Best Quotes About Modern

Your modern teenager is not about to listen to advice from an old person, defined as a person who remembers when there was no Velcro. -Dave Barry

The modern Little Red Riding Hood, reared on singing commercials, has no objection to being eaten by the wolf. -Marshall McLuhan

In the modern world of business, it is useless to be a creative, original thinker unless you can also sell what you create. -David Ogilvy

Academe, n.: An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught. Academy, n.: A modern school where football is taught. -Ambrose Bierce

Half of the modern drugs could well be thrown out of the window, except that the birds might eat them. -Martin H. Fischer

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

Land: A part of the earth's surface, considered as property. The theory that land is property subject to private ownership and control is the foundation of modern society, and is eminently worthy of the superstructure. -Ambrose Bierce

The radical novelty of modern science lies precisely in the rejection of the belief… that the forces which move the stars and atoms are contingent upon the preferences of the human heart. -Walter Lippmann

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

Another unsettling element in modern art is that common symptom of immaturity, the dread of doing what has been done before. -Edith Wharton

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

It might be argued that genuine spontaneity is not really possible or desirable so long as printed scores of great works exist. All modern musicians are, for better or worse, prisoners of Gutenberg. -Donal Henahan

In science, read, by preference, the newest works; in literature, the oldest. The classic literature is always modern. -Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

The whole religious complexion of the modern world is due to the absence from Jerusalem of a lunatic asylum. -Thomas Paine

In earlier religions the spirit of the time was expressed through the individual and confirmed by miracles. In modern religions the spirit is expressed through the many and confirmed by reason. -Heinrich Heine

In science, read by preference the newest works. In literature, read the oldest. The classics are always modern. -Amy Lowell

The printing press is either the greatest blessing or the greatest curse of modern times, sometimes one forgets which it is. -E. F. Schumacher

The public history of modern art is the story of conventional people not knowing what they are dealing with. -Golda Meir

Classic art was the art of necessity: modern romantic art bears the stamp of caprice and chance. -Max Eastman

The history of modern art is also the history of the progressive loss of art's audience. Art has increasingly become the concern of the artist and the bafflement of the public. -Paul Gauguin

In modern business it is not the crook who is to be feared most, it is the honest man who doesn't know what he is doing. -William Wordsworth

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

What makes a book great, a so-called classic, it its quality of always being modern, of its author, though he be long dead, continuing to speak to each new generation. -Lawrence Clark Powell

The reserve of modern assertions is sometimes pushed to extremes, in which the fear of being contradicted leads the writer to strip himself of almost all sense and meaning. -Winston Churchill

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 expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect. -Oscar Wilde

The dramatic modernization of the Asian economies ranks alongside the Renaissance and the Industrial Revolution as one of the most important developments in economic history. -Lawrence Summers

A modern revolutionary group heads for the television station. -Abbie Hoffman

Almost everything that distinguishes the modern world from earlier centuries is attributable to science, which achieved its most spectacular triumphs in the seventeenth century. -Bertrand Russell

Great art speaks a language which every intelligent person can understand. The people who call themselves modernists today speak a different language. -Marshall McLuhan

It is so stupid of modern civilisation to have given up believing in the devil when he is the only explanation of it. -Ronald Knox

The place of the father in the modern suburban family is a very small one, particularly if he plays golf. -Bertrand Russell

Information is the oxygen of the modern age. It seeps through the walls topped by barbed wire, it wafts across the electrified borders. -Ronald Reagan

Chicago is the product of modern capitalism, and, like other great commercial centers, is unfit for human habitation. -Eugene V. Debs

Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies – or else? The chain reaction of evil – hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars – must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Anyone who has to fight, even with the most modern weapons, against an enemy in complete command of the air, fights like a savage against modern European troops, under the same handicaps and with the same chances of success. -Erwin Rommel

If you want to go anywhere in modern war, in the air, on the sea, on the land, you must have command of the air. -William Halsey

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

The notion that the public accepts or rejects anything in modern art is merely romantic fiction. The game is completed and the trophies distributed long before the public knows what has happened. -Tom Wolfe

Half of the secular unrest and dismal, profane sadness of modern society comes from the vain ideas that every man is bound to be a critic for life. -Henry Van Dyke

I've read some of your modern free verse and wonder who set it free. -John Barrymore

The modern state no longer has anything but rights; it does not recognize duties any more. -Georges Bernanos

Merely external emancipation has made of the modern woman an artificial being. Now, woman is confronted with the necessity of emancipating herself from emancipation, if she really desires to be free. -Emma Goldman

People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society. -Vince Lombardi

Just as modern mass production requires the standardization of commodities, so the social process requires standardization of man, and this standardization is called equality. -Erich Fromm

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. -Thomas Huxley

Speed provides the one genuinely modern pleasure. -Aldous Huxley

A democracy which makes or even effectively prepares for modern, scientific war must necessarily cease to be democratic. No country can be really well prepared for modern war unless it is governed by a tyrant, at the head of a highly trained and perfectly obedient bureaucracy. -Aldous Huxley

Despair is typical of those who do not understand the causes of evil, see no way out, and are incapable of struggle. The modern industrial proletariat does not belong to the category of such classes. -Vladimir Lenin

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

In societies where modern conditions of production prevail, all of life presents itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles. Everything that was directly lived has moved away into a representation. -Guy Debord

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

Bigotry and intolerance, silenced by argument, endeavors to silence by persecution, in old days by fire and sword, in modern days by the tongue. -Charles Simmons

Adulthood is the ever-shrinking period between childhood and old age. It is the apparent aim of modern industrial societies to reduce this period to a minimum. -Thomas Szasz

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 three great elements of modern civilization, Gun powder, Printing, and the Protestant religion. -Thomas Carlyle

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

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. -Gilbert K. Chesterton

We are tainted by modern philosophy which has taught us that all is good, whereas evil has polluted everything and in a very real sense all is evil, since nothing is in its proper place. -Joseph de Maistre

Bureaucracy, the rule of no one, has become the modern form of despotism. -Mary McCarthy

The nearest the modern general or admiral comes to a small-arms encounter of any sort is at a duck hunt in the company of corporation executives at the retreat of Continental Motors, Inc. -C. Wright Mills

As the unity of the modern world becomes increasingly a technological rather than a social affair, the techniques of the arts provide the most valuable means of insight into the real direction of our own collective purposes. -Marshall McLuhan

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. -Bernard de Mandeville

I tell you, sir, the only safeguard of order and discipline in the modern world is a standardized worker with interchangeable parts. That would solve the entire problem of management. -Jean Giraudoux

The shelf life of the modern hardback writer is somewhere between the milk and the yogurt. -John Mortimer

Some are so very studious of learning what was done by the ancients that they know not how to live with the moderns. -William Penn

What distinguishes modern art from the art of other ages is criticism. -Octavio Paz

It is capitalist America that produced the modern independent woman. Never in history have women had more freedom of choice in regard to dress, behavior, career, and sexual orientation. -Camille Paglia

As far as modern writing is concerned, it is rarely rewarding to translate it, although it might be easy. Translation is very much like copying paintings. -Boris Pasternak

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

The argument of the broken window pane is the most valuable argument in modern politics. -Emmeline Pankhurst

Advertising is the modern substitute for argument; its function is to make the worse appear the better. -George Santayana

In modern war… you will die like a dog for no good reason. -Ernest Hemingway

We are similar to a museum. My function is to present old masterpieces in modern frames. -Rudolf Bing

Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art. -Tom Stoppard

It is not hard to understand modern art. If it hangs on a wall it's a painting, and if you can walk around it it's a sculpture. -Tom Stoppard

The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts. -C. S. Lewis

Speed, it seems to me, provides the one genuinely modern pleasure. -Aldous Huxley

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

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. -Norman Mailer

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

To the old saying that man built the house but woman made of it a 'home' might be added the modern supplement that woman accepted cooking as a chore but man has made of it a recreation. -Emily Post

All modern revolutions have ended in a reinforcement of the power of the State. -Albert Camus

'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

There are not as many women who support the national defense budget now as men. I really think there is a gender gap in the support for the large expenditures that are necessary to modernize the force. -Ted Stevens

The Saudi government's denial of basic rights to women is not only wrong, it hurts Saudi Arabia's economic development, modernization and prosperity. -Barbara Boxer

From blood banking to the modern subway, from jazz to social justice, the contributions of African Americans have shaped and molded and influenced our national culture and our national character. -Bill Frist

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

Pollock said several times that he couldn't separate himself from his art. Not knowing much about modern art when I began to read about him, I was much more his persona – his struggles as a human being – that was interesting to me. -Ed Harris

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

They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one's country. But in modern war, there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason. -Ernest Hemingway

In my experience, if you have to keep the lavatory door shut by extending your left leg, it's modern architecture. -Nancy Banks Smith

The modern computer hovers between the obsolescent and the nonexistent. -Sydney Brenner

Being on Broadway is the modern equivalent of being a monk. I sleep a lot, eat a lot, and rest a lot. -Hugh Jackman

One of the tragedies of modern times is that people have come to believe that something said by someone in the past, perhaps for illustrative or provocation purposes, actually represents that person's beliefs at the time. -Idries Shah

As we consider the fast pace of scientific and technological progress in our modern world, we must not lose our moral compass and give way to 'free market eugenics'. -Sam Brownback

I adapted an antiquated style and modernized it to something that was efficient. I didn't know anyone else in the world would be able to use it and I never imagined it would revolutionize the event. -Dick Fosbury

It goes against the grain of modern education to teach students to program. What fun is there to making plans, acquiring discipline, organizing thoughts, devoting attention to detail, and learning to be self critical. -Alan Perlis

We must recognize the chief characteristic of the modern era – a permanent state of what I call violent peace. -James D. Watkins

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

The Church cannot be content to live in its stained-glass house and throw stones through the picture window of modern culture. -Robert McAfee Brown

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

Unless we abandon elements which resemble a police state, we can't meet the demands of being a modern society. -Ahmet Necdet Sezner

The Japanese keenly learned from Western civilisation in a bid to modernize and preserve the nation. -Akihito

Democracy, good governance and modernity cannot be imported or imposed from outside a country. -Emile Lahoud

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

If they analyze the situation as thoroughly as they should, Muslims will realize they are the first targets. What are the fundamentalists really after? Simply taking over Islam and then turning its back on modernity. -Alexander Haig

Every time I win a tournament I have to think that there is something wrong with modern chess. -Viktor Korchnoi

The violent reaction on the recent development of modern physics can only be understood when one realises that here the foundations of physics have started moving; and that this motion has caused the feeling that the ground would be cut from science. -Werner Heisenberg

It is impossible to trap modern physics into predicting anything with perfect determinism because it deals with probabilities from the outset. -Arthur Eddington

But we live in a modern world, you know, and, and also it does seem to me that if you – that whatever talents you have, it… I mean it may sound a bit absurd but I, I think it's your, absolutely your duty to resolve them, you know? -Tim Curry

In 2005 we have a once in a generation opportunity to deliver a modern Marshall plan for the developing world. -Gordon Brown

I think some of the best modern writing comes now from travellers. -Michael Palin

Seventy years ago this November, Vladimir Lenin created the modern totalitarian state, transforming simpler forms of tyranny into history's most sophisticated apparatus of rule by terror. -Michael Johns

You are ugly when you love her, you are beautiful and fresh, vital and free, modern and poetic when you don't… you are more beautiful as an orphan than as your mother's son. -Witold Gombrowicz

Our country, like every modern state, needs profound democratic reforms. It needs political and ideological pluralism, a mixed economy and protection of human rights and the opening up of society. -Andrei Sakharov

I could have been an architect, but I don't think I'd have been very happy. Nearly all modern architecture is a silly game as far as I can see. -Roger Waters

The critical method which denies literary modernity would appear – and even, in certain respects, would be – the most modern of critical movements. -Paul de Man

My definition of modernism took a while to develop. -Peter Gay

What interests me, and has always interested me, has been modernism. -Peter Gay

The radical novelty of modern science lies precisely in the rejection of the belief, which is at the heart of all popular religion, that the forces which move the stars and atoms are contingent upon the preferences of the human heart. -Richard Adams

It is not the crook in modern business that we fear, but the honest man who doesn't know what he is doing. -Owen D. Young

It's not about retro or modern, it's about this note or that note, which sounds better? -Dan Hicks

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

We modern Marxists regard socialism as a historically brief transitional stage between feudalism and capitalism, necessary only in backward countries. -John McCarthy

Perhaps more than any other disease before or since, syphilis in early modern Europe provoked the kind of widespread moral panic that AIDS revived when it struck America in the 1980s. -Peter Lewis Allen

Nothing will see us through the age we're entering but high consciousness, and that comes hard. We don't have a good, modern myth yet, and we need one. -Robert Johnson

Nothing is more useless in developing a nation's economy than a gun, and nothing blocks the road to social development more than the financial burden of war. War is the arch enemy of national progress and the modern scourge of civilized men. -Hussein of Jordan

Futurism: This was a movement of intellectuals who wanted to replace tradition with the modern world of machinery, speed, violence, and public relations. It proves that we should be careful what intellectuals wish for, because we might get it. -Brad Holland

Style is the most valuable asset of the modern artist. That's probably why so many styles are reported lost or stolen each year. -Brad Holland

In Modernism, reality used to validate media. In Postmodernism, the media validate reality. If you don't believe this, just think how many times you've described some real event as being 'just like a movie.' -Brad Holland

Postmodernists believe that truth is myth, and myth, truth. This equation has its roots in pop psychology. The same people also believe that emotions are a form of reality. There used to be another name for this state of mind. It used to be called psychosis. -Brad Holland

Many of the contradictions in Postmodern art come from the fact that we're trying to be artists in a democratic society. This is because in a democracy, the ideal is compromise. In art, it isn't. -Brad Holland

The truth is, we haven't really figured out yet how artists are going to thrive in modern mass societies. We're all experiments. -Brad Holland

The pretended physical philosophy of modern days strips Man of all his moral attributes, or holds them of no account in the estimate of his origin and place in the created world. -Adam Sedgwick

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

My best efforts were some modern things that looked like very lousy Matisses. Thank God I had the sense to realize they were lousy, and leave Paris. -Norman Rockwell

In our modern world of interdependent nations, hardly any state can wage war successfully without raising loans and buying war materials of every kind in the markets of other nations. -Arthur Henderson

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

The Treatise tries to analyze not only modern Western families, but also those in other cultures and the changes in family structure during the past several centuries. -Gary Becker

The two World Wars came in part, like much modern literature and art, because men, whose nature is to tire of everything in turn… tired of common sense and civilization. -F. L. Lucas

We must also recognize the new realities of modern warfare and the modern landscape of a battlefield. -Susan Davis

I was brought up in the modern world of all the luxury and the highlight of show business. I was born into a Christian home. -Cat Stevens

Thousands of years ago, humans domesticated every possible large wild mammal species fulfilling all those criteria and worth domesticating, with the result that there have been no valuable additions of domestic animals in recent times, despite the efforts of modern science. -Jared Diamond

Lest those islands still seem to you too remote in space and time to be relevant to our modern societies, just think about the risks… of our increasing globalization and increasing worldwide economic interdependence. -Jared Diamond

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

The main reason for the failure of the modern medical science is that it is dealing with results and not causes. Nothing more than the patching up of those attacked and the burying of those who are slain, without a thought being given to the real strong hold. -Edward Bach

One of the most feared expressions in modern times is 'The computer is down.' -Norman Ralph Augustine

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 cost literature its audience. -Scott Turow

The progress of the natural sciences in modern times has of course so much exceeded all expectations that any suggestion that there may be some limits to it is bound to arouse suspicion. -Friedrich August von Hayek

I used to dance when I was younger – ballet and modern dance. -Nastassja Kinski

With our knowledge of modern-day genetics, we realize that it was possible for God to place the potential for all people throughout history into the genes of Adam and Eve when He created them. -Walter Lang

The modern composer builds upon the foundation of truth. -Claudio Monteverdi

Discrimination due to age is one of the great tragedies of modern life. The desire to work and be useful is what makes life worth living, and to be told your efforts are not needed because you are the wrong age is a crime. -Johnny Ball

I have always maintained that the one important phenomenon presented by modern society is – the enormous prosperity of Fools. -Wilkie Collins

Today when we say the West we are already referring to the West and to Russia. We could use the word 'modernity' if we exclude Africa, and the Islamic world, and partially China. -Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Religion always remains higher than everyday life. In order to make the elevation towards religion easier for people, religion must be able to alter its forms in relation to the consciousness of modern man. -Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Like all tools, modern technology has produced some wonderful moments in music and also some horrors. -Hugh Hopper

I love new writing, new blood, modern works by unknown writers. -Joseph Fiennes

Mind you, the Elizabethans had so many words for the female genitals that it is quite hard to speak a sentence of modern English without inadvertently mentioning at least three of them. -Terry Pratchett

India is a curious place that still preserves the past, religions, and its history. No matter how modern India becomes, it is still very much an old country. -Anita Desai

There is a lot of interest in the arts, music, theatre, filmmaking, engineering, architecture and software design. I think we have now transitioned the modern-day version of the entrepreneur into the creative economy. -John Baldacci

What postmodernism gives us instead is a multicultural defense for male violence – a defense for it wherever it is, which in effect is a pretty universal defense. -Catharine MacKinnon

Can postmodernism hold the perpetrators of genocide accountable? -Catharine MacKinnon

