Modern Life quotes

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

    #Thinking #Modern Life #Tests

  • The single factor most responsible for the disruption of the family is the automobile. Its full effect cannot be assessed. Modern life, as we know, would be impossible without the ubiquitous motorcar. It broke up the old family and community.
    -- Alexander Lowen

    #Community #Would Be #Modern Life

  • Let's face it, though, anything that's apt to happen to an appliance like a blender isn't covered by the warranty anyway, so I never send them in. If it breaks, I'll buy a new one. That's the American way.
    -- Andy Rooney

    #Way #Faces #Modern Life

  • When a lot of remedies are suggested for a disease, that means it can't be cured.
    -- Anton Chekhov

    #Pain #Mean #Modern Life

  • Modern life would not be possible if it were not for chemicals, nor would modern natural gas production.
    -- Aubrey McClendon

    #Modern Life #Natural #Chemicals

  • Even those who claim the Bible's inerrancy make distinctions between Scriptural edicts, sensing that some passages - the Ten Commandments, say, or a belief in Christ's divinity - are central to Christian faith, while others are more culturally specific and may be modified to accommodate modern life.
    -- Barack Obama

    #Christian #Modern Life #Divinity

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

    #Boys #Modern Life #Young

  • It's a sad fact of modern life that if you drive long enough, sooner or later you must leave London behind.
    -- Ben Aaronovitch

    #Long #Modern Life #London

  • Progress is a continuing effort to make the things we eat, drink, and wear as good as they used to be.
    -- Bill Vaughan

    #Effort #Progress #Modern Life

  • All our troubles come from not being able to be alone.
    -- Blaise Pascal

    #Able #Modern Life #Trouble

  • Modern life has gotten so strange, we all get 150 emails and text messages a day, and it's hard when things are moving that quickly to keep that sense of wonder about being alive.
    -- Brit Marling

    #Moving #Email #Modern Life

  • My program is to leave the fools to nature. She has diseases with which to deal with them.
    -- Bruce Barton

    #Modern Life #Disease #Fool

  • The ablest men in all walks of modern life are men of faith. Most of them have much more faith than they themselves realize.
    -- Bruce Barton

    #Men #Modern Life #Realizing

  • A cynic might suggest as the motto of modern life this simple legend-"just as good as the real.
    -- Charles Dudley Warner

    #Real #Simple #Modern Life

  • Young men still desire women as much as ever, even though they don't want to marry them as much.
    -- Clare Boothe Luce

    #Men #Desire #Modern Life

  • Being concerned about other people is especially relevant in today's world. If we consider the complex inter-connected ness of our modern lives, how we depend on others and others depend on us, our outlook will change. We’ll begin to see 'others' not as somehow distant from us, but as people we are in touch with, people close to us; we will no longer feel indifferent to them.
    -- Dalai Lama

    #People #Modern Life #World

  • Along with planes, running water, electricity, and motorized transportation, the internet is now a fundamental fact of modern life.
    -- danah boyd

    #Running #Water #Modern Life

  • To be, in a word, unborable.... It is the key to modern life. If you are immune to boredom, there is literally nothing you cannot accomplish
    -- David Foster Wallace

    #Keys #Boredom #Modern Life

  • The key is the ability, whether innate or conditioned, to find the other side of the rote, the picayune, the meaningless, the repetitive, the pointlessly complex. To be, in a word, unborable... It is the key to modern life. If you are immune to boredom, there is literally nothing you cannot accomplish.
    -- David Foster Wallace

    #Keys #Boredom #Modern Life

  • The human race never solves any of its problems, it only outlives them.
    -- David Gerrold

    #Race #Modern Life #Problem

  • We should sell them to our worst enemies, the Russians and the Cubans.
    -- Ed Koch

    #Enemy #Modern Life #Cuban

  • The subject [of Los Angeles] became a general metaphor for anxiety and the speed of modern life.
    -- Edward Ruscha

    #Anxiety #Modern Life #Speed

  • When Columbus took off, the purpose was to improve trade relations with China. That problem has not been solved to this very day, but just look at the by-products.
    -- Edward Teller

    #Modern Life #Looks #Purpose

  • When I fly, I'm never afraid the plane is going to crash. But there have often been times when I was afraid it wouldn't crash. I was just afraid it was going to circle O'Hare for the rest of my life.
    -- Fran Lebowitz

    #Circles #Modern Life #Crash

  • A woman's quest in life should be to find the perfect apartment. And I have found the perfect apartment. The perfect apartment is the first floor of the Metropolitan Museum. With a sofa.
    -- Fran Lebowitz

    #Museums #Perfect #Modern Life

  • The amount of quaint, authentic, rustic charm varies inversely with the pounds per square inch of water pressure in the shower.
    -- Frank Mankiewicz

    #Squares #Water #Modern Life

  • In my life I've easily lost 500 pounds but for some reason they keep finding me.
    -- Gael Greene

    #Modern Life #Pounds #Reason

  • Early to bed and early to rise, and you'll meet very few of the best people.
    -- George Ade

