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Modern as the style of Pascal's writing is,
by Lytton Strachey

Modern as the style of Pascal's writing is,
his thought is deeply impregnated with the spirit of the Middle Ages.
He belonged, almost equally, to the future and to the past.
- Lytton Strachey

Discretion is not the better part of biography.
- Lytton Strachey

But Racine's extraordinary powers as a writer become
still more obvious when we consider that besides being
a great poet he is also a great psychologist.
- Lytton Strachey

The history of the Victorian Age will never be written:
we know too much about it.
- Lytton Strachey

 

The amateur is very rare in French literature -
as rare as he is common in our own.
- Lytton Strachey

During this earlier period of his activity Voltaire
seems to have been trying -
half unconsciously,
perhaps - to discover and to express the fundamental quality of his genius.
- Lytton Strachey

Ignorance is the first requisite of the historian -
ignorance,
which simplifies and clarifies, which selects and omits,
with a placid perfection unattainable by the highest art.
- Lytton Strachey

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Unlike the majority of the writers of his age,
La Rochefoucauld was an aristocrat; and this fact gives
a peculiar tone to his work.
- Lytton Strachey

Though, with the ascendancy of Louis,
the political power of the nobles finally came to an end,
France remained, in the whole complexion of her social life,
completely aristocratic.
- Lytton Strachey

Englishmen have always loved Moliere.
- Lytton Strachey

With a very few exceptions, every word in the French
vocabulary comes straight from the Latin.
- Lytton Strachey

When the French nation gradually came into existence
among the ruins of the Roman civilization in Gaul,
a new language was at the same time slowly evolved.
- Lytton Strachey

In pure literature, the writers of the eighteenth century achieved,
indeed, many triumphs; but their great,
their peculiar, triumphs were in the domain of thought.
- Lytton Strachey

When Louis XIV assumed the reins of government France
suddenly and wonderfully came to her maturity;
it was as if the whole nation had burst into splendid flower.
- Lytton Strachey

The stability and peace which seemed to be so firmly
established by the brilliant monarchy of Francis I
vanished with the terrible outbreak of the Wars of Religion.
- Lytton Strachey

There is something dark and wintry about the atmosphere
of the later Middle Ages.
- Lytton Strachey

The genius of the French language, descended from its single Latin stock,
has triumphed most in the contrary direction -
in simplicity,
in unity, in clarity, and in restraint.
- Lytton Strachey

How far the existence of the Academy has influenced French literature,
either for good or for evil, is an extremely dubious question.
- Lytton Strachey

In the literature of France Moliere occupies the same
kind of position as Cervantes in that of Spain,
Dante in that of Italy, and Shakespeare in that of England.
His glory is more than national - it is universal.
- Lytton Strachey

In sheer genius Pascal ranks among the very greatest
writers who have lived upon this earth.
And his genius was not simply artistic;
it displayed itself no less in his character and in
the quality of his thought.
- Lytton Strachey

The old interests of aristocracy - the romance of action,
the exalted passions of chivalry and war -
faded into the background,
and their place was taken by the refined and intimate
pursuits of peace and civilization.
- Lytton Strachey

English dramatic literature is, of course,
dominated by Shakespeare; and it is almost inevitable
that an English reader should measure the value of
other poetic drama by the standards which Shakespeare
has already implanted in his mind.
- Lytton Strachey

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You have to really dive deep back into yourself and
get rid of so much modern analytical categorization.
It's one of the great things poetry does.
- Robert Morgan

After closely examining my conscience,
I venture to state that in my historical novels I intended
the content to be just as modern and up-to-date as
in the contemporary ones.
- Lion Feuchtwanger

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

Some people say Hawaii is spoiled, but I don't think so.
It's modern.
It's a part of today's world.
- James MacArthur

One of the biggest problems with the modern feminist
movement is its failure to bring men along with us.
- Tammy Bruce

There is a species of person called a 'Modern Churchman'
who draws the full salary of a beneficed clergyman
and need not commit himself to any religious belief.
- Evelyn Waugh

The disease of mutual distrust among nations is the
bane of modern civilization.
- Franz Boas

Nowadays there is more dynamism in chess,
modern players like to take the initiative.
Usually they are poor defenders though.
- Boris Spassky

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

The critical method which denies literary modernity would appear -
and even,
in certain respects, would be - the most modern of critical movements.
- Paul de Man

The medieval university looked backwards;
it professed to be a storehouse of old knowledge.
The modern university looks forward,
and is a factory of new knowledge.
- Thomas Huxley

David Brinkley was an icon of modern broadcast journalism,
a brilliant writer who could say in a few words what
the country needed to hear during times of crisis,
tragedy and triumph.
- Tom Brokaw

The most dangerous criminal now is the entirely lawless modern philosopher.
Compared to him, burglars and bigamists are essentially moral men.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

The sovereignty of scriptures of all religions must
come to an end if we want to have a united integrated modern India.
- B. R. Ambedkar

Europeans know the importance of the Resistance;
it has been the shining example of the modern conscience.
- Salvatore Quasimodo

Modern dancing is old fashioned.
- Samuel Goldwyn

Some of modern engineering is necessary to good art.
But I think of myself is a cultural artist.
- Larry Wall

You are born modern, you do not become so.
- Jean Baudrillard

Modern thought has transferred the spectral character
of Death to the notion of time itself.
Time has become Death triumphant over all.
- John Berger

The modern work of art, as I have said,
is a symbol.
- Herbert Read

I think a lot of modern day guitarists start off playing like Eddie van Halen,
and they don't take the time to learn the basics.
- Alvin Lee

Unless we abandon elements which resemble a police state,
we can't meet the demands of being a modern society.
- Ahmet Necdet Sezner

The tragedy of modern man is not that he knows less
and less about the meaning of his own life,
but that it bothers him less and less.
- Vaclav Havel

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

Modern poets talk against business, poor things,
but all of us write for money.
Beginners are subjected to trial by market.
- Robert Frost

You've got to respond to that and of course thinking
through the role of a left party in the modern world,
in the modern economy and society and having a policy response to that.
- Patricia Hewitt

You might sooner get lightning out of incense smoke
than true action or passion out of your modern English religion.
- John Ruskin

Our approach to economic development must be modern,
focused and in tune with the global trend.
- Ibrahim Babangida

It is a Modern day, and these times need Modern solutions to Modern problems.
- Corin Nemec

It is not the crook in modern business that we fear,
but the honest man who doesn't know what he is doing.
- Owen D. Young


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