Quotes: modern

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  • 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.
  • A modern, harmonic and lively architecture is the visible sign of an authentic democracy.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)

  • Mary Elizabeth Braddon
    Mary Elizabeth Braddon
    English novelist 1835-1915
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    A modern writer likens coquettes to those hunters who do not eat the game which they have successfully pursued.
  • Abdoulaye Wade
    Abdoulaye Wade
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    A small child from a developing country has the advantage, from a very early age, of having access to toys which structure his mind, which constitute a sure advantage over the little African child who has never even held a modern toy.
  • Mary McCarthy
    Mary McCarthy
    American author 1912-1989
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    A society person who is enthusiastic about modern painting or Truman Capote is already half a traitor to his class. It is middle-class people who, quite mistakenly, imagine that a lively pursuit of the latest in reading and painting will advance their status in the world.
  • A work can become modern only if it is first postmodern. Postmodernism thus understood is not modernism at its end but in the nascent state, and this state is constant.
  • Ambrose Bierce
    Ambrose Bierce
    American writer 1842-1914
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    Academe, n.: An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught. Academy, n.: A modern school where football is taught.
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