65 Modern Life Quotes On Success In Life

These modern life quotes will inspire you. Modern life, of or relating to present and recent time; not ancient or remote: modern city life.

A collection of motivating, happy, and encouraging modern life quotes, modern life sayings, and modern life proverbs.

Best Modern Life Quotes

  1. “IQ in general has improved since tests first began. Psychologists think that this is because modern life becomes ever more complicated.” ~ A. N. Wilson
  2. “Even with all our technology and the inventions that make modern life so much easier than it once was, it takes just one big natural disaster to wipe all that away and remind us that, here on Earth, we’re still at the mercy of nature.” ~ Neil deGrasse Tyson
  3. “The three horrors of modern life – talk without meaning, desire without love, work without satisfaction.” ~ Mignon McLaughlin
  4. “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
  5. “Modern life is moving faster than the speed of thought, or thoughtfulness.” ~ Rebecca Solnit

  6. “This strange disease of modern life,
    With its sick hurry, its divided aims.” ~ Matthew Arnold
  7. “The key to finding a happy balance in modern lives is simplicity.” ~ Sogyal Rinpoche
  8. “A fact of modern life is that it takes women longer to get ready than men.” ~ Jessica Savitch
  9. “The three main extra-rational activities in modern life are religion, war, and love. all these are extra-rational, but love is not anti-rational, that is to say, a reasonable man may reasonably rejoice in its existence” ~ Bertrand Russell
  10. “Early to bed and early to rise, and you’ll meet very few of the best people.” ~ George Ade

  11. “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
  12. “In a funny way, poems are suited to modern life. They’re short, they’re intense. Nobody has time to read a 700-page book. People read magazines, and a poem takes less time than an article.” ~ Caroline Kennedy
  13. “It’s often difficult to slough off all that we’ve acquired, all the comforts and safety nets modern life provides for us, and realize that in those days, people were living very much on the edge – life was incredibly hard!” ~ Derek Jacobi
  14. “In the stress of modern life, how little room is left for that most comfortable vanity that whispers in our ears that failures are not faults! Now we are taught from infancy that we must rise or fall upon our own merits; that vigilance wins success, and incapacity means ruin” ~ Agnes Repplier
  15. “Bad luck and (extreme) misfortune will infest your pathetic soul for all eternity.” ~ Rocko

  16. “Modern life… changes no longer century by century, but year by year, ten times faster than it ever has before-populations doubling, civilizations unified more closely with other civilizations, economic interdependence, racial questions, and-we’re dawdling along. My idea is that we’ve got to go very much faster.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald
  17. “I look at modern life and I see people not taking responsibility for their lives. The temptation to blame, to find external causes to one’s own issues is something that is particularly modern. I know that personally I find that sense of responsibility interesting.” ~ Edward Zwick
  18. “The deepest problems of modern life derive from the claim of the individual to preserve the autonomy and individuality of his existence in the face of overwhelming social forces, of historical heritage, of external culture, and of the technique of life.” ~ Georg Simmel
  19. “Discrimination due to age is one of the great tragedies of modern life. The desire to work and be useful is what makes life worth living, and to be told your efforts are not needed because you are the wrong age is a crime.” ~ Johnny Ball
  20. “Civilization is a conspiracy. Modern life is the silent compact of comfortable folk to keep up pretences.” ~ John Buchan

  21. “In modern life nothing produces such an effect as a good platitude. It makes the whole world kin.” ~ Oscar Wilde
  22. “Moreover, behind this vague tendency to treat religion as a side issue in modern life, there exists a strong body of opinion that is actively hostile to Christianity and that regards the destruction of positive religion as absolutely necessary to the advance of modern culture” ~ Christopher Dawson
  23. “Only uncomfortable chairs become antiques – the comfortable ones are worn out by hard use.” ~ Jacob Braude
  24. “The best way to clean up a son’s room is to close the door and pretend it’s not part of the house.” ~ Art Buchwald
  25. “Fish and guests in three days are stale.” ~ John Lyly

  26. “Depression: the healthy suspicion that modern life has no meaning and that modern society is absurd and alienating.” ~ Neel Burton
  27. “Most parents don’t worry about a daughter until she fails to show up for breakfast.” ~ Kin Hubbard
  28. “Gentility is what is left over from rich ancestors after the money is gone.” ~ John Ciardi
  29. “Modern life. Where are we running? Sometimes what we want is not always where we are… Are we alone? Is the real winter inside our hearts? We are all struggling for definition in a world that resists our increase.” ~ Aziz Ansari
  30. “There’s another advantage to being poor – a doctor will cure you faster.” ~ Kin Hubbard

  31. “Only the camera seems to be really capable of describing modern life.” ~ Alexander Rodchenko
  32. “If I had it [life] to do all over again, I’d have been a plumber.” ~ Albert Einstein
  33. “The only big ideas I’ve ever had came from daydreaming, but modern life keeps people from daydreaming. Every moment of the day your mind is being occupied, controlled by someone else – at school, at work, watching television. Getting away from all that is really important. You need to just kick back in a chair and let your mind daydream.” ~ Paul MacCready
  34. “All our troubles come from not being able to be alone.” ~ Blaise Pascal
  35. “Give your child a spanking once a day. If you don’t know why, he does.” ~ Sam Levenson

