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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