Phrases with "civilization"

The civilization we have boasted of is a toy-shop and a blind alley, and I hanker for the open country. Greenmantle by John Buchan

H. G. Wells Our civilization is now wedded to a decimal system of counting, and, to begin with, it will be well to teach the child to count up to ten and to stop there for a time. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

H. G. Wells They were to live in an atmosphere of punishment, toiling, heavily taxed, and outlawed from the advancement of civilization to the very end of their days. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Mark Twain We were not a nightmare here, where were civilization and intelligence in place of Spanish and Italian superstition, dirt and dread of cholera. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

George Gissing Our civilization in this point has always been absurdly defective. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Virginia Woolf He could live on bread and wine — the wine in straw bottles — for after doing Greece he was going to knock off Rome. The Roman civilization was a very inferior affair, no doubt. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

F. Scott Fitzgerald There the crude, vulgar air of Western civilization first catches him — in his underwear, so to speak. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Edith Wharton She watched the familiar routine of life with the incurious eye of a savage on whom the meaningless processes of civilization make but the faintest impression. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Olaf Stapledon The extermination of wild animals by the march of civilization is to be regretted, but no sane man would suggest that civilization should be restricted in order to save them. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

H. G. Wells When you wrote all that stuff about his taking Greek civilization to Persia and Egypt and India, you were merely giving him credit for what had happened already. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman They had the different peoples of the earth roughly outlined, and their status in civilization indicated. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

Olaf Stapledon The standard generator, which supported the new civilization as combustion engines of all sorts support our own, was a subtle little machine which could be housed in a small barn. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

William Morris But for us, for the most of us, civilization has bred desires which she forbids us to satisfy, and so is not merely a niggard but a torturer also. Signs of Change by William Morris [1888]

Robert Green Ingersoll Notwithstanding all the infamous things justly laid to the charge of the church, we are told that the civilization of today is the child of what we are pleased to call the superstition of the past. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Anthony Trollope For miles upon miles the road passes the untouched forest, showing that even in Michigan the great work of civilization has hardly more than been commenced. North America by Anthony Trollope

Robert Green Ingersoll The history of civilization is the history of the slow and painful enfranchisement of the human race. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Mary Webb She did not, as the more self-conscious creatures of civilization would have done, envy their peace in so many words. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Virginia Woolf The whole of civilization was being condemned. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

William Morris We have weighed the work of civilization in the balance and found it wanting, since hope is mostly lacking to it, and therefore we see that civilization has bred a dire curse for men. Signs of Change by William Morris [1888]

Early the next morning — or at any rate as early as civilization permitted — he would hie him to Bayswater, and present himself at the neat iron gate of Philip Sheldon’s gothic villa. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Percy Bysshe Shelley The poems of Homer and his contemporaries were the delight of infant Greece; they were the elements of that social system which is the column upon which all succeeding civilization has reposed. A Defence of Poetry and other essays by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Arthur Conan Doyle Yes, I, Cyrus Headley, now of New York and of Oxford; I, the latest product of modern culture, had myself once been part of this mighty civilization of old. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

George Eliot The progress of civilization has made a breakfast or a dinner an easy and cheerful substitute for more troublesome and disagreeable ceremonies. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Algernon Blackwood I am not sure I heard his words, but I think they ran like this: “That’s just the point where civilization so far has always stopped. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

It’s better than a Baltic cove even, less beastly civilization about. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

He wondered if he would be allowed to descend it and inspect the valley civilization that had been talked of. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

Abraham Merri They may have developed a civilization and a science far more advanced than ours. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

The one infallible sign of civilization and enlightenment. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Benjamin Disraeli That, if you please, is civilizationpious and refined. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

He was also very quiet and reserved, which may or may not have been because he had been cut off from the doubtful advantages of civilization for so many years. Mr. Aristocrat by Guy Boothby

As often happens, the return to civilization was in nowise cheery. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

I’m proud to say that it is one of the points at which your civilization and our own touch. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

D. H. Lawrence There may even come a civilization of genuine men and women, instead of our little lot of clever-jacks, all at the intelligence-age of seven. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

