Arnold J. Toynbee Quotes

Most popular Arnold J. Toynbee Quotes

The Intoxication of Victory.


Man cannot live by technology alone.


Familiarity breeds acquiescence as well as contempt.


Technology: the invention, manufacture, and use of tools.


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.
— 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.
— Arnold J. Toynbee


Compassion is the desire that moves the individual self to widen the scope of its self-concern to embrace the whole of the universal self.


Civilization, as we know it, is a movement and not a condition, a voyage and not a harbor.  No known civilization has ever reached the goal of civilization itself.


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.


Now civilizations, I believe, come to birth and proceed to grow by successfully responding to successive challenges.  They break down and go to pieces if and when a challenge confronts them which they fail to meet.

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