Postmodernism is an academic theory, originating in academia with an academic elite, not in the world of women and men, where feminist theory is rooted. -Catharine MacKinnon

The modern period adds social ethics to religions agenda, for we now realize that social structures are not like laws of nature. They are human creations, so we are responsible for them. -Huston Smith

So always, if we look back, concern for face-to-face morality, and its modern emphasis on justice as well, have historically evolved as religious issues. -Huston Smith

Most modern stuff I hear kinda sucks, someone should turn me onto something good, fast! -Jim Diamond

Music is neither old nor modern: it is either good or bad music, and the date at which it was written has no significance whatever. -Peter Warlock

All old music was modern once, and much more of the music of yesterday already sounds more old-fashioned than works which were written three centuries ago. -Peter Warlock

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

Even in modern art, artists have used methods based on calculation, inasmuch as these elements, alongside those of a more personal and emotional nature, give balance and harmony to any work of art. -Max Bill

The modern world is personal; people want to know intimate things. -Nigella Lawson

I went to Concord, a young woman from the backwoods, firm in belief that Emerson was the first of living men. He was the modern Moses who had talked with God apart and could interpret Him to us. -Rebecca Harding Davis

The modern horror audience is wise to our tricks this lets it in on the gag. -Robert Englund

I had art as a major, along with English, French and History. I had dance, modern dance. In English I was allowed to write my own poetry, which I eventually got published. -Sally Kirkland

Wherever modern translations of marked excellence were already in existence efforts were made to secure them for the Library, but in a number of instances copyright could not be obtained. -James Loeb

That said, there are certainly still cooks out there who make fantastic historical cornbreads, though the old recipes have often been changed to include modern techniques and ingredients. -Jeremy Jackson

As experimentation becomes more complex, the need for the co-operation in it of technical elements from outside becomes greater and the modern laboratory tends increasingly to resemble the factory and to employ in its service increasing numbers of purely routine workers. -John Desmond Bernal

I like 1977 because it is more primitive. If it were modern day, like one Universal guy was like wouldn't they just use their cell phone? I guess he did not read that it was 1977 in the script. -Rob Zombie

We teach young kids from 8 to 14 or 15 about their musical heritage through great songs written by American songwriters. We don't do too many modern composers, although we include songs from Billy Joel and other writers like him. -Margaret Whiting

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

The so-called modern education, with all its defects, however, does others so much more good than it does the Negro, because it has been worked out in conformity to the needs of those who have enslaved and oppressed weaker peoples. -Carter G. Woodson

The modern dilemma is essentially a spiritual one, and every one of its main aspects, moral, political and scientific, brings us back to the need of a religious solution. -Christopher Dawson

Moreover, behind this vague tendency to treat religion as a side issue in modern life, there exists a strong body of opinion that is actively hostile to Christianity and that regards the destruction of positive religion as absolutely necessary to the advance of modern culture. -Christopher Dawson

I may be wrong in that, but not I think in putting the questions. In our modern democracy the government needs not a unanimous but a general support for war before it orders our forces to fight. -Douglas Hurd

If we can modernise the workforce, make them better qualified, have this framework of qualifications, then I think they have a very good case for more money. -Estelle Morris

It's only in modern times that we have come to glorify vampirism. -Guillermo del Toro

But we moderns are impatient and destructive. -John Crowe Ransom

He can develop sense and style, in the manner of distinguished modern prose, in which event he may be sure that the result will not fall into any objective form. -John Crowe Ransom

To be awarded a prize which takes its name from an illustrious Dutchman who at the same time was a great citizen of Europe and through his writings did so much to open up our modern world of sensibility and thought is indeed a most signal honour. -John G. D. Clark

That is why, according to this newer psychology, Christianity has already fulfilled its biological mission, and it is impossible for the modern man to understand its original significance. -Muhammad Iqbal

I was partly old-fashioned and partly modern. -Eric Allin Cornell

It has been claimed at times that our modern age of technology facilitates dictatorship. -Henry A. Wallace

It is no coincidence that the growth of modern tyrants has in every case been heralded by the growth of prejudice. -Henry A. Wallace

Until democracy in effective enthusiastic action fills the vacuum created by the power of modern inventions, we may expect the fascists to increase in power after the war both in the United States and in the world. -Henry A. Wallace

What we must understand is that the industries, processes, and inventions created by modern science can be used either to subjugate or liberate. The choice is up to us. -Henry A. Wallace

I will continue my activities related to education in one way or another. I certainly would have at the top my agenda, with respect to education, the need to do much better with modern educational technology. -Major Owens

Those involved in the program are interested in how to use photography, videos, the Internet, film, and anything related to communications and transmission of information in the most up-to-date modern ways. -Major Owens

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

U.S. officials and outside experts agree that China is undertaking a comprehensive modernization of its military. The Chinese military has gotten smaller but smarter. -Lee H. Hamilton

I don't listen to much modern composition. -Colin Greenwood

Next, we will create a modern immigration law. -Gerhard Schroder

I think I was first to do live performances on a modern electronic sound synthesizer. -John Eaton

Well, opera began with an intent to resuscitate Greek drama, that is, modern opera as we know it. -John Eaton

The Cox Report documents a systematic, well-planned effort by the Chinese military at the highest levels to target and acquire technology for military modernization. -Charles Bass

We have for the past year and undoubtedly will be for the next year, dealing with an electorate that is more alienated and more cynical than at any point in modern time. -Robert Teeter

I've played with all of the heavyweights in the modern jazz, progressive jazz movement. I've been fortunate enough to play with them, a who's who. All of those guys, I've been fortunate enough to have performed with. -Sonny Rollins

The book has many different characteristics: some are extremely old-fashioned storytelling traits, but there are also a fair number of postmodern traits, and the self-consciousness is one. -Jeffrey Eugenides

So here we are, just two months away from the election, with more and more examples that modern day Jim Crowe laws are alive and well in the state of Florida. -Corrine Brown

Pharmaceuticals have become an increasingly important part of modern medicine, and our seniors shouldn't have to worry about whether they can afford the medicines they need to stay healthy and maintain their independence. -Mike Simpson

This might be one way to start talking about differences between the early postmodern writers of the fifties and sixties and their contemporary descendants. -David Foster Wallace

The great thing about university is that they incline you to get up and do it, from the Classics to modern plays, to the humor that Monty Pythons made popular. -Michael York

With the Stray Cats at least, we really took the music somewhere else. First, we wrote our own songs. That's a real weak point in modern classics if you do rockabilly or blues. -Brian Setzer

The difficulty for most of us in the modern world is that the old-fashioned idea of God has become incredible or implausible. -Alan Watts

The role of a museum of modern art is to make a good selection and identify what we believe to be the coming movements, and that requires taste. -David Rockefeller

They decided to establish a museum of modern art where works by contemporary artists would be shown. Mother was viewed as a very progressive person, and not everybody liked the paintings she bought. -David Rockefeller

I don't understand what modern clothes are about at all. -Julie Harris

I really have a generation gap about modern clothes. -Julie Harris

I would loathe to work on modern films. -Julie Harris

I always thought martial arts was the most modern choreography we could have right now, and I always wanted to put it to music. -Lou Reed

Although Darwin was able to persuade much of the world that a modern eye could be produced gradually from a much simpler structure, he did not even attempt to explain how the simple light sensitive spot that was his starting point actually worked. -Michael Behe

Music is a continuum and the modern and avant-garde composers of today will be part of the standard repertoire 30 years from now. -Neville Marriner

Fathers in today's modern families can be so many things. -Oliver Hudson

Incidentally, one of the most worrying problems in the impact of Western modernity on traditional culture is that it quite rapidly communicates its own indifference or anxiety or even hostility about age and ageing. -Rowan Williams

The Brady Bunch is a live action modern fairytale of family. In this context it's less odd that it's lasted for over thirty years; and why it may last in some respects as long as Mother Goose! -Christopher Knight

It allows you to say things that sound very dramatic and get away with it. If you had characters in modern fiction say the same things as they're driving down the street in an Oldsmobile they'd sound ludicrous! -Terry Goodkind

It's often difficult to slough off all that we've acquired, all the comforts and safety nets modern life provides for us, and realize that in those days, people were living very much on the edge – life was incredibly hard! -Derek Jacobi

The modern assault on the environment began about 50 years ago, during and immediately after World War II. -Barry Commoner

The modern work of art, as I have said, is a symbol. -Herbert Read

It does not seem that the contradiction which exists between the aristocratic function of art and the democratic structure of modern society can ever be resolved. -Herbert Read

I am not going to claim that modern anarchism has any direct relation to Roman jurisprudence; but I do claim that it has its basis in the laws of nature rather than in the state of nature. -Herbert Read

Well, I am very happy that I was able to play a part in bringing music from the streets onto the radio and into modern culture, I worked very hard and always believed in the sounds I was creating. -Ice T

A modern girls' school, equipped as scores are now equipped throughout the country, was of course not to be found in 1858, when I first became a school boarder, or in 1867, when I ceased to be one. -Mary Augusta Ward

It would be flattering to call it a modern Dirty Harry, but I think this film deals more with the loss of his wife than the traditional revenge vigilante films. -Vin Diesel

When I think of the library of Alexandria and of the fact that, although it burnt down, people continue to sort the letters of the alphabet according to that tradition, then that makes certain expressions of modernity, even of interventions on the textual level, possible. -Alexander Kluge

It was a major dream come true at last. In many respects, Jerusalem is a very modern and important story about people in a period of transition, with all the unrest that permeates society on the eve of a new century. The big life issues are at stake. -Bille August

That's why modern corporate movie making has become so laborious that comedians are kind of kicked out by 50. -Dana Carvey

No matter how many modern parts I do, people still refer to me as Mrs. Costume Drama. Fight Club is a studio pic, and I've done very few of those. I've got a feeling it's going to change things for me. -Helena Bonham Carter

Even modern English people are imperious, superior, ridden by class. All of the hypocrisy and the difficulties that are endemic in being British also make it an incredibly fertile place culturally. A brilliant place to live. Sad but true. -Pete Townshend

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

I like to have Chinese furniture in my home as a constant and painful reminder of how much has been destroyed in China. The contrast between the beauty of the past and the ugliness of the modern is nowhere sharper than in China. -Jung Chang

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

I would have to challenge the term, modern dance. I don't really use that term in relation to my work. I simply think of it as dancing. I think of it as moving. -Twyla Tharp

There's this expression called postmodernism, which is kind of silly, and destroys a perfectly good word called modern, which now no longer means anything. -Twyla Tharp

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

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 work with structure, but I go outside the box and give it my own spin. I adore the challenge of creating truly modern clothes – where a woman's personality and sense of style are realized. -Vera Wang

When I decided to get married at 40, I couldn't find a dress with the modernity or sophistication I wanted. That's when I saw the opportunity for a wedding gown business. -Vera Wang

Libertarians recognize the inevitable pluralism of the modern world and for that reason assert that individual liberty is at least part of the common good. -Tom G. Palmer

French design hardly exists, except as artificial modernism. -Christian Lacroix

After World War II great strides were made in modern Japanese architecture, not only in advanced technology, allowing earthquake resistant tall buildings, but expressing and infusing characteristics of traditional Japanese architecture in modern buildings. -Harry Seidler

Mystery Science Theater is really a postmodern show, it's really derived of many influences. -Joel Hodgson

Back then, we could drive a mile from home and there was nothing. Now it's grown in every direction and is populated and modernized. I guess I have mixed feelings about it, but I'm not someone that thinks everything should stop growing. -Matthew Sweet

But we can turn challenges into opportunities if we look outwards to the realities of the global economy and modernise our internal institutions in ways that will equip Europe to meet that challenge and create confidence amongst the public. -John Hutton

Our objective must therefore be to ensure EU better regulation contributes towards delivering a modern European Union which relentlessly focuses on building a dynamic and innovative economy equipped to meet the challenges of the 21st century. -John Hutton

But we need to show that the EU can modernise itself, can adapt to the needs of its citizens, can take their views into account. That will be our ambition for the UK Presidency. -John Hutton

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

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

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

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

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

The modern banking system manufactures money out of nothing. -Josiah Stamp

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

In brief, egoism in its modern interpretation, is the antithesis, not of altruism, but of idealism. -John Buchanan Robinson

Only the man who disciplines himself strictly can stand for long the terrific pace of modern war. -William Lyon Mackenzie King

For my children, it makes sense to talk about modernizing Social Security, letting them create stronger personal accounts, letting them get a higher rate of return over the long run. -John Sununu

It worries me about our unwillingness to really address reforms and modernization in Medicare. This thing was designed 37 years ago. It has not evolved to keep pace with current medical technology. -John Sununu

I think that there is absolutely no free market in modern industrial states. -Jeane Kirkpatrick

Even with, or perhaps, because of, this background, I have over the past few years sensed a very dramatic change in attitude on the part of Prince Edward Islanders towards the on-going rush for so-called modernization. -Alex Campbell

We, in Prince Edward Island, are fully familiar with this modern phenomenon. -Alex Campbell

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

If modernist naturalism were true, there would be no objective truth outside of science. In that case right and wrong would be a matter of cultural preference, or political power, and the power already available to modernists ideologies would be overwhelming. -Phillip E. Johnson

However, we might oppose it, abortion is a sad feature of modern life. -Robert Casey

I don't know much about modern art, but I guess I am modern art. -Gloria Trevi

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

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

The poorest parts of the world are by and large the places in which one can best view the worst of medicine and not because doctors in these countries have different ideas about what constitutes modern medicine. It's the system and its limitations that are to blame. -Paul Farmer

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

You have to really dive deep back into yourself and get rid of so much modern analytical categorization. It's one of the great things poetry does. -Robert Morgan

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

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

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

The party at its best has always been a modern party. -Francis Maude

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

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

Builders eventually took advantage of the look of modernism to build cheaply and carelessly. -Arthur Erickson

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

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

The 2004 Election marks the first time in modern political history that Republican voter turnout matched Democratic turnout in a presidential election year. -Jeff Miller

It would be especially tragic if the people who most cherish ideals of peace, who are most anxious for political cooperation on a wider than national scale, made the mistake of underestimating the pace of economic change in our modern world. -Lester B. Pearson

We know now that in modern warfare, fought on any considerable scale, there can be no possible economic gain for any side. Win or lose, there is nothing but waste and destruction. -Lester B. Pearson

I think there's a tendency for modern man to become dominated by gadgets and machines, taking us further and further away from the things I've been talking about. -Robin Day

Art cannot be modern. Art is primordially eternal. -Egon Schiele

With the help of modern technology, I can compose intricate keyboard parts and then I have to go back and learn them in order to perform them properly. -Geddy Lee

The deepest problems of modern life derive from the claim of the individual to preserve the autonomy and individuality of his existence in the face of overwhelming social forces, of historical heritage, of external culture, and of the technique of life. -Georg Simmel

Our approach to economic development must be modern, focused and in tune with the global trend. -Ibrahim Babangida

The challenge as we saw in the Nigerian project was to restructure the economy decisively in the direction of a modern free market as an appropriate environment for cultivation of freedom and democracy and the natural emergence of a new social order. -Ibrahim Babangida

The rise of the Dutch Republic must ever be regarded as one of the leading events of modern times. -John Lothrop Motley

I question: do we really understand the differences between modernist and postmodernist? -Kathy Acker

I understand that postmodern literature probably means people like DeLillo, The Fiction Collective, but I don't get it that those writers are really influenced by postmodern theorists. -Kathy Acker

The modern form of things had begun to appeal to me, also (as material for satire) politics, and the lives of the great and little, high up in the social scale. -Laurence Housman

Music is a gut thing. You're working in a medium which is more in touch with the primal than the modern. A gig is a ritual. There's a congregation. -Siobhan Fahey

You don't really need modernity in order to exist totally and fully. You need a mixture of modernity and tradition. -Theodore Bikel

It is true that short forms of poetry have been cultivated in the Far East more than in modern Europe; but in all European literature short forms of poetry are to be found – indeed quite as short as anything in Japanese. -Lafcadio Hearn

It has been wisely observed by the greatest of modern thinkers that mankind has progressed more rapidly in every other respect than in morality. -Lafcadio Hearn

It is one of the primary motives of modern art that it wants to abolish the distance which the viewer, the consumer, the audience maintain vis-a-vis a work of art. -Hans-Georg Gadamer

The academic area of new music or modern music festivals is not something which attracts me at all. -Gavin Bryars

That business of relaxation, which is so terribly modern today, is all good and well, but my work interests me so much, and is so varied, that many times it seems relaxing when I go from one aspect to another. -Arne Jacobsen

In these days of modern tennis a player is as strong as his weakest stroke. -Bill Tilden

In its most limited sense, modern, art would seem to concern itself only with the technical innovations of the period. -Edward Hopper

The modern mind tends to be more and more critical and analytical in spirit, hence it must devise for itself an engine of expression which is logically defensible at every point and which tends to correspond to the rigorous spirit of modern science. -Edward Sapir

Scientific men can hardly escape the charge of ignorance with regard to the precise effect of the impact of modern science upon the mode of living of the people and upon their civilisation. -Frederick Soddy

If we look to the history of other nations, ancient or modern, we find no example of a growth so rapid, so gigantic, of a people so prosperous and happy. -James Monroe

True as this is, it is also true that for one who won through there were many who gained nothing, and it was, and is, the sheer weight of numbers of those who failed of this that has made their influence on the modern life as pervasive and controlling as it is. -Ralph Adams Cram

