Quotation by Henry Brooks Adams

The more I live here in western Europe, the more I am impressed by the sense of decay;Mnot the graceful and dignified decay of an oriental, but the vulgar and sordid decay of a bankrupt cotton-mill.
Henry Brooks. Adams (1838–1918), U.S. historian. Letter, January 20, 1898, to Elizabeth Cameron. Letters, Vol. 2, p. 147, ed. Worthington Chauncy Ford, Houghton Mifflin (1938).
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