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What do some people say about culture?

"Culture is properly described as the love of perfection; it is a study of perfection."

bulletMatthew Arnold, Culture and Anarchy, I, 1869 [source: Esar]


"Culture is to know the best that has been said and thought in the world."

bulletMatthew Arnold, Literature and Dogma, pref., 1873 [source: Esar]


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

bulletHenry Ward Beecher [source: Correct Quotes]


"Culture is made by the fiat of a majority of nine lawyers and forced upon the nation."

bulletRobert Bork [Slouching Towards Gomorrah]


"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."

bulletAime Cesair [source: Petras and Petras]


"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."

bulletAldous Huxley [source: Flesch]


"Rather than by your culture spoiled,

Desist, and give us nature wild."

bulletMatthew Green, The Spleen, l. 248 [source: Stevenson]


"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."

bulletMinnie Kellogg, Iroquois leader [source: Petras and Petras]


"The poor have no business with culture and should beware of it. They cannot eat it; they cannot sell it; they can only pass it on to others and that is why the world is full of hungry people ready to teach us anything under the sun."

bulletAubrey Menen [source: Flesch]


"A cultivated mind is one to which the fountains of knowledge have been opened, and which has been taught, in any tolerable degree, to exercise its faculties."

bulletJohn Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism, II, 1863. [source: Esar]


"Culture is what your butcher would have if he were a surgeon."

bulletMary Pettibone Poole, A Glass Eye at a Keyhole (1938). [source: Maggio]


"The primary indication, to my thinking, of a well-ordered mind is a man's ability to remain in one place and linger in his own company."

bulletSeneca, Epistulae ad Lucilium. Epis. ii, sec. 1. [source: Stevenson]


"Culture is the habit of being pleased with the best and knowing why."

bulletHenry van Dyke [source: Stevenson]


"Culture is an instrument wielded by professors to manufacture professors, who when their turn comes will manufacture professors."

bulletSimone Weil, The Need for Roots (1949) [source: Maggio]


"Are not the processes of culture rapidly creating a class of supercilious infidels, who believe in nothing? Shall a man lose himself in countless masses of adjustments, and be so shaped with reference to this, that, and the other, that the simply good and healthy and brave parts of him are reduced and clipp'd away, like the bordering of a box in a garden?"

bulletWalt Whitman, Democratic Vistas, 1870 [source: Esar]


"And since what we call education and culture is for the most part nothing but the substitution of reading for experience, of literature for life, of the obsolete fictitious for the contemporary real, education, as you no doubt observed at Oxford, destroys, by supplantation, every mind that is not strong enough to see through the imposture and to use the great Masters of Arts as what they really are and no more: that is, patentees of highly questionable methods of thinking, and manufacturers of highly questionable, and for the majority but half valid representations of life. The schoolboy who uses his Homer to throw at his fellow’s head makes perhaps the safest and most rational use of him; and I observe with reassurance that you occasionally do the same, in your prime, with your Aristotle."


Nietzsche-- Man & Superman


…those Pilgrims were a hard lot. They took good care of themselves, but they abolished everybody else’s ancestors. I am a border-ruffian from the State of Missouri. I am a Connecticut Yankee by adoption. In me, you have Missouri morals, Connecticut culture; this, gentlemen, is the combination which makes the perfect man.


Mark Twain – Plymouth Rock and The Pilgrims


"….Then came one laughing towards me, carrying a chain of beautiful flowers altogether new to me, and put it about my neck. The idea was received with melodious applause; and presently they were all running to and fro for flowers, and laughingly flinging them upon me until I was almost smothered with blossom. You who have never seen the like can scarcely imagine what delicate and wonderful flowers countless years of culture had created."


H.G.Wells—The Time Machine


"When I think of acquiring for myself one of our luxurious dwellings, I am deterred, for, so to speak, the country is not yet adapted to human culture, and we are still forced to cut our spiritual bread far thinner than our forefathers did their wheaten. Not that all architectural ornament is to be neglected even in the rudest periods; but let our houses first be lined with beauty, where they come in contact with our lives, like the tenement of the shellfish, and not overlaid with it. But, alas! I have been inside one or two of them, and know what they are lined with."


Thoreau – Walden


"Culture, with us, ends in headache."

bulletRalph Waldo Emerson, Experience, 1841 [source: Esar]