A. J. Toynbee
Quotations


Civilization is a movement and not a condition, a voyage and not a harbor.

We human beings do have some genuine freedom of choice and therefore some effective control over our own destinies. I am not a determinist. But I also believe that the decisive choice is seldom the latest choice in the series. More often than not, it will turn out to be some choice made relatively far back in the past.

History not used is nothing, for all intellectual life is action, like practical life, and if you don't use the stuff--well, it might as well be dead.

We have been God-like in our planned breeding of our domesticated plants and animals, but we have been rabbit-like in our unplanned breeding of ourselves.

America is a large, friendly dog in a very small room. Every time it wags its tail, it knocks over a chair.



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