George Meredith The sluggish in intellect detest them, but our civilization is not much indebted to that major faction. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

M. R. James Anyhow, I couldn’t, and, as I needn’t tell you, I found myself at Steinfeld as soon as the resources of civilization could put me there, and installed myself in the inn you saw. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

Their only night-light — that grand test of civilization — is the Mpongwe torch, a yard of hard, black gum, mixed with and tightly bound up in dried banana leaves. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Sinclair Lewis Growing older, they had shown variations of civilization and maturity. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Robert Green Ingersoll The civilization of man has increased just to the same extent that religious power has decreased. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

M. P. Shiel Thenceforth, the tokens of civilization now commencing to unfold themselves before them, the faring became merrier. Children of the Wind by M. P. Shiel [1923]

Rudyard Kipling They have all civilization against themthose brutes yonder. France at War by Rudyard Kipling [1915]

E. Phillips Oppenheim One likes groves and trees and flower-beds, but one loves the flavour of civilization with them all. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

Robert Green Ingersoll The chains around your necks; and the bracelets clasped upon your white arms by the thrilled hand of love, have been changed by the wand of civilization from iron to shining, glittering gold. On Skulls by Robert Green Ingersoll

Edith Wharton Surveying the march of civilization from a loftier angle, he had early mingled with the Invaders, and curiously observed their rites and customs. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Anthony Trollope For such pioneers of civilization there is still ample room even in the long-settled States of New Hampshire and Vermont. But to return to my traveler, whom, having brought so far, I must send on. North America by Anthony Trollope

Algernon Blackwood The Age was crumbling, civilization passing like its predecessors. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

H. G. Wells It seemed to her that he was obsessed by a responsibility for civilization and the idea that he was aristocratic. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Now Don Pedro de Gayangos appeared with the strange information that the weird relic of Peruvian civilization had been stolen from his father. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

Benjamin Disraeli Ages of civilization were engulfed in this drear expanse. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Henry David Thoreau The religion and civilization which are barbaric and heathenish build splendid temples; but what you might call Christianity does not. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

At last the remnants arrived on the rim of civilization outside my breakwind. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

George Meredith Aha! There could be no mistake about him as a gentleman and a scholar out there! Nor would Nature shut up her pocket and demand innumerable things of him, as civilization did. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

D. H. Lawrence Alvina watching him, as if hypnotized, saw his old beauty, formed through civilization after civilization; and at the same time she saw his modern vulgarian-ism, and decadence. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Another of his women succumbed to civilization a few weeks later. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

William Morris Now, the first thing as to the work done in civilization and the easiest to notice is that it is portioned out very unequally amongst the different classes of society. Signs of Change by William Morris [1888]

The whole elements of civilization were broken up. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

H. G. Wells The world, as you say, has been floundering about, half making civilization and never achieving it. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

The civilization of the tropics could have had nothing to do with it. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Thomas Hardy But I ought to remind you that it will be wrong-doing in the eyes of civilization — Western civilization, that is to say. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Edward Bellamy Tending upward and sunward from the aphelion of barbarism, the race attained the perihelion of civilization only to plunge downward once more to its nether goal in the regions of chaos. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

We were coming back to our homes; and the signs of civilization and prosperity and happiness, from which we had been so long banished, were multiplying about us. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Arthur Conan Doyle His tastes leaned toward the marvellous and the monstrous, and I have heard that his experiments in the direction of the unknown have passed all the bounds of civilization and of decorum. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Such is the force of a high resolve in strangers bent upon a lesson of civilization to a barbarous people when disappointed of their purpose. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

Olaf Stapledon It soon became clear that, if the two kinds of stellar activity remained unchecked, civilization would be undermined and perhaps life exterminated throughout the galaxy. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Ford Madox Ford It was condemnation of a civilization that he, Tietjens, possessed of enormous physical strength, should never have needed to use it before. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

Date had been wrapped up in the cotton-wool of civilization for a long time, but his primitive instincts rose to the surface, now that he had to face a probable rough-and-tumble fight. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

