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Sunday is the core of our civilization, dedicated to thought and reverence.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

Civilization is a process in the service of Eros, whose purpose is to combine single human individuals, and after that families, then races, peoples and nations, into one great unity, the unity of mankind. Why this has to happen, we do not know; the work of Eros is precisely this.

Author: Sigmund Freud (1856-1939)

Profession: Austrian Physician - Founder of Psychoanalysis

Civilization...is a matter of imponderables, of delight in the thins of the mind, of love of beauty, of honor, grace, courtesy, delicate feeling. Where imponderables, are things of first importance, there is the height of civilization, and, if at the same time, the power of art exists unimpaired, human life has reached a level seldom attained and very seldom surpassed.

Author: Edith Hamilton (1867-1963)

Profession: American Classical Scholar, Translator

The ultimate tendency of civilization is towards barbarism.

Author: David Hare (1947)

Profession: British Playwright, Director

Civilization today reminds me of an ape with a blowtorch playing in a room full of dynamite. It looks like the monkeys are about to operate the zoo, and the inmates are taking over the asylum.

Author: Vance Havner

Profession:

Without winners, there wouldn't even be any civilization.

Author: Woody Hayes

Profession: American College Football Coach

The path of civilization is paved with tin cans.

Author: Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915)

Profession: American Author, Publisher

One might enumerate the items of high civilization, as it exists in other countries, which are absent from the texture of American life, until it should become a wonder to know what was left.

Author: Henry James (1843-1916)

Profession: American Author

Every new stroke of civilization has cost the lives of countless brave men, who have fallen defeated by the ''dragon,'' in their efforts to win the apples of the Hesperides, or the fleece of gold. Fallen in their efforts to overcome the old, half sordid savagery of the lower stages of creation, and win the next stage.

Author: D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930)

Profession: British Author

Civilization is just a slow process of learning to be kind.

Author: Charles L. Lucas

Profession:

The word ''civilization'' to my mind is coupled with death. When I use the word, I see civilization as a crippling, thwarting thing, a stultifying thing. For me it was always so. I don't believe in the golden ages, you see... civilization is the arteriosclerosis of culture.

Author: Henry Miller (1891-1980)

Profession: American Author

Civilization is drugs, alcohol, engines of war, prostitution, machines and machine slaves, low wages, bad food, bad taste, prisons, reformatories, lunatic asylums, divorce, perversion, brutal sports, suicides, infanticide, cinema, quackery, demagogy, strikes, lockouts, revolutions, putsches, colonization, electric chairs, guillotines, sabotage, floods, famine, disease, gangsters, money barons, horse racing, fashion shows, poodle dogs, chow dogs, Siamese cats, condoms, peccaries, syphilis, gonorrhea, insanity, neuroses, etc., etc.

Author: Henry Miller (1891-1980)

Profession: American Author

Civilization -- a heap of rubble scavenged by scrawny English Lit. vultures.

Author: Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990)

Profession: British Broadcaster

To accept civilization as it is practically means accepting decay.

Author: George Orwell (1903-1950)

Profession: British Author, ''Animal Farm''

A civilized man is one who will give a serious answer to a serious question. Civilization itself is a certain sane balance of values.

Author: Ezra Pound (1885-1972)

Profession: American Poet, Critic