«But the world ‘was’ beautiful»

http://www.doppiozero.com/rubriche/218/201311/il-vero-alieno-un-mondo-di-mostri

SOL: There was a world, once, you punk.
THORN: Yes, so you keep telling me.
SOL: I was there. I can prove it.
THORN: I know, I know. When you were young, people were better.
SOL: Aw, nuts. People were always rotten. But the world ‘was’ beautiful.

Richard Fleischer, Soylent Green, 1973 (dal romanzo Make Room! Make Room! di Harry Harrison, 1966)