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America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.
All places where women are excluded tend downward to barbarism; but the moment she is introduced, there come in with her courtesy, cleanliness, sobriety, and order.
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Little else is requisite to carry a state to the highest degree of opulence from the lowest barbarism but peace, easy taxes, and a tolerable administration of justice: all the rest being brought about by the natural course of things.
America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization.
From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step.
If you are not prepared to use force to defend civilization, then be prepared to accept barbarism.
Civilization is the lamb's skin in which barbarism masquerades.
Thomas Bailey Aldrich
There is so much that must be done in a civilized barbarism like war.
Barbarism is the absence of standards to which appeal can be made.
Jose Ortega y Gasset
I would suggest that barbarism be considered as a permanent and universal human characteristic which becomes more or less pronounced according to the play of circumstances.
Indiscriminate firing by police on people is absolute barbarism. Instead of solving their problems, the government is trying to suppress the people by force.
Reduced to a miserable mass level, the level of a Hitler, German Romanticism broke out into hysterical barbarism.
If everyone howled at every injustice, every act of barbarism, every act of unkindness, then we would be taking the first step towards a real humanity.
There must be something beyond slaughter and barbarism to support the existence of mankind and we must all help search for it.
The Greeks possessed a knowledge of human nature we seem hardly able to attain to without passing through the strengthening hibernation of a new barbarism.
Georg C. Lichtenberg
Patriotism is an indispensable weapon in the defense of civilization against barbarism.
The twentieth century has exhibited a barbarism and lack of respect for human life on a massive scale just about unknown before.
Barbarism is needed every four or five hundred years to bring the world back to life. Otherwise it would die of civilization.
Edmond de Goncourt
You think that a wall as solid as the earth separates civilization from barbarism. I tell you the division is a thread, a sheet of glass. A touch here, a push there, and you bring back the reign of Saturn.
I yearn to see other chief executives throughout the nation follow suit, so that as a people we may hasten the elimination of barbarism as a tool of American justice.
The missile that downed the Malaysian plane, they say, is a Russian-made missile. But the weapons that are used in the barbarism in the barbaric act against the Palestinians were made by the West, and nobody is blaming them. Nobody talks about it; not even the U.N. Security Council can pass a resolution against Israel!
It is, of course, the first recourse of every elitist to see social barbarism in others.
Consider the bloody history of Europe: there was a great aspiration for high culture, yet this very same culture was shaped by brutality and barbarism.
War is at its best barbarism.
William Tecumseh Sherman
America may be unique in being a country which has leapt from barbarism to decadence without touching civilization.
John F. Kennedy
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