Top 10 ‘Civilization V’ Quotes


Heralded as one of the champions of the turn-based strategy genre, the Civilization franchise has a surprising amount of depth not only in gameplay and tactics, but in the grand Civilopedia as well. When developing new technology or successfully completing a World Wonder, the game not only rewards you with wise sayings from brilliant artists, scientists, and philosophers, but also with the soothing voice of William Morgan Sheppard. Granted, there’s dozens–if not, hundreds–of quotes to choose from, but here are our top ten:

10. “Where tillage begins, other art flows. The farmers therefore are the founders of human civilization.” – Daniel Webster (Agriculture)

9. “There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.” – Socrates (Philosophy)

8. “In nothing do men more nearly approach the gods than in giving health to men.” – Cicero (Penicillin)

7. “How happy are those whose walls already rise!” – Virgil (Masonry)

6. “Three things are to be looked to in a building: that it stand on the right spot; that it be securely founded; that it be successfully executed.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Construction)

5. “So teach us to number our days, so that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” – The Bible, Psalms, 90:12 (Calendar)

4. “Better is bread with a happy heart / Than wealth with vexation.” – Amenemope (Currency)

3. “I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” – J. Robert Oppenheimer (Nuclear Fission)

2. “Education is the best provision for old age.” – Aristotle (Education)

1. “A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!” – William Shakespeare (Richard III) (Horseback Riding)

What are some of your favorite Civilization V quotes?

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