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Modernity exists in the form of a desire to wipe out whatever came earlier, in the hope of reaching at least a point that could be called a true present, a point of origin that marks a new departure.
Paul De Man
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.
Don't bother about being modern. Unfortunately it is the one thing that, whatever you do, you cannot avoid.
The basic assumption of the secular society is that modernity overcomes religion.
Democracy, good governance and modernity cannot be imported or imposed from outside a country.
Even in a time of elephantine vanity and greed, one never has to look far to see the campfires of gentle people.
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