An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Thy decay's still impregnate with divinity.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


Show me one thing here on earth which has begun well and not ended badly. The proudest palpitations are engulfed in a sewer, where they cease throbbing, as though having reached their natural term: this downfall constitutes the heart's drama and the negative meaning of history.


E. M. Cioran (1911-1995, Rumanian-born French philosopher)


Just as the constant increase of entropy is the basic law of the universe, so it is the basic law of life to be ever more highly structured and to struggle against entropy.


Vaclav Havel (1936-, Czech playwright, president)


I have always looked upon decay as being just as wonderful and rich an expression of life as growth.


Henry Miller (1891-1980, American author)


'Tis but an hour ago since it was nine, and after one hour more twill be eleven. And so from hour to hour we ripe and ripe, and then from hour to hour we rot and rot, and thereby hangs a tale.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


There are people who, like houses, are beautiful in dilapidation.


Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946, Anglo-American essayist, aphorist)


Old age cannot be cured. An epoch or a civilization cannot be prevented from breathing its last. A natural process that happens to all flesh and all human manifestations cannot be arrested. You can only wring your hands and utter a beautiful swan song.


Renee Winegarten


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