- You think that a wall as solid as the earth separates civilization from barbarism. I tell you the division is a thread, a sheet of glass.
The Power House (1916) 1875–1940 Scottishnovelist:
- The three great elements of modern civilization, Gunpowder, Printing, and the Protestant Religion.
Critical and Miscellaneous Essays (1838) ‘The State of German Literature’; see Bacon 1795–1881 Scottishhistorian and political philosopher:
- The world's civilization started from the day on which everyone received reward for labour.
Autobiography (1920) 1835–1919 Americanindustrialist and philanthropist:
- Increased means and increased leisure are the two civilizers of man.
Times 4 April 1872 1804–81 British Tory statesman and novelist; Prime Minister 1868, 1874–80: speech at Manchester, 3 April 1872, in
- All civilization has from time to time become a thin crust over a volcano of revolution.
Little Essays of Love and Virtue (1922) (Henry Havelock Ellis) 1859–1939 Englishsexologist:
- journalist: Mr Gandhi, what do you think of modern civilization?
gandhi: That would be a good idea.
on arriving in England in 1930
Good Work (1979) 1869–1948 Indianstatesman: E. F. Schumacher
- If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.
Writings of Thomas Jefferson (1899) vol. 10 1743–1826 American Democratic Republican statesman, 3rd President 1801–9: letter to Colonel Charles Yancey, 6 January 1816, in P. L. Ford (ed.)
- If civilization had been left in female hands, we would still be living in grass huts.
Sexual Personae (1990) 1947– Americanwriter and critic:
- Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy.
The Fountainhead (1947) 1905–82 Americanwriter:
- Civilization is a movement and not a condition, a voyage and not a harbour.
Readers Digest October 1958 1889–1975 Englishhistorian: in
- Disinterested intellectual curiosity is the life-blood of real civilization.
English Social History (1942) introduction 1876–1962 Englishhistorian:
- Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking about them.
Introduction to Mathematics (1911) ch. 5 1861–1947 Englishphilosopher and mathematician: