Arnold Toynbee (1889-1975)

“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.”

“Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder.”

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

“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.”

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

“The art of handling university students is to make oneself appear, and this almost ostentatiously, to be treating them as adults …”

“The human race’s prospects of survival were considerably better when we were defenseless against tigers than they are today when we have become defenseless against ourselves.”

“A city that outdistances man’s walking powers is a trap for man.”

“The only real struggle in the history of the world … is between the vested interest and social justice.”

“Militarism has been by far the commonest cause of the breakdown of civilizations. The single art of war makes progress at the expense of all the arts of peace.”

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