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Quotes of decadence

  1. In all nations an exceptional man exists that compensates the deficiencies of the remainder. In those moments, when humanity is found collectively in a state of decadence there always remain those exceptional beings as point of reference. – Augusto Roa Bastos
  2. Decadence is wonderful. – Jack L. Chalker
  3. An age which is incapable of poetry is incapable of any kind of literature except the cleverness of a decadence – Raymond Chandler
  4. First of all, whoever didn't want to be a member of this association or the other association, was branded, you know, like a dangerous individualist, you know, infected by the Western decadence you know. So everybody joined. – Milos Forman
  5. I have always thought of sophistication as rather a feeble substitute for decadence – Christopher Hampton
  6. Decadence is a difficult word to use since it has become little more than a term of abuse applied by critics to anything they do not yet understand or which seems to differ from their moral concepts. – Ernest Hemingway
  7. The fate of nations is intimately bound up with their powers of reproduction. All nations and all empires first felt decadence gnawing at them when their birth rate fell off. – Benito Mussolini
  8. America may be unique in being a country which has leapt from barbarism to decadence without touching civilization. – John O'Hara
  9. The difference between our decadence and the Russians is that while theirs is brutal, ours is apathetic. – David Sarnoff
  10. In a free society, government reflects the soul of its people. If people want change at the top, they will have to live in different ways. Our major social problems are not the cause of our decadence They are a reflection of it. – Cal Thomas
  11. I am the Empire at the end of the decadence – Paul Verlaine

Usage examples for decadence

  1. So she went on in almost high spirits, though alluding to the general decadence of the Grex family, till Tregear took his leave. – The Duke's Children by Anthony Trollope
  2. In the decadence of Jewish literature, the most prominent figure is Immanuel ben Solomon, or Manoello, as the Italians call him. – Jewish Literature and Other Essays by Gustav Karpeles
  3. In his Sei- Ki, or political history of Japan, he traced the history of the imperial family, and mourned with characteristic pathos the decadence of the imperial power. – The Constitutional Development of Japan 1863-1881 by Toyokichi Iyenaga
  4. An appreciation of Scott might be made almost a test of decadence – Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton
  5. By this time, indeed, the conventional writer of adventures, though he held his ground up to or even beyond the middle of the century, was in a state of incurable decadence – Studies in Literature and History by Sir Alfred Comyn Lyall
  6. It has been said of him, that he was a great artist of the decadence – The French Impressionists (1860-1900) by Camille Mauclair
  7. France is now all decadence – Modern Painting by George Moore
  8. The reader of McCulloch's writings is constantly struck to observe how habitually his judgment of a social question is governed by ethical rather than economic considerations, and how his supreme concern always seems to be to guard the labouring poor from falling into any sort of permanent decadence and to place them securely on the lines of progressive elevation. – Contemporary Socialism by John Rae
  9. There are his books, and among these a special library of the Latin writers of the Decadence – Figures of Several Centuries by Arthur Symons
  10. Excellent as is the work upon these panels and graceful as are the figures, we cannot but notice that our art is taking rapid strides towards its decadence – Stained Glass Tours in France by Charles Hitchcock Sherrill
  11. Only, as in other relationships, the predominating endocrine stamps its signature more visibly upon the documents of decadence than the others. – The Glands Regulating Personality by Louis Berman, M.D.
  12. The first of the tales, " Inclined Planes," is a discursive family chronicle, showing the decadence of a fishing village under the influence of city boarders. – Essays on Scandinavian Literature by Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen
  13. The search for Truth was as certain to bring " not peace but a sword" as the search for Beauty was to bring the decadence of Italy, the corruption of manners, the slavery of two hundred years. – Oxford by Lang, Andrew
  14. No, their death was not merely one of decadence – Warlord of Kor by Terry Gene Carr
  15. The disastrous role played by them has been unfolded by many interpreters of history, by none with a more vivid accuracy than we find in the pages of M. Paul- Dubois: Had Ireland, he writes, been left to herself she would, in all human probability, have succeeded, notwithstanding her decadence in establishing political unity under a military chief. – The Open Secret of Ireland by T. M. Kettle
  16. Yet it was a symbol here on Venus, not of barbarism, but of decadence – Tarrano the Conqueror by Raymond King Cummings
  17. Thereafter the decadence of the goddess began. – Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern by Edgar Saltus
  18. Jazz- the discordant note of our decadence – The Call of the Canyon by Zane Grey
  19. Decadence of arts, of learning and laws, of society itself, was implied in the fact. – Opening Ceremonies of the New York and Brooklyn Bridge, May 24, 1883 by William C. Kingsley Seth Low Franklin Edson
  20. He lived almost all of his life in Italy, and might be put down as an Italian of the Decadence – A Text-Book of the History of Painting by John C. Van Dyke