I came here as a practical man, to talk, not simply on the question of peace and war, but to treat another question which is of hardly less importance – the enormous and burdensome standing armaments which it is the practice of modern Governments to sustain in time of peace. -Richard Cobden

Be it whim or emergency, the modern laboratory is equally at the service of romance, equally ready to gratify mankind with a torpedo or a toy. -Richard Le Gallienne

That was the beginning of modern acting for me. You don't have to tell a camera everything. It gets bored if you do and wants to look elsewhere. -Stephen Rea

A fact of modern life is that it takes women longer to get ready than men. -Jessica Savitch

It appears a bold thing to say so when one sees how much many a modern author who knows how to make a skilful use of the Book of Chronicles has to tell about the tabernacle. -Julius Wellhausen

I incline to an aristocratic republic. This would satisfy the ambitious spirit among our people. We shall learn from the historic mistakes of others in the same way as we learn from our own; for we are a modern nation and wish to be the most modern in the world. -Theodor Herzl

We have always been taught that navigation is the result of civilization, but modern archeology has demonstrated very clearly that this is not so. -Thor Heyerdahl

We must wake up to the insane reality of our time. We are all irresponsible, unless we demand from the responsible decision makers that modern armaments must no longer be made available to people whose former battle axes and swords our ancestors condemned. -Thor Heyerdahl

Many applications of the coincidence method will therefore be found in the large field of nuclear physics, and we can say without exaggeration that the method is one of the essential tools of the modern nuclear physicist. -Walther Bothe

Extol Jewish virtue, modern Zionism and the Israeli Defense Forces. -Geraldo Rivera

The employer class is less indispensable in the modern organization of industries because the laboring men themselves possess sufficient intelligence to organize into co-operative relation and enjoy the entire benefits of their own labor. -Leland Stanford

Violence and irrationality were so long and thoroughly cultivated among the Irish, and so perfectly ingrained into their nature, that modern civilization has as yet been unable to extract the virus. -Thomas Mellon

The contribution of Islam to history and modern civilization is the product of the efforts of peoples of many races and tongues which came to accept its way of life. -Aly Khan

You can't seperate modern jazz from rock or from rhythm and blues – you can't seperate it. Because that's where it all started, and that's where it all come from – that's where I learned to keep rhythm – in church. -Art Blakey

I should like to say that I am as proud of my Chinese heritage and background as I am devoted to modern science, a part of human civilization of Western origin, to which I have dedicated and I shall continue to dedicate my work. -Chen-Ning Yang

It's almost like these games are the modern day comic books, especially when you play Alone in the Dark. There's a real story that goes along with it and a movie seemed like the right kind of transition to make. -Christian Slater

During the past few decades, modern technology, with radio, TV, air travel, and satellites, has woven a network of communication which puts each part of the world in to almost instant contact with all the other parts. -David Bohm

However, in modern conceptual frameworks there is a more sophisticated view. I would say that the act of music exists in several worlds simultaneously. -Robert Fripp

I'm trying to make a case for those people who don't have a sense of belonging that they should have, that there is something really worthwhile in having a sense of belonging, and recasting and looking at our modern history. -Billy Bragg

The way Japan had tried to build up a modern state modelled on the West was cataclysmic. -Kenzaburo Oe

My observation is that after one hundred and twenty years of modernisation since the opening of the country, present-day Japan is split between two opposite poles of ambiguity. -Kenzaburo Oe

And as far as the Disney Concert hall is concerned, it is a wonderful modern structure and I am extremely honored that I had this opportunity to have a concert here. -Nobuo Uematsu

I think there is a way to be formal and elegant and classy, but more modern. Brad Pitt has been changing it, and Will Smith has been doing it in his own way. -Steven Cojocaru

The machines, the modern mode of production, slowly undermined domestic production and not just for thousands but for millions of women the question arose: Where do we now find our livelihood? -Clara Zetkin

A third ideal that has made its way in the modern world is reliance on reason, especially reason disciplined and enriched by modern science. An eternal basis of human intercommunication is reason. -Emily Greene Balch

Another cause of change, one less noticeable but fundamental, is the modern growth of population closely connected with scientific and medical discoveries. It is interesting that the United Nations has set up a special Commission to study this question. -Emily Greene Balch

The Olympic stadium may have been built only in the early 1970s but it was clear for a long time it had no future. For many reasons it is not good enough for modern football and today's fans. -Franz Beckenbauer

It was a superb agreement to end a war, but a very bad agreement to make a state. From now on, we have to part company with Dayton and try to build a modern democratic state, for which I have tried to lay the foundations. -Paddy Ashdown

My second job has been to try to use my power to create institutions of a modern state that could enter the European Union, and there was very little time. The door was closing, and I wanted to get Bosnia through before it shut. -Paddy Ashdown

I am quite certain in my heart of hearts that modern music and modern art is not a conspiracy, but is a form of truth and integrity for those who practise it honestly, decently and with all their being. -Michael Tippett

It is not uncommon in modern times to see governments straining every nerve to keep the peace, and the people whom they represent, with patriotic enthusiasm and resentment over real or fancied wrongs, urging them forward to war. -Elihu Root

The growth of modern constitutional government compels for its successful practice the exercise of reason and considerate judgment by the individual citizens who constitute the electorate. -Elihu Root

A lot of more modern films seem to just be out for violence or sex or what have you, without relating it to what's going within human beings. But every now and then one comes along that does that, and it's a joy. -Kim Hunter

I don't cook – I can cook – but I'm not very good. I like being asked over for dinner, because she can't cook either. We would starve if it weren't for modern technology. I know how to work a microwave, but love home cooked meals. -Mark Mothersbaugh

Hitler was so modern, in that he was obsessed with being famous. He was caught up with this rush to be have achieved greatness before turning 30. -John Cusack

I kind of lost interest in the classical dance. I was very much interested in the modern choreography. -Mikhail Baryshnikov

I think most serious writers, certainly in the modern period, use their own lives or the lives of people close to them or lives they have heard about as the raw material for their creativity. -Chaim Potok

A book is sent out into the world, and there is no way of fully anticipating the responses it will elicit. Consider the responses called forth by the Bible, Homer, Shakespeare – let alone contemporary poetry or a modern novel. -Chaim Potok

The modern artist is working with space and time, and expressing his feelings rather than illustrating. -Jackson Pollock

Today painters do not have to go to a subject matter outside of themselves. Most modern painters work from a different source. They work from within. -Jackson Pollock

The strangeness will wear off and I think we will discover the deeper meanings in modern art. -Jackson Pollock

The modern artist… is working and expressing an inner world – in other words – expressing the energy, the motion, and other inner forces. -Jackson Pollock

New needs need new techniques. And the modern artists have found new ways and new means of making their statements… the modern painter cannot express this age, the airplane, the atom bomb, the radio, in the old forms of the Renaissance or of any other past culture. -Jackson Pollock

Some people say Hawaii is spoiled, but I don't think so. It's modern. It's a part of today's world. -James MacArthur

There's definitely an old school element to my music, but I also think it's modern. -Lenny Kravitz

When Tim Allen made The Santa Clause, I thought that was a delightful film. It took a modern sensibility but layered onto it a kind of sentiment. -Leonard Maltin

I much prefer the modern world. -Keith Henson

That's what so sad about a lot of modern music, in my opinion, so many young bands never stay around long enough to fulfill their ultimate promise. They only get halfway there or a quarter of the way there. -Alan Vega

But we don't have an example of a democratic society existing in a socialist economy – which is the only real alternative to capitalism in the modern world. -Peter L. Berger

I think what I and most other sociologists of religion wrote in the 1960s about secularization was a mistake. Our underlying argument was that secularization and modernity go hand in hand. With more modernization comes more secularization. -Peter L. Berger

My book is traditional. It runs counter to the post-modern spirit. -David Guterson

Post-modernism is dead because it didn't address human needs. -David Guterson

Most of modern rock and roll is a product of guilt. -Captain Beefheart

But some great records are are being made with today's technology and there are still great artists among us. Likewise there are artists today who are so reliant on modern technology, they wouldn't have emerged when recording was more organic. -Tony Visconti

The key to the survival of liberty in the modern world is the embrace of multiple identities. -Timothy Garton Ash

If it's a modern-day story dealing with certain ethnic groups, I think I could open up certain scenes for improvisation, while staying within the structure of the script. -Martin Scorsese

It's a heavy weight, the camera. Now we have modern and lightweight, small plastic cameras, but in the '70s they were heavy metal. -Annie Leibovitz

The definition of a modern approach to war is the acknowledgement of individual lives lost. -Maya Lin

The basic assumption of the secular society is that modernity overcomes religion. -Ulrich Beck

All theory of modernity in sociology suggests that the more modernity there is, the less religion. In my theory we can realize that this is wrong: atheism is only one belief system among many. -Ulrich Beck

I teach at USC, and it's obvious to anyone who teaches college students that they don't cover much modern history and certainly not the modern presidency. -Robert Scheer

Within NATO, our Defence Capabilities Initiative has identified the essential capabilities all Allies must have for modern operations, and Allies are working to meet those requirements. -Lord Robertson

In sum, thought and reflection have been rendered thoroughly pointless by the circumstances in which modern men and women live and act. -Jacques Ellul

Preacher is a book that somehow allows me time by its settling on it's characters, that sort of modern gothic western feel. You're not likely to see the boat veering too far from that. -Garth Ennis

I don't want what I am saying to sound like a prophecy or anything like an analysis of modern society… these are only feelings I have, and I am the least speculative man on earth. -Michelangelo Antonioni

The best thing about modern living is anaesthesia. -Meg Ryan

At this point, I think I would garner a lot of hate mail if I was now on the cover of Modern Drummer seeing as I'm not a modern drummer anymore. -Jason Schwartzman

The goal of modern propaganda is no longer to transform opinion but to arouse an active and mythical belief. -Jacques Ellul

I had this idea for a while to do mix this Al Green vibe with a samba thing. I tried to do that in many different ways. Peter added his own modern notion of funk and his own deep background in classical music. -Arto Lindsay

Because of the need to remove all modernism, we stayed in the middle of nowhere all day long, living out of tents. It was cold. It definitely set the scene. -Skeet Ulrich

We hope to find more pieces of the puzzle which will shed light on the connection between this upright, walking ape, our early ancestor, and modern man. -Richard Leakey

I also read modern novels – I have just had to read 60 as I am one of the judges for the Orange Fiction Prize. -Kate Adie

Not much has been written about the Nereids of modern Greece. Wherever there is a warm, healing stream they believe that it flows from the breasts of the Nereids. -James Theodore Bent

I think a lot of modern day guitarists start off playing like Eddie van Halen, and they don't take the time to learn the basics. -Alvin Lee

Certainly in the modern age where everything is glossed over, when somebody speaks their mind, the majority of the public go, I'd love to have said that. -Pete Waterman

I now resolved to go to bed early, with a firm purpose of also rising early the next day to revisit this charming walk; for I thought to myself, I have now seen this temple of the modern world imperfectly; I have seen it only by moonlight. -Karl Philipp Moritz

Conventional dogmas, even if endowed with the authority of an Aristotle – ancient or modern – must be tested vigorously. If they are found wanting, we need not bother with them. But if they are found to be substantially correct, we may not overlook them. -Norman Lamm

However, the word madda in modern Hebrew specifically means science. -Norman Lamm

Subsequently, the Japanese people experienced a variety of vicissitudes and were involved in international disputes, eventually, for the first time in their history, experiencing the horrors of modern warfare on their own soil during World War II. -Eisaku Sato

But I don't think there has ever been anything written on the nature of violent man as deep and as thorough as Shakespeare's Titus. I think it puts all modern movies and modern exploitations of violence to shame. -Julie Taymor

The Romans used every housing form known today and they have a remarkably modern look. -Stephen Gardiner

While I've had a great distaste for what's usually called song in modern poetry or for what's usually called music, I really don't think of speech as so far from song. -David Antin

Most modern comedy is crap. -Adrian Edmondson

The founders were very worried that if parties developed in America, you might have something like the modern Italian system, where you have 20 different parties that divide Congress and the country and can't govern. -Michael Beschloss

Just as characteristic, perhaps, is the intellectual interdependence created through the development of the modern media of communication: post, telegraph, telephone, and popular press. -Christian Lous Lange

To play June, I had an immediate connect with her background and culture. We grew up with the same religion and shared a lot of the same values of family and spirituality. But I was really so inspired by what a modern woman she was. -Reese Witherspoon

For example, computer defends well, but for humans its is harder to defend than attack, particularly with the modern time control. -Boris Spassky

Nowadays there is more dynamism in chess, modern players like to take the initiative. Usually they are poor defenders though. -Boris Spassky

When modern physics exerts itself to establish the world's formula, what occurs thereby is this: the being of entities has resolved itself into the method of the totally calculable. -Martin Heidegger

The vegetarian movement is an ancient movement and is not quite a modern one. -Morarji Desai

Having had that experience… I think, what modern culture wants to see is the relationship with the woman. I don't think you can tell a story on film nowadays where the woman simply is there for the man when he decides to settle down. -Tom Selleck

I liked the kid who wrote me that he had to do a term paper on a modern poet and he was doing me because, though they say you have to read poems twice, he found he could handle mine in one try. -Howard Nemerov

When modern writers gave up telling stories, they gave up the greatest thing we had. -Howard Nemerov

It was easier to do Shakespeare than a lot of modern movie scripts that are so poorly written. -Jessica Lange

Attention-deficit disorders seem to abound in modern society, and we don't know the cause. -Marilyn vos Savant

Conservatives have no understanding of modern capitalism. They have a distorted understanding of the traditional values they claim to defend. -Christopher Lasch

Make it new is the message not just of modern art but of modern consumerism, of which modern art is largely a mirror image. -Christopher Lasch

The attempt to redefine the family as a purely voluntary arrangement grows out of the modern delusion that people can keep all their options open all the time. -Christopher Lasch

The modern meaning of life's end-when does it end? How does it end? How should it end? What is the value of life? How do we measure it? -Don DeLillo

So much destruction in modern war takes place miles and miles away from the source of the destruction, the human being who has caused it. -James Dickey

Some of modern engineering is necessary to good art. But I think of myself is a cultural artist. -Larry Wall

Postmodernism surely requires an even greater grasp of symbolism, as it's increasingly an art of gesture alone. -Andrew Eldritch

Yet for my part, deeply as I am moved by the religious architecture of the Middle Ages, I cannot honestly say that I ever felt the slightest emotion in any modern Gothic church. -Goldwin Smith

I am not a modern man, I am just a wee old fashioned one. -Ian Hamilton Finlay

Little Sparta is a garden in the traditional sense. It is perhaps not like other modern gardens, but I think that other times would have had no difficulty with it. -Ian Hamilton Finlay

The Italian gangster thing has become a form of the modern-day Western. -Armand Assante

I had changed from being a mathematician to a practicing scientist. I was increasingly embarassed that I could no longer follow some of the more modern branches of pure mathematics. -John Pople

Our working hypothesis is that the status of knowledge is altered as societies enter what is known as the postindustrial age and cultures enter what is known as the postmodern age. -Jean-Francois Lyotard

I think the accessories look very modern and very exciting. These big earrings, these big hoops. I think the girls are sort of falling in love with… collars, neck collars. -Ralph Lauren

David Brinkley was an icon of modern broadcast journalism, a brilliant writer who could say in a few words what the country needed to hear during times of crisis, tragedy and triumph. -Tom Brokaw

It was Dr. King's tireless activism that fostered our modern way of relating to one another. -Wynton Marsalis

If the seams are showing, there is something wrong with the performance or the construction of the piece. This idea is completely at odds with our modern visual experience, because everything today is based on montage. -Esa-Pekka Salonen

A modern civilization is only possible when it is accepted that singular beings exist and express themselves freely. -Tahar Ben Jelloun

In the Arab world, there is no link between the cultural habits of peoples and the ways of thinking and creating of modern intellectuals. They are two separate worlds. -Tahar Ben Jelloun

Any acceleration constitutes progress, Miss Glory. Nature had no understanding of the modern rate of work. From a technical standpoint the whole of childhood is pure nonsense. Simply wasted time. An untenable waste of time. -Karel Capek

Europeans know the importance of the Resistance; it has been the shining example of the modern conscience. -Salvatore Quasimodo

Scientific reality is the modern human condition, and you can see that in the symbolic nature of my work. -Thom Mayne

The huge problem in our society is the enormous ignorance of the ideas that underlie modern art. -Thom Mayne

I'm often called an old-fashioned modernist. But the modernists had the absurd idea that architecture could heal the world. That's impossible. And today nobody expects architects to have these grand visions any more. -Thom Mayne

The lessons of September 11 are that if we allow law enforcement to do their work free of political interference, if we give them adequate resources and modern technologies, we can protect our citizens without intruding on our liberties. -Lucille Roybal-Allard

The accusation that we've lost our soul resonates with a very modern concern about authenticity. -Patricia Hewitt

You've got to respond to that and of course thinking through the role of a left party in the modern world, in the modern economy and society and having a policy response to that. -Patricia Hewitt

A modern health and social care system has to be completely focussed on the needs of its users. -Patricia Hewitt

Revolution in the modern case is no longer an uncouth business. -Garet Garrett

Nobody in America, in the modern generation, has read their mythology or legends. -Kenneth Anger

If you want to study the social and political history of modern nations, study hell. -Thomas Merton

The real trouble with war (modern war) is that it gives no one a chance to kill the right people. -Ezra Pound

