Culture Quotes

Below is a compilation of quotes on culture from various sources and in no particular order.

Hope you enjoy.

“Tradition does not mean that the living are dead, it means that the dead are living.”  – Gilbert K. Chesterton

“Culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs” – Thomas Wolfe.

“To hide behind culture or tradition to justify anarchy is a gross insult to the very people whose culture or tradition may be paraded to glorify criminal conduct.” – Mahendra Chaudhry

“A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Culture is the name for what people are interested in, their thoughts, their models, the books they read and the speeches they hear” – Walter Lippmann

“Tradition is the illusion of permanence.” – Woody Allen

“Real culture lives by sympathies and admirations, not by dislikes and disdain — under all misleading wrappings it pounces unerringly upon the human core.” – William James

“Every aspect of Western culture needs a new code of ethics – a rational ethics – as a precondition of rebirth.” – Ayn Rand

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” – Marcus Garvey

“War and culture, those are the two poles of Europe, her heaven and hell, her glory and shame, and they cannot be separated from one another. When one comes to an end, the other will end also and one cannot end without the other. The fact that no war has broken out in Europe for fifty years is connected in some mysterious way with the fact that for fifty years no new Picasso has appeared either.” – Milan Kundera

“All cultures have been mingled forever.” – V.S. Naipau

“No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” – Ray Bradbury.

“Tradition demands that we not speak poorly of the dead.”  – Daniel Barenboim

“The means of transmitting the culture can take a variety of forms (proverbs, stories, art) and can have numerous “carriers” (family, peers, media, schools, church), but the key elements of culture (values, ideas, perception) must be shared by all members of the culture.” – Larry A. Samovar

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