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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.
  • Susan Sontag
    Susan Sontag
    American writer, filmmaker, teacher, and political activist 1933-2004
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    Ours is a culture based on excess, on overproduction; the result is a steady loss of sharpness in our sensory experience. All the conditions of modern life - its material plenitude, its sheer crowdedness - conjoin to dull our sensory faculties.
  • George Bernard Shaw
    George Bernard Shaw
    Irish-English writer and critic 1856-1950
    George Bernard Shaw
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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.
  • Bernard Mandeville
    Bernard Mandeville
    British writer and artist 1670-1733
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    The only thing of weight that can be said against modern honor is that it is directly opposite to religion. The one bids you bear injuries with patience, the other tells you if you don't resent them, you are not fit to live.
  • Calvin Trillin
    Calvin Trillin
    American journalist, humorist, food writer and poet 1935-
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    The shelf life of the modern hardback writer is somewhere between the milk and the yoghurt.
  • 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.
  • B. R. Ambedkar
    B. R. Ambedkar
    Indian jurist, economist and politician 1891-1956
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    The sovereignty of scriptures of all religions must come to an end if we want to have a united integrated modern India.
  • Ronald Reagan
    Ronald Reagan
    American politician and actor 1911-2004
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    Unemployment insurance is a pre-paid vacation for freeloaders.
  • 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
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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.
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