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National Culture Quotes


"Culture Clash is a national treasure." - Philip Kan Gotanda

"We have the ability to achieve, if we master the necessary goodwill, a common global society blessed with a shared culture of peace that is nourished by the ethnic, national and local diversities that enrich our lives." - Mahnaz Afkhami

"National liberation is necessarily an act of culture" - Amilcar Cabral

"If most American cities are about the consumption of culture, Los Angeles and New York are about the production of culture - not only national culture but global culture." - Barbara Kruger

"America is the sum of all our journeys as we search for our national community and our national culture." - Paul Tsongas

"Anyway, culture and nation are partners, inextricable from each other. National culture and nation, they are reciprocities." - Mark McMorris

"America is the only country capable of producing national movies: its culture has become a global culture." - Jeanjacques Annaud

"America is the only country capable of producing national movies: its culture has become a global culture." - Jean-Jacques Annaud

"National honor is national property of the highest value." - James Monroe

"National injustice is the surest road to national downfall." - William E Gladstone

"Landscape shapes culture" - Terry Tempest Williams

"Civil religion gives American culture its direction and defines its fundamental values, but it does not determine the diversified contents of American national culture." - Edward Hirsch

"Civil religion gives American culture its direction and defines its fundamental values, but it does not determine the diversified contents of American national culture." - E.D. Hirsch

"A landscape image cuts across all political and national boundaries, it transcends the constraints of language and culture." - Charlie Waite

"We should see to it that our people are steeped in a real knowledge and understanding of our national culture." - Margaret Thatcher

"Culture does not make people. People make culture." - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

"Culture is your operating system." - Terence Mckenna

"I think that the idea that there's such a thing as a national literature that's somehow uniquely expressive of a national soul or culture or mentality is probably also something that nobody really believes in anymore." - Louis Menand

"From blood banking to the modern subway, from jazz to social justice, the contributions of African Americans have shaped and molded and influenced our national culture and our national character." - Bill Frist

"Our modern Western culture only recognises the first of these, freedom of desires. It then worships such a freedom by enshrining it at the forefront of national constituitions and bills of human rights. One can say that the underlying creed of most Western democracies is to protect their people's freedom to realise their desires, as far as this is possible. It is remarkable that in such countries people do not feel very free. The second kind of freedom, freedom from desires, is celebrated only in some religious communities. It celebrates contentment, peace that is free from desires." - Ajahn Brahm

"What do you expect from a culture and a nation that exerted more of its national will fighting against Disney World and Big Macs than the Nazis?" - Dennis Miller

"A national culture, if it is to flourish, should be a constellation of cultures, the constitutes of which, benefiting each other, benefit the whole." - T S Eliot

"Altogether, national hatred is something peculiar. You will always find it strongest and most violent where there is the lowest degree of culture." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"The intensity of a national culture should be represented by... the general education level and... the exceptional merit of a small elite of pioneers." - George Sarton

"In many countries today, moral and ethical norms are being reconsidered; national traditions, differences in nation and culture are being erased." - Vladimir Putin

"Not all intelligence can be artificial now, so if we make a mistake, the consequences are no longer simply located within an institution or a national culture." - William Irwin Thompson

"The Civic Culture (and The Civic Culture Revisited) remains the best study of comparative political culture in our time." - Aaron Wildavsky

"The end of culture is right living" - W Somerset Maugham

"Michael Jackson National African American Art Examiner Series" - Aberjhani

"Nobody ever wins the National Open. Somebody loses it." - Bobby Jones

"The dead soldier's silence sings our national anthem." - Aaron Kilbourn

"On a national level there is a tendency to portray Latino culture as a monolithic entity, which is a really inaccurate way of seeing ourselves. There is as much diversity and uniqueness within the Latino culture as there is in any other kind of American culture." - Benjamin Bratt

"Violence as a way of gaining power... is being camouflaged under the guise of tradition, national honor [and] national security..." - Alfred Adler

"All upright Germans will be National Socialists, but only the best National Socialists will be party members!" - Adolf Hitler

