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.     

Menander

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

I like the tradition of ordinary men in extraordinary circumstances and how they react to events which force them to be heroic in a way that is not in their natures.     

Rob Lowe

I just think that some version of the past in our culture is going to rise up and become dominant.     

Peter Davison

Tradition demands that we not speak poorly of the dead.     

Daniel Barenboim

Everything is arranged so that it be this way, this is what is called culture.     

Jacques Derrida

When a marriage culture fails, sexual desire no longer unites; instead it fragments.     

Maggie Gallagher

Everybody blames the culture without taking responsibility.     

James Levine

We are all part of a tradition, at least we depend on the past.     

Klaus Schulze

Tradition has made women cowardly.     

Nance O'Neil

Custom is the great guide to human life.     

David Hume

Habit is necessary; it is the habit of having habits, of turning a trail into a rut, that must be incessantly fought against if one is to remain alive.     

Edith Wharton

Traditions are the guideposts driven deep in our subconscious minds. The most powerful ones are those we can't even describe, aren't even aware of.     

Ellen Goodman

Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead.     

G. K. Chesterton

Tradition can, to be sure, participate in a creation, but it can no longer be creative itself.     

Kenzo Tange

All tradition is merely the past.     

Jiddu Krishnamurti

A love for tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril.     

Winston Churchill

Tradition simply means that we need to end what began well and continue what is worth continuing     

Jose Bergamin

Tradition is an important help to history, but its statements should be carefully scrutinized before we rely on them.     

Joseph Addison

As soon as tradition has come to be recognized as tradition, it is dead.     

Allan Bloom

Building a great tradition is more rewarding than simply having one.     

J.R. Slaughter

Tradition is an explanation for acting without thinking.     

Grace Mcgarvie

Culture is such a thin veneer / Scratch it and the truth will come gushing out / And the truth will come bleeding out / Yeah it all will come crashing down / The truth will come     

Paul J. Carney

This is what my daddy told me / I wish he would hold me a little more than he did / But he taught me my culture / And how to live positive     

Duncan Philip Bridgeman

We don't know what it's for but / We've lived the southern strategy / You know it's never going to last / So keep it in the past     

Jeremy Gara

forget how the culture / we come from divide us / forget how the culture / we come from divide us / this is the culture of dusty old vinyl / this is the tribal record of love     

Gabrielle Glaser

In an immature society culture is an import; for a mature one it is a native manufacture which eventually becomes an export.     

Northrop Frye

Culture is born in leisure and an awareness of standards, and pioneer conditions tend to make energetic and uncritical work an end it itself, to preach a gospel of social unconsciousness, which lingers long after the pioneer conditions have disappeared.     

Northrop Frye

It is a sad fact about our culture that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about his art than he can by practising it.     

Elizabeth Knowles

Culture is coded wisdom.     

Wangari Maathai

Culture means control over nature.     

Johan Huizinga

Culture opens the sense of beauty.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Modern culture is a tremendous force.      

John Gresham Machen

Company culture is a religion, not a sermon.     

Gary Vaynerchuk

Culture is not a matter of a change of climate.     

George Horace Lorimer

The effectiveness of a new culture depends on the strength of the people behind the change and the strength of the pre-existing culture.     

Steve Gruenert

Cultures are virtual realities made of language.     

Terence McKenna

Culture does not make people. People make culture.     

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Culture is a slingshot moved by the force of its past.     

Barbara Kingsolver

A culture disconnected from wild nature becomes insane.     

Toby Hemenway

The greatness of a culture can be found in its festivals.     

Siddharth Katragadda