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Jean BaudrillardThe superiority of Western culture is sustained only by the desire of the rest of the world to join it.

—  Jean Baudrillard, 1929-2007, French intellectual

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Henri BergsonSex appeal is the keynote of our civilization.

—  Henri Bergson, 1859-1941, French philosopher, Nobel 1927

Will DurantIn the last analysis civilization is based upon the food supply.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

Rutherford B. HayesOne of the tests of the civilization of people is the treatment of its criminals.

—  Rutherford B. Hayes, 1822-1893, American President [1877-1881]

Will DurantSo I should say that civilizations begin with religion and stoicism: they end with scepticism and unbelief, and the undisciplined pursuit of individual pleasure. A civilization is born stoic and dies epicurean.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

Albert EinsteinOur entire much-praised technological progress, and civilization generally, could be compared to an axe in the hand of a pathological criminal.

—  Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German-Jewish physicist

Winston ChurchillOf all the small nations of this earth, perhaps only the ancient Greeks surpass the Scots in their contribution to mankind.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Mark TwainCivilization is a limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessaries.

—  Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American writer

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

—  Georges Clemenceau, 1841-1929, French Prime Minister

Ralph Waldo EmersonThe end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

Ayn RandCivilization is the process of setting man free from men.

—  Ayn Rand, 1905-1982, American writer & philosopher

Jean-Luc GodardFirst there was Greek civilization. Then there was the Renaissance. Now we’re entering the Age of the Ass.

—  Jean-Luc Godard, 1930-, French film director

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

—  Victor Hugo, 1802-1885, French writer

Will DurantCivilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

Will DurantCivilization begins with order, grows with liberty, and dies with chaos.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

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

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

Will DurantFrom barbarism to civilization requires a century; from civilization to barbarism needs but a day.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

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

—  Sigmund Freud, 1856-1939, Austrian psychologist, founder of psychoanalysis

Will DurantThe South creates the civilizations, the North conquers them, ruins them, borrows from them, spreads them: this is one summary of history.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

Alfred North WhiteheadA general definition of civilization: a civilized society is exhibiting the five qualities of truth, beauty, adventure, art, peace.

—  Alfred North Whitehead, 1861-1947, British philosopher & mathematician

Calvin CoolidgeCivilization and profits go hand in hand.

—  Calvin Coolidge, 1872-1933, American President [1923-1929]

Arthur ClarkeCivilization will reach maturity only when it learns to value diversity of character and of ideas.

—  Arthur Clarke, 1917-2008, British Sci-Fi writer

Franklin RooseveltIf 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 Roosevelt, 1882-1945, American President [1936-1945]

Will DurantIt is not the race that makes the civilization, it is the civilization that makes the people: circumstances geographical, economic, and political create a culture, and the culture creates a human type.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

Will DurantCivilization is not inherited; it has to be learned and earned by each generation anew; if the transmission should be interrupted for one century, civilization would die, and we should be savages again.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher










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