Arnold Joseph Toynbee

Arnold Joseph Toynbee

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Author Profession: English historian
Born: April 14, 1889
Died: October 22, 1975
Birth Sign: Aries

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The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.

The immense cities lie basking on the beaches of the continent like whales that have taken to the land.

History not used is nothing, for all intellectual life is action, like practical life, and if you don't use the stuff well, it might as well be dead.

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.

The extinction of race consciousness as between Muslims is one of the outstanding achievements of Islam, and in the contemporary world there is, as it happens, a crying need for the propagation of this Islamic virtue.

Sooner or later, man has always had to decide whether he worships his own power or the power of God.

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.

Of the twenty-two civilizations that have appeared in history, nineteen of them collapsed when they reached the moral state the United States is in now.

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.

America is a large friendly dog in a small room. Every time it wags its tail it knocks over a chair.

Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder.

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 our responsibility.

History is a vision of God's creation on the move.

I do not believe that civilizations have to die because civilization is not an organism. It is a product of wills.

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

I can not think of any circumstances in which advertising would not be an evil.

To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization.

A city that outdistances man's walking powers is a trap for man.

A life which does not go into action is a failure.

The equation of religion with belief is rather recent.

Be the change that you wish to see in the world. Mahatma Gandhi

If I gave you any thought I probably would. Peter Lorre

I can be a nice person, but if someone is messing with someone I care about, the tougher side comes out a little more. Daniella Alonso

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