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Modern paintings are like women, you'll never enjoy them if you try to understand them.

Freddie Mercury

This strange disease of modern life, with its sick hurry, its divided aims.

Matthew Arnold

Now here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!

Lewis Carroll

I am truly horrified by modern man. Such absence of feeling, such narrowness of outlook, such lack of passion and information, such feebleness of thought.

Alexander Herzen

It has been claimed at times that our modern age of technology facilitates dictatorship.

Henry A. Wallace

The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.

John Kenneth Galbraith

One cannot spend one's time in being modern when there are so many more important things to be.

Wallace Stevens

There is something terribly wrong with a culture inebriated by noise and gregariousness.

George Steiner

For we which now behold these present days have eyes to wonder, but lack tongues to praise.

William Shakespeare

Whosoever, in writing a modern history, shall follow truth too near the heels, it may happily strike out his teeth.

Walter Raleigh

To say the word Romanticism is to say modern art - that is, intimacy, spirituality, color, aspiration towards the infinite, expressed by every means available to the arts.

Charles Baudelaire

Don't bother about being modern. Unfortunately it is the one thing that, whatever you do, you cannot avoid.

Salvador Dali

Our own epoch is determining, day by day, its own style. Our eyes, unhappily, are unable yet to discern it.

Le Corbusier

A Modern Mom to me is not always someone that juggles a career and family. A Modern Mom is a woman who takes care of herself on the inside and the outside.

Regina King

A lot of people insisted on a wall between modern dance and ballet. I'm beginning to think that walls are very unhealthy things.

Twyla Tharp

Postmodernism is among other things a sick joke at the expense of revolutionary avant-gardism.

Terry Eagleton

The tragedy of modern war is that the young men die fighting each other - instead of their real enemies back home in the capitals.

Edward Abbey

It is only the modern that ever becomes old-fashioned.

Oscar Wilde

Insurance - an ingenious modern game of chance in which the player is permitted to enjoy the comfortable conviction that he is beating the man who keeps the table.

Ambrose Bierce

However far modern science and techniques have fallen short of their inherent possibilities, they have taught mankind at least one lesson; nothing is impossible.

Lewis Mumford

I think the adjective post-modernist really means mannerist. Books about books is fun but frivolous.

Angela Carter

All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn.

Ernest Hemingway

Modernity is the transient, the fleeting, the contingent; it is one half of art, the other being the eternal and the immovable.

Charles Baudelaire

The modern artist must live by craft and violence. His gods are violent gods. Those artists, so called, whose work does not show this strife, are uninteresting.

Ezra Pound

It takes a kind of shabby arrogance to survive in our time, and a fairly romantic nature to want to.

Edgar Z. Friedenberg

I'm a modern woman in the sense of I take care of myself, I'm fiercely independent, and I'm really ambitious. Yet I have these old-school thoughts in my mind.

Eva Mendes

There is no word more generally misinterpreted than the word egoism, in its modern sense.

John Buchanan Robinson

You are born modern, you do not become so.

Jean Baudrillard

I'm also interested in the modern suggestion that you can have a combination of love and sex in a marriage - which no previous society has ever believed.

Alain de Botton

Modernism may be seen as an attempt to reconstruct the world in the absence of God.

Bryan Appleyard

The reason for the sadness of this modern age and the men who live in it is that it looks for the truth in everything and finds it.

Edmond de Goncourt

A modern man has nothing to add to modernism, if only because he has nothing to oppose it with. The well-adapted drop off the dead limb of time like lice.

Elias Canetti

Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea.

John Ciardi

Only the man who disciplines himself strictly can stand for long the terrific pace of modern war.

William Lyon Mackenzie King

The modern economy isn't about the redistribution of wealth, it's about the redistribution of time.

Doug Coupland

I am prisoner of a gaudy and unlivable present, where all forms of human society have reached an extreme of their cycle and there is no imagining what new forms they may assume.

Italo Calvino

A nation's ability to fight a modern war is as good as its technological ability.

Frank Whittle

Our modern states are preparing for war without even knowing the future enemy.

Alfred Adler

The independent girl is truly of quite modern origin, and usually is a most bewitching little piece of humanity.

Lou Henry Hoover

The sun as the expression of old world energy is torn down from the heavens by modern man, who by virtue of his technological superiority creates his own energy source.