  36. “Even though modern life in many ways is nothing short of exhausting, we need to take responsibility for what is necessary to combat the stress and exhaustion of modern life.” ~ Marianne Williamson
  37. “They say kids today don’t know the value of a dollar. They certainly do know the value of a dollar. That’s why they ask for five.” ~ Robert Orben
  38. “There are no funny lawyers – only funny people who made a career mistake.” ~ Robert J. White
  39. “Sending grown-ups up the wall is one of the things adolescence is all about. A few years ago it was done with rock ‘n’ roll music. Now at least they can do it quietly with a home computer.” ~ Russell Baker
  40. “We have killed more people celebrating our independence day than we lost fighting for it.” ~ Will Rogers

  41. “When you are too old to play golf, you had better die.” ~ King Edward VIII
  42. “We finally got Nebraska where we want them…off the schedule.” ~ Cal Stoll
  43. “Abstract art is uniquely modern. It is a fundamentally romantic response to modern life – rebellious, individualistic, unconventional, sensitive, irritable.” ~ Robert Motherwell
  44. “What we should have fought for was representation without taxation.” ~ Sam Levenson
  45. “Doorman – a genius who can open the door of your car with one hand, help you in with the other, and still have one left for the tip.” ~ Dorothy Kilgallen

  46. “I’m gonna put all my money into taxes. They’re sure to go up.” ~ Sam Levenson
  47. “Ecology is boring for the same reason that destruction is fun.” ~ Don DeLillo
  48. “The trouble with the lost generation is that it didn’t get lost enough.” ~ James Thurber
  49. “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
  50. “Modern life requires us to be more and more flexible in our attire.” ~ Giorgio Armani

  51. “Nobody is sicker than the man who is sick on his day off.” ~ Charles E. McKenzie
  52. “In all spheres of modern life the influence of Stalin reaches wide and deep. From his last simply written but vastly discerning and comprehensive document, back through the years, his contributions to the science of our world society remain invaluable. One reverently speaks of Marx, Engels, Lenin and Stalin—the shapers of humanity’s richest present and future.” ~ Paul Robeson
  53. “One aspect of modern life which has gone far to stifle men is the rapid growth of tremendous corporations. Enormous spiritual sacrifices are made in the transformation of shopkeepers into employees… The disappearance of free enterprise has led to a submergence of the individual in the impersonal corporation in much the same manner as he has been submerged in the state in other lands.” ~ William O. Douglas
  54. “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
  55. “The subject [of Los Angeles] became a general metaphor for anxiety and the speed of modern life.” ~ Edward Ruscha

  56. “Wonder is a very subtle, precious emotion, often lost in the gross hustle and bustle of modern life. When we feel wonder, we are immediately reminded of the purity and innocence of our childhood. Then, everything was magical and mysterious. Magic should help us relive that wonder.” ~ Doug Henning
  57. “Just as an unbalanced mind can accumulate stresses that can grow and take on a life of their own, so little decisions of our modern life can accumulate to the point where our society finds itself bombing other people for their oil, or supporting dictators who torture whole populations – all so that our unbalanced interests might be served.” ~ Doris
  58. “I’ve spent most of my life living in cities where people are obsessed with looking down on people from everywhere else. You get so used to doing it that you start to believe it’s simply what everyone does. It makes for an atmosphere of unwelcome that penetrates much of our modern life. It’s a shame really because a couple days in Oklahoma will open your eyes to how much better it would be if the rest of the country was filled with a few more people from Oklahoma.” ~ Adam Duritz
  59. “Modern life demands, and is waiting for, a new kind of plan, both for the house and the city.” ~ Le Corbusier

  60. “Not so many years ago there was no simpler or more intelligible notion than that of going on a journey. Travel -movement through space -provided the universal metaphor for change. One of the subtle confusions -perhaps one of the secret terrors -of modern life is that we have lost this refuge. No longer do we move through space as we once did.” ~ Daniel J. Boorstin
  61. “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
  62. “One of the great sadnesses of modern life, because of our disenfranchisement and disillusionment with religion, is that we don’t have access to these ideas. Yoga and meditation, for me, is a way of, in this secular world, accessing very very beautiful principles that would perhaps make us happier, at a time when people feel disillusioned with the economy, concerned about the ecology, worried with politicians, and don’t trust what they’re being told on television.” ~ Russell Brand
  63. “Sin is the only real color element left in modern life.” ~ Oscar Wilde

  64. “There is part of me that longs to have the back-to-the-earth life – make my own bread, grow my own wheat, just be really self-sufficient – but I am not, at the moment, willing to give up the luxury of modern life, and amazing schools for my kids, and things that I’ve come to rely on that are parts of society.” ~ Lauren Groff
  65. “The historical novel gives us perspective on our modern lives and helps us connect with the story, which we are continuing ourselves.” ~ Mary Pope Osborne

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