Monday, September 24, 2007

Arnold Toynbee had Saturn in Leo

Arnold Toynbee - born April 14, 1889.

Toynbee was educated at Oxford University in England. He served the British Foreign Office during World War I and World War II. At the time of his first Saturn Return, he was a delegate to the Paris Peace Conference. He was a professor of Greek language and history at the University of London and later director of studies at the Royal Institute of International Affairs for thirty years.

At his Second SR, Toynbee was publishing his great work A Study of History, which explored the rise and fall of civilizations. The main thesis of the work, according to , is that "the well-being of a civilization depends on its ability to respond successfully to challenges human and environmental. He got very close to making his third Saturn Return. He died at 86.


Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things: first, an ideal, with takes the imagination by storm, and second, a definite intelligible plan for carrying that ideal into practice.

As human beings, we are endowed with freedom of choice, and we cannot shuffle off our responsibility upon the shoulders of God or nature. We must shoulder it ourselves. It is our responsibility.

History is a vision of God's creation on the move.

Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder.

It is a paradoxical but profoundly true and important principle of life that the most likely way to reach a goal is to be aiming not at that goal itself but at some more ambitious goal beyond it.
The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.

To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization.

We have been God-like in our planned breeding of our domesticated plants and animals, but we have been rabbit-like in our unplanned breeding of ourselves.

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