Quote, On the Rise and Fall of Civilizations

“Are we doomed to do it again and again and again? Have we no choice but to play the Phoenix in an unending sequence of rise and fall? Assyria, Babylon, Egypt, Greece, Carthage, Rome, the Empires of Charlemagne and the Turk. Ground to dust and plowed with salt. Spain, France, Britain, America — burned into the oblivion of the centuries. And again and again and again.”

— Walter Miller, A Canticle for Leibowitz

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Quote, On the Rise and Fall of Civilizations