Fear is proof of a degenerate mind.
— Virgil

Everything must degenerate into work if anything is to happen.
Peter Drucker degenerate quote

Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms.
— Aristotle

With the perverse logic of a degenerate gambler he figured God was testing his faith.
— Mario Puzo

Fraud and prevarication are servile vices. They sometimes grow out of the necessities, always out of the habits, of slavish and degenerate spirits. It is an erect countenance, it is a firm adherence to principle, it is a power of resisting false shame and frivolous fear, that assert our good faith and honor, and assure to us the confidence of mankind.
— degenerate quotation by Edmund Burke