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I think that most of the best movies made in America in the 20th century were crime dramas, screwball comedies and westerns.
— Terry Teachout —

I think every age has a medium that talks to it more eloquently than the others. In the 19th century it was symphonic music and the novel. For various technical and artistic reasons, film became that eloquent medium for the 20th century.

— Walter Murch

The first World War in so many ways shaped the 20th century and really remade our world for the worse.

— Adam Hochschild

If you look at the history of how information flows, there was a time that newspapers were kind of in the place that Google and Facebook are now - how do we get more people to buy a copy? Then there was a shift in the early 20th century. They needed to do better, and readers and consumers demanded that of them.

— Eli Pariser

Quincy Jones Quotes: I believe that a hundred years from now
I believe that a hundred years from now, when people look back at the 20th century, they will look at Miles, Bird, Clifford Brown, Ella and Dizzy, among elders as our Mozarts, our Chopins, our Bachs and Beethovens.

— Quincy Jones

Movies were very important. The art-form of the 20th century.

— Ray Manzarek

Nostalgia for the 20th century brain helps nobody.

— Douglas Coupland

Before the 20th century, the ulcer was not a respectable disease. Doctors would say, 'You're under a lot of stress.' Nineteenth-century Europe and America had all these crazy health spas and quack treatments.

— Barry Marshall

I know that I come from mid-20th century America, urban, specifically downtown New York, specifically an Italian-American area, Roman Catholic - that's who I am. And a part of what I know is there's a decency to people who tried to make a living in the kind of world that was around us and also the Skid Row area of the Bowery; it impressed me.

— Martin Scorsese

Well Washington DC what are you going to do. They think the capitol steps are the state of the art in comedy. You try to drag them into the 20th century let alone the 21st and they refuse to come with you.

— Harry Shearer

I think that most of the best movies made in America in the 20th century were crime dramas, screwball comedies and westerns.

— Terry Teachout

I started out coming from more of a concert music background. It just turns out that 20th-century music techniques lend themselves to scary movies and horror movies.

— Marco Beltrami

Our culture is hung up on and overemphasises what can be derived from material objects. I think this is something quite new, over the past 200 or 300 years - that life has become about accumulating material wealth. The 21st century is not about accumulating material wealth like the 20th century. It's already eroding.

— Tino Sehgal

The Europe we are in the process of building is the Europe of the 21st century; it's not the Europe of the 20th century.

— Jean-Pierre Raffarin

David Bailey Quotes: The first half of the 20th century
The first half of the 20th century belongs to Picasso, and the second half is about photography. They said digital would kill photography because everyone can do it, but they said that about the box brownie in 1885 when it came out. It makes photography interesting because everyone thinks they can take a picture.

— David Bailey

In fact, 37 percent of all United States Nobel Prize winners in the 20th century have been representatives of the Jewish community.

— Jon Porter

Joseph J. Lhota Quotes: Margaret thatcher was a 20th century
Margaret Thatcher was a 20th century visionary who understood the power of individual freedom versus the tyranny of government collectivism. She was a loyal supporter and friend of the United States and her terms as prime minister were marked as the beginning of the resurgence of the economy of the United Kingdom.

— Joseph J. Lhota

William Henry Danforth Quotes: St louis has always been a great center
St. Louis has always been a great center for medicine. It has been a leader in the nation since the early part of the 20th century. Along with that, we've been a leader in medical science and biomedical science and innovation in medicine.

— William Henry Danforth

Margaret Thatcher inherited a country in transition. The British Empire was still a considerable entity well into the 20th century.

— Nick Harkaway

The 20th century was a test bed for big ideas - fascism, communism, the atomic bomb.

— P. J. O'Rourke

I've won some awards. 'Time' magazine designated me as one of the environmental heroes of the 20th century. Oh, and I've got some honorary citizenships, like from the Conch Republic of the Florida Keys. But the one thing I am proud of is I didn't get the Chevron environmental award. Never did get that one.

— Paul Watson

I have made my living bearing witness to some of the most horrific events of the end of our century, at the end of the 20th century.

— Christiane Amanpour

In mid-20th-century America, it could be argued that the novelist still had the most claim of anyone to omniscience. Whatever he/she couldn't prove, he/she could gesture at.

— Joshua Cohen

The political currents that topped the global agenda in the late 20th century - revolutionary nationalism, feminism and ethnic struggle - place culture at their heart.

— Terry Eagleton

V. S. Pritchett was one of the most admired, fun, talked-about writers of the 20th century: he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth for his work with prose. He was born in 1900, wrote till he died in 1997, and has been tidily forgotten ever since. This is a real shame.

