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Science has done more for the development of western civilization in one hundred years than Christianity did in eighteen hundred years.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Civilization rests on a set of promises; if the promises are broken too often, the civilization dies, no matter how rich it may be, or how mechanically clever. Hope and faith depend on the promises; if hope and faith go, everything goes.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The writer in western civilization has become not a voice of his tribe, but of his individuality. This is a very narrow-minded situation.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
No civilization would ever have been possible without a framework of stability, to provide the wherein for the flux of change. Foremost among the stabilizing factors, more enduring than customs, manners and traditions, are the legal systems that regulate our life in the world and our daily affairs with each other.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The whole history of civilization is strewn with creeds and institutions which were invaluable at first, and deadly afterwards.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Chastity is the cement of civilization and progress. Without it there is no stability in society, and without it one cannot attain the Science of Life.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Is civilization only a higher form of idolatry, that man should bow down to a flesh-brush, to flannels, to baths, diet, exercise, and air?More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Women know what men have long forgotten. The ultimate economic and spiritual unit of any civilization is still the family.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Anglo-Saxon civilization has taught the individual to protect his own rights; American civilization will teach him to respect the rights of others.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Our civilization survives in the complacency of cowardly or malignant minds -- a sacrifice to the vanity of aging adolescents. In 1953, excess is always a comfort, and sometimes a career.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The keynote of American civilization is a sort of warm-hearted vulgarity. The Americans have none of the irony of the English, none of their cool poise, none of their manner. But they do have friendliness. Where an Englishman would give you his card, an American would very likely give you his shirt.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A decadent civilization compromises with its disease, cherishes the virus infecting it, loses its self-respect.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Averageness is a quality we must put up with. Men march toward civilization in column formation, and by the time the van has learned to admire the masters the rear is drawing reluctantly away from the totem pole.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The goal of every culture is to decay through over-civilization; the factors of decadence, -- luxury, skepticism, weariness and superstition, -- are constant. The civilization of one epoch becomes the manure of the next.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The test of civilization is its estimate of women.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The best security for civilization is the dwelling, and upon properly appointed and becoming dwellings depends, more than anything else, the improvement of mankind.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Civilization is a stream with banks. The stream is sometimes filled with blood from people killing, stealing, shouting and doing the things historians usually record, while on the banks, unnoticed, people build homes, make love, raise children, sing songs, write poetry and even whittle statues. The story of civilization is the story of what happened on the banks. Historians are pessimists because they ignore the banks for the river.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
All civilization has from time to time become a thin crust over a volcano of revolution.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There is held to be no surer test of civilization than the increase per head of the consumption of alcohol and tobacco. Yet alcohol and tobacco are recognizable poisons, so that their consumption has only to be carried far enough to destroy civilization altogether.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If the aborigine drafted an IQ test, all of Western civilization would presumably flunk it.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Man made one grave mistake: in answer to vaguely reformist and humanitarian agitation he admitted women to politics and the professions. The conservatives who saw this as the undermining of our civilization and the end of the state and marriage were right after all; it is time for the demolition to begin.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The ultimate tendency of civilization is towards barbarism.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The path of civilization is paved with tin cans.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
To rescue from oblivion even a fragment of a language which men have used and which is in danger of being lost --that is to say, one of the elements, whether good or bad, which have shaped and complicated civilization --is to extend the scope of social observation and to serve civilization.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The face of nature and civilization in this our country is to a certain point a very sufficient literary field. But it will yield its secrets only to a really grasping imagination. To write well and worthily of American things one need even more than elsewhere to be a master.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The prevalent fear of poverty among the educated classes is the worst moral disease from which our civilization suffers.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
