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  1. Picture quote by Sigmund Freud about evolution

    Civilization began the first time an angry person cast a word instead of a rock. ⏤ Sigmund Freud


  2. Picture quote by Roger Ebert about empathy

    I believe empathy is the most essential quality of civilization. ⏤ Roger Ebert


  3. Picture quote by Edward O. Wilson about civilization

    We have created a Star Wars civilization with Stone Age emotions, medieval institutions and godlike technology. ⏤ Edward O. Wilson


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The first human being who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.

Sigmund Freud

If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.

Thomas Jefferson

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

To accept civilization as it is practically means accepting decay.

George Orwell

Civilization is a limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities.

Mark Twain

The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering the prisons.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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.

Ulysses S. Grant

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

Max Lerner

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.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

John Muir

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

Katharine Fullerton Gerould

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

The first requisite of civilization is that of justice.

Sigmund Freud

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.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder.

Arnold J. Toynbee

The test of civilization is its estimate of women.

George William Curtis

The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.

Albert Camus

As civilization advances, poetry almost necessarily declines.

Thomas B. Macaulay

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

Arnold J. Toynbee

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.

Orson Welles

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

Arnold J. Toynbee

Increased means and increased leisure are the two civilizers of man.

Benjamin Disraeli

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

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

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.

Jacques Yves Cousteau

When humor goes, there goes civilization.

Erma Bombeck

You can't say that civilization don't advance... for in every war they kill you a new way.

Will Rogers

The ultimate tendency of civilization is towards barbarism.

David Hare

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.

Gertrude Stein

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

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Civilization is the making of civil persons.

John Ruskin

The human race has improved everything, but the human race.

Adlai Stevenson

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

Sigmund Freud

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

Robert Green Ingersoll

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

Civilization began the first time an angry person cast a word instead of a rock.

Sigmund Freud

But the guilty person is only one of the targets of punishment. For punishment is directed above all at others, at all the potentially guilty.

Michel Foucault

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

Havelock Ellis

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

The greatest advances of civilization, whether in architecture or painting, in science and literature, in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government.

Milton Friedman

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

Mahatma Gandhi

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

Walter Isaacson

Christianity is the very root and foundation of Western civilization.

Dinesh D'Souza

Civilization had too many rules for me, so I did my best to rewrite them.

Bill Cosby

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

Individual commitment to a group effort -- that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.

Vince Lombardi

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

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

Sunday is the core of our civilization, dedicated to thought and reverence.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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.

Minoru Yamasaki

There are many humorous things in the world; among them, the white man's notion that he is less savage than the other savages.

Mark Twain

The three great elements of modern civilization, Gun powder, Printing, and the Protestant religion.

Thomas Carlyle

We believe that civilization has been created under the pressure of the exigencies of life at the cost of satisfaction of the instincts.

Sigmund Freud

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

William Wells Brown

I like to pay taxes. With them, I buy civilization.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

I am beginning to understand, said the little prince. There is a flower... I think that she has tamed me...

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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

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

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

Adrienne Clarkson

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

Nikola Tesla

The exact measure of the progress of civilization is the degree in which the intelligence of the common mind has prevailed over wealth and brute force.

George Bancroft

Civilization is the lamb's skin in which barbarism masquerades.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

It is the recognition of history as a record of human experience which has inevitably resulted in the inclusion of this conquest of civilization within the framework of a complete human history.

James H. Breasted

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.

Ambrose Bierce

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 H. Breasted

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 H. Breasted

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

Frank Lloyd Wright

New York... when civilization falls apart, remember, we were way ahead of you.

David Letterman

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

Edmund Hillary

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.

Albert Einstein

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

Ambrose Bierce

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

Franz Boas

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

Robert A. Heinlein

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

Ariel Durant

Imagination has brought mankind through the dark ages to its present state of civilization. Imagination led Columbus to discover America. Imagination led Franklin to discover electricity.

L. Frank Baum

Education is the transmission of civilization.

Will Durant

Christianity is the enemy of liberty and civilization.

August Bebel

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

Herbert Spencer

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

John Burroughs

Our civilization is now in the transition stage between the age of warring empires and a new age of world unity and peace.

John Boyd Orr

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

Vine Deloria, Jr.

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

Well, right now, I'm very fascinated with 1920s Berlin. I mean, probably the more interesting thing would be to go to the beginning of civilization or precivilization - like polytheistic times. It would be interesting to see what came before modern religion and culture - what circumstances created the environment or the need for it.

Natalie Portman

Western civilization, Christianity, decency are struggling for their very lives. In this worldwide civil war, race prejudice is our most dangerous enemy, for it is a disease at the very root of our democratic life.

Mordecai Wyatt Johnson

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

Charles Lindbergh

A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

We released 400,000 classified documents, the most extraordinary history of a war to ever have been released in our civilization. Those documents cover 109,000 deaths. That is serious matter.

Julian Assange

If mankind were to continue in other than the present barbarism, a new path must be found, a new civilization based on some other method than technology.

Clifford D. Simak

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.

Chen-Ning Yang

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

Carrie P. Snow

At issue in the Hiss Case was the question whether this sick society, which we call Western civilization, could in its extremity still cast up a man whose faith in it was so great that he would voluntarily abandon those things which men hold good, including life, to defend it.

Whittaker Chambers

For in this century, within the next decades, will be decided for generations whether all mankind is to become Communist, whether the whole world is to become free, or whether, in the struggle, civilization as we know it is to be completely destroyed or completely changed.

Whittaker Chambers

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

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

John Boyd Orr

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

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

John Boyd Orr

The contribution of Islam to history and modern civilization is the product of the efforts of peoples of many races and tongues which came to accept its way of life.

Aly Khan

God isn't compatible with machinery and scientific medicine and universal happiness. You must make your choice. Our civilization has chosen machinery and medicine and happiness.

Aldous Huxley

Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.

Barbara Tuchman

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.

Milton Friedman

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