100+ Best Culture Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Over recent years, urbanisation, globalisation and the destruction of local cultures has led to a rise in the prevalence of mental illness in the developing world. — Iain McGilchrist

I support gun safety measures, and I’ll tell you, I grew up in a family of gun owners and hunters, and I went hunting with my dad as a kid, and you know, I have deep respect for the Second Amendment and the culture of our country. — Eric Swalwell

I’ve often used the extremes in my work to comment on the mainstream. I think that sometimes a subject that I’m working on, like popular culture, is so present all around us that they’re hard to see. It’s like: How do you see the air you breathe? How do you see how it affects you? — Lauren Greenfield

It’s not worth it, it’s not about money, especially when you’re dealing with a culture. It should be about elevating the idea of what we are and who we are as people in the cinema, and that kind of stuff keeps dragging us back down. — Antoine Fuqua

My happiness is being able to present my talents for people to see, and I feel like I’m an ambassador of Thai history and Thai culture on film so that people can see Muay Thai. — Tony Jaa

I just think music is so intrinsically linked with images in the culture that we live in that youll be hard-pressed to have an experience with the music without a preconceived notion. — Esperanza Spalding

Our culture encourages women to nurture men, making it predictable that many experience a seductive empathy for abusive men, as well as the misguided hope that love can obliterate an ugly past. — Leslie Morgan Steiner

Accordingly, globalization is not only something that will concern and threaten us in the future, but something that is taking place in the present and to which we must first open our eyes. — Ulrich Beck

Learning has always been made much of, but forgetting has always been deprecated; therefore pedantry has pretty well established itself throughout the modern world at the expense of culture. — Albert J. Nock

What makes cookbooks interesting is to find out about the people and the culture that invented the food. — Vincent Schiavelli

One of the remarkable things about slums is that they do develop their own social organization and economy and even culture that is, on some level, functional and in some cases, remarkably resilient. This is kind of amazing. — Geoffrey West

Far too many businesses have been all too eager to lobby for maintaining and increasing subsidies and mandates paid by taxpayers and consumers. This growing partnership between business and government is a destructive force, undermining not just our economy and our political system, but the very foundations of culture. — Charles Koch

Sometimes stereotyping happens not because of any nefarious reasons but rather because people dont know who you are or where you come from, so they go for the broad strokes about you, your culture, your faith, all that. — Faran Tahir

From 1962 to 1965, the guitar became this icon of youth culture, thanks mostly to the Beatles — Pat Metheny

Male supremacy is fused into the language, so that every sentence both heralds and affirms it. — Andrea Dworkin

I don’t think the idea of homosexuality is really taboo any more. Our culture is evolving. This is an exciting time to be living. — Andrew Lang

Our culture is in moral chaos. On TV we celebrate freaks instead of honest, decent people. — Kathie Lee Gifford

We’re so terrified of death in Western culture that we have to make up a myth of an afterlife. I think there’s something to be said for living your life very mindful of the fact that you’re going to die because I think you carry yourself differently. It doesn’t have to be this big, negative bummer. — Steve Earle

We expected that people were just waiting for the collapse of the Soviet Union, or at least for its retreat, and they were going to be full of initiative in all areas of life – in culture, in economy and in politics. — Andrzej Wajda

I don’t think anyone could write about another culture and get it 100 percent accurate. — Elizabeth George

In order to be universal, you have to be rooted in your own culture. — Abbas Kiarostami

In ’77 there was no Internet, there was no Twitter or Facebook, and I think that, without being some old git who hates anything new, people’s attention spans are too short. Back then you had ‘Top Of The Pops’ and ‘Melody Maker,’ and you had to make the effort to go to a show so that you absorbed the culture of music. — Steve Jones

It’s what the Iraqi people are going through right now. They have encountered a victorious, hostile force-but, you know, there they still are. There their culture is, there their history is, they’re not going anywhere. — Michael Nesmith

