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Quotes of the Day for 14 April 2002 – Arnold J. Toynbee

British historian Arnold Joseph Toynbee was born at London on this day in 1889. Not only a student of history, he helped make some of it, serving in the British Foreign Office through both world wars and attending both Paris peace conferences (1919 and 1946). His work covered the events of 26 civilizations throughout history, from which he was able to extract a number of observations on the human condition.

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The quotes:

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.

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

The human race's prospects of survival were considerably better when we were defenceless against tigers than they are today when we have become defenceless against ourselves.

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.

America is a large friendly dog in a small room. Every time it wags its tail it knocks over a chair.
     - Today's quotes are all from Arnold Joseph Toynbee, 1889 - 1975

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