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    The problem of meaning today is the problem of how the diverse and superficially self-contradictory experiences of men can be put into a consistent picture that will provide contemporary man with a convincing basis from which to live and to act.
    — Carroll Quigley
    The West believes that man and the universe are both complex and that the apparently discordant parts of each can be put into a reasonably workable arrangement with a little good will, patience, and experimentation.
    — Carroll Quigley
    For years I have told my students that I been trying to train executives rather than clerks. The distinction between the two is parallel to the distinction previously made between understanding and knowledge. It is a mighty low executive who cannot hire several people with command of more knowledge than he has himself.
    — Carroll Quigley
    In fact, violence as a symbol of our growing irrationality has had an increasing role in activity for its own sake, when no possible justification could be made that the activity was seeking to resolve a problem.
    — Carroll Quigley
    tags: violence  problem  facts 
     
    The very idea that there is some kind of conflict between science and religion is completely mistaken. Science is a method for investigating experience... Religion is the fundamental, necessary internalization of our system of more permanent values.
    — Carroll Quigley
    The instrument of expansion of Classical civilization was a social organization, slavery.
    — Carroll Quigley
    ...a state is not the same thing as a society, although the Greeks and Romans thought it was. A state is an organization of power on a territorial basis.
    — Carroll Quigley
    tags: society  power  thoughts 
     
    The process by which civilization, as an abstract entity distinct from the societies in which it is embodied, dies or is reborn is a very significant one.
    — Carroll Quigley
    One of the chief reasons for the widespread fear of the Huns rested on their ability to travel very long distances in relatively short periods. This ability may well have been based on their use of horseshoes.
    — Carroll Quigley
    tags: fear  travel 
     
    It is clear that every civilization undergoes a process of historical change. We can see that a civilization comes into existence, passes through a long experience, and eventually goes out of existence.
    — Carroll Quigley
    Capitalism might be defined, if we wish to be scientific, as a form of economic organization motivated by the pursuit of profit within a price structure.
    — Carroll Quigley
    It is also in theory, conceivable that some universal empire some day might cover the whole globe, leaving no external "barbarians" to serve as invaders.
    — Carroll Quigley
    It is this power structure which the Radical Right in the United States has been attacking for years in the belief that they are attacking the Communists.
    — Carroll Quigley
    tags: belief  power  right  year  radical 
     
    The growth of financial capitalism made possible a centralization of world economic control and use of this power for the direct benefit of financiers and the indirect injury of all other economic groups.
    — Carroll Quigley
    Inflation, especially a slow steady rise in prices, encourages producers, because it means that they can commit themselves to costs of production on one price level and then, later, offer the finished product for sale at a somewhat higher price level. This situation encourages production because it gives confidence of an almost certain profit margin.
    — Carroll Quigley
    By the winter of 1945-1946, the Russian peoples were being warned of the dangers from the West
    — Carroll Quigley
    tags: winter  danger 
     
    Western civilization presents one of the most difficult tasks for historical analysis, because it is not yet finished, because we are a part of it and lack perspective, and because it presents considerable variation from our pattern of historical change.
    — Carroll Quigley
    No slave system has ever been able to continue to function on the slaves provided by its own biological reproduction because the rate of human reproduction is too slow and the expense from infant mortality and years of unproductive upkeep of the young make this prohibitively expensive. This relationship is one of the basic causes of the American Civil War, and was even more significant in destroying ancient Rome.
    — Carroll Quigley
    When we approach history, we are dealing with a conglomeration of irrational continua. Those who deal with history by nonrational processes are the ones who make history, the actors in it.
    — Carroll Quigley
    tags: process 
     
    A civilization is complicated, in the first place, because it is dynamic; that is, it is constantly changing in the passage of time, until it has perished.
    — Carroll Quigley
    tags: time  civilization 
     
    A society is a group whose members have more relationships with one another then they do with outsiders.
    — Carroll Quigley
    The social sciences are usually concerned with groups of persons rather than individual persons. The behavior of individuals, being free, is unpredictable.
    — Carroll Quigley
    A fully integrated culture would be like the dinosaurs, which had to perish because they were no longer able to adapt themselves to changes in the external environment.
    — Carroll Quigley
    Each individual in a society is a nexus where innumerable relationships of this character intersect.
    — Carroll Quigley
    It is not easy to tear any event out of the context of the universe in which it occurred without detaching from it some factor that influenced it.
    — Carroll Quigley
    tags: tears  universe 
     
    In addition to their power over government based on government financing and personal influence, bankers could steer governments in ways they wished them to go by other pressures.
    — Carroll Quigley
    After years of work in both areas of study, I concluded that the social sciences were different, in many important ways, from the natural sciences, but that the same scientific methods were applicable in both areas, and, indeed, that no very useful work could be done in either area except by scientific methods.
    — Carroll Quigley
    tags: work  year 
     
    I came into history from a primary concern with mathematics and science. This has been a tremendous help to me as a person and as a historian, although it must be admitted it has served to make my historical interpretations less conventional than may be acceptable of many of my colleagues in the field.
    — Carroll Quigley
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