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1. "Going to a restaurant is one of my keenest pleasures. Meeting someplace with old and new friends, ordering wine, eating food, surrounded by strangers, I think is the core of what it means to live a civilised life."
Author: Adam Gopnik
2. "Swedes are such a civilised, perfect society - at least on the surface. There's a great safety net, a huge middle class, free education, free health care. People are very polite, they wait their turn. They're not too loud, they're not too quiet, but sometimes it's a little too perfect."
Author: Alexander Skarsgard
3. "Do you know what a soldier is, young man? He's the chap who makes it possible for civilised folk to despise war."
Author: Allan Massie
4. "To be Radchaai is to be civilised."
Author: Ann Leckie
5. "Civilised my syphilised yarbles."
Author: Anthony Burgess
6. "At every moment of life the civilised man is hedged about by restrictions of impulse: if he happens to feel cheerful he must not sing or dance in the street, while if he happens to feel sad he must not sit on the pavement and weep, for fear of obstructing pedestrian traffic. In youth his liberty is restricted at school, in adult life it is restricted throughout his working hours. All this makes zest more difficult to retain, for the co ntinual restraint tends to produce wearin ess and boredom. Nevertheless, a civilised society is impossible without a very considerable degree of restraint upon spontaneous impulse, since spontaneous impulse will only produce the simplest forms of social c ooperation, not those highly complex forms which modern economic organisation demands"
Author: Bertrand Russell
7. "If no set of moral ideas were truer or better than any other, there would be no sense in preferring civilised morality to savage morality."
Author: C.S. Lewis
8. "At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilised races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace throughout the world the savage races. At the same time the anthropomorphous apes, as Professor Schaaffhausen has remarked, will no doubt be exterminated. The break will then be rendered wider, for it will intervene between man in a more civilised state as we may hope, than the Caucasian and some ape as low as a baboon, instead of as at present between the negro or Australian and the gorilla."
Author: Charles Darwin
9. "It's said that sport is the civilised society's substitute for war, and also that the games we play as children are designed to prepare us for the realities of adult life. Certainly it's true that my brother thrived in the capitalist kindergarten of the Monopoly board, developing a set of ruthless strategies whose success is reflected in his bank balance even to this day. I, on the other hand, can still be undone by the kind of ridiculous sentimentality that would see me sacrifice anything, anything, in order to have the three matching red-headed cards of Fleet Street, Trafalgar Square and The Strand sitting tidily together on my side of the board."
Author: Danielle Wood
10. "Look at me!" I roar. "Do you think you'll be the first I've killed today? I wasn't a murderer, but you changed me. I'm a monster now. And I'm hungry." "Meera!" Anotoine whines. "Prae! Please, I beg you. You're civilised people. Help me!" "We can't," Prae says coldly. "Even if we wanted to - and personally I have no problem with him gutting you - we couldn't. He's not ours to control. He's one of your specimens. You helped create him - now you have to deal with him"
Author: Darren Shan
11. "Man does not necessarily begin with despotism because he is barbarous, but very often finds his way to despotism because he is civilised. He finds it because he is experienced; or, what is often much the same thing, because he is exhausted"
Author: G.K. Chesterton
12. "...most cannibalism is not a primitive or even a bestial habit. It is artificial and even artistic; a sort of art for art's sake. Men do not do it because they do not think it horrible; but, on the contrary, because they do think it horrible...It is by no means clear, so far as I know that the Eskimos ever indulged in human sacrifice. They were not civilised enough."
Author: G.K. Chesterton
13. "Donald Watson, who founded The Vegan Society in 1944 and who lived a healthy, active life until passing on in 2005, maintained that dairy products, such as milk, eggs, and cheese, were every bit as cruel and exploitive of sentient animal life as was slaughtering animals for their flesh: "The unquestionable cruelty associated with the production of dairy produce has made it clear that lactovegetarianism is but a half-way house between flesh-eating and a truly humane, civilised diet, and we think, therefore, that during our life on earth we should try to evolve sufficiently to make the ‘full journey.'" He also avoided wearing leather, wool or silk and used a fork, rather than a spade in his gardening to avoid killing worms.Let us instil in others the reverence or life that Donald Watson had and that he passed on to us."
