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Quotations About / On: CULTURE

  • 41.
    Whilst all the world is in pursuit of power, culture corrects the theory of success.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Culture," The Conduct of Life (1860). Stanley Cavell has argued that Emerson is here referring to Kant's philosophical problem of succession. That is, how can we come to know a world that appears to be a mere surface succession of images that constantly flow by us and are ever changing. As Emerson says in the opening poem to "Culture": "And the world's flowing fates in/his own mould recast." The "mould" may refer to Kant's mental categories with which he argues we organize and order the world. Emerson's response to Kant is founded, in essence, on a pun on "success" and "succession" where worldly material success has also to do with the epistemological play of phenomena.)
  • 42.
    A man will not need to study history to find out what is best for his own culture.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, p. 228, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
  • 43.
    Piety is not a goal but a means to attain through the purest peace of mind the highest culture.
    (Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Wilhelm Meister's Travels, Reflections in the Spirit of the Travellers (1829).)
  • 44.
    The treatment of African and African American culture in our education was no different from their treatment in Tarzan movies.
    (Ishmael Reed (b. 1938), U.S. novelist, poet, essayist. repr. In Airing Dirty Laundry, Addison-Wesley (1993). "Reading, Writing, and Racism," Image (19 August 1990).)
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  • 45.
    It is not part of a true culture to tame tigers, any more than it is to make sheep ferocious.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Walking" (1862), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 5, p. 236, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 46.
    The highest end of government is the culture of men.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Politics," Essays, Second Series (1844).)
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  • 47.
    The State has but one face for me: that of the police. To my eyes, all of the State's ministries have this single face, and I cannot imagine the ministry of culture other than as the police of culture, with its prefect and commissioners.
    (Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985), French sculptor, painter. repr. In Asphyxiating Culture and Other Writings (1986, trans. 1988). Asphyxiating Culture (1968).)
    More quotations from: Jean Dubuffet, culture, imagine
  • 48.
    The first time many women hold their tiny babies, they are apt to feel as clumsy and incompetent as any man. The difference is that our culture tells them they're not supposed to feel that way. Our culture assumes that they will quickly learn how to be a mother, and that assumption rubs off on most women—so they learn.
    (Pamela Patrick Novotny (20th century), U.S. journalist and author. The Joy of Twins, ch. 6 (1988 rev. 1994).)
  • 49.
    In the past, the English tried to impose a system wherever they went. They destroyed the nation's culture and one of the by- products of their systemisation was that they destroyed their own folk culture.
    (Martin Carthy (b. 1941), British folk singer, musician. Interview in Guardian (London, December 29, 1988).)
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  • 50.
    Like every other good thing in this world, leisure and culture have to be paid for. Fortunately, however, it is not the leisured and the cultured who have to pay.
    (Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British novelist. Mr. Scogan, Crome Yellow, ch. 22 (1922).)
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