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1. "As a society we've progressed to a point where it is unacceptable behavior to knock someone down who is acting a fool. I teach my children to use their words when faced with a conflict. That's what civilized people do. All that is fine and good except for one small thing; we've enabled the fools......What if people could expect a measure of instant justice when they were out of order? The acts of thoughtlessness would decline exponentially. If you give people license to be fools then you are left to deal with fools. However, if you put fools on notice then they'll be forced to snap to attention and act right or suffer the consequences. Think of it as an adult spanking."
Author: Aaron Blaylock
2. "Societies in decline have no use for visionaries."
Author: Anaïs Nin
3. "There is at least one point in the history of any company when you have to change dramatically to rise to the next level of performance. Miss that moment - and you start to decline."
Author: Andy Grove
4. "But, oh, when gloomy doubts prevail,I fear to call thee mine;The springs of comfort seem to fail,And all my hopes decline.Yet, gracious God, where shall I flee?Thou art my only trust;And still my soul would cleave to thee,Though prostrate in the dust."
Author: Anne Steele
5. "We cater to the better class of gentile clientele. We reserve the right to decline service to anyone we deem to be incompatible."
Author: Barbara Kingsolver
6. "Poet appointed dare not declineto walk among the bogus..."
Author: Basil Bunting
7. "What is at a peak is certain to decline. He who shows his hand will surely be defeated. He who can prevail in battle by taking advantage of his enemy's doubts is invincible."
Author: Cao Cao
8. "Television, although It's in steep decline, still occasionally gives voices to people who don't have voices."
Author: Christopher Eccleston
9. "Community is like a garden, it is an organic living thing; if it is neglected, it can overgrow with weeds and suffer decline. Communities must be actively maintained... all this activity is the lifeblood of culture, and this is where the essence of patriotic spirit and a sense of togetherness is born."
Author: Cory Bernardi
10. "Walking is the only way proven to stave off cognitive decline - it works."
Author: Dan Buettner
11. "It isn't just that Obama's policies have failed; it's that he has essentially given up and is asking us to accept a lesser America going forward, as if resigned to the fatalistic belief that America has begun an inevitable and unavoidable decline."
Author: David Limbaugh
12. "The first sign on a declining civilization is a decline in the arts."
Author: Diana Palmer
13. "What terrorists gain, novelists lose. The degree to which they influence mass consciousness is the extent of our decline as shapers of sensibility and thought. The danger they represent equals our own failure to be dangerous.''And the more clearly we see terror, the less impact we feel from art."
Author: Don DeLillo
14. "A civilization begins to decline the moment Life becomes its sole obsession."
Author: Emil Cioran
15. "Growth in wisdom can be measured precisely by decline in bile."
Author: Friedrich Nietzsche
16. "As long as we decline to allow sick, uninsured people to just lie down and die on the side of the road, everybody has to have insurance for the health care system to work sanely."
Author: Gail Collins
17. "As we've gone along, I've pointed out that a warm childhood relationship with his mother—not maternal education—was significantly related to a man's verbal test scores, to high salary, to class rank at Harvard, and to military rank at the end of World War II. At the men's twenty-fifth reunion, it looked, to my surprise, as though the quality of a man's relationship with his mother had little effect on overall midlife adjustment. However, forty-five years later, to my surprise again, the data suggested that there was a significant positive correlation between the quality of one's maternal relationship and the absence of cognitive decline. At age ninety, 33 percent of the men with poor maternal relationships, and only 13 percent of men with warm relationships, suffered from dementia."
Author: George E. Vaillant
18. "Today you are walking in Paris the women are all steeped in bloodIt was and I'd rather not remember it was at beauty's decline"
Author: Guillaume Apollinaire
19. "After you pass a certain age, things you were able to do easily aren't so easy anymore — just as a fastball pitcher's speed starts to slip away with time. Of course, it's possible for people as they mature to make up for a decline in natural talent. Like when a fastball pitcher transforms himself into a cleverer pitcher who relies on changeups. But there is a limit. And there definitely is a sense of loss."
Author: Haruki Murakami
20. "For no one, in our long decline,So dusty, spiteful and divided,Had quite such pleasant friends as mine,Or loved them half as much as I did."
Author: Hilaire Belloc
21. "Worldliness proposes objectives which demand no radical breach with man's fallen nature; it judges the importance of things by the present and material results; it weighs success by numbers; it covets human esteem and wants no unpopularity; it knows no truth for which it is worth suffering; it declines to be a 'fool for Christ's sake."
Author: Iain Murray
22. "For I see not what there is desirable in publick esteeme, were I able to acquire & maintaine it. It would perhaps increase my acquaintance, the thing which I chiefly study to decline."
Author: Isaac Newton
23. "The decline of manners, the cynical pursuit without shame or restraint of personal advantage and of money characterizes our times, not without exceptions, of course, but more than we ought to be comfortable with."
Author: J. Irwin Miller
24. "I cannot resign myself to the decline of Europe, and of France."
Author: Jacques Delors
25. "Globalization makes it impossible for modern societies to collapse in isolation, as did Easter Island and the Greenland Norse in the past. Any society in turmoil today, no matter how remote ... can cause trouble for prosperous societies on other continents and is also subject to their influence (whether helpful or destabilizing). For the first time in history, we face the risk of a global decline. But we also are the first to enjoy the opportunity of learning quickly from developments in societies anywhere else in the world today, and from what has unfolded in societies at any time in the past. That's why I wrote this book."
