Barbarism Quotes

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Arthur Schopenhauer
“The assumption that animals are without rights and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.”
Arthur Schopenhauer, The Basis of Morality

Denis Diderot
“From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step.”
Denis Diderot, Essai sur le mérite et la vertu

Robert E. Howard
“Barbarianism is the natural state of mankind. Civilization is unnatural. It is the whim of circumstance. And barbarianism must ultimately triumph”
Robert E. Howard

C.S. Lewis
“We hear a great deal about the rudeness of the ris-
ing generation. I am an oldster myself and might be
expected to take the oldsters' side, but in fact I have
been far more impressed by the bad manners of par-
ents to children than by those of children to parents.
Who has not been the embarrassed guest at family
meals where the father or mother treated their
grown-up offspring with an incivility which, offered
to any other young people, would simply have termi-
nated the acquaintance? Dogmatic assertions on mat-
ters which the children understand and their elders
don't, ruthless interruptions, flat contradictions,
ridicule of things the young take seriously some-
times of their religion insulting references to their
friends, all provide an easy answer to the question
"Why are they always out? Why do they like every
house better than their home?" Who does not prefer
civility to barbarism?”
C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

Robert E. Howard
“The more I see of what you call civilization, the more highly I think of what you call savagery!”
Robert E. Howard, King Kull

Bertolt Brecht
“We attacked a foreign people and treated them like rebels. As you know, it's all right to treat barbarians barbarically. It's the desire to be barbaric that makes governments call their enemies barbarians.”
Bertolt Brecht

Robert E. Howard
“My characters are more like men than these real men are, see. They're rough and rude, they got hands and they got bellies. They hate and they lust; break the skin of civilization and you find the ape, roaring and red-handed.”
Robert E. Howard

Walter Benjamin
“There is no document of civilization that is not also a document of barbarism.”
Walter Benjamin, On the Concept of History

Hilaire Belloc
“The Barbarian hopes — and that is the mark of him, that he can have his cake and eat it too.He will consume what civilization has slowly produced after generations of selection and effort, but he will not be at pains to replace such goods, nor indeed has he a comprehension of the virtue that has brought them into being. Discipline seems to him irrational, on which account he is ever marvelling that civilization, should have offended him with priests and soldiers.... In a word, the Barbarian is discoverable everywhere in this, that he cannot make: that he can befog and destroy but that he cannot sustain; and of every Barbarian in the decline or peril of every civilization exactly that has been true.

We sit by and watch the barbarian. We tolerate him in the long stretches of peace, we are not afraid. We are tickled by his irreverence; his comic inversion of our old certitudes and our fixed creed refreshes us; we laugh. But as we laugh we are watched by large and awful faces from beyond, and on these faces there are no smiles.”
Hilaire Belloc

George Bernard Shaw
“[H]e is a barbarian, and thinks that the customs of his tribe and island are the laws of nature.”
George Bernard Shaw, Caesar and Cleopatra

Edward Bellamy
“Human history, like all great movements, was cyclical, and returned to the point of beginning. The idea of indefinite progress in a right line was a chimera of the imagination, with no analogue in nature. The parabola of a comet was perhaps a yet better illustration of the career of humanity. Tending upward and sunward from the aphelion of barbarism, the race attained the perihelion of civilization only to plunge downward once more to its nether goal in the regions of chaos.”
Edward Bellamy, Looking Backward

Vera Nazarian
“Passion and courtesy are two polar opposite traits that serve to balance each other into a full-blooded whole.

Without socialization, passion is a crude barbarian, and without passion, the elegant and polite are dead.

Allow both passion and courtesy into your life in equal measure, and be complete.”
Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Kakuzō Okakura
“Fain would we remain barbarians, if our claim to civilization were to be based on the gruesome glory of war.”
Kakuzo Okakura, The Book of Tea

Iain Pears
“Odd, don't you think? I have seen war, and invasions and riots. I have heard of massacres and brutalities beyond imagining, and I have kept my faith in the power of civilization to bring men back from the brink. And yet one women writes a letter, and my whole world falls to pieces.
You see, she is an ordinary woman. A good one, even. That's the point ... Nothing [a recognizably bad person does] can surprise or shock me, or worry me. But she denounced Julia and sent her to her death because she resented her, and because Julia is a Jew.
I thought in this simple contrast between the civilized and the barbaric, but I was wrong. It is the civilized who are the truly barbaric, and the [Nazi] Germans are merely the supreme expression of it.”
Iain Pears, The Dream of Scipio

Kedar Joshi
“The language of sword is less powerful than the language of word, but most of
the people understand the language of sword with greater power than the
language of word.”
Kedar Joshi

John Stuart Mill
“So much barbarism, however, still remains in the transactions of most civilized nations, that almost all independent countries choose to assert their nationality by having, to their inconvenience and that of their neighbors, a peculiar currency of their own.”
John Stuart Mill

