Culture Sayings and Quotes

Life would be pretty boring without culture. It influences the music we listen to, the food we eat, our interests and even our values and views on morality. Below you’ll find a collection of wise and insightful culture quotes.

A nation's culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.     

Mahatma Gandhi

If you want to change the culture, you will have to start by changing the organization.     

Mary Douglas

Preservation of one's own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures.     

Cesar Chavez

Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?     

Ernest Gaines

Society or culture or whatever you might want to call it, has created us all solely and wholly for the purpose of maintaining its continuity and status quo.     

U. G. Krishnamurti

Culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs.     

Thomas Wolfe

No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive.     

Mahatma Gandhi

When a tradition gathers enough strength to go on for centuries, you don't just turn it off one day.     

Chinua Achebe

Youth culture now really looks back and embraces the past, but keeps it contemporary but not sticking to one particular style.     

Alexander McQueen

Pop culture is a reflection of social change, not a cause of social change.     

John Podhoretz

Culture is a way of coping with the world by defining it in detail.     

Malcolm Bradbury

Popular culture has become engorged, broadening and thickening until it's the only culture anyone notices.     

P. J. O'Rourke

Culture is not made up but something that evolves which is human.     

Edward T. Hall

If we are to preserve culture we must continue to create it.     

Johan Huizinga

Culture makes all men gentle.     


This is the culture you're raising your kids in. Don't be surprised if it blows up in your face.     

Marilyn Manson

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.     

Ralph Nader

The second fundamental feature of culture is that all culture has an element of striving.     

Johan Huizinga

The role of culture is that it's the form through which we as a society reflect on who we are, where we've been, where we hope to be.     

Wendell Pierce

Culture is the widening of the mind and of the spirit.     

Jawaharlal Nehru

If your culture doesn't like geeks, you are in real trouble.     

Bill Gates

In every ancient culture, there are rituals to mortify the body as a way of understanding that the energy of the soul is indestructible.     

Marina Abramovic

To merely observe your culture without contributing to it seems very close to existing as a ghost.     

Chuck Palahniuk

If you're doing something outside of dominant culture, there's not an easy place for you. You will have to do it yourself.     

Ava Duvernay

When you learn something from people, or from a culture, you accept it as a gift, and it is your lifelong commitment to preserve it and build on it.     

Yo-Yo Ma

Culture's worth huge, huge risks. Without culture we're all totalitarian beasts.     

Norman Mailer

Cultures grow on the vine of tradition.     

Jonah Goldberg

Tradition is the illusion of permanence.     

Woody Allen

Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.     

W. Somerset Maugham

Tradition does not mean that the living are dead, it means that the dead are living.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton