Black Death Quotes (1 quote)
Has anyone ever given credit to the Black Death for the Renaissancein other words, for modern civilization? [It] exterminated such huge masses of the European proletariat that the average intelligence and enterprise of the race were greatly lifted, and that this purged and improved society suddenly functioned splendidly. The best brains of the time, thus suddenly emancipated, began to function freely and magnificently. There ensued what we call the Renaissance.