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Culture Quotes About Its Power in Society

Every country, every community are strongly tied together by an intricate tapestry of individual values, norms and a specific history, so to understand their culture is to understand them.

Speaking to a person in a way which is sensitive to their own distinct, unique culture enables a brand to not only elicit the intended emotional response through branded communications, but also shows that the brand can be trusted to understand their consumer.

Culture and its impact on the communities it was born of is a beautiful, multifaceted entity which gives strength, identity and purpose to its people, and these culture quotes explore the reasons why we emphasise obtaining a true insight into the cultures we help brands to speak to.

Quotes about Culture

“Culture is the name for what people are interested in, their thoughts, their models, the books they read and the speeches they hear.” – Walter Lipmann

Thomas Wolfe quote "Culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs"

“Culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs.” – Thomas Wolfe

“The crucial differences which distinguish human societies and human beings are not biological. They are cultural.” – Ruth Benedict

“Culture is not made up but something that evolves which is human.” – Edward T. Hall

“Cultural differences should not separate us from each other, but rather cultural diversity brings a collective strength that can benefit all of humanity.” – Robert Alan

“No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Culture is the bedrock, the final wall, against which one leans one’s back in a godforsaken chaos.” – J.C. Powys, The Meaning of Culture

Malcolm Bradbury quote "Culture is a way of coping with the world by defining it in detail"

“Culture is a way of coping with the world by defining it in detail.” – Malcolm Bradbury

“The triumph of culture is to overpower nationality.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Our cultural diversity has most certainly shaped our national character.” – Julie Bishop

“The role of culture is that it’s the form through which we as a society reflect on who we are, where we’ve been, where we hope to be.” – Wendell Pierce

“A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.” – John F. Kennedy

“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” – Ray Bradbury

“Piety is not a goal but a means to attain through the purest peace of mind the highest culture.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"If we are to preserve culture we must continue to create it"

“If we are to preserve culture we must continue to create it.” – Johan Huizinga

“Every man’s ability may be strengthened or increased by culture.” – John Abbot

“The wave of the future is not the conquest of the world by a single dogmatic creed but the liberation of the diverse energies of free nations and free men.” – John F. Kennedy

“Culture is the widening of the mind and of the spirit.” – Jawaharlal Nehru

“Culture is a way of coping with the world by defining it in detail.” – Malcolm Bradbury

“To merely observe your culture without contributing to it seems very close to existing as a ghost.” – Chuck Palahniuk

“That is true culture which helps us to work for the social betterment of all.” – Henry Ward Beecher

"Culture is the widening of the mind and of the spirit"

“Culture is the widening of the mind and of the spirit.” – Jawaharlal Nehru

“Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle.This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future” – Albert Camus

“In an immature society culture is an import; for a mature one it is a native manufacture which eventually becomes an export.” – Northrop Frye

“It is not part of a true culture to tame tigers, any more than it is to make sheep ferocious.” – Henry David Thoreau

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” – Marcus Garvey

“Real cultural diversity results from the interchange of ideas, products, and influences, not from the insular development of a single national style.” – Tyler Cowan

"Culture is the habit of being pleased with the best and knowing why"

“Culture is the habit of being pleased with the best and knowing why.” – Henry van Dyke

“Culture makes people understand each other better. And if they understand each other better in their soul, it is easier to overcome the economic and political barriers. But first they have to understand that their neighbor is, in the end, just like them, with the same problems, the same questions.” – Paolo Coelho

“No people come into possession of a culture without having paid a heavy price for it.” – James Baldwin

“No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Preservation of one’s own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures.” – Cesar Chavez

“Piety is not a goal but a means to attain through the purest peace of mind the highest culture.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Ralph Waldo Emerson culture quote "Culture opens the sense of beauty"

“Culture opens the sense of beauty.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Pop-Culture Quotes

“Popular culture has become engorged, broadening and thickening until it’s the only culture anyone notices.” – P.J. O’Rourke

“Popular culture is a place where pity is called compassion, flattery is called love, propaganda is called knowledge, tension is called peace, gossip is called news, and auto-tune is called singing.” – Criss Jami, Killosophy

Bill Gates quote "If your culture doesn't like geeks, you are in real trouble"

“If your culture doesn’t like geeks, you are in real trouble.” – Bill Gates

“It’s part of our pop culture to give animals human personalities and talents.” – Neil Degrasse Tyson

“Popular culture is a contradiction in terms. If it’s popular, it’s not culture.” – Vivienne Westwood

“All I’ve ever wanted to do is move the needle on popular culture.” – Jimmy Iovine

“People constantly make pop-culture references. That’s why it’s called popular culture, because people are aware of it and reference it constantly.” – Seth Rogen

“Jazz is not the popular culture. Jazz is in the same position in our culture as classical music. A very small minority of people really love it.” – John Corigliano

“The concept that an artist would be revered by popular culture is an immediate dismissal of his relevance as an artist.” – Thomas Kinkaide

Hasan Minhaj quote "Political culture has become popular culture"

“Political culture has become popular culture.” – Hasan Minhaj

“We once turned to popular culture because it produced fantasy objects; now, we are asked to ‘identify with’ the fantasizing subject itself.” – Mark Fisher

“Whatever you say about popular culture, people like people who know things, who are experts, and it doesn’t particularly matter what they look like.” – Mary Beard

“Pop culture is not about depth. It’s about marketing, supply and demand, consumerism.” – Trevor Dunn

“The lowest form of popular culture – lack of information, misinformation, disinformation and a contempt for the truth or the reality of most people’s lives – has overrun real journalism.” – Carl Bernstein

“If you’re looking for a book that’s not been influenced by 21st century popular culture and that’s guaranteed to be a good read because it’s stood the test of time, you can’t go wrong with the classics.” – Cecilia Dart-Thornton

"Pop culture is a reflection of social change, not a cause of social change"

“Pop culture is a reflection of social change, not a cause of social change.” – John Podhoretz

We hope these culture quotes have you inspired to be more and do more. Whether you’re an artist, a musician, a teacher, or even an actor or astronaut, you’re doing your part to lift us all higher.

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