"Clever men"

"MANY clever men like you have trusted to civilization. Many clever Babylonians, many clever Egyptians, many clever men at the end of Rome. Can you tell me, in a world that is flagrant with the failures of civilisation, what there is particularly immortal about yours? "

~G.K. Chesterton: The Napoleon of Notting Hill.

Artwork: Rome: Ruins of the Forum, Looking towards the Capitol, by Canaletto. Oil on canvas, 1742; Royal Collection, Windsor.