Discovering 26 Quotes About The World in the 1920s

Published on Jun 21,2021 03:57 AM

The 1920s were the first decade the world recognized the capacity of women in society. This is a turning point marked success in the fight for the rights of women as well as witnessing major changes in previously bound lives.

After a world war that changed forever the war map and world map, the 1920s was the first discrete decade to have all the basic, basic aspects of modern life. Urban life focuses as people move from rural areas more and mechanized industry replaces agriculture as the economic focus. Technologies such as radios, telephones, cars, planes and movies were born, and even fashion could still be perceived to the naked eye.

In World War I, instead of staying at home to look after children and wait for their husbands, many women went to work, taking over the work of men on the battlefield. They assert themselves in society when they can do the things of men, even when they have to operate complicated, heavy machinery.

Besides, rights such as voting, being protected, and being equal have also contributed to strengthening women's status in society. From being a housewife, nurturing their children, they have transformed themselves into busy laborers, contributing efforts in factories around the world, even participating in political activities.

Not only that, the fashion style of women in the 1920s has also changed. Instead of tight-fitting shirts with fussy and outdated skirts, the ladies of this period became more comfortable, simpler and more personal with short hair.

However, not all women are equal. Although women of color have also been allowed to vote in elections since the 1920s, other rules limit their freedom. It took decades before these people received the same benefits as whites.

The 1920s were an era of dramatic social and political change. For the first time, more Americans lived in cities than on farms. The nation's total wealth more than doubled between 1920 and 1929, and this economic growth swept many Americans into a rich but unfamiliar consumer society. People from coast to coast bought similar goods (thanks to nationwide advertising and the spread of chain stores), listened to the same music, performed the same dance and even used the same slang! Many Americans are uncomfortable with this new, urban, sometimes mismatched pop culture; in fact, for the most gay people in the United States, the 1920s brought more conflict than celebration . For the few young people in the big city country, however, the 1920s were really noisy.

This article below show 26 quotes about 1920s

1920s-quotes (2)

1. “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy- they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.” - F. Scott Fitzgerald

2. “(…) the New Woman of the 1920s boldly asserted her right to dance, drink, smoke, and date—to work her own property, to live free of the strictures that governed her mother’s generation. (…) She flouted Victorian-era conventions and scandalized her parents. In many ways, she controlled her own destiny.” - Joshua Zeitz

3. “She's a self-conscious vampire ... and she goes about using sex as a sort of shrimping net.” - Noël Coward

4. “Everywhere was the atmosphere of a long debauch that had to end; the orchestras played too fast, the stakes were too high at the gambling tables, the players were so empty, so tired, secretly hoping to vanish together into sleep and ... maybe wake on a very distant morning and hear nothing, whatever, no shouting or crooning, find all things changed.” - Malcolm Cowley

5. “Roscoe was spiritually illegal, a bootlegger of the soul, a mythic creature made of words and wit and wild deeds and boundless memory.” - William Kennedy

6. “Its magnificence was indescribable, and its magnitude was inconceivable. She felt overwhelmed in the presence of its greatness. Pg 87” - Mona Rodriguez

7. “The prosecutor uttered the party line that would distinguish revue from burlesque for the next thirty years. " The difference is movement. On Broadway, unadorned female figures are used to artistic advantage in tableaux. They do not move.” - Dita Von Teese

8. “(...)" Flapper" — the notorious character type who bobbed her hair, smoked cigarettes, drank gin, sported short skirts, and passed her evenings in steamy jazz clubs, where she danced in a shockingly immodest fashion with a revolving cast of male suitors.” - Joshua Zeitz

9. “How paltry are the traces left behind by a life, even one concentrated around those supposed things of permanence called words. We spend our time upon the earth and then disappear, and only one one-thousandth of what we were lasts. We send all those bottles out into the ocean and so few wash up on shore.” - John Darnton

10. “The crash did not cause the Depression: that was part of a far broader malaise. What it did was expose the weaknesses that underpinned the confidence and optimism of the 1920s - poor distribution of income, a weak banking structure and insufficient regulations, the economy's dependence on new consumer goods, the over-extension of industry and the Government's blind belief that promoting business interests would make America uniformly prosperous.” - Lucy Moore

11. “His words are so slippery they might slide right off the page.” - Jami Attenberg

12. “Demento's laugh is wildflowers and bourbon on an autumns day just before winter comes to take it all away.” - Ilse V. Rensburg

13. “As I’ve said before, “the Mod generation”, contrary to popular belief, was not born in even 1958, but in the 1920s after a steady gestation from about 1917 or so. Now, Mod certainly came of age, fully sure of itself by 1958, completely misunderstood by 1963, and in a perpetual cycle of reinvention and rediscovery of itself by 1967 and 1975, respectively, but it was born in the 1920s, and I will maintain this. I don’t care who disagrees with me, and there are dozens of reasons that I do so —from the Art Deco aesthetic, to flapper fashions (complete with bobbed hair), to androgyny and subtle effeminacy, to jazz.” - Ruadhán J. McElroy

