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Top 100 Quotes About Civilisation

#1. But one of the strange marks of the strength of Christianity is that, since it came, no pagan in our civilisation has been able to be really human. - Author: G.K. Chesterton
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#2. On this waterlogged landscape ... are scattered palaces and hovels ... It is here that the human spirit becomes perfect, and at the same time brutalised, that civilisation produces its marvels and that civilised man returns to the savage. - Author: Alexis De Tocqueville
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#3. I profess accurately to describe native Africa - Africa in those places where it has not received the slightest impulse, whether for good or evil, from European civilisation. - Author: John Hanning Speke
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#4. What is the use of this fuss about morality when the issue only involves a horse? The first and most difficult teaching of civilisation concerns man's behaviour to his inferiors. Make humanity gentle or reasonable toward animals, and strife or injustice between human beings would speedily terminate. - Author: Edward Mayhew
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#5. It is an ideology born out of hatred and its adherents belong to no religion, culture or civilisation. - Author: Pratibha Patil
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#6. Civilisation, the orderly world in which we live, is frail. We are skating on thin ice. There is a fear of a collective disaster. Terrorism, genocide, flu, tsunamis. - Author: Zygmunt Bauman
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#7. It is so stupid of modern civilisation to have given up believing in the devil when he is the only explanation of it. - Author: Ronald Knox
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#8. You can go to civilisation or go to hell, for all I care.' And it felt like the sand was stretching around my feet until that was all there was in the world, until Izman crept further and further away. 'I'm not leaving him for dead. - Author: Alwyn Hamilton
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#9. Our civilisation cannot afford to let the censor-moron loose. The censor-moron does not really hate anything but the living and growing human consciousness. - Author: D.H. Lawrence
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#10. The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of the civilisation of any country. - Author: Baron De Montesquieu
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#11. Civilisations have been destroyed many times, and this civilisation is no different. It can be destroyed. We can think of time in terms of millions of years and life will resume little by little. The cosmos operates for us very urgently, but geological time is different. - Author: Thich Nhat Hanh
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#12. It has been said that civilization is the process of freeing human beings from each other, and that is true. But it takes people to free each other, because people cannot be freed from each other except by each other. The irony of this cannot be overstated. - Author: Robert Peate
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#13. Life is full of a thousand red herrings, and it takes the history of a civilisation to work out which are the red herrings and which aren't. - Author: Peter Greenaway
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#14. Western civilisation needs a complete overhaul or it will fall apart one day or another. It has realised the most complete perversion of any rational order of things. Reign of matter, of gold, of machine, of number, it no longer possesses breath, or liberty, or light. - Author: Julius Evola
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#15. Science devises ever bloodier means of war until humanity's powers of destruction overcome our powers of creation and our civilisation drives itself to extinction. - Author: David Mitchell
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#16. Paris is certainly one of the most boastful of cities, and you could argue that it has had a lot to boast about: at various times the European centre of power, of civilisation, of the arts, and (self-advertisingly, at least) of love. - Author: Julian Barnes
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#17. We've been taught that the renaissance was one of the great golden ages of civilisation. The renaissance was not a golden age, it was the end of a golden age. - Author: Douglas Rushkoff
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#18. The penetration of society by the Internet and the penetration of the Internet by society is the best thing that has ever happened to global human civilisation. - Author: Julian Assange
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#19. CIVILISATION is not to be judged by the rapidity of communication, but by the value of what is communicated. - Author: Gilbert K. Chesterton
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#20. The day you realise how fragile your civilisation across the natural forces is, it may be too late to build a sounder one! All realisations must happen today, right now! - Author: Mehmet Murat Ildan
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#21. Modern civilisation has based its specific foundation on the principle of liberty which states that man is not a mere instrument to be used by others but rather a main autonomous living being. - Author: Altiero Spinelli
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#22. With every throb of the climatic pulse which we have felt in Central Asia,, the centre of civilisation has moved this way and that. Each throb has sent pain and decay to the lands whose day was done, life and vigour to those whose day was yet to be. - Author: Ellsworth Huntington
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#23. Books, in all their variety, offer the human intellect the means whereby civilisation may be carried triumphantly forward. - Author: Winston Churchill
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#24. There have been two great narcotics in European civilisation: Christianity and alcohol. - Author: Friedrich Nietzsche
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#25. Don't you think a certain amount of civilisation is necessary before picture-frames will become remunerative? I don't think you could live by them in the bush. - Author: Mrs. Oliphant
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#26. Indian civilisation does not distinguish in terms of religion. We are an impossible achievement in the world and I'm very proud to be an Indian. - Author: Shahrukh Khan
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#27. If anyone who speaks up to criticise something obviously evil is punished merely for speaking, civilisation will be in a bad way. - Author: Ann Leckie
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#28. As in the fine arts, the progress of mankind from barbarism to civilisation is marked by a gradual succession of triumphs over the rude materialities of nature, so in the art of cookery is the progress gradual from the earliest and simplest modes, to those of the most complicated and refined. - Author: Isabella Beeton
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#29. Despite all the achievements of civilisation, the human being is still one of the most vulnerable creatures on earth. - Author: Vladimir Putin
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#30. Our shouting is louder than our actions,
Our swords are taller than us,
This is our tragedy.