As a follower of Jesus, I am called to work for justice and reconciliation, and to be an advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves. I plan to focus my future work on human rights and religious freedom – both domestic and international – as well as matters of the culture and the American family. — Frank Wolf

I think the more we embrace the culture of life and respect life, the better that we do. — Bob McDonnell

There is something terribly wrong with a culture inebriated by noise and gregariousness. — George Steiner

Culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs. — Thomas Wolfe

Debate and divergence of views can only enrich our history and culture. — Ibrahim Babangida

I wanna show that gospel, country, blues, rhythm and blues, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll are all just really one thing. Those are the American music and that is the American culture. — Etta James

The rapprochement of peoples is only possible when differences of culture and outlook are respected and appreciated rather than feared and condemned, when the common bond of human dignity is recognized as the essential bond for a peaceful world. — J. William Fulbright

In microbiology the roles of mutation and selection in evolution are coming to be better understood through the use of bacterial cultures of mutant strains. — Edward Lawrie Tatum

But what is more, if we have succeeded in adding to the basic understanding of our universe and ourselves, we will have made a contribution to the totality of human culture. — Haldan Keffer Hartline

I’m proud of my Irish heritage and culture and this show will feature a lot of Irish dancing. — Michael Flatley

Scientists care deeply about their place in that culture, and their contribution to it. — Haldan Keffer Hartline

In Australian culture, people are just more laid back, people aren’t as serious, they just take their time with things. It’s just like, whatever, if I don’t get it done I don’t get it done. — Andrew Bogut

We need to change the culture of this topic and make it OK to speak about mental health and suicide. — Luke Richardson

Sigmund Freud was the apostle of disbelief. He was the one who made psychoanalysis a part of our culture, and in so doing he kicked out a flying buttress that had been essential for holding up our cathedral of faith. — Tony Campolo

After learning the language and culture of the Chinese people, these Jesuits began to establish contacts with the young intellectuals of the country. — Hu Shih

I have a pretty good knowledge of the Indian world by virtue of living on several different reservations and being exposed to several different cultures and languages. — N. Scott Momaday

Once a teen has been identified as part of the ‘target market,’ he knows he’s done for. The object of the game is to confound the marketers, and keep one’s own, authentic culture from showing up at the shopping mall as a prepackaged corporate product. — Douglas Rushkoff

I like a walking culture; I need to be in a city where you can walk everywhere. — Eddie Huang

Creativity is putting your imagination to work, and it’s produced the most extraordinary results in human culture. — Ken Robinson

The Germanic invasions destroyed neither the Mediterranean unity of the ancient world, nor what may be regarded as the truly essential features of the Roman culture as it still existed in the 5th century, at a time when there was no longer an Emperor in the West. — Henri Pirenne

The thing I love about being an actor is the ability to travel and experience new cultures. — Paul Wesley

The most used program in computers and education is PowerPoint. What are you learning about the nature of the medium by knowing how do to a great PowerPoint presentation? Nothing. It certainly doesnt teach you how to think critically about living in a culture of simulation. — Sherry Turkle

No culture that has ever embraced homosexuality has survived. — Steve Largent

People constantly make pop-culture references. That’s why it’s called popular culture, because people are aware of it and reference it constantly. — Seth Rogen

Positive culture comes from being mindful, and respecting your coworkers, and being empathetic. — Biz Stone

I found a greater identity with my own emotions in the Armenian culture as I grew older, as well as from the beginning, although I didn’t know anything about it. — Alan Hovhaness

A truly common culture is not one in which we all think alike, or in which we all believe that fairness is next to godliness, but one in which everyone is allowed to be in on the project of cooperatively shaping a common way of life. — Terry Eagleton

As a culture or a civilisation, we are a bit juvenile; it’s like ‘Oh, I have all this power, whoa, this is so cool, I can transform the earth and I can produce all this wealth. But we’re blinded by our success in a naive way. There’s more to life, actually, and I think the sustainability issue is also helpful in reminding us about that. — Tino Sehgal

Sexual, racial, gender violence and other forms of discrimination and violence in a culture cannot be eliminated without changing culture. — Charlotte Bunch

