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E.F. Schumacher Quotes

E.F. Schumacher Quote: “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.”
E.F. Schumacher Quote: “An ounce of practice is generally worth more than a ton of theory.”
E.F. Schumacher Quote: “Wisdom demands a new orientation of science and technology toward the organic, the gentle, the elegant and beautiful.”
E.F. Schumacher Quote: “We must do what we conceive to be the right thing, and not bother our heads or burden our souls with whether we are going to be successful. Because if we don’t do the right thing, we’ll be doing the wrong thing, and we will just be part of the disease, and not a part of the cure.”
E.F. Schumacher Quote: “Modern man talks of a battle with nature, forgetting that, if he won the battle, he would find himself on the losing side.”
E.F. Schumacher Quote: “Development does not start with goods; it starts with people and their education, organization, and discipline. Without these three, all resources remain latent, untapped, potential.”
E.F. Schumacher Quote: “I cannot predict the wind but I can have my sail ready.”
E.F. Schumacher Quote: “Work and leisure are complementary parts of the same living process and cannot be separated without destroying the joy of work and the bliss of leisure.”
E.F. Schumacher Quote: “Infinite growth of material consumption in a finite world is an impossibility.”
E.F. Schumacher Quote: “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.”
E.F. Schumacher Quote: “I’m not at all contemptuous of comforts, but they have their place and it is not first.”
E.F. Schumacher Quote: “Our intentions tend to be much more real to us than our actions, and this can lead to a great deal of misunderstanding with other people, to whom our actions tend to be much more real than our intentions.”
E.F. Schumacher Quote: “Our task is to look at the world, and see it whole.”
E.F. Schumacher Quote: “Our task – and the task of all education – is to understand the present world, the world in which we live and make our choices.”
E.F. Schumacher Quote: “The real problems of our planet are not economic or technical, they are philosophical. The philosophy of unbridled materialism is being challenged by events.”
E.F. Schumacher Quote: “Anything that we can destroy but are unable to make is, in a sense sacred, and all our ‘explanations’ of it do not really explain anything.”
E.F. Schumacher Quote: “The best aid to give is intellectual aid, a gift of useful knowledge. A gift of knowledge is infinitely preferable to a gift of material things.”
E.F. Schumacher Quote: “The printing press is either the greatest blessing or the greatest curse of modern times, sometimes one forgets which it is.”
E.F. Schumacher Quote: “The modern world tends to be skeptical about everything that makes demands on man’s higher faculties. But it is not at all skeptical about skepticism, which demands hardly anything.”
E.F. Schumacher Quote: “Eagles come in all shapes and sizes, but you will recognize them chiefly by their attitudes.”
E.F. Schumacher Quote: “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.”
E.F. Schumacher Quote: “Anyone who thinks consumption can expand forever on a finite planet is either insane or an economist.”
E.F. Schumacher Quote: “Perhaps we cannot raise the winds. But each of us can put up the sail, so that when the wind comes we can catch it.”
E.F. Schumacher Quote: “Any intelligent fool can invent further complications, but it takes a genius to retain, or recapture, simplicity.”
E.F. Schumacher Quote: “True art is the intermediary between man’s ordinary nature and his higher potentialities.”
E.F. Schumacher Quote: “It is doubly chimerical to build peace on economic foundations which, in turn, rest on the systematic cultivation of greed and envy, the very forces which drive men into conflict.”
E.F. Schumacher Quote: “The substance of man cannot be measured by Gross National Product.”
E.F. Schumacher Quote: “If I limit myself to knowledge that I consider true beyond doubt, I minimize the risk of error but I maximize, at the same time, the risk of missing out on what may be the subtlest, most important and most rewarding things in life.”
E.F. Schumacher Quote: “Why precisely do we want to change land ownership? The answer seems to me to be quite clear: to inhibit land speculation, to inhibit the private exploitation of the scarcity-value of land, to inhibit as we might say the cornering of land.”
E.F. Schumacher Quote: “Many people love in themselves what they hate in others.”
E.F. Schumacher Quote: “Scientific and technological “solutions” which poison the environment or degrade the social structure and man himself are of no benefit, no matter how brilliantly conceived or how great their superficial attraction.”
E.F. Schumacher Quote: “Every increase of needs tends to increase one’s independence on outside forces over which one cannont have control and therefore increases existential fear.”
E.F. Schumacher Quote: “To describe an animal as a physico-chemical system of extreme complexityis no doubt perfectly correct, except that it misses out on the animalness of the animal.”
E.F. Schumacher Quote: “We think work with the brain is more worthy than work with the hands. Nobody who thinks with his hands could ever fall for this.”
E.F. Schumacher Quote: “It is amazing how much theory we can do without when work actually begins.”
E.F. Schumacher Quote: “The most striking about modern industry is that it requires so much and accomplishes so little. Modern industry seems to be inefficient to a degree that surpasses one’s ordinary powers of imagination. Its inefficiency therefore remains unnoticed.”
E.F. Schumacher Quote: “The richer a society, the more impossible it becomes to do worthwhile things without immediate pay-off.”
E.F. Schumacher Quote: “Never let an inventor run a company. You can never get him to stop tinkering and bring something to market.”
E.F. Schumacher Quote: “Not mass production but production by the masses.”
E.F. Schumacher Quote: “Economic development is something much wider and deeper than economics, let alone econometrics. Its roots lie outside the economic sphere, in education, organisation, discipline and, beyond that, in political independence and a national consciousness of self-reliance.”
E.F. Schumacher Quote: “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.”
E.F. Schumacher Quote: “Nobody really likes large-scale organizations; nobody likes to take orders from a superior who takes orders from a superior who takes orders...”
E.F. Schumacher Quote: “The fundamental task is to achieve smallness within large organisation.”
E.F. Schumacher Quote: “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.”
E.F. Schumacher Quote: “Our faith gives us knowledge of something better.”
E.F. Schumacher Quote: “I certainly never feel discouraged. I can’t myself raise the winds that might blow us or this ship into a better world. But I can at least put up the sail so that when the winds comes, I can catch it.”
E.F. Schumacher Quote: “Everything can be seen directly except the