Wilkie Collins Beyond this, comes another little group of cottages, with the seal of civilization set on them, in the form of a post-office. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Having been captured when young by Pacific black-birders, he talked excellent English, and from contact with the necessary restraints of civilization was, on the whole, extremely well behaved. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

Mary Webb For civilization as it now stands is based solely on this one thing — vicarious suffering. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Thomas Hardy Many things had become old to the solitary man of letters, but these were new, and he handled like a child an outcome of civilization which had never before been touched by his fingers. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

The clear soft eyes of the fair girl glistened with pleasure at each picturesque view, each change of earth and sky, each new aspect of civilization and its results, as they were presented to her. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Zoom — bang! A few tons of T.N.T. to send our civilization back to hell where it belongs. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Jack London Only a civilization deep and wide and old and strong could produce this far-walled, many-gabled roof of kings. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

The influence of climate upon civilization has been more exhaustively treated than studied. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

Olaf Stapledon Sometimes civilization merely retreated to the poles, abandoning the rest of the planet. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

G. K. Chesterton That notion that civilization isn’t poetical is a civilised delusion. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

Olaf Stapledon Must he really help in their stupid war, their filthy, mad, backward-looking war, that was wrecking the civilization it was meant to save. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

The debunking of Western civilization had reached its Climax and ‘disillusionment’ was immensely widespread. Inside the Whale by George Orwell [1940]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman We have made it possible for them to live at all! We have made the whole civilization of the world—they just profit by it. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

Henry James American civilization has hitherto had other things to do than to produce flowers, and before giving birth to writers it has wisely occupied itself with providing something for them to write about. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

Olaf Stapledon Poison, plague, and above all neurosis, brought war to a standstill, civilization to ruin, and the two species almost to extinction. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Even a bare-arse savage, given the chance, will learn the vices of civilization within a few months. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Henry Lawson Nineteen miles to the nearest sign of civilization — a shanty on the main road. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Olaf Stapledon The spirit of civilization is being steadily destroyed. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Jack London If this is to be the permanent arrangement of modern society, civilization must be held to bring a curse on the great majority of mankind. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

Thomas Hardy I said it was Nature’s intention, Nature’s law and RAISON D’ETRE that we should be joyful in what instincts she afforded us — instincts which civilization had taken upon itself to thwart. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Robert Green Ingersoll Without the family relation that is tender, pure and true, civilization is impossible. On Skulls by Robert Green Ingersoll

It was a far cry from 1841 to 1866, yet the country between the Missouri River and the Sierra Nevada had not greatly improved: civilization had halted at the river, awaiting transportation. Across the Plains by Ambrose Bierce

H. G. Wells He was seeing more and more clearly that all civilization was an effort, and so far always an inadequate and very partially successful effort. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Mark Twain A more advanced civilization produced more incidents, more episodes; the actor and the story-teller borrowed them. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

As he proceeded, I was struck by the fact that the principles of our Christian civilization formed the basis of Paleverian law. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

As other nations come upon the stage, and new forms of civilization arise, the monuments of art and of imagination, productions of an older time, will lie as an obstacle in the path of improvement. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

H. G. Wells For the first time in his life he had come face to face with civilization in defeat. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

George Gissing But civilization is at war with nature, and as civilized beings we have rights. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman It took us thousands of dragging years to evolve the civilization of 1910, and you show me a 1940 that seems thousands of years beyond that. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

Ralph Waldo Emerson One would think from the talk of men, that riches and poverty were a great matter; and our civilization mainly respects it. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

John Stuart Mill If this be so, the sooner such a civilization receives notice to quit, the better. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [1859]

H. G. Wells Who was it said: ‘The price of civilization is eternal vigilance’?” Fayle decided not to correct the misquotation. The Brothers by H. G. Wells [1938]

A study of New York civilization in 1849 has lately come into my hands, with a mortifying effect, which I should like to share with the reader, to my pride of modernity. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

George Meredith Our civilization shuns nature; and most shuns it in the most artificially civilized, to suit the market. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

We want to return to civilization as soon as possible. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

