Culture Quotes

Peter Ustinov

I imagine hell like this: Italian punctuality, German humour and English wine.

Zoltan Istvan

The American Dream has become a death sentence of drudgery, consumerism, and fatalism: a garage sale where the best of the human spirit is bartered away for comfort, obedience and trinkets. It's unequivocally absurd.

Jess C. Scott

A fit, healthy body - that is the best fashion statement. Jess C. Scott
A fit, healthy body - that is the best fashion statement

Jess C. Scott

V-Day…if you need this one day in a year to show everyone else you truly care
V-Day…if you need this one day in a year to show everyone else you truly care for “your loved one” I think it’s quite stupid. I hate this commercialism. It’s all artificial, and has nothing to do with real love.

Jess C. Scott

My head’ll explode if I continue with this escapism.

Jess C. Scott

Maybe you could be mine / or maybe we’ll be entwined / aimless in this sexless foreplay.

Jess C. Scott

I was flipping channels, watching this cheerleading program on MTV. They took a field hockey girl and “transformed” her into a cheerleader by the end of the show. I was just wondering: what if she liked field hockey better?

Roman Payne

When I touched her body,
I believed she was God.
In the curves of her form
I found the birth of Man,
the creation of the world,
and the origin of all life.

Chuck Palahniuk

The first step - especially for young people with energy and drive and talent, but not money - the first step to controlling your world is to control your culture. To model and demonstrate the kind of world you demand to live in. To write the books. Make the music. Shoot the films. Paint the art.

A. Jarrell Hayes

Give a poet a pen

Ray Bradbury

Ours is a culture and a time immensely rich in trash as it is in treasures..
Ours is a culture and a time immensely rich in trash as it is in treasures.

Sara Sheridan

One of Scotland's most important cultural exports - stories.

Sara Sheridan

If we don't value the people who inspire us (and money is one mark of that) then what kind of culture are we building?

Sara Sheridan

The financial value put on the job of the writer and the misconceptions around that make it extremely difficult to enter the profession.

Swami Dhyan Giten

Society destroys your individuality, your soul.

Isidor Isaac Rabi

To me, science is an expression of the human spirit, which reaches every sphere of human culture. It gives an aim and meaning to existence as well as a knowledge, understanding, love, and admiration for the world. It gives a deeper meaning to morality and another dimension to esthetics.

Britt Skrabanek

No matter what is happening in the world, I continue to believe in humanity. The power of positive thinking is always enough.

Sara Sheridan

Books have a vital place in our culture. They are the source of ideas, of stories that engage and stretch the imagination and most importantly, inspire.

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

To some women, a job plays the role of a man. To most women, a man plays the role of a job.

Leo Tolstoy

Spiritual activity, education, civilization, culture, the idea are all vague, indefinite concepts, under the banner of which it is quite convenient to use words that have a still less clear meaning and therefore can easily be plugged into any theory.

Carol Kinsey Goman

People from context cultures tend to view personal bonds and informal agreements as far more binding than any formal contract. People from content cultures don't believe the deal is finalized until everyone has signed on the dotted line. And therein lies the potential for conflict.

Batuhan "Bro" Ibal

Our society needs to restablish a culture of swag.

Mary E. DeMuth

Because the culture we breathe and work in rushes against rest. It equates our worth with production and wealth and fame. The more we work toward those goals, the more society assigns us worth.

Wendell Berry

The growth of the exploiters' revolution on this continent has been accompanied by the growth of the idea that work is beneath human dignity, particularly any form of hand work. We have made it our overriding ambition to escape work, and as a consequence have debased work until it is only fit to escape from.

Max McKeown

Culture is the sum of the values, beliefs and assumptions of human groups.

Lara Biyuts

Art for Art’s Sake is for the well fed. The well fed are all the babies in cradles and my kitty along with them, and I am happy if my writings are for my kitty.

Richard Wright

The world of most men is given to them by their culture..

Bryant McGill

We all know there is something wrong with our culture, the state of our world, and with ourselves.

Mitch Albom

The culture we have does not make people feel good about themselves. And you have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn’t work, don’t buy it.

Yevgeny Zamyatin

Don't forget that we lawyers, we're a higher breed of intellect, and so it's our privilege to lie. It's as clear as day. Animals can't even imagine lying: if you were to find yourself among some wild islanders, they too would only speak the truth until they learned about European culture.

Paul Karl Feyerabend

Progress has always been achieved by probing well-entrenched and well-founded forms of life with unpopular and unfounded values. This is how man gradually freed himself from fear and from the tyranny of unexamined systems.

Assegid Habtewold

If you're a true student of the truth, you may easily get frustrated when people try to make points based on mysticism and cultural beliefs.

Joel Salatin

The stronger a culture, the less it fears the radical fringe. The more paranoid and precarious a culture, the less tolerance it offers.

