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civilization

Cynical Definitions

n. A societal structure wherein everything is either forbidden or required.

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n. A limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities.

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n. The distance man has placed between himself and his excreta.

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n. The artful form of decadence.

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Cynical Quotations

Man – despite his artistic pretensions, his sophistication, and his many accomplishments – owes his existence to a six inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.

— Unknown

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The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.

— Sigmund Freud

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The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.

— Oscar Wilde

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It is better for civilization to be going down the drain than to be coming up it.

— Henry Allen

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