Quotation by John Dos Passos

We're headed for collapse, if you want my opinion, Missy. I can see it in the fallin' off of the quality of vagrants. There was a time you could find real good company in almost any jungle you'd pick, men who could talk, men who'd read a book now and then; and now, what do you find, a lot of dirty little guttersnipes no decent tramp would want to associate with.
Well, it's been that way all through history.
John Dos Passos (1896–1970), U.S. novelist, poet, playwright, painter. Bum in Fortune Heights, act 2, sc. 1 "The Course of Empire," Three Plays, Harcourt, Brace and Company (1934).
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