What is Culture?
- "What is culture?
- "How can it be defined?"
- "What does it do?"
By way of answering the above questions we have found a set of quotes which hopefully gives some sort of indication as to what culture actually is.
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.
A culture may be conceived as a network of beliefs and purposes in which any string in the net pulls and is pulled by the others, thus perpetually changing the configuration of the whole.
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.
What is the definition of 'culture'?
This is what the people of London said.