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A collection of quotations by Samuel P. Huntington on relations, violence, science, Islam, history, anthropology, hypocrisy, individualism and politics.

11 Notable Samuel P. Huntington Quotes You Must Know

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Samuel Phillips Huntington was an acclaimed American political scientist known for his highly influential book titled ‘The Clash of Civilizations’. His research papers were compiled into a book and became the most notable work of his life. After completing his research from the University of Harvard, he worked as a professor there for the next 7 years. During this time he published his first book called ‘The Soldier and the State: The Theory and Politics of Civil-Military Relations’ where he explained the relationship between political power and military professionalism. He further worked at the ‘University of Columbia’ before returning back to Harvard. He wrote various books on political science including ‘Political Order in Changing Societies’ and ‘Who Are We?’ that magnified his reputation as a political scientist. He has been honored with the renowned ‘Grawemeyer Award’ for his book titled ‘Ideas Improving World Order’. Here is a compilation of quotations and sayings by the political scientist which have been scanned from his writings, research papers, books, work and thoughts. Go through these quotes by Samuel P. Huntington that reflect his approach towards the problems going in the world.

Expectations should not always be taken as reality; because you never know when you will be disappointed.

- Samuel P. Huntington

Some Westerners […] have argued that the West does not have problems with Islam but only with violent Islamist extremists. Fourteen hundred years of history demonstrate otherwise.

- The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order, Samuel P. Huntington

In the emerging world of ethnic conflict and civilizational clash, Western belief in the universality of Western culture suffers three problems: it is false; it is immoral; and it is dangerous.

- The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order, Samuel P. Huntington

Every civilization sees itself as the center of the world and writes its history as the central drama of human history.

- The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order, Samuel P. Huntington

Power remains strong when it remains in the dark; exposed to the sunlight it begins to evaporate.

- American Politics: The Promise of Disharmony, Samuel P. Huntington

Collective will supplants individual whim

- Samuel P. Huntington

The essence of Western civilization is the Magna Carta, not the Magna Mac. The fact that non-Westerners may bite into the latter has no implications for their accepting the former.

- The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order, Samuel P. Huntington

Reaffirming their Western identity and Westerners accepting their civilization as unique not universal and uniting to renew and preserve it against challenges from non-Western societies.

- The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order, Samuel P. Huntington

There can be no true friends without true enemies. Unless we hate what we are not, we cannot love what we are.

- The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order, Samuel P. Huntington

The dangerous clashes of the future are likely to arise from the interaction of Western arrogance, Islamic intolerance, and Sinic assertiveness.

- The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order, Samuel P. Huntington

Interaction of Western arrogance, Islamic intolerance, and Sinic assertiveness. Alone among civilizations the West

- The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order, Samuel P. Huntington