On his way home Kendal reflected that it was doubtless a question of time; she would take to the customs of civilization by degrees, and the sooner the better. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

H. G. Wells It was queer, she thought, how much of the wrappings of civilization had slipped from them already. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Victor Hugo He barks as well, in condescension to civilization — a magnanimous concession. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Willa Cather Of course an archaeologist could have told a great deal about that civilization from those bodies. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

I reflected on the variety of ways the ingenuity of the late bard of civilization would be able to invent for the tormenting of his dependants. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Anthony Trollope Miss Gushing had a great advantage over the other competitors for the civilization of Mr Oriel, namely, in this—that she was able to attend his morning services. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling Now one knows what the solidarity of civilization means. France at War by Rudyard Kipling [1915]

Olaf Stapledon It was very strange to find oneself in a world in which all the amenities and conveniences of civilization were fashioned to suit men of this form. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Jack London He had been suddenly jerked from the heart of civilization and flung into the heart of things primordial. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

Anthony Trollope It is the right arm of civilization for the people, and the discoverer of the fertility of the land. North America by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing But to make practical demonstrations against it, is to oppose, as I said, all the civilization of our world. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Robert Green Ingersoll The chains around your necks, and the bracelets clasped upon your white arms by the thrilled hand of love, have been changed by the wand of civilization from iron to shining, glittering gold. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

H. G. Wells Why? Greek civilization owed nothing to him. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

F. Scott Fitzgerald His predominant sensation was that all the civilization and convention around him was curiously unreal. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Anthropology can be given its due place, though in the breakdown of all their old tribal laws through contact with civilization it is scarcely necessary. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Virginia Woolf He makes us understand what civilization meant to him and should mean to us. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

George Meredith It is a critical comment on a civilization carelessly distilled from the jealous East, when visits of fair women to City offices can have this effect. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

H. G. Wells All the achievements of nineteenth-century civilization seemed to many to be following in the downward wake of the Lusitania. Service in these early submarines strained men to the breaking point. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Robert Green Ingersoll Not withstanding all the infamous things laid to the charge of the Church, we are told that the civilization of today is the child of what we are pleased to call superstition. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Henry James The civilization of a country should be measured by the deference shown to the weaker sex. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

But civilization had changed that completely. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Henry David Thoreau While civilization has been improving our houses, it has not equally improved the men who are to inhabit them. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

In the individual, toping is regarded with disesteem, but toping nations are in the forefront of civilization and power. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

H. G. Wells But even on this supposition the balanced civilization that was at last attained must have long since passed its zenith, and was now far fallen into decay. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

H. G. Wells Japan, with a possible but very improbable German alliance, was the only efficient reactionary menace left for civilization to deal with. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Olaf Stapledon Very rapidly the material fabric of civilization fell to pieces. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Charlotte Perkins Gilman Nevertheless, they had inferred (marvelously keen on inference and deduction their minds were!) the existence and development of civilization in other places, much as we infer it on other planets. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

Virginia Woolf The great avenues of civilization meet here and strike this way and that. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Anthony Trollope But a stranger finds himself in the position of being sent across the country knee deep into the mud, wading through snipe grounds, looking for civilization where none exists. North America by Anthony Trollope

T. E. Lawrence The Arabs seemed hostile to the material blessings of civilization rather than appreciative of them. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

D. H. Lawrence The countless generations of civilization behind him had left him an instinct of the world’s meaninglessness. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Henry David Thoreau From many a hill I can see civilization and the abodes of man afar. Walking by Henry David Thoreau [1862]

The advance-in a circle-of civilization has only partially unsettled this belief in the human mind, and we are constantly though unconsciously reverting to it. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

If people would be as sincere as other people would like them to be, I think no one would profess regret for the Arab civilization in the presence of its monuments. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

Elizabeth Barrett Browning For civilization perfected Is fully developed Christianity. “Measure the frontier,” shall it be said, “Count the ships,” in national vanity? —Count the nation’s heart-beats sooner. Poems Before Congress by Elizabeth Barrett Browning [1860]

