, loses its self-respect.
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.
A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization.
All civilization has from time to time become a thin crust over a volcano of revolution.
The ultimate tendency of civilization is towards barbarism.
Civilization is the making of civil persons.
A civilization is built on what is required of men, not on that which is provided for them.
The human race has improved everything, but the human race.