Peter Kreeft

Our culture has filled our heads but emptied our hearts, stuffed our wallets but starved our wonder. It has fed our thirst for facts but not for meaning or mystery. It produces "nice" people, not heroes.

E.M. Forster

Culture had worked in her own case, but during the last few weeks she had doubted whether it humanized the majority, so wide and so widening is the gulf that stretches between the natural and the philosophic man, so many the good chaps who are wrecked in trying to cross it.

Theodor W. Adorno

What can oppose the decline of the west is not a resurrected culture but the utopia that is silently contained in the image of its decline.

Kevin Alan Lee

In my opinion, our health care system has failed when a doctor fails to treat an illness that is treatable.

Sharon Lee

It is culture that is the bully."

Orn Ald yos'Senchul to Theo Waitley, Saltation

Michael LaRocca

I’ve been working on something that merges rap with classical…. I call it Baby’s Got Bach.

Alan W. Watts

We seldom realize, for example that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.

Rachel Naomi Remen

Everybody is a story. When I was a child, people sat around kitchen tables and told their stories. We don't do that so much anymore. Sitting around the table telling stories is not just a way of passing time. It is the way the wisdom gets passed along. The stuff that helps us to live a life worth remembering.

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Pain, unless it is physical, was sold to you (by your culture).

Maitreya Rudrabhayananda

Walking on the path I met my Master, known by a million names in different cultures and places yet people have forgotten the way to HIM.

Lailah Gifty Akita

Appreciation for cultural diversity is essential for our co-existence.

E.A. Bucchianeri

You can’t enjoy art or books in a hurry.

Lewis Hyde

But neither money nor machines can create. They shuttle tokens of energy, but they do not transform. A civilization based on them puts people out of touch with their creative powers.

Gene Edward Veith Jr.

Many modern artists, philosophers, and theologians reject the knowledge of the past. Thus they must continually start over again from ground zero, their vision restricted to their own narrow perspectives, making themselves artificially primitive.


The soul takes nothing with her to the next world but her education and her culture. At the beginning of the journey to the next world, one's education and culture can either provide the greatest assistance, or else act as the greatest burden, to the person who has just died.

Paulo Freire

One cannot expect positive results from an educational or political action program which fails to respect the particular view of the world held by the people. Such a program constitutes cultural invasion, good intentions notwithstanding.

C.S. Lewis

we (modern society) make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.

Margaret Mead

L'éducation est un processus culturel (...) par lequel chaque nouvel individu est transformé en membre à part entière d'une société humaine particulière, partageant avec les autres membres une culture particulière.

Allan Lokos

You honor yourself by acting with dignity and composure.

Nick Joaquín

If for us culture means museum and library and open house and art gallery, for them it meant the activities and amenities of everyday life... The rift is... between "folk" culture, where the unschooled can be wise, and print culture, which enslaved the other senses to the eye.

Terry Pratchett

He wasn't sure he liked everything that was happening, but a lot of it was "cultural," apparently, and you couldn't object to that, so he didn't. "Cultural" sort of solved problems by explaining that they weren't really there.

Ahmed Deedat

Language is the key to the heart of people.

Amit Ray

Yoga is the art work of awareness on the canvas of body, mind, and soul.

Douglas W. Phillips

Culture is religion externalized.

Alan Aldridge

Fundamentalism's strident denunciation of its opponents is a sign of its weakness, its dogmatic authoritarianism is a pathological mutation of faith.

Clifford Geertz

A religion is a system of symbols which acts to establish powerful, pervasive, and long-lasting moods in men by formulating conceptions of a general order of existence and clothing those conceptions with such an aura of factuality that the moods and motivations seem uniquely realistic.

Christopher Henry Dawson

The process of secularisation arises not from the loss of faith but from the loss of social interest in the world of faith. It begins the moment men feel that religion is irrelevant to the common way of life and that society as such has nothing to do with the truths of faith.

Os Guinness

There is no problem with the wider culture that you cannot see in the spades in the Christian Church. The rot is in us, and not simple out there. And Christians are making a great mistake by turning everything into culture wars. It's a much deeper crisis.

Jonathan Haidt

The most powerful force ever known on this planet is human cooperation - a force for construction and destruction.

Megha Khare

A culture which doesn't believe in region and religion is like a rock music, noise for old generation & nirvana for the young ones.

Jennifer Harrison

Many of the women in Los Angeles are part of the notorious gang culture, and they will forever have my gratitude for, you know, letting me live.

Rachel Carson

By acquiescing in an act that causes such suffering to a living creature, who among us is not diminished?

G.K. Chesterton

Culture, like science, is no protection against demons.

Michael J. Findley

The Bible is a book of Science. Secular Humanism is a religion of mythology.

