civilization

A Quote by Herbert Sebastian Agar on civilization, cleverness, faith, hope, and promises

Every civilization rests on a set of promises. . . . If the promises are broken too often, the civilization dies, no matter how rich it may be, or how mechanically clever. Hope and faith depend on the promises; if hope and faith go, everything goes.

Herbert Sebastian Agar (1897 - 1980)

Source: The People's Choice, from Washington to Harding: A Study in Democracy, 1933

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A Quote by Henry Ward Beecher on civilization and leisure

There can be no high civilization where there is not ample leisure.

Henry Ward Beecher (1813 - 1887)

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A Quote by Henry Havelock Ellis on civilization, machines, men, slavery, and present

The greatest task before civilization at present is to make machines what they ought to be, the slaves, instead of the masters of men.

Henry Ellis (1859 - 1939)

Source: Little Essays of Love and Virtue, 1922, ch. 7

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A Quote by Henry Havelock Ellis on civilization, revolution, and time

All civilization has from time to time become a thin crust over a volcano of revolution.

Henry Ellis (1859 - 1939)

Source: Little Essays of Love and Virtue, 1922, ch. 7

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on books, business, civilization, crime, history, life, literature, philosophy, poetry, science, silence, and thought

Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry Beston on beauty, civilization, driving, fear, mystery, and serenity

Our civilization has fallen out of touch with night. With lights, we drive the holiness and beauty of night back to the forests and the sea; the little villages, the crossroads even, will have none of it. Are modern folk, perhaps, afraid of night? Do they fear that vast serenity, the mystery of infinite space, the austerity of stars?

Henry Beston (1888 - 1968)

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A Quote by Henry Allen on civilization

It is better for civilization to be going down the drain than to be coming up it.

Henry Allen

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A Quote by Harold Rosenberg on america, civilization, past, people, performance, and youth

America is the civilization of people engaged in transforming themselves. In the past, the stars of the performance were the pioneer and the immigrant. Today, it is youth and the Black.

Harold Rosenberg

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A Quote by Gilbert Keith Chesterton on civilization, good, and yielding

A good civilization spreads over us like a tree, varying and yielding because it is alive. A bad civilization stands up and sticks out above us like an umbrella - artificial, mathematical in shape; not merely universal, but uniform.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874 - 1936)

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A Quote by Georges Clemenceau on america, civilization, history, and nations

America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization.

Georges Clemenceau (1841 - 1929)

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