Sentence in Classic:
I resolved to do what I could, in a quiet way, to improve our proceedings myself, but I foresaw that my utmost would be very little, or I must degenerate into the spider again, and be for ever lying in wait.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens Context
For a Monarchy readily becomes a Tyranny, an Aristocracy an Oligarchy, while a Democracy tends to degenerate into Anarchy.
Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius By Niccolo Machiavelli Context
In relating these and the following laws, I would only be understood to mean the original institutions, and not the most scandalous corruptions, into which these people are fallen by the degenerate nature of man.
Gulliver's Travels(V1) By Jonathan Swift Context
And all is well, provided that the light returns and that the eclipse does not degenerate into night.
Les Misérables (V5) By Victor Hugo Context
Not to appear to disgrace his family, to degenerate from the popular qualities, or lose the influence of the Pemberley House, is a powerful motive.
Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen Context
And were it not for the corruption and vitiousness of degenerate men, there would be no need of any other; no necessity that men should separate from this great and natural community, and by positive agreements combine into smaller and divided associations.
Second Treatise of Government By John Locke Context
We degenerate into hideous puppets, haunted by the memory of the passions of which we were too much afraid, and the exquisite temptations that we had not the courage to yield to.
The Picture of Dorian Gray By Oscar Wilde Context