Author: Jared Diamond
26. "Not surprisingly, some of the super-rich declined to join the Patriotic Millionaires when the Agenda Project reached out to them. At least two airily dismissed the Bush tax cuts for millionaires and above - which will cost well over $700 billion over the coming decade - as small potatoes."
Author: Joe Conason
27. "We've been an empire in decline since I can remember," Ketchum said bluntly; he wasn't kidding. "We are a lost nation, Danny. Stop farting around."
Author: John Irving
28. "I decline the coffee. I don't drink it, because no matter how much sugar I put into it, it still tastes like ass-water to me. Maybe it's because my taste buds are so desensitized to sweet that anything not comprised of at least ninety percent sugar tastes wrong"
Author: Katja Millay
29. "Reesee answered my cell?" Dusty was silent. "Dusty," he called. "My daughter answered your cell?""If I say yes, are you gonna get pissed at your girl?""Uh… yeah.""Then I decline to answer."Fuck."
Author: Kristen Ashley
30. "When things flourish they decline."
Author: Lao Tzu
31. "In all, 86 per cent of the increased life expectancy was due to decreases in infectious diseases. And the bulk of the decline in infectious disease deaths occurred prior to the age of antibiotics. Less than 4 per cent of the total improvement in life expectancy since 1700s can be credited to twentieth-century advances in medical care."
Author: Laurie Garrett
32. "The decline of the aperitif may well be one of the most depressing phenomena of our time."
Author: Luis Bunuel
33. "Buying a home wouldn't make much sense if house prices were likely to decline further; no one wants to catch a falling knife."
Author: Mark Zandi
34. "Venus, I'm sorry that you've gone on minding that I didn't let you drive me to O'Hare. "That's what we do," you said: "We drive each other to and from the airport." Do you realize how rare that is? No one does it anymore, not even newlyweds. All right – it was selfish of me to decline. I said it was because I didn't want to say goodbye to you in a public place. But I think it was the asymmetry of it that was really troubling me. You and I, we drive each other to and from the airport. And I didn't want a to when I knew there wouldn't be a from."
Author: Martin Amis
35. "But then in April of 1985 the dollar began a sharp decline. The dollar's trade weighted value fell 23 percent in just 12 months and by a total of 37 percent by the beginning of 1988."
Author: Martin Feldstein
36. "...status, as in any traditional, class-conscious society, declines more slowly than wealth."
Author: Mohsin Hamid
37. "The imminent demise of the church has been predicted since the middle of the 18th century. This is the regular secular mantra if churchgoing declines. I could take you to plenty of churches that are full to bursting and new churches being built."
Author: N. T. Wright
38. "No debt…" Her eyes lapse into a stare. "No debt… someday when all thedreams are gone…discovered… for when will that be, Samuel? Three times andthen declines forever."
Author: Nathan Reese Maher
39. "She demanded, "Give up your life of idolatry and become a doctor."I declined. "I have my geraniums to look after."
Author: Nick Bantock
40. "A cherry pie is . . . ephemeral. From the moment it emerges from the oven it begins a steep decline: from too hot to edible to cold to stale to mouldy, and finally to a post-pie state where only history can tell you that it was once considered food. The pie is a parable of human life."
Author: Nick Harkaway
41. "Once more he became silent, staring before him with sombre eyes. Following his gaze, I saw that he was looking at an enlarged photograph of my Uncle Tom in some sort of Masonic uniform which stood on the mantlepiece. I've tried to reason with Aunt Dahlia about this photograph for years, placing before her two alternative suggestions: (a) To burn the beastly thing; or (b) if she must preserve it, to shove me in another room when I come to stay. But she declines to accede. She says it's good for me. A useful discipline, she maintains, teaching me that there is a darker side to life and that we were not put into this world for pleasure only."
Author: P.G. Wodehouse
42. "Because there's a clock attached to every beautiful woman. From the second she comes into her own, she begins to decline, because she begins to age. Aging is every beautiful woman's kryptonite. And so, yes, it's ridiculous and no, you don't have much time and of course it's not fair. Those three statements are the essence of beauty."
Author: Paul Rudnick
43. "We have been filled with grief as we have witnessed the decline of the North American Church that was once filled with missionary zeal and yet now seems determined to bury itself in a deadly embrace with the spirit of the age."
Author: Peter Akinola
44. "What I'm most pleased about is that there's no particular decline. The songs I wrote 40 years ago are no worse and no better - there's a consistency."
Author: Randy Newman
45. "The Democrats need to remind people of where were, in terms of our progress, as markers against where we are, and where we've fallen, and how we've declined under Bush."
Author: Sidney Blumenthal
46. "If you were born in Britain after World War II, you see a continuous atmosphere of decline, moral and economic and political."
Author: Stephen Bayley
47. "It's not that we grow old, I thought, but that we grow old in decline and discomfort, and these hardships are made worse by the awareness that nothing will improve. No coming days will dawn brighter than the last that dawned, and this sorrow is further deepened by a fear of death…"
Author: Thomas H. Cook
48. "It's amazing to hear, as a voice matures and then starts to decline, what kind of emotion is still conveyed by a really good vocalist."
Author: Tom Wopat
49. "In specific circumstances the period of aging decline can set in earlier in a particular organ than in the organism as a whole which, in a certain general or theoretical sense, is left a cripple or invalid."
Author: Wilhelm Ostwald
50. "Consider this: all the ants on the planet, taken together, have a biomass greater than that of humans. Ants have been incredibly industrious for millions of years. Yet their productiveness nourishes plants, animals, and soil. Human industry has been in full swing for little over a century, yet it has brought about a decline in almost every ecosystem on the planet. Nature doesn't have a design problem. People do."
Author: William McDonough

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