Culture quotes and sayings

Much of our highly valued cultural heritage has been acquired at the cost of sexuality.
Sigmund Freud

Culture is the habit of being pleased with the best and knowing why.
Henry Van Dyke

A culture of discipline is not a principle of business; it is a principle of greatness.
Jim Collins

Partial culture runs to the ornate; extreme culture to simplicity.
Christian Nestell Bovee

Culture is what your butcher would have if he were a surgeon.
Mary Pettibone Poole

I believe that in a great city, or even in a small city or a village, a great theater is the outward and visible sign of an inward and probable culture.
Laurence Olivier, Sir

A man should be just cultured enough to be able to look with suspicion upon culture.
Samuel Butler

Culture of the mind must be subservient to the heart.
Mahatma Gandhi

Great culture is often betokened by great simplicity.
Dorothee DeLuzy

Culture means the perfect and equal development of man on all sides.
John Burroughs

Noble life demands a noble architecture for noble uses of noble men. Lack of culture means what it has always meant: ignoble civilization and therefore imminent downfall.
Frank Lloyd Wright

Meditation is culture.
Benjamin Disraeli

I think that one possible definition of our modern culture is that it is one in which nine-tenths of our intellectuals can’t read any poetry.
Randall Jarrell

Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future.
Albert Camus

Culture is but the fine flowering of real education, and it is the training of the feeling the tastes and the manners that makes it so.
Minnie Kellogg

If you removed all of the homosexuals and homosexual influence from what is generally regarded as American culture, you would pretty much be left with “Let’s Make a Deal.
Fran Lebowitz

Culture is like wealth; it makes us more ourselves, it enables us to express ourselves.
Philip Gilbert Hamerton

Men of culture are the true apostles of equality.
Matthew Arnold

Culture is everything. Culture is the way we dress, the way we carry our heads, the way we walk, the way we tie our ties — it is not only the fact of writing books or building houses.
Aime Cesair

Culture implies all which gives the mind possession of its own powers, as languages to the critic, telescope to the astronomer. Culture alters the political status of an individual. It raises a rival royalty in a monarchy. ‘Tis king against king. It is ever a romance of history in all dynasties–the co-presence of the revolutionary force in intellect. It creates a personal independence which the monarch cannot look down, and to which he must often succumb.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

My message is the practice of compassion, love and kindness. Compassion can be put into practice if one recognizes the fact that every human being is a member of humanity and the human family regardless of differences in religion, culture, color and.
Dalai Lama

That is true culture which helps us to work for the social betterment of all.
Henry Ward Beecher

Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?
Ernest Gaines

For any culture which is primarily concerned with meaning, the study of death – the only certainty that life holds for us – must be central, for an understanding of death is the key to liberation in life.
Stanislav Grof

Porno is the unconsciousness of culture, the libido of humanity.
Masami Akita

Advertising is about norms and values, aspirations and prejudices. It is about culture.
Anil Ambani

Culture, with us, ends in headache.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Culture is the whole complex of distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional features that characterizes a society or a group. It includes creative expressions, community practices and material or built forms.
The UN World Commission on Culture and Development Report

One should never risk a joke, even of the mildest and most unexceptional charters, except among people of culture and wit.
Jean de la Bruyere

The relationship between culture and development should be clarified and deepened in constructive and practical ways.
The UN World Commission on Culture and Development Report

The foundation of culture, as of character, is at last the moral sentiment.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Landscape shapes culture.
Terry Tempest Williams

No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.
Thomas Jefferson

The culture industry not so much adapts to the reactions of its customers as it counterfeits them.
Theodor Adorno

Does there, I wonder, exist a being who has read all, or approximately all, that the person of average culture is supposed to have read, and that not to have read is a social sin? If such a being does exist, surely he is an old, a very old man.
Arnold Bennett

When one looks back over human existence, however, it is very evident that all culture has developed through an initial resistance against adaptation to the reality in which man finds himself.
Beatrice Hinkle