“He would have been half-hanged, taken down alive, castrated, his genitals stuffed in his mouth, his stomach slit open, and his intestines taken out and burnt, and his carcase chopped into four quarters.”
John Broadbent, John Milton: Introductions

“Emerging from barbarism is a slow process and as man is , geologically speaking, still very young, he has his whole future before him.”
Theodore Monod, Terre et ciel: entretiens avec Sylvain Estibal

“On problems finding female ancestors,of any background, remember "I cannot put gas in my car without a note from my husband. The Car, the house, and everything else I think that I own is in his name. When I die, I cannot decide who will receive my personal effects. If he dies first I may be allowed to stay in my own home, or may be given a certain number of days to vacate the premises. Any real estate I inherit from my husband is not mine to sell of devise in a will. All the money I earn belongs to my husband. I cannot operate or engage in business in my own name. If my ancestor is enslaved, I cannot marry, may not be allowed to raise my own children, join a church, travel freely, own property or testify against those who harm me.”
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Adam Smith
“Little else is requisite to carry a state to the highest degree of opulence from the lowest barbarism but peace, easy taxes, and a tolerable administration of justice: all the rest being brought about by the natural course of things.”
Adam Smith

“The collapse of a civilization is a tragedy. The collapse of an anti-civilization is a relief. The collapse of a pseudo-civilization is a formality.”
Jakub Bożydar Wiśniewski

“Monsters do exist, but dolefully, they aren’t as appalling as portrayed in horror movies. They have very human physiognomies and oft have lived all too human lives, sporadically pronounced by conflict, antipathy and pain, but not always denuded of endearment. Humanity may not perpetually be able to prognosticate who among us will turn out to be a monster and why but after witnessing the barbarities and villainies perpetrated by 'the notorious ogres' on the innocent populace, the resolve to avert such trepidation in future must be strengthened.”
Musharraf Shaheen, Paramountcy of Erudition: The Significance of Education and Knowledge in Islam

Abhijit Naskar
“If you want to raise a wall, then be the wall that stands between humanity and inhumanity.”
Abhijit Naskar, When Call The People: My World My Responsibility

Abhijit Naskar
“Let's sing the song of victory,
There ain't no place for savagery no more.
Let's loosen the knots of tradition,
There ain't no time for rigidity no more.
Don't you hear the siren my friend,
Can't you feel the rising sun!
Don't you hear the footsteps of dawn,
It's time to let go of all things barbarian.”
Abhijit Naskar, When Call The People: My World My Responsibility

Abhijit Naskar
“Let the force of determination merge with your very existence and the bearers of barbarism will tremble in fear.”
Abhijit Naskar, Revolution Indomable

“Once established for a few generations, civilization might seem durable enough to last forever. But the skin of enlightened self-interest is very delicate, easily eroded, and the human capacity for unspeakable barbarity lies just beneath its surface.”
John Reader, Africa: A Biography of the Continent

“One dies, next fifteen join
we are all the same coin.
Son of a teacher and the lion
gave his dreams to see us fine.
On his funeral lakhs were online
his gallantry was the global headline.
"Danish" my neighbour was just nine
gunned down near the " charar " shrine.
Oldest fighter، tall as a mountain pine
almost made the oppressor resign۔
Today's posterboy came with a design
Shine، Shine، shine let Islam shine۔
Don't ever say he is the dividing line
politics and just some grapevine.
Time for all to think and recombine
to show bravery as our only sign۔
They want to steal the goldmine
and make "Kashmir" the Palestine.
Let's give oppressor one deadline
Kashmir is never ever your lifeline.
Punishment will be rhadamanthine
If you ever cross the finish line.
Don't kill me now or hit my spine
For the truth that history calls divine.
I wrote this when "Aqib" was cryin' (g)
Let's see Kashmir on cloud nine.”
Aqib Shah

José Ortega y Gasset
“If you want to make use of the advantages of civilisation, but are not prepared to concern yourself with the upholding of civilisation—you are done.”
José Ortega y Gasset, The Revolt of the Masses

Abhijit Naskar
“The British Sonnet

Rule Britannia,
Britannia rule the waves.
Britons never, never, never,
Shall be slaves.
Around the world we looted,
We even championed slavery.
But none of it really matters,
Consequences don't apply to royalty.
Hitler massacred so many people,
Which is petty compared to our atrocities.
Perhaps that's why Britain is so great,
None can compete with our killing spree.
It's time to civilize this backward Britannia,
By righting the wrongs of British Barbariana”
Abhijit Naskar, Heart Force One: Need No Gun to Defend Society

K.L. Mitchell
“Look, Mister, if you wanna call yourself Grunthaar and run around the woods in a loincloth all day, that’s all very well, but don’t expect supper to be waiting when you get home.”
K.L. Mitchell, The Road to Kalazad

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