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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.
The challenge of modernity is to live without illusions and without becoming disillusioned.
You don't really need modernity in order to exist totally and fully. You need a mixture of modernity and tradition.
Modernity is the transient, the fleeting, the contingent; it is one half of art, the other being the eternal and the immovable.
Modernity, the child of the Enlightenment, failed when it became apparent that the good society cannot be achieved by unaided reason.
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.
Modernity is the transitory, the fugitive, the contingent, which make up one half of art, the other being the eternal and the immutable. This transitory fugitive element, which is constantly changing, must not be despised or neglected.
Modernity is a qualitative, not a chronological, category.
It is only the modern that ever becomes old fashioned.
The basic assumption of the secular society is that modernity overcomes religion.
Even in a time of elephantine vanity and greed, one never has to look far to see the campfires of gentle people.
It takes a kind of shabby arrogance to survive in our time, and a fairly romantic nature to want to.
Edgar Z Friedenberg
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.
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