We will not make our society more civilized by detaching one of our central institutions from its civilizing task.
Putin preys on the fact that the West thinks money and sport are neutral, or at least civilizing influences.
He does not realize the impossibility of civilizing a non-religious world.
But this is by no means, in its civilizing effect, a railroad.
War has been a civilizing power, although it has been fearful expensive of blood, treasure, and public morals.
This is going to exert powerful effects of a civilizing kind.
There appears, however, to be little hope of civilizing them, and teaching them European arts and habits.
Some would ask, How shall we go about colonizing and civilizing Africa?
In a word, I know of no better means of civilizing the natives than the missionary post.
Only the defenseless tempt the avidity of the civilizing nations.