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As someone who flaunts the alias “Cultured Simplicity”, it’s quite important that I’m able to provide answers when questioned about culture. Such as…

How do you define culture? (You’d be surprised by how much this answer differs from person to person and… well culture to culture!)

Or what is culture in simple words? (A word for the ‘way of life’ of groups of people, meaning the way they do things. Next question.)

Personally, I find that referencing the words of people from cultures all over the world is the best way to truly grasp the essence of culture.

The funny thing is that “culture quotes” are constantly categorized by their secondary underlying messages. There are quotes about culture and identity, quotes about culture and heritage, proud of my culture quotes, quotes about culture and education, etc.

Then there are also quotes about culture shock, quotes about cultural relativism, quotes about ethnocentrism, quotes about assimilation, and well a lot more.

For the sake of this article, all the culture quotes listed below are exactly that; culture quotes. Quotes about culture that’ll provide a deeper level of insight as to the definition of “culture.”

Quotes that’ll address both the connotation and denotation of the word. Culture quotes that’ll reshape your understanding of what culture is and *hopefully* allow you to more greatly appreciate all cultures.

Make sure you also check out 50 stress-relieving quotes from around the world before you leave!

Culture Quotes that’ll transform your mind

1.

Preservation of one's own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures. Cesar Chavez

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

2.

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

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

3.

A multicultural society does not reject the culture of the other but is prepared to listen, to see, to dialogue and, in the final analysis, to possibly accept the other's culture without compromising its own. Reuven Rivlin

A multicultural society does not reject the culture of the other but is prepared to listen, to see, to dialogue and, in the final analysis, to possibly accept the other’s culture without compromising its own. – Reuven Rivlin

4.

Learning a foreign language, and the culture that goes with it, is one of the most useful things we can do to broaden the empathy and imaginative sympathy and cultural outlook of children.

Michael Gove

5.

Moral values, and a culture and a religion, maintaining these values are far better than laws and regulations.

Moral values, and a culture and a religion, maintaining these values are far better than laws and regulations. – Swami Sivananda

6.

It's good to be proud of your heritage and your culture, but pride can be perverted. Sam Hunt

It’s good to be proud of your heritage and your culture, but pride can be perverted. – Sam Hunt

7.

I feel like our culture is so good at pulling other people down and being so judgmental, but there's space for all of us to be who we are. There's space for us to celebrate each other and root for each other and not take each other down. Tracee Ellis Ross

I feel like our culture is so good at pulling other people down and being so judgmental, but there’s space for all of us to be who we are. There’s space for us to celebrate each other and root for each other and not take each other down. – Tracee Ellis Ross

8.

Travel early and travel often. Live abroad, if you can. Understand cultures other than your own. As your understanding of other cultures increases, your understanding of yourself and your own culture will increase exponentially. Tom Freston

Travel early and travel often. Live abroad, if you can. Understand cultures other than your own. As your understanding of other cultures increases, your understanding of yourself and your own culture will increase exponentially. – Tom Freston

9.

I think a culture of nonviolence will help create the condition where poverty is unacceptable, where racism is way behind us and not something that we have to deal with on a frequent basis, and where militarism and violence are reduced almost to be nonexistent. Martin Luther King III

I think a culture of nonviolence will help create the condition where poverty is unacceptable, where racism is way behind us and not something that we have to deal with on a frequent basis, and where militarism and violence are reduced almost to be nonexistent. – Martin Luther King III

10.

I think nowadays it doesn’t really matter where we are physically located. We create our own culture around us to a large extent, whether it’s what we’re listening to, what we’re watching, what we’re reading – it can have very little to do with one’s immediate cultural environment. We are in a global culture in that respect.

David Sylvian

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For the first time in human evolution, the individual life is long enough, and the cultural transformation swift enough, that the individual mind is now a constituent player in the global transformation of human culture. William Irwin Thompson

For the first time in human evolution, the individual life is long enough, and the cultural transformation swift enough, that the individual mind is now a constituent player in the global transformation of human culture. – William Irwin Thompson

12.

The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts. Charles Darwin

The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts. – Charles Darwin

13.

Our culture is all about shallow relationships. But that doesn't mean we should stop looking each other in the eye and having deep conversations. Francis Chan

Our culture is all about shallow relationships. But that doesn’t mean we should stop looking each other in the eye and having deep conversations. – Francis Chan

14.

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

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

15.

The fact that societies are becoming increasingly multi-ethnic, multicultural, and multi-religious is good. Diversity is a strength, not a weakness.

The fact that societies are becoming increasingly multi-ethnic, multicultural, and multi-religious is good. Diversity is a strength, not a weakness. – Antonio Guterres

16.

Hatred is something peculiar. You will always find it strongest and most violent where there is the lowest degree of culture.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

17.

The test of our social commitment and humanity is how we treat the most powerless of our fellow citizens, the respect we accord to our fellow human beings. That is what reveals our true culture.

The test of our social commitment and humanity is how we treat the most powerless of our fellow citizens, the respect we accord to our fellow human beings. That is what reveals our true culture. – Azim Premji

18.

The idea of cultural relativism is nothing but an excuse to violate human rights. – Shirin Ebadi

19.

Stereotypes, they're sensual, cultural weapons. That's the way that we attack people. At an artistic level, stereotypes are terrible writing. Junot Diaz

Stereotypes, they’re sensual, cultural weapons. That’s the way that we attack people. At an artistic level, stereotypes are terrible writing. – Junot Diaz

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Whether born from experience or inherent physiological or cultural differences, our gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging. Sonia Sotomayor Read more at https://www.brainyquote.com/search_results?q=cultural

Whether born from experience or inherent physiological or cultural differences, our gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging. – Sonia Sotomayor

Before you go…

I hope you’re feeling a real nice dose of cultural awareness right about now! I enjoyed finding these culture quotes for you just as much as I hope you enjoyed reading them.

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