Quotations About / On:
Nobody seriously questions the principle that it is the function of mass culture to maintain public morale, and certainly nobody in the mass audience objects to having his morale maintained.
(Robert Warshow (1917-1955), U.S. author. repr. In The Immediate Experience (1970). "The Gangster as Tragic Hero," Partisan Review (New Brunswick, New Jersey (1948).)
Had there been no difficulties and no thorns in the way, then man would have been in his primitive state and no progress made in civilisation and mental culture.
(Anandabai Joshee (1865-1887), Indian physician. Letter, August 27, 1881. Caroline H. Dall, The Life of Anandabai Joshee (1888).)
Systematic philosophical and practical anti-intellectualism such as we are witnessing appears to be something truly novel in the history of human culture.
(Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 10 (1936).)
Reality has become so absorbing that the streets, the television, and the journals have confiscated the public interest and people are no longer thirsty for culture on a higher level.
(Andre Plesu (b. 1948), Romanian culture minister. International Herald Tribune (Paris, November 14, 1990).)
We are all murderers and prostitutesno matter to what culture, society, class, nation one belongs, no matter how normal, moral, or mature, one takes oneself to be.
(R.D. (Ronald David) Laing (1927-1989), British psychiatrist. The Politics of Experience, introduction (1967).)
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).)
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).)
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).)
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).)
The new knowledge has not yet settled in culture. It has not yet been integrated in a new cosmic conception.
(Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 6 (1936).)