— Darin Strauss

Which to this day is a source of enormous guilt, because I left with three classes to go in the business school to sign a contract with 20th Century Fox.

— Tom Selleck

Eleanor Catton Quotes: An interesting thing about new zealand
An interesting thing about New Zealand, you know, literature is that it really didn't begin in any real sense until the 20th century.

— Eleanor Catton

All history, and most especially the history of the 20th century, argues against placing ideas in the saddle and allowing them to ride mankind. Too often, they end up riding individual men and women into mass graves.

— Terry Teachout

A lot of populists after populism died just became socialists. At the beginning of the 20th century, socialism looked like it was going to take off. It didn't, of course, but a lot of people thought it was going to.

— Thomas Frank

David Starkey Quotes: My biggest poetic influences are
My biggest poetic influences are probably 20th-century British and Irish poets. So I suppose I'm always listening for the music I associate with that poetry, the telling images, the brevity. I want to hear it in my own work as well as in the poetry I read. However, I think I'm generally more forgiving of other poets than myself.

— David Starkey

Let us make sure that the supreme fact of the 20th century is that they tread the same path.

— Winston Churchill

The 20th century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance. The growth of democracy; the growth of corporate power; and the growth of corporate propaganda against democracy.

— Alex Carey

Fundamentalism is a 20th-century phenomenon, but that kind of religious fervor actually has not always been associated with conservative goals.

— Jeff Sharlet

George Meany Quotes: Every piece of progressive social
Every piece of progressive social legislation passed by Congress in the 20th century bears a union label.

— George Meany

In the same way that slavery was a moral challenge for the 19th century and totalitarianism was a challenge for the 20th century, the challenge that women and girls face around the world is the moral challenge of our time.

— Sheryl WuDunn

Steve Kubby Quotes: When you undergo a visionary experience
When you undergo a visionary experience, what you are really doing is blowing your socially conditioned, 20th century, hive mind and allowing your brain to, literally, come to its senses.

— Steve Kubby

I don't quite see the 20th century as one of chaos. But I believe in certain inevitable outcomes of a materialist nature.

— Rachel Kushner

Stayed up and watched a little spanktrovision. It's the American way. There's really nothing wrong with spanktrovision. One of the best inventions of the 1900s, 20th century.

— David Spade

Eckhart Tolle Quotes: Humanity as a whole has already gone
Humanity as a whole has already gone through unimaginable suffering, mostly self-inflicted, the culmination of which was the 20th century with its unspeakable horrors. This collective suffering has brought upon a readiness in many human beings for the evolutionary leap that is spiritual awakening.

— Eckhart Tolle

All of Robert Caro's biographies are exceptional, in part because of Caro's fundamental ambivalence about power. He sees its necessity and use for getting things done, even as he is often repelled by watching power at close range. His masterpiece on Robert Moses, The Power Broker, describes the evolution of Moses from idealist to pragmatist as he became one of the most powerful figures in the 20th century.

— Jeffrey Pfeffer

Jeffrey Rosen Quotes: Louis brandeis at the age of 57 decided
[Louis Brandeis] at the age of 57 decided to become the head of the American Zionist movement was more influential than anyone else in the 20th century in persuading Woodrow Wilson to recognize a Jewish homeland in Palestine.

— Jeffrey Rosen

Barack Obama Quotes: It was unknowable then but so much of
It was unknowable then, but so much of the progress that would define the 20th century, on both sides of the Atlantic, came down to the battle for a slice of beach only 6 miles long and 2 miles wide.

— Barack Obama

Frederick Lenz Quotes: In one particular chapter in ulysses
In one particular chapter in Ulysses, James Joyce imitates every major writing style that's been used by English and American writers over the last 700 years - starting with Beowulf and Chaucer and working his way up through the Renaissance, the Victorian era and on into the 20th century.

— Frederick Lenz

It is amazing how many of the horrors of the 20th century were a result of charismatic quacks misleading millions of people to their own doom. What is even more amazing is that, after a century that saw the likes of Hitler, Lenin and Mao, we still see no need to distrust charisma as a basis for choosing leaders, either in politics or in numerous organizations and movements.

— Thomas Sowell

Only within the 20th Century has biological thought been focused on ecology, or the relation of the living creature to its environment. Awareness of ecological relationships is - or should be - the basis of modern conservation programs, for it is useless to attempt to preserve a living species unless the kind of land or water it requires is also preserved. So delicately interwoven are the relationships that when we disturb one thread of the community fabric we alter it all - perhaps almost imperceptibly, perhaps so drastically that destruction follows.

— Rachel Carson

He ran a gas station down in St. Louis ... No, Mahatma Gandhi was a great leader of the 20th century.

— Hillary Clinton

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