Roger M. Keesing

Ultimately amorality is immorality.

Kenneth L. Gentry Jr.

As goes the family, so goes the faith; as goes the faith, so goes the culture.

Trevor D. Richardson

How can we pick and choose which parts of the Bible to follow? One thing is God’s will and another is just cultural differences? What if it’s all cultural? What if homosexuality or saving yourself for marriage is as outdated as women staying silent in church or Leviticus forbidding tattoos?

Richard Rohr

Jesus was trying to present value of a life of vulnerability in which one would have practical and needed experience of the same. It would be a life without baggage, so one would learn to accept others and their culture instead of always carrying along our own country's assumptions and calling them the Gospel.

Stephen D. Livesday

We want to make certain that we view culture through the eyes of faith, that we don't view our faith through the eyes of culture.

Simone De Beauvoir

When I was a child, when I was an adolescent, books saved me from despair: that convinced me that culture was the highest of values[...].

Alberto Manguel

One book calls to another unexpectedly, creating alliances across different cultures and centuries.

Gabriel Zaid

The truly cultured are capable of owning thousands of unread books without losing their composure or their desire for more.

Nick Hornby

Books are, let's face it, better than everything else. If we played Cultural Fantasy Boxing League, and made books go fifteen rounds in the ring against the best that any other art form had to offer, then books would win pretty much every time.

Anna Quindlen

Reading is not simply an intellectual pursuit but an emotional and spiritual one. It lights the candle in the hurricane lamp of self; that's why it survives."

[Turning the Page: The future of reading is backlit and bright, Newsweek Magazine, March 25, 2010]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Your goodness must have some edge to it - else it is none.

Amy Joy

Literature cannot be imposed; it must be discovered.

Jean-Claude Carrière

Cultura e un cimitir de cărți și de alte obiecte dispărute pentru vecie.

Unknown Author

En tiempos de manipulación televisiva, leer es un acto revolucionario.

Morton Shaevitz

There’s plenty of emphasis on success in our culture, but we have to help people focus on significance as well.

Faisal Khosa

Culture is a catalyst which expedites the reaction called success.

Terry Tempest Williams

What other species now require of us is our attention. Otherwise, we are entering a narrative of disappearing intelligences.

Swami Dhyan Giten

Despite 2000 years of evolution in modern times, we have still not managed to develop the intelligence to create a society that knows what love is. Our society is still not a civilization, it is still primitive and barbaric.

Sara Sheridan

It is one of the benchmarks of a culture I always think – the page at which it operates. A good way to measure it is to order a taxi and see how irate local people get if it is late.

Sara Sheridan

Change occurs slowly. Very often a legal change might take place but the cultural shift required to really accept its spirit lingers in the wings for decades.

Isaac Asimov

There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.

Ann Coulter

We've finally given liberals a war against fundamentalism, and they don't want to fight it. They would, except it would put them on the same side as the United States.

Bill Maher

Be out of the mainstream. I'm out of the mainstream. I enjoy it, who wants to be in the mainstream?

T.S. Eliot

But the Church cannot be, in any political sense, either conservative or liberal, or revolutionary. Conservatism is too often conservation of the wrong things: liberalism a relaxation of discipline; revolution a denial of the permanent things.

Dennis Prager

The '60s redefined narcissism as idealism.

Jack Malebranche

Gay diversity is like the Village People. You can all wear different stupid outfits as long as you sing the same stupid song.

Lilikalā K. Kame'eleihiwa

We, the Hawaiian people, who are born from the union of Papahanaumoku and Wakea, earth mother and sky father, and who have lived in these islands for over 100 generations, will always have the moral right to the lands of Hawai'i now and forever, no matter what any court says.

Steve Erickson

When L.A.’s schizophrenia between Dreamland and Utopia was becoming socially manifest, the United States, which was always a place, went to war with America, which was always an idea.

Sheryl WuDunn

...cultural barriers can be overcome relatively swiftly where there is the political will to do so.

Timothy S. Goeglein

Politics is downstream from culture and not the other way around.

John Derbyshire

Our political system is now run by the Big People for their own interests. If they ever deign to notice the Little People, it is with disdain and contempt.

Martin Amis

The deal with multiculturalism is that the only culture you're allowed to disapprove of is your own.

Sidin Vadukut

Somehow, we’ve managed to create a social, cultural and political environment in which even our youngest citizens have been so deeply indoctrinated to hate. Who else, I wonder, have we indoctrinated them against? Little Muslim kids against Hindus? Little Hindu kids against Muslims? Little Dalits against all Yadavs?

Alexander Solzhenitsyn

in order to do evil, must first believe that what they are doing is good, otherwise they can't do it.

Begona Aretxaga

Literalness, however, is not the substance from which human culture is made.

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