Civilization, in the real sense of the term, consists not in the muliplication, but in the deliberate and voluntary reduction of wants. This alone promotes real happiness and contenment, and increases the capacity of service.
~ Mahatma Gandhi
A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization.
~ Samuel Johnson
You can't say that civilizations don't advance, for in every war they kill you a new way.
~ Will Rogers
Civilization is limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessaries.
~ Mark Twain