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Kenneth Clark

All great civilizations, in their early stages, are based on success in war.

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We can destroy ourselves by cynicism and disillusion, just as effectively as by bombs.

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Children who are treated as if they are uneducable almost invariably become uneducable.

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To hurry through the rise and fall of a fine, full sentence is like defying the role of time in human life.

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A lot of people you think you know you don't know until you find out you don't know then it may be too late to know.

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The great achievement of the Catholic Church lay in harmonizing, civilizing the deepest impulses of ordinary, ignorant people.

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Opera, next to Gothic architecture, is one of the strangest inventions of Western man. It could not have been foreseen by any logical process.

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It is lack of confidence, more than anything else, that kills a civilisation. We can destroy ourselves by cynicism and disillusion, just as effectively as by bombs.

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No nude, however abstract, should fail to arouse in the spectator some vestige of erotic feeling, even if it be only the faintest shadow - and if it does not do so it is bad art and false morals.

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I believe that order is better than chaos, creation better than destruction. I prefer gentleness to violence, forgiveness to vendetta. I believe that in spite of the recent triumphs of science, men haven't changed much in the last two thousand years; and in consequence we must still try to learn from history. History is ourselves.

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