Top 20th Century Quotes

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1. "I firmly believed that with the breadth of knowledge now makes it impossible for someone to be a polymath in the 20th century-until I met Dr.Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad."
Author: Abdus Salam
2. "The first World War in so many ways shaped the 20th century and really remade our world for the worse."
Author: Adam Hochschild
3. "'Atlas Shrugged,' let's face it, was probably the most important novel of the 20th century that was never a film."
Author: Albert S. Ruddy
4. "We all shared an admiration of Debussy both as a musician and as sort of an icon for the 20th century. It seemed like an interesting idea to go right back 100 years to find the source of some new ideas now."
Author: Anne Dudley
5. "What the history of aviation has brought in the 20th century should inspire us to be inventors and explorers ourselves in the new century."
Author: Bertrand Piccard
6. "Until almost the 20th century, Central Park was home to a shepherd and a flock of 200 sheep."
Author: Bill Bryson
7. "The Futurists were an art movement in the early 20th century which basically glorified machines and the Industrial Revolution."
Author: Britt Daniel
8. "When the British came to Ibo land, for instance, at the beginning of the 20th century, and defeated the men in pitched battles in different places, and set up their administrations, the men surrendered. And it was the women who led the first revolt."
Author: Chinua Achebe
9. "Buddhist Barbie" In the 5th century B.C.an Indian philosopherGautama teaches "All is emptiness" and "There is no self." In the 20th century A.D.Barbie agrees, but wonders how a man with such a belly could pose, smiling, and without a shirt."
Author: Denise Duhamel
10. "My family history, like that of many Polish, German and Jewish families from Central Europe in the 20th century, is complex."
Author: Donald Tusk
11. "The best experience that we have on Earth is the fact that we have scientific stations, weathering over stations down in the Antarctic for almost the entire 20th century to learn how to exist in exceedingly hazardous conditions; and the Moon is far more hazardous than Antarctica. At least they have water there."
Author: Edgar Mitchell
12. "As for the forces, electromagnetism and gravity we experience in everyday life. But the weak and strong forces are beyond our ordinary experience. So in physics, lots of the basic building blocks take 20th- or perhaps 21st-century equipment to explore."
Author: Edward Witten
13. "Even before string theory, especially as physics developed in the 20th century, it turned out that the equations that really work in describing nature with the most generality and the greatest simplicity are very elegant and subtle."
Author: Edward Witten
14. "Somehow in the 20th Century an idea has developed that music is an activity or skill which is not comprehensible to the man in the street. This is an arrogant assertion and not necessarily a true one."
Author: Gavin Bryars
15. "Why do many believers insist on repeatedly pointing to the crimes of 20th century dictators who led officially atheistic societies as some sort of evidence of their god's existence? It makes no sense.If the rivers of blood on Stalin's hands and Mao's hands, for example, are supposed to prove there is a god, then what do the oceans of blood on the hands of several thousand years' worth of religious kings, queens, presidents, popes, priests, generals, Crusadersm jihadists and tribal chiefs prove? It's not, of course, but if bodycount is somehow the measure of a god's likelihood of existence, then believers lose.It is clear that humans are quite capable of killing with or without images of gods bouncing around in their heads. If anything, however, history suggests that the concept of gods makes the idea of massacring your fellow man (and women and children, too, of course) a lot easier to act upon."
Author: Guy P. Harrison
16. "The "quality revolution" in the latter half of the 20th century has taken us to a point where all products that reach asupermarket shelf work. The competitive differentiators of the future will be products which are the most innovative, even though they may not be the best"
Author: Gyan Nagpal
17. "The picture surface recedes just as much in the 20th century as it did in the 15th. The techniques of making pictures have hardly changed."
Author: Howard Hodgkin
18. "Mankind has probably done more damage to the Earth in the 20th century than in all of previous human history."
Author: Jacques Yves Cousteau
19. "We are the intelligent elite among animal life on earth and whatever our mistakes, [Earth] needs us. This may seem an odd statement after all that I have said about the way 20th century humans became almost a planetary disease organism. But it has taken [Earth] 2.5 billion years to evolve an animal that can think and communicate its thoughts. If we become extinct she has little chance of evolving another."
Author: James E. Lovelock
20. "Today in America, we are trying to prepare students for a high tech world of constant change, but we are doing so by putting them through a school system designed in the early 20th Century that has not seen substantial change in 30 years."
Author: Janet Napolitano
21. "The idea of a belt holding my pants up seems so 20th century. Imagine a world where your pants are held high by your self-esteem. But it's a silly notion, really, because in a world such as that, nobody would even wear pants."
Author: Jarod Kintz
22. "I progressed through so many different styles of music through my teen years, both as a player and a vocalist, particularly the jazz and pop of the early 20th Century."
Author: Jeff Healey
23. "Anonymous sources are a practice of American journalism in the 20th and 21st century, a relatively recent practice. The literary tradition of anonymity goes back to the Bible."
Author: Joe Klein
24. "At the end of the 19th century, people were filled with thoughts of future hope, but at the end of the 20th century, it was fear, hate, and mistrust."
Author: Joel T. McGrath
25. "But I still do believe that there are useful things to say about Elvis Presley, including what his own ordinariness as a poor Southerner says about 20th-century hero-making."
