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William Heath Robinson Quote of the Day

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Modern Carpet Designs may provide endless entertainment for your guests.
- William Heath Robinson

People who work together will win,
whether it be against complex football defenses,
or the problems of modern society.
- Vince Lombardi

Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world
that we must love our enemies - or else?
The chain reaction of evil -
hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars -
must be broken, or else we shall be plunged
into the dark abyss of annihilation.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Half of the modern drugs could well be thrown out of the window,
except that the birds might eat them.
- Martin Henry Fischer

 

The history of modern art is also the history of the
progressive loss of art's audience.
Art has increasingly become the concern of the artist
and the bafflement of the public.
- Paul Gauguin

The place of the father in the modern suburban family is a very small one,
particularly if he plays golf.
- Bertrand Russell

Rome has not seen a modern building in more than half a century.
It is a city frozen in time.
- Richard Meier


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Modern cynics and skeptics... see no harm in paying those
to whom they entrust the minds of their children
a smaller wage than is paid to those to whom
they entrust the care of their plumbing.
- John F. Kennedy

One of the most feared expressions in modern times
is 'The computer is down.'
- Norman Ralph Augustine

Modern medicine is a negation of health.
It isn't organized to serve human health,
but only itself, as an institution.
It makes more people sick than it heals.
- Ivan Illich

In modern business it is not the crook who is to be feared most,
it is the honest man who doesn't know what he is doing.
- William Wordsworth

The attempt to redefine the family as a purely voluntary
arrangement grows out of the modern delusion that people
can keep all their options open all the time.
- Christopher Lasch

Fathers in today's modern families can be so many things.
- Oliver Hudson

In modern war...
you will die like a dog for no good reason.
- Ernest Hemingway

Academe, n.: An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught.
Academy, n.: A modern school where football is taught.
- Ambrose Bierce

The modern assault on the environment began about 50 years ago,
during and immediately after World War II.
- Barry Commoner

Modern people are only willing to believe in their computers,
while I believe in myself.
- Alain Robert

Your modern teenager is not about to listen to advice from an old person,
defined as a person who remembers when there was no Velcro.
- Dave Barry

The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's
oldest exercises in moral philosophy;
that is,
the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking
at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea.
- John Ciardi

My recollection of a hundred lovely lakes has given
me blessed release from care and worry and the troubled
thinking of our modern day.
It has been a return to the primitive and the peaceful.
- Hamlin Garland

The modern state no longer has anything but rights;
it does not recognize duties any more.
- Georges Bernanos

Modern politics today requires a mastery of television.
I've never really warmed up to television and,
in fairness to television, it's never warmed up to me.
- Walter F. Mondale

Only the man who disciplines himself strictly can stand
for long the terrific pace of modern war.
- William Lyon Mackenzie King

When modern writers gave up telling stories,
they gave up the greatest thing we had.
- Howard Nemerov

As we consider the fast pace of scientific and technological
progress in our modern world,
we must not lose our moral compass and give way to 'free market eugenics'.
- Sam Brownback

Bureaucracy, the rule of no one, has become the modern form of despotism.
- Mary McCarthy

It is not hard to understand modern art.
If it hangs on a wall it's a painting,
and if you can walk around it it's a sculpture.
- Tom Stoppard

In my experience, if you have to keep the lavatory
door shut by extending your left leg,
it's modern architecture.
- Nancy Banks Smith

Never before in modern times has so much of the world
been simultaneously hit by a confluence of economic
and financial turmoil such as we are now living through.
- Timothy Geithner

I don't understand what modern clothes are about at all.
- Julie Harris

The contribution of Islam to history and modern civilization
is the product of the efforts of peoples of many races
and tongues which came to accept its way of life.
- Aly Khan

Revolution in the modern case is no longer an uncouth business.
- Garet Garrett

Adulthood is the ever-shrinking period between childhood and old age.
It is the apparent aim of modern industrial societies
to reduce this period to a minimum.
- Thomas Szasz

But we don't have an example of a democratic society
existing in a socialist economy -
which is the only real alternative to capitalism in the modern world.
- Peter L. Berger

In the modern world of business, it is useless to be a creative,
original thinker unless you can also sell what you create.
- David Ogilvy

