Found 1,102 quotes starting with C:

Civilization degrades the many to exalt the few.
– Amos Bronson AlcottRate it:
Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice.
– Will DurantRate it:
Civilization has been thrust upon me... and it has not added one whit to my love for truth, honesty, and generosity.
– Luther Standing BearRate it:
Civilization is a limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessaries.
– Mark TwainRate it:
Civilization is a limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities.
– Mark TwainRate it:
Civilization is a method of living, an attitude of equal respect for all men.
– Jane AddamsRate it:
Civilization is a movement and not a condition, a voyage and not a harbor.
– Arnold ToynbeeRate it:
Civilization is a process in the service of Eros, whose purpose is to combine single human individuals, and after that families, then races, peoples and nations, into one great unity, the unity of mankind. Why this has to happen, we do not know; the work of Eros is precisely this.
– Sigmund FreudRate it:
Civilization is a progress from an indefinite, incoherent homogeneity toward a definite, coherent heterogeneity.
– Herbert SpencerRate it:
Civilization is a slow process of adopting the ideas of minorities.
– AnonymousRate it:
Civilization is a stream with banks. The stream is sometimes filled with blood from people killing, stealing, shouting and doing the things historians usually record, while on the banks, unnoticed, people build homes, make love, raise children, sing song.
– Will DurantRate it:
Civilization is a transient sickness.
– Robinson JeffersRate it:
Civilization is built on a number of ultimate principles...respect for human life, the punishment of crimes against property and persons, the equality of all good citizens before the law...or, in a word justice.
– Max NordauRate it:
Civilization is drugs, alcohol, engines of war, prostitution, machines and machine slaves, low wages, bad food, bad taste, prisons, reformatories, lunatic asylums, divorce, perversion, brutal sports, suicides, infanticide, cinema, quackery, demagogy, strikes, lockouts, revolutions, putsches, colonization, electric chairs, guillotines, sabotage, floods, famine, disease, gangsters, money barons, horse racing, fashion shows, poodle dogs, chow dogs, Siamese cats, condoms, peccaries, syphilis, gonorrhea, insanity, neuroses, etc., etc.
– Henry MillerRate it:
Civilization is the art of living in towns of such size the everyone does not know everyone else.
– Julian JaynesRate it:
Civilization is the distance man has placed between himself and his excreta.
– Brian AldissRate it:
Civilization is the process of reducing the infinite to the finite.
– Oliver Wendell HolmesRate it:
Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.
– Ayn RandRate it:
Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage's whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.
– Ayn RandRate it:
Civilization is unbearable, but it is less unbearable at the top.
– Timothy LearyRate it:
Civilization is very much an immature and ongoing experiment, the success of which is by no means yet proven.
– Colin Turnbull, anthropologist, The Human CycleRate it:
Civilization requires slaves. Human slavery is wrong, insecure, and demoralizing. On mechanical slavery, on the slavery of the machine, the future of the world depends.
– Oscar Fingall O'Flahertie Wills WildeRate it:
Civilization today reminds me of an ape with a blowtorch playing in a room full of dynamite. It looks like the monkeys are about to operate the zoo, and the inmates are taking over the asylum.
– Vance HavnerRate it:
Civilization...is a matter of imponderables, of delight in the thins of the mind, of love of beauty, of honor, grace, courtesy, delicate feeling. Where imponderables, are things of first importance, there is the height of civilization, and, if at the same time, the power of art exists unimpaired, human life has reached a level seldom attained and very seldom surpassed.
– Edith HamiltonRate it:
Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder.
– Arnold ToynbeeRate it:

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