"National isolation breeds national neurosis." - Hubert Humphrey

"National isolation breeds national neurosis." - Hubert H Humphrey

"Arabic is the language of the Qur'an, but Arab culture is not the culture of Islam." - Tariq Ramadan

"No doubt Western civilization has in the past been full of wars and revolutions, and the national elements in our culture, even when they were ignored, always provided an unconscious driving force of passion and aggressive self-assertion" - Christopher Dawson

"One that actually relates to all Latin American literature: that is, not every author is interested in being a representative of his or her national culture on the global stage." - Adam Morris

"I am very grateful that the Russian budget has a yearly budget for film. And usually this budget goes to "auteur" cinema, which actually needs this support and which indeed contributes to creating "national culture"." - Ivan Tverdovsky

"The decline of true taste for food is the beginning of a decline in a national culture as a whole. When people have lost their authentic personal taste, they lose their personality and become the instruments of other people's wills." - Robert Graves

"If a church offers no truth that is not available in the general culture - in, for instance, the editorials of the New York Times or, for that matter, of National Review - there is not much reason to pay it attention." - Richard John Neuhaus

"No doubt Western civilization has in the past been full of wars and revolutions, and the national elements in our culture, even when they were ignored, always provided an unconscious driving force of passion and aggressive self-assertion." - Christopher Dawson

"Seattle is very similar to Minneapolis. I like the culture; I like the people. I raced a bike and won a national championship on Lake Washington in 1977, so I've had a connection there for a long time." - Greg Lemond

"The designs of the paper euros, introduced in 2002, proclaim a utopian aspiration. Gone are the colorful bills of particular nations, featuring pictures of national heroes of statecraft, culture and the arts, pictures celebrating unique national narratives. With the euro, 16 nations have said goodbye to all that." - George Will

"It is intended to signify a coordinated plan of different actions aiming at the destruction of essential foundations of the life of national groups, with the aim of annihilating the groups themselves. The objectives of such a plan would be the disintegration of the political and social institutions, of culture, language, national feelings, religion, and the economic existence of national groups, and the destruction of the personal security, liberty, health, dignity, and even the lives of the individuals belonging to such groups." - Raphael Lemkin

"Sports biography at its best. Rich in period detail, anecdote, and fresh perspective, Strong Boy paints both the good and the bad sides of success, as America's growing celebrity culture turned a simple Irish American gladiator into a national, in fact international hero. A very human story with profound parallels for our sports-obsessed culture today!" - Nigel Hamilton

"I am trying to get folks outside the hip-hop culture to understand why, despite the negatives, young people find hope and refuge in hip-hop. I'm hoping that young people immersed in the culture will work harder to capitalize on the possibilities for great social change that hip-hop represents as a national unified cultural youth movement." - Bakari Kitwana

"Poetry is often very critical of the culture from which it emerges. Quite often literary critics of a nationalist bent talk up the national culture, in a way that the literary texts don't. Poetry can bring out areas of denial and repression." - Edna Longley

"Many things have changed in our culture here in England as a direct result of the Pistols: the whole street-fashion thing in London, for example, or the coverage of popular culture in the national press, or the fact that the film industry is now about young people making films about young British issues." - Julien Temple

"Baseball is not a conventional industry. It belongs neither to the players nor management, but to all of us. It is our national pastime, our national symbol, and our national treasure." - John Thorn

"Culture is one thing and varnish is another." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"a culture is no better than its woods" - W H Auden

"He who loses the arts loses the culture." - Francis Schaeffer

"Art is our weapon. Culture is a form of resistance." - Shirin Neshat

"Back to culture. Yes, actually to culture. You ca' consume much if you sit still and read books." - Aldous Huxley

"I thank heaven we have had baseball in this world... the kids... our national pastime." - Babe Ruth

"Baseball is our national pastime, that is if you discount political campaigning." - Ronald Reagan

"And now, in the interest of equal time, here is a message from the National" - George Carlin

"We must pass a national energy policy to continue our successes in the War on Terrorism." - Zach Wamp

"...Skyscraper National Park" - Kurt Vonnegut

"Americans worship technology. It's an inherent trait in the national zeitgeist." - Max Brooks

