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Obsolescence Quotes


"Styling is designing for obsolescence." - Alec Guinness

"Obsolescence is the moment of superabundance." - Marshall Mcluhan

"Obsolescence is the very hallmark of progress." - Henry Ford II

"Obsolescence is the key to innovation." - Homaro Cantu

"Planned obsolescence is another word for progress." - James Jeffrey Roche

"Britain today is suffering from galloping obsolescence." - Tony Benn

"Instead, most colleges are studies in obsolescence." - Kent Mccord

"Our whole economy is based on planned obsolescence." - Brooks Stevens

"Armaments, universal debt and planned obsolescence - those are the three pillars of Western prosperity." - Aldous Huxley

"The four stages of life are infancy, childhood, adolescence, and obsolescence." - Art Linkletter

"Today the West exists only to bear witness to its own obsolescence." - Dinesh D'Souza

"God made the human body like a machine with built-in obsolescence." - Vikas Swarup

"by operating on the principle of human and material obsolescence, America eats her history alive." - Gail Sheehy

"Unfortunately, as technology has improved, that which was 'underground' now heads towards obsolescence." - Andrew Sega

"In an age of multiple and massive innovations, obsolescence becomes the major obsession." - Marshall Mcluhan

"Planned obsolescence is not really a new concept. God used it with people." - Robert Orben

"Obsolescence is a fate devoutly to be wished, lest science stagnate and die." - Stephen Jay Gould

"But planned obsolescence is possible only if the rate of technological change is contained." - David Harvey

"Name anything - high-definition TV, computer obsolescence - and I'm pretty much annoyed by it." - Martin Freeman

"The four stages of man are infancy, childhood, adolescence, and obsolescence." - Art Linkletter

"Go spit in the face of our inevitable obsolescence and finish your @$&ng novel." - John Green

"Obsolescence never meant the end of anything, it's just the beginning." - Marshall Mcluhan

"Immunity to obsolescence is the only obsolescent-immune conceit of the past millennium." - Matt Mullenweg

"Perhaps it is this specter that most haunts working men and women: the planned obsolescence of people that is of a piece with the planned obsolescence of the things they make. Or sell." - Studs Terkel

"Obsolescence is a factor which says that the new thing I bring you is worth more than the unused value of the old thing." - Charles Kettering

"Our whole economy is based on planned obsolescence, and anyone who can read without moving his lips should know it by now." - Brooks Stevens

"Like Godard, Tati is also remarkably appreciative of the odd beauty that can be revealed in the shapes, patterns and colors created by the technology of planned obsolescence." - Vincent Canby

"Starving the future to feed the present is a mistake - it leads to obsolescence and stagnation. Sometimes it is hard to make this understood." - Burton Richter

"Journalism, spooked by rumors of its own obsolescence, has stopped believing in itself. Groans of doom alternate with panicked happy talk." - Maureen Dowd

"Having a child is sowing the seeds of your own obsolescence: birth is the fuse that leads to that other thing. You appear, you replace yourself, you die." - Michael Redhill

"People always worry that buying tech products today carries a risk of obsolescence. Most of the time, that fear is overblown." - Walt Mossberg

"Obsolescence and death, the reign of the archaic, the abandoned, and the corny: Really, if you saw Windows 3.0 on the sidewalk outside the building, would you bend over and pick it up?!?" - Bruce Sterling

"Aviation is a dynamic profession. The rate of obsolescence of equipment is high and new aircraft have to be placed in inventory periodically in order to stay abreast of the requirements of modern war." - Keith B. McCutcheon

"Rant said that view of time was set up so folks won't live forever. It's the planned obsolescence we've all agreed to...'Nothing says you have to swallow this,' Rant told me. 'You can always just die." - Chuck Palahniuk

"Our whole economy is based on planned obsolescence...we make good products, we induce people to buy them, and then the next year we deliberately introduce something that will make these products old-fashioned, out of date, obsolete." - Brooks Stevens

"By fashion and built-in obsolescence the economies of machine production, instead of producing leisure and durable wealth, are duly cancelled out by the mandatory consumption on an even larger scale." - Lewis Mumford

"Systems program building is an entropy-decreasing process, hence inherently metastable. Program maintenance is an entropy-increasing process, and even its most skillful execution only delays the subsidence of the system into unfixable obsolescence." - Fred Brooks

"I think that to acknowledge a new generation is to acknowledge some degree of obsolescence in yourself, and that is very hard to do and often comes with undeniable anger." - Douglas Coupland

"Parents accept their obsolescence with the best grace they can muster. . . they do all they can to make it easy for the younger generation to surpass the older, while secretly dreading the rejection that follows." - Christopher Lasch

