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

Albert Camus (1913-1960) French novelist, essayist and dramatist.

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

Norman Mailer (1923-?) American writer.

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

George Orwell (1903-1950) British novelist, essayist, and critic.

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

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.

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

Wallace Stevens (1879-1955) American Modernist poet.


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

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet and dramatist.

A multitude of causes unknown to former times are now acting with a combined force to blunt the discriminating powers of the mind, and unfitting it for all voluntary exertion to reduce it to a state of almost savage torpor.

William Wordsworth (1770-1850) English Romantic poet.

When you automate an industry you modernize it; when you automate a life you primitivize it.

Eric Hoffer (1902-1983) American philosopher and author.

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

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898) English mathematician and novelist.

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

Salvador Dalí (1904-1989) Spanish surrealist painter.