In short
We wear the cape of civilisation
But our souls live in the stone age - Author: Nizar Qabbani
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#31. You cannot have both truth and what you call civilisation. - Author: Iris Murdoch
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#32. No one objects to the notion that every technological civilisation might undergo its own Introdus. - Author: Greg Egan
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#33. When one is the agent of order and civilisation in the universe, one doesn't stoop to negotiate. Especially with nonhumans. - Author: Ann Leckie
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#34. ISIL struck France because it is 'free' and 'the nation of human rights'. This is not a war of civilisation, as these assassins don't have any. This is a war against the jihadist menace that threatens not just France. - Author: Francois Hollande
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#35. There is a physical, not moral, impossibility of supplying the wants of the intellect in the state of civilisation at which we have arrived. - Author: Florence Nightingale
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#36. The pagan gods are not dead, but can return to topple science with superstition and modern man with bestial pleasures that pre-date civilisation. - Author: Richard Luckhurst
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#37. Civilization has given us enormous successes: going to the moon, technology. But then this is the civilisation that took us to debt, environmental crisis, every single crisis. We need a civilization where we say goodbye to these things. - Author: Muhammad Yunus
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#38. If there is one country and its people that have contributed most to western civilisation's man-made world continuously for the last 2000 years, it must surely be Italy. - Author: Harry Seidler
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#39. That there should be so great a concentration of vitality, so large a world contained within the mind of a single man, must in the end have been fatal to civilisation. - Author: Victor Hugo
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#40. The World's Fair was the precursor to theme parks like Disneyworld, and the really sort of cheap, superficial promotional architecture that you see everywhere in the U.S. I think there's a danger when you start creating a civilisation that isn't meant to last. - Author: Sufjan Stevens
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#41. Civilisation needs more than the law to hold it together. You see, all mankind are not equally willing to accept as divine justice what is called human law. - Author: John Buchan
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#42. We look to Scotland for all our ideas of civilisation. - Author: Voltaire
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#43. Rabindranath Tagore put it gently to a Western audience in New York in 1930: 'A great portion of the world suffers from your civilisation.' Mahatma Gandhi was blunter: asked what he thought of Western civilization, he replied, 'It would be a good idea'. 'The - Author: Shashi Tharoor
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#44. It gave me a moment of exquisite satisfaction to find myself moving away from civilisation in this rude canvas canoe of a model that has served primitive races since men first went to sea. - Author: John Millington Synge
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#45. The present Anglo-German war is then of symbolic significance. In defending modern civilisation against German nihilism, the English are defending the eternal principles of civilisation. - Author: Leo Strauss
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#46. Fuck you, diet," said Stuart. "The diet schmeer is the end of civilisation as we know it. - Author: David Pratt
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#47. Western civilisation came to this country in 1788 and I'm proud of that - Author: Tony Abbott
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#48. History can show you that it was one pile of bad stuff after another. It can also show you that there's been tremendous progress in knowledge, behaviour, laws, civilisation. It cannot show you that there was a meaning behind it. - Author: Tony Judt
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#49. People sometimes tell me that they prefer barbarism to civilisation. I doubt if they have given it a long enough trial. Like the people of Alexandria, they are bored by civilisation; but all the evidence suggests that the boredom of barbarism is infinitely greater. - Author: Kenneth Clark
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#50. The Unconscious Civilisation There is a certain terrifying dignity to the big ideologies. With the stroke of an intellectual argument the planet is put in its place. Only the bravest or the most foolish of individuals would not become passive before such awe inspiring destinies. - Author: John Ralston Saul
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#51. One religion, one civilisation, above all is Love and Humanity, respectively. - Author: Vikrmn
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#52. The strength that comes from human collaboration is the central truth behind civilisation's success and the primary reason why cities existwe must free ourselves from our tendency to see cities as their buildings, and remember that the real city is made of flesh, not concrete. - Author: Edward Glaeser
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#53. In spite of overwhelming evidence, it is most difficult for a citizen of western Europe to bring thoroughly home to himself the truth that the civilisation which surrounds him is a rare exception in the history of the world. - Author: Henry James Sumner Maine
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#54. Modern civilisation is complicated and artificial. Simple folk live in a world of love and peace. Let no one hate another or harm another. - Author: Sivananda Saraswati
