Quotations About / On: CULTURE
Without the cultivation of the mind the crop of culture refuses wisdom.
General jackdaw culture, very little more than a collection of charming miscomprehensions, untargeted enthusiasms, and a general habit of skimming.
(William Bolitho (1890-1930), British author. "Isadora Duncan," Twelve Against the Gods (1930).)
An army without culture is a dull-witted army, and a dull-witted army cannot defeat the enemy.
(Mao Zedong (1893-1976), Chinese leader, founder of the People's Republic of China. "The United Front in Cultural Work," October 30, 1944, published in Selected Works, vol. 3.)
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).)
English culture is basically homosexual in the sense that the men only really care about other men.
(Germaine Greer (b. 1939), Australian feminist writer. Daily Mail (London, April 18, 1988).)
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).)
Syncopations are no indication of light or trashy music, and to shy bricks at "hateful ragtime" no longer passes for musical culture.
(Scott Joplin (1868-1917), U.S. pianist, composer. The School of Ragtime, preface (1908).)
The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.
(Charles Darwin (1809-1882), British naturalist. The Descent of Man, ch. 4 (1871).)
I think that New York is not the cultural center of America, but the business and administrative center of American culture.
(Saul Bellow (b. 1915), U.S. author. BBC radio interview. Listener (London, May 22, 1969).)
We are women. We are a subject people who have inherited an alien culture.
(Kate Millett (b. 1934), U.S. feminist theorist, literary critic, essayist, autobiographer, sculptor. Flying, pt. 5, Alfred A. Knopf (1974).)