Harmony makes small things grow; lack of it makes great things decay.
Fascism is capitalism in decay.
A government, for protecting business only, is but a carcass, and soon falls by its own corruption and decay.
I have always looked upon decay as being just as wonderful and rich an expression of life as growth.
In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable. And help to change it.
He who rejects change is the architect of decay.
He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.
Everything rises but to fall, and increases but to decay.
When one tears away the veils and shows them naked, people's souls give off such a pungent smell of decay.
All things are subject to decay and change.
Progress, this great heresy of decay.
Expansion means complexity and complexity decay.
I just have to think of Philadelphia now, and I get ideas, I hear the wind, and I'm off into the darkness somewhere.
When urbanity decays, civilization suffers and decays with it.
All satire is blind to the forces liberated by decay. Which is why total decay has absorbed the forces of satire.
Bodily decay is gloomy in prospect, but of all human contemplations the most abhorrent is body without mind.
Fundamentalists are panicked by the apparent disintegration of the family, the disappearance of certainty and the decay of morality. Fear leads them to ask, if we cannot trust the Bible, what can we trust?
One of the most striking signs of the decay of art is when we see its separate forms jumbled together.
Without adventure civilization is in full decay.
All things are subject to decay and when fate summons, monarchs must obey.
Autumn wins you best by this its mute appeal to sympathy for its decay.
Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey, Where wealth accumulates, and men decay.
Show me one thing here on earth which has begun well and not ended badly. The proudest palpitations are engulfed in a sewer, where they cease throbbing, as though having reached their natural term: this downfall constitutes the heart's drama and the negative meaning of history.
There is something in the decay of nature that awakens thought, even in the most trifling mind.
Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.
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