14. “There was something in Lima that was wrapped up in yards of violet satin from which protruded a great dropsical head and two fat pearly hands; and that was its archbishop. Between the rolls of flesh that surrounded them looked out two black eyes speaking discomfort, kindliness, and wit. A curious and eager soul was imprisoned in all this lard, but by dint of never refusing himself a pheasant or a goose or his daily procession of Roman wines, he was his own bitter jailer. He loved his cathedral; he loved his duties; he was very devout. Some days he regarded his bulk ruefully; but the distress of remorse was less poignant than the distress of fasting, and he was presently found deliberating over the secret messages that a certain roast sends to the certain salad that will follow it. And to punish himself he led an exemplary life in every other respect.He had read all the literature of antiquity and forgotten all about it except a general aroma of charm and disillusion. He had been learned in the Fathers and the Councils and forgotten all about them save a floating impression of dissensions that had no application to Peru. He had read all the libertine masterpieces of Italy and France and reread them annually;” - Thornton Wilder

15. “All life was transmitted into terms of their love, all experience, all desires, all ambitions, were nullified - their senses of humour crawled into corners to sleep;” - F. Scott Fitzgerald

16. “But you just watch, little girl. I'm goin' to show 'em. In five years they'll come crawlin' to me on their bellies. I don't know what it is, but I got a kind of feel for the big money.” - John Dos Passos

17. “As the avenues and streets of a city are nothing less than its arteries and veins, we may well ask what doctor would venture to promise bodily health if he knew that the blood circulation was steadily growing more congested!” - Hugh Ferriss

18. “Her velvet red locks pour out of either side of her hood, hanging over her chest like blood.” - Ilse V. Rensburg

19. “... face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for wonder.” - F. Scott Fitzgerald

20. “I know I make you uneasy. I don’t need to be psychic to notice that,” Madame Luna says. “Being around magic is never comfortable for those who don’t dabble in it.”“And rightfully so,” Gwen says as she drops the cigarette into an empty bottle. “It’s unnatural. No two ways about it.” - Ilse V. Rensburg

21. “Dextra’s obsidian gaze burns into her soul, branding it as hers for all eternity.” - Ilse V. Rensburg

22. “The picnic table in the photo was an old door set up on sawhorses, and the seats were old tree stumps, or maybe thick pieces of firewood, topped with square cushions. Six men were sitting there, not looking at the camera, but at the beautiful woman with long, dark hair, almost to her waist, standing at the head of the table. She was smiling, her arms outstretched, as if welcoming everyone to her world. The apple tree in the background, just barely visible, was stretching a single limb out to her, as if wanting to be in the photo with her.Even it looked a little in love with her.” - Sarah Addison Allen

23. “Son, it’s easy tae be guid oan a fu’ belly. It’s when a man’s goat two bites an’ wan o’ them he’ll share, ye ken whit he’s made o’. Listen. In any country in the world, who are the only folk that ken whit it’s like tae live in that country? The folk at the bottom. The rest can a’ kid themselves oan. They can afford to hiv fancy ideas. We canny, son. We lose the wan idea o’ who we are, we’re died. We’re wan another. Tae survive, we’ll respect wan another. When the time comes, we’ll a’ move forward thegither, or nut at all.” - William McIlvanney

24. “Confession is good for the soul even after the soul has been claimed” (p. 381).” - Mona Rodriguez

25. “Pleasure was the color of the time.” - Harold Clurman

26. “December 1931 was drawing to a close and Hollywood was aglow with Christmas spirit, undaunted by sizzling sunshine, palm trees, and the dry encircling hills that would never feel the kiss of snow. But the “Know-how” that would transform the Chaplin studio in the frozen Chilkoot Pass could easily achieve a white Christmas. In Wilson’s Rolls-Royce convertible, we drove past Christmas trees heavy with fake snow. An entire estate on Fairfax Avenue had been draped in cotton batting; carolers straight out of Dickens were at its gate, perspiring under mufflers and greatcoats. The street signs on Hollywood Boulevard had been changed to Santa Claus Lane. They drooped with heavy glass icicles. A parade was led by a band blaring out “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” followed by Santa driving a sleigh. But Hollywood granted Santa the extra dimension of a Sweetheart and seated beside him was Clara Bow (or was it Mabel Normand?)” - Anita Loos

1920s-quotes (3)

In the 1920s, Jazz bands played in discos like Savoy in New York City and Aragon in Chicago; radio stations and recordings (100 million of which were sold in 1927) carry their tunes to listeners across the country. Some elders oppose Muslim jazz, vulgar sounds, and debauchery (and the Islamic moral catastrophe it is believed to inspire), but many in the younger generation love the freedom they feel on the dance floor.

During the 1920s, many Americans had extra money to spend, and they spent it on consumer items like ready-to-wear clothing and home appliances like electric refrigerators. In particular, they bought radios. The first commercial radio station in the United States, Pittsburgh, KDKA, aired in 1920; Three years later, there are more than 500 stations nationwide. By the late 1920s, there were radios in more than 12 million homes. People go to the movies too: Historians estimate that, by the end of the decade, three-quarters of the US population visited a movie theater each week.

During the 1920s, some freedoms were extended while others were restricted. The 18th Amendment to the Constitution, ratified in 1919, banned the production and sale of intoxicating wines, at and at 12 a.m on January 16, 1920, the federal Volstead Act closed every pub, bar, and pub in the United States. From then on, it is illegal to sell any other poisoned beverage with more than 0.5% alcohol. This has spurred underground alcohol trade, where people simply go to illegal talking places instead of regular bars. It is controlled by smugglers, scammers and other organized crime figures like the Chicago gangster, Al Capone.