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Civilization rests on the fact that most people do the right thing most of the time.
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.
What should we suppose must naturally be the consequence of our carrying on a slave trade with Africa? With a country, vast in its extent, not utterly barbarous, but civilized in a very small degree? Does any one suppose a slave trade would help their civilization?
The center of Western culture is Greece, and we have never lost our ties with the architectural concepts of that ancient civilization.
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
Rules governing defecation, hygiene, and pollution exist in every culture at every period in history. It may in fact be the foundation of civilization: What is toilet training if not the first attempt to turn a child into an acceptable member of society?
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.
No university in the world has ever risen to greatness without a correspondingly great library... When this is no longer true, then will our civilization have come to an end.
Lawrence Clark Powell
The moment you give up your principles, and your values, you are dead, your culture is dead, your civilization is dead. Period.
The Filipino embraces civilization and lives and thrives in every clime, in contact with every people.
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.
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
The story of civilization is, in a sense, the story of engineering - that long and arduous struggle to make the forces of nature work for man's good.
L. Sprague de Camp
Each new generation born is in effect an invasion of civilization by little barbarians, who must be civilized before it is too late.
A civilized man is one who will give a serious answer to a serious question. Civilization itself is a certain sane balance of values.
Art is like a border of flowers along the course of civilization.
Human rights is a universal standard. It is a component of every religion and every civilization.
Shakespeare is, essentially, the emanation of the Renaissance. The overflow of his fame on the Continent in later years was but the sequel of the flood of the Renaissance in Western Europe. He was the child of that great movement, and marks its height as it penetrated the North with civilization.
George Edward Woodberry
Capitalism inevitably and by virtue of the very logic of its civilization creates, educates and subsidizes a vested interest in social unrest.
Joseph A. Schumpeter
In essence the Renaissance was simply the green end of one of civilization's hardest winters.
Human civilization is not something achieved against nature; it is rather the outcome of the working of the innate qualities of man.
Ludwig von Mises
In this respect, the history of science, like the history of all civilization, has gone through cycles.
Civilization is the limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities.
I think really, China, Chinese, I think they really have a long history of civilization, rich culture.
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.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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