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"As human beings, we are endowed with freedom of choice, and we cannot shuffle off our responsibility upon the shoulders of God or nature. We must shoulder it ourselves. It is our responsibility."

by Arnold J. Toynbee

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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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"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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"Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things first, an ideal, with takes the imagination by storm, and second, a definite intelligible plan for carrying that ideal into practice."

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"As human beings, we are endowed with freedom of choice, and we cannot shuffle off our responsibility upon the shoulders of God or nature. We must shoulder it ourselves. It is up to us."

by A. J. Toynbee

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

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

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"Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder."

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"History teaches us that when a barbarian race confronts a sleeping culture, the barbarian always wins."

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"History is a vision of God’s creation on the move."

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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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"Religion holds the solution to all problems of human relationship, whether they are between parents and children or nation and nation. Sooner or later, man has always had to decide whether he worships his own power or the power of God."

by A. J. Toynbee

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

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

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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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"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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"The immense cities lie basking on the beaches of the continent like whales that have taken to the land."

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"We human beings do have some genuine freedom of choice and therefore some effective control over our own destinies. I am not a determinist. But I also believe that the decisive choice is seldom the latest choice in the series. More often than not, it will turn out to be some choice made relatively far back in the past."

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"Do not let yourselves be discouraged or embittered by the smallness of the success you are likely to achieve in trying to make life better. You certainly would not be able, in a single generation, to create an earthly paradise. Who could expect that? But, if you make life ever so little better, you will have done splendidly, and your lives will have been worthwhile."

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