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Bill Mollison Quote: “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.”

Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.

— Bill Mollison



Bill Mollison Quote: “We are surrounded by insurmountable opportunities.”

We are surrounded by insurmountable opportunities.

— Bill Mollison


Bill Mollison Quote: “I teach self-reliance, the world’s most subversive practice. I teach people how to grow their own food, which is shockingly subversive. So, yes, it’s seditious. But it’s peaceful sedition.”

I teach self-reliance, the world’s most subversive practice. I teach people how to grow their own food, which is shockingly subversive. So, yes, it’s seditious. But it’s peaceful sedition.

— Bill Mollison


Bill Mollison Quote: “You don’t have a snail problem, you have a duck deficiency.”

You don’t have a snail problem, you have a duck deficiency.

— Bill Mollison


Bill Mollison Quote: “If we lose the forests, we lose our only teachers.”

If we lose the forests, we lose our only teachers.

— Bill Mollison


Bill Mollison Quote: “The only ethical decision is to take responsibility for our own existence and that of our children.”

The only ethical decision is to take responsibility for our own existence and that of our children.

— Bill Mollison


Bill Mollison Quote: “Permaculture creates a cultivated ecology, which is designed to produce more human and animal food than is generally found in nature.”

Permaculture creates a cultivated ecology, which is designed to produce more human and animal food than is generally found in nature.

— Bill Mollison


Bill Mollison Quote: “Women are the holders of all knowledge, everything a man knows he stole from a woman.”

Women are the holders of all knowledge, everything a man knows he stole from a woman.

— Bill Mollison


Bill Mollison Quote: “Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labor; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system.”

Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labor; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system.

— Bill Mollison


Bill Mollison Quote: “We’re only truly secure when we can look out our kitchen window and see our food growing and our friends working nearby.”

We’re only truly secure when we can look out our kitchen window and see our food growing and our friends working nearby.

— Bill Mollison


Bill Mollison Quote: “Compressed air can provide limitless amounts of clean energy using technology we have had for hundreds of years.”

Compressed air can provide limitless amounts of clean energy using technology we have had for hundreds of years.

— Bill Mollison


Bill Mollison Quote: “There is no more time-wasting process than that of believing people will act, and then finding that they will not.”

There is no more time-wasting process than that of believing people will act, and then finding that they will not.

— Bill Mollison


Bill Mollison Quote: “Pollution is an unused resource.”

Pollution is an unused resource.

— Bill Mollison


Bill Mollison Quote: “The American lawn uses more resources than any other agricultural industry in the world. It uses more phosphates than India and puts on more poisons than any other form of agriculture.”

The American lawn uses more resources than any other agricultural industry in the world. It uses more phosphates than India and puts on more poisons than any other form of agriculture.

— Bill Mollison


Bill Mollison Quote: “To accumulate wealth, power or land beyond one’s needs in a limited world is to be truly immoral, be it as an individual, an institution, or a nation-state.”

To accumulate wealth, power or land beyond one’s needs in a limited world is to be truly immoral, be it as an individual, an institution, or a nation-state.

— Bill Mollison


Bill Mollison Quote: “If you only do one thing, collect rainwater...”

If you only do one thing, collect rainwater...

— Bill Mollison


Bill Mollison Quote: “To create a mess in which we perish by our own inaction makes nonsense of our claim to consciousness and morality.”

To create a mess in which we perish by our own inaction makes nonsense of our claim to consciousness and morality.

— Bill Mollison


Bill Mollison Quote: “Sitting at our back doorsteps, all we need to live a good life lies about us. Sun, wind, people, buildings, stones, sea, birds and plants surround us. Cooperation with all these things brings harmony, opposition to them brings disaster and chaos.”

Sitting at our back doorsteps, all we need to live a good life lies about us. Sun, wind, people, buildings, stones, sea, birds and plants surround us. Cooperation with all these things brings harmony, opposition to them brings disaster and chaos.

— Bill Mollison


Bill Mollison Quote: “Type 1 Error: When we settle into wilderness, we are in conflict with so many life forms that we have to destroy them to exist. Keep out of the bush. It is already in good order.”

Type 1 Error: When we settle into wilderness, we are in conflict with so many life forms that we have to destroy them to exist. Keep out of the bush. It is already in good order.

— Bill Mollison


Bill Mollison Quote: “Permaculture is an integrated, evolving system of perennial and self-perpetuating plants and animal species useful to man.”

Permaculture is an integrated, evolving system of perennial and self-perpetuating plants and animal species useful to man.

— Bill Mollison


Bill Mollison Quote: “Few people today muck around in earth, and when on international flights, I often find I have the only decently dirty fingernails.”

Few people today muck around in earth, and when on international flights, I often find I have the only decently dirty fingernails.

— Bill Mollison


Bill Mollison Quote: “Without trees, we cannot inhabit the earth.”

Without trees, we cannot inhabit the earth.

— Bill Mollison


Bill Mollison Quote: “Animals are the messengers of the tree, and trees the gardens of animals. Life depends upon life. All forces, all elements, all life forms are the biomass of the tree.”

Animals are the messengers of the tree, and trees the gardens of animals. Life depends upon life. All forces, all elements, all life forms are the biomass of the tree.

— Bill Mollison

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