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Arnold Joseph Toynbee

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Arnold Joseph Toynbee CH (14 April 1889 – 22 October 1975) was a British historian whose twelve-volume analysis of the rise and fall of civilizations, A Study of History, 1934–1961, was a synthesis of world history, a metahistory based on universal rhythms of rise, flowering and decline, which examined history from a global perspective. A religious outlook permeates the Study and made it ... more »

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  • ''History not used is nothing, for all intellectual life is action, like practical life, and if you don't use the stuff—well, it might as well be dead.''
    A.J. (Arnold Joseph) Toynbee (1889-1975), British historian. Television broadcast, April 17, 1955, NBC-TV.
  • Nationalism ... is the worship of the collective power of a local human community. Unlike the faith in progress through science, nationalism is not a new religion; it is a revival of an old one. This ...
    A.J. (Arnold Joseph) Toynbee (1889-1975), British historian. Choose Life: A Dialogue, ch. 11, Oxford University Press (1989). Dialogue with Daisak...
  • I regard the state of which I am a citizen as a public utility, like the organization that supplies me with water, gas, and electricity. I feel that it is my civic duty to pay my taxes as well as my o...
    A.J. (Arnold Joseph) Toynbee (1889-1975), British historian. "Demise of the Local State," Choose Life: A Dialogue, Oxford University Press (1989). ...
  • Love's way of dealing with us is different from conscience's way. Conscience commands; love inspires. What we do out of love, we do because we want to do it. Love is, indeed, one kind of desire; but i...
    A.J. (Arnold Joseph) Toynbee (1889-1975), British historian. Experiences, pt. 1, ch. 9, Oxford University Press (1969).
  • ''America is a large, friendly dog in a very small room. Every time it wags its tail, it knocks over a chair.''
    A.J. (Arnold Joseph) Toynbee (1889-1975), British historian. News summaries (July 14, 1954).
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