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

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

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

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

Claude Lévi-Strauss
“The more we claim to discriminate between cultures and customs as good and bad, the more completely do we identify ourselves with those we would condemn. By refusing to consider as human those who seem to us to be the most “savage” or “barbarous” of their representatives, we merely adopt one of their own characteristic attitudes. The barbarian is, first and foremost, the man who believes in barbarism.”
Claude Lévi-Strauss, Race et histoire

Cathy Burnham Martin
“I can only imagine that future generations will consider us to have been barbaric for our intolerance of differences.”
Cathy Burnham Martin, The Bimbo Has Brains: And Other Freaky Facts

Noël Coward
“The human race is a letdown, Ernest — a bad, bad letdown. And I’m disgusted with it. It thinks it’s progressed, but it hasn’t. It thinks it’s risen above the primeval slime, but it hasn’t. It’s wallowing in it. It’s still clinging to us, clinging to our hair and to our eyes and to our souls. We’ve invented a few things that make noises, but we haven’t invented one big thing that creates quiet. Endless, peaceful quiet. Something to pull over us like a gigantic eiderdown, something to deaden the sound of our emotional yellings and screechings and suffocate our psychological confusions.”
Noël Coward, Design for Living

Rudyard Kipling
“Barbarians are all alike... sit up half the night to discuss anything a Roman says.”
Rudyard Kipling, Puck of Pook's Hill

Thomas Sowell
“Nothing is easier than to get peaceful people to renounce violence, even when they provide no concrete ways to prevent violence from others.”
Thomas Sowell, Intellectuals and Society

“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.”
christina kassabian schaefer

“Никому не под силу роль пророка. Никто не знает, что будет, и я не знаю. Но я знаю, что ГУМАНИЗМ — это все-таки ГУМАНИЗМ, а не концлагеря и виселицы. Что нельзя позволять, чтобы из тебя делали идиота. Пока работают сердце и мозг, не должно сдаваться. Особенно вам, молодым, здоровым и деятельным, которым предназначена эта книга, еще раз хочу напомнить об осторожности, об ответственности каждого за судьбу человечества. Люди, друзья! Братья и сестры! Дамы и господа! Отвлекитесь на минуту от своих дел, от своих развлечений. В мире неблагополучно.

Неблагополучно, если кучка носорогов может гнать на смерть тьму людей, и эта тьма послушно идет, сидит, ждет очереди. Если массы людей ввергаются в самое настоящее пожизненное рабство — и послушно становятся рабами. Если запрещаются, сжигаются и выбрасываются на помойку книги. Если миллионы людей от рождения до смерти ни разу не говорят вслух то, что они думают. Если в одном небольшом цилиндре сегодня накопляется энергия, достаточная для испепеления Нью-Йорка, Москвы, Парижа или Берлина, и эти цилиндры круглосуточно носятся над нашими головами, для чего? И что это, если не шаги варварства?

Люди, друзья! Братья и сестры! Дамы и господа! Остановитесь, задумайтесь, опомнитесь.

Анатолий Кузнецов, Babi Yar: A Document in the Form of a Novel

Christina Engela
“Meradinis! Turtle Island! It was a little corner of chaos!
This was the scene the speeding black ship had left behind three days ago, fleeing in humiliating shame, those three days a constant running battle. For three days the accursed Imperial ship Indomitable had followed, firing on them at every opportunity. Death or imprisonment now awaited those who called themselves Corsairs – and though this death was now more certain rather than just a possibility, Sona Kilroy, or “The Hammer” as he was called by his men, was not prepared to give up his freedom so easily. Piracy was his life and he’d known no other. He was tough and cruel, a despicable man, a case in point when academics quoted the barbarism by which the Corsairs had made themselves known and feared across the star systems of the peaceful Terran Empire.”
Christina Engela, Dead Beckoning

“Гитлер раздавлен, варварство — нет. Наоборот, очагов его становится все больше. Смутные дикарские силы бурлят на огромных частях земного шара, угрожая прорваться. Примитивно-сладкие дегенеративные идеи, как заразные вирусы, размножаются и распространяются. Действуют четко разработанные методы, как заражать ими миллионные массы.

Развитие науки и техники — кажется, единственное, чем может похвалиться человечество, — приводит, однако, в таком случае лишь к тому, что рабов не гонят, связанных за шею веревками, а везут электровозами в запломбированных вагонах, что можно инъекциями людей превращать в идиотов, а современный варвар убивает не дубиной, но циклоном «Б» или безукоризненным, технически совершенным огнестрельным автоматом.

Говорят, что наука надеется выйти из холуйского состояния, в котором она находится сегодня, служа политиканам верой и правдой. Тогда, может быть, появится еще один, «научно-технический» гуманизм — и, уж совсем беспросветное, варварство технократическое? [183]”
Анатолий Кузнецов, Babi Yar: A Document in the Form of a Novel

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Technological progression can lead to or be a sign of cultural regression.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Steven Erikson
“A state that employs torture invites barbarism and deserves nothing better than to suffer the harvest of its own excesses.”
Steven Erikson, Dust of Dreams

Graham Hancock
“The entire pre-Columbian literature of Mexico, a vast library of tens of thousands of codices, was carefully and systematically destroyed by the priests and friars who followed in the wake of the conquistadors. In November 1530, for example, Bishop Juan de Zumárraga, who had shortly before been apointed 'Protector of the Indians' by the Spanish crown, proceeded to 'protect' his flock by burning at the stake a Mexican aristocrat, the lord of the city of Texcoco, whom he accused of having worshipped the rain god. In the city's marketplace Zumárraga 'had a pyramid formed of the documents of Aztec history, knowledge and literature, their paintings, manuscripts, and hieroglyphic writings, all of which he committed to the flames while the natives cried and prayed.'
More than 30 years later, the holocaust of documents was still under way. In July 1562, in the main square of Mani (just south of modern Merida in the Yucatan), Bishop Diego de Landa burned thousands of Maya codices, story paintings, and hieroglyphs inscribed on rolled-up deer skins. He boasted of destroying countless 'idols' and 'altars,' all of which he described as 'works of the devil, designed by the evil one to delude the Indians and to prevent them from accepting Christianity.' Noting that the Maya 'used certain characters or letters, which they wrote in their books about the antiquities and their sciences' he informs us: 'We found a great number of books in these letters, and since they contained nothing but superstitions and falsehoods of the devil we burned them all, which they took most grievously and which gave them great pain.”
Graham Hancock, America Before: The Key to Earth's Lost Civilization

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