Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again to bondage.
Author unknown. Attributed to Benjamin Disraeli. Unverified.