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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
The moment you give up your principles, and your values, you are dead, your culture is dead, your civilization is dead. Period.
America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization.
From stoplights to skyscrapers, turn anywhere in civilization and you will see imagination at work. It's in our inventions, advances and remedies and how a single parent masterminds each day. Imagination is boundless, surrounds us and resides in us all.
Geoffrey S. Fletcher
A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.
So long as the system of competition in the production and exchange of the means of life goes on, the degradation of the arts will go on; and if that system is to last for ever, then art is doomed, and will surely die; that is to say, civilization will die.
I think it quite likely that we are the only civilization within several hundred light years; otherwise we would have heard radio waves.
To walk through the ruined cities of Germany is to feel an actual doubt about the continuity of civilization.
Collecting facts is important. Knowledge is important. But if you don't have an imagination to use the knowledge, civilization is nowhere.
Reading is an act of civilization; it's one of the greatest acts of civilization because it takes the free raw material of the mind and builds castles of possibilities.
Disinterested intellectual curiosity is the life blood of real civilization.
G. M. Trevelyan
All through history, a nation or a civilization's enduring glory is articulated by its mega constructions - the pyramids, the lofty cathedrals of the Christian world.
F. Sionil Jose
If any civilization is to survive, it is the morality of altruism that men have to reject.
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.
I've been waiting over 40 years to come to Cyprus, and it has not disappointed - the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Crossroads of Civilization, and, I might add, a genuine strategic partner to the United States of America.
The development of civilization and industry in general has always shown itself so active in the destruction of forests that everything that has been done for their conservation and production is completely insignificant in comparison.
If the battle for civilization comes down to the wimps versus the barbarians, the barbarians are going to win.
While I have no empirical evidence to back this up, I bet that the number of homosexual people per thousand has not fluctuated all that much over the centuries. I do not believe the dented wisdom my father used to extol, that homosexuality was a sure sign of a civilization in decline.
All civilization has from time to time become a thin crust over a volcano of revolution.
The love of domination and an uncontrolled lust of arbitrary power have prevailed among all nations and perhaps in proportion to the degrees of civilization.
Mercy Otis Warren
Without winners, there wouldn't even be any civilization.
Artificial intelligence will reach human levels by around 2029. Follow that out further to, say, 2045, we will have multiplied the intelligence, the human biological machine intelligence of our civilization a billion-fold.
Human rights is a universal standard. It is a component of every religion and every civilization.
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.
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.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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