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Stephen Jay Gould
We pass through this world but once. Few tragedies can be more extensive than the stunting of life, few injustices deeper than the denial of an opportunity to strive or even to hope, by a limit imposed from without, but falsely identified as lying within.

Arnold J. Toynbee
Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder.

Mary Baker Eddy
Is civilization only a higher form of idolatry, that man should bow down to a fleshbrush, to flannels, to baths, diet, exercise, and air?

Charles L. Lucas
Civilization is just a slow process of learning to be kind.

Julian Jaynes
Civilization is the art of living in towns of such size the everyone does not know everyone else.

Thomas Jefferson
I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.

Felix Adler
There is as yet no civilized society, but only a society in the process of becoming civilized. There is as yet no civilized nation, but only nations in the process of becoming civilized. From this standpoint, we can now speak of a collective task of humankind. The task of humanity is to build a genuine civilization.

Antoine De Saint-Exupery
A civilization is a heritage of beliefs, customs, and knowledge slowly accumulated in the course of centuries, elements difficult at times to justify by logic, but justifying themselves as paths when they lead somewhere, since they open up for man his inner distance.

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