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John Boyd Orr

The history of our civilization has been one of intermittent war.

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Nearly every country in the world is now becoming industrialized as rapidly as it can.

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Empires won by conquest have always fallen either by revolt within or by defeat by a rival.

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Our civilization has evolved through the continuous adjustment of society to the stimulus of new knowledge.

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The real evil of the Russian communist state is not communism. It is the secret police and the concentration camp.

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Our civilization is now in the transition stage between the age of warring empires and a new age of world unity and peace.

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Some wars have been due to the lust of rulers for power and glory, or to revenge to wipe out the humiliation of a former defeat.

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Some think the worst horrors of war might be avoided by an international agreement not to use atomic bombs. This is a vain hope.

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When the fabric of society is so rigid that it cannot change quickly enough, adjustments are achieved by social unrest and revolutions.

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Measured in time of transport and communication, the whole round globe is now smaller than a small European country was a hundred years ago.

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