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Quotations by author » E. F. Schumacher
German born British Economist and Founder of the Intermediate Technology Development Group (1966). 1911-1977
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An attitude to life which seeks fulfillment in the single-minded pursuit of wealth / in short, materialism / does not fit into this world, because it contains within itself no limiting principle, while the environment in which it is placed is strictly limited.
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Call a thing immoral or ugly, soul-destroying or a degradation of man, a peril to the peace of the world or to the well-being of future generations; as long as you have not shown it to be ''uneconomic'' you have not really questioned its right to exist, grow, and prosper.
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Eagles come in all shapes and sizes, but you will recognize them chiefly by their attitudes.
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I have no doubt that it is possible to give a new direction to technological development, a direction that shall lead it back to the real needs of man, and that also means: to the actual size of man. Man is small, and, therefore, small is beautiful.
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Infinite growth of material consumption in a finite world is an impossibility.
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It might be said that it is the ideal of the employer to have production without employees and the ideal of the employee is to have income without work.
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Many people love in themselves what they hate in others.
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Never let an inventor run a company. You can never get him to stop tinkering and bring something to market.
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Our ordinary mind always tries to persuade us that we are nothing but acorns and that our greatest happiness will be to become bigger, fatter, shinier acorns; but that is of interest only to pigs. Our faith gives us knowledge of something better: that we can become oak trees.
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The heart of the matter, as I see it, is the stark fact that world poverty is primarily a problem of two million villages, and thus a problem of two thousand million villagers.
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The printing press is either the greatest blessing or the greatest curse of modern times, sometimes one forgets which it is.
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The system of nature, of which man is a part, tends to be self-balancing, self-adjusting, self-cleansing. Not so with technology.
Nature
You can either read something many times in order to be assured that you got it all, or else you can define your purpose and use techniques which will assure that you have met it and gotten what you need.
Reading
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