Of the twenty or so civilizations known to modern Western historians, all except our own appear to be dead or moribund, and, when we diagnose each case, in extremis or post mortem, we invariably find that the cause of death has been either War or Class or some combination of the two. To date, these two plagues have been deadly enough, in partnership, to kill off nineteen out of twenty representatives of this recently evolved species of human society; but, up to now, the deadliness of these scourges has had a saving limit.
Civilization on Trial (1948), chapter 2, p. 23.
Angkor is perhaps the greatest of Man's essays in rectangular architecture that has yet been brought to life.Arnold Joseph Toynbee
Now civilizations, I believe, come to birth and proceed to grow by successfully responding to successive challenges. They break down and go to pieces if and when a challenge confronts them which they fail to meet.Arnold Joseph Toynbee
No annihilation without representation. See Otis 630:19.Arnold Joseph Toynbee
America is a large, friendly dog in a very small room. Every time it wags its tail, it knocks over a chair.Arnold Joseph Toynbee
Civilisation is a movement and not a condition; a voyage and not a harbour.Arnold Joseph Toynbee
Civilization is a movement and not a condition, a voyage and not a harbor.Arnold Joseph Toynbee
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.Arnold Joseph Toynbee
The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.Arnold Joseph Toynbee
Compassion is the desire that moves the individual self to widen the scope of its self-concern to embrace the whole of the universal self.Arnold Joseph Toynbee
... the dogma that History is just 'one damned thing after another....'Arnold Joseph Toynbee
Man’s true end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him for ever.Arnold Joseph Toynbee
On this showing, the nature of the breakdowns of civilizations can be summed up in three points: a failure of creative power in the minority, an answering withdrawal of mimesis on the part of the majority, and a consequent loss of social unity in the society as a whole.Arnold Joseph Toynbee