„[M]iddle age is the window to your eventual end…“


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And jammed us into iron pants.
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—  Ernest Hemingway American author and journalist 1899 - 1961
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„The current time is a period of transition, with a distinctive quality, characterizing the end of an epoch. Something – some age – is coming quite rapidly to an end.“

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„I think there are good reasons for suggesting that the modern age has ended.“

—  Václav Havel playwright, essayist, poet, dissident and 1st President of the Czech Republic 1936 - 2011
Context: I think there are good reasons for suggesting that the modern age has ended. Today, many things indicate that we are going thorough a transitional period, when it seems that something is on the way out and something else is painfully being born. It is as if something were crumbling, decaying, and exhausting itself, while something else, still indistinct, were arising from the rubble.

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„The Roman de la Rose is the end of true mediæval poetry [... ] Our age calls it false taste, and no doubt our age is right;— every age is right by its own standards as long as its standards amuse it.“

—  Henry Adams journalist, historian, academic, novelist 1838 - 1918
Adams specifies that he refers "only to the Roman of William of Lorris, which dates from the death of Queen Blanche and of all good things, about 1250". He describes the rather cynical continuation by Jean de Meung, about 1300, as "beyond our horizon".

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„The Stone Age did not end because humans ran out of stones. It ended because it was time for a re-think about how we live.“

—  William McDonough American architect 1951
As quoted in "Eco-designs on future cities" by BBC News (14 June 2005) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4682011.stm The quote “The Stone Age did not end for lack of stone, and the Oil Age will end long before the world runs out of oil” appears in The Telegraph, attributed to Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani, and precedes McDonough's reference by 5 years (2000 vs. 2005) Sheikh Yamani predicts price crash as age of oil ends http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1344832/Sheikh-Yamani-predicts-price-crash-as-age-of-oil-ends.html