The whole imposing edifice of modern medicine is like the celebrated tower of Pisa – slightly off balance. -Prince Charles

Space ails us moderns: we are sick with space. -Robert Frost

The sovereignty of scriptures of all religions must come to an end if we want to have a united integrated modern India. -B. R. Ambedkar

Universities are the cathedrals of the modern age. They shouldn't have to justify their existence by utilitarian criteria. -David Lodge

The challenge of modernity is to live without illusions and without becoming disillusioned. -Antonio Gramsci

It was my Uncle George who discovered that alcohol was a food well in advance of modern medical thought. -P. G. Wodehouse

The French Revolution is the ultimate modernist statement. Destroy everything. Don't build on the past. There is no past. -John Corigliano

In point of substantial merit the law school belongs in the modern university no more than a school of fencing or dancing. -Thorstein Veblen

The fact is that much misunderstanding is often caused by our modern attempts to limit too strictly the meaning of a Greek word. -Gilbert Murray

Too many people in the modern world view poetry as a luxury, not a necessity like petrol. But to me it's the oil of life. -John Betjeman

The modern rule is that every woman should be her own chaperone. -Amy Vanderbilt

I think that one possible definition of our modern culture is that it is one in which nine-tenths of our intellectuals can't read any poetry. -Randall Jarrell

If we steal thoughts from the moderns, it will be cried down as plagiarism; if from the ancients, it will be cried up as erudition. -Charles Caleb Colton

You know one of the causes of modern despair is the fact that we have had proposed to us, from various quarters, an impossible perfection. -Morris West

In modern pharmacology it's so clear that even if you have a fixed dose of a drug, the individuals respond very differently to one and the same dose. -Arvid Carlsson

It may be said that modern Europe with teachers who inform it that its realist instincts are beautiful, acts ill and honors what is ill. -Julien Benda

American time has stretched around the world. It has become the dominant tempo of modern history, especially of the history of Europe. -Harold Rosenberg

The susceptibility of the average modern to pictorial suggestion enables advertising to exploit his lessened power of judgment. -Johan Huizinga

In an age robbed of religious symbols, going to the shops replaces going to the church. We have a free choice, but at a price. We can win experience, but never achieve innocence. Marx knew that the epic activities of the modern world involve not lance and sword but dry goods. -Stephen Bayley

Memorials become relics if they do not stir our modern conscience. -Henry Waxman

There is one, and only one, thing in modern society more hideous than crime namely, repressive justice. -Simone Weil

There is something terribly morbid in the modern sympathy with pain. One should sympathise with the colour, the beauty, the joy of life. The less said about life's sores the better. -Oscar Wilde

The tendency of modern scientific teaching is to neglect the great books, to lay far too much stress upon relatively unimportant modern work, and to present masses of detail of doubtful truth and questionable weight in such a way as to obscure principles. -Ronald Fisher

After closely examining my conscience, I venture to state that in my historical novels I intended the content to be just as modern and up-to-date as in the contemporary ones. -Lion Feuchtwanger

No idea is so antiquated that it was not once modern. No idea is so modern that it will not someday be antiquated. -Ellen Glasgow

From what the moderns want, we must learn what poetry should become; from what the ancients did, what poetry must be. -Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

A modern fleet of ships does not so much make use of the sea as exploit a highway. -Joseph Conrad

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

In modern life nothing produces such an effect as a good platitude. It makes the whole world kin. -Oscar Wilde

London is a modern Babylon. -Benjamin Disraeli

You are born modern, you do not become so. -Jean Baudrillard

You might sooner get lightning out of incense smoke than true action or passion out of your modern English religion. -John Ruskin

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

If science fiction is the mythology of modern technology, then its myth is tragic. -Ursula K. Le Guin

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

Science in the modern world has many uses; its chief use, however, is to provide long words to cover the errors of the rich. -Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

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

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

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. -Jean-Francois Lyotard

Post-modernism has cut off the present from all futures. The daily media add to this by cutting off the past. Which means that critical opinion is often orphaned in the present. -John Berger

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 real exertion in the case of an opera singer lies not so much in her singing as in her acting of a role, for nearly every modern opera makes great dramatic and physical demands. -Maria Jeritza

The modern minds in each generation are the critics who preserve us from a petrifying world, who will not leave us to walk undisturbed in the ways of our fathers. -Edith Hamilton

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

The position of modern science, as far as an ignorant man of letters can understand it, seems not a step in advance of that held by Huxley and Romanes in the last century. -Albert J. Nock

Many works of the ancients have become fragments. Many works of the moderns are fragments at the time of their origin. -Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

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

The most dangerous criminal now is the entirely lawless modern philosopher. Compared to him, burglars and bigamists are essentially moral men. -Gilbert K. Chesterton

Rome has not seen a modern building in more than half a century. It is a city frozen in time. -Richard Meier

Foreign capital to build new cinemas will help modernize China's aging cinema infrastructure, attract Chinese consumers back into cinemas, and increase demand for U.S. films. -Jack Valenti

This is what happens, when, for the first time in modern history, a candidate resorts to lawsuits to try to overturn the outcome of an election for president. -James Baker

I am still looking for the modern equivalent of those Quakers who ran successful businesses, made money because they offered honest products and treated their people decently… This business creed, sadly, seems long forgotten. -Anita Roddick

Learning has always been made much of, but forgetting has always been deprecated; therefore pedantry has pretty well established itself throughout the modern world at the expense of culture. -Albert J. Nock

The history of England, who has always dealt most harshly with her vanquished foe in the few European wars in which she has taken part in modern times, gives us Germans an idea of the fate in store for us if defeated. -Bernhard von Bulow

Employers need to recognize that the world has changed and there are people who would like to help them provide solution in ways that are new, modern and that add value to companies. -Andy Stern

All handling by IPCC of the Sea Level questions have been done in a way that cannot be accepted and that certainly not concur with modern knowledge of the mode and mechanism of sea level changes. -Nils-Axel Morner

The realities of the modern global economy require government to play a substantial role in ensuring the national and economic security of the people. -Matthew Continetti

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

The Chavez-Obama pictures will join a postmodern photo array that includes Donald Rumsfeld gifting Saddam Hussein with spurs from President Reagan. -Christine Pelosi

I've always wanted to play Maria in West Side Story. My idol is Natalie Wood, and I love the movie, so I think a modern-day twist on it would be really neat. -Vanessa Hudgens

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

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

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

We didn't reinvent the circus. We repackaged it in a much more modern way. -Guy Laliberte

The printing press is the greatest weapon in the armoury of the modern commander. -T. E. Lawrence

I think the idea of mixing luxury and mass-market fashion is very modern, very now – no one wears head-to-toe designer anymore. -Alexander McQueen

In the past week it has become clear that the vote on the final healthcare bill will be very close. I take this vote with the utmost seriousness. I am quite aware of the historic fight that has lasted the better part of the last century to bring America in line with other modern democracies in providing single payer health care. -Dennis Kucinich

Take, therefore, what modern technology is capable of: the power of our moral sense allied to the power of communications and our ability to organize internationally. That, in my view, gives us the first opportunity as a community to fundamentally change the world. -Gordon Brown

Jobs for every American is doomed to failure because of modern automation and production. We ought to recognize it and create an income-maintenance system so every single American has the dignity and the wherewithal for shelter, basic food, and medical care. I'm talking about welfare for all. Without it, you're going to have warfare for all. -Jerry Brown

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

You have to take into account it was the cell phone that became what the modern-day concept of a phone call is, and this is a device that's attached to your hip 24/7. Before that there was 'leave a message' and before that there was 'hopefully you're home.' -Giovanni Ribisi

Well, right now, I'm very fascinated with 1920s Berlin. I mean, probably the more interesting thing would be to go to the beginning of civilization or precivilization – like polytheistic times. It would be interesting to see what came before modern religion and culture – what circumstances created the environment or the need for it. -Natalie Portman

My mom decorated with lots of antiques. I never liked it when I was a little girl – I wanted to live in a modern house. But now I love it. -Paris Hilton

President Barack Obama has stood watch over the greatest job loss in modern American history. And that, my friends, is one inconvenient truth that will haunt this President throughout history. -Mitt Romney

Is this the situation in the modern Conservative party? That women should be seen and not heard? -Harriet Harman

I believe it's important that we ensure that the police have a modern and flexible workforce. I think that's what is necessary, so that they can provide the public with the service that they want. -Theresa May

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

I would put our legislative and foreign policy accomplishments in our first two years against any president – with the possible exceptions of Johnson, FDR, and Lincoln – just in terms of what we've gotten done in modern history. But, you know, but when it comes to the economy, we've got a lot more work to do. And we're gonna keep on at it. -Barack Obama

Every family is different. I am mom and I am dad and I'm going to do my best. You should be proud, walk through life saying I have the coolest family. I am part of a modern family. -Ricky Martin

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

Crucial to understanding federalism in modern day America is the concept of mobility, or 'the ability to vote with your feet.' If you don't support the death penalty and citizens packing a pistol – don't come to Texas. If you don't like medicinal marijuana and gay marriage, don't move to California. -Rick Perry

The fact that I made a special movie with an old-fashioned style – even if it's a mix between with modern and old-fashioned things – must mean I feel both ways about change. In a way I'm resisting, but in a way adapting myself to the times. -Michel Hazanavicius

I watched a lot of silent directors who were absolutely great like John Ford and Fritz Lang, Tod Browning, and also some very modern directors like The Coen Brothers. The directors take the freedom within their own movies to be melodramatic or funny when they chose to be. They do whatever they want and they don't care about the genre. -Michel Hazanavicius

I'm never going to be a modern gal. I love colonial. I love early American. I love a big rectangular piece of brown furniture on a hardwood floor. -Emily Procter

The best, most successful managers in the modern era are those who can keep a player happy even if he is not in the team. Given the size of the squads and the use of rotation nowadays, that's tougher than it's ever been. -Gary Lineker

I wouldn't say that processed food, ready meals and even takeaways aren't relevant to modern life, it's just that over the past 40 years there are three generations of people who have come out of school and gone through their home life without ever being shown how to cook properly. -Jamie Oliver

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

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

That's something lacking in a lot of modern-day families – just talking. It's almost a lost art form. -Ryan Kwanten

You know, modern liberals are just, I think frankly, totally off the deep end… their only answer is to yell racism and hide. -Newt Gingrich

I was serious about ballet for a long time, but my mom got me into tap and jazz and modern and hip-hop, and I was one of those over-lessoned children. -Greta Gerwig

In terms of publicity and interviews, well, it's really hard in this modern world to keep a sense of mystery. -Jason Clarke

I love that pre-mod jazz look of the late Fifties, the Steve McQueen style that influenced the British modernists. -Martin Freeman

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

I just think old old movies, they make you concentrate and pay attention so much more. They feel so warm. A lot of modern digital videotape, it's just too bright. Don't know why, it's not warm. -Jack White

Nokia and Research in Motion needed a modern operating system. They could have bought Palm or Android before Google did, but they didn't. Today, it's probably too late, and at the time they would have been criticized for overpaying, but as they say – shift happens. -Marc Andreessen

My image lends itself a little bit more to the modern fan, sometimes more toward the kids, and I guess more toward the wine drinkers… I mean, I have my own wine, and fans love to pull for people they relate to. -Jeff Gordon

Unlike any other leader in modern American history, we are led today by a president that has decided to pit Americans against each other. -Marco Rubio

Look, the whole world wants to modernize, and when you look to what they mean by modernizing, they mean Americanize. Would a modern Greek prefer to live in Orange County than Piraeus? Yes. Absolutely. -Rupert Murdoch

I was right about one of the most significant issues in modern American history. I was the only one who was right about one of the most significant issues in modern American history. -Scott Ritter

Fortunately, right now 'entrepreneurship' is one of the business world's biggest buzz words and so many young people in our country are looking up to this new generation of CEO's as their modern day rock stars. Whenever you have that effect, it makes the job of promoting entrepreneurship much easier. -Daymond John

I love to collect modern art. -Maria Sharapova

I studied English literature in the honors program, which means that you had to take courses in various centuries. You had to start with Old English, Middle English, and work your way toward the modern. I figured if I did that it would force me to read some of the things I might not read on my own. -Jeffrey Eugenides

I want an ending that's satisfying. I'm more of a classical writer than a modernist one in that I want the ending to be coherent and feel like an ending. I don't like when it just seems to putter out. I mean, life is chaotic enough. -Jeffrey Eugenides

When I left Washington, we actually had a balanced budget and we paid down the most amount of the national debt in modern history and cut taxes and created jobs. And I was the chief architect of that plan in '97. -John Kasich

My purpose is to make a movie to make you warm. To give you some heat. Now, this rational world has become a place where only what is cool is good. Do you cut the movie on the basis of the beat of modernity or the basis of the beat of your own heart? -Emir Kusturica

First off, I have to mention what is undoubtedly the greatest phenomenon of the modern era: All You Can Eat Buffets. -Alexei Sayle

Well, it's a badge of honour for any self-respecting poet to be criticized by Auberon Waugh. But in a lot of ways my poems are very conventional, and it's no big deal for me to write a poem in either free verse or strict form; modern poets can, and do, do both. -Andrew Motion

But in a lot of ways my poems are very conventional, and it's no big deal for me to write a poem in either free verse or strict form; modern poets can, and do, do both. -Andrew Motion

Basically, fundamentalism is a modern phenomenon. In the same way that Hitler evoked a mythological religion of German purity and the glory of the past, the Islamists use religion to evoke emotions and passions in people who have been oppressed for a long time in order to reach their purpose. -Azar Nafisi

The cost of pension reforms has been perhaps the biggest error committed in the process of modernizing Bolivia's economy. -Carlos Mesa

In a funny way, poems are suited to modern life. They're short, they're intense. Nobody has time to read a 700-page book. People read magazines, and a poem takes less time than an article. -Caroline Kennedy

I hate modern car radios. In my car, I don't even have a push-button radio. It's just got a dial and two knobs. Just AM. One knob makes it louder, and one knob changes the station. When you're driving, that's all I want. -Chris Isaak

I'd love to do a modern-day musical that's full of original music. To get your contemporaries to sing and dance without looking foolish and for it to be transformational and magical and all those things a musical is supposed to be. -Danny Boyle

Demonic figures and occult themes have disappeared from modern magic. -David Copperfield

It may sound ambitious, but I really hope that modern design will spread all around the globe. -Jil Sander

I think there's an awful lot of noise about the Church being persecuted but there is a more real issue that the conventional churches face – that the people who are really driving their revival and success believe in an old-time religion which, in my view, is incompatible with a modern, multi-ethnic, multicultural society. -Trevor Phillips

IQ in general has improved since tests first began. Psychologists think that this is because modern life becomes ever more complicated. -A. N. Wilson

It is the woman – nearly always – in spite of all the advances of modern feminism, who still takes responsibility for the bulk of the chores, as well as doing her paid job. This is true even in households where men try to be unselfish and to do their share. -A. N. Wilson

The shock of the way I mix patterns and fabrics can be disconcerting, but what I am trying to do is provoke new ideas about how pieces can be put together in different ways. I think this is a more modern way to wear clothes that in themselves are fairly classic. -Jean Paul Gaultier

If you want to play it safe, mix a lot of colors in the same tone and that is such an easy way to feel modern and feel a little confident. -Rachel Roy

Mini dresses that have an over skirt of tulle makes it traditional and modern at the same time. -Reem Acra

I wanted to make sure to always stay current, try to find new material and stay with the modern techniques. -Rick Baker

When I was a teenager, I worked in New Orleans for a chef named Paul Prudhomme. That was a very important time in my life as a chef. I developed my palate and learned a lot. And here I am now. I specialize in modern Mexican and contemporary Latin cuisines. -Aaron Sanchez

We think a modern cloud lets you decide when you want to upgrade. We don't decide for you. -Larry Ellison

I'm very classic and structural. I love clean lines and interesting, modern details. But I'm all about being streamlined – less is more. -Nina Garcia

I don't like modern country music. It's not what I'm into, is all. I'm old-school. -Shelby Lynne

In modern society, where most people live in cities, and where both needs and wishes are absolved through the same remote agency – money – the distinction between wishes and needs has altogether vanished. -James Buchan

The year 2008 was a reminder to those who had forgotten that there is such a thing as history and that the cycle of famine and feast in commerce, first identified in antiquity and well understood in the Middle Ages, was not suddenly abolished in modern times. -James Buchan

Rarely in modern times has there been such a revolution in commercial sentiment as occurred in 2008, or such a display in government and business of panic and helplessness. -James Buchan

Silver Machine still sounds really modern with all the white noise. It's a bit punky in a way. They were ahead of their time. -Jarvis Cocker

Well the protester I think is a very powerful thing. It's basically a mechanism of democracy that, along with capitalism, scientific innovation, those things have built the modern world. And it's wonderful that the new tools have empowered that protestor so that state secrets, bad developments are not hidden anymore. -Bill Gates

Our modern society – especially in the West, and especially now – reveres youth. -Clint Eastwood

I always believe the rule by king or official leader is outdated. Now we must catch up with the modern world. -Dalai Lama

I have always had this view about the modern education system: we pay attention to brain development, but the development of warmheartedness we take for granted. -Dalai Lama

I'm modern because I make the difficult seem easy, and so I can communicate with the whole world. -Paulo Coelho

Philosophers have not kept up with modern developments in science. Particularly physics. -Stephen Hawking

The whole philosophy of modern times is to dissolve distinctions between individuals and deal with them as large collections of people. It's essentially self-interested on the part of authority. -Tom Stoppard

