Quotation by John Dos Passos

Here stands the row of enormous stelæ that have furnished the date that links the Mayan calendar to ours. These stones standing grimly in line, swelling with the enormous strength of their halfobliterated carvings, still give you, through all the confusion of races and empires long dead, of languages and writings that can never be understood, a feeling of serene order and form... so that after seeing them, the railroad and the guns and the overseers and the loading sheds and the uptodate malaria hospital, all the carefully organized machinery for efficiently squeezing...the sweat and blood of the yellow brown and white mongrel race of workers who live in the rows of company shacks...seems feeble and flabby, not organization at all, not order at all.
John Dos Passos (1896–1970), U.S. novelist, poet, playwright, painter. In All Countries, "Land of Volcanoes," Harcourt, Brace and Company (1934).

Written in Guatemala after seeing Mayan ruins.
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