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Arnold Toynbee
The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.

Arnold Toynbee
The human race's prospects of survival were considerably better when we were defenceless against tigers than they are today when we have become defenceless against ourselves.

Arnold Toynbee
Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things: first, an ideal, with takes the imagination by storm, and second, a definite intelligible plan for carrying that ideal into practice.

Arnold Toynbee
Compassion is the desire that moves the individual self to widen the scope of its selfconcern to embrace the whole of the universal self.

Arnold Toynbee
We have been godlike in the planned breeding of our domesticated plants, but rabbit-like in the unplanned breeding of ourselves.

Arnold Toynbee
It is a paradoxical but profoundly true and important principle of life that the most likely way to reach a goal is to be aiming not at that goal itself but at some more ambitious goal beyond it.

Arnold Toynbee
Some historians hold that history is just one damned thing after another.

Arnold Toynbee
America is a large, friendly dog in a very small room. Every time it wags its tail, it knocks over a chair.

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