A Quote by William Howard Taft on civilization, constitution, growth, individuality, and liberty

Next to the right of liberty, the right of property is the most important individual right guaranteed by the Constitution and the one which, united with that of personal liberty, has contributed more to the growth of civilization than any other institution established by the human race.

William Taft (1857 - 1930)

Source: Popular Government, 1913

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A Quote by William Orville Douglas on belief, challenge, civilization, competence, decisions, freedom, generations, idealism, men, politics, time, and world

We have a system which, though far from perfect, is strong with idealism. It gives elbow room for men of all races and all beliefs. It is vital and dynamic. And it works. We have the means of shaping the world in our pattern. If we do, freedom will be assured for all men. The decision is in the hands of this generation. It is a challenge to our political competence. For Western civilization it is the greatest challenge of all time.

William Orville Douglas (1898 - 1980)

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A Quote by William Ewart Gladstone on civilization

The resources of civilization are not yet exhausted.

William Ewart Gladstone (1809 - 1898)

Source: Speech, Leeds, 1881

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A Quote by Will Durant on civilization and family

The family is the nucleus of civilization.

Will Durant (1885 - 1981)

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A Quote by Will Durant on beginning, chaos, civilization, liberty, and order

Civilization begins with order, grows with liberty, and dies with chaos.

Will Durant (1885 - 1981)

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A Quote by Will Durant on change, civilization, and existence

Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice.

Will Durant (1885 - 1981)

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A Quote by Walker Percy on boredom, circumstances, civilization, dawn, death, dogs, food, good, guidance, imagination, people, seriousness, sleep, thought, and weather

Why is it that no other species but man gets bored? Under the circumstances in which a man gets bored, a dog goes to sleep. Thought Experiment: Imagine that you are a member of a tour visiting Greece. The group goes to the Parthenon. It is a bore. Few people even bother to look - it looked better in the brochure. So people take half a look, mostly take pictures, remark on the serious erosion by acid rain. You are puzzled. Why should one of the glories and fonts of Western civilization, viewed under pleasant conditions - good weather, good hotel room, good food, good guide - be a bore? Now imagine under what set of circumstances a viewing of the Parthenon would not be a bore. For example, you are a NATO colonel defending Greece against a Soviet assault. You are in a bunker in dowtown Athens, binoculars propped on sandbags. It is dawn. A medium-range missile attack is under way. Half a million Greeks are dead. Two missiles bracket the Parthenon. The next will surely be a hit. Between columns of smoke, a ray of golden light catches the portico. Are you bored? Can you see the Parthenon?

Walker Percy

Source: 1983

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A Quote by W. R. Whitney on civilization, eternity, and knowledge

In the advance of civilization, it is new knowledge which paves the way, and the pavement is eternal.

W. R. Whitney

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A Quote by Vincent Lombardi on civilization, commitment, company, effort, individuality, society, and work

Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.

Vincent Lombardi (1913 - 1970)

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A Quote by Vilhjalmur Stefensson on civilization, practice, and truth

The most striking contradiction of our civilization is the fundamental reverence for truth which we profess and the thorough-going disregard for it which we practice.

Vilhjalmur Stefensson

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