Civilization Quotes SMS Collection

The progress of civilization corresponds with the

Historically speaking, therefore, [T]he progress of civilization corresponds with the spread of general nausea.  ~Edgar Saltus, The Philosophy of DisenchantmentSH

Flowers dont open to the clock but

Flowers don’t open to the clock but to the sunshine spontaneous; for modern humans that manner of instinct is now extraneous. ~Terri Guillemets

The gross heathenism of civilization has generally

The gross heathenism of civilization has generally destroyed nature, and poetry, and all that is spiritual.  ~John Muir, letter to J.B. McChesney, 19 September

Civilization is hideously fragile theres not much

Civilization is hideously fragile… there’s not much between us and the Horrors underneath, just about a coat of varnish.  ~C.P. Snow

Culture is roughly anything we do and

Culture is roughly anything we do and the monkeys don’t.  ~Lord Raglan

There are many humorous things in the

There are many humorous things in the world, among them the white man’s notion that he is less savage than the other savages.  ~Mark

It must be admitted that there is

It must be admitted that there is a degree of instability which is inconsistent with civilization.  But, on the whole, the great ages have

The dying process begins the minute we

The dying process begins the minute we are born, but it accelerates during dinner parties.  ~Carol MatthauWL

We are at the very beginning of

We are at the very beginning of time for the human race.  It is not unreasonable that we grapple with problems.  But there are

Where is the life we have lost

Where is the Life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have

I stood on a tower in the

I stood on a tower in the wet, And New Year and Old Year met, And winds were roaring and blowing: And I said,

And the wind shall say 34here were

And the wind shall say "Here were decent godless people; Their only monument the asphalt road And a thousand lost golf balls." ~T.S. EliotCDC

When you cant do something truly useful

When you can’t do something truly useful, you tend to vent the pent up energy in something useless but available, like snappy dressing.  ~Lois

What we call progress is the exchange

What we call progress is the exchange of one nuisance for another nuisance.  ~Henry Havelock Ellis

A living civilization creates a dying builds

A living civilization creates; a dying, builds museums.  ~Martin H. FischerFFM

People dont like the true and simple

People don’t like the true and simple; they like fairy tales and humbug.  ~Edmond and Jules de Goncourt, Journal, 2 March 1861LCD

Civilization is a movement and not condition

Civilization is a movement and not a condition, a voyage and not a harbor.  ~Arnold ToynbeeCUL

Animals have these advantages over man they

Animals have these advantages over man:  they never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to

Civilization wrecks the planet from seafloor to

Civilization… wrecks the planet from seafloor to stratosphere.  ~Richard Bach

We should distrust any enterprise that requires

We should distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.  ~Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Man despite his artistic pretensions sophistication

Man – despite his artistic pretensions, his sophistication, and his many accomplishments – owes his existence to a six inch layer of topsoil and

It is impossible to overlook the extent

It is impossible to overlook the extent to which civilization is built upon a renunciation of instinct.  ~Sigmund Freud, Civilization and Its DiscontentsTPV

Progress is mans ability to complicate simplicity

Progress is man’s ability to complicate simplicity.  ~Thor Heyerdahl, Fatu-Hiva

Human history becomes more and a race

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.  ~H.G. Wells, The Outline of HistorySH

Civilization is a limitless multiplication of unnecessary

Civilization is a limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessaries.  ~Mark Twain, quoted in More Maxims of Mark compiled by Merle Johnson, 1927quoteinvestigator.com/2012/05/04/twain-clothes

Civilization is the distance man has placed

Civilization is the distance man has placed between himself and his excreta.  ~Brian AldissPCR

Barbarism is needed every four or five

Barbarism is needed every four or five hundred years to bring the world back to life.  Otherwise it would die of civilization.  ~Edmond and

We never really grow up we only

We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.  ~Bryan White