El Lissitzky

Magic Realism is not new. The label's new, the specific Latin American form of it is new, its modern popularity is new, but it's been around as long as literature has been around.

Terri Windling

As thy days, so shall thy strength be which, in modern language, may be translated as thy thoughts so shall thy life be.

Emmet Fox

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.

Abdoulaye Wade

I think shareholders are the great evil of this modern world.

Chris Martin

My mother was a modern woman with a limited interest in religion. When the sun set and the fast of the Day of Atonement ended, she shot from the synagogue like a rocket to dance the Charleston.

Lionel Blue

The tragedy of modern man is not that he knows less and less about the meaning of his own life, but that it bothers him less and less.

Vaclav Havel

A very intimate sense of the expressiveness of outward things, which ponders, listens, penetrates, where the earlier, less developed consciousness passed lightly by, is an important element in the general temper of our modern poetry.

Walter Pater

Modern travelling is not travelling at all; it is merely being sent to a place, and very little different from becoming a parcel.

John Ruskin

'Beauty' is a currency system like the gold standard. Like any economy, it is determined by politics, and in the modern age in the West is is the last, best belief system that keeps male dominance intact.

Naomi Wolf

Post-modernism is modernism with the optimism taken out.

Robert Hewison

The printing press is the greatest weapon in the armoury of the modern commander.

T. E. Lawrence

We met with the poet Frank O'Hara, who was a link between Upper and Lower Bohemia, and who worked at the Museum of Modern Art, where we had hoped to do the readings.

David Amram

You don't have to be old in America to say of a world you lived in: That world is gone.

Peggy Noonan

I look at modern life and I see people not taking responsibility for their lives. The temptation to blame, to find external causes to one's own issues is something that is particularly modern. I know that personally I find that sense of responsibility interesting.

Edward Zwick

Instead of a few hundreds of thousands of men meeting each other in war, millions would now meet, and modern weapons would multiply manifold the power of destruction.

Edward Grey

We are increasingly likely to find ourselves in places with background music. No composers have thought to write for these modern spaces, which represent 30% of our musical experience.

Brian Eno

But I can't really say there is too much modern music that I'm blown away by at this moment.

Duncan Sheik

To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect.

Oscar Wilde

My recollection of a hundred lovely lakes has given me blessed release from care and worry and the troubled thinking of our modern day. It has been a return to the primitive and the peaceful.

Hamlin Garland

To regard all things and principles of things as inconstant modes or fashions has more and more become the tendency of modern thought.

Walter Pater

Before people complain of the obscurity of modern poetry, they should first examine their consciences and ask themselves with how many people and on how many occasions they have genuinely and profoundly shared some experience with another.

W. H. Auden

A great value of antiquity lies in the fact that its writings are the only ones that modern men still read with exactness.

Friedrich Nietzsche

The party at its best has always been a modern party.

Francis Maude

In modern Russia, you have no official, formal assessment of this past. Nobody in any Russian document has said that the policy of the Soviet government was criminal, that it was terrible. No one has ever said this.

Ryszard Kapuscinski

I see myself as a true modernist. Even when I do a traditional gown, I give it a modern twist. I go to the past for research. I need to know what came before so I can break the rules.

Vera Wang

I certainly look at the modern guys and think they are a different species to when we played. They are fitter and their conditioning is extraordinary.

Will Carling

A whopping 89 percent of buyers start their home search online. How your house looks online is the modern equivalent of 'curb appeal.' Rent a wide-angle lens and good lighting, get rid of your clutter and post at least eight great photos to win the beauty contest.

Barbara Corcoran

They don't think we're in touch with modern Britain, or understand modern Britain or like modern Britain.

Francis Maude

I never thought I would get such a perfect role in 'Modern Family.' A lot of TV shows now are looking for more Latin women.

Sofia Vergara

Superheroes fill a gap in the pop culture psyche, similar to the role of Greek mythology. There isn't really anything else that does the job in modern terms. For me, Batman is the one that can most clearly be taken seriously.

Christopher Nolan

Armani's clothes are beautiful and modern and I love him.

Claire Forlani

We decided to do some of Merle's things with modern instrumentation. We used a flute, a bass clarinet, a trumpet, a clarinet, drums, a guitar, vibes and a piano.