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#55. The central industry of modern civilisation, tending, because of its control over materials, to spread into and ultimately incorporate older industries such as mining, smelting, oil- refining, textiles, rubber, building, and even agriculture in respect to fertilizers and food processing. - Author: John Desmond Bernal
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#56. American society is the only one which has passed directly from barbarism into decadence without once knowing civilisation. - Author: Albert Jay Nock
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#57. The march of civilisation has given the modern girl a vocabulary and an ability to use it which her grandmother never had - Author: P.G. Wodehouse
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#58. In its broad sense, civilization means not only comfort in daily necessities but also the refining of knowledge and the cultivation of virtue so as to elevate human life to a higher plane. - Author: Yukichi Fukuzawa
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#59. Most empires of conquest in history have imposed their own civilisation on the conquered ... By comparison the Mongols trod lightly on the world they conquered. - Author: Jack Weatherford
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#60. A stable climate is the most fundamental resource of all. No one has yet built a civilisation in an unstable climate - Author: Tom Burke
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#61. We are free, we are civilised, to little purpose, if we grudge to any portion of the human race an equal measure of freedom and civilisation. - Author: Thomas B. Macaulay
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#62. The goal of education should be to dismantle the Middle Pole view, not to reinforce it in the name of the need for a grounding in one's own civilisation. - Author: Jay L. Garfield
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#63. THE VEIL OF CIVILISATION was thin indeed, so easily torn away to reveal depravity waiting beneath, waiting, as such things always did, for the first hint of turbulence. - Author: Steven Erikson
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#64. Newspaper : A device unable to distinguish between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilisation. - Author: George Bernard Shaw
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#65. A culture without mythology is not really a civilisation. - Author: Vilayanur S. Ramachandran
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#66. It is no coincidence that, on all four sides, in all four corners, the borders of the Roman Empire stopped where wine could no longer be made. - Author: Neel Burton
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#67. The idea of an Afrikaner people as a cultural entity and religious group with a special language will be retained in South Africa as long as civilisation stands. - Author: P. W. Botha
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#68. Chinese civilisation is so systematic that wild animals have been abolished on principle. - Author: Aleister Crowley
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#69. But still. It has to end sometime. Wars always do. Everything has to end,' said Josephine, eating another ginger biscuit and getting unexpectedly philosophical. 'Yeah. Things like human civilisation,' I said. - Author: Sophia McDougall
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#70. Civilisation consists in giving something a name that doesn't belong to it and then dreaming over the result. And the false name joined to the true dream does create a new reality. The object does change into something else, because we make it change. We manufacture realities. - Author: Fernando Pessoa
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#71. Civilisation has, indeed, become a slaughtering-car crowned by a grinning effigy of Comfort, before which man blindly and voluntarily hurls himself in his own ignorance. - Author: Eugen Sandow
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#72. Europe is standing on the brink of the greatest tragedy in the history of the human race: a new world war, that may involve the doom of our entire civilisation. - Author: Vidkun Quisling
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#73. If we ever talk to aliens, their civilisation will be far more advanced than ours (because of distances involved). They won't be religious! - Author: Richard Dawkins
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#74. You Christians look after a document containing enough dynamite to blow all civilisation to pieces, turn the world upside down and bring peace to a battle-torn planet. But you treat it as though it is nothing more than a piece of literature. - Author: Mahatma Gandhi
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#75. I seriously believe that you will retard the course of civilisation in Ireland by preventing the Irish people from having one good look at themselves in my nicely polished looking glass. - Author: James Joyce
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#76. Civilisation isn't a thing that you build and then there it is, you have it forever. It needs to be built constantly, recreated daily. It vanishes far more quickly than he even would have thought possible. - Author: Steven Galloway
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#77. Islam's borders are bloody and so are its innards. The fundamental problem for the West is not Islamic fundamentalism. It is Islam, a different civilisation whose people are convinced of the superiority of their culture and are obsessed with the inferiority of their power. - Author: Samuel P. Huntington
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#78. I have the not altogether unsatisfying impression that civilisation is collapsing around me.
