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In the room the women come and go talking of Michelangelo.

Author: T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)

Profession: American-born British Poet, Critic

Culture is one thing and varnish is another.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

It is of the essence of imaginative culture that it transcends the limits both of the naturally possible and of the morally acceptable.

Author: Northrop Frye (1912-1991)

Profession: Canadian Literary Critic

Culture of the mind must be subservient to the heart.

Author: Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

Profession: Indian Political, Spiritual Leader

No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive.

Author: Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

Profession: Indian Political, Spiritual Leader

Culture is a sham if it is only a sort of Gothic front put on an iron building -- like Tower Bridge -- or a classical front put on a steel frame -- like the Daily Telegraph building in Fleet Street. Culture, if it is to be a real thing and a holy thing, must be the product of what we actually do for a living -- not something added, like sugar on a pill.

Author: Eric Gill (1882-1940)

Profession: British Sculptor, Engraver, Writer, Typographer

Whenever I hear the word culture, I reach for my revolver.

Author: Hermann Goering (1893-1946)

Profession: Nazi Politico-Military Leader

One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.

Author: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)

Profession: German Poet, Dramatist, Novelist

The bourgeoisie and the petty bourgeoisie have armed themselves against the rising proletariat with, among other things, ''culture.'' It's an old ploy of the bourgeoisie. They keep a standing ''art'' to defend their collapsing culture.

Author: George Grosz


If you see in any given situation only what everybody else can see, you can be said to be so much a representative of your culture that you are a victim of it.

Author: S. I. Hayakawa (1902-1992)

Profession: Canadian Born American Senator, Educator

One of the surest signs of the Philistine is his reverence for the superior tastes of those who put him down.

Author: Pauline Kael (1919)

Profession: American Film Critic

Culture is the tacit agreement to let the means of subsistence disappear behind the purpose of existence. Civilization is the subordination of the latter to the former.

Author: Karl Kraus (1874-1936)

Profession: Austrian Satirist

High culture is nothing but a child of that European perversion called history, the obsession we have with going forward, with considering the sequence of generations a relay race in which everyone surpasses his predecessor, only to be surpassed by his successor. Without this relay race called history there would be no European art and what characterizes it: a longing for originality, a longing for change. Robespierre, Napoleon, Beethoven, Stalin, Picasso, they're all runners in the relay race, they all belong to the same stadium.

Author: Milan Kundera (1929)

Profession: Czech Author, Critic

Culture is the name for what people are interested in, their thoughts, their models, the books they read and the speeches they hear, their table-talk, gossip, controversies, historical sense and scientific training, the values they appreciate, the quality of life they admire. All communities have a culture. It is the climate of their civilization.

Author: Walter Lippmann (1889-1974)

Profession: American Journalist

Eclecticism is the degree zero of contemporary general culture: one listens to reggae, watches a western, eats McDonald's food for lunch and local cuisine for dinner, wears Paris perfume in Tokyo and ''retro'' clothes in Hong Kong; knowledge is a matter for TV games. It is easy to find a public for eclectic works.

Author: Jean Francois Lyotard (1924)

Profession: French Philosopher