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But it took more than a revival of antiquity to make the Renaissance.  And first of all it took money — smelly bourgeois money:  … of careful calculations, investments and loans, of interest and dividends accumulated until surplus could be spared from the pleasures of the flesh, from the purchase of senates, signories, and mistresses, to pay a Michelangelo or a Titian to transmute wealth into beauty, and perfume a fortune with the breath of art.  Money is the root of all civilization.
    —    Will Durant
From his book:  “The History of Civilization:  The Renaissance
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