Quotation by Paul De Man

Modernity exists in the form of a desire to wipe out whatever came earlier, in the hope of reaching at least a point that could be called a true present, a point of origin that marks a new departure.
Paul De Man (1919–1983), Belgian-born U.S. literary critic. lecture, Sept. 1969. "Literary History and Literary Modernity," Blindness and Insight (1971, rev. 1983).
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