And fifth, we will champion small businesses, America's engine of job growth. That means reducing taxes on business, not raising them. It means simplifying and modernizing the regulations that hurt small business the most. And it means that we must rein in the skyrocketing cost of healthcare by repealing and replacing Obamacare. -Mitt Romney

It's been really interesting watching people's reactions to the new music, to the old music and also watching how modern young people will be standing in front of something going on like live music, and there's a camera in front of their face. -Brandon Boyd

People are proud of their tattoos. It's like a modern coat of arms. -Christian Louboutin

The old adage that you shouldn't change a winning team doesn't apply in modern international football because managers have to study the opposition and pick players who exploit their weaknesses. -Glenn Hoddle

So, look, in order to move our country forward, we have to do the things our parents and grandparents did. They believed enough in our country to invest in our country, to create jobs, to make modern investments. And those are the things that we need to get back to with a balanced approach. -Martin O'Malley

Our parents and grandparents understood this truth deeply. They believed – as we do – that to create jobs, a modern economy requires modern investments: educating, innovating and rebuilding for our children's future. Building an economy to last, from the middle class up, not from the billionaires down. -Martin O'Malley

I don't really think that there is anyone in the modern pop business who I feel I want to spar with. -George Michael

For a modern woman it is important to be supported and that there is equality in every aspect, and that it's not two halves that make a whole – it's two wholes that make a whole. -Katy Perry

I wanted to be Laurence Olivier, basically, to be a great classical actor, and also be able to do modern things. -Stacy Keach

The challenge of work-life balance is without question one of the most significant struggles faced by modern man. -Stephen Covey

But with the steady disintegration of the family in modern society over the last century, the role of the school in bridging the gap has become vital! -Stephen Covey

The most watched programme on the BBC, after the news, is probably 'Doctor Who.' What has happened is that science fiction has been subsumed into modern literature. There are grandparents out there who speak Klingon, who are quite capable of holding down a job. No one would think twice now about a parallel universe. -Terry Pratchett

The Scriptures contain many stories of people who waited years or even decades before the Lord's promises came to pass. What modern believers can learn from the patience of biblical saints like Abraham, Joseph, David, and Paul is that waiting upon the Lord has eternal rewards. -Charles Stanley

Look, I live in the modern world as much as anyone else. -Cate Blanchett

When we go to the Bible we should keep in mind that the basic principles of the Bible are taught by God, but written down by human beings deprived of modern day knowledge. So there is some fallibility in the writings of the Bible. But the basic principles are applicable to my life and I don't find any conflict among them. -Jimmy Carter

When I speak at my local church, which I try to do 35 to 40 times a year, I try in every lesson to take the Old Testament text or New Testament text and apply them to what is happening to me or how that applies to the audience that I'm teaching in a modern, fast-changing, technological world. I use headlines, interfaith and that sort of thing. -Jimmy Carter

I believe there is complete equality between men and women. And I believe those passages in the New Testament, not by Jesus, but by Paul, that say women should not adorn themselves, they should always wear hats or color their hair in church – things like that – I think they are signs of the times and should not apply to modern-day life. -Jimmy Carter

President Obama and our all-of-the-above energy strategy is the real deal. We are proud of the fact that we are importing less oil than at any time in modern history, and it has been because of the president's vision and courage. -Ken Salazar

And Shanghai is amazing. I'm a fan of science fiction so when you're there in the night with all the lights and all this modernity, it's like a set in a movie. -Berenice Marlohe

I really enjoyed 'Casino Royale' because suddenly something changed with this modernity and with Daniel bringing life to James Bond in a very new way. -Berenice Marlohe

I love the modern technology now. -Ringo Starr

You can understand nothing about art, particularly modern art, if you do not understand that imagination is a value in itself. -Milan Kundera

That's the definition of 'success' for the modern Democrat Party. As many people dependent on government as possible is the objective. -Rush Limbaugh

I really wanted to break the mold of what modern touring is right now. -Lady Gaga

My parents are artists; in their world, in the world of modern artists, you are supposed to just go into your studio and tune everything out, and your entire relationship with your work is supposed to be a super private one. That was the way to do it and you weren't deeply truly artistic if that wasn't the way you were engaging the press. -Lena Dunham

Egypt now is a real civil state. It is not theocratic, it is not military. It is democratic, free, constitutional, lawful and modern. -Mohammed Morsi

When I was a child, I went to stage school three times a week in the evenings – singing, ballet, tap, modern and acting, and I loved it. -Michelle Dockery

I believe very firmly that indigenous populations had a really good, intuitive understanding of why we're here. And we're trying to gain that same understanding through psychology and intellect in modern civilization. -Serj Tankian

Spiritual space is lost in gaining convenience. I saw the need to create a mixture of Japanese spiritual culture and modern western architecture. -Tadao Ando

Digital video is so beautiful. It's lightweight, modern, and it's only getting better. It's put film into the La Brea Tar Pits. -David Lynch

The decline and fall of the modern religious right's notion of a Christian America creates a calmer political environment and, for many believers, may help open the way for a more theologically serious religious life. -Jon Meacham

I've always had a massive fascination with the modern day cowboys. Modern day outlaws or going against the system, and that's always been very intriguing to me. -Theo Rossi

At the same time, we are keenly aware that China is still the largest developing country in the world and we need to make long and hard efforts if we are to build a moderately prosperous society in all respects and basically achieve modernization. -Hu Jintao

We need to reach out to small 'l' liberal voters who have a modern outlook on life, who want a party that is hard-headed on the economy – more credible on the economy than Labour – but more socially progressive and fairer than the Conservatives. -Nick Clegg

One thing I have frankly decided is that when it comes to political reform we have two conservative parties in British politics. Both the Labour and Conservative parties have constantly and repeatedly failed to honour promises they have made about reforming, cleaning, modernising our clapped-out system. -Nick Clegg

Propelled by freedom of faith, gender equality and economic justice for all, India will become a modern nation. Minor blemishes cannot cloak the fact that India is becoming such a modern nation: no faith is in danger in our country, and the continuing commitment to gender equality is one of the great narratives of our times. -Pranab Mukherjee

Our federal Constitution embodies the idea of modern India: it defines not only India but also modernity. -Pranab Mukherjee

Trickle-down theories do not address the legitimate aspirations of the poor. We must lift those at the bottom so that poverty is erased from the dictionary of modern India. -Pranab Mukherjee

The communist model does not work economically, we all realised that, but the capitalist model in the modern world also looks to be unsustainable. -Arsene Wenger

There's a reason Tony Stark makes fun of 'Thor,' and mentions 'Shakespeare' in the park in 'The Avengers.' It's great to play high drama and comedy alongside a modern story. -Joss Whedon

Over the past 20 years, I have noticed that the most flexible, dynamic, inquisitive minds among my students have been industrial design majors. Industrial designers are bracingly free of ideology and cant. The industrial designer is trained to be a clear-eyed observer of the commercial world – which, like it or not, is modern reality. -Camille Paglia

The truth is, I can't help the way people perceive anything, from the role of financial industry in the economic crisis, to the place of women's fiction in the canon of modern literature, to the rank of mint chocolate chip ice cream as a favorite Baskin-Robbins flavor. -Erin Duffy

I don't think my principles change. I think the way in which you apply those principles to modern society changes. -William Hague

It's almost sickening now that the regulators 'on the beat' while the biggest credit collapse in modern financial history unfolded are now patting themselves on the back for their 'brave' stance on short-selling! -James Chanos

Bringing an end to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians may help the young Arab generation to realise their aspirations. Israel is more than willing to offer our experience in building a modern economy in spite of limited resources to the whole region. -Shimon Peres

A lot of modern horror can leave me cold, and I'm not good with blood and gore and all that stuff. It's not fun for me. There's nothing entertaining about watching a film like that. -Daniel Radcliffe

Ironing boards are a classic example of something I find horrible about modern society: the excitementation, for want of a better word, of mundane things. -Daniel Radcliffe

The Conservative party, the modern Conservative party, is on the side of people who want to work hard and get on. -George Osborne

Pope Benedict is an amazingly visionary person. What he has done is establish an evolutionary process that will help undo the Reformation. The Anglican Church has been hijacked by modernism, with synods trying to amend the faith and this process will allow traditional Anglicans to be themselves. -Peter Slipper

For me to be pompous is the most horrible thing in the world. It's like putting a wall around you. It screws you up. You'd better be willing to change your views or adapt and be modern. -Jean Pigozzi

Libertarians are essentially what the Republicans were 30 years ago. Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan. They'd all fit more under the Libertarian label than the modern day Republican label. -Drew Carey

I'm really interested in modern history, but to fulfill a History degree at Brown you have to do modern and pre-modern. -Emma Watson

Values unrelated to modern reality are not just electorally hopeless, the values themselves become devalued. They have no purchase on the real world. -Tony Blair

The prevailing ideology of the modern west – which is political economy – is in the doghouse. Having failed to notice atmospheric pollution, the economists then frightened themselves with the sort of financial crisis they said they had abolished. -James Buchan

The west has a great deal to answer for in the Middle East, from Britain's belated empire-building after the First World War to the US and British policy that condemns modern Iraq to the material and social squalor of a half-century ago. -James Buchan

The truth is, of course, that history is not completed in modern commerce any more than philosophy is perfected in political economy. In other words, there is nothing timeless or God-given about filling stations and penicillin and plastic bags. -James Buchan

Suicidal violence is not the exclusive property of the Muslim world. Suicide bombings were a tactic of nationalist struggles in 19th-century Europe and Russia, the far east during the second world war and the Vietnam war, and in modern Sri Lanka. -James Buchan

When Gordon the Brown, in London in 1997, commissioned a great inquisition or survey of his new realm, the result was the so-called national asset register, which was immediately dubbed by the boomers of the UK Treasury 'the modern Domesday Book.' -James Buchan

Unlike despotisms, modern democracies are not supposed promiscuously to accumulate property and then charge their taxpayers to maintain it. But that is what they do. Governments are always trying to extend their responsibilities and their estates, and it is very hard for parliaments to reign them in. -James Buchan

I realized that my truest passion was for helping people change through faith in a higher power. That meant, for me, belonging to the church. Using my abilities to bring Christian doctrine to a postmodern world. -James McGreevey

I'm doing something called 'Olivia Twisted,' that will start next year. There may be something in between, but right now, that's the one that I'm slated to do next year. That's a very ultra-modern version of 'Oliver Twist,' and it's female-driven. It's an action film, and it's kind of dark and gritty. -Ashley Greene

We must take steps to prevent further nuclear weapons development or modernization. -Daisaku Ikeda

The secret to modern life is finding the measure in time management. I have two kids, career and I travel, and I don't think my life is any different than most couples. The most valuable commodity now for many people is time and how to parcel that out. -Hugh Jackman

The dilemma of modern medicine, and the underlying central flaw in medical education and, most of all, in the training of interns, is the irresistible drive to do something, anything. It is expected by patients and too often agreed to by their doctors, in the face of ignorance. -Lewis Thomas

We are told that the trouble with modern man is that he has been trying to detach himself from nature… In this scenario, Man comes on as a stupendous lethal force, and the Earth is pictured as something delicate, like rising bubbles at the surface of a country pond, or flights of fragile birds. -Lewis Thomas

I don't understand the notion that modern farming is anything do to with nature. It's a pretty gross interference with nature. -Peter Singer

With the world's human population now at seven billion and growing, and the demand for technology and modern conveniences increasing, we can't control all our negative impacts. But we have to find better ways to live within the limits nature and its cycles impose. -David Suzuki

Most of our cities built since the war are bland. They're modernist, they're cold, and now architects want to go back to that. -Frank Gehry

The first reason for the preponderant influence of those Evangelicals who define themselves as advocates of Religious Right theological and political ideologies is that they have both the financial means and technological know-how to make widespread use of modern electronic forms of communication. -Tony Campolo

I started thinking that if post modernism is about people opening up all their skeletons, I'm going the other way. I don't want anyone knowing anything about me anymore. -Billy Corgan

Black-and-white always looks modern, whatever that word means. -Karl Lagerfeld

The surrealists, and the modern movement in painting as a whole, seemed to offer a key to the strange postwar world with its threat of nuclear war. The dislocations and ambiguities, in cubism and abstract art as well as the surrealists, reminded me of my childhood in Shanghai. -J. G. Ballard

Writing a novel is one of those modern rites of passage, I think, that lead us from an innocent world of contentment, drunkenness, and good humor, to a state of chronic edginess and the perpetual scanning of bank statements. -J. G. Ballard

Billions of taxpayers' money has been wasted in bad deals. The London Underground modernisation, personally negotiated by one of Gordon Brown's team, was a disaster, as the National Audit Office has confirmed. -Vince Cable

You know, I thought we could use a good myth about technology to help guide us through these particular modern waters right now. -Jeff Bridges

Only the pun remains. The pun, beloved of Shakespeare, children and tabloid headline-writers, is normally eschewed in the modern, sophisticated circles in which I move. -Arthur Smith

If you want to write something of length, however modern and radical, you must live the life of an elderly gentleman of the 1950s. -Arthur Smith

Successful economies in the modern world are not sheepish about the power and responsibility of the state. -David Miliband

Today, Labour has a disruptive economic narrative – that Britain needs fundamental change in its market structure and culture to compete in the modern world. -David Miliband

One of the things about the modern world is that the public and the private – which is not the same as the public and the personal – but the public and the private… it's very, very much harder than it used to be to have things that are private and things that are public. -David Miliband

But I think it's quite clear in my work that my orientation isn't political or doesn't come out of modern politics. -Jane Campion

I think basically becoming famous has taken the place of going to Heaven in modern society, hasn't it? That's the place where your dreams will come true. It's an act of faith now; they think that's going to sort things out. -Jarvis Cocker

I am a showman in the traditional sense, but modern, too. I like to use sets and lighting to create magic. -Andre Rieu

I began with dance, doing ballet at 3, then tap, jazz, modern. Then I sang in church choirs, learned how to play clarinet and drums, sang with rock bands and only then did I get into musical theatre. -Samantha Barks

Classical tragedy was the war between good and evil. We wanted evil to be defeated and good to be victorious. But the battle in modern tragedy is between good and good. And no matter which side wins, we'll still be heartbroken. -Asghar Farhadi

Financial crises are an unfortunate but necessary consequence of modern capitalism. -Andrew Lo

I see myself as a performer and that applies to a Greek drama or a modern comedy. -Brendan Coyle

I would like to do something modern and possibly funny. -Dan Stevens

We lack rituals in this modern world. -Elizabeth McGovern

Now there is in a way a renaissance of modern dance – suddenly, it is more respected and discovered. -Mikhail Baryshnikov

There seems to be such a laziness in – and I hate to use this phrase – the modern world. Everything is pumped out so quickly so that you can read it while passing by, like billboards or those flashcards before movie shows. -Chris Ware

In the modern media age we are rarely surprised by what we see. Whether it's on television or film or in the theatre, everything is so advertised, so trailed, that most entertainment is merely what you thought it was going to be like. -Rowan Atkinson

People on death row, the treatment of animals, women's right to choose. So much in America is based on religious fundamentalist Christianity. Grow up! This is the modern world! -Eddie Vedder

It is more raw and unfettered and I'm more likely going into something you could call extreme cartooning. There's a lot of that in the course of 'Holy Terror.' There are interludes where there are pictures – cartoon pictures – of modern figures and they are all wordless. It's up to readers to put the words in. -Frank Miller

Most modern science fiction went to school on 'Dune.' Even 'Harry Potter' with its 'boy protagonist who has not yet grown into his destiny' shares a common theme. When I read it for the first time, I felt like I had learned another language, mastered a new culture, adopted a new religion. -Gary Ross

I've purposely stayed away from reading much about postmodern theory, and most everything I have read just bored me to tears. I don't think anybody's written about it, or very few have, with any verve. -Dave Eggers

My friendships and relationships in the conservative world are not predicated on political correctness and enforced conformity of thought. They are based, instead, on mutual respect, honesty and understanding – concepts many modern liberals should consider revisiting. -Tammy Bruce

I basically look like a lot of modern Orthodox people you know, but I work on a TV show where I sometimes have to kiss Jim Parsons. That's why I don't take on the title of modern Orthodox, but in terms of ideology and theology I pretty much sound like a liberal modern Orthodox person. -Mayim Bialik

If somebody says 'singer-songwriter' to me, the first person I think of is James Taylor. There are plenty of modern singer-songwriters, but there is something about James Taylor that has always resonated with me. -Zachary Levi

We have started something called the Corporate Services Corps. Now, it was modeled after the Peace Corps from long ago, the 1960s. And the idea was in this modern day and age, how do you get IBM'ers around the world to be global citizens? You know, globally aware, contribute, understand how to work in that environment, but do it on scale. -Ginni Rometty

In the modern era, our nation experienced constant hardship and difficulties. The Chinese nation reached the most dangerous period. Since then, countless people with lofty ideals to realise the great revival of the Chinese nation rose to resist and fight, but failed one time after another. -Xi Jinping

The problem is that modern fundamental physics is so far from you and me. The mathematics has become so much more complicated that you need at least 10 years to understand it. Fundamental physics has advanced so far from the understanding of most people that there is really a big disconnect. -Yuri Milner

People tend to believe that to be modern you have to disengage from your heritage, but it's not true. -Moza bint Nasser

We don't see the global citizen as someone with no identity, but rather someone who has confidence and is proud of his culture and history – and… open to the modern world. -Moza bint Nasser

