Quotes of Decadence

“ Racism is a White attitudinal problem. ”

- Jane Elliott

“ 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 not yet understand or which seems to differ from their moral concepts. ”

- Ernest Hemingway

“ I have always thought of sophistication as rather a feeble substitute for decadence. ”

- Christopher Hampton

“ Men first feel necessity, then look for utility, next attend to comfort, still later amuse themselves with pleasure, thence grow dissolute in luxury, and finally go mad and waste their substance. ”

- Giambattista Vico

“ The goal of every culture is to decay through over-civilization; the factors of decadence, — luxury, skepticism, weariness and superstition, — are constant. The civilization of one epoch becomes the manure of the next. ”

- Cyril Connolly

“ To agree on keeping a status quo that can't be kept has nothing to do with consensus. It's decadence. ”

- Hilmar Kopper

“ Racism? But isn't it only a form of misanthropy? ”

- Joseph Brodsky

“ America may be unique in being a country which has leapt from barbarism to decadence without touching civilization. ”

- John O’Hara

“ The difference between our decadence and the Russians is that while theirs is brutal, ours is apathetic. ”

- James Thurber

“ He had that curious love of green, which in individuals is always the sign of a subtle artistic temperament, and in nations is said to denote a laxity, if not a decadence of morals. ”

- Oscar Wilde

“ An age which is incapable of poetry is incapable of any kind of literature except the cleverness of a decadence. ”

- Raymond Chandler

“ America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between. ”

- Oscar Wilde

“ In a free society, government reflects the soul of its people. If people want change at the top, they will have to live in different ways. Our major social problems are not the cause of our decadence. They are a reflection of it. ”

- Cal Thomas

“ I was very much a daddy's girl, and was pretty tyrannical when he was sleeping. If I could get into trouble, I would. I didn't have a lot of respect for those people because I saw a lot of debauchery and decadence going on. People trying to hid it from me, but I was onto them. ”

- Lisa Marie Presley

“ If the statistics are right, the Jews constitute but one percent of the human race. It suggests a nebulous dim puff of star dust lost in the blaze of the Milky Way. Properly the Jew ought hardly to be heard of; but he is heard of, has always been heard of… ”

- Mark Twain
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