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Money, not morality, is the principle commerce of civilized nations.
If one could only teach the English how to talk, and the Irish how to listen, society here would be quite civilized.
The civilized man has built a coach, but has lost the use of his feet.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
A civilized society is one which tolerates eccentricity to the point of doubtful sanity.
This will never be a civilized country until we spend more money for books than we do for chewing gum.
No people is wholly civilized where a distinction is drawn between stealing an office and stealing a purse.
When man learns to understand and control his own behavior as well as he is learning to understand and control the behavior of crop plants and domestic animals, he may be justified in believing that he has become civilized.
There is no way that writers can be tamed and rendered civilized or even cured. The only solution known to science is to provide the patient with an isolation room, where he can endure the acute stages in private and where food can be poked in to him with a stick.
Robert A. Heinlein
Each new generation born is in effect an invasion of civilization by little barbarians, who must be civilized before it is too late.
Civilized society is perpetually menaced with disintegration through this primary hostility of men towards one another.
At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate, and replace the savage races throughout the world.
As I write, highly civilized human beings are flying overhead, trying to kill me.
Men become civilized, not in proportion to their willingness to believe, but in proportion to their readiness to doubt.
Music is nothing else but wild sounds civilized into time and tune.
Asia is not going to be civilized after the methods of the West. There is too much Asia and she is too old.
The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant.
John Stuart Mill
I am not aware that any community has a right to force another to be civilized.
John Stuart Mill
Civilized men are more discourteous than savages because they know they can be impolite without having their skulls split, as a general thing.
Robert E. Howard
If Germany, thanks to Hitler and his successors, were to enslave the European nations and destroy most of the treasures of their past, future historians would certainly pronounce that she had civilized Europe.
To be civilized is to be potentially master of all possible ideas, and that means that one has got beyond being shocked, although one preserves one's own moral aesthetic preferences.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
The rich become richer and the poor become poorer is a cry heard throughout the whole civilized world.
There is so much that must be done in a civilized barbarism like war.
There is no kind of harassment that a man may not inflict on a woman with impunity in civilized societies.
It's important to debunk the myths of Africa being this benighted continent civilized only when white people arrived. In fact, Africans had been creators of culture for thousands of years before. These were very intelligent, subtle and sophisticated people, with organized societies and great art.
Henry Louis Gates
Justice, sir, is the great interest of man on earth. It is the ligament which holds civilized beings and civilized nations together.
Americans have been taught that their nation is civilized and humane. But, too often, U.S. actions have been uncivilized and inhumane.
It's easy for me to go back to being a kid. You know how kids can be like savages before they get civilized? There's that sadist quality. Y'know, like boys who like to pick apart an insect for the sake of it.
Helena Bonham Carter
To have doubted one's own first principles is the mark of a civilized man.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
Children are sent to school to be civilized, to learn to be part of the social enterprise.
A civilized nation can have no enemies, and one cannot draw a line across a map, a line that doesn't even exist in nature and say that the ugly enemy lives on the one side, and good friends live on the other.
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