I'm a modern girl, but you should put your husband first. I like to think divorce is not an option. -Khloe Kardashian

In the case of 'The Housewives,' I call the 'Housewives' sociology of the rich. I think it's just fun to watch. It's guilt-free gossiping that you can have. It's like the modern-day soap opera, in my mind. -Andy Cohen

A lot of modern comedies are difficult to watch too, because they're so ironic and so detached and so quote-unquote clever. They kind of keep you at arm's length. They can be really funny, but they're not really nourishing. -Ty Burrell

One of the most destructive things that's happening in modern society is that we are losing our sense of the bonds that bind people together – which can lead to nightmares of social collapse. -Alexander McCall Smith

Every teenager deals in his or her own sexuality and has to face it and figure out how it can coincide with the rest of their lives in a healthy manner. And try to navigate it in our modern society, which is wrought with stigma and taboo and repression, and sort of as a result, these inner monsters that some teenagers really struggle with. -Ezra Miller

It is not possible to overstate the influence of Paul Cezanne on twentieth-century art. He's the modern Giotto, someone who shattered one kind of picture-making and invented a new one that the world followed. -Jerry Saltz

Billions of photos are shot every year, and about the toughest thing a photographer can do is invent an original, deeply personal, instantly recognizable visual style. In the early nineties, Wolfgang Tillmans did just that, transforming himself into a new kind of artist-photographer of modern life. -Jerry Saltz

Chris Ofili's suave, stippled, visually tricked-out paintings of the nineties, with their allover fields of shimmering dots and clumps of dung, are like cave paintings of modern life. They crackle with optical cockiness, love, and massive amounts of painterly mojo. -Jerry Saltz

I'm a traditional country singer and we're always trying to make that a fresh and modern sound. That's always going to be the challenge with me. -Joe Nichols

Once we decided to do a tower in New York, it had to say something about our group, reflecting the mix of modernity and creativity in our organization. It's a symbol. -Bernard Arnault

On 'Heartbreaker,' I had to sing those songs. I drank the way I did those songs. I ate the way I did those songs. I communicated the way I did those songs. With 'Gold,' I was trying to prove something to myself. I wanted to invent a modern classic. -Ryan Adams

There are people in our world today and unfortunately in our political system, they do not believe in evil. They have the modern, western, secular mind set. They don't believe evil exists. They are exactly the ones who are in danger of getting blindsided by evil. Because they're not prepared for it. -Joel C. Rosenberg

I'm not good at the modern world. -Anthony Horowitz

A handful of works in history have had a direct impact on social policy: one or two works of Dickens, some of Zola, 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' and, in modern drama, Larry Kramer's 'The Normal Heart.' -Tony Kushner

None of us had any idea of how successful Downton was going to be. I thought I was signing up for another period drama that had a slightly modern feel. It had a freedom about it because it was coming out of the head of Julian Fellowes. Anything could happen and generally did. -Dan Stevens

I think great humor lies in playing the truth of a situation. I see myself as a performer and that applies to a Greek drama or a modern comedy. -Brendan Coyle

I would absolutely love to go back to the simplicity of the '80s, where there wasn't texting, social media, iPhones, or smartphones. I love the fact that you would go home and check your messages. I'm not well suited to the world of modern technology. -Matthew Rhys

The moment of drifting into thought has been so clipped by modern technology. Our lives are filled with distraction with smartphones and all the rest. People are so locked into not being present. -Glen Hansard

Adolescence is a modern construct and very American in so many ways. -Tayari Jones

There's this certain caliber of dancing I was striving for when I was younger, and it's very hard for me to go back and just do it for fun. But I take all other kinds of classes: I take jazz classes, modern classes, and I love doing that instead of going to the gym. The gym is not very much fun. -Summer Glau

For many women, going back to work a few months after having a baby is overwhelming and unmanageable. As strange as it may seem, things get even more difficult for a working mom after the second and third baby arrive. By that time, the romance of being a modern 'superwoman' wears off and reality sets in. -Mika Brzezinski

Sometimes I'm dazzled by how modern and fabulous we are, and how easy everything can be for us; that's the gilded glow of technology, and I marvel at it all the time. -Susan Orlean

Unlimited choice is paralyzing. The Internet has made this form of paralysis due to option overload a standard feature of comfortable modern life. -Susan Orlean

For me, modern technology has ruined romance and movies – nobody can run to the airplane gate anymore. -Lorene Scafaria

The 1970s 'Wonder Woman' was sort of a kitsch thing. It was a very specific time for that, and it's hard to modernize something like that. -Maggie Q

Hardboiled crime fiction came of age in 'Black Mask' magazine during the Twenties and Thirties. Writers like Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler learnt their craft and developed a distinct literary style and attitude toward the modern world. -Charles Frazier

Until the Eighties, Oslo was a rather boring town, but it's changed a lot, and is now much more cosmopolitan. If I go downtown, I visit the harbour to see the tall ships and the ferries, and to admire the modern architecture such as the Opera House or the new Astrup Fearnley Museum on the water's edge. -Jo Nesbo

I guess I've always been really attracted to period pieces and always felt visually I was probably more made for the '50s or the early '60s than I am for a modern day. -Carla Gugino

I suppose I see myself as a modern soul artist. -Lianne La Havas

I'm a modern Muslim. I pray, and if I have a question, I ask someone who is more educated in the religion than me. -Youssou N'Dour

The question of modernization is central to disturbances in the Middle East and in Africa. Everyone is after modernization, no matter where they come from. But you have to be careful about it, and more importantly, you have to have sense about it. -Youssou N'Dour

Most of the books that feature supernatural characters blending with the modern world and are usually set in big cities. -Charlaine Harris

Rousseau ranks among the great educational theorists of the modern era, even if he was the last man to put in charge of a classroom. Young adults, he thought, should be allowed to develop their capabilities in their distinctive way. -Terry Eagleton

Most poetry in the modern age has retreated to the private sphere, turning its back on the political realm. -Terry Eagleton

Today, I marvel at the vegan foods in the supermarket, at the cruelty-free clothing choices in stores, and at the fantastic alternatives to dissection in schools, the modern ways to test medicines without killing rabbits and beagles, the many forms of entertainment involving purely human performers. -Ingrid Newkirk

The only book by a modern president that bears serious comparison with Obama's 'Dreams From My Father' is Jimmy Carter's short campaign autobiography, 'Why Not the Best?,' published in 1975. -Jonathan Raban

When I was a child, I was one of the kids who wore black all the time, and when the kids asked me why I wore black, I said things like, 'I'm mourning the death of modern society.' I mean, I was a riot. -Maggie Stiefvater

I think that what happens is that all of my modern influences blend together with the older soul influences and you get Mayer Hawthorne. -Mayer Hawthorne

It is the child's understanding that teaches the adults the way of the future. They're still doing it today with modern technology. -Michael Morpurgo

You have to know the classics if you want to cook modern food. -Tom Colicchio

I can't stand modern movies. The images are too weird and eccentric for me. -Hayao Miyazaki

The great curse of modern political life is incrementalism. -Paul Keating

Many anti-energy groups display little appreciation of the extent to which modern economies depend pervasively on the use of fossil fuels and petrochemical products. -Robert Higgs

In this age of vampires, what I love about 'True Blood' the most is that it's a post-modern take on it. 'Sookie Stackhouse' series author Charlaine Harris and 'True Blood' creator Alan Ball turned that whole mythology upside-down… It's not just about vampires. It's about a lot of different things. -Michelle Forbes

I'm a fan of books that are almost languorous in their storytelling. That is a little bit lost sometimes in the modern media that we have. -Patrick Rothfuss

I've got an idea for a modern day faerie tale that I think would made a great short novel. But I just don't have the time to work on it right now. I'm way too busy with the 'Kingkiller Chronicles' and being a new dad. -Patrick Rothfuss

My mother was a children's librarian. I remember when traditional stories were revised for modern audiences until they bore only a nodding acquaintance with the originals, but were released as 'authentic Indian stories' when they were, in fact, nothing of the kind. -Patricia Briggs

There are some beautiful books out there. But the ones that leave me cold are the ones where I feel – it's that postmodern thing – it's more experimentation with language than it is a deep compassionate falling into another human being's experience. -Andre Dubus III

I spent four years doing a doctorate in postmodern American literature. I can recognize it when I see it. -Kate Atkinson

The legacy of the fairy story in my brain is that everything will work out. In fiction it would be very hard for me, as a writer, to give a bad ending to a good character, or give a good ending to a bad character. That's probably not a very postmodern thing to say. -Kate Atkinson

As countries grapple with modernization, people who are left behind tend to hold firmer and firmer to their view of the evil of modernity. -Richard Holbrooke

As a conservative, I maintain a healthy skepticism of the theory of man-made global warming. I also believe that more people enjoying the fruits of modernity and economic development is a good thing – as long as those people arrived legally and obey the law. -Gary Bauer

And I've been incredibly lucky to have a long career in journalism that has given me a front-row seat to some of the most important moments in modern American political life. -Judy Woodruff

I do find modern jazz quite tricky. -Jane Asher

I generally hate the luxury modern apartment with too many things out of sight and so clean you cannot touch. -Jean Nouvel

If nobody comes to your shows, then it's modern dance. If everybody comes to your shows and no one likes it, is that ballet? I don't know. -Mark Morris

Looking towards the future, one of the most important issues the national community must face is the widening gap between the liberated, modern, independent women and our traditional men who are being left behind. -Kamla Persad-Bissessar

I think in a lot of romantic comedies it ends with a kiss, and I feel like in modern day relationships, and maybe just my own experience, it starts with a kiss and then all sort of falls apart and then comes together. You're texting. You're wondering what's going on. There's no definitions, there's no labels. -Elizabeth Meriwether

The only protection as a historian is to institute a process of research and writing that minimizes the possibility of error. And that I have tried to do, aided by modern technology, which enables me, having long since moved beyond longhand, to use a computer for both organizing and taking notes. -Doris Kearns Goodwin

As I get older I think, contrary to modern assumption but in line with the old Lerner and Lowe song, that it would actually benefit both them and society if – to quote Professor Higgins – a woman could be more like a man. -Julie Burchill

I want to put any number of assorted 'ists' – such as relativists, deconstructionists, destructivists, postmodernists, the more maudlin kind of pacifists and feminists – firmly in their place. -Martin Van Creveld

From my music training, I knew that, some Spanish rhythms apart, 5/4 is a time signature used only in the modern era. Holst's Mars from the Planets is 5/4. But if you speak lines of poetry in that pattern you just end up hitting the off-beats. It's only when you add a rest – a sixth beat – that it sounds as it surely should sound. -Nicholson Baker

The structures in Europe in a globalising economy need to be modernised, need to be more integrated, need to be stronger. -George Papandreou

In Australia I was seen as somebody who did only very modern, contemporary stuff. Then as soon as I went overseas I did two period pieces so it was like, 'When are you going to get out of the corsets?' And I was thinking I just got into them! -Frances O'Connor

John Paul was the first modern pope to grow up in a secular culture: He attended public schools, danced with girls – indeed, as a teenager he had a crush on a beautiful Jewish girl who fled his hometown just ahead of the arrival of the Germans. -Carl Bernstein

Fitzgerald was a modernist. -Baz Luhrmann

Iran is not a make-believe country. It is a real country populated by some 75 million people – real people; including, I daresay, a majority who are philosophically and by education inclined toward the modern, secular world, and particularly American values. -Bob Barr

I draw a distinction between traditional Islam and Islamism. Islamism emerged in its modern form in the 1920s and is driven by a belief that Muslims can be strong and rich again if they follow the Islamic law severely and in its entirety. This is a response to the trauma of modern Islam. -Daniel Pipes

In the long term, the United States could greatly benefit Islam by uniquely freeing the religion from government constraints and permitting it to evolve in a positive, modern direction. But that's the long term. -Daniel Pipes

As a modern employer you have to treat people well. -James Dyson

We've got jihadists. That doesn't mean that all Muslims are problems with respect to terrorism, but there is something going on here. We've got a problem dealing with one aspect of one portion of modern Islam – just as hundreds of years ago the world had a problem with Torquemada and the Spanish Inquisition. -James Woolsey

In fact, I argue that the future of advertising, whatever the technology, will be to associate each brand with one word. This is one word equity. It's the modern equivalent of having the best site on the high street, except the location is in the mind. -Maurice Saatchi

I'm making music the way I would have done before modern equipment and music recording. -Timbaland

I do believe that our modern English usage has become way too clipped and austere. I have been reading excerpts from the journals of 18th-century seafarers lately, and even the lowliest press-ganged deck-swabber turns a finer phrase than I do most days. -Geraldine Brooks

You can't write about the past and ignore religion. It was such a fundamental, mind-shaping, driving force for pre-modern societies. I'm very interested in what religion does to us – its capacity to create love and empathy or hatred and violence. -Geraldine Brooks

The whole structure of African government, as far back as we know, was based on tyranny. One guy ran the show. Chiefs like Chaka and Mzilikazi committed terrible atrocities. That is the tradition from which modern African rulers spring. It won't change easily overnight. -Wilbur Smith

Well, there's just some universal truths in a way that I've just observed to be true. You read Voltaire. You read modern literature. Anywhere you go, there's these observations about romantic love and what it does people, and these rotten feelings that rarely are people meaning to do that to each other. -Feist

The modern video games kind of – they're too three dimensional. -Dan Auerbach

Should graffiti be judged on the same level as modern art? Of course not: It's way more important than that. -Banksy

As a young boy, scouting gave me a confidence and camaraderie that is hard to find in modern life. -Bear Grylls

I think as someone who collects beautiful things from the past, the thing that I miss the most about modernism and the things I lament about the past are everyday things that you would use were made more beautifully. -Dita Von Teese

Religion and modernity are not necessarily mutually exclusive. -Queen Rania of Jordan

I am not against all forms of high-tech medicine. Drugs and surgeries have a secure place in the treatment of serious health conditions. But modern American medicine treats almost every health condition as if it were an emergency. -Andrew Weil

For many in the modern world, carving out time for both traditional seated meditation and exercise has become close to impossible. -Andrew Weil

Human bodies are designed for regular physical activity. The sedentary nature of much of modern life probably plays a significant role in the epidemic incidence of depression today. Many studies show that depressed patients who stick to a regimen of aerobic exercise improve as much as those treated with medication. -Andrew Weil

Giving gifts to others is a fundamental activity, as old as humanity itself. Yet in the modern, complex world, the particulars of gift-giving can be extraordinarily challenging. -Andrew Weil

Short naps are good. Given modern workplace demands, this is not possible for many people – but if you have the option, try napping for ten to twenty minutes in the afternoon, preferably lying down in a darkened room. -Andrew Weil

I don't much like Singapore. It's very big, very modern and very urbanised. As a rule, I prefer older places where you get a sense of the history. -Philippa Gregory

I had danced with Janet Jackson and P. Diddy so I had done a bunch of hip hop. Really and truly my roots are in modern and ballet but, professionally, that's not really out there any more, unfortunately, so these artists aren't really having a lot of ballet dancers behind them so I had to learn hip hop really quick. -Jenna Dewan

Half of the modern world goes back as far as Pearl Jam. The real historians go back to U2. But they need to go back further. They have to go back to the '50s and '60s, where things started. That's how you get to be your own personality, by studying the masters. Rock and roll was white kids trying to make black music and failing, gloriously! -Steven Van Zandt

I find as much inspiration from the forerunners of jazz as I do the modern-day innovators of jazz. -John Scofield

We want to convey that the modern-day GOP looks like the conservative party that stands on principles. But we want to apply them to urban-suburban hip-hop settings. We need to uptick our image with everyone, including one-armed midgets. -Michael Steele

Accountants, machinists, medical technicians, even software writers that write the software for 'machines' are being displaced without upscaled replacement jobs. Retrain, rehire into higher paying and value-added jobs? That may be the political myth of the modern era. There aren't enough of those jobs. -Bill Gross

To far too many, science is a four-letter word, and under the modern media's false equivalency standards, a handful of skeptics are viewed as counterweights to the vast majority of scientists who acknowledge mankind's proven role in global warming. -Christine Pelosi

If any reader has lost a loved one or is afraid of death, modern physics says: 'Be comforted, you and they shall live again.' -Frank Tipler

Our aggression is a deep instinct which survives in all kinds of manifestations in modern man. -Robert Winston

Some experts say we are moving back to the pre-antibiotic era. No. This will be a post-antibiotic era. In terms of new replacement antibiotics, the pipeline is virtually dry. A post-antibiotic era means, in effect, an end to modern medicine as we know it. Things as common as strep throat or a child's scratched knee could once again kill. -Margaret Chan

For my own style, I love vintage. 60's and 70's are my favorite. I love baby doll dresses and the soft colors. I try to mix a little bit of modern into that – maybe I'll wear it with boots. At my school we wear a uniform, but we have one day a week we can wear whatever we want. -Elle Fanning

I am always struck by the fact that human awareness of our place in nature, like so much of modern science, began with the Industrial Revolution. -Kenneth R. Miller

People tend to view history as if it were another planet and think the modern world was invented in 1963. I don't agree. -Julian Fellowes

I was at university and I was studying modern drama and studying English, and I just was like, 'I don't wanna be in this place. I wanna be acting.' -Melanie Lynskey

The only shibboleth the West has is science. It is the premise of modernity and it defines itself as a rationality capable of, indeed requiring separation from politics, religion and really, society. Modernisation is to work towards this. -Bruno Latour

