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Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left One cannot spend one's time in being modern when there are so many more important things to be. Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left I think the adjective post-modernist really means mannerist. Books about books is fun but frivolous. Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left This strange disease of modern life, with its sick hurry, its divided aims. Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left Modernity is the transient, the fleeting, the contingent; it is one half of art, the other being the eternal and the immovable. Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left 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! Quote Right
Quote Left There is something terribly wrong with a culture inebriated by noise and gregariousness. Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left You don't have to be old in America to say of a world you lived in: That world is gone. Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left You are born modern, you do not become so. Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left Our own epoch is determining, day by day, its own style. Our eyes, unhappily, are unable yet to discern it. Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left Modernism may be seen as an attempt to reconstruct the world in the absence of God. Quote Right
Quote Left I don't think we can ignore the Modern Movement. But I wouldn't have minded at all if it hadn't happened. I think the world would be a much nicer place. Quote Right
Quote Left Anyone who lives in this time is concerned with grottiness. Quote Right
Quote Left For we which now behold these present days have eyes to wonder, but lack tongues to praise. Quote Right

Member Quotes About Modernism

Quote Left There is nothing that has done more havoc to the rain of revival than the illusion of "modernism and theological liberalism" Liberalism sets itself as another gospel but not the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Quote Right