"The national anthem of hell is, "I Did It My Way."" - Peter Kreeft

"A people who free themselves from foreign domination will be free culturally only if, without complexes and without underestimating the importance of positive accretions from oppressor and other cultures, they return to the upward paths of their own culture, which is nourished by the living reality of its environment, and which negates both harmful influences and any kind of subjection to foreign culture. Thus, it may be seen that if imperialist domination has the vital need to practice cultural oppression, national liberation is necessarily an act of culture" - Amilcar Cabral

"Cities are beautiful because they are created slowly; they are made by time. A city is born from a tangle of monuments and infrastructures , culture and market, national history and everyday stories. It takes 500 years to create a city, 50 to create a neighborhood." - Renzo Piano

"I think globalization actually maintains and fosters various elements of national and cultural identities. I don't think everything is being homogenized. If anything, your food, your culture, and your ethnicity might become part of the globalized world, and thus absorbed by other countries." - Nouriel Roubini

"With calm, knowledgeable precision, Daniel Ziblatt wades into the adjacent swamps of federalism and nineteenth-century European history, emerging with hands full of gems. Beneath the tangle of great statesmen and national culture he discovers conflicting regional political interests, sharp regional variations in political capacity, fearful defenses against excessive democracy, coercive conquest of weak states, and unintended consequences galore. Read, think, and learn." - Charles Tilly

"Many people do' realize the extent to which stories influence our behavior and even shape our culture. Think about how Bible stories teach the fundamentals of religion and rules of conduct. Think of the fables and parables that molded your values. Think of how stories about your national, cultural or family history have shaped your attitudes about yourself and others." - Lawrence Shapiro

"I hope progressive ways of thinking will permeate the "mainstream" more and more in the coming years. Goddess knows we have endured a very long spell (thirty plus years) of regressive thinking and hyper conservativism dominating our culture and national discourse. It necessitates risk taking and rule breaking by people in all walks of life to swing that pendulum back though." - Ani Difranco

"My loyalties will not be bound by national borders, or confined in time by one nation's history, or limited in the spiritual dimension by one language and culture. I pledge my allegiance to the damned human race, and my everlasting love to the green hills of Earth, and my intimations of glory to the singing stars, to the very end of space and time." - Edward Abbey

"The sure foundations of the State are laid in knowledge, not in ignorance; and every sneer at education, at culture, at book learning, which is the recorded wisdom of the experience of mankind, is the demagogue's sneer at intelligent liberty, inviting national degeneracy and ruin." - George William Curtis

"Some changes we can control, but we find that many things are inseparably wired into the life we share in local, national, and global communities. For example, the healthy lifestyle you are determined to live and take to be a personal choice of which you have control, is heavily influenced and limited by the culture and industries of the communities you belong to." - Ilchi Lee

"The sure foundations of the state are laid in knowledge, not in ignorance; and every sneer at education, at culture, at book learning, which is the recorded wisdom of the experience of mankind, is the demagogue's sneer at intelligent liberty, inviting national degeneracy and ruin." - George William Curtis

"We know that art is connected with the land, with its salt, with its smell, that outside of national culture there is no art. Cosmopolitanism - a world in which things lose their color and form, and words lose their significance. We love in our past all that we consider native, wonderful and fair." - Ilya Ehrenburg

"We make our own criminals, and their crimes are congruent with the national culture we all share. It has been said that a people get the kind of political leadership they deserve. I think they also get the kinds of crime and criminals they themselves bring into being." - Margaret Mead

"There are ... other business societies - England, Holland, Belgium and France, for instance. But ours [the United States] is the only culture now extant in which business so completely dominates the national scene that sports, crime, sex, death, philanthropy and Easter Sunday are money-making propositions." - Margaret Halsey

"I had always been taught that the pursuit of happiness was my natural (even national) birthright. It is the emotional trademark of my culture to seek happiness. Not just any kind of happiness, either, but profound happiness, even soaring happiness. And what could possibly bring a person more soaring happiness than romantic love." - Elizabeth Gilbert

"The purpose of life is the expansion of happiness. It is the goal of every other goal. Ben Henretig has embarked on an ambitious project to document a country and culture that has embraced Happiness as a part of its national policy" - Deepak Chopra

