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.)
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).)
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 womenso they learn.
(Pamela Patrick Novotny (20th century), U.S. journalist and author. The Joy of Twins, ch. 6 (1988 rev. 1994).)
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).)