How would you describe or define culture?
What imagery would you use? How could you help someone understand the basic mechanics of culture and the impact this has on the world?
Not an easy one!
We want to know if you have any favourite quotes about culture, what it means, how it works or what it does?
We have selected a few to get you started below but please do send us your suggestions so we can add them as we get them!
O Mankind, We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know each other.
The Quran, 49:13
Culture is a thin but very important veneer that you must be careful not to scratch. People from different cultures are basically the same and respond in the same way. However, make sure that you understand their basic customs and show an interest and willingness to learn the differences between your cultures.
Culture is the way in which a group of people solves problems and reconciles dilemmas.
Culture is the fabric of meaning in terms of which human beings interpret their experience and guide their action.
Culture is a little like dropping an Alka-Seltzer into a glass-you don't see it, but somehow it does something.
Hans Magnus Enzensberger
I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the cultures of all the lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any.
If man is to survive, he will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between men and between cultures. He will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life's exciting variety, not something to fear.
On a group of theories one can found a school; but on a group of values one can found a culture, a civilization, a new way of living together among men.
Culture is the name for what people are interested in, their thoughts, their models, the books they read and the speeches they hear, their table-talk, gossip, controversies, historical sense and scientific training, the values they appreciate, the quality of life they admire. All communities have a culture. It is the climate of their civilization.
Culture means control over nature.
Culture is roughly anything we do and the monkeys don't.
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