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The discovery of agriculture was the first big step toward a civilized life.
No matter how civilized we are and how much society has curbed violent behavior. Human beings still have the same genes they had 10,000 years ago. Our bodies are designed to have a certain amount of physical stress and violence in them. We're designed to run from jaguars and fight to defend our territory.
Money, not morality, is the principle commerce of civilized nations.
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
The rich become richer and the poor become poorer is a cry heard throughout the whole civilized world.
Any health care funding plan that is just, equitable, civilized and humane must - must - redistribute wealth from the richer among us to the poorer and the less fortunate. Excellent healthcare is by definition re-distributional.
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.
Our guiding principle was that design is neither an intellectual nor a material affair, but simply an integral part of the stuff of life, necessary for everyone in a civilized society.
The snake kills by squeezing very slowly. This is how the civilized world slowly, slowly pushes into the forest and takes away the world that used to be.
On the day when two army corps may mutually annihilate each other in a second, probably all civilized nations will recoil with horror and disband their troops.
If one could only teach the English how to talk, and the Irish how to listen, society here would be quite civilized.
A civilized society is one which tolerates eccentricity to the point of doubtful sanity.
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.
I have found the missing link between the higher ape and civilized man; it is we.
In civilized life, law floats in a sea of ethics.
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.
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
Justice, sir, is the great interest of man on earth. It is the ligament which holds civilized beings and civilized nations together.
Taxation is the price we pay for failing to build a civilized society. The higher the tax level, the greater the failure. A centrally planned totalitarian state represents a complete defeat for the civilized world, while a totally voluntary society represents its ultimate success.
Gambling is a disease of barbarians superficially civilized.
Asia is not going to be civilized after the methods of the West. There is too much Asia and she is too old.
Men become civilized, not in proportion to their willingness to believe, but in proportion to their readiness to doubt.
I have this feeling that as time goes on, we're not getting any more civilized, and we should be. We're still running around like the days of Genghis Khan. There are so many important, better things to do and we need to encourage people to reach into the brighter side of humanity and not encourage people to continue to glorify the darker side.
We must stop using the language of force and return to the path of civilized diplomatic and political settlement.
John F. Kennedy
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