If one looks at the works of Newton to Einstein, they were never scientists in the way modernity understands the term. -Bruno Latour

The modern stuff, I can take it or leave it. I like its danceability, but the DJs talk a lot of nonsense. -Linton Kwesi Johnson

The notions of going to work, putting in set hours, and getting 'face time' are increasingly antiquated ideas. Because of technology we have entered a modern era of work where we can work from wherever we want, whenever we want and we can be more productive and make greater contributions than ever before. -Maynard Webb

Flexibility has become a modern day value that everyone wants. But flexibility comes with a cost. -Maynard Webb

I like to blur the line between fact and fiction, but not to condescend to the reader by enmeshing her/him into some sort of a postmodern coop. -Aleksandar Hemon

We sometimes forget that human invention can also be a subject of human invention: that might seem a modern notion, or a postmodern one, but novelists have taken time – sometimes time out from their realist fixations – to source and satirise the speech and power we rely on. -Andrew O'Hagan

A modern-day Dickens with a popular voice and a genius for storytelling in any genre, Stephen King has written many wonderful books. -Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Our modern world, though infinitely more complex than that of ancient Greece, is also far more superficial. Where the Greeks offered simple psychological training, we live in an age of style and spin in which perceptions of good and evil slither and shift with the political view of the moment. -David Gemmell

AIDS is a plague – numerically, statistically and by any definition known to modern public health – though no one in authority has the guts to call it one. -Larry Kramer

Anne Boleyn is an intriguing character. She seems to appeal to modern-day women in a very potent way. Because she was such an independently opinionated and spirited young woman, which at the time was unheard of. -Natalie Dormer

I don't know about you, but all this modern technology that's supposed to save us time and effort has actually ended up making things more complicated in my life, eating up extra time. -Dean Karnazes

English poetry begins whenever we decide to say the modern English language begins, and it extends as far as we decide to say that the English language extends. -James Fenton

When we study Shakespeare on the page, for academic purposes, we may require all kinds of help. Generally, we read him in modern spelling and with modern punctuation, and with notes. But any poetry that is performed – from song lyric to tragic speech – must make its point, as it were, without reference back. -James Fenton

Modernism in other arts brought extreme difficulty. In poetry, the characteristic difficulty imported under the name of modernism was obscurity. But obscurity could just as easily be a quality of metrical as of free verse. -James Fenton

The voice is raised, and that is where poetry begins. And even today, in the prolonged aftermath of modernism, in places where 'open form' or free verse is the orthodoxy, you will find a memory of that raising of the voice in the term 'heightened speech.' -James Fenton

Of the modern critics, although I disagree with almost everything she says, I admire Mary McCarthy's eloquence and social observation in 'Sights and Spectacles'; she thinks in print, but she doesn't have a real feel for the stage. -John Lahr

I take notice of those who have argued consistently for the modernisation of the E.U., but so many of the skeptics in Britain are just hostile to the whole European idea. -Neil Kinnock

If Shakespeare thought comedy worthwhile, that means the rest of us can take a break from tragedy now and then without betraying our calling, even if the modern professional intellectual, a poseur by nature, has yet to discover this. -Mark Helprin

Jerry Seinfeld is amazing in many ways, not the least of them his ability to find humor, and convincing us to find it, too, in the million-and-two details about modern life that under different circumstances might send us into paroxysms of rage. -Tom Shales

NASA works for the White House. There are many at NASA that wish they were building a modern replacement for the Shuttle. However, they had marching orders to instead work on other things, some of which should have no place in a research organization. -Burt Rutan

I'm a child of immigrants. That is the history of this country. Immigration is good and important for our country. Legal immigration needs to really be modernized. -John Barrasso

I go to the opera. It's mostly my wife that's a bigger fan, I'd say, than I am. I like the big opera. I want a lot of people on stage, elephants and marching stuff, and the modern stuff I don't care for. -John Roberts

Individual and corporate support is vital to building on London's leadership in the arts, and I hope others will join me in wanting to build on the National's role at the heart of modern theatre and sustaining it long into the future. -Lloyd Dorfman

The Toothbrush mustache was first introduced in Germany by Americans, who turned up with it at the end of the 19th century the way Americans would turn up with ducktails in the 1950s. It was a bit of modern efficiency, an answer to the ornate mustaches of Europe – pop effluvia that fell into the grip of a bad, bad man. -Rich Cohen

Now, modern economies have a very effective mechanism for deciding if salaries are really too high: it's called the free market. That's how most people's salaries are set, after all, including those of major-league baseball players and European soccer players. -James Surowiecki

My house is modern, but I like my writing room to be old fashioned. I write on a little wooden secretary desk. -Janet Fitch

Anything based on ancient texts is difficult for a modern reader to get their head around. -Joanne Harris

The modern diet is grossly deficient in hundreds of important plant-derived immunity-building compounds which makes us highly vulnerable to viruses, infections and disease. -Joel Fuhrman

If you eat the standard Western diet that most people eat in the modern world, it's quite likely you will develop heart disease. -Joel Fuhrman

I cannot look at modern buildings without thinking of historical ones. -Kevin McCloud

I do think that the modern India does belong to writers who are living in India. -Kiran Desai

By no definition of any modern scientist is intelligent design science, and it's a waste of our students' time to subject them to it. -Lawrence M. Krauss

Organized religion, wielding power over the community, is antithetical to the process of what modern democracy should define as liberty. The sooner we are without it, the better. -Lawrence M. Krauss

Oh, the illusion of choice in the modern world – don't get me started. But don't you agree that the Internet has softened our brains and made us forget that 'choice' used to mean something different from selecting options from menus? -Lynne Truss

Expertise is the mantra of modern medicine. -Atul Gawande

We tend to think of divorced or complicated families as a modern invention, and that is not at all true. You only have to read the Greek myths to see broken homes, widows, divorce, stepchildren, children trying to get along with new parents. -Rick Riordan

I tend to think of a myth and then explore how it would play out if it were happening in the modern-day world. I modify all the myths I use, but I stick very closely to their structure – it is the hidden teacher in me. -Rick Riordan

There are so many fantastic stories and I want to bring Thor and Odin and the other gods into the modern world, just like I did with the Greeks and 'Percy Jackson.' I'll give the books an urban setting and have young people interacting with the Norse gods. -Rick Riordan

I go back and research, say, every reference to the Gorgons, and I find what the classical writers said about them and it's so much richer than you might get in an average Greek mythology text. I feel like an archaeologist – I'm dusting off these things that people have not seen for thousands of years and bringing them into the modern world. -Rick Riordan

The Met is such a powerful place for me because it's a natural connection between the ancient world and the modern world. And when you're dealing with ancient mythology, trying to put a modern spin on it, you really can't do much better than to call on the Met. -Rick Riordan

I stick closely to the structure of the myths. I may have some fun with the mythology by changing the environment to modern-day, but the structure of the myths, the monsters, the relationships of the gods – none of that is made up. -Rick Riordan

If you're from a certain generation, you basically learn to read with 'Peanuts.' It's sort of the template for the modern strip. Its influence ceased to be noticed because it's in everything. -Stephan Pastis

I used to teach at Yale, which was at one time a center of postmodernist literary theory. Derrida was there. Paul de Man was there. -Harry Frankfurt

It's very rare to see an undisturbed birth in a modern U.S. teaching hospital, but when you see a woman who isn't frightened, who's giving birth without interference, you stand back in awe and realize how little needed you are except in the rare circumstance. -Ina May Gaskin

I was introduced to the world of modern food production in the mid-1990s, while researching an article about California's strawberry industry for the 'Atlantic Monthly.' -Eric Schlosser

No one in the modern world controls the wealth or territory that Cleopatra did. -Stacy Schiff

You know what Americans are really sensitive to? Issues of fairness. I think this is a modern phenomenon, born of the civil rights movement. Once you convince Americans that something is basically unfair, you've got a winning cause. -Gail Collins

I love and admire the American culture and the American dream. I learnt so many things about the American shoe industry and marketing strategies. I caught the secrets of American casual wear, that is elegant and wearable, retro and modern, and mixed it with an Italian touch, luxurious and handmade. -Diego Della Valle

You know I very much respect Yvonne Rainer, she is very important – in American dance, the entire development of modern dance, and creating a wonderful physical language. -Marina Abramovic

Today, our attention is less than the television advertisement. We're looking at six or seven problems constantly. We're living in the disturbed societies of cities. I think modern technology is one of the worst things human beings have invented. -Marina Abramovic

The big problem of our modern society is that we feel that we are separated from the nature. But it's just the opposite. We are interrelated and our DNA is the same. And only when human beings understand that, the nature will not be obstacle. -Marina Abramovic

There is no time in modern agriculture for a farmer to write a poem or compose a song. -Masanobu Fukuoka

You win the modern financial-regulation game by filing the most motions, attending the most hearings, giving the most money to the most politicians and, above all, by keeping at it, day after day, year after fiscal year, until stealing is legal again. -Matt Taibbi

Sarah Palin is a symbol of everything that is wrong with the modern United States. As a representative of our political system, she's a new low in reptilian villainy, the ultimate cynical masterwork of puppeteers like Karl Rove. -Matt Taibbi

In modern American politics, being the right kind of ignorant and entertainingly crazy is like having a big right hand in boxing; you've always got a puncher's chance. -Matt Taibbi

The average attention span of the modern human being is about half as long as whatever you're trying to tell them. -Meg Rosoff

Plastic surgery is a postmodern veil. -Nawal El Saadawi

Even with all our technology and the inventions that make modern life so much easier than it once was, it takes just one big natural disaster to wipe all that away and remind us that, here on Earth, we're still at the mercy of nature. -Neil deGrasse Tyson

Redemption basically is about holistic health, if you want to translate it into modern parlance. What I suggest – based on the Christian tradition but not often preached – is that you can't enter into the fullness of the Pascal mystery of the redemption unless there is a radical transformation of motivation within you. -Thomas Keating

Matching your hat to your shoe to your bag, or your necklace to your earrings, has a tendency to look dated. Mixing up your accessories adds interest to an outfit, and can make you look much more modern and polished. -Stacy London

One of the most important things about looking youthful is to have a modern haircut. -Evelyn Lauder

The role of a modern studio chief is much different to how the old studio chiefs used to operate. It's not so much a position of power anymore, but a position of influence. -Ronald Meyer

I admired the work ethic of the cowboys I read about. The idea of these young people taking on this much responsibility was impressive. I would like modern readers to have an appreciation of this. -Walter Dean Myers

To realize life in the abstract as noble or beautiful or humane, to set it forth so with radiance upon it, that is civilization in the arts. Shakespeare is the chief modern example of this supreme faculty of mankind. -George Edward Woodberry

Seasonal changes, as it were, take place in history, when there is practically an almost universal death, a falling of the foliage of the tree of life. Such were the intervals between the ancient and mediaeval time, the mediaeval and the modern. -George Edward Woodberry

I am very interested in human-interest stories emerging from modern India. I get my inspiration and daily dose by reading the 'Hindustan Times.' -Vikas Swarup

As for critical writing about modernism, its moments of lucidity are but fulgurations illuminating the dark and incomprehensible landscape of its subject's unabashed difficulty. -Will Self

I'm English enough to feel something of a gut-reaction to modernism, to continental philosophising and anything that smacks of a refusal to pay attention to the forensics: the empirical facts on the ground. -Will Self

Who'd want to be a modernist writer in the English-speaking world? -Will Self

One of the most heartening phenomena in today's Britain is the great diversity of the modern nerd – the nerd is out and proud, and while she may love 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' merchandise more than is strictly warranted, she is in every way to be cherished as an exemplar of cosmopolitanism and tolerance. -Will Self

What more chilling indictment of the modern world is there than this: that the condition of the smartphone user is that of a dumb animal. Moooo! -Will Self

The paradox of modernism is, writers make the decision to work with the continuous present, and to work with… stream of consciousness, as it's called, for emotional reasons, and the main emotional reason is verisimilitude. I mean, this is what surprises people: Life is not in the simple past. -Will Self

I don't think my looks are modern. I always imagined I'd end up doing Chekhov, Ibsen and Shakespeare all my life and never play a contemporary character. -Alex Kingston

There was a time when men thought it was sexy to have a housewife waiting for him to come home from work in her slippers, but in modern society, I think an independent woman is even more sexy. -Kat Graham

What's great in the modern world is that it's becoming easier and easier for people to create without having access to large sums of money. They need access to certain technologies, but the cost is far less than it used to be. -Helen Mirren

Whenever you're out of town, no matter modern communications, you feel a little bit out of touch. -Richard Armitage

In the modern world there's no such thing as formality. A dinner jacket used to mean a tuxedo, you know? -Noah Emmerich

I am probably the biggest equity investor in the history of modern Russia. -Alexander Lebedev

In a liquid modern life there are no permanent bonds, and any that we take up for a time must be tied loosely so that they can be untied again, as quickly and as effortlessly as possible, when circumstances change – as they surely will in our liquid modern society, over and over again. -Zygmunt Bauman

There is a modern take on certain things you can do that, to me, is still jazz. -Robert Glasper

Childhood vaccines are one of the great triumphs of modern medicine. Indeed, parents whose children are vaccinated no longer have to worry about their child's death or disability from whooping cough, polio, diphtheria, hepatitis, or a host of other infections. -Ezekiel Emanuel

The negative attitudes toward the genres – romance, science-fiction, westerns, suspense, etc. – are fallout from the academic world's long-standing fascination with existential philosophy and modern theories of psychology and sociology. -Jayne Ann Krentz

You must all be aware that modern war is not a mere matter of military operations. It involves the whole strength and all the resources of the nation. Not only soldiers, but also all citizens without exception, take part. -Chiang Kai-shek

If humanity is being swallowed by a modern primitivism, imagination might be the thing that saves us all. -Geoffrey S. Fletcher

Belgium is modernizing itself and it gives me joy. -Albert II of Belgium

With couture, you feel obligated to design something modern each season, but with Theyskens Theory, I don't question anything. I'm thinking of what I'd like to wear. -Olivier Theyskens

I think modern societies have to ask a very basic question: What strategies buy the most health for people? Doctors can do so many marvelous things now. They can keep a corpse alive, almost. -Richard Lamm

The blues echoes right through into soul, R&B and hip hop. It's part of the make-up of modern music. You can't turn your back on the blues. -Ronnie Wood

Contemporary art will help me to modernise our society. -Victor Pinchuk

What is extraordinary about contemporary art is the energy – it has our energy. New energy. Pieces hundreds of years old are beautiful from an aesthetic point of view, but without our modern energy. -Victor Pinchuk

A lot of people work out to be skinny. That's so boring, and it seems like a depressing goal for a modern woman. -Zooey Deschanel

I will never forget the pleasure and instruction I derived from working with a true master of his art, such as Edward G. Robinson was – and is. Surely his record for versatility, studied characterization – ranging from modern colloquial to the classics – and artistic integrity is unsurpassed. -Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.

