Quotes with civilization
I believe empathy is the most essential quality of civilization.
First published in the "Roger Ebert's Journal" column (19 May 2010)
We think our civilization near its meridian, but we are yet only at the cock-crowing and the morning star. In our barbarous society the influence of character is in its infancy.
Essays: Second Series (1844)
As long as our civilization is essentially one of property, of fences, of exclusiveness, it will be mocked by delusions.
True history, by ensuring, not mobility, but continuity, is indispensable for the preservation of civilization.
One difference between savagery and civilization is a little courtesy. There's no telling what a lot of courtesy would do.
The horn of plenty poured its fruits on the Western world in the 1950s. Like a volcano World War II had brought death and destruction, but it left behind such enrichment of the soil that a new civilization rose out of it in tropic opulence.
I hold we can still ... make a little civilization, the inkpot aiding, even when vast chunks of it, around us, go down into the abyss ... the preservation of it depends upon our going on making it in spite of everything and sitting tight and not chucking up.
Writing about World War I.
The plunge of civilization into this abyss of blood and darkness by the wanton feat of two infamous autocrats is a thing that so gives away the whole long age during which we have supposed the world to be, with whatever abatement, gradually bettering, that to have to take it all now for what the treacherous years were all the while really making for meaning is too tragic for any words.
Letter to Howard Sturgis on August 5, 1914 about the outbreak of World War I.
I confess I live under the blackness of it as under a funeral pall of our murdered civilization.
Letter in August 1914 writing about the outbreak of World War I. James referred to it as "the awful tide of the Great Interruption."
If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.
Letter to Charles Yancey (January 6, 1816)
Speech is civilization itself. The word, even the most contradictory word, preserves contact - it is silence which isolates.
The Magic Mountain
Civilization, in fact, grows more and more maudlin and hysterical; especially under democracy it tends to degenerate into a mere combat of crazes; the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.
In Defense of Women (1918)
The strength of a civilization is not measured by its ability to fight wars, but rather by its ability to prevent them.
Shown at the end of an episode of Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict.
In tribal times, there were the medicine men. In the Middle Ages, there were the priests. Today, there are the lawyers. For every age, a group of bright boys, learned in their trades and jealous of their learning, who blend technical competence with plain and fancy hocus-pocus to make themselves masters of their fellow men. For every age, a pseudo-intellectual autocracy, guarding the tricks of the trade from the uninitiated, and running, after its own pattern, the civilization of its day.
You can't say that civilization don't advance, however, for in every war they kill you in a new way.
Among human beings, the subjection of women is much more complete at a certain level of civilization than it is among savages. And the subjection is always reinforced by morality.
Power: A New Social Analysis (1938)
When a society or a civilization perishes, one condition can always be found: they forget where they came from.
The true law of the race is progress and development. Whenever civilization pauses in the march of conquest, it is overthrown by the barbarian.
Egeria: Or, Voices of Thought and Counsel for the Woods and Wayside (1853).
One becomes a terrorist not only by killing with a weapon or setting a bomb but also by encouraging others through ideas that go against our Western and Christian civilization.