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Quotations About / On: CULTURE

  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    A culture of guns is not a culture of peace! It leads to death! With a common example in the U.S.A.

    By Edward Kofi Louis.
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  • 53.
    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).)
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  • 54.
    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).)
  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    Culture is only true when implicitly critical, and the mind which forgets this revenges itself in the critics it breeds. Criticism is an indispensable element of culture.
    (Theodor W. Adorno (1903-1969), German philosopher, sociologist, music critic. "Cultural Criticism and Society," Prisms (1967).)
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  • 58.
    The bourgeoisie and the petty bourgeoisie have armed themselves against the rising proletariat with, among other things, "culture." It's an old ploy of the bourgeoisie. They keep a standing "art" to defend their collapsing culture.
    (George Grosz (1893-1959), German artist, and John Heartfield. repr. In Art Is In Danger, trans. by Paul Gorrell (1987). "The Art Scab," vol. 1, nos. 10-12, Der Gegner (Berlin, 1920).)
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  • 59.
    One ought not to hoard culture. It should be adapted and infused into society as a leaven. Liberality of culture does not mean illiberality of its benefits.
    (Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. Souvenirs and Prophecies: the Young Wallace Stevens, ch. 3, entry for June 20, 1899, ed. Holly Stevens (1977).)
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  • 60.
    The vast material displacements the machine has made in our physical environment are perhaps in the long run less important than its spiritual contributions to our culture.
    (Lewis Mumford (1895-1990), U.S. social philosopher. repr. In Technics and Civilization, introduction (1934, rev. edition 1962). "The Drama of the Machines," Scribner's (Aug. 1930).)
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