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RUINS
[ Also see Age Antiquity Association Cities Civilization Desolation Destruction History Memory Monuments Past Ruin Time ]

Stern Ruin's ploughshare drives elate,
  Full on thy bloom.
      - Robert Burns

There is given
  Unto the things of earth, which Time hath bent,
    A spirit's feeling, and where he hath leant
      His hand, but broke his scythe, there is a power
        And magic in the ruined battlement;
          For which the palace of the present hour
            Must yield its pomp, and wait till ages are its dower.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Tully was not so eloquent as thou, thou nameless column with the buried base.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Ye glorious Gothic scenes! how much ye strike
  All phantasies, not even excepting mine:
    A gray wall, a green ruin, rusty pike,
      Make my soul pass the equinoctial line
        Between the present and past worlds, and hover
          Upon their airy confines, half-seas over.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Mile-stones on the road of time.
      - Sebastien-Roch-Nicolas de Chamfort

How rev'rend is the face of this tall pile,
  Whose ancient pillars rear their marble heads,
    To bear aloft its arch'd and pond'rous roof!
      By its own weight made steadfast and immovable.
        Looking tranquillity! It strikes an awe
          And terror to my aching sight! The tombs
            And monumental caves of death look cold,
              And shoot a chillness to my trembling heart.
      - William Congreve

Black-letter record of the ages.
      - Denis Diderot

'Tis now the raven's bleak abode;
  'Tis now the apartment of the toad;
    And there the fox securely feeds;
      And there the poisonous adder breeds,
        Conceal'd in ruins, moss and weeds;
          While, ever and anon, there falls
            Huge heaps of hoary moulder'd walls.
              Yet time has seen, which lifts the low,
                And level lays the lofty brow,
                  Has seen the broken pile complete,
                    Big with the vanity of state;
                      But transient is the smile of fate!
                        A little rule, a little sway,
                          A sunbeam in a winter's day,
                            Is all the proud and mighty have
                              Between the cradle and the grave.
      - Sir Edward Dyer

As I stand here this pleasant afternoon, looking up at the old chapel (the Mission Dolores), its ragged senility contrasting with the smart spring sunshine, its two gouty pillars with the plaster dropping away like tattered bandages, its rayless windows, its crumbling entrances, the leper spots on its whitewashed wall eating through the dark adobe--I give the poor old mendicant but a year longer to sit by the highway and ask alms in the names of the blessed saints.
      - Bret Harte (Francis Bret Harte)

All things decay with time; the forest sees
  The growth and downfall of her aged trees:
    That timber tall, which threescore lustres stood
      The proud dictator of the state-like wood--
        I mean the sov'reign of all plants, the oak,
          Droops, dies, and falls without the cleaver's stroke.
      - Robert Herrick

The broken eggshell of a civilization which time has hatched and devoured.
      - Julia Ward Howe (Howel)

The ruins of a house may be repaired; why cannot those of the face?
      - Jean de la Fontaine

The monuments of mutability.
      - Antoine de Rivarol, Comte de Rivarol

The legendary tablets of the past.
      - Sir Walter Scott


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