"Samskrit has moulded the minds of our people to the extent to which they themselves are not conscious. Samskrit literature is national in one sense, but its purpose has been universal. That was why it commanded the attention of people who were not followers of a particular culture." - Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

"Europe is a rapidly changing place, on every level. Immigration, post-communist transitions, the unification, steady presence of war and conflict, the inescapable challenges to the notion of national literature/culture-it all exerts pressure upon writers who must be aware of the transformational possibilities of the situation." - Aleksandar Hemon

"You have drunk deep at the springs of western knowledge. While you will not hesitate to absorb for your benefit and for the national good the best elements in western culture and thought, you will not in any case permit the destruction of the vital elements of your own civilisation." - Syama Prasad Mookerjee

"No, you cannot expect people to understand the higher reaches of philosophy. Culture should be taken out of the hands of the dollar chasers. We need a national subsidy for literature. It is disgraceful that artists are treated like peddlers and that art works have to be sold like soap." - Herbert Marcuse

"We have successfully built up our national strength and prestige, accepting and adding to our civilization the art and science of the West. Now, I believe, the time has come for us to carry our art and culture to other countries." - Koki Hirota

"All the pale horses of the apocalypse have stormed through my life, revolution, starvation, devaluation of currency and terror, epidemics, emigration; I have seen the great ideologies of the masses grow and spread out before my eyes. Fascism in Italy, National Socialism in Germany, Bolshevism in Russia, and, above all, that archpestilence, nationalism, which poisoned our flourishing European culture." - Stefan Zweig

"When I first went to 'National Geographic,' I thought I was the least qualified person to step through the doors. But because of my parents and the culture of continual learning they imposed on us, I later came to believe I was the most qualified person who ever worked there." - Sam Abell

"If all our political and intellectual elite offers by way of a national culture is "pop music, gambling, fashionable clothes or television," then we can neither mount a convincing intellectual defense against our enemies, nor hope to integrate intelligent, inquiring, and unfulfilled Muslim youths young men principally, of course to our way of life." - Anthony Daniels

"There is in our society a gulf opening up, a kind of cultural apartheid, between those who are brought up to feel our national culture is theirs, to take ownership of it, and enjoy the privileges of that, and those who are completely disfranchised, those - for example - who will never be taken to the theatre to see Shakespeare." - Richard Eyre

"When I was at the CIA I asked my civilian advisory board to tackle some tough questions. Among the toughest: In a political culture that every day demands more transparency and more public accountability from every aspect of national life, could American intelligence continue to survive and succeed? That jury is still out." - Michael Hayden

"When the National Security Agency recruited me, they put me through a day of lie detector tests. They found out all my weaknesses and immediately seduced me. They used the strongest drugs in our culture, sex, power and money, to win me over." - John Perkins

"I am a National Football League player of American Samoan heritage. Because of my status as a professional athlete, I have been blessed to play a role in educating players and fans about the culture and history of America's southernmost territory." - Troy Polamalu

"So, Mexico, Brazil, they wanted their national culture to be 'blackish' - really brown, a beautiful brown blend. And finally, I discovered that in each of these societies the people at the bottom are the darkest skinned with the most African features." - Henry Louis Gates

"Talk of citizenship today is often thin and tinny. The word has a faintly old-fashioned feel to it when used in everyday conversation. When evoked in national politics, it's usually accompanied by the shrill whine of a descending culture-war mortar." - Eric Liu

"I feel like Africans are too often portrayed as people on the National Geographic channel: the image is of an African man in a loincloth chasing a gazelle. It's not intentionally racist; I wouldn't call it racist at all. It's a lack of understanding another culture." - Djimon Hounsou

"The culture of the hop ... so analagous to the culture and uses of the grape, may afford a theme for future poets." - Henry David Thoreau

"One ought not to hoard culture . It should be adapted and infused into society as a leaven. Liberality of culture does not mean illiberality of its benefits." - Wallace Stevens

"American music culture is black culture." - Yelawolf

"A national language is a band of national union." - Noah Webster

"National injustice is the surest road to national downfall." - William Ewart Gladstone

