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CIVILIZATION
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[ Also see Cities Cultivation Improvement Mankind Progress Refinement Ruins Towns ]

There are historic situations in which refusal to defend the inheritance of a civilization, however imperfect, against tyranny and aggression may result in consequences even worse than war.
      - Reinhold Niebuhr

Civilization, or that which is so called, has operated two ways to make one part of society more affluent and the other part more wretched than would have been the lot of either in a natural state.
      - Thomas Paine

Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy.
      - Ayn Rand

Extremes produce reaction. Beware that our boasted civilization does not lapse into barbarism.
      - Antoine de Rivarol, Comte de Rivarol

The most Civilized people are as near to barbarism as the most polished steel is to rust. Nations, like metals, have only a superficial brilliancy.
      - Antoine de Rivarol, Comte de Rivarol

Civilized people cannot fully satisfy their sexual instinct without love.
      - Bertrand Arthur William Russell

Every advance in civilization has been denounced as unnatural while it was recent.
      - Bertrand Arthur William Russell

We veneer civilization by doing unkind things in a kind way.
      - George Bernard Shaw

If there hadn't been women we'd still be squatting in a cave eating raw meat, because we made civilization in order to impress our girlfriends.
      - Orson Welles

We made civilization in order to impress our girlfriends.
      - Orson Welles

The sum of the whole matter is this, that our civilization cannot survive materially unless it be redeemed spiritually.
      - Thomas Woodrow Wilson

Civilization will not attain to its perfection until the last stone from the last church falls on the last priest.
      - Emile Zola


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