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Arnold J. Toynbee quotes

Arnold J. Toynbee
As human beings, we are endowed with freedom of choice, and we cannot shuffle off our responsibility upon the shoulders of God or nature. We must shoulder it ourselves. It is our responsibility.

Arnold J. Toynbee
Do not let yourselves be discouraged or embittered by the smallness of the success you are likely to achieve in trying to make life better. You certainly would not be able, in a single generation, to create an earthly paradise. Who could expect that? But, if you make life ever so little better, you will have done splendidly, and your lives will have been worthwhile.

Arnold J. Toynbee
To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization.

Arnold J. Toynbee
The immense cities lie basking on the beaches of the continent like whales that have taken to the land.

Arnold J. Toynbee
We have been Godlike in our planned breeding of our domesticated plants and animals, but we have been rabbit-like in our unplanned breeding of ourselves.

Arnold J. Toynbee
History is a vision of God's creation on the move.

Arnold J. Toynbee
Civilization is a movement and not a condition, a voyage and not a harbor.

Arnold J. Toynbee
We human beings do have some genuine freedom of choice and therefore some effective control over our own destinies. I am not a determinist. But I also believe that the decisive choice is seldom the latest choice in the series. More often than not, it will turn out to be some choice made relatively far back in the past.

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