Top Ten Best Arnold Joseph Toynbee Quotes & Written Works

Arnold Joseph Toynbee was a British historian & nephew of Arnold Toynbee.

The Top Ten

1 Sooner or later, man has always had to decide whether he worships his own power or the power of God.
2 A life which does not go into action is a failure.
3 History is a vision of God's creation on the move.
4 Civilization is a movement, not a condition; it is a voyage, not a harbor.
5 I am not a determinist. But I also believe that the decisive choice is seldom the latest choice in the series. More often than not, it will turn out to be some choice made relatively far back in the past.
6 We human beings do have some genuine freedom of choice and therefore some effective control over our own destinies.
7 Of..20 or so civilizations known to modern Western historians,all except our own appear to be dead or moribund,&, when we diagnose each case,in extremis or post mortem,we invariably find..cause of death..been either War or Class..some combination of the 2
8 Encounters taking the form of challenge-&-response are the most illuminating kind of events a for student of human affairs if he believes,as I believe,that 1 of the most distinctive characteristics of Man is the he is partially free to make choices...
9 Encounters are the occasions in human life on which freedom and creativity come into play and on which new things are brought into existence.
10 Now civilizations, I believe, come to birth and proceed to grow by successfully responding to successive challenges. They break down and go to pieces if and when a challenge confronts them which they fail to meet.
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