Henry James You would have said that American civilization expressed itself to his sense in a tissue of capital jokes. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

Wilkie Collins Certain hurdles, which had served to exhibit the present satisfactory state of civilization (in jumping) among the upper classes, were removed. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Perhaps the most interesting discovery is that of catacombs, proving a civilization analogous to Magháir Shu’ayb, but ruder, because more distant from the centre. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Olaf Stapledon Up and down the continent men began to re-examine the principles on which American civilization had been based, and to sort out the essential values from the false accretions. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Olaf Stapledon Suddenly I flashed many thousands of years ahead into that Patagonian civilization which is the last weary effort of your species. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Arnold Bennett Turnhill was the extremity of civilization in those parts. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

As civilization went on, their little spaces narrowed, and their marriage laws were no longer possible. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Olaf Stapledon At the time of our visit to this world it seemed that mob passions would destroy civilization completely and irrevocably. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Robert Green Ingersoll Between these theories there has been from the dawn of civilization a conflict. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

George Gissing Of course he was right; he himself represented the guardian male, the wife-proprietor, who from the dawn of civilization has taken abundant care that woman shall not outgrow her nonage. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Virginia Woolf The canopy of civilization is burnt out. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

In one of his books or pamphlets he had said “There is no difference except civilization between a very old woman and an ape. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

If we may form some judgment of a people’s civilization by their ballads, none of the Mexican songs give us a very high idea of theirs. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Just look at that fellow’s face gaping down at us! You can see our whole civilization written there. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

This lane showed by its very crookedness that it belonged to the ancient civilization of the district. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Sinclair Lewis Hourly the University of Winnemac grows in numbers and influence, and by 1950 one may expect it to have created an entirely new world-civilization, a civilization larger and brisker and purer. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

G. K. Chesterton You may assure my friends, Inglewood, that you see before you a person whom civilization has thoroughly tamed. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

T. E. Lawrence The strange power of war which made us all as a duty so demean ourselves! These Australians, shouldering me in unceremonious horseplay, had put off half civilization with their civil clothes. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

You can’t have the good of a civilization like ours without having the bad; but I am not going to deny that the bad is bad. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

George Meredith Our civilization counts positive gains—unless you take the melodrama for the truer picture of us. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Robert Green Ingersoll But they say the Bible is morally inspired; and they tell me there is no civilization without this Bible. Then God knows that just as well as you do. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

The Managing Director of the Great Civilizing Company (since we know that civilization follows trade) landed first, and incontinently lost sight of the steamer. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Men had forgotten their manhood in soft speech, and imagined that the rules of their smug civilization were the laws of the universe. Greenmantle by John Buchan

William Henry Hudson This troubled me not a little, for I had no idea that I had drifted so far from civilization in my search for specimens, or whatever it was that brought me to this pretty, primitive wilderness. A Crystal Age by William Henry Hudson

My desire was to not only attract as little attention as might be, but also to get up country and beyond the reach of civilization as quickly as possible. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

William Morris The past degradation and corruption of civilization may force this denial of pleasure upon the society which will arise from its ashes. Signs of Change by William Morris [1888]

Robert Green Ingersoll Don’t begin to talk about civilization or what the church has done or will do. On Skulls by Robert Green Ingersoll

When the French nation gradually came into existence among the ruins of the Roman civilization in Gaul, a new language was at the same time slowly evolved. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

Olaf Stapledon But when I try to apply this force-countenancing principle to the actual plight of civilization to-day, I find myself faced with a grave practical doubt. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Olaf Stapledon Material civilization was destroyed, and men were forced to resort once more to primitive agriculture. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

H. G. Wells These immense changes were no longer being presented as merely desirable things; they were presented as urgently necessary things if civilization was to be saved from an immense catastrophe. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Helen Zimmern Speaking of the Russians, he compared their civilization to a naked man looking at himself in a gilt-framed mirror, and he told an anecdote that illustrated the perfunctory method of government. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

Anthony Trollope The period of Cicero’s life was the very turning-point of civilization and government in the history of the world. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

