Of the twenty or so civilizations known to modern Western historians, all except our own appear to be dead or moribund, and, when we diagnose each case, in extremis or post mortem, we invariably find that the cause of death has been either War or Class or some combination of the two. To date, these two plagues have been deadly enough, in partnership, to kill off nineteen out of twenty representatives of this recently evolved species of human society; but, up to now, the deadliness of these scourges has had a saving limit.
Far from affording artists continuous inspiration, mass-media sources for art have become a Dead end. They have combined with the abstractness of institutional art teaching to produce a fine-arts culture given over to information and not experience. This faithfully echoes the drain of concreteness from modern existence— the reign of mere unassimilated data instead of events that gain meaning by being absorbed into the fabric of imaginative life.robert hughes
The objects that we have known in better days are the main props that sustain the weight of our affections, and give us strength to await our future lot. The future is like a Dead wall or a thick mist hiding all objects from our view; the past is alive and stirring with objects, bright or solemn, and of unfading interest.william hazlitt
Enough! I'm taking that bird back with me, ALIVE... OR Dead!Who: Charles Muntz
Individual societies begin in harmonious adaptation to the environment and, like individuals, quickly get trapped into nonadaptive, artificial, repetitive sequences.When the individual's behavior and consciousness get hooked to a routine sequence of external actions, he is a Dead robot, and it is time for him to die and be reborn. Time to "drop out," "turn on," and "tune in." This period of robotization is called the Kali Yuga, the Age of Strife and Empire...timothy leary
Riel, our brother, is Dead, victim of his devotion to the cause of the Métis of which he was leader, victim of fanatism and treason; of the fanatism of Sir John and of some other friends of his; of the treason of three of our own who, in order to keep their wallet, have sold their brother.honoré mercier
They do neither plight nor wed In the city of the Dead, in the city where they sleep away the hours.Richard Eugene Burton, City of the Dead.
If he raises me from the Dead... will you dump your girlfriend and be with me? [Elan: ...] No thanks, then... I'll take my chances that the Afterlife... won't have any punishment worse... than not being with you.Who: Therkla
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