Author: Gary L. Francione
14. "There are some occasions when you must not refuse a cup of tea, otherwise you are judged an exotic and barbarous bird without any hope of ever being able to take your place in civilised society.If you are invited to an English home, at five o'clock in the morning you get a cup of tea. It is either brought in by a heartily smiling hostess or an almost malevolently silent maid."
Author: George Mikes
15. "I didn't cry. Real things don't make me cry. Only false or sentimental things can do that. In this respect I'm like most civilised humans."
Author: Glen Duncan
16. "The cat is such a perfect symbol of beauty and superiority that it seems scarcely possible for any true aesthete and civilised cynic to do other than worship it."
Author: H.P. Lovecraft
17. "It is not a true civilization, and has nothing in it to satisfy a mature and fully developed human mind. It is attuned to the mentality of the galley-slave and the moron, and crushes relentlessly with disapproval, ridicule, and economic annihilation any sign of actually independent thought and civilised feeling whith chances to rise above its sodden level. It is a treadmill, squirrel-trap culture – drugged and frenzied with the hashish of industrial servitude and material luxury. It is wholly a material body-culture, and its symbol is the tiled bathroom and steam radiator rather than the Doric portico and the temple of philosophy. Its denizens do not live or know how to live."
Author: H.P. Lovecraft
18. "The ancient Roman code belongs to a class of which almost every civilised nation in the world can show a sample, and which, so far as the Roman and Hellenic worlds were concerned, were largely diffused over them at epochs not widely distant from one another."
Author: Henry James Sumner Maine
19. "It's Australian to do such things because, however uncivilised they may seem, it's human to do them."
Author: Hugh Mackay
20. "Civilised life, you know, is based on a huge number of illusions in which we all collaborate willingly. The trouble is we forget after a while that they are illusions and we are deeply shocked when reality is torn down around us."
Author: J.G. Ballard
21. "In all highly civilised communities Pretence is prominent, and sooner or later invades the regions of Literature."
Author: James Payn
22. "A wasteland is a confrontation to a man of stature: an empty place, a gauntlet thrown down in challenge and defiance. A place like that cries out to be conquered and civilised."
Author: John C. Wright
23. "...Who is that witch, asked the old man with the black eyepatch, these are things we say when we do not know how to take a good look at ourselves, had he lived as she had lived, we should like to see how long his civilised ways would last."
Author: José Saramago
24. "As a civilised society, we have a duty to support those among us who are vulnerable and in need. When times are hard, that duty should be felt more than ever, not disappear or diminish."
Author: Justin Welby
25. "Adventures, I reflected, are all very fine but a certain amount of civilised comfort forms the true kernel of our desires."
Author: K.W. Jeter
26. "There are other, civilised ways of dealing with the matter," Dllenahkh insisted.Darithiven looked at him with pity. "Then, by your definition, this cannot be civilisation."
Author: Karen Lord
27. "He bourgeoisie has subjected the country to the rule of the towns. It has created enormous cities, has greatly increased the urban population as compared with the rural, and has thus rescued a considerable part of the population from the idiocy of rural life. Just as it has made the country dependent on the towns, so it has made barbarian and semi-barbarian countries dependent on the civilised ones, nations of peasants on nations of bourgeois, the East on the West."
Author: Karl Marx
28. "War was a hellish, horrible hideous thing - too horrible and hideous to happen in the twentieth century between civilised nations."
Author: L.M. Montgomery
29. "Conscience is just a polite word for cowardice. No civilised man regrets a pleasure."
Author: Lord Henry Wotton
30. "This week, Zuma was quoted as saying, 'When the British came to our country, they said everything we are doing was barbaric, was wrong, inferior in whatever way.' But the serious critique of Zuma is not about who is a barbarian and who is civilised. It is about good governance, and this is a universal value, as relevant to an African village as it is to Westminster. If you are unable to keep your appetites in check, you are inevitably going to live beyond your means. And this means you are going to become vulnerable to patronage and even corruption. That is why Jacob Zuma's 'polygamy' is his achilles heel."