William Morris I beg you to bring your commission of lunacy against civilization without more delay. Signs of Change by William Morris [1888]

When naturally fruited, the tree is a beneficient agency of civilization and an important factor in public morals. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

As civilization broke upon us Mr. Felt drew himself up, and began to question me about the changes which the revolution had made in our noble country. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

Olaf Stapledon It was interesting to us to see how ingeniously, before the tide’s return, all the instruments of civilization were sealed from the ravages of the water. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Behind us the deserts of emptiness, and a mile south civilization and the railway. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

H. G. Wells Continually civilization had been developing, by buying off or generalizing, socializing and legalizing jealousy and possessiveness, in sex as in property. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

H. G. Wells Even to the lowest level of a fully-mechanicalized civilization it is required that the human element should be select. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

Anton Chekhov We have brought things to such a pass, that the fate of civilization is hanging on a hair. The Chorus Girl and other stories by Anton Chekhov

Our civilization was destined to be swept away and replaced by something so different that we should scarcely regard it as human — a prospect that did not bother him, he said. Inside the Whale by George Orwell [1940]

He thought of Janvier’s “Sargasso Sea.” Just as that imaginary body of water was a history of civilization in the form of a marine junkyard, the studio lot was one in the form of a dream dump. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

There was no doubt a project of civilization in this pursuit. The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas [1844]

Thomas Paine A revolution in the state of civilization is the necessary companion of revolutions in the system of government. Agrarian Justice by Thomas Paine

Robert Green Ingersoll The civilization of this century is not the child of faith, but of unbelief — the result of free thought. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

D. H. Lawrence So, if civilization is any good, it has to help us to forget our bodies, and then time passes happily without our knowing it. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Charlotte Perkins Gilman Theirs was a civilization in which the initial difficulties had long since been overcome. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

Sidney Colvin And surely ‘foppery’ belongs to civilization and not to ‘barbarism’: and a standard-bearer may be decrepit, but not a standard, and a standard flimsy, but not a motto. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

George Meredith Note, that in all material fashions, as in all moral observances, women demand a circumference, and enlarge it more and more as civilization advances. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Algernon Blackwood The one chance, said science, on the other hand, was that civilization today is continuous and not isolated. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

They usually congregate in a ruined tower or on the top of a church, and their civilization is based on mutual aid and tolerance for each other’s idiosyncrasies. The Crock of Gold by James Stephens

Henry David Thoreau It is a mistake to suppose that, in a country where the usual evidences of civilization exist, the condition of a very large body of the inhabitants may not be as degraded as that of savages. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Robert Green Ingersoll And a man endeavoring to raise his fellow-men higher in the scale of civilization — what will that man appeal to? Will he appeal to the lowest or to the highest that is in man? Let us be honest. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

My return to civilization was tinctured with a deep sadness. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Thomas Paine The present state of civilization is as odious as it is unjust. Agrarian Justice by Thomas Paine

Leon Trotsky Capitalist civilization was reducing itself to an absurdity while it strove to break the thick skulls of men. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Our civilization is founded on greed and fear, but in the lives of common men the greed and fear are mysteriously transmuted into something nobler. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Evidently he was unaware that they had existed for centuries before the state of civilization in Scotland had allowed any opening for the foundation of colleges or academic life. The Orphan Heiress by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

Ford Madox Ford This civilization had contrived a state of things in which leaves rotted by August. Well, it was doomed! ‘If you were a pimp living on women,’ Mark repeated, ‘it was no good making a will. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Mary Webb The attitude of civilization and the Churches towards sex is not one to help a girl in such an hour. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Arthur Conan Doyle But, of course, to build up such a civilization as we see the traces of, must in itself have taken many thousands of years. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

George Gissing True, these are mere details; whether they indicate a solid advance in civilization cannot yet be determined. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Arthur Machen Every instinct of religion, of civilization even, was swept away; they gazed at one another and at him, absolved of all scruples, children of the earth and nothing more. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

H. G. Wells Insensibly, in less than a century, the utterly impracticable became not merely a possible adjustment but an urgently necessary adjustment if civilization was to continue. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]