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Engrave this Quote Civilization is the lamb's skin in which barbarism masquerades.
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-Thomas Bailey Aldrich
Engrave this Quote Each new generation is a fresh invasion of savages.
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-Hervey Allen
Engrave this Quote The skylines lit up at dead of night, the air-conditioning systems cooling empty hotels in the desert and artificial light in the middle of the day all have something both demented and admirable about them. The mindless luxury of a rich civilization, and yet of a civilization perhaps as scared to see the lights go out as was the hunter in his primitive night.
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-Jean Baudrillard
Engrave this Quote The three great elements of modern civilization, Gun powder, Printing, and the Protestant religion.
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-Thomas Carlyle
Engrave this Quote People sometimes tell me that they prefer barbarism to civilization. I doubt if they have given it a long enough trial. Like the people of Alexandria, they are bored by civilization; but all the evidence suggests that the boredom of barbarism is infinitely greater.
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-Kenneth Clark
Engrave this Quote Civilization is an active deposit which is formed by the combustion of the present with the past. Neither in countries without a Present nor in those without a Past is it to be encountered. Proust in Venice, Matisse's birdcages overlooking the flower market at Nice, Gide on the seventeenth-century quais of Toulon, Lorca in Granada, Picasso by Saint-Germain-des-Pr?s: there lies civilization and for me it can exist only under those liberal regimes in which the Present is alive and therefore capable of assimilating the Past.
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-Cyril Connolly
Engrave this Quote The civilized are those who get more out of life than the uncivilized, and for this we are not likely to be forgiven.
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-Cyril Connolly
Engrave this Quote The test of civilization is its estimate of women.
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-George William Curtis
Engrave this Quote Increased means and increased leisure are the two civilizers of man.
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-Benjamin Disraeli
Engrave this Quote The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering the prisons.
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-Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The House of the Dead
Engrave this Quote Civilization is a stream with banks. The stream is sometimes filled with blood from people killing, stealing, shouting and doing things historians usually record, while on the banks, unnoticed, people build homes, make love, raise children, sing songs, write poetry.
The story of civilization is the story of what happened on the banks. Historians are pessimists because they ignore the banks for the river.

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-Will Durant
Engrave this Quote 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?
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-Mary Baker Eddy
Engrave this Quote All civilization has from time to time become a thin crust over a volcano of revolution.
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-Havelock Ellis
Engrave this Quote As long as our civilization is essentially one of property, of fences, of exclusiveness, it will be mocked by delusions. Our riches will leave us sick; there will be bitterness in our laughter; and our wine will burn our mouth. Only that good profits, which we can taste with all doors open, and which serves all men.
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-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Engrave this Quote Sunday is the core of our civilization, dedicated to thought and reverence.
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-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Engrave this Quote Civilization is a process in the service of Eros, whose purpose is to combine single human individuals, and after that families, then races, peoples and nations, into one great unity, the unity of mankind. Why this has to happen, we do not know; the work of Eros is precisely this.
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-Sigmund Freud
Engrave this Quote Civilization...is a matter of imponderables, of delight in the thins of the mind, of love of beauty, of honor, grace, courtesy, delicate feeling. Where imponderables, are things of first importance, there is the height of civilization, and, if at the same time, the power of art exists unimpaired, human life has reached a level seldom attained and very seldom surpassed.
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-Edith Hamilton
Engrave this Quote The ultimate tendency of civilization is towards barbarism.
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-David Hare
Engrave this Quote Civilization today reminds me of an ape with a blowtorch playing in a room full of dynamite. It looks like the monkeys are about to operate the zoo, and the inmates are taking over the asylum.
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-Vance Havner
Engrave this Quote It may indeed prove to be far the most difficult and not the least important task for human reason rationally to comprehend its own limitations. It is essential for the growth of reason that as individuals we should bow to forces and obey principles which we cannot hope fully to understand, yet on which the advance and even the preservation of civilization depends. Historically this has been achieved by the influence of the various religious creeds and by traditions and superstitions which made man submit to those forces by an appeal to his emotions rather than to his reason. The most dangerous stage in the growth of civilization may well be that in which man has come to regard all these beliefs as superstitions and refuses to accept or to submit to anything which he does not rationally understand. The rationalist whose reason is not sufficient to teach him those limitations of the powers of conscious reason, and who despises all the institutions and customs which have not been consciously designed, would thus become the destroyer of the civilization built upon them. This may well prove a hurdle which man will repeatedly reach, only to be thrown back into barbarism.
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-Friedrich A. Hayek
Engrave this Quote Without winners, there wouldn't even be any civilization.
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-Woody Hayes
Engrave this Quote All the worth which the human being possesses, all spiritual reality, he possesses only through the State. . . For Truth is the unity of the universal and subjective will; and the Universal is to be found in the State, in its laws, its universal and rational arrangements. The State is the Divine Idea as it exists on earth. We have in it, therefore, the object of history in a more definite shape than before; that in which Freedom obtains objectivity.
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-G. W. F. Hegel
Engrave this Quote The path of civilization is paved with tin cans.
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-Elbert Hubbard
Engrave this Quote A civilization in which there is not a continuous controversy about important issues is on the way to totalitarianism and death.
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-Robert Maynard Hutchins
Engrave this Quote One might enumerate the items of high civilization, as it exists in other countries, which are absent from the texture of American life, until it should become a wonder to know what was left.
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-Henry James

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