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Civilization is a transient sickness.
– Robinson Jeffers
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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 Nordau
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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 Miller
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Civilization is the art of living in towns of such size the everyone does not know everyone else.
– Julian Jaynes
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Civilization is the distance man has placed between himself and his excreta.
– Brian Aldiss
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Civilization is the process of reducing the infinite to the finite.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes
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Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.
– Ayn Rand
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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 Rand
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Civilization is unbearable, but it is less unbearable at the top.
– Timothy Leary
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Civilization is very much an immature and ongoing experiment, the success of which is by no means yet proven.
– Colin Turnbull, anthropologist, The Human Cycle
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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 Wilde
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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 Havner
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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 Hamilton
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Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder.
– Arnold Toynbee
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Civilizations in decline are consistently characterised by a tendency towards standardization and uniformity.
– Arnold Toynbee
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Clarence Oh there they go. There they go, every time I start talkin 'bout boxing, a white man got to pull Rocky Marciano out their ass. That's their one, that's their one. Rocky Marciano. Rocky Marciano. Let me tell you something once and for all. Rocky Marciano was good, but compared to Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano ain't shit.
– Coming to America
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Clarity is the counterbalance of profound thoughts.
– Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues
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Clarity of mind means clarity of passion, too this is why a great and clear mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what it loves.
– Blaise Pascal
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Clarity of mind means clarity of passion, too; this is why a great and clear mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what it loves.
– Blaise Pascal
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Class has a sense of humor. It knows that a good laugh is the best lubricant for oiling the machinery of human relations. Class never makes excuses. It takes its lumps and learns from past mistakes. Class bespeaks an aristocracy unrelated to ancestors or money. Some extremely wealthy people have no class at all, while others who are struggling to make ends meet are loaded with it. Class is real. You can't fake it. Class never tries to build itself up by tearing others down. Class is already up and need not attempt to look better by making others look worse. Everyone is comfortable with the person who has class because he is comfortable with himself. If you have class, you've got it made. If you don't have class, no matter what else you have, it won't make up for it.
– Ann Landers
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Class is an aura of confidence that is being sure without being cocky. Class has nothing to do with money. Class never runs scared. It is self-discipline and self-knowledge. It's the sure footedness that comes with having proved you can meet life.
– Eppie Friedman
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Class is how you treat people who can do nothing for you.
– Geof Greenleaf
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Class is material consumed.
– John Trudell
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Classes struggle, some classes triumph, others are eliminated. Such is history; such is the history of civilization for thousands of years.
– Mao Zedong
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Classic remorse, as all the moralists are agreed, is a most undesirable sentiment. If you have behaved badly, repent, make what amends you can and address yourself to the task of behaving better next time. On no account brood over your wrongdoing. ROLLING IN THE MUCK IS NOT THE BEST WAY OF GETTING CLEAN.
– Aldous Huxley
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