We have always been taught that navigation is the result of civilization,
but modern archeology has demonstrated very clearly that this is not so.
- Thor Heyerdahl

It is one of the primary motives of modern art that
it wants to abolish the distance which the viewer,
the consumer, the audience maintain vis-a-vis a work of art.
- Hans-Georg Gadamer

Too many people in the modern world view poetry as a luxury,
not a necessity like petrol.
But to me it's the oil of life.
- John Betjeman

As thy days, so shall thy strength be which,
in modern language, may be translated as thy thoughts so shall thy life be.
- Emmet Fox

The reserve of modern assertions is sometimes pushed to extremes,
in which the fear of being contradicted leads the writer
to strip himself of almost all sense and meaning.
- Winston Churchill

I think that one possible definition of our modern
culture is that it is one in which nine-tenths of our
intellectuals can't read any poetry.
- Randall Jarrell

What we must understand is that the industries,
processes, and inventions created by modern science
can be used either to subjugate or liberate.
The choice is up to us.
- Henry A. Wallace

The modern banking system manufactures money out of nothing.
- Josiah Stamp

The academic area of new music or modern music festivals
is not something which attracts me at all.
- Gavin Bryars

The modern artist...
is working and expressing an inner world -
in other words -
expressing the energy,
the motion, and other inner forces.
- Jackson Pollock

The modern artist is working with space and time,
and expressing his feelings rather than illustrating.
- Jackson Pollock

So here we are, just two months away from the election,
with more and more examples that modern day Jim Crowe
laws are alive and well in the state of Florida.
- Corrine Brown

Modern money is almost altogether credit money.
- John Buchanan Robinson

You know one of the causes of modern despair is the
fact that we have had proposed to us,
from various quarters, an impossible perfection.
- Morris West

The great watershed of modern poetry is French,
more than English.
- Robert Morgan

It was my Uncle George who discovered that alcohol
was a food well in advance of modern medical thought.
- P. G. Wodehouse

In brief, egoism in its modern interpretation,
is the antithesis, not of altruism, but of idealism.
- John Buchanan Robinson

I really have a generation gap about modern clothes.
- Julie Harris

They don't think we're in touch with modern Britain,
or understand modern Britain or like modern Britain.
- Francis Maude

The embattled gates to equal rights indeed opened up for modern women,
but I sometimes think to myself; that is not what I meant by freedom,
it is only social progress.
- Helene Deutsch

The realities of the modern global economy require
government to play a substantial role in ensuring the
national and economic security of the people.
- Matthew Continetti

The sun as the expression of old world energy is torn
down from the heavens by modern man,
who by virtue of his technological superiority creates his own energy source.
- El Lissitzky

Well, opera began with an intent to resuscitate Greek drama,
that is, modern opera as we know it.
- John Eaton

Modern travelling is not travelling at all;
it is merely being sent to a place,
and very little different from becoming a parcel.
- John Ruskin

Extol Jewish virtue, modern Zionism and the Israeli Defense Forces.
- Geraldo Rivera

You are ugly when you love her, you are beautiful and fresh,
vital and free, modern and poetic when you don't...
you are more beautiful as an orphan than as your mother's son.
- Witold Gombrowicz

Insurance - an ingenious modern game of chance in which
the player is permitted to enjoy the comfortable conviction
that he is beating the man who keeps the table.
- Ambrose Bierce

All the modern verse plays, they're terrible;
they're mostly about the poetry.
It's more important that the play is first.
- Denis Johnson

So always, if we look back, concern for face-to-face morality,
and its modern emphasis on justice as well,
have historically evolved as religious issues.
- Huston Smith

I had changed from being a mathematician to a practicing scientist.
I was increasingly embarassed that I could no longer
follow some of the more modern branches of pure mathematics.
- John Pople

So much destruction in modern war takes place miles
and miles away from the source of the destruction,
the human being who has caused it.
- James Dickey

The task of the modern educator
is not to cut down jungles,
but to irrigate deserts.
- C.S. Lewis

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.
- Elias Canetti

London is a modern Babylon.
- Benjamin Disraeli

In sum, thought and reflection have been rendered thoroughly
pointless by the circumstances in which modern men and women live and act.
- Jacques Ellul


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