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

 

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Modernity exists in the form of a desire to wipe out whatever came earlier, in the hope of reaching at least a point that could be called a true present, a point of origin that marks a new departure.
~ Paul De Man

 

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

 

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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

 

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

 

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

 

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Post-modernism is modernism with the optimism taken out.
~ Robert Hewison

 

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

 

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Postmodernism is, almost by definition, a transitional cusp of social, cultural, economic and ideological history when modernism's high-minded principles and preoccupations have ceased to function, but before they have been replaced with a totally new system of values. It represents a moment of suspension before the batteries are recharged for the new millennium, an acknowledgment that preceding the future is a strange and hybrid interregnum that might be called the last gasp of the past.
~ Gilbert Adair

 

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

 

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The atom bombs are piling up in the factories, the police are prowling through the cities, the lies are streaming from the loudspeakers, but the earth is still going round the sun.
~ George Orwell

 

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The fate of our times is characterized by rationalization and intellectualization and, above all, by the ''disenchantment of the world.'' Precisely the ultimate and most sublime values have retreated from public life either into the transcendental realm of mystic life or into the brotherliness of direct and personal human relations. It is not accidental that our greatest art is intimate and not monumental.
~ Max Weber

 

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The modern mind is in complete disarray. Knowledge has stretched itself to the point where neither the world nor our intelligence can find any foot-hold. It is a fact that we are suffering from nihilism.
~ Albert Camus

 

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The postmodern reply to the modern consists of recognizing that the past, since it cannot really be destroyed, because its destruction leads to silence, must be revisited: but with irony, not innocently. I think of the postmodern attitude as that of a man who loves a very cultivated woman and knows he cannot say to her, ''I love you madly,'' because he knows that she knows (and that she knows that he knows) that these words have already been written by Barbara Cartland. Still, there is a solution. He can say, ''As Barbara Cartland would put it, I love you madly.''
~ Umberto Eco

 

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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 and Jules De Goncourt

 

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The sickness of our times for me has been just this damn thing that everything has been getting smaller and smaller and less and less important, that the romantic spirit has dried up, that there is no shame today. We're all getting so mean and small and petty and ridiculous, and we all live under the threat of extermination.
~ Norman Mailer

 

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

 

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

 

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Today we all speak, if not the same tongue, the same universal language. There is no one center, and time has lost its former coherence: East and West, yesterday and tomorrow exist as a confused jumble in each one of us. Different times and different spaces are combined in a here and now that is everywhere at once.
~ Octavio Paz

 

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Unable to create a meaningful life for itself, the personality takes its own revenge: from the lower depths comes a regressive form of spontaneity: raw animality forms a counterpoise to the meaningless stimuli and the vicarious life to which the ordinary man is conditioned. Getting spiritual nourishment from this chaos of events, sensations, and devious interpretations is the equivalent of trying to pick through a garbage pile for food.
~ Lewis Mumford

 

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