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CULTURE
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[ Also see Cultivation Custom Jews People ]

High culture always isolates, always drives men out of their class, and makes it more difficult for them to share naturally and easily the common class-life around them. They seek the few companions who can understand them, and when these are not to be had within a traversable distance, they sit and work alone.
      - Philip Gilbert Hamerton

Though men of delicate taste be rare, they are easily to be distinguished in society by the soundness of their understanding, and the superiority of their faculties above the rest of mankind.
      - David Hume

Greece appears to be the fountain of knowledge; Rome of elegance.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

It is very rare to find ground which produces nothing; if it is not covered with flowers, with fruit trees and grains, it produces briers and pines. It is the same with man; if he is not virtuous, he becomes vicious.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

Many-sidedness of culture makes our vision clearer and keener in particulars.
      - James Russell Lowell

The prosperity of a country depends, not on the abundance of its revenues, nor on the strength of its fortifications, nor on the beauty of its public buildings; but it consists in the number of its cultivated citizens, in its men of education, enlightenment and character.
      - Martin Luther

What sort of tree is there which will not, if neglected, grow crooked and unfruitful; what but Will, if rightly ordered, prove productive and bring its fruit to maturity? What strength of body is there which will not lose its vigor and fall to decay by laziness, nice usage, and debauchery?
      - Plutarch

Culture, far from giving us freedom, only develops, as it advances, new necessities; the fetters of the physical close more tightly around us, so that the fear of loss quenches even the ardent impulse toward improvement, and the maxims of passive obedience are held to be the highest wisdom of life.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

As the soil, however rich it may be, cannot be productive without culture, so the mind, without cultivation, can never produce good fruit.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Where no interest is takes in science, literature and liberal pursuits, mere facts and insignificant criticisms necessarily become the themes of discourse; and minds, strangers alike to activity and meditation, become so limited as to render all intercourse with them at once tasteless and oppressive.
      - Madame de Stael (Baronne Anne Louise Germaine de Stael-Holstein)

There are few delights in any life so high and rare as the subtle and strong delight of sovereign art and poetry; there are none more pure and more sublime. To have read the greatest works of any great poet, to have beheld or heard the greatest works of any great painter or musician, is a possession added to the best things of life.
      - Algernon Charles Swinburne

Culture is an instrument wielded by professors to manufacture professors, who when their turn comes will manufacture professors.
      - Simone Weil


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