Fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swollen, and drowns things weighty and solid.
— Francis Bacon

We cannot meet it the threat of dictatorship if we turn this country into a wishy-washy imitation of totalitarianism, where every mans hand is out for pabulum and virile creativeness has given place to the patronizing favor of swollen bureaucracy.
Vannevar Bush swollen quote

Catastrophes come when some dominant institution, swollen like a soap-bubble and still standing without foundations, suddenly crumbles at the touch of what may seem a word or an idea, but is really some stronger material force.
— George Santayana

Undernourished, intelligence becomes like the bloated belly of a starving child: swollen, filled with nothing the body can use.
— Andrea Dworkin

Creation destroys as it goes, throws down one tree for the rise of another. But ideal mankind would abolish death, multiply itself million upon million, rear up city upon city, save every parasite alive, until the accumulation of mere existence is swollen to a horror.
— swollen quotation by D. H. Lawrence