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Postmodernism is, almost by definition, a transitional cusp of social, cultural, economic and ideological history when modernism's high-minded principles and preoccupations have ceased to function, but before they have been replaced with a totally new system of values. It represents a moment of suspension before the batteries are recharged for the new millennium, an acknowledgment that preceding the future is a strange and hybrid interregnum that might be called the last gasp of the past.

Author: Gilbert Adair

Profession: American Author

Modernism may be seen as an attempt to reconstruct the world in the absence of God.

Author: Bryan Appleyard

Profession: Australian Writer

This strange disease of modern life, with its sick hurry, its divided aims.

Author: Matthew Arnold (1822-1888)

Profession: British Poet, Critic

Modernity is the transient, the fleeting, the contingent; it is one half of art, the other being the eternal and the immovable.

Author: Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867)

Profession: French Poet

You are born modern, you do not become so.

Author: Jean Baudrillard

Profession: French Postmodern Philosopher, Writer

We are becoming like cats, slyly parasitic, enjoying an indifferent domesticity. Nice and snug in the social, our historic passions have withdrawn into the glow of an artificial coziness, and our half-closed eyes now seek little other than the peaceful parade of television pictures.

Author: Jean Baudrillard

Profession: French Postmodern Philosopher, Writer

I am prisoner of a gaudy and unlivable present, where all forms of human society have reached an extreme of their cycle and there is no imagining what new forms they may assume.

Author: Italo Calvino (1923-1985)

Profession: Cuban Writer, Essayist, Journalist

The modern mind is in complete disarray. Knowledge has stretched itself to the point where neither the world nor our intelligence can find any foot-hold. It is a fact that we are suffering from nihilism.

Author: Albert Camus (1913-1960)

Profession: French Existential Writer

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.

Author: Elias Canetti (1905)

Profession: Austrian Novelist, Philosopher

Now here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!

Author: Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)

Profession: British Writer, Mathematician

I think the adjective ''post-modernist'' really means ''mannerist.'' Books about books is fun but frivolous.

Author: Angela Carter (1940-1992)

Profession: British Author

Our own epoch is determining, day by day, its own style. Our eyes, unhappily, are unable yet to discern it.

Author: Le Corbusier

Profession:

By Modernism I mean the positive rejection of the past and the blind belief in the process of change, in novelty for its own sake, in the idea that progress through time equates with cultural progress; in the cult of individuality, originality and self-expression.

Author: Dan Cruickshank

Profession:

Don't bother about being modern. Unfortunately it is the one thing that, whatever you do, you cannot avoid.

Author: Salvador Dali (1904-1989)

Profession: Spanish Painter

In societies where modern conditions of production prevail, all of life presents itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles. Everything that was directly lived has moved away into a representation.

Author: Guy Debord (1931)

Profession: French Philosopher