Words matter. These are the best Decay Quotes from famous people such as Thomas Jefferson, Oliver Goldsmith, Adam Levine, Henry Miller, John C. Calhoun, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
Bodily decay is gloomy in prospect, but of all human contemplations the most abhorrent is body without mind.
Where wealth accumulates, men decay.
Seriously, ‘Honey Boo Boo’ is the decay of Western civilization. Just because so many people watch the show doesn’t mean it’s good.
I have always looked upon decay as being just as wonderful and rich an expression of life as growth.
The interval between the decay of the old and the formation and establishment of the new constitutes a period of transition which must always necessarily be one of uncertainty, confusion, error, and wild and fierce fanaticism.
It took a deadly illness to put me eye to eye with that truth, but it is a truth that the country, caught up in its ruthless ambitions and moral decay, can learn on my dime.
Too much freedom can lead to the soul’s decay.
For too long, this country has been suffering a great moral and oral decay in spirit and incisors.
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.
It’s a Hollywood screenwriting notion that change comes because of one epic, soul-crushing event… What’s more common is that the slow decay of the nonevents of your life build up until you can’t take it anymore.
Without publicity there can be no public support, and without public support every nation must decay.
The deterioration of a government begins almost always by the decay of its principles.
Admiration is a very short-lived passion, that immediately decays upon growing familiar with its object.
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.
In the depths of the moor, the peat may be seen riven like floes of ice, and the rifts are sometimes twelve to fourteen feet deep, cut through black vegetable matter, the product of decay of plants through countless generations.
When urbanity decays, civilization suffers and decays with it.
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.
Harmony makes small things grow, lack of it makes great things decay.
I’m not very keen on ageing. I’m not keen on the physical decay. I probably am quite vain. I think you want to try and look OK for the benefit of other people.
A government, for protecting business only, is but a carcass, and soon falls by its own corruption and decay.
When the violation of parity was discovered I began a series of electronic experiments to investigate parity violation in hyperon decays.
Who am I? Not the body, because it is decaying; not the mind, because the brain will decay with the body; not the personality, nor the emotions, for these also will vanish with death.
One of the untold elements of the rapid decay underway in the Obamacare exchanges is the massive shift toward the Medicaid managed care companies, and away from the traditional commercial insurers like UnitedHealth Group and Aetna.
One of the most striking signs of the decay of art is when we see its separate forms jumbled together.
On the basis of biological, sociological, and historical knowledge, we should recognize that the individual self is subject to death or decay, but the sum total of individual achievement, for better or worse, lives on in the immortality of The Larger.
Our works decay and disappear but God gentlest works stay looking down on the ruins we toil to rear.
Many great novels have shown a world torn to shreds by the brutality of war. To do so, their authors ground their texts in the details of destruction and decay.
‘Content’ is a word that has never sat well with me. Like ‘maturity’. They are two words I’ve never liked. I think they imply some sort of decay. A settling.
When you are captain at the same time, that’s when it gets difficult and when your own game starts to decay because you have other worries and pressures.
Life – a spiritual pickle preserving the body from decay.
No government can be strong and flourishing while the national character is weak and degraded. A government must flourish and decay with its subjects; and, when a prince makes a law or performs an action which has a tendency to injure the character or prosperity of the nation, he injures himself.
Expansion means complexity and complexity decay.
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.
There comes not seldom a crisis in the life of men, of nations, and of worlds, when the old forms seem ready to decay, and the old rules of action have lost their binding force. The evils of existing systems obscure the blessings that attend them, and, where reform is needed, the cry is raised for subversion.
Not only is natural burial by far the most ecologically sound way to perish, it doubles down on the fear of fragmentation and loss of control. Making the choice to be naturally buried says, ‘Not only am I aware that I’m a helpless, fragmented mass of organic matter, I celebrate it. Vive la decay!’
Middle age is youth without levity, and age without decay.
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.
The proper method for hastening the decay of error is by teaching every man to think for himself.
When writers for adults contemplate Venice, they behold decay, dereliction and death. Thomas Mann, Daphne du Maurier, L. P. Hartley and Salley Vickers have all dispatched hapless protagonists to Italy, where they see Venice – and die.
We’ve come a long way in our thinking, but also in our moral decay. I can’t imagine Dr. King watching the ‘Real Housewives’ or ‘Jersey Shore.’
There is no surer sign of decay in a country than to see the rites of religion held in contempt.
When one tears away the veils and shows them naked, people’s souls give off such a pungent smell of decay.
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.
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.
As public schools deteriorate, the upper-middle class and wealthy send their kids to private ones. As public pools and playgrounds decay, the better-off buy memberships in private tennis and swimming clubs. As public hospitals decline, the well-off pay premium rates for private care.
There is no such thing as death. In nature nothing dies. From each sad remnant of decay, some forms of life arise so shall his life be taken away before he knoweth that he hath it.
But I believe there is a decay that is eroding America, and as a result, God begins to disappear from our society.
Autumn wins you best by this its mute appeal to sympathy for its decay.
We know that our senses are subject to decay, that from our middle years they are decaying all the time; but happily it is as if we didn’t know and didn’t believe.
Both for Havana’s beauty and decay, it’s very hard to restrain yourself from staring everywhere you look.
He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.
Reality TV to me is the museum of social decay.
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.’
Fascism is capitalism in decay.
The French, perhaps more than any other nation, cherish the memory of their dead by ornamenting their places of sepulture with the finest flowers, often renewing the garlands and replacing such plants as decay with vigorous and costly ones.
The politburo have seriously self-criticized and honestly apologize to the Central Committee for the shortcomings in party building, cases of moral decay among party members and cadres.
Great effort is required to arrest decay and restore vigor. One must exercise proper deliberation, plan carefully before making a move, and be alert in guarding against relapse following a renaissance.
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.
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