He explained that the decadence of architecture had come when private property replaced the communal spirit of the Middle Ages, and that the selfishness of individual owners—who built for no purpose save to satisfy their own bad taste, "all claim to an individual taste is bad taste"—had ruined the planned effect of cities.
On foggy evenings, under a gas lantern on a street corner, nobody noticed the slender figure leaning against a lamppost, the aristocrat of the Middle Ages, the timeless patrician whose every instinct cried that he should command, whose swift brain told him why he had the right to do so, the feudal baron created to rule—but born to sweep floors and take orders.
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What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books.
Sigmund Freud (referring to the public burning of his books in Berlin)
In the Middle Ages, black pepper was imported from Asia and was so expensive it was sold by the corn.