Arnold Joseph Toynbee Quotes

The frustrated and able child is likely to grow up with a conscious or unconscious resentment against society that has done him an irreparable injustice, and his repressed ability may be diverted from creation to retaliation. If and when this happens, it is likely to be a tragedy for the frustrated individual and for the […]

The extinction of race consciousness as between Muslims is one of the outstanding achievements of Islam, and in the contemporary world there is, as it happens, a crying need for the propagation of this Islamic virtue.

Toynbee wrote the monumental “A Study of History,” a 12-volume project that consumed most of his life. At a 1961 press conference announcing the completion of the massive project, he was asked by a reporter, “What purpose has impelled you to devote thirty-five years of your life to this single great work.” Toynbee answered the […]

America is a large friendly dog in a small room. Every time it wags it’s tail it knocks over a chair.

Do not let yourselves be discouraged or embittered by the smallness of the success you are likely to achieve in trying to make life better. You certainly would not be able, in a single generation, to create an earthly paradise. Who could expect that? But, if you make life ever so little better, you will […]

Civilization is a movement and not a condition, a voyage and not a harbor.

Of the twenty-two civilizations that have appeared in history, nineteen of them collapsed when they reached the moral state the United States is in now.

Anxiety and conscience are a powerful pair of dynamos. Between them, they have ensured that one shall work hard, but they cannot ensure that one shall work at anything worthwhile.

America is a large, friendly dog in a very small room. Every time it wags its tail, it knocks over a chair.

In the number of lives taken and lands laid waste America’s score is unhappily far higher than any other country’s since the end of World War Two.