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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.

Emil Cioran (1911-1995) Romanian philosopher and essayist.

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 and playwright.

Thy decay's still impregnate with divinity.

Lord Byron (1788-1824) British poet.