Tennessee Ernie Ford

Investment banking has, in recent years, resembled a casino, and the massive scale of gambling losses has dragged down traditional business and retail lending activities as banks try to rebuild their balance sheets. This was one aspect of modern financial liberalisation that had dire consequences.

Vince Cable

Can you, in a million years, imagine another female senator - Kay Bailey Hutchinson, Claire McCaskill - reacting to being called 'ma'am' like Barbara Boxer did? This is the kind of sanctimonious self-absorption on the modern left that makes my teeth itch.

Mark Davis

It is a Modern day, and these times need Modern solutions to Modern problems.

Corin Nemec

Never before in modern times has so much of the world been simultaneously hit by a confluence of economic and financial turmoil such as we are now living through.

Timothy Geithner

All the modern christian churches have no more authority to preach, baptize, or administer any other ordinance of the gospel than the idolatrous Hindoos have.

Orson Pratt

There is much modern music that is better adapted to a wind combination than to a string, although for obvious reasons originally scored for an orchestra. If in such cases the interpretation is equal to the composition the balance of a wind combination is more satisfying.

John Philip Sousa

I adore the challenge of creating truly modern clothes, where a woman's personality and sense of self are revealed. I want people to see the dress, but focus on the woman.

Vera Wang

All the modern verse plays, they're terrible; they're mostly about the poetry. It's more important that the play is first.

Denis Johnson

In prehistoric times, mankind often had only two choices in crisis situations: fight or flee. In modern times, humor offers us a third alternative; fight, flee - or laugh.

Robert Orben

The embattled gates to equal rights indeed opened up for modern women, but I sometimes think to myself; that is not what I meant by freedom, it is only social progress.

Helene Deutsch

The system of idolatry, invented by modern christianity, far surpasses in absurdity anything that we have ever heard of.

Orson Pratt

Next, we will create a modern immigration law.

Gerhard Schroder

Modern sociology is virtually an attempt to take up the larger program of social analysis and interpretation which was implicit in Adam Smith's moral philosophy, but which was suppressed for a century by prevailing interest in the technique of the production of wealth.

Albion W. Small

What description of clouds and sunsets was to the old novelist, description of scientific apparatus and methods is to the modern Scientific Detective writer.

Hugo Gernsback

The Reagan Administration, generally regarded as having conducted the most successful Transition of modern times, had managed during the election campaign to build bridges to the Democrats in some areas, notably foreign and national security policy.

Richard V. Allen

Whichever theory we adopt to give a rational explanation of human existence, that theory must take into account and explain the mental nature we see at work in all modern communities.

Arthur Keith

Even the highest forms of sacrificial worship present much that is repulsive to modern ideas, and in particular it requires an effort to reconcile our imagination to the bloody ritual which is prominent in almost every religion which has a strong sense of sin.

William Robertson Smith

I wanted to connect a modern story with a myth that I had read.

Wally Lamb

Real family values have gone down the drain in modern families.

Wes Borland

One of the biggest problems with the modern feminist movement is its failure to bring men along with us.

Tammy Bruce

The disease of mutual distrust among nations is the bane of modern civilization.

Franz Boas

Postmodernism refuses to privilege any one perspective, and recognizes only difference, never inequality, only fragments, never conflict.

Elizabeth Wilson

We are becoming like cats, slyly parasitic, enjoying an indifferent domesticity. Nice and snug in the social, our historic passions have withdrawn into the glow of an artificial coziness, and our half-closed eyes now seek little other than the peaceful parade of television pictures.

Jean Baudrillard

By Modernism I mean the positive rejection of the past and the blind belief in the process of change, in novelty for its own sake, in the idea that progress through time equates with cultural progress; in the cult of individuality, originality and self-expression.

Dan Cruickshank

The Civil Service is a vital economic asset to the UK - firstly, in the way it creates a framework for excellence in service delivery and secondly, in how it helps organise the best way to deliver modern public services on which both businesses and individuals depend.

John Hutton

When the new wave of terrorism came on the modern world, which is the late 1960s, early 1970s, I think we spent about a decade, the United States and our allies, trying to figure out how to deal with it.

Paul Bremer

A "modern" man has nothing to add to modernism, if only because he has nothing to oppose it with. The well-adapted drop off the dead limb of time like lice.

Elias Canetti

The great watershed of modern poetry is French, more than English.

Robert Morgan

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