Quotes

“All our lauded technological progress — our very civilization – is like the axe in the hand of the pathological criminal.”
Albert Einstein (scientist)

“Real freedom lies in wildness, not in civilization.”
Charles Lindbergh (aviator, inventor)

“It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.”
Albert Einstein (scientist)

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
Albert Einstein (scientist)

“The liberty of the individual is no gift of civilization. It was greatest before there was any civilization.”
Sigmund Freud (neurologist)

“To accept civilization as it is practically means accepting decay.”
George Orwell (author)

“Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace. – The Philosophy of Civilization.”
Albert Schweitzer (physician)

“My idea of our civilization is that it is a shoddy, poor thing and full of cruelties, vanities, arrogances, meannesses and hypocrisies”
Mark Twain (writer)

“A civilization is built on what is required of men, not on that which is provided for them.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupery (writer, aviator)

“The development of civilization and industry in general has always shown itself so active in the destruction of forests that everything that has been done for their conservation and production is completely insignificant in comparison.”
Karl Marx (historian, sociologist, economist)

“If the Aborigine drafted an I.Q. test, all of Western civilization would presumably flunk it.”
Stanley Garn (anthropologist)

“Civilization is what makes you sick.”
Paul Gauguin (artist)

“What has destroyed every previous civilization has been the tendency to the unequal distribution of wealth and power”
Henry George (economist)

“Civilization is unbearable, but it is less unbearable at the top.”
Timothy Leary (psychologist)

“Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice.”
Will Durant (historian, writer)

“When the government violates the people’s rights, insurrection is, for the people and for each portion of the people, the most sacred of the rights and the most indispensible of duties.”
Marquis De Lafayette (general and politician)

“Each new generation born is in effect an invasion of civilization by little barbarians, who must be civilized before it is too late”
Thomas Sowell (economist, author)

“Peace on earth would mean the end of civilization as we know it.”
Joseph Heller (writer)

“Western civilization, unfortunately, does not link knowledge and morality but rather, it connects knowledge and power and makes them equivalent.”
Vine Deloria Jr. (author, historian)

“If history could teach us anything, it would be that private property is inextricably linked with civilization.”
Ludwig von Mises (economist)

“We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization”
Franklin D. Roosevelt (president, politician)

“The tendency in modern civilization is to make the world uniform… Let the mind be universal. The individual should not be sacrificed.”
Rabindranath Tagore (poet, artist)

“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 (christian preacher)

“I think God’s going to come down and pull civilization over for speeding.”
Stephen Wright (comedian)

“The proneness of human Nature to a life of ease, of freedom from care and labour appears strongly in the little success that has hitherto attended every attempt to civilize our American Indians, in their present way of living, almost all their Wants are supplied by the spontaneous Productions of Nature, with the addition of very little labour, if hunting and fishing may indeed be called labour when Game is so plenty, they visit us frequently, and see the advantages that Arts, Sciences, and compact Society procure us, they are not deficient in natural understanding and yet they have never shewn any Inclination to change their manner of life for ours, or to learn any of our Arts; When an Indian Child has been brought up among us, taught our language and habituated to our Customs, yet if he goes to see his relations and make one Indian Ramble with them, there is no perswading him ever to return, and that this is not natural to them merely as Indians, but as men, is plain from this, that when white persons of either sex have been taken prisoners young by the Indians, and lived a while among them, tho’ ransomed by their Friends, and treated with all imaginable tenderness to prevail with them to stay among the English, yet in a Short time they become disgusted with our manner of life, and the care and pains that are necessary to support it, and take the first good Opportunity of escaping again into the Woods, from whence there is no reclaiming them. One instance I remember to have heard, where the person was brought home to possess a good Estate; but finding some care necessary to keep it together, he relinquished it to a younger Brother, reserving to himself nothing but a gun and a match-Coat, with which he took his way again to the Wilderness.” Benjamin Franklin

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