April 21, 2023: How Civilized Are We?
Just how civilized are we? The following quotes shed some light on the question.
“Civilization is a slow process of adopting the ideas of minorities.” —Herbert V. Prochnow
“In the advance of civilization, it is new knowledge which paves the way, and the pavement is eternal.” —W.R. Whitney
“Civilization is a limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities.” —Mark Twain
“Anyone can be a barbarian; it requires a terrible effort to remain a civilized man.” —Leonard Sidney Woolf
“Civilization is just a slow process of learning to be kind.” —Charles Lucas
“Let us not forget that the cultivation of the earth is the most important labor of man. When tillage begins, other arts will follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of civilization.” —Daniel Webster
“America may be unique in being a country which has leapt from barbarism to decadence without touching civilization.” —John O’Hara
“With an evening coat and a white tie, anybody, even a stockbroker, can gain a reputation for being civilized.” —Oscar Wilde
“The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart.” —Iris Murdoch
“Civilized nations are ones that simply can’t endure wrongs or injustice except at home.” —Anonymous
“If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs, the first woodpecker to come along would destroy civilization.” —Gerald Weinberg
“Civilization is just a temporary failure of entropy.” —Christine Nelson Cray
“If we are to preserve civilization we must first remain civilized.” —Louis St. Laurent
“We made civilization in order to impress our girlfriends.” —Orson Welles
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