H. G. Wells quote about decay from The Time Machine - This has ever been the fate of energy in security; it takes to art and to eroticism, and then come languor and decay.
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This has ever been the fate of energy in security; it takes to art and to eroticism, and then come languor and decay.
 H. G. Wells, The Time Machine (1895). copy citation

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Author H. G. Wells
Source The Time Machine
Topic decay energy
Date 1895
Language English
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“No doubt the exquisite beauty of the buildings I saw was the outcome of the last surgings of the now purposeless energy of mankind before it settled down into perfect harmony with the conditions under which it lived—the flourish of that triumph which began the last great peace. This has ever been the fate of energy in security; it takes to art and to eroticism, and then come languor and decay.
'Even this artistic impetus would at last die away—had almost died in the Time I saw. To adorn themselves with flowers, to dance, to sing in the sunlight: so much was left of the artistic spirit, and no more.” source

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