Decay Quotes

He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.

Harold Wilson

Moral and spiritual decay have brought about the demise of more great nations (empires) than any invading enemy force, plague, famine and nature disasters combined

Joseph P. Martino

Of all our planet's activities--geological movements, the reproduction and decay of biota, and even the disruptive propensities of certain species (elephants and humans come to mind)--no force is greater than the hydrologic cycle.

RICHARD BANGS

Without adventure civilization is in full decay

Alfred North Whitehead

When private virtue is hazarded on the perilous cast of expediency, the pillars of the republic, however apparent their stability, are infected with decay at the very centre.

Edwin Hubbell Chapin

Fascism is capitalism in decay

Vladimir Lenin

One of the most devastating experiences in human life is disillusionment. Of course there are some illusions the disillusionment of which is healthy. It takes two things to bowl over a tree a heavy wind outside and decay inside. Much of the moral wreckage is caused by inner cynicism a disgust with life's futility, an inability to see sense in it. A person in that mood is an easy mark for the next high wind.

Art Sisson

Time on its back bears all things far away - Full many a challenge is wrought by many a day - Shape, fortune, name, and nature all decay

Plato

Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay

Jiddu Krishnamurti

You making haste on decay: not blameworthy; life is good, be it stubbornly long or suddenly A mortal splendor: meteors are not needed less than mountains: shine, perishing republic.

Robinson Jeffers

The goal of every culture is to decay through over-civilization; the factors of decadence, -- luxury, skepticism, weariness and superstition, -- are constant. The civilization of one epoch becomes the manure of the next.

Cyril Connolly

Trade's proud empire hastes to swift decay.

Samuel Johnson

Science, like life, feeds on its own decay. New facts burst old rules; then newly divined conceptions bind old and new together into a reconciling law.

William James

A comfortable old age is the reward of a well-spent youth. Instead of its bringing sad and melancholy prospects of decay, it would give us hopes of eternal youth in a better world.

Maurice Chevalier

When private virtue is hazarded on the perilous cast of expediency, the pillars of the republic, however apparent their stability, are infected with decay at the very center.

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Writers may be disreputable, incorrigible, early to decay or late to bloom but they dare to go it alone.

John Updike

Think of the fierce energy concentrated in an acorn! You bury it in the ground, and it explodes into an oak! Bury a sheep, and nothing happens but decay.

George Bernard Shaw

The goal of every culture is to decay through over-civilization; the factors of decadence, -- LUXURY, scepticism, weariness and superstition, -- are constant. The civilization of one epoch becomes the manure of the next.

Cyril Connolly

Land, then, is not merely soil; it is a fountain of energy flowing through a circuit of soils, plants, and animals. Food chains are the living channels which conduct energy upward; death and decay return it to the soil. The circuit is not closed; some energy is dissipated in decay, some is added by absorption from the air, some is stored in soils, peats, and long-lived forests; but it is a sustained circuit, like a slowly augmented revolving fund of life.

Aldo Leopold

To accept civilization as it is practically means accepting decay.

George Orwell

Autumn wins you best by this, its mute Appeal to sympathy for its decay.

Robert Browning

Harmony makes small things grow, lack of it makes great things decay

Sallust

Words strain, Crack and sometimes break, under the burden, Under the tension, slip, slide, perish, Decay with imprecision, will not stay in place, Will not stay still.

Thomas Eliot

Middle age is youth without levity, and age without decay.

Doris Day

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