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If we are to preserve civilization, we must first remain civilized.
   —   Louis St. Laurent
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Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization.
   —  Eugene V. Debs
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If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.
  ―  Thomas Jefferson
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But it took more than a revival of antiquity to make the Renaissance.  And first of all it took money — smelly bourgeois money: … of careful calculations, investments and loans, of interest and dividends accumulated until surplus could be spared from the pleasures of the flesh, from the purchase of senates, signories, and mistresses, to pay a Michelangelo or a Titian to transmute wealth into beauty, and perfume a fortune with the breath of art.  Money is the root of all civilization.
    —  Will Durant
From his book: “The History of Civilization:  The Renaissance
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2014 Hard Evidence
2013 Full Participation
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For barbarism is always around civilization, amid it and beneath it, ready to engulf it by arms, or mass migration, or unchecked fertility.  Barbarism is like the jungle; it never admits its defeat; it waits patiently for centuries to recover the territory it has lost.
     —   Will Durant
From his book: “The History of Civilization:  Our Oriental Heritage
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Civilization, in fact, grows more maudlin and hysterical; especially under democracy it tends to degenerate into a mere combat of crazes; the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.  Wars are no longer waged by the will of superior men, capable of judging dispassionately and intelligently the causes behind them and the effects flowing out of them.  They are now begun by first throwing a mob into a panic; they are ended only when it has spent its ferine fury.
  ―  H. L. Mencken
From his book: “In Defense Of Women
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2012 Got Sleep?
2011 Not Another Barren Corner

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