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Decay Quotes

I hope you find value in these encouraging quotes about Decay.

"Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Without adventure civilization is in full decay.
- Alfred North Whitehead

He who rejects change is the architect of decay.
- Harold Wilson

Bodily decay is gloomy in prospect,
but of all human contemplations,
the most abhorrent is body without mind.
- Thomas Jefferson

 

And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
'Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Endings: sometimes a season of sorrow and grief.
Endings: what must precede new beginnings.
Life is an endless cycle of endings and beginnings.
Renewal and rebirth cannot occur without endings -
as the new year's crop can only be planted and flourish
in the decay of last year.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

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Middle age is youth without levity, and age without decay.
- Doris Day

One of the most striking signs of the decay of art
is when we see its separate forms jumbled together.
- Jean-Luc Godard

All things are subject to decay and when fate summons,
monarchs must obey.
- John Dryden

Political chaos is connected with the decay of language...
one can probably bring about some improvement by starting at the verbal end.
- George Orwell

But I believe there is a decay that is eroding America,
and as a result, God begins to disappear from our society.
- Lee Greenwood

The first thing you have to do is accept that decay
sets in and there's nothing you can do about it.
- Francesca Annis

Expansion means complexity and complexity decay.
- C. Northcote Parkinson

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

When one tears away the veils and shows them naked,
people's souls give off such a pungent smell of decay.
- Octave Mirbeau

The proper method for hastening the decay of error
is by teaching every man to think for himself.
- William Godwin

Writing a novel is a terrible experience,
during which the hair often falls out and the teeth decay.
- Flannery O'Connor

All satire is blind to the forces liberated by decay.
Which is why total decay has absorbed the forces of satire.
- Theodor Adorno

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.
- Sallust

Age is not all decay; it is the ripening,
the swelling, of the fresh life within,
that withers and bursts the husk.
- George MacDonald

I am against nature.
I don't dig nature at all.
I think nature is very unnatural.
I think the truly natural things are dreams,
which nature can't touch with decay.
- Bob Dylan

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

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.
- Charles Mackay

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.
- William Henry Hudson

Life - a spiritual pickle preserving the body from decay.
- Ambrose Bierce

If movies are causing moral decay, then crime ought to be going up,
but crime is going down.
- Jack Valenti

There is something in the decay of nature that awakens thought,
even in the most trifling mind.
- Sarah Josepha Hale

Harmony makes small things grow, lack of it makes great things decay.
- Sallust

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

Of course the French are making very credible movies
and it is still one of the greatest nations in terms
of world cinema but the real problem is the decay in film criticism.
- Wim Wenders

Throughout the whole vegetable, sensible,
and rational world, whatever makes progress towards maturity,
as soon as it has passed that point,
begins to verge towards decay.
- Robert Blair

Autumn wins you best by this its mute appeal to sympathy for its decay.
- Robert Browning

There is no surer sign of decay in a country than to
see the rites of religion held in contempt.
- Niccolo Machiavelli

Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay.
- Jiddu Krishnamurti

The deterioration of a government begins almost always
by the decay of its principles.
- Charles de Secondat

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.
- Lee Atwater

Our works decay and disappear but God gentlest works
stay looking down on the ruins we toil to rear.
- Walter Smith

I am in an adolescence in reverse, as mysterious as the first,
except that this time I feel it as a decay of the odds
that I might live for a while,
that I can sleep it off.
- Harold Brodkey

Where wealth accumulates, men decay.
- Oliver Goldsmith

We must act swiftly in order to halt the rate of decay our planet faces.
- Henry W. Kendall

Without publicity there can be no public support,
and without public support every nation must decay.
- Benjamin Disraeli

If those communities are left to decay,
this city will decay.
- Jane Byrne

Fascism is capitalism in decay.
- Vladimir Lenin

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

There is a rising generation in this country who do
not know God because of a general decay of religion.
- Arthur Middleton

I have always looked upon decay as being just as wonderful
and rich an expression of life as growth.
- Henry Miller

Progress, this great heresy of decay.
- Charles Baudelaire

A government, for protecting business only,
is but a carcass, and soon falls by its own corruption and decay.
- Amos Bronson Alcott

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.
- Horace

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?
- Garrett Hardin

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.
- Ernst Fischer

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.
- Egon Schiele

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.
- Hu Shih

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.
- John C. Calhoun

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.
- George Whitefield

Jude has a very different character.
It is not the cradle of Christianity,
or of the assembly on earth: it is its decay and its death here below.
It does not keep its first estate.
- John Nelson Darby

When urbanity decays, civilization suffers and decays with it.
- James Norman Hall

When the violation of parity was discovered I began
a series of electronic experiments to investigate parity
violation in hyperon decays.
- James Cronin

If a nation's literature declines, the nation atrophies and decays.
- Ezra Pound

False friendship, like the ivy, decays and ruins the walls it embraces;
but true friendship gives new life and animation to the object it supports.
- Richard Burton

Admiration is a very short-lived passion,
that immediately decays upon growing familiar with its object.
- Joseph Addison

During this period, with a series of excellent students,
we further studied hyperon decays.
- James Cronin

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things.
The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic
feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.
- John Stuart Mill

My mouth is full of decayed teeth and my soul of decayed ambitions.
- James Joyce

I have seen one shrike occupy himself for hours in sticking up on thorns,
a number of small fishes that the fishermen had thrown on the shore.
The fishes dried up and decayed.
- John Bachman

I always try to be alert to the potential for repetition,
for a decaying orbit with regard to my use of technique,
etc.
- Jeff Vandermeer

Everything will change.
The only question is growing up or decaying.
- Nikki Giovanni

Try a new perspective on diversity.
Across the country and around the world,
we are all one.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Courage doesn't always roar.
Sometimes courage is the quiet voice
at the end of the day, saying,
"I will try again tomorrow."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
- Louisa May Alcott


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