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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.
Where wealth accumulates, men decay.
Decay is quiet but ghastly, explosion is dramatic and dreadful. There's not much to choose between the two of them in reality, and most of our lives have sufficient of both.
Age is not all decay; it is the ripening, the swelling, of the fresh life within, that withers and bursts the husk.
Government is an evil; it is only the thoughtlessness and vices of men that make it a necessary evil. When all men are good and wise, government will of itself decay.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Reality TV to me is the museum of social decay.
As the blessings of health and fortune have a beginning, so they must also find an end. Everything rises but to fall, and increases but to decay.
The fertility cycle is a cycle entirely of living creatures passing again and again through birth, growth, maturity, death, and decay.
Bodily decay is gloomy in prospect, but of all human contemplations the most abhorrent is body without mind.
A government, for protecting business only, is but a carcass, and soon falls by its own corruption and decay.
Amos Bronson Alcott
Too much freedom can lead to the soul's decay.
Writing a novel is a terrible experience, during which the hair often falls out and the teeth decay.
Without adventure civilization is in full decay.
Alfred North Whitehead
Among the many reasons assignable for the sad decay of true Christianity, perhaps the neglecting to assemble ourselves together, in religious societies, may not be one of the least.
The first thing you have to do is accept that decay sets in and there's nothing you can do about it.
It's art that pushes against psychological and social expectations, that tries to transform decay into something generative, that is replicative in a baroque way, that isn't about progress, and wants to - as Walt Whitman put it - 'contain multitudes.'
One of the most striking signs of the decay of art is when we see its separate forms jumbled together.
For an adult, the world is constantly trying to clamp down on itself. Routine, responsibility, decay of institutions, corruption: this is all the world closing in.
And in the afternoon they entered a land - but such a land! A land hung in mourning, darkened by gigantic cypresses, submerged; a land of reptiles, silence, shadow, decay.
George Washington Cable
Expansion means complexity and complexity decay.
C. Northcote Parkinson
An urban novelist never minds a little decay.
All beautiful and noble qualities have been united in me... I shall be the fruit which will leave eternal vitality behind even after its decay. How great must be your joy, therefore, to have given birth to me.
I like thinking about the fragility of the human flesh and our bodies - our decay and eventual death.
The older I get, the more I want to do. It beats death, decay or golf in unfortunate trousers. Peace and quiet depress me.
The deterioration of a government begins almost always by the decay of its principles.
Charles de Secondat
Martin Luther King, Jr.
John F. Kennedy
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