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Since the dawn of time, traditional marriage - the union between one man and one woman - has been the building block of civilization, and at no point in our nation's history has that foundation been under more severe attack than now.
Government has never increased the standard of living of one single human being in civilization's history. For some reason that simple truth has evaded everybody.
The perfect normal person is rare in our civilization.
It is not possible for civilization to flow backwards while there is youth in the world. Youth may be headstrong, but it will advance it allotted length.
The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
For me, politeness is a sine qua non of civilization.
Robert A. Heinlein
Civilization... wrecks the planet from seafloor to stratosphere.
We believe that civilization has been created under the pressure of the exigencies of life at the cost of satisfaction of the instincts.
Collecting facts is important. Knowledge is important. But if you don't have an imagination to use the knowledge, civilization is nowhere.
A civilization is built on what is required of men, not on that which is provided for them.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
There are historic situations in which refusal to defend the inheritance of a civilization, however imperfect, against tyranny and aggression may result in consequences even worse than war.
The fact is we can only love what we know personally. And we cannot know much. In public affairs, in the rebuilding of civilization, something less dramatic and emotional is needed, namely tolerance.
E. M. Forster
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.
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
We may get to the point where the only way of saving the world will be for industrial civilization to collapse.
I have seen the science I worshiped, and the aircraft I loved, destroying the civilization I expected them to serve.
No civilization other than that which is Christian, is worth seeking or possessing.
Otto von Bismarck
Civilization is what makes you sick.
Anglo-Saxon civilization has taught the individual to protect his own rights; American civilization will teach him to respect the rights of others.
William Jennings Bryan
I ascribe a basic importance to the phenomenon of language. To speak means to be in a position to use a certain syntax, to grasp the morphology of this or that language, but it means above all to assume a culture, to support the weight of a civilization.
Debt is part of the human condition. Civilization is based on exchanges - on gifts, trades, loans - and the revenges and insults that come when they are not paid back.
If history could teach us anything, it would be that private property is inextricably linked with civilization.
Ludwig von Mises
Self-righteous people can talk themselves into forgetting they are part of a civilization. They can then feed on that culture, bringing it down. It's happened many times in the past. It could happen to us.
God makes it really clear that society and civilization is really held together by the glue of families... When a man and a woman come together and say 'I do,' they are committing for a lifetime to love each other and to model what love is and what forgiveness is and what joy is to their kids.
I think governments are the cancer of civilization.
John F. Kennedy
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