An excessive indulgence in the pleasures of social life constitutes the great interests of a luxuriant and opulent age
In our imaginations the adults of our childhood remain extreme, essential — we might say radical since they are the roots that fed luxuriant later systems. Those first bohemians, for instance, stay operatic in memory even though were we to meet them today — well, what would we think, we who've elaborated our eccentricities with a patience, a professionalism they never knew?Edmund White
The masculine virtues of Rome were mirrored by the literal emasculation of a cadre of eunuchs in its political and social decline, as the use and value of those effeminate slaves gradually rose with the decline of the empire. Eunuchs were a final luxuriant import from the reign of Elagabalus , when Rome was at length humbled beneath the effeminate luxury of Oriental despotism.Edward Gibbon, in "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776)", in Jean Howard, et al Luxurious Sexualities: Textual Practice Volume 11, Issue 3, Routledge, 12 August 2005, p.130
All actions and attitudes of children are graceful , because they are the luxuriant and immediate offspring of the moment divested of affectation, and free from all pretence.Henry Fuseli, Aphorism 45, in The Life and Writings of Henry Fuseli (1831) Vol. III, edited by John Knowles.
An excessive indulgence in the pleasures of social life, constitutes the great interests of a luxuriant and opulent age; but of late, while the arts of assembling in large societies have been practised, varied by all forms, and pushed on to all excesses.Isaac D'Israeli in:Miscellanies of literature, by the author of 'Curiosities of literature', 1840, p.402
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