Is it my age, I wonder, or the age we live in? I am not sure. Civilisations do collapse, after all, but on the other hand people grow old with rather greater frequency. - Author: Theodore Dalrymple
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#79. A call to embrace democracy is the worst insult to a society that is still alien to civilisation. It is like being asked to dance to the tune of mob justice. - Author: Newton Gatambia
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#80. We don't know the spiritual advancements long-term veganism - over generations - would have for human life. It would be certainly a different civilisation, and the first one in the whole of our history that would truly deserve the title of being a civilisation. - Author: Donald Watson
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#81. Civilized society is perpetually menaced with disintegration through this primary hostility of men towards one another. - Author: Sigmund Freud
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#82. All we know about the new economic world tells us that nations which train engineers will prevail over those which train lawyers. No nation has ever sued its way to greatness. - Author: Richard Lamm
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#83. This is by far the most serious crisis civilisation has ever faced. - Author: Al Gore
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#84. He thought of how the world organises its affairs so that civilisation every day commits crimes for which any individual would be imprisoned for life. And how people accept this either by ignoring it and calling it current affairs or politics or wars, - Author: Richard Flanagan
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#85. I love fashion, beauty, glamour. It's the mark of civilisation. - Author: David LaChapelle
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#86. Curiosity is the engine of civilisation - Author: Peter Cundill
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#87. Ask, 'How are we different from the great apes?' We have culture, we have civilisation, and we have language to be celebrated as part of being human. - Author: Vilayanur S. Ramachandran
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#88. I Will Follow Anyone
And Ask Everyone
To Stand Together
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Against Terrorism - Author: Widad Akreyi
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#89. The slow rhythm of the body, the insistent rhythm of the wit, were they becoming irreconcilable in modern civilisation? The sedentary life, frustration and irritability; work with the body, fatigue - and peace of mind. - Author: Henry Williamson
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#90. Man cannot pretend to be higher in ethics, spirituality, advancement, or civilisation than other creatures, and at the same time live by lower standards than the vulture or hyena. - Author: H. Jay Dinshah
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#91. Human beings have a need, generally, to destroy things. The Freudian principle of civilisation is correct. There's always, always a difference between the family image and the reality. - Author: Rachel Cusk
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#92. If we're going to have any chance of sending stuff to other star systems, we need to be laser-focused on becoming a multi-planet civilisation. - Author: Elon Musk
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#93. There are other, civilised ways of dealing with the matter," Dllenahkh insisted.
Darithiven looked at him with pity. "Then, by your definition, this cannot be civilisation. - Author: Karen Lord
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#94. People who foster dependence on illicit drugs such as heroin are regarded among the most unscrupulous pariahs of modern civilisation. In contrast, pushers of licit drugs tend to be viewed as altruistically motivated purveyors of social good. - Author: John Braithwaite
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#95. We thought ourselves kings of the ages. Now we find that all our civilisation has been nothing but a brief, brightly lit nursery, where we have played with paper crowns and wooden sceptres. - Author: Frances Hardinge
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#96. We were the only humans - the only forms of life, in fact - for hundreds of miles in each direction, unreaching and unreachable as we rocketed back towards civilisation. - Author: Heather James
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#97. The purpose of a writer is to keep civilisation from destroying itself.
(Interview, New York Post Magazine, September 14, 1958) - Author: Bernard Malamud
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#98. There's a fundamental difference, if you look into the future, between a humanity that is a space-faring civilisation, that's out there exploring the stars ... compared with one where we are forever confined to Earth until some eventual extinction event. - Author: Elon Musk
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#99. Jesus is absolutely at the centre of Western civilisation and part of my fascination with him is, why? What is it about this particular man and his story? - Author: Simon Callow
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#100. Madame Gherardi maintained that love, like most other blessings of civilisation, was a chimaera which we desire the more, the further removed we are from Nature. - Author: W.G. Sebald
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