***About that first quote, someone probably pulled it from a quotation site, and it’s provenance is disputed (thanks to twitter follower Leo Wong). Because I haven’t been able to track its source either, I’ll treat it as either invalid or false unless or until I hear otherwise.
I own this one, so, going forward, I’m only going to pull quotes from what I’m reading and with proper citation.
Thanks for the heads up, and apologies.
‘Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred.’
Thanks to a reader, more on Barzun here.
I read ‘From Dawn To Decadence‘ not long after it came out.
‘For yet another cause of unhappiness was the encroachment of machine industry and its attendant uglification of town and country. The Romanticists had sung in an agrarian civilization; towns were for handiwork and commerce. Industry brought in not factories only, and railroads, but also the city — slums, crowds, a new type of filth, and shoddy goods, commonly known as “cheap and nasty.” And when free public schools were forced on the nation by the needs of industry, a further curse was added: the daily paper, also cheap.’