Modern Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old modern quotes, modern sayings, and modern proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


The modern period adds social ethics to religions agenda, for we now realize that social structures are not like laws of nature. They are human creations, so we are responsible for them.     

Huston Smith

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

Modernization means Westernization.     

Camille Paglia

Rather than trying to reinvent the wheel, build on to that which is already excellent.     

Auliq Ice

In the modern world, if you want to travel off the beaten path, stay off the beaten media path.     

Khang Kijarro Nguyen

Modernization, socialization, and progression doesn't alter nor permit discarding the morals and the laws one should abide themselves too.     

Avra Amar Filion

Being human in our modern civilization is being forced into a boxing ring with Nature. And we're bloodied every time.     

M. Robin D'Antan

To be healthy in modern society, you must adopt the behaviors of an astronaut!     

Steven Magee

As countries grapple with modernization, people who are left behind tend to hold firmer and firmer to their view of the evil of modernity.     

Richard Holbrooke

To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect.     

Oscar Wilde

The secret to living contently and sanely in this modern world is to find the beautiful in the ugly, but don't get confused which is which.     

Terri Guillemets

In modern life nothing produces such an effect as a good platitude. It makes the whole world kin.     

Oscar Wilde

Compulsive modernization is the insatiable desire to change and grow.     

Samuel Wilson

Nations rise and fall, flourish and decay, by what they believe in and by what their culture stands for.     

Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha

The difficulty for most of us in the modern world is that the old-fashioned idea of God has become incredible or implausible.     

Alan Watts

The difference between technology and slavery is that slaves are fully aware that they are not free.     

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

In this modern world it is easy to be complex but difficult to be simple. At least try to keep your mind simple.     

Debasish Mridha

Modern consumer life is a form of extreme passive violence against all people.     

Bryant McGill

We must take steps to prevent further nuclear weapons development or modernization.     

Daisaku Ikeda

The modern human lives in a cesspool of man-made electromagnetic radiation.     

Steven Magee

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 life is a centrifuge; it throws people in every direction.     

Paul Murray

You are born modern, you do not become so.     

Jean Baudrillard

Change your thoughts and you change your world.     

Norman Vincent Peale

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.

Our modern society is engaged in polishing and decorating the cage in which man is kept imprisoned.     

Swami Nirmalananda

We are a culture that relies on technology over community, a society in which spoken and written words are cheap, easy to come by, and excessive. Our culture says anything goes; fear of God is almost unheard of. We are slow to listen, quick to speak, and quick to become angry.     

Francis Chan

The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.     

Bertrand Russell