There are people who wish to do us harm in the most heinous way. They want to kill Americans simply because they are Americans. They wish to destroy our culture and Nation because they don’t like our freedoms, they don’t like the fact that we are prosperous. — Judd Gregg

Quite a lot of our contemporary culture is actually shot through with a resentment of limits and the passage of time, anger at what we can’t do, fear or even disgust at growing old. — Rowan Williams

Just learning to think in another language allows you to see your own culture in a better viewpoint. — Gates McFadden

Why are we so obsessed with celebrity culture? We have front-page news about divorces instead of front-page news about global warming, about women being abused, about children being abused. We’re going on a downward spiral. — Heather Mills

Our culture thrives on black-and-white narratives, clearly defined emotions, easy endings, and so, this thrust into complexity exhausts. — Caroline Knapp

‘The Dictator’ lands somewhere between wan Mel Brooks and good Adam Sandler, whose ‘You Don’t Mess With the Zohan,’ about an Israeli Special Forces soldier at a hair salon, manages to strike better contrasts with vaguely similar culture differences – it’s a nuttier movie, too. — Wesley Morris

You know when you eat too many sweets and get diabetes? Paparazzi are the diabetes of materialistic culture. — Shirley MacLaine

When I think about the real pioneers of the psychedelic movement in a musical sense, not just the culture, everything had a handmade sort of vibe to it. We’re inventing our culture as we move along into this. — Chris Robinson

I’m a little like Marco Polo, going around and mixing cultures. — Gianni Versace

There is a fetishization of victimization in our culture. And I just am not interested in victimhood. — Alan Ball

Mitt Romney has won the 2012 presidential nomination by promising Republicans that he would end a so-called ‘culture of dependency’ on welfare – welfare defined as ‘free stuff’ and food stamps for poor folks, not tax breaks for Big Oil or tax shelters for Bain executives. — Christine Pelosi

Next time you open the paper, and you see an intellectual property decision, a telecoms decision, it’s not about something small and technical. It is about the future of the freedom to be as social beings with each other, and the way information, knowledge and culture will be produced. — Yochai Benkler

My idols are Janis Joplin and Annie Lennox, who are neither of them from the typical pop culture. — Natalie Cole

The Irish and British, they love satire, its a large part of the culture. — Ben Nicholson

I love finding out why people don’t love things. And if you ask people why they don’t like things, particularly when they get into this sort of culture box, you find out that they’re not liking things because of what people are going to think about them, and not because of what the things actually sound like. — Stew

A few words of Hindi appear here or there, but it’s all Urdu. I feel that if the popular culture, which is what Hindi films are, uses Urdu, it’s not going to diminish. — Ismail Merchant

It’s typical of Italian culture that we only start to feel emotional about something when we have the possibility to see it in front of us. By February, Italy will have Olympic fever. — Alberto Tomba

I try to communicate in a way that allows people in on what’s going on. What’s better than references to popular culture? — Bart Chilton

Everybody knows that I’m not a snob when it comes to pop culture, obviously. I love reality shows. — Diablo Cody

There isn’t a lot written about the motorcycle culture. — Katey Sagal

I think as the world changes, we have to keep up. We have to note what is happening, and I think writing has always had a powerful corrective influence and possibility. We have to write about what’s good, and we also have to write about parts of our culture that are not good, that are not working out. I think it takes a new eye. — Lee Smith

Hip-hop and electronic music are so similar, in the fact that they’re both very visceral, have so much bass; a lot of times, it’s the same tempos. The culture and some of the sound design is different but a lot of times, it’s the same stuff. — Skrillex

The lowest form of popular culture – lack of information, misinformation, disinformation, and a contempt for the truth or the reality of most people’s lives – has overrun real journalism. Today, ordinary Americans are being stuffed with garbage. — Carl Bernstein

