One who intends to leave others better off for his having existed.

7/1/11

Peak Quotes

Two fundamentally different stories have been enacted


…during the lifetime of man.


 


One began... some two or three million years ago by the Leavers,


and is still being enacted by them today, as successfully as ever.


 


The other began to be enacted here some ten or twelve thousand years ago


by the Takers,


and is apparently about to end in catastrophe.


 


Ishmael, a wise fictional gorilla


 


We are in the first age since the dawn of civilization


in which people have dared to think it practicable


to make the benefits of civilization available to the whole human race.


 


Arnold Toynbee


 


The greatest shortcoming of the human race


is our inability to understand the exponential function.


 


Dr Albert Bartlett


 


The major advances in civilization


 are processes which all but wreck the societies in which they occur.


 


Alfred North Whitehead


 


All progress


is based upon the universal innate desire on the part of every organism


to live beyond its income.


 


Samuel Butler

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