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Here is reality emerging from the unreal, spring renewing, love and beauty triumphant over death and decay.
The conditions fostering the growth of that supreme, alive excellence, as well in work as in play, ought to be preserved with a most careful regard lest the industry or the game should perish of an insidious and inward decay.
The air was mouldy and heavy with decay, while strings of fish-tails and of half-cleaned dog and crocodile skulls did not add to the wholesomeness of the place.
One of our generalizations is that every system founded upon class and caste contains within itself the germs of its own decay.
As clearly as in the light of past events, he saw the defection of the favored unions, the rise and the slow decay of the labor castes, and the struggle between the decaying oligarchs and labor castes for control of the great governmental machine.
How sad to see the decay of the faculties with advancing age
Besides, I was really shocked by a decay of principle which proceeded but too plainly from decay of the mental powers.
It is obvious that the saline layer could not have been preserved in any country in which abundant rain occasionally fell: on the other hand, this very circumstance, which at first sight appears so highly favourable to the long preservation of exposed shells, has probably been the indirect means, through the common salt not having been washed away, of their decomposition and early decay.
The physical organization, its decay, the indestructibility of matter, the law of the conservation of energy, evolution, were the words which usurped the place of his old belief.
I became acquainted with the science of anatomy, but this was not sufficient; I must also observe the natural decay and corruption of the human body.
These decays are further suppressed in the SM and allow to test the flavour structure of nature.
So you should never a leave a baby with a bottle of milk at night as there is sugar in milk which decays the teeth.