Quotations About / On: CULTURE

  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    The white dominant culture seemed to think that once the Indians were off the reservations, they'd eventually become like everybody else. But they aren't like everybody else. When the Indianness is drummed out of them, they are turned into hopeless drunks on skid row.
    (Elizabeth Morris (b. c. 1933), Native American service agency administrator. As quoted in Ms. magazine, p. 50 (January 1973). An Athabascan Indian from Alaska, Morris was director of the Indian Center, a multiservice agency in Seattle, Washington.)
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  • 55.
    The local is a shabby thing. There's nothing worse than bringing us back down to our own little corner, our own territory, the radiant promiscuity of the face to face. A culture which has taken the risk of the universal, must perish by the universal.
    (Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. Cool Memories, ch. 3 (1987, trans. 1990).)
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  • 56.
    Whatever offices of life are performed by women of culture and refinement are thenceforth elevated; they cease to be mere servile toils, and become expressions of the ideas of superior beings.
    (Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896), U.S. author. Household Papers and Stories, part 2, ch. 4 (1864).)
  • 57.
    Historians will have to face the fact that natural selection determined the evolution of cultures in the same manner as it did that of species.
    (Konrad Lorenz (1903-1989), Austrian ethologist. "Ecce Homo!" Ch. 13, On Aggression (1963, trans. 1966).)
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  • 58.
    Science, unguided by a higher abstract principle, freely hands over its secrets to a vastly developed and commercially inspired technology, and the latter, even less restrained by a supreme culture saving principle, with the means of science creates all the instruments of power demanded from it by the organization of Might.
    (Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 9 (1936).)
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  • 59.
    The Greeks, with their truly healthy culture, have once and for all justified philosophy simply by having engaged in it, and having engaged in it more fully than any other people.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 1, p. 805, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980); Philosophy in the Tragic Age of the Greeks, p. 28, trans. by Marianne Cowan, Chicago, Gateway Editions (1962). "Philosophy in the Tragic Age of the Greeks," section 1 (1873).)
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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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