Quotes / End of an Age

"The contrast between what preceded the funeral car and that which followed it was striking indeed. Before it went old Japan: after it came new Japan. New Japan quickly separated to the left and right and seated itself in the pavilions on either side. But old Japan had passed by and disappeared and we could only hear now and again the distant wail of the reed pipes. After that the long rites began."
The New York Times, "The Funeral Ceremonies of Meiji Tenno"

When I was young,
the smallest trick of light
could catch my eye.
Then life was new
and every new day
I thought that I could fly.
I believed in what I hoped for
and I hoped in things unseen.
I had wings and dreams could soar,
I just don't feel like flying anymore.
Five Iron Frenzy, "Every New Day"

It is said that what is called 'the spirit of an age' is something to which one cannot return. That this spirit gradually dissipates is due to the world's coming to an end. In the same way, a single year does not have just spring or summer. A single day, too, is the same. For this reason, although one would like to change today's world back to the spirit of one hundred years or more ago, it cannot be done. Thus it is important to make the best out of every generation.
Yamamoto Tsunemoto, The Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai

I admitted that it was indeed vain to hope for an eternity for Athens and for Rome which is accorded neither to objects nor men, and which the wisest among us deny even to the gods. These subtle and complex forms of life, these civilizations comfortably installed in their refinements of ease and of art, the very freedom of mind to seek and to judge, all this depended upon countless rare chances, upon conditions almost impossible to bring about, and none of which could be expected to endure. We should manage to destroy Simon; Arrian would be able to protect Armenia from Alani invasions. But other hordes would come, and other false prophets. Our feeble efforts to ameliorate man's lot would be but vaguely continued by our successors; the seeds of error and of ruin contained even in what is good would, on the contrary, increase to monstrous proportions in the course of centuries. A world wearied of us would seek other masters...I could see the return of barbaric codes, of implacable gods, of unquestioned despotism of savage chieftains, a world broken up into enemy states and eternally prey to insecurity ...Our epoch, the faults and limitations of which I knew better than anyone else, would perhaps be considered one day, by contrast, as one of the golden ages of man.
Marguerite Yourcenar, Memoirs of Hadrian (translated by Grace Frick)

Change is coming to the world. Many fear change, and will fight it with every fiber of their being. But sometimes, change is what they need most. Sometimes change is what sets them free.
Morrigan, Dragon Age: Origins: Witch Hunt

We stand upon the precipice of change. The world fears the inevitable plummet into the abyss. Watch for that moment - and when it comes, do not hesitate to leap. It is only when you fall that you learn whether you can fly.
Flemeth, Dragon Age II

I don't know if it's the end of something or the beginning of something. It feels like a metamorphosis, from one chapter to another, and I don't know whether to be sad or excited. I don't know if its the end of this great period of time or is it the beginning of a career.

From the lakes of melted glass
Rise skeletons of cities past
Lanterns light the blackened heavens
Like fireflies suspended
And were lost in the valley of the Seven Crowns
Spiders catch the fallen ash
Which lays like leaves upon the masts...
— "Seven Crowns" by Lovely Dark'