Primitive Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old primitive quotes, primitive sayings, and primitive proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


To the primitive mind, everything is either friendly or hostile; but experience has shown that friendliness and hostility are not the conceptions by which the world is to be understood.     

Bertrand Russell

Primitive societies without religion have never been found.     

William Dean Howells

Stories are the most primitive and purest form of communication.     

Blake Mycoskie

The genius of the primitive mind is that it can render human helplessness in noble and beautiful ways.     

Don DeLillo

We are primitive men; we taboo what we desire and need. How did the denying of love come to be associated with the idea of morality.     

Christina Stead

The primitive simplicity of their minds renders them a more easy prey to a big lie than a small one.     

Adolf Hitler

As civilization advances, man grows unconscious of the primitive elements of life; he is separated from them by his perfection of material techniques.     

Charles Lindbergh

It is a common rule with primitive people not to waken a sleeper, because his soul is away and might not have time to get back.     

James George Frazer

The primitive simplicity of their minds renders them a more easy prey to a big lie than a small one.     

Adolf Hitler

The prehistorical and primitive period represents the true infancy of the mind.     

James Mark Baldwin

The most primitive places left with us are the swamps, where the spruce still grows shaggy with usnea.     

Henry David Thoreau

At our most primitive we are storytellers and dancers.     

Anne Lamott

Religion is a primitive form of philosophy, the attempt to offer a comprehensive view of reality.     

Ayn Rand

In primitive society, where uniformity of occupation is the rule, and the distribution of the community into various classes of workers has hardly begun, every man is more or less his own magician; he practices charms and incantations for his own good and the injury of his enemies.     

James Frazer

In ancient times they had no statistics so they had to fall back on lies.     

Stephen Leacock

Ritual is the most primitive reflection of serious thought, a slow deposit, as it were, of people's imaginative insight into life.     

Susanne Katherina Langer

To the primitive mind, everything is either friendly or hostile; but experience has shown that friendliness and hostility are not the conceptions by which the world is to be understood.     

Bertrand Russell

Primitive does not mean stupid.     

Albie Sachs

You cannot control the primitive urges and hormones that drive your eating behavior.     

Mark E. Hyman

A primitive artist is an amateur whose work sells.     

Grandma Moses

Despite the theories traditionally taught in high school social studies, the truth is: The more primitive the society, the more leisured its way of life.     

Peter Farb

It is the mark of a primitive society to view regression as progress.     

Neale Donald Walsch

Creation of something out of nothing is the most primitive of human passions and the most optimistic.     

Christina Stead

The primitive in each of us climbs closer to the surface during the night, for the moon sings to it, and the cold void between the stars speaks its language. To that savage self, evil can look lovely in too little light.     

Dean Koontz

The primitive stages can always be re-established; the primitive mind is, in the fullest meaning of the word, imperishable.     

Sigmund Freud

Like it or not, we're still a primitive tribe ruled by fears, superstition and misinformation.     

Bill Maher

Primitive superstition lies just below the surface of even the most tough-minded individuals, and it is precisely those who most fight against it who are the first to succumb to its suggestive effects.     

Carl Jung

The most common trait of all primitive peoples is a reverence for the life-giving earth.     

Stewart Udall

It is a primitive form of thought that things exist or do not exist.     

Sir Arthur Eddington

The primitive style makes nature look like stage scenery.     

E. J. Hughes