"These are national problems that require national solutions." - Thomas Menino

"National honor is the national property of the highest value." - James Monroe

"On the House Un-American Activities Committee: They'll nail anyone who ever scratched his ass during the National Anthem." - Humphrey Bogart

"Patriotism has become a mere national self assertion, a sentimentality of flag-cheering with no constructive duties." - H G Wells

"National pride is to countries what self-respect is to individuals: a necessary condition for self-improvement." - Richard Rorty

"I have little need to remind you that water has become one of our major national concerns." - Ezra Taft Benson

"If all our national holidays were observed on Wednesdays, we could wind up with nine-day weekends." - George Carlin

"The National Rifle Association says, 'Guns don't kill people. People do'. But I think the gun helps." - Eddie Izzard

"Augusta National is a young man's golf course, and you really need a young man's nerves to play on it." - Jack Nicklaus

"It's [Augusta National] a difficult course and it doesn't make it easier when you have three shanks." - Ian Poulter

"The only way you can check Gretzky is to hit him when he is standing still singing the national anthem." - Harry Sinden

"Generally speaking, I think it is unbecoming to act as a national hero, wave hands and so on." - Vitaly Scherbo

"Labor is not fighting for a larger slice of the national pie-labor is fighting for a larger pie." - Walter Reuther

"Consumerism is our national religion." - Jennifer Stone

"Baseball is our national game." - Calvin Coolidge

"National Socialism is applied biology," - Hans Schemm

"The national pastime is juiced," - Jose Canseco

"Vote in a national election." - Bill Vaughan

"Immigration security is national security." - Kellyanne Conway

"Thanksgiving is America's national chow-down feast, the one occasion each year when gluttony becomes a patriotic duty." - Michael Dresser

"The national pastime is juiced." - Jose Canseco

"The new national campfire - radio." - Linda Ellerbee

"Medicine also disregards national boundaries." - Irving Langmuir

"Bullying is a national epidemic." - Macklemore

"I believe in human dignity as the source of national purpose, human liberty as the source of national action, the human heart as the source of national compassion, and in the human mind as the source of our invention and our ideas" - John F Kennedy

"National education to be truly national must reflect the national condition for the time being." - Mahatma Gandhi

"To understand the culture, study the dance. To understand the dance, study the people." - Charles Davis

"Let us join our efforts toward building the unshakable foundations for a culture of peace." - Daisaku Ikeda

"That is true culture which helps us to work for the social betterment of all." - Henry Ward Beecher

"Culture is like wealth; it makes us more ourselves, it enables us to express ourselves" - Philip Gilbert Hamerton

"Our ambitions are bold and so must be our desire to change and evolve our culture." - Satya Nadella

"Only faith in Christ gives rise to a culture contrary to egotism and death." - Pope John Paul Ii

"Good teams incorporate teamwork into their culture, creating the building blocks for success." - Ted Sundquist

"Whenever I hear the word culture, I reach for my revolver" - Hermann Goring

"Culture is not a surface phenomenon, it is our very care" - Edgar Schein

"The only thing of real importance that leader do is to create and manage culture" - Edgar Schein

"Too often we see the Bible through whatever lens we get from our culture." - Brian D. McLaren

"A culture of discipline is not a principle of business, it is a principle of greatness." - James C Collins

"May the culture of life and love render vain the logic of death." - Pope John Paul Ii

"America is the first culture in jeopardy of amusing itself to death." - John Piper

"Virtue must be the result of self-culture; the gods do not take pupils." - Barbara von Krudener

"Meditation is culture." - Benjamin Disraeli

"Culture is coded wisdom" - Wangari Maathai

"Ours is a culture and a time immensely rich in trash as it is in treasures." - Ray Bradbury

"Mind severed from body, culture from planet- to lose our ground is to lose our home." - Anodea Judith

"Culture is another dimension." - Terence Mckenna

"Culture is religion incarnate." - Charles Colson

"Culture follows power." - Fareed Zakaria

"Lanscape shapes culture." - Terry Tempest Williams

"Culture drives great results." - Jack Welch

"Cajun culture is dying." - Michael K Williams

"I make pop culture." - Frank Ocean



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