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The world's most primitive people have few possessions, but they are not poor. Poverty is not a certain small amount of goods, nor is it just a relation between means and ends; above all it is a relation between people. Poverty is a social status. As such it is the invention of civilization. -- Marshall Sahlins
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Nothing but a little savage... -- Georges Bernanos
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Tribal life comes automatically to an end when a primitive people begins to live in a town or a city, for sooner or later a tribal organization is found to be incompatible with life in a city. -- Arthur Keith
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Even in the most sophisticated person, it is the primitive eye that watches the film. -- Jack Nicholson
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We are so accustomed to the apparently rational nature of our world that we can scarcely imagine anything happening that cannot be explained by common sense. The primitive man confronted by a shock of this kind would not doubt his sanity; he would think of fetishes, spirits or gods -- Carl Jung
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Our consciousness is primitive; it is dependent on wants and needs. -- Debasish Mridha
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There are no peoples however primitive without religion and magic. Nor are there, it must be added at one, any savage races lacking in either the scientific attitude, or in science, though this lack has been frequently attributed to them. -- Bronislaw Malinowski
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Despite our complicated civilization, so called, or perhaps on account of it, we are all of us a mere set of barbarians, who find it less trouble to provide a new, cheap, and shoddy thing than to get the full use and full pleasure out of a finely-made and carefully-chosen old one. -- Vernon Lee
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The current controversy over God's sex doesn't strike anyone as being the least bit primitive. If God is going to be like us, then there must be sexual equipment of one kind or the other, even though it presumably doesn't get much use. -- Daniel Quinn
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*feels nothing* minimalism -- Unknown
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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
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I had been afraid of the primitive, had wanted it broken gently, but here it came on us in a breath, as we stumbled up through the dung and the cramped and stinking huts to our lampless sleeping place among the rats. It was the worst one need fear, and it was bearable because it was inescapable. -- Graham Greene
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What manner of man is this, or what manner of creature is it in the semblance of man? -- Bram Stoker
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This weapon [an ax] is primitive but effective. And it's also guaranteed to be fifty-percent painless. You see, it takes two people to operate, and the person at this end [the handle] doesn't feel a thing. -- Alfred Hitchcock
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In a typical desperation for quick answers, easily understood, people had turned to primitive worship as the solution. With less than success. Not only had they died as quickly as the rest of the people, but they had died with terror in their hearts, with a mortal dread flowing in their very veins. -- Richard Matheson
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The simple are meat for slaughter, to be used when they are useful in causing trouble for the opposing power, and to be sacrificed when they are no longer of use. -- Umberto Eco
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Though our survival system doesn't always work to our advantage, it is a mistake to think we should conquer the primitive self completely. -- Kelly Mcgonigal
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Think about some of the "simplest -- Jacques B. Doukhan
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It is a primitive form of thought that things exist or do not exist. -- Arthur Eddington
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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
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Many modern artists, philosophers, and theologians reject the knowledge of the past. Thus they must continually start over again from ground zero, their vision restricted to their own narrow perspectives, making themselves artificially primitive. -- Gene Edward Veith Jr.
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The dietaries of the various primitive groups have all been shown to have a mineral content several times higher than that which obtains in the inadequate food eaten by modernized primitives and the people of our modernized cultures -- Anonymous
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Crude at first [the short story] received a literary polish in the press, but its dominant quality remained. It was concise and condense, yet suggestive. It was delightfully extravagant - or a miracle of understatement -- Bret Harte
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Limited means often constitute the charm and force of primitive painting. Extension, on the contrary, leads the arts to decadence. -- Georges Braque
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I stand, limited primitive, sentimentalist, escapist
The way I shape this landscape, automatically makes this, vivid
I give it a rivet, hold it, stand at the pivot
I love it, learn to live it, then give you my exhibit -- Aceyalone
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For every year humans had been modern, they had been primitive for seven hundred more, which left a residue, and by then the back part of my brain was firmly in charge - My tribe needs you gone, pal. And you're ugly, too. And you're a pussy. -- Lee Child
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Imagination without knowledge leads no farther than the back yard of primitive art, the child's scrawl on the fence, and the crank's message in the market place. Art is never simple. -- Vladimir Nabokov
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We said that mere judgment would probably suffice in a primitive society. It is easy for a society to live without mathematics - -- Nassim Nicholas Taleb
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Our civilization is still in a middle stage, scarcely beast, in that it is no longer wholly guided by instinct; scarcely human, in that it is not yet wholly guided by reason. -- Theodore Dreiser
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The irregular and intimate quality of things made entirely by the human hand. -- Willa Cather
