Civilisation, and what we think about it

14 05 2012

So I was struggling to remember a phrase I once read in a science fiction book as a kid. Assuming it was an Asimov book wasted me a good few minutes on Google. It turned out to be Brian Aldiss:

Civilization is the distance man has placed between himself and his excreta.

Quite to the point I thought! I eventually found it on a page with many more quotes about civilisation. Another gem I discovered was by Bryan White:

We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.