Culture is like the sum of special knowledge that accumulates in any large united family and is the common property of all its members. When we of the great Culture Family meet, we exchange reminiscences about Grandfather Homer, and that awful old Dr. Johnson, and Aunt Sappho, and poor Johnny Keats.
Aldous Huxley

Santa is our culture’s only mythic figure truly believed in by a large percentage of the population. It’s a fact that most of the true believers are under eight years old, and that’s a pity.
Chris Van Allsburg

Every man who has shown the world the way to beauty, to true culture, has been a rebel, a ‘universal’ without patriotism, without home, who has found his people everywhere.
Chaim Potok

The literary culture, if you examine it, the high literary culture is that which preserves the government and you know it’s really the talk for those who have.
Kathy Acker

Indians have a big problem with alcohol and drugs. I grew up with an admiration for their culture and was sensitive to their problems.
Kirstie Alley

The writer in America isn’t part of the culture of this country. He’s like a fine dog. People like him around, but he’s of no use. . . .
William Faulkner

Certainly, we are trying to preserve all of that culture, and get the advantages of being a large company with a broad product line, with stability, worldwide presence, great support, and yet have the advantages that a small software company has.
Bill Gates

I think that New York is not the cultural centre of America, but the business and administrative centre of American culture.
Saul Bellow

France, and the whole of Europe have a great culture and an amazing history. Most important thing though is that people there know how to live! In America they’ve forgotten all about it. I’m afraid that the American culture is a disaster.
Johnny Depp

Civilization is a youth with a molotov cocktail in his hand. Culture is the Soviet tank or L.A. cop that guns him down.
Edward Abbey

It is so stupid of modern civilization to have given up believing in the devil when he is the only explanation of it.
Ronald Knox

Television is the first truly democratic culture – the first culture available to everybody and entirely governed by what the people want. The most terrifying thing is what people do want.
Clive Barnes

The idea of the sacred is quite simply one of the most conservative notions in any culture, because it seeks to turn other ideas – uncertainty, progress, change – into crimes.
Salman Rushdie

The old Irish when immersing a babe at baptism left out the right arm so that it would remain pagan for good fighting.
Anonymous

To the eyes of a god, mankind must appear as a species of bacteria which multiply and become progressively virulent whenever they find themselves in a congenial culture, and whose activity diminishes until they disappear completely as soon as proper measures are taken to sterilize them.
Aleister Crowley

In any culture, subculture, or family in which belief is valued above thought, and self-surrender is valued above self-expression, and conformity is valued above integrity, those who preserve their self-esteem are likely to be heroic exceptions.
Nathaniel Branden

What other culture could have produced someone like Hemingway and not seen the joke?
Gore Vidal

How many languages are there in the world? How about 5 billion! Each of us talks, listens, and thinks in his/her own special language that has been shaped by our culture, experiences, profession, personality, mores and attitudes. The chances of us meeting someone else who talks the exact same language is pretty remote.
Anonymous

What sets worlds in motion is the interplay of differences, their attractions and repulsions. Life is plurality, death is uniformity. By suppressing differences and pecularities, by eliminating different civilizations and cultures, progress weakens life and favors death. The ideal of a single civilization for everyone, implicit in the cult of progress and technique, impoverishes and mutilates us. Every view of the world that becomes extinct, every culture that disappears, diminishes a possibility of life.
Octavio Paz

I am very sure that any man of common understanding may, by culture, care, attention, and labor, make himself what- ever he pleases, except a great poet.
Lord Chesterfield

Support bacteria – they’re the only culture some people have.
Anonymous

If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it.
Anais Nin

The Law of Raspberry Jam: the wider any culture is spread, the thinner it gets.
Alvin Toffler

He was not hip-hop’s most gifted emcee. Still, Shakur may be the most influential and compelling rapper of them all, he was more than the sum of his artistic parts.
Michael Eric Dyson