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If you don't like an idea, put another idea against it! If you use your fist against an idea that you don't like, you only prove how horribly primitive you are! -- Mehmet Murat Ildan
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uncomplicated things -- Susan Meissner
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If we put together all that we have learned from anthropology and ethnography about primitive men and primitive society, we perceive that the first task of life is to live. Men begin with acts, not with thoughts. -- William Graham Sumner
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Advanced civilization: one without advanced technology. -- Marty Rubin
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In the beginning was simplicity. -- Richard Dawkins
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Here was a chimpanzee using a tool... That was object modification-- the crude beginning of tool making. -- Jane Goodall
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But primitive man had enemies real as well as imaginary, and they were not subject to priestly sorceries. -- Paul Harris
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The prehistorical and primitive period represents the true infancy of the mind. -- James Mark Baldwin
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It combined corrupt simplicity with delicate ferocity, a curious variety of civilization; a tiger with a simper. -- Victor Hugo
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Primal people see the objects of this world not (or not only) as solid but as open windows to their divine source. -- Huston Smith
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Idea that people from the next village are as human as ourselves, it is presumptuous in the extreme to suppose we could ever look at sociable, tool-making creatures who arose from other evolutionary paths -- Orson Scott Card
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In the face of the economic plight, it is our task to become pioneers of simplicity, that is, to find a simple form for all of life's necessities, which is at the same time respectable and genuine. -- Oskar Schlemmer
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Understand her text. By degrees we may come to know the primitive sense of the permanent objects of nature, so that the world shall be to us -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
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prestidigitator, -- Jay Samit
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Socialism is a return to primitive conditions. -- Henry Morton Stanley
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Minimalism is the new extra mile. -- Mokokoma Mokhonoana
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Primitives of our own species, even today are historically shallow in their knowledge of the past. Only the poet who writes speaks his message across the millennia to other hearts. -- Loren Eiseley
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Devices which in some curious new way imitate nature are attractive to simple minds. -- Vladimir Nabokov
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The primitive sign of wanting is trying to get ... -- G. E. M. Anscombe
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Primitive religions are based entirely on fear -- Albert Einstein
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Only basic goodness gives life to technique. To -- Stephen R. Covey
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Marcie, I won't let you do this!" Erin insisted. "It's primitive! He's primitive! He looks like a total nutcase. A wild man." "He's actually very docile. Kind." "There -- Robyn Carr
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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
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The qualities which technique requires for its advance are precisely those characteristics of a technical order which do not represent indivisual intelligence ... The individual, in order to make use of technical instruments, no longer needs to know about his civilization. -- Jacques Ellul
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These slender little people (Homo Habilis), the size of modern 12 year olds, were devoid of fangs and claws and almost certainly slower on foot than the four legged animals around them. They could have succeeded in their new way of life only by relying on tools and sophisticated cooperative behavior -- E. O. Wilson
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From naive simplicity we arrive at more profound simplicity. -- Albert Schweitzer
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For sheer primitive rage, commend me to a thoroughgoing humanitarian when you get him well roused. -- Agatha Christie
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We may complain and cavil at the anarchy which is the amateurs natural element, but in soberness we must agree that if the amateur did not exist it would be necessary to invent him. -- Jacques Barzun
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I am not as simple as I look. -- Lal Bahadur Shastri
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Labels are for the things men make, not for men. The most primitive man is too complex to be labeled. -- Rex Stout
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Practical in our expectations of the Criminal Law. ... [For] we have merely to imagine, by some trick of time travel, meeting our earliest hominid ancestor, Adam, a proto-man, short of stature, luxuriantly furred, newly bipedal, foraging about on the African -- William Landay
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A relatively primitive village in which there are still real feasts, common artistic shared expressions, and no literacy at all is more advanced culturally and more healthy mentally than our educated, newspaper-reading radio-listening culture. -- Erich Fromm
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Simplicity is the mean between ostentation and rusticity. -- Alexander Pope
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One thing I have learned in a long life: that all our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike
and yet it is the most precious thing we have. -- Albert Einstein
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The most common trait of all primitive peoples is a reverence for the life-giving earth, and the Native American shared this elemental ethic: The land was alive to his loving touch, and he, its son, was brother to all creatures. -- Stewart Udall
