This quote comes from the pen of F. Scott Fitzgerald, but the voice of the character Gloria from Fitzgerald’s second novel. It is sort of about history, but also about if it is right to preserve the past.
“Trying to preserve a century by keeping its relics up to date is like keeping a dying man alive by stimulants”
She later goes on to say that:
“There’s no beauty without poignancy and there’s no poignancy without the feeling that it’s going, men, names, books, houses- bound for dust- mortal-“
So what do you think? Should we keep relics preserved to understand their history or would it be best to let them decay and show their age?