Author: John Shelton Reed
26. "Mr. Franz, I think careers are a 20th Century invention and I don't want one. You don't need to worry about me; I have a college education. I'm not destitute. I'm living like this by choice."
Author: Jon Krakauer
27. "Jazz is a very accurate, curiously accurate accompaniment to 20th century America."
Author: Ken Burns
28. "From Roger Bacon, the 13th century Franciscan who pioneered the scientific method, to George Lemaitre, the 20th century Belgian priest who first developed a mathematical foundation for the 'Big Bang,' people of faith have played a key role in advancing scientific understanding."
Author: Kenneth R. Miller
29. "Then you get to the last half of the 20th century, Americans are getting very skeptical about their leaders and their institutions, and another place that is affected is parties and conventions."
Author: Michael Beschloss
30. "Film is the manipulative medium par excellence. When you think back on the history of film and the 20th century, you see the propaganda that's been made. So there are moral demands on the director to treat the spectators as seriously as he or she takes himself and not to see them merely as victims that can be manipulated to whatever ends they have."
Author: Michael Haneke
31. "Given the events of even the 19th century, Zionism was inevitable. Given the events of the 20th century, Israel was inevitable."
Author: Mike Leigh
32. "We all know that Social Security is one of this country's greatest success stories in the 20th century."
Author: Mitch McConnell
33. "I think future generations will say the late 20th century and the early 21st century was a time of great convulsions and upheavals."
Author: N. T. Wright
34. ". . . Don't live in the world as if you were renting or here only for the summer, but act as if it was your father's house. . .Believe in seeds, earth, and the sea, but people above all. Love clouds, machines, and books, but people above all." Nazim Hikmet, 20th century Turkish poet"
Author: Nahid Rachlin
35. "More girls were killed in the last 50 years, precisely because they were girls, than men killed in all the wars in the 20th century. More girls are killed in this routine gendercide in any one decade than people were slaughtered in all the genocides of the 20th century.The equivalent of 5 jumbo jets worth of women die in labor each day... life time risk of maternal death is 1,000x higher in a poor country than in the west. That should be an international scandal."
Author: Nicholas D. Kristof
36. "Los Angeles, Houston, Denver, Atlanta: those are all cities that really didn't get big, didn't hit their stride until the 20th century."
Author: Paul Goldberger
37. "First, it doesn't surprise me that traditional music has experienced a kind of exhaustion in the 20th century - not forgetting that many musicians started to look outside the traditional structures of tonality."
Author: Pierre Schaeffer
38. "I was practically born and raised at 20th Century Fox studio, started to work there selling papers when I was around seven years old, and every summer vacation from school I would work in a various department at the studio. So I was an old-timer when I was 15."
Author: Richard D. Zanuck
39. "It isn't a case of marriage having been tried and found wanting. In this 20th century world, true marriage is deeply wanted, but largely untried."
Author: Richard Lessor
40. "The rate of technological and human physiological change in the 20th century has been remarkable. Beyond that, a synergy between the improved technology and physiology is more than the simple addition of the two."
Author: Robert Fogel
41. "Motion pictures are the art form of the 20th century, and one of the reasons is the fact that films are a slightly corrupted artform. They fit this century - they combine Art and business!"
Author: Roger Corman
42. "Polygraph tests are 20th-century witchcraft."
Author: Sam Ervin
43. "The 1950s is a key decade in the 20th Century. Each year has a distinctive flavour."
Author: Sara Sheridan
44. "The 20th century was a century in which human rights were infringed upon in numerous parts of the world, and Japan also bears responsibility in that regard. I believe that we have to look at our own history with humility and think about our responsibility."
Author: Shinzo Abe
45. "Eisenhower is my choice as the American of the 20th Century. Of all the men I've studied and written about, he is the brightest and the best."
Author: Stephen Ambrose
46. "The dominant theories of elite art and criticism in the 20th century grew out of a militant denial of human nature. One legacy is ugly, baffling, and insulting art. The other is pretentious and unintelligible scholarship. And they're surprised that people are staying away in droves?"
Author: Steven Pinker
47. "The phrase "the violent bear it away" fascinated the 20th century Irish-American storyteller Flannery O'Connor, who used it as the title of one of her novels. O'Connor's surname connects her to an Irish royal family descended from Conchobor (pronounced "Connor"), the prehistoric king of Ulster who was foster father to Cuchulainn and "husband" of the unwilling Derdriu. In the western world, the antiquity of Irish lineages is exceeded only by that of the Jews."
Author: Thomas Cahill
48. "Up until the 20th century, traditional cultures (and this is still true of most cultures in the world) always believed that too high a view of yourself was the root cause of all the evil in the world...Our belief today--and it in deeply rooted in everything--is that people misbehave for lack of self-esteem and because they have too low a view of themselves."
Author: Timothy Keller
49. "We may repeat the awful revolutionary history of the 20th century because of the vulnerability of social movements to demagoguery."
Author: Todd Gitlin
50. "Because the blues is the basis of most American music in the 20th century. It's a 12-bar form that's played by jazz, bluegrass and country musicians. It has a rhythmic vocabulary that's been used by rock n' roll. It's related to spirituals, and even the American fiddle tradition."
Author: Wynton Marsalis

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