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It was wearisome to contemplate that animate protoplasm, reasonable by courtesy only, shut up in a car by an incomprehensible civilization, taken somewhere, to do a vague something without aim or significance or consequence. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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This is a gift that I have, simple, simple; a foolish extravagant spirit full of forms, figures, shapes, objects, ideas, apprehensions, motions, revolutions; these are begot in the ventricle of memory, nourished in the womb of pia mater, and delivered upon the mellowing of occasion. -- William Shakespeare
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The impulse to ask questions is among the more primitive human lusts. -- Rose Macaulay
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Beasts abstract not. -- John Locke
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There was a curious mixture in the boy, of uncompleted savagery, and uncompleted civilization. -- Charles Dickens
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What impresses me... are .... humans they are so simple... species... soooo simple that you can predict each move if you want so much!? -- Deyth Banger
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But the shadow is merely somewhat inferior, primitive, unadapted, and awkward; not wholly bad. It even contains childish or primitive qualities which would in a way vitalize and embellish human existence, but convention forbids! -- C. G. Jung
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somethingological -- Charles Dickens
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The most awkward means are adequate to the communication of authentic experience, and the finest words no compensation for lack of it. It is for this reason that we are moved by the true Primitives and that the most accomplished art craftsmanship leaves us cold. -- Ananda Coomaraswamy
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How difficult it is to be simple. -- Irving Stone
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Hands were such extraordinary tools, she mused. Tools, weapons, clumsy and deft, numb and tactile. Among tribal hunters, they could speak, a flurry of gestures eloquent in silence. But they could not taste. Could not hear. Could not weep. For all that, they killed so easily. -- Steven Erikson
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It gave me a moment of exquisite satisfaction to find myself moving away from civilisation in this rude canvas canoe of a model that has served primitive races since men first went to sea. -- John Millington Synge
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Man is a tool-making animal -- Benjamin Franklin
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Let us guide our students over the road of discipline from materials, through function, to creative work. Let us lead them into the healthy world of primitive building methods, where there was meaning in every stroke of an axe, expression in every bite of chisel. -- Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe
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A pioneer destroys things and calls it civilization. -- Charles Marion Russell
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It does not matter whether one paints a picture, writes a poem, or carves a statue - simplicity is the mark of a master-hand ... -- Elsie De Wolfe
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Simplicity is the most difficult thing to secure in this world; it is the last limit of experience and the last effort of genius. -- George Sand
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Ah, I see. You don't know much about us and the unknown equals the barbaric, the primitive. Although it is you lot who are ignorant. -- Andrew Ashling
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Simplicity is the peak of civilization. -- Henry David Thoreau
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But the unsensational doings of a quite commonplace young -- P.g. Wodehouse
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Every contrivance of man, every tool, every instrument, every utensil, every article designed for use, of each and every kind, evolved from a very simple beginnings. -- Robert Collier
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a creature of impulse. -- Clive Barker
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A language not based on universal symbols or sensations is gibberish, a pitfall of modern art, no longer modern. -- Nelson Shanks
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Specialists without spirit, sensualists without heart; this nullity imagines that it has attained a level of civilization never before achieved. -- Max Weber
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A savage is simply a human organism that has not received enough news from the human race. -- John Ciardi
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We've got paleolithic emotions, medieval institutions, and god-like technologies. -- E. O. Wilson
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As technology advances in complexity and scope, fear becomes more primitive. -- Don Delillo
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In the teaching of geography and history a sympathetic understanding (should) be fostered for the characteristics of the different peoples of the world, especially for those who we are in the habit of describing as primitive. -- Albert Einstein
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What I have always wanted for myself is much more primitive. It is probably nothing more than the affection of the people with whom I am in contact, and their good opinion of me. -- Anna Freud
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Shocked to realize how much vitality is required simply to support our primitive requirements, we wonder, bewildered, where Art fits in. -- Muriel Barbery
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The revolutionary simpleton is everywhere. -- Jose Lezama Lima
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Savages we call them, because their manners differ from ours, which we think the perfection of civility; they think the same of theirs. -- Benjamin Franklin
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If you have moved over vast territories and dared to love silly things, you will have learned even from the most primitive items collected and put aside in your life. -- Ray Bradbury
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I try to make concrete that which is abstract. -- Juan Gris
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Once it was believed that to bring these creatures to manhood it was enough to feed them, clothe them, and look to their everyday needs; but we see now that the result of this has been to turn out petty shopkeepers, village politicians, hollow technicians devoid of an inner life. -- Antoine De Saint-Exupery