I’m not a culture snob. So while, of course, I think the Mozart ‘Requiem’ or, say, Beethoven’s ‘Ninth’ are some of the greatest works of art in the history of humankind, that’s not to say the Beatles or Queen or Simon and Garfunkel aren’t brilliant, beautiful, important works of art that should be sung without a sense of irony. — Eric Whitacre

The great thing about celebrity culture is that they can’t seem to stop themselves from displaying their ridiculous behaviour. I feel it’s my job as a serious investigative journalist to witness all kinds of behaviour and then report back to the audience through the prism of my own anger and bitterness. — Kathy Griffin

I make a distinction between manners and etiquette – manners as the principles, which are eternal and universal, etiquette as the particular rules which are arbitrary and different in different times, different situations, different cultures. — Judith Martin

I’m sure mothers are important across every culture, but particularly in Korean society, the role of the mother is of great importance. — Bong Joon-ho

Religion is one dimension of culture, a transcendent element of it. — Francis Arinze

Culture is a little like dropping an Alka- Seltzer into a glass- you don’t see it, but somehow it does something — Hans Magnus Enzensberger

The whole drive of western culture, the part of it which is serious, is towards an extreme objectification. It’s carried to the point where the human subject is treated almost as if it’s dirt in the works of a watch. — Henry Flynt

Societies raise their grandest monuments to what their cultures value most highly. As the tallest buildings in a city noted for tall buildings, the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center were certainly monumental. — Michael Mandelbaum

The truth is that our way of celebrating the Christmas season does spring from myriad cultures and sources, from St. Nicholas to Coca-Cola advertising campaigns. — Richard Roeper

Slowly but surely, we are acquiring that famous culture of democracy, which is our objective. — Paul Biya

I don’t like to say I have given my life to art. I prefer to say art has given me my life. — Frank Stella

Ultimately, you change the culture in Washington only one way, and it’s one election at a time, with the character of the people you send. — Paul Sadler

For my parents’ generation, the idea was not that marriage was about some kind of idealized, romantic love; it was a partnership. It’s about creating family; it’s about creating offspring. Indian culture is essentially much more of a ‘we’ culture. It’s a communal culture where you do what’s best for the community – you procreate. — Aasif Mandvi

Hip Hop is thee dominant youth culture in the world right now. — Kurtis Blow

Gay culture is surviving and thriving. Some activists believe the recent rise in homophobic violence might be a gauge of the success of positive gay images. — Lance Loud

Am I Latin? Am I American? What the hell am I? I love my culture and I’m very proud of my culture — America Ferrera

If the culture you have is radically different from an ‘experiment and take-risk’ culture, then you have a big change you going to have to make – and no little gimmicks are going to do it for you. — John P. Kotter

Diligent as one must be in learning, one must be as diligent in forgetting; otherwise the process is one of pedantry, not culture. — Albert J. Nock

Every culture has something to be ashamed of, but every culture also has the right to change, to challenge negative traditions, and create to new ones. — Azar Nafisi

American culture is probably the least Christian culture that we’ve ever had because it is so materialistic and it’s so full of lies. The whole advertising world is just, it’s just intertwined with lies, appealing to the worst of the instincts we have. — Eugene H. Peterson

Culture’s essential service to a religion is to destroy intellectual idolatry, the recurrent tendency in religion to replace the object of its worship with its present understanding and forms of approach to that object. — Northrop Frye

We can’t just rail against crime. We must speak of the root problems – devastating family breakup, an insidious culture of violence that cheapens human life, skyrocketing prisoner recidivism rates that rob our communities of husbands and fathers – and recognize that there is a societal role in rehabilitation and restoration. — Frank Wolf

In time, foods such as hamburgers and ice cream became more than just meals. They became part of American history and culture, touchstones that are almost immediately nostalgic and sentimental no matter how old you are or what part of the country you are from. — Homaro Cantu

As Congress continues to debate ways to address illegal immigration, we must remember the many hard-working legal immigrants that contribute so much to our nation’s economy and culture. — Bob Filner

The mixture of the Trinidadian people and the Indian people has caused a new culture to emerge. — Ismail Merchant

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