"Publishers, naturally, loathe used books and have developed strategies to depress the secondhand market. They bring out new, even more expensive editions of popular textbooks every three to four years, in a classic cycle of planned obsolescence." - James Surowiecki

"The shortcomings of economics are not original error but uncorrected obsolescence. The obsolescence has occurred because what is convenient has become sacrosanct. Anyone who attacks such ideas must seem to be a trifle self-confident and even aggressive. The man who makes his entry by leaning against an infirm door gets an unjustified reputation for violence. Something is to be attributed to the poor state of the door." - John Kenneth Galbraith

"In the human heart there is a built-in obsolescence factor. It does not matter how powerful and influential you are, how much education you have, how selfcontrolled or holy you consider yourself-your heart, if you do not guard it, will break down." - K.P. Yohannan

"Only one rational path is open to us - simultaneous de-development of the [overdeveloped countries] and semi-development of the underdeveloped countries (UDCs), in order to approach a decent and ecologically sustainable standard of living for all in between. By de-development we mean lower per-capita energy consumption, fewer gadgets, and the abolition of planned obsolescence." - John Holdren

"It has to be acknowledged that in capitalist society, with its herds of hippies, originality has become a sort of fringe benefit, a mere convention, accepted obsolescence, the Beatnik model being turned in for the Hippie model, as though strangely obedient to capitalist laws of marketing." - Mary Mccarthy

"A funny thing happened on the way to utopia: We've turned into this surveillance society and become a race of spies, where we track our kids and we track our spouses and we track our friends. I think very soon there will be an obsolescence of trust, because it's much easier to access a person's location than it is to ask - or to trust." - Dave Eggers

"Armaments, universal debt, and planned obsolescence - those are the three pillars of Western prosperity. If war, waste, and moneylenders were abolished, you'd collapse. And while you people are overconsuming the rest of the world sinks more and more deeply into chronic disaster." - Aldous Huxley

"The sumptuous age of stars and images is reduced to a few artificial tornado effects, pathetic fake buildings, and childish tricks which the crowd pretends to be taken in by to avoid feeling too disappointed. Ghost towns, ghost people. The whole place has the same air of obsolescence about it as Sunset or Hollywood Boulevard." - Jean Baudrillard

"I have this old '57 Porsche Speedster, and the way the door closes, I'll just sit there and listen to the sound of the latch going, 'cluh-CLICK-click.' That door! I live for that door. Whatever the opposite of planned obsolescence is, that's what I'm into." - Jerry Seinfeld

"The effect of the post-Enlightenment project for human society is that all human activity is absorbed into labor. It becomes an unending cycle of production for the sake of consumption. The modern concept of "built-in obsolescence" makes this clear. The cycle of production and consumption has to be kept going, and the work of the artist or craftsman who aims to create something enduring becomes marginal to the economic order." - Lesslie Newbigin

"Some make their worlds without knowing it. Their universes are just sesame seeds and three-day weekends and dial tones and skinned knees and physics and driftwood and emerald earrings and books dropped in bathtubs and holes in guitars and plastic and empathy and hardwood and heavy water and high black stockings and the history of the Vikings and brass and obsolescence and burnt hair and collapsed souffles and the impossibility of not falling in love in an art museum with the person standing next to you looking at the same painting and all the other things that just happen and are." - Jonathan Safran Foer

"In many ways, constancy is an illusion. After all, our ancestors were immigrants, many of them moving on every few years; today we are migrants in time. Unless teachers can hold up a model of lifelong learning and adaptation, graduates are likely to find themselves trapped into obsolescence as the world changes around them. Of any stopping place in life, it is good to ask whether it will be a good place from which to go on as well as a good place to remain." - Mary Catherine Bateson

"The more subtle thing is more speculative. The world is well past its long-term carrying capacity for human beings living a European, much less an American, lifestyle predicated on planned obsolescence. International economic growth is largely a matter of accelerated movement of materials from mines and forests to the dump. Instead of saving and buying decent furniture we can pass on to our children, we charge our credit cards for shaped heaps of sawdust and glue that fall apart in less than three or four years." - Denis Hayes

"Unfortunately, once an economy is geared to expansion, the means rapidly turn into an end and "the going becomes the goal." Even more unfortunately, the industries that are favored by such expansion must, to maintain their output, be devoted to goods that are readily consumable either by their nature, or because they are so shoddily fabricated that they must soon be replaced. By fashion and built-in obsolescence the economies of machine production, instead of producing leisure and durable wealth, are duly cancelled out by the mandatory consumption on an even larger scale." - Lewis Mumford



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