A Quote by General George Catlett Marshall on acceptance, civilization, and defeat

The refusal of the British and Russian peoples to accept what appeared to be inevitable defeat was the great factor in the salvage of our civilization.

George Marshall (1880 - 1959)

Source: Biennial Report of the Chief of Staff, US Army, September 1, 1945

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A Quote by George M. Verity on abuse, america, christianity, civilization, cooperation, democracy, effort, garden, liberty, peace, and world

I know that all things considered, the United States of America, with all of its abuses of democracy and of liberty itself, is still the garden spot of the world, where peace, cooperation and constructive effort can and should prevail always and the cause of a higher Christian civilization advanced.

George M. Verity

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A Quote by George F. Will on civilization, knowledge, and universe

We know next to nothing about virtually everything. It is not necessary to know the origin of the universe; it is necessary to want to know.  Civilization depends not on any particular knowledge, but on the disposition to crave knowledge.

George F. Will (1941 -)

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A Quote by George Bernard Shaw on beauty, civilization, facts, generosity, health, honor, money, nobility, people, strength, and world

The universal regard for money is the one hopeful fact in our civilization. Money is the most important thing in the world. It represents health, strength, honour, generosity and beauty. . . . Not the least of its virtues is that it destroys base people as certainly as it fortifies and dignifies noble people.

George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)

Source: Major Barbara, 1905 Opinions and

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A Quote by George Bancroft on civilization, force, intelligence, mind, progress, and wealth

The exact measure of the progress of civilization is the degree in which the intelligence of the common mind has prevailed over wealth and brute force.

George Bancroft (1800 - 1891)

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A Quote by "Mahatma" Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on civilization, good, and ideas

On Western civilization: "I think it would be a good idea."

Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

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A Quote by Freeman Dyson on animals, cities, civilization, climate, consequences, darkness, dependence, good, greatness, history, horses, ideas, inventions, life, motives, needs, power, simplicity, technology, and theory

The technologies which have had the most profound effects on human life are usually simple. A good example of a simple technology with profound historical consequences is hay. Nobody knows who invented hay, the idea of cutting grass in the autumn and storing it in large enough quantities to keep horses and cows alive through the winter. All we know is that the technology of hay was unknown to the Roman Empire but was known to every village of medieval Europe. Like many other crucially important technologies, hay emerged anonymously during the so-called Dark Ages. According to the Hay Theory of History, the invention of hay was the decisive event which moved the center of gravity of urban civilization from the Mediterranean basin to Northern and Western Europe. The Roman Empire did not need hay because in a Mediterranean climate the grass grows well enough in winter for animals to graze. North of the Alps, great cities dependent on horses and oxen for motive power could not exist without hay. So it was hay that allowed populations to grow and civilizations to flourish among the forests of Northern Europe. Hay moved the greatness of Rome to Paris and London, and later to Berlin and Moscow and New York.

Freeman Dyson

Source: Freeman Dyson Infinite in All Directions, Harper and Row, New York, 1988, p 135.

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A Quote by Franklin P. Cole, DD on christianity, citizenship, civilization, democracy, faith, inspiration, and politics

Our Christian civilization, as well as our political democracy, has developed through the inspiration of a high faith in man, the common man. He is the sovereign of the State, not because he is always wise, but because he and his fellow-citizens are the State.

Franklin P. Cole

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A Quote by Frank Lloyd Wright on architecture, civilization, culture, life, men, and nobility

Noble life demands a noble architecture for noble uses of noble men. Lack of culture means what it has always meant: ignoble civilization and therefore imminent downfall.

Frank Lloyd Wright (1868 - 1959)

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A Quote by Frank Knox on belief, civilization, education, experience, facts, heart, justice, learning, liberals, men, mercy, progress, quality, thought, tolerance, women, and work

I believe with all my heart that civilization has produced nothing finer than a man or woman who thinks and practices true tolerance. Some one has said that most of us don't think, we just occasionally rearrange our prejudices. And I suspect that even today, with all the progress we have made in liberal thought, the quality of true tolerance is as rare as the quality of mercy. That men of all creeds have fundamental common objectives is a fact one must learn by the process of education. How to work jointly toward these objectives must be learned by experience.

Frank Knox

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