Quote(s) Of The Day

“The Earth is degenerating today. Bribery and corruption abound. Children no longer obey their parents, every man wants to write a book, and it is evident that the end of the world is fast approaching.”

— From a tablet found in Assyria, circa 2800 BC


“The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.”

— Socrates, circa 380 BC


  1. I often see these kinds of quotes whenever anyone expresses concern for the future of his own society. While such sentiments may occasionally be overstated, both the Athenian and Assyrian empires did fall eventually. Not sure how soon after the sentiments expressed above, but I’m reluctant to dismiss such concerns, especially in light of the national debt, unfunded liabilities, and current demographic trends.

    Oh well, it should shamble on for the rest of my life, and that’s all that matters to me!:-)

  2. there were translated Babylonian tablets that stated similar things.

    cycles within cycles.

  3. One of the things that makes me smile is knowing that any day now, my grandkids are going to be rolling their eyes at the things their parents are saying.

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