modern world

Browse quotes about the modern world, and life in the the modern age.

Any idiot can face a crisis; it is this day-to-day living that wears you out.

October 13, 2014 Anton Chekhov ,

Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation.

October 8, 2014 Jean Arp ,

You know the world is going crazy when the best rapper is a white guy, the best golfer is a black guy, the tallest guy in the NBA is Chinese, the Swiss hold the America’s Cup, France is accusing the U.S. of arrogance, Germany doesn’t want to go to war, and the three most powerful men in America are named ‘Bush’, ‘Dick’, and ‘Colon’.

July 14, 2014 Chris Rock

We live in an age when pizza gets to your home before the police.

June 25, 2014 Jeff Marder

It’s hard for me to get used to these changing times. I can remember when the air was clean and sex was dirty.

Newpaper editors are men who separate the wheat from the chaff, and then print the chaff.

February 18, 2014 Adlai Stevenson

What can you say about a society that believes God is dead and Elvis is alive?

February 7, 2014 Anonymous

Masochists are people that have pleasure confused with pain. In a world that has television confused with entertainment, Doritos confused with food, and Dan Quayle confused with a national political leader, masochists are clearly less mixed-up than the rest of us.

January 15, 2014 P. J. O'Rourke

Our modern society is engaged in polishing and decorating the cage in which man is kept imprisoned.

You’re obliged to pretend respect for people and institutions you think absurd.  You live attached in a cowardly fashion to moral and social conventions you despise, condemn, and know lack all foundation.  It is that permanent contradiction between your ideas and desires and all the dead formalities and vain pretenses of your civilization which makes you sad, troubled and unbalanced.  In that intolerable conflict you lose all joy of life and all feeling of personality, because at every moment they suppress and restrain and check the free play of your powers.  That’s the poisoned and mortal wound of the civilized world.

You're obliged to pretend respect...