Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Don Marquis (18781937)
what man calls civilization always results in deserts man is never on the square he uses up the fat and greenery of the earth each generation wastes a little more of the future with greed and lust for riches
DON MARQUIS, What the Ants Are Saying, stanza 5, Archy Does His Part, in The Lives and Times of Archy & Mehitabel, p. 475 (1950).