Quotation by Johan Huizinga

If, then, this civilization is to be saved, if it is not to be submerged by centuries of barbarism, but to secure the treasures of its inheritance on new and more stable foundations, there is indeed need for those now living fully to realize how far the decay has already progressed.
Johan Huizinga (1872–1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 1 (1936).

Written as the clouds of WW II gathered.
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