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Every man's ability may be strengthened or increased by culture.

Author: John Abbott

Profession: American Actor

Culture, then, is a study of perfection, and perfection which insists on becoming something rather than in having something, in an inward condition of the mind and spirit, not in an outward set of circumstances.

Author: Matthew Arnold (1822-1888)

Profession: British Poet, Critic

Culture, the acquainting ourselves with the best that has been known and said in the world, and thus with the history of the human spirit.

Author: Matthew Arnold (1822-1888)

Profession: British Poet, Critic

Here in the U.S., culture is not that delicious panacea which we Europeans consume in a sacramental mental space and which has its own special columns in the newspapers -- and in people's minds. Culture is space, speed, cinema, technology. This culture is authentic, if anything can be said to be authentic.

Author: Jean Baudrillard

Profession: French Postmodern Philosopher, Writer

That is true culture which helps us to work for the social betterment of all.

Author: Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

Profession: American Preacher, Orator, Writer

The acquiring of culture is the development of an avid hunger for knowledge and beauty.

Author: Jesse Bennett (1769-1842)

Profession: American Physician

We are in the process of creating what deserves to be called the idiot culture. Not an idiot sub-culture, which every society has bubbling beneath the surface and which can provide harmless fun; but the culture itself. For the first time, the weird and the stupid and the coarse are becoming our cultural norm, even our cultural ideal.

Author: Carl Bernstein (1944)

Profession: American Journalist, writer

We are like ignorant shepherds living on a site where great civilizations once flourished. The shepherds play with the fragments that pop up to the surface, having no notion of the beautiful structures of which they were once a part.

Author: Allan Bloom (1930-1992)

Profession: American Educator, Author

General jackdaw culture, very little more than a collection of charming miscomprehensions, untargeted enthusiasms, and a general habit of skimming.

Author: William Bolitho (1890-1930)

Profession: British Author

Our attitude toward our own culture has recently been characterized by two qualities, braggadocio and petulance. Braggadocio -- empty boasting of American power, American virtue, American know-how -- has dominated our foreign relations now for some decades. Here at home -- within the family, so to speak -- our attitude to our culture expresses a superficially different spirit, the spirit of petulance. Never before, perhaps, has a culture been so fragmented into groups, each full of its own virtue, each annoyed and irritated at the others.

Author: Daniel J. Boorstin (1914)

Profession: American Historian

A man should be just cultured enough to be able to look with suspicion upon culture at first, not second hand.

Author: Samuel Butler (1612-1680)

Profession: British Poet, Satirist

Culture: the cry of men in face of their destiny.

Author: Albert Camus (1913-1960)

Profession: French Existential Writer

Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future.

Author: Albert Camus (1913-1960)

Profession: French Existential Writer

What culture lacks is the taste for anonymous, innumerable germination. Culture is smitten with counting and measuring; it feels out of place and uncomfortable with the innumerable; its efforts tend, on the contrary, to limit the numbers in all domains; it tries to count on its fingers.

Author: Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985)

Profession: French Sculptor, Painter

Culture is the habit of being pleased with the best and knowing why.

Author: Henry Van Dyke (1852--1933)

Profession: American Protestant Clergyman and Writer