The second day of July1776 will be the most memorable epoch in
the history of America. It ought to be
solemnised with pomp and parade, with shows, games,
sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations
from one end of this continent to the otherfrom
this time forward, for ever more. John Adams Letter to his wife, 3 Jul, on the vote of Congress
for independence from Britain.
The civilization of one epoch becomes the manure of the next. Cyril Vernon Connolly The Unquiet Grave, pt.2.
We declare: the genius of our days to be: trousers, jackets, shoes,
tramways, buses, aeroplanes, railways, magnificent
shipswhat an enchantmentwhat a great epoch
unrivalled in world history. 490 Mikhail Larionov 'Rayonnist Manifesto', quoted in C Gray The
Russian Experiment in Art
Dear husband! I take shame to myself that my purpose was less firm, that
my heart lingered so far behind yours in preparing for
this great epoch in our lives; that like Lot's wife, I still turned and looked back, and clung
with all my strength to
the land I was leaving. It was not the hardships of an
emigrant's life I dreaded. I could bear mere physical
privations philosophically enough; it was the loss of society
in which I had moved, the want of congenial minds, of
persons engaged in congenial pursuits, that made
me so reluctant to respond to my husband's call. Susanna ne e Strickland Moodie Roughing It in the Bush; or, A Life in Canada,
vol.1, ch.11, 'The Charivari'.
A dead reigna strange epoch of folly and shame. EÅ mile Zola On the France of the Second Empire.
Quoted inJoanna Richardson LaVie
Parisienne (1971), p.276.