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The permissive society has been allowed to become a dirty phrase. A better phrase is the civilised society Roy Jenkins
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I think you will agree the sign of a civilised society is a regular dining schedule. Philippa Ballantine
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This extraordinary metal, the soul of every manufacture, and the mainspring perhaps of civilised society. Of iron. Samuel Smiles
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As a civilised society, we have a duty to support those among us who are vulnerable and in need. When times are hard, that duty should be felt more than ever, not disappear or diminish. Justin Welby
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It is so far from being natural for a man and woman to live in a state of marriage, that we find all the motives which they have for remaining in that connection, and the restraints which civilised society imposes to prevent separation, are hardly sufficient to keep them together. Samuel Johnson
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Society needs both justice and compassion, a head and a heart, if it is to be civilised. Julian Baggini
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A civilized society is one which tolerates eccentricity to the point of doubtful sanity. Robert Frost
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If one could only teach the English how to talk, and the Irish how to listen, society here would be quite civilized. Oscar Wilde
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Civilized society is perpetually menaced with disintegration through this primary hostility of men towards one another. Sigmund Freud
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The permissive society has been allowed to become a dirty phrase. A better phrase is the civilised society. Roy Jenkins
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Whatever is fine and permanent in human achievement has been realised through individuals courageously facing the circumstances of their being; and a society is civilised to the extent to which it makes this possible. Terrorism, which aims at putting out thespiritual light, is the antithesis of civilisation. Malcolm Muggeridge
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I am a very, very strong advocate of the notion that we shouldn't equate the arts with other aspects of infrastructure. They have a unique role in any civilised society and that requires appropriate and targeted government support. George Brandis
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Globalisation can provide the route for the development of a sustainable and prosperous planetary society in the next generation, provided that globalisation itself becomes more civilised than it is right now. Peter Ellyard
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It is the law of love that rules mankind. Had violence, i.e. hate, rules us we would have become extinct long ago. And yet, the tragedy of it is that the so-called civilised men and nations conduct themselves as if the basis of society was violence. Mahatma Gandhi
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Swedes are such a civilised, perfect society - at least on the surface. There's a great safety net, a huge middle class, free education, free health care. People are very polite, they wait their turn. They're not too loud, they're not too quiet, but sometimes it's a little too perfect. Alexander Skarsgard
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To play with baubles is our ambition, not to deal with grave questions in a spirit of serious energy. But while we are playing with baubles, with our Legislative Councils, our Simultaneous Examinations, our ingenious schemes for separating the judicial from the executive functions, while we, I say, are finessing about trifles, the waters of the great deep are being stirred and that surging chaos of the primitive man over which our civilised societies are superimposed on a thin crust of convention, is being strangely and ominously agitated. Sri Aurobindo
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The vigour of civilised societies is preserved by the widespread sense that high aims are worth while. Vigorous societies harbour a certain extravagance of objectives, so that men wander beyond the safe provision of personal gratifications. All strong interests easily become impersonal, the love of a good job well done. There is a sense of harmony about such an accomplishment, the Peace brought by something worth while. Such personal gratification arises from aim beyond personality. Alfred North Whitehead
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Pretending is the basis of civilised society, and it is sometimes necessary for all of us. Without it we are nothing more than a pack of snarling dogs. Jeff Lindsay
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Civilised my syphilised yarbles. Anthony Burgess
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[T]he direction of society has been taken over by a type of man who is not interested in the principles of civilisation. Not of this or that civilisation but from what we can judge to-day of any civilisation. ...[T]he type of man dominant to-day is a primitive one, a Naturmensch rising up in the midst of a civilised world. Jose Ortega Y Gasset
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