One of the joys our technological civilization has lost is the excitement with which seasonal flowers and fruits were welcomed; the first daffodil, strawberry or cherry are now things of the past, along with their precious moment of arrival. Even the tangerine -- now a satsuma or clementine -- appears de-pipped months before Christmas.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Our civilization, bequeathed to us by fierce adventurers, eaters of meat and hunters, is so full of hurry and combat, so busy about many things which perhaps are of no importance, that it cannot but see something feeble in a civilization which smiles as it refuses to make the battlefield the test of excellence.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I am sure no other civilization, not even the Romans, has showed such a vast proportion of ignominious and degraded nudity, and ugly, squalid dirty sex. Because no other civilization has driven sex into the underworld, and nudity to the W.C.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Having a thirteen-year-old in the family is like having a general-admission ticket to the movies, radio and TV. You get to understand that the glittering new arts of our civilization are directed to the teen-agers, and by their suffrage they stand or fall.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Individual commitment to a group effort -- that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Wherever an altar is found, there civilization exists.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The greatest thing about any civilization is the human person, and the greatest thing about this person is the possibility of his encounter with the person of Jesus Christ.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Speech is civilization itself. The word... preserves contact -- it is silence which isolates.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
To accept civilization as it is practically means accepting decay.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If civilization had been left in female hands we would still be living in grass huts.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Nevertheless, in order to imbue civilization with sound principles and enliven it with the spirit of the gospel, it is not enough to be illumined with the gift of faith and enkindled with the desire of forwarding a good cause. For this end it is necessary to take an active part in the various organizations and influence them from within. And since our present age is one of outstanding scientific and technical progress and excellence, one will not be able to enter these organizations and work effectively from within unless he is scientifically competent, technically capable and skilled in the practice of his own profession.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A civilized man is one who will give a serious answer to a serious question. Civilization itself is a certain sane balance of values.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
One cannot but wonder at this constantly recurring phrase getting something for nothing, as if it were the peculiar and perverse ambition of disturbers of society. Except for our animal outfit, practically all we have is handed us gratis. Can the most complacent reactionary flatter himself that he invented the art of writing or the printing press, or discovered his religious, economic, and moral convictions, or any of the devices which supply him with meat and raiment or any of the sources of such pleasure as he may derive from literature or the fine arts? In short, civilization is little else than getting something for nothing.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Today we are faced with the preeminent fact that, 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.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
America is the civilization of people engaged in transforming themselves. In the past, the stars of the performance were the pioneer and the immigrant. Today, it is youth and the Black.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There is a cheap literature that speaks to us of the need of escape. It is true that when we travel we are in search of distance. But distance is not to be found. It melts away. And escape has never led anywhere. The moment a man finds that he must play the races, go the Arctic, or make war in order to feel himself alive, that man has begin to spin the strands that bind him to other men and to the world. But what wretched strands! A civilization that is really strong fills man to the brim, though he never stir. What are we worth when motionless, is the question.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Capitalism inevitably and by virtue of the very logic of its civilization creates, educates and subsidizes a vested interest in social unrest.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The true law of the race is progress and development. Whenever civilization pauses in the march of conquest, it is overthrown by the barbarian.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Next to the right of liberty, the right of property is the most important individual right guaranteed by the Constitution and the one which, united with that of personal liberty, has contributed more to the growth of civilization than any other institution established by the human race.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Never before has a civilization reached such a degree of a contempt for life; never before has a generation, drowned in mortification, felt such a rage to live.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The fact is, that civilization requires slaves. Human slavery is wrong, insecure, and demoralizing. On mechanical slavery, on the slavery of the machine, the future of the world depends.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The secret of success is to realize that the crisis on our planet is much larger than just deciding what to do with your own life, and if the system under which we live the structure of western civilization begins to collapse because of our selfishness and greed, then it will make no difference whether you have $1 million dollars when the crash comes or just $1.00. The only work that will ultimately bring any good to any of us is the work of contributing to the healing of the world.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Old age cannot be cured. An epoch or a civilization cannot be prevented from breathing its last. A natural process that happens to all flesh and all human manifestations cannot be arrested. You can only wring your hands and utter a beautiful swan song.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Our civilization is characterized by the word progress. Progress is its form rather than making progress being one of its features. Typically it constructs. It is occupied with building an ever more complicated structure. And even clarity is sought onlyMore [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
One might say that the true subject of the horror genre is the struggle for recognition of all that our civilization represses and oppresses.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]

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