Civilization Quotes

If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs, the first woodpecker to come along would destroy civilization.

Jungle people fight to live; civilized people live to fight.

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.

We made civilization in order to impress our girlfriends.

It is a profoundly erroneous truism, repeated by all copy books and by eminent people when they are making speeches, that we should cultivate the habit of thinking of what we are doing. The precise opposite is the case. Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking about […]

It must be admitted that there is a degree of instability which is inconsistent with civilization. But, on the whole, the great ages have been unstable ages.

In the advance of civilization, it is new knowledge which paves the way, and the pavement is eternal.

With an evening coat and a white tie, anybody, even a stockbroker, can gain a reputation for being civilized.

Those matters (politics) are of no interest to me, I know only two terms – civilization and barbarism, and I am on the side of civilization

We know next to nothing about virtually everything. It is not necessary to know the origin of the universe; it is necessary to want to know. Civilization depends not on any particular knowledge, but on the disposition to crave knowledge.