The book the reader has now before his eyes - from one end to the other, in its whole and in its details, whatever the omissions, the exceptions, or the faults - is the march from evil to good, from injustice to justice, from the false to the true, from night to day, from appetite to conscience, from rottenness to life, from brutality to duty, from Hell to Heaven, from nothingness to God. Starting point: matter; goal: the soul. Hydra at the beginning, angel at the end.
Offices are as acceptable here as elsewhere, and whenever a man has cast a longing eye on them, a rottenness begins in his conduct
Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on them offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.
If this fail, The pillar'd firmament is rottenness, And earth's base built on stubble.
For him who confesses, shams are over and realities have begun he has exteriorized his rottenness. If he has not actually got rid of it, he at least no longer smears it over with a hypocritical show of virtue -- he lives at least upon a basis of veracity.
So much perfection argues rottenness somewhere.
It is not the evil itself which is horrifying about our times it is the way we not only tolerate evil, but have made a cult of positively worshipping weakness, depravity, rottenness and evil itself.
As long as there are religions, there are going to be people who are hiding their rottenness behind the veil of religion.
Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.
Never as then, amid suicides, hysteria, and groups of fainting people, have I felt the sensation of real death, death without hope, death that is nothing but rottenness, for the spectacle was terrifying but devoid of greatness.