Quotes: modern

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  • Henry David Thoreau
    Henry David Thoreau
    American writer 1817-1862
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    For what are the classics but the noblest thoughts of man? They are the only oracles which are not decayed, and there are such answers to the most modern inquiry in them as Delphi and Dodona never gave. We might as well omit to study Nature because she is old.
  • Thomas Henry Huxley
    Thomas Henry Huxley
    English biologist 1825-1895
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    The medieval university looked backwards; it professed to be a storehouse of old knowledge. The modern university looks forward, and is a factory of new knowledge.
  • A modern, harmonic and lively architecture is the visible sign of an authentic democracy.
  • George Santayana
    George Santayana
    Spanish - American philosopher 1863 - 1952
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    Advertising is the modern substitute for argument; its function is to make the worse appear the better.
  • Lewis Mumford
    Lewis Mumford
    American social philosopher 1895-1990
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    By his very success in inventing labor-saving devices, modern man has manufactured an abyss of boredom that only the privileged classes in earlier civilizations have ever fathomed.
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    Gilbert K. Chesterton
    English writer 1874-1936
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    Compromise used to mean that half a loaf was better than no bread. Among modern statesmen it really seems to mean that half a loaf ;is better than a whole loaf.
  • George Bernard Shaw
    George Bernard Shaw
    Irish-English writer and critic 1856-1950
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    The American Constitution, one of the few modern political documents drawn up by men who were forced by the sternest circumstances to think out what they really had to face, instead of chopping logic in a university classroom.
  • John Mortimer
    John Mortimer
    English barrister, dramatist, screenwriter, and author 1923-2009
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    The shelf life of the modern hardback writer is somewhere between the milk and the yogurt.
  • The sovereignty of scriptures of all religions must come to an end if we want to have a united integrated modern India.
  • Octavio Paz
    Octavio Paz
    Mexican Poet, Essayist 1914-
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    What distinguishes modern art from the art of other ages is criticism.
  • Edith Warton
    Edith Warton
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    Another unsettling element in modern art is that common symptom of immaturity, the dread of doing what has been done before.
  • Ben Foster
    Ben Foster
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    'A Streetcar Named Desire' is one of the best, if not the best, modern American plays. It deals with family dynamics, mental health, PTSD, war, and love. It's hard to beat.
  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar Wilde
    Irish writer 1854-1900
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    A modern city is the exact opposite of what everyone wants.
    Source: Letter naar Robert Ross (31-5-1897) in Frank Harris - Oscar Wilde, His life and confessions
  • Norman Mailer
    Norman Mailer
    American writer 1923-
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    A modern democracy is a tyranny whose borders are undefined; one discovers how far one can go only by traveling in a straight line until one is stopped.
  • Abbie Hoffman
    Abbie Hoffman
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    A modern revolutionary group heads for the television station, not the factory. It concentrates its energy on infiltrating and changing the image system.
    Source: Soon to be a Major Motion Picture (1980)
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