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.)
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.
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).)
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).)