Culture Quotes

That is true culture which helps us to work for the social betterment of all. - Henry Ward Beecher


It is a sad fact about our culture that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about his art than he can by practicing it. - Wystan Hugh Auden


No people come into possession of a culture without having paid a heavy price for it. - James Arthur Baldwin


If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write, because our culture has no use for it. - Anais Nin


However muted its present appearance may be, sexual dominion obtains nevertheless as perhaps the most pervasive ideology of our culture and provides its most fundamental concept of power. - Kate Millett


Ours is a culture based on excess, on overproduction; the result is a steady loss of sharpness in our sensory experience. All the conditions of modern life, its material plenitude, its sheer crowdedness, conjoin to dull our sensory faculties. - Susan Sontag


The type of fig leaf which each culture employs to cover its social taboos offers a twofold description of its morality. It reveals that certain unacknowledged behaviour exists and it suggests the form that such behaviour takes. - Freda Adler


It is of the essence of imaginative culture that it transcends the limits both of the naturally possible and of the morally acceptable. - Northrop Frye


A culture is made – - or destroyed – - by its articulate voices – Ayn Rand


A culture of discipline is not a principle of business; it is a principle of greatness – Jim Collins


A man should be just cultured enough to be able to look with suspicion upon culture – Samuel Butler


Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest – Mark Twain


Any communication or marketing professional needs cross- cultural research & communication skills to be able to succeed in the future – Marye Tharp


As the soil, however rich it may be, cannot be productive without cultivation, so the mind without culture can never produce good fruit – Seneca


Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. – Oscar Wilde


By suppressing differences and peculiarities, by eliminating different civilizations and cultures, progress weakens life and favors death – Octavio Paz


Communication is depositing a part of yourself in another person


Culture is a framework in which we communicate – Stephen Roberts


Culture is a little like dropping an Alka- Seltzer into a glass- you don’t see it, but somehow it does something – Hans Magnus Enzensberger


Culture is an instrument wielded by professors to manufacture professors, who when their turn comes will manufacture professor – Simone Weil


Culture is both an intellectual phenomenon and a moral one – Matthew Arnold


Culture is but the fine flowering of real education, and it is the training of the feeling the tastes and the manners that makes it so – Minnie Kellogg


Culture is like wealth; it makes us more ourselves, it enables us to express ourselves – Philip Gilbert Hamerton


Culture is one thing and varnish is another – Ralph Waldo Emerson


Culture is roughly anything we do and the monkeys don’t – Lord Raglan


Culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs – Thomas Wolfe


Culture is the habit of being pleased with the best and knowing why – Henry van Dyke


Culture is the sum of all the forms of art, of love, and of thought, which, in the coarse or centuries, have enabled man to be less enslaved – Andre Malraux


Culture is the widening of the mind and of the spirit – Jawaharlal Nehru


Culture is to know the best that has been said and thought in the world – Matthew Arnold


Culture of the mind must be subservient to the heart – Mahatma Gandhi


Culture: the cry of men in face of their destiny – Albert Camus


Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have traveled – Mohammed


Every age, every culture, every custom and tradition has its own character, its own weakness and its own strength, its beauties and cruelties; it accepts certain sufferings as matters of course, puts up patiently with certain evils. Human life is reduced to real suffering, to hell, only when two ages, two cultures and religions overlap – Hermann Hesse


Every man’s ability may be strengthened or increased by culture – John Abbott


Every view of the world that becomes extinct, every culture that disappears, diminishes a possibility of life – Octavio Paz


Five frogs are sitting on a log. Four decide to jump off. How many are left? Answer: five. Why? Because there’s a difference between deciding and doing – Mark L. Feldman & Michael F. Spratt


France, and the whole of Europe have a great culture and an amazing history. Most important thing though is that people there know how to live! In America they’ve forgotten all about it. I’m afraid that the American culture is a disaster – Johnny Depp


Great culture is often betokened by great simplicity – Dorothee DeLuzy


Greece appears to be the fountain of knowledge; Rome of elegance – Samuel Johnson


History is an account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools – Ambrose Bierce


How can a society that exists on instant mashed potatoes, packaged cake mixes, frozen dinners, and instant cameras teach patience to its young? – Paul Sweeney


I bet one legend that keeps recurring throughout history, in every culture, is the story of Popeye – Jack Handey


I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the cultures of all the lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any – Mahatma Gandhi


I think that New York is not the cultural centre of America, but the business and administrative centre of American culture – Saul Bellow


I think that one possible definition of our modern culture is that it is one in which nine- tenths of our intellectuals can’t read any poetry – Randall Jarrell


If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him – John Fitzgerald Kennedy


It is the mark of the cultured man that he is aware of the fact that equality is an ethical and not a biological principle – Ashley Montagu


Landscape shapes culture – Terry Tempest Williams


Letting a hundred flowers blossom and a hundred schools of thought contend is the policy for promoting the progress of the arts and the sciences and a flourishing culture in our land – Mao Zedong


Men of culture are the true apostles of equality – Matthew Arnold


No culture can live, if it attempts to be exclusive – Mahatma Gandhi


Ours is a culture based on excess, on overproduction; the result is a steady loss of sharpness in our sensory experience. All the conditions of modern life – - its material plenitude, its sheer crowdedness – - conjoin to dull our sensory faculties – Susan Sontag


Partial culture runs to the ornate; extreme culture to simplicity – Christian Nestell Bovee


Preservation of one’s own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures – Cesar Chavez


Rastafari not a culture, it’s a reality – Bob Marley


That is true culture which helps us to work for the social betterment of all – Henry Ward Beeche


That was the peak. I just knew it was modern, not traditional culture. I could be cool – Li Pang


The best thing a man can do for his culture when he is rich is to endeavor to carry out those schemes which he entertained when he was poor – Henry David Thoreau


The end of culture is right living – W. Somerset Maugham


The ideal of a single civilization for everyone, implicit in the cult of progress and technique, impoverishes and mutilates us – Octavio Paz


The key to community is the acceptance, in fact the celebration of our individual and cultural differences. It is also the key to world peace – M. Scott Peck


The Law of Raspberry Jam: the wider any culture is spread, the thinner it gets – Alvin Toffler


The manner of their living is very barbarous, because they do not eat at fixed times, but as often as they please – Amerigo Vespucci


The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but in seeing with new eyes. – Marcel Proust


The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. – George Bernard Shaw


The whole history of civilization is strewn with creeds and institutions which were invaluable at first, and deadly afterwards – Walter Bagehot


Two half-truths do not make a truth, and two half- cultures do not make a culture – Arthur Koestler


What multiculturalism boils down to is that you can praise any culture in the world except Western culture – and you cannot blame any culture in the world except Western culture – Thomas Sowell


Whenever I hear the word culture, I reach for my revolver – Hermann Goering


Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future – Albert Camus


Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands? – Ernest Gaines


You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them – Ray Bradbury


You must be the change you wish to see in the world – Mohandas Gandhi

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