Modern life would not be possible if it were not for chemicals, nor would modern natural gas production. -Aubrey McClendon

Henry Blodget does occasionally have a new idea. If you're making a point about aggregation or the emptiness of modern journalism, he's far from the best target. Try Huffpo – or Gawker writers whose souls have been corroded by irony. -Nick Denton

I hold that the beginning of modern Irish drama was in the winter of 1898, at a school feast at Coole, when Douglas Hyde and Miss Norma Borthwick acted in Irish in a Punch and Judy show; and the delighted children went back to tell their parents what grand curses 'An Craoibhin' had put on the baby and the policeman. -Lady Gregory

Apple already had everyone's billing information from iTunes… you could buy things just by typing in your password… That, for the first time, brought very, very easy payment to the modern software world. That, more than anything, is why there is a business for paid apps. -Marco Arment

In the modern desktop environment, with multitasking and alerts and constant activity, there are always more distractions. When you're at a computer, your hands are always on the controls. -Marco Arment

Cooking is an art, but all art requires knowing something about the techniques and materials. Using modernist techniques, you get more control, and that allows you to be more artistic, not less! -Nathan Myhrvold

There's no way I'm going to stand up for bad ingredients. We love seasonal ingredients. It's a false dichotomy to say that modern cooking is at odds with that, but some people want to have a great ingredient and no technique. -Nathan Myhrvold

You know, I'm a modern day Harry Belafonte; I got the swagger of the island. -Wyclef Jean

It is better to imitate ancient than modern work. -Leonardo da Vinci

The world of TV debates is antiquated. What looked smart and modern in 1960, with Kennedy versus Nixon, looks quaint and over-rehearsed between Obama and Romney. We need a new format; even if we have the same moderators and candidates, there needs to be a more nuanced way for audiences to connect with and shape presidential debates. -Ruzwana Bashir

I haven't changed my mind about modernism from the first day I ever did it… It means integrity; it means honesty; it means the absence of sentimentality and the absence of nostalgia; it means simplicity; it means clarity. That's what modernism means to me. -Paul Rand

I never did calligraphy… But handwriting is an entirely different kind of thing. It's part of the syndrome of modernism… It's part of that asceticism. -Paul Rand

A lot of modern amps and preamps sound great when you're jamming by yourself, but don't hold up in a band situation. The sound isn't dense enough, and the lows and highs tend to get soaked up by the bass and cymbals. -James Hetfield

At the Museum of Roman Art, the logic of the forms is very much modern. But in spite of that, the idea of the construction could be related to a historical time. -Rafael Moneo

It is well known that my husband and Lady Thatcher enjoyed a very special relationship as leaders of their respective countries during one of the most difficult and pivotal periods in modern history. Ronnie and Margaret were political soul mates, committed to freedom and resolved to end Communism. -Nancy Reagan

I always choose to look, as much as one can, at the supernatural not being something that exists outside of nature, but a deeper, fundamental heart of nature that perhaps humans… have lost touch with. It's a more primal thing than perhaps we are attuned to in our modern, self-aware way of life. -Alan Ball

I don't like technology and all that. I'm a farm boy. I would rather live in that time when you had to provide for your family. I don't know. I'm a country kid, so I don't like modern technology. -Travis Fimmel

I've always had a Marxist understanding of history: democracy is a result of a broad modernization process that happens in every country. Neocons think the use of political power can force the pace of change, but ultimately it depends on societies doing it themselves. -Francis Fukuyama

I'm basically an optimist because I do think there's this historical modernisation process, and by and large it's been very beneficial to people. But there are blips. History doesn't proceed in a linear way. -Francis Fukuyama

It's funny, but to me, when you go to a concert hall and hear electronic pieces from the '60s, I think they sound really dated. But when an orchestra plays a piece from that period, and it's going to sound different every time, it feels more modern to me. -Jonny Greenwood

If I think about music in the future, I imagine it often as not involving electricity, in some dystopian, post-apocalyptic future. And that's what I get from Penderecki: people making music by taking these instruments out of boxes and playing them. That's a very bizarre and modern thing. -Jonny Greenwood

All couples have been told to schedule regular one-on-one time. 'Date night' is the default answer to most problems in modern marriages. And research backs this up. -Bruce Feiler

Superman's original name was Kal-El, or Swift God. His father's name was Jor-El. Superman was clearly drawn as a modern-day god. -Bruce Feiler

The modern designers are quite showy, and a lot of the young people really like it. Costume jewelry has always been about being noticed and not discreet. -Judith Miller

If you look at any kind of modern organization and you think, 'What are the foremost tools of power?' You will find that it is information. -Ricardo Semler

The gesture of taking the watch from the pocket and looking at the time is very elegant for a man, but if I was going to create a pocket watch, I wanted it to be very modern. I didn't want to do old-fashioned. -Richard Mille

Masculine ideals have become very confused in the modern world. -Andrew Dominik

There is a certain ancient civility about tailors that is welcome – especially in modern London, which is now very much an international city, not an English city. They're still a little vessel of Englishness in what is otherwise a pretty rambunctious place. -Graydon Carter

'Green' does not have to mean the sort of hair-shirt, wood-burning-stove sensibility of the '70s. Green can and should be sleek and modern. -Graydon Carter

I don't think you can be a credible, modern candidate for president without making the environment a major part of your platform. -Graydon Carter

There has always been tension between reporters and the administration, particularly when it comes to war in the modern era. You can go to Kennedy or Johnson and see that they weren't happy with David Halberstam or Morley Safer. -Lowell Bergman

Ronald Reagan was long thought to be the most conservative of Republicans. And by any standard today he is the most popular Republican in modern history. Yet he raised taxes 11 times, supported a ban on assault rifles and the Brady Bill, which mandated background checks, and established amnesty for 3 million undocumented workers. -Mark McKinnon

Humans have changed little over time. We think we've invented the modern world but they were making better speeches 2,000 years ago and grappling with issues of empire and terrorism. -Robert Harris

The great myth that many social scientists want to encourage is that there is an incompatibility between modern technology and traditional religion. This is absolute nonsense. If anything, it's the reverse. -Rodney Stark

People-trafficking is modern day slavery. There are more slaves today than there were at the height of the slave trade. -Ross Kemp

It is true that raids and battles killed a tiny percentage of the numbers that die in modern warfare. But in tribal violence, the clashes are more frequent, the percentage of men in the population who fight is greater, and the rates of death per battle are higher. -Steven Pinker

There's guilt about our treatment of native peoples in modern intellectual life, and an unwillingness to acknowledge there could be anything good about Western culture. -Steven Pinker

In the traditional modernist planning that created the suburbs, you put residential buildings in suburban neighborhoods, office spaces into brain parks and retail in shopping malls. But you fail to exploit the possibility of symbiosis or synthesis that way. -Bjarke Ingels

I think modern television shows, with their intricate plots, are stimulating our minds. This is one reason IQs have been going up. -Alex Tabarrok

I love art; I collect mostly modern art. -Alan Patricof

Free speech has a very small constituency on the modern campus, particularly if the speaker under attack is conservative. -John Leo

Art is the means by which we communicate what it feels like to be alive – in the past, that was mixed up with other illustrative duties, but that was still its central function that has been liberated in the art called modern. -Antony Gormley

I watch a lot of bad TV. I spend my entire day reading and writing, and after dinner my idea of fun is just to watch a lot of bad TV. That's how I relax and stay in touch with modern culture. -Nathaniel Philbrick

I would like to help people have honest and constructive conversations about energy. We need to understand how much energy our modern lifestyles use, decide how much energy we would like to use in the future, and choose where we will get that energy from. -David J. C. MacKay

In the modern-day world, where time is premium and battle for subsistence is unimaginably tough, the hapless common man simply gives in and pays the bribe just to get on with life. -Shaffi Mather

I started digging and found that Israel signed a peace treaty with the United Arab Emirates after the country had diversified their economy, instead of being solely oil-based. This diversification had brought about modernization. I realized that if you land the price of oil, countries will diversify their economies and as a result, modernize. -Shai Agassi

Mystique is rare now, isn't it? There aren't that many enigmas in this modern world. -Benedict Cumberbatch

For most people, the major hurdle in grasping modern insights into the nature of the universe is that these developments are usually phrased using mathematics. -Brian Greene

One of my favorite modern American authors is Denis Johnson. I'm deeply inspired by all of his work – I rip him off constantly. -Conor Oberst

I do listen to music. Movie scores, exclusively, because it's all about mood and nonspecificity. I love the way modern movie scoring is all about nonspecificity. You know, if I shuffled the tracks from 'Inception,' I challenge you to tell me which is which. -Joss Whedon

The No. 1 quote critics give me is, 'Thom, your work is irrelevant.' Now, that's a fascinating, fascinating comment. Yes, irrelevant to the little subculture, this microculture, of modern art. But here's the point: My art is relevant because it's relevant to 10 million people. That makes me the most relevant artist in this culture. -Thomas Kinkade

It's a really weird thing, modern divorce. I found out I was getting divorced on television. That was kind of weird. -Val Kilmer

Data is the fabric of the modern world: just like we walk down pavements, so we trace routes through data, and build knowledge and products out of it. -Ben Goldacre

Fire made us human, fossil fuels made us modern, but now we need a new fire that makes us safe, secure, healthy and durable. -Amory Lovins

Wouldn't it be great if you could put all the published works online? The Internet Archive is trying to become useful as a modern-day digital library. -Brewster Kahle

To have a stable economy, to have a stable democracy, and to have a modern government is not enough. We have to build new pillars of development. Education, science and technology, innovation and entrepreneurship, and more equality. -Sebastian Pinera

I always say that modernization is not an abstract thing; it's a very specific task. -Dmitry Medvedev

All political parties, organizations, and all people should abide by the constitution and laws without any exception. They must all act in accordance with the constitution and laws. I see that as a defining feature of modern political system development. -Wen Jiabao

I want my children to be proud of their father and to say, 'My father is the best dad in the world.' And I want them to belong to a modern family, and live a path of happiness and calm. -Ricky Martin

I want to know what changed in fully modern humans, compared with Neanderthals, that made a difference. What made it possible for us to build up these enormous societies, and spread around the globe, and develop the technology that I think no one can doubt is unique to humans. -Svante Paabo

I don't take modern hip-hop as real. It's entertaining, it's fake, like James Bond. -Emmanuel Jal

When it is about technology, there is this tendency to just reject all criticism as being anti-technological and anti-modern. I think this is very unhealthy. -Evgeny Morozov

There are good reasons why we don't want everyone to learn nuclear physics, medicine or how financial markets work. Our entire modern project has been about delegating power over us to skilled people who want to do the work and be rewarded accordingly. -Evgeny Morozov

This modern mania for interfering in other's lives, usually under the guise of health and safety concerns, is highly irritating and counterproductive. Down with the nanny state. -Felix Dennis

French existentialism is an unhelpful philosophy in which to couch modern feminism: born from the ravages of the Second World War, it is a cynical, individualistic school of thought that posits the self and personal choice as the measure of life's entire meaning. -Naomi Wolf

The whole thrust of modern art, as far as I understand it, is expanding the role of the artist as a kind of esthetician, someone who actually spends his time, is trained in a way to deal with qualities. -Robert Irwin

Many of the received models of modern architecture and planning owe their ultimate origin to the building code and public health reform movements of the second half of the 19th century. -Kenneth Frampton

In 1979, postmodernism lost its understanding of the meaning of ornament. It degenerated into kitsch applique. -Charles Jencks

Mies van der Rohe's architecture and modern architecture in general suffered from not only being repetitive, but not explaining to the populous what the different rooms were for. -Charles Jencks

If a dictator takes up my ideas, the resulting town will survive the political system that commissioned it and stand as a social good. Besides, modernism rather than classicism has dominated the architecture of totalitarian regimes of both the left and right. -Leon Krier

In the '60s when I was a student, there was this campaign to destroy 75 percent of the old buildings in Paris, replacing them with modern architecture. I realized this as a dangerous utopia. This modern vision did not understand the richness of the city. Thankfully, such destruction did not happen. -Christian de Portzamparc

I think that in France, we really admire American films, we admire their drive, we admire the modernity and ellipsism in the film and the writing and the style of acting, and we look at them perhaps in a way to see what we can steal from them, too, to make our own films more modern. -Francois Cluzet

Paleoclimatic records show clearly that the past 10,000 years, the Holocene, is a remarkably stable period in which we went from being a few hunters and gatherers to become more sedentary agriculture-based civilizations, which then moved us to the current populated modern era. -Johan Rockstrom

In 2009, at the Vancouver Peace Summit, I met a supporter of Free the Slaves, an NGO dedicated to eradicating modern-day slavery; weeks later, I flew down to Los Angeles and met with the director of Free the Slaves; thus began my journey into exploring modern-day slavery. -Lisa Kristine

Maybe this is just me, but as time goes by, I'm more bewildered by modernity. It gets more unfathomable with every passing year. -Dylan Moran

The Republican party does have a lot of work to do. But changing our principles is not a winning strategy. We need to modernize, not moderate. -Bobby Jindal

Winning the Pritzker assures a flood of work in one's seventies and eighties, jobs necessarily carried out by assistants as the demands of modern-day cultural stardom and the inevitable waning of physical capacities prevent many architects from attaining the transcendent final phase more easily achieved by artists in other mediums. -Martin Filler

Postmodernism came nowhere close in quality to Modernism at its apogee, not least because that later style wholly lacked the social impetus that animated the designs most emblematic of the Modern Movement. -Martin Filler

By 1970, the first stirrings of the revolt against Modernist orthodoxy in architecture had been felt, although it would be several years more until Postmodernism was widely accepted and made classical motifs permissible in high-style building design for the first time in decades. -Martin Filler

Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers's Centre Georges Pompidou of 1971-1977 – the true prototype of the modern museum as popular architectural spectacle – wound up costing so much more than planned that the French government solved the shortfall by cutting support for several regional museums. -Martin Filler

The role of the architect as artist is an ancient one, but it was de-emphasized with the rise of modernism, which rejected the drawing-based Beaux-Arts tradition in favor of a more technocratic approach. -Martin Filler

One of the stated goals of the postmodern movement in architecture was a greater sensitivity to the people who live in or use newly designed buildings. -Martin Filler

During the modern period, the vanguard architect has usually relied on small residential jobs both to supply a steady income and to serve as 'sketches' for ideas that are often later translated to the larger scale of public commissions. -Martin Filler

The tall building, concentrating man in one place more densely than ever before, similarly concentrates the dilemma of our public architecture at the end of the twentieth century: whether the new forms made possible by technology are doomed by the low calculations of modern patrons and their architects. -Martin Filler

Pakistan is heir to an intellectual tradition of which the illustrious exponent was the poet and philosopher Mohammad Iqbal. He saw the future course for Islamic societies in a synthesis between adherence to the faith and adjustment to the modern age. -Benazir Bhutto

I have trouble with modern art. But in general, all art forms fascinate me – art is the way human beings express what we can't say in words. -Andrea Bocelli

I'm not a big fan of kids' movies that have this knowing snarkiness to them or this post-modern take on storytelling. I think that sails right over the heads of most kids. There's something to be said for a well-told fairy tale. There's a reason that these mythic stories stay with us. -John C. Reilly

The modern economy is becoming a place where women hold the cards. -Hanna Rosin

Women, it turns out, are built to lead – particularly in the modern world. -Helen Fisher

Like most modern Americans, I assume individuality is not only a fundamental value, but a goal in life, an art form. -Howard Rheingold

For most of human history, there was a ruling class and then there was everybody else. If you were part of everybody else, it wasn't your job to imagine a different future, different ways of doing things. So, imagination is a fairly modern phenomenon. -Jay S. Walker

I accept that there are multitudes seeking God, seeking meaning, and so on, but if they reject atheism, I would rather they became modern-day Catholics or Jews than that they became Muslims. -Ayaan Hirsi Ali

The modern believer is not suspicious enough, which is perhaps why, when they try to construct arguments in their defence, the convictions are left doing all the work and reason, debilitated by neglect, weakly fails to prop them up. -Julian Baggini

I attended Professional Children's School in Manhattan because my ballet and modern dance schedules were intensive and had started to interfere with regular school hours. -Essence Atkins

The Vikings colonized Britain, and a lot of our modern day towns are named after Viking names that settled these big towns. -George Blagden

We have to accept that we are just machines. That's certainly what modern molecular biology says about us. -Rodney Brooks

Anyone who lives like a modern aristocracy, the last thing they exhibit is a sense of gratitude. Me, I'm very fortunate. -James Ransone

Quantum physics forms the foundation of chemistry, explaining how molecules are held together. It describes how real solids and materials behave and how electricity is conducted through them… It enabled the development of transistors, integrated circuits, lasers, LEDs, digital cameras and all the modern gadgetry that surrounds us. -Neil Turok

The extreme sophistication of modern technology – wonderful though its benefits are – is, ironically, an impediment to engaging young people with basics: with learning how things work. -Martin Rees

'Love' has that Kubrick tonality to it, but this is not a Stanley Kubrick movie – there will never be another. At the same time, 'Love' has a modern feel. For example: In one scene, these astronauts go through a wormhole sequence, and you feel like you're being slapped around inside your head by a sonic boom. -Tom DeLonge

In the modern operas that 'Miss Saigon' and 'Les Miz' are, nobody breaks out into song from conventional book dialogue. Everything is sung from beginning to end, including the recitative. -Lea Salonga

People can defame anyone they like, people can write anything they like. But non-accountability is a part of modern Indian culture. -Salman Khurshid

I look for the hotels that have figured out the comfortable balance – a modern room that is well designed, and really clean sheets. -Simon Sinek

Whether you like it or not, the digital age has produced a new format for modern romance, and natural selection may be favoring the quick-thumbed quip peddler over the confident, ice-breaking alpha male. -Ashton Kutcher

The new physics provides a modern version of ancient spirituality. In a universe made out of energy, everything is entangled; everything is one. -Bruce Lipton

Mushrooms are miniature pharmaceutical factories, and of the thousands of mushroom species in nature, our ancestors and modern scientists have identified several dozen that have a unique combination of talents that improve our health. -Paul Stamets

While reishi mushrooms have historically been prepared as teas or infusions, other modern preparations include capsules, tinctures, and fractionated extracts of mushrooms, mycelium, and spores. -Paul Stamets

Although the trends are promising and reishi mushrooms exhibit a number of interesting medicinal properties, modern scientific techniques have yet to affirm its traditional 'panacea polypore' status. -Paul Stamets

The majority of modern medicines originate in nature. Although some mushrooms have been used in therapies for thousands of years, we are still discovering new potential medicines hidden within them. -Paul Stamets

I really like the bohemian look, and I'm a great fan of mixing vintage and modern. -Kierston Wareing

I've always scribbled, and I still do it. I've written numerous scripts for films for which I think I'd be perfect as the complex, intelligent and, yes, modern heroine. Embarrassingly bad, all of them. I've had to come to terms with the fact that I'm not a writer. -Romola Garai

People think that human beings have gotten worse, that because of the pressures that modern society puts on us, we've gotten worse, and we've gotten capable of doing more terrible things. I don't know if I necessarily think that that's true. -Thomas Gibson

Why should it matter to us when wrestlers are found dead in their beds or seen limping around on two fake hips? Why should it matter to us that there's a list of modern wrestlers who died before the age of 50 – many of them famous – and that the list is more than 70 names long? Hey, there's always another wave of guys on the way. Always. -Bill Simmons

Like many modern poets, I tend to conceal rhymes by placing them in the middle of lines, and to avoid immediate alliteration and assonance in favor of echoes placed later in the poems. -Margaret Atwood

I don't have any of the modern stuff. I don't have e-mail. I don't have a computer! -Elmore Leonard

I don't have any of the modern electronics at all. I know the Internet would be a distraction. I would see things that interested me and never get back to writing. -Elmore Leonard

My musical tastes go from Zeppelin to Bob Dylan to Kanye West and Lil' Wayne. Anything modern and progressive. -Josh Hartnett

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