Arnold Toynbee Quotes

Arnold Toynbee

English historian & historical philosopher (1889 - 1975)

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To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization.

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

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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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Civilizations in decline are consistently characterised by a tendency towards standardization and uniformity.

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History is a vision of God

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It is a paradoxical but profoundly true and important principle of life that the most likely way to reach a goal is to be aiming not at that goal itself but at some more ambitious goal beyond it.

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Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder.

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

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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.

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The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.

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