Author: Mark Gevisser
31. "Violence is the tool of the barbarian; aggression is the method of the primitive; bloodshed is the way of the savage; cruelty is the manner of the brutish! To be called as a ‘civilised,' man must be peaceable!"
Author: Mehmet Murat Ildan
32. "I have a flat in Paris and go there a lot, but the Eurostar's much more civilised than flying."
Author: Michael Bond
33. "Why are you not smarter? It's only the rich who can't afford to be smart. They're compromised. They got locked years ago into privilege. They have to protect their belongings. No one is meaner than the rich. Trust me. But they have to follow the rules of their shitty civilised world. They declare war, they have honour, and they can't leave. But you two. We three. We're free."
Author: Michael Ondaatje
34. "We in the House of Lords are never in touch with public opinion. That makes us a civilised body."
Author: Oscar Wilde
35. "The attitude which the man in the street unconsciously adopts towards science is capricious and varied. At one moment he scorns the scientist for a highbrow, at another anathematizes him for blasphemously undermining his religion; but at the mention of a name like Edison he falls into a coma of veneration. When he stops to think, he does recognize, however, that the whole atmosphere of the world in which he lives is tinged by science, as is shown most immediately and strikingly by our modern conveniences and material resources. A little deeper thinking shows him that the influence of science goes much farther and colors the entire mental outlook of modern civilised man on the world about him."
Author: Percy Williams Bridgman
36. "I think the police are a major part of the glue that holds civilised life together. They're not highly paid."
Author: Peter James
37. "I was irrevocably betrothed to laughter, the sound of which has always seemed to me the most civilised music in the world."
Author: Peter Ustinov
38. "Right conscience and at the higher level conscientious deeds (spirituality) is the order of civilised and society-responsible men"
Author: Priyavrat Thareja
39. "Globally, as the nation-state becomes increasingly less meaningful - a provider of positive goods and more and more just an army and some domestic enforcement - people are withdrawing to shape and support more localised forms of organisation and power. To the extent that it's part of that civilised and localising world, the same is true of the U.S."
Author: Rebecca Solnit
40. "Down in the cellar the Gestapo were licensed to practice was the Ministry of Justice called ‘heightened interrogation'. The rules had been drawn up by civilised men in warm offices and they stipulated the presence of a doctor."
Author: Robert Harris
41. "It is quite complicated, being civilised."
Author: Robert Jackson Bennett
42. "The permissive society has been allowed to become a dirty phrase. A better phrase is the civilised society."
Author: Roy Jenkins
43. "With the death of what Sydney Smith described as rational religon and the proponents of what remains sending out such confusing and uncertain messages, all civilised people have to be ethicists. We must work out our own salvation with diligence based on what we believe."
Author: Sydney Smith
44. "In itself and in its consequences the life of leisure is beautiful and ennobling in all civilised men's eyes."
Author: Thorstein Veblen
45. "Honour, in the Republic, had never been a goal in itself, only a means to an infinite end. And what was true of her citizens, naturally, was also true of Rome herself. For the generation that had lived through the civil wars, this was the consolation history gave them. Out of calamity could come greatness. Out of dispossession could come the renewal of a civilised order."
Author: Tom Holland
46. "We both wanted money. Immense necessity! Universal want! Is there a civilised human being who does not feel for us? How insensible must that man be! Or how rich!"
Author: Wilkie Collins
47. "The deserts of Arabia are innocent of our civilised desolation-the ruins of Palestine are incapable of our modern gloom!"
Author: Wilkie Collins
48. "Bloodshed, gentlemen, no doubt is lamentable. I have seen some of it--more perhaps than many of those who talk about it with such levity. But there are worse things than bloodshed, even on an extreme scale. . . . The trampling down of law and order which, under the conditions of a civilised state, assure life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness--all this would be worse than bloodshed."
Author: Winston Churchill

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