Quotes from Civilisation

Most of these make little or no sense out of context. That's why they're here! I used them on my epoch papers, and Miss Lane was Okay with that. If you have more, let me know!

The Skin of out Teeth
"What is civilisation? I don't know."
"I should believe the buildings."
"Fine words: and fine words butter no parsnips."
"People sometimes tell me that they prefer barbarism to civilisation. I doubt if they have given it a long enough trial."
"...they are bored by civilisation."
"Whenever an Anglo-Saxon poet wants to put into words his ideal of a good society he speaks of gold."
"...and may I add that the men of the Dark Ages took a less patronizing view of birds than do the makers of Christmas Cards."
"Western civilisation was saved by its craftsmen."

Romance and Reality
"Serious things were done with a sense of play, a sort of game."
"To free the spirit we must shed all our earthly goods."
"The artist decorates the surface, but it can't develop."

The Great Thaw
"The dull mind rises to truth through that which is material."
"We could only understand the absolute beauty of God through our senses."
"The Medieval mind cared passionately about the truth, but their evidence was different from ours."

The Hero As Artist:
"And it really is a big pinecone."
"What a lion he looks compared to the donkeys of the papal secretariat."
"The Michelangelo (David) is vast defiant -- nude. What a man!"
"Who cares? A great artist takes what he needs."
"Leonardo thought of women solely as reproductive mechanisms."
"Leonardo found a centenarian... and waited gleefully for his demise, so he could study his veins."

The Measure of All Things:
"The Florentines were chirfly interested in making money and playing appalling jokes on stupid men."
"The Florentines loved Beauty. This is a constant source of surprise to those who knew them."
--Notice how Kenny uses "quintessential" quite often!?
"They learnt to read the classics, to walk gracefully, speak quietly, play games without cheating or kicking eachother on the shins..."
"Nobody knows: nobody has ever known."

Grandeur and Obdience:
"At the mention of the work "ballet" I am instantly on my guarde."
"Symbols feed the imagination better than fact."
"I'm not saying this period was important."
"The modern confessor must grope his way into the psyche."
"Their importance must be magnified."
"...her toes are becoming roots and tendrils..." (he reaches up to stroke them)
"Of course there was exploitation."
"At least they weren't mean or flirtive like some modern millionaires."
"Was [Rome] a civilizing force in England? We tend to say no."

The Light Of Experience
"I used to find his work revoltingly cheerful."
"Things must be made to work"
"I don't talk about economics because I don't understand them."
"Please allow me two minutes digression on the subject of Tulips."
"[The Harpsichord] is better to look at than to listen to, I'm afraid."
"Isn't that fleecy neck of the sheep extraordinary."
"She made him get out of bed early in the morning, and as a result, he died."
"I was generally scientific, I suppose."
"I fancy [Rembrandt] was a bit of a crack."

The Pursuit Of Happiness
"The music is far more important to us"
"it's not an ideal that apeals to me."
"Rules didn't exist for Borromini, and to this day he shocks the academically-minded."
"[Handel] held one of his leading ladies out of a window and threatened to drop her if she didn't sing in tune."
"It made everything dance to the same tune."
"It give color--very pretty color."
"Opera is one of the oddest inventions of Western art."
"Opera houses came in when churches had gone out."
"What is too silly to say may be sung."

The Smile Of Reason
"Many people have compared him to a monkey."
"I've never made 'ha ha'."
"People were supposed not to burn witches, or other persons of minority."
"...beaten up by the hard gangs of noblemen."
"He didn't give a fig for good taste."
"It's a glorified jewelry box."
"Ameteurism ran through everything."
"They wouldn't have fitted in."
"His composition is a bit of a mudle."
"It doesn't touch us."
"The rooms were of a normal size..."
"Do we really think that far?"
"The smile of reason, which charged him"
"Authoritarian governments don't like dictionaries."
"Science was romantic."
"It's the realism that counts."
"I needn't explain how that changed the world."
"We've grown up a great deal since then."
"Don't drive a car in Paris because the temptation to run over a priest would be too great."
"The architecture is an obvious revolt."
"It doesn't appeal to us."

The Worship Of Nature
"A belief in the superiority of natural man"
"Wordsworth set out to describe in verse the truth of about the hardships of poor people."
"[Nature] is something that works according to certain laws."
"Clouds must be collected and classified...but clouds are proverbially lawless."
"I feel, therefore, I am."
"Captain Cook was a hard-headed Yorkshire man."
"It never occurred to the to enjoy the scenery."
"Very beautiful, but not very like nature."
"I suppose all fashons seem trivial."
"They concocted a new belief."
"They broke his windows."
"Civilisation could now be eminated from a small house."
"Color was considered immoral."
"He painfully read Goethe's words."
"Clouds are difficult to be studied intellectually."
--notice how every time Kenny says "Rousseau" a picture or the man appears...

The Fallacies Of Hope
"One realizes that symmetry and consistency are enemies of movement."
"The escape from symmetry was also an escape from reason."
"Worse than a Russian novel."
"Byron would have probably been a pessimist anyway--it was part of his egotism."
"Bad poetry, Good pictures."
"These figures gave an impression of creative power, equal to that of the 17th century"
"...which no one ever reads..."
"She posed for David--with naked feet."
"They were in search of a soul."
"They threatened the statue with a fist."
"Byron was irreisistable."
--remember how Kenny stroked "Eve"...


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