    #People #Bed #Modern Life

  • The problem of living in this modern world is the problem of finding room in it. The crowd principle is so universally at work through modern life that the geography of the world had been changed to conform to it. We live in crowds. We get our living in crowds. We are amused in herds.
    -- Gerald Stanley Lee

    #Rooms #Principles #Modern Life

  • I do not much care for nature, and believe that flowers belong in vases rather than loose and untidy on the ground.
    -- Gore Vidal

    #Believe #Flower #Modern Life

  • When I go, I'll take New Year's Eve with me.
    -- Guy Lombardo

    #New Year #Years #Modern Life

  • The townspeople are morons, yokels, peasants and genus ***** boobiensis...surrounded by gaping primates from the upland vallies.
    -- H. L. Mencken

    #Modern Life #Primates #Peasants

  • The first Rotarian was the first man to call John the Baptist Jack.
    -- H. L. Mencken

    #Men #Modern Life #Baptists

  • Modern life is so thin and shallow and fake. I look forward to when developers go bankrupt, Japan gets poorer and wild grasses take over.
    -- Hayao Miyazaki

    #Japan #Fake #Modern Life

  • We are in danger of developing a cult of the Common Man, which means a cult of mediocrity.
    -- Herbert Hoover

    #Mean #Men #Modern Life

  • Psychiatrist to patient: Maybe you don't have a complex. Maybe you are inferior.
    -- Herbert Stein

    #Modern Life #Patient #Modern

  • I have learned some things. Modern life is warfare without end: take no prisoners, leave no wounded, eat the dead--that's environmentally sound.
    -- James Crumley

    #Sound #Warfare #Modern Life

  • Oh God, modern life with all its feelings. ... We live in the most callous society ever, and all anybody talks about nowadays is getting in touch with their feelings. ... The world has become one enormous group therapy session. It's a terrible bore. My motto is, 'Thank you for not sharing!
    -- Jane Stanton Hitchcock

    #Feelings #Groups #Modern Life

  • If beer got any lighter you could raise goldfish in it.
    -- Jerry Adler

    #Beer #Modern Life #Goldfish

  • It's like the little rat in the Skinner box who says, "I've got this psychologist under my control. Every time I press the bar, he gives me a food pellet."
    -- Jess Lair

    #Giving #Bars #Modern Life

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

    #Men #Facts #Modern Life

  • This is my prediction for the future: Whatever hasn't happened will happen, and no one will be safe from it.
    -- John B. S. Haldane

    #Modern Life #Safe #Modern

  • Civilization is a conspiracy. Modern life is the silent compact of comfortable folk to keep up pretences.
    -- John Buchan

    #Civilization #Modern Life #Quiet

  • Fish and guests in three days are stale.
    -- John Lyly

    #Three #Modern Life #Guests

  • What's all this fuss about plutonium? How can something named after a Disney character be dangerous?
    -- Johnny Carson

    #Character #Modern Life #Plutonium

  • Every patient reacts a little differently, both biologically and psychologically. The only constant in cancer is inconstancy; the only certainty is a future of uncertainty, a truism for all of modern life but one made vivid by life-threatening illness.
    -- Jonathan Alter

    #Cancer #Modern Life #Littles

  • I don't care if my lettuce has DDT on it, just as long as it's crisp.
    -- Jorma Kaukonen

    #Ddt #Long #Modern Life

  • There's another advantage to being poor - a doctor will cure you faster.
    -- Kin Hubbard

    #Doctors #Modern Life #Poor

  • When you are too old to play golf, you had better die.
    -- King Edward VIII

    #Golf #Play #Modern Life

  • Characters paralyzed by the meaninglessness of modern life still have to drink water from time to time.
    -- Kurt Vonnegut

    #Character #Water #Modern Life

  • It is a sobering thought that Gomer Pyle and the Beverly Hillbillies may be among our chief interstellar emissaries.
    -- Kurt Vonnegut

    #Modern Life #May #Chiefs

  • The jumbo jet is the airborne equivalent of the interstate highway...One might as well be stuffed into a cartridge and shot through a pneumatic tube, like interoffice mail.
    -- Lance Morrow

    #Modern Life #Might #Mail

  • It is in the interests of society to put the Pill into slot machines and to place cigarettes on prescription.
    -- Malcolm Potts

    #Pills #Modern Life #Machines

  • O born in days when wits were fresh and clear, And life ran gaily as the sparkling Thames; Before this strange disease of modern life, With its sick hurry, its divided aims, Its heads o'ertax'd, its palsied hearts, was rife.
    -- Matthew Arnold

    #Heart #Sick #Modern Life

  • You're getting old when you see a girl who looks like someone you used to know, and it turns out to be her daughter.
    -- Mike Connolly

    #Girl #Daughter #Modern Life

  • Depression: the healthy suspicion that modern life has no meaning and that modern society is absurd and alienating.
    -- Neel Burton

    #Healthy #Modern Life #Absurd

  • I have grown to love secrecy. It seems to be the one thing that can make modern life mysterious or marvelous to us. The commonest thing is delightful if only one hides it.
    -- Oscar Wilde

    #Modern Life #Mysterious #Secrecy

  • The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Modern life would be very tedious if it were either, and modern literature a complete impossibility!
    -- Oscar Wilde

    #Simple #Honor #Modern Life

  • I am equally excited about the possibilities that music making holds for all people and it's ability to heal what seems to me a chronic imbalance in modern life.
    -- Paul Winter

    #Inspiration #People #Modern Life

  • There are no private lives. This a most important aspect of modern life. One of the biggest transformations we have seen in our society is the diminution of the sphere of the private. We must reasonably now all regard the fact that there are no secrets and nothing is private. Everything is public.
    -- Philip K. Dick

    #Secret #Important #Modern Life

  • 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

    #Numbers #Weight #Modern Life

  • Made by General Motors, on order from Sears Roebuck.
    -- Richard Condon

    #Order #Modern Life #Made

  • The Egyptians had the locusts and in the Middle Ages there was the Black Death with the rats, but tourists are the plague of our century and we'll not survive this one.
    -- Richard Conniff

    #Black #Age #Modern Life

  • I think the messiness and embodied nature of modern life just produces an enhanced signal for our attention.
    -- Richard Davidson

    #Thinking #Focus #Modern Life

  • Most of what we strive for in our modern life uses the apparatus of goal seeking that was originally set up to seek goals in the state of nature.
    -- Richard Dawkins

    #Goal #Use #Modern Life

  • As worship begins in holy expectancy, it ends in holy obedience. Holy obedience saves worship from becoming an opiate, an escape from the pressing needs of modern life.
    -- Richard J. Foster

    #Needs #Modern Life #Becoming

  • Abstract art is uniquely modern. It is a fundamentally romantic response to modern life - rebellious, individualistic, unconventional, sensitive, irritable.
    -- Robert Motherwell

    #Art #Modern Life #Unconventional

  • Lincoln was known to have walked miles to borrow books, to get the most rudimentary form of education. So what do we do on his birthday? We close the schools!
    -- Robert Orben

    #Book #School #Modern Life

  • The experience of the gangster as an experience of art is universal to Americans. There is almost nothing we understand better or react to more readily or with quicker intelligence. In ways that we do not easily or willingly define, the gangster speaks for us, expressing that part of the American psyche which rejects the qualities and the demands of modern life, which rejects Americanism itself.
    -- Robert Warshow

    #Art #Quality #Modern Life

  • A $10 million windfall? At today's prices, I'd feel almost as rich as I did one day in 1936 when I found a dime on the sidewalk and blew the whole wad on 20 Mary Jane candy bars, a box of jujubes, and a double feature.
    -- Russell Baker

    #One Day #Bars #Modern Life

  • Now scarcely a week goes by without a news story about the cops swooping down on some adolescent prowler who is as skilled at breaking into computer systems as defense contractors are at breaking into the Federal budget.
    -- Russell Baker

    #Defense #Modern Life #News

  • Give your child a spanking once a day. If you don't know why, he does.
    -- Sam Levenson

    #Children #Giving #Modern Life

  • What we should have fought for was representation without taxation.
    -- Sam Levenson

    #Taxation #Modern Life #Should

  • I'm gonna put all my money into taxes. They're sure to go up.
    -- Sam Levenson

    #Modern Life #Modern #Taxes

  • 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

    #Choices #Modern Life #Internet

  • Ours is a culture based on excess, on overproduction; the result is a steady loss of sharpness in our sensory experience. All the conditions of modern life - its material plenitude, its sheer crowdedness - conjoin to dull our sensory faculties
    -- Susan Sontag

    #Loss #Culture #Modern Life

  • The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of contemporary violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to violence. The frenzy of our activity neutralizes our work for peace. It destroys our own inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of our own work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful.
    -- Thomas Merton

    #Roots #Modern Life #Demand

  • We're living in a state where no one can trust his telephone conversations, nor even his personal conversations in a room, in a bar or anywhere else.
    -- Walter Cronkite

    #Modern Life #Rooms #Telephones

  • If we continue at this leisurly pace, we will have to pass Russian customs when we land on the moon.
    -- Wernher von Braun

    #Moon #Land #Modern Life

  • I had never considered marriage, but I had an open mind, and I was to learn after a brief try at it that most open minds should be closed for repairs.
    -- Wilson Mizner

    #Mind #Trying #Modern Life

  • 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

    #Liquid #Modern Life #Circumstances

  • ... modern life is no longer thinkable without photography.
    -- Albert Renger-Patzsch

    #Photography #Modern Life #Life Is

  • Only uncomfortable chairs become antiques - the comfortable ones are worn out by hard use.
    -- Jacob Braude

    #Modern Life #Use #Antiques

  • We are a nation that worships speed and power. And for good reason. Without power we would still be part of England and everybody would be out of work... Bicycles are too slow and impuissant for a nation like ours. They belong in Czechoslovakia.
    -- P. J. O'Rourke

    #Would Be #Modern Life #England

  • I grew up on Nickelodeon.On All That and Are You Afraid of the Dark, and Salute Your Shorts and Rocco's Modern Life and all that. That was my generation.
    -- Drake Bell

    #Dark #Generations #Modern Life