The goal of every culture is to decay through over-civilization; the factors of decadence,--luxury, scepticism, weariness and supe...rstition,--are constant. The civilization of one epoch becomes the manure of the next.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »
If thou fill thy brain with Boston and New York, with fashion and covetousness, and wilt stimulate thy jaded senses with wine and ...French coffee, thou shalt find no radiance of wisdom in the lonely waste of the pinewoods.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »
You're looking, sir, at a very dull survivor of a very gaudy life. Crippled, paralyzed in both legs. Very little I can eat, and my... sleep is so near waking that it's hardly worth the name. I seem to exist largely on heat, like a newborn spider.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »
The attraction of horror is a mental, or even an intellectual, excitement, but the fascination of the repulsive, so noticeable in ...contemporary writing, can spring openly from some rotted substance within our civilization ...LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »
Decadence is a difficult word to use since it has become little more than a term of abuse applied by critics to anything they do n...ot yet understand or which seems to differ from their moral concepts.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »
In frolics dispose your pounds, shillings, and pence, For we shall be nothing a hundred years hence....
We'll sport and be free with Frank, Betty, and Dolly, Have lobsters and oysters to cure melancholy; Fish dinners will make a man spring like a flea, Dame Venus, love's lady, was born of the sea; With her and with Bacchus we'll tickle the sense, For we shall be past it a hundred years hence.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »
Every civilization when it loses its inner vision and its cleaner energy, falls into a new sort of sordidness, more vast and more ...stupendous than the old savage sort. An Augean stable of metallic filth.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »