He bore a simple wild-flower wreath: Narcissus, and the sweet brier rose; Vervain, and flexile thyme, that breathe Rich fragrance; modest heath, that glows With purple bells; the amaranth bright, That no decay, nor fading knows, Like true love's holiest, rarest light; And every purest flower, that blows In that sweet time, which Love most blesses, When spring on summer's confines presses.
A state too expensive in itself, or by virtue of its dependencies, ultimately falls into decay; its free government is transformed into a tyranny; it disregards the principles which it should preserve, and finally degenerates into despotism. The distinguishing characteristic of small republics is stability: the character of large republics is mutability.simón bolívar
Iamnot yet so lost inlexicographyastoforgetthat words arethe daughters of earth, and thatthings arethesons of heaven. Language is only the instrument of science, and words are but thesigns of ideas: Iwish, however, that the instrument might be less apt to decay, and that signs might be permanent, like the things which they denote.1755 A Dictionary of the English Language, preface.
Behold now, Bhikkhus, I exhort you: All compounded things are subject to decay. Strive with diligence!Last words, as quoted in DN 16; Mahaparinibbana Sutta 6:8
Now, then, monks, I exhort you: All fabrications are subject to decay. Bring about completion by being heedful.translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
While in the progress of their long decay, Thrones sink to dust, and nations pass away.Earl of Carlisle, On the Ruins of Pæstum. Same idea in Pope's Messiah.
The ruins of himself! now worn away With age, yet still majestic in decay.Homer, The Odyssey, Book XXIV, line 271. Pope's translation.
Woe, destruction, ruin, and decay; The worst is death, and death will have his day.Act III, scene 2, line 102.
Fluoridation is the single most effective public health measure to prevent tooth decay and improve oral health over a lifetime, for both children and adults.Richard H. Carmona, United States Surgeon General, Surgeon General's Statement on Community Water Fluoridation July 28, 2004.
The winter oak... is very useful in buildings but when in a moist place it takes in water to its centre... and so it rots. The Turkey oak and the beech both... take in moisture to their centre and soon decay. White and black poplar , as well as willow , linden , and the agnus castus... are of great service from their stiffness. ...they are a convenient material to use in carving.Chapter IX, Sec. 9 (Book II)
In swampy places, alder piles driven close together beneath the foundations of buildings take in the water which their own consistence lacks and remain imperishable forever, supporting structures of enormous weight and keeping them from decay. Thus a material which cannot last even a little while above ground, endures for a long time when covered with moisture.Chapter IX, Sec. 10 (Book II)