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Nations, like individuals, live and die; but civilization cannot die.

Nations, like individuals, live or die, but civilization cannot perish.

No civilization other than that which is Christian, is worth seeking or possessing.

No true civilization can be expected permanently to continue which is not based on the great principles of Christianity.

Our lifetime may be the last that will be lived out in a technological society.

Respectability is the dickey on the bosom of civilization.

Since barbarism has its pleasures it naturally has its apologists.

So I should say that civilizations begin with religion and stoicism: they end with scepticism and unbelief, and the undisciplined pursuit of individual pleasure. A civilization is born stoic and dies epicurean.

The ease, the luxury, and the abundance of the highest state of civilization, are as productive of selfishness as the difficulties, the privations, and the sterilities of the lowest.

The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.

The human landscape of the New World shows a conquest of nature by an intelligence that does not love it.

The human race has improved everything except the human race.

The most civilized people are as near to barbarism, as the most polished steel is to rust. - Nations, like metals, have only a superficial brilliancy.

The old Hindoo saw, in his dream, the human race led out to its various fortunes. - First, men were in chains, that went back to an iron hand - then he saw them led by threads from the brain, which went upward to an unseen hand. The first was despotism, iron, and ruling by force. - The last was civilization, ruling by ideas.

The path of civilization is paved with tin cans.

The post office, with its educating energy, augmented by cheapness, and guarded by a certain religious sentiment

The three great elements of modern civilization, gunpowder, printing, and the Protestant religion.

The true test of a civilization is not the census, nor the size of the cities, nor the crops-no, but the kind of man the country turns out.

The ultimate tendency of civilization is toward barbarism.

There is such a thing as too much couth.


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