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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Arnold Joseph Toynbee (1889–1975)
QUOTATION: Now civilizations, I believe, come to birth and proceed to grow by successfully responding to successive challenges. They break down and go to pieces if and when a challenge confronts them which they fail to meet.
ATTRIBUTION: ARNOLD J. TOYNBEE, Civilization on Trial, chapter 4, p. 56 (1948).
SUBJECTS: Civilization