Quotations About / On: CULTURE

  • 1.
    Popular culture is seductive; high culture is imperious.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection, New York (1987).)
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  • 2.
    Culture must have its ultimate aim in the metaphysical or it will cease to be culture.
    (Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 4 (1936).)
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  • 3.
    The second fundamental feature of culture is that all culture has an element of striving.
    (Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 4 (1936).)
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  • 4.
    We belong to an age whose culture is in danger of perishing through the means to culture.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 324, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980); Human, All-Too-Human, p. 182, trans. by R.J. Hollingdale, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press (1986). Human, All-Too-Human, "Man Alone With Himself," aphorism 520, "The Danger Facing Our Culture," (1878).)
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  • 5.
    A man should be just cultured enough to be able to look with suspicion upon culture at first, not second hand.
    (Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 88 (1951).)
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  • 6.
    Without the cultivation of the mind the crop of culture refuses wisdom.
    (Wisdom)
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  • 7.
    Inter-railers are the ambulatory equivalent of McDonalds, walking testimony to the erosion of French culture.
    (Alice Thompson (b. 1963), British travel writer, journalist. "Ticket to Ride the Rails of France," Times (London, July 16, 1992).)
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  • 8.
    The streets of Vienna are paved with culture, the streets of other cities with asphalt.
    (Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian writer. Trans. by Harry Zohn, originally published in Beim Wort genommen (1955). Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths, University of Chicago Press (1990).)
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  • 9.
    Culture: the cry of men in face of their destiny.
    (Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. Notebooks 1935-1942, entry for June 1937 (1962).)
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  • 10.
    Whenever I hear the word culture, I reach for my revolver.
    (Hermann Goering (1893-1946), German Nazi leader. Attributed. Whether or not Goering ever said it, the only recorded source of this remark is the play Schlageter (1933) by Hanns Johst (1890-1978), Nazi playwright and president of the Reich Chamber of Literature. The line is spoken by a storm trooper in act 1, sc. 1: "When I hear the word culture, I cock my Browning.")
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