1. "A condition which of declension would indicate a devil, may of growth indicate a saint."
- Quote by George MacDonald
2. "Edward Gibbon, in his classic work on the fall of the Roman Empire, describes the Roman era's declension as a place where "bizarreness masqueraded as creativity."
- Edward Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
3. "You...you've been here quite a long time, haven't you?" What? Oh...yes. Ever since I married What's-her-name. Uh, Martha. Even before that. Forever. Dashed hopes, and good intentions. Good, better, best, bested. How do you like that for a declension, young man?"
- Edward Albee, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
4. "For the fragment of a life, however typical, is not the sample of an even web: promises may not be kept, and an ardent outset may be followed by declension; latent powers may find their long-awaited opportunity; a past error may urge a grand retrieval."
- George Eliot, Middlemarch
5. "Well Dennis you don't have to hear any of the mountain music they play here. Telling the young lies so that they can learn to get old. Favouring them with biscuits. "It's a mighty rough road from Lynchburg to Danville, declension on a three mile grade." In either case collision course. You either pick up the music or you don't."
- Quote by Jack Spicer
6. "maps. I was less clueless about the basics of English, though I didn’t realise at the time that I was assuming that English grammar was the same as the Latin grammar I had been taught so well. (I remember that the first week I was there, a boy asked me during prep whether ager was second or third declension and I was able to tell him without pausing for thought that ager—a field—was second declension, so it went like annus, but that it dropped the e, as opposed to agger—a rampart—which was third declension, and retained the e. My God, I thought as he walked away, Captain Lancaster did a good job. My next thought was, Lucky the boy didn’t ask me what a rampart was.…) But given that I was teaching ten-year-olds, Geoffrey Tolson’s advice to stay a page ahead seemed perfectly sound. So I had no reason to believe, as I strode purposefully into the classroom to teach Form III their first history"
- John Cleese, So
7. "I. Inquire wherein the declension and deadness of a people in the things of religion appears. I answer, first. When a people grow cold and dead with respect to religion, there generally is but little said about it. There will be but little said about it in families. And when neighbors meet, you shall hear but little talk about soul concerns; all the talk will be about the world. They will be full of talk about their worldly business, about this and the other worldly design, about buying and selling. Or their tongues will be yet worse employed, in talking against their neighbor."
- Jonathan Edwards, Ripe for Damnation: Sermons on the Book of Revelation
8. "Terms BEN MARCUS, THE 1. False map, scroll, caul, or parchment. It is comprised of the first skin. In ancient times, it hung from a pole, where wind and birds inscribed its surface. Every year, it was lowered and the engravings and dents that the wind had introduced were studied. It can be large, although often it is tiny and illegible. Members wring it dry. It is a fitful chart in darkness. When properly decoded (an act in which the rule of opposite perception applies), it indicates only that we should destroy it and look elsewhere for instruction. In four, a chaplain donned the Ben Marcus and drowned in Green River. 2. The garment that is too heavy to allow movement. These cloths are designed as prison structures for bodies, dogs, persons, members. 3. Figure from which the antiperson is derived; or, simply, the antiperson. It must refer uselessly and endlessly and always to weather, food, birds, or cloth, and is produced of an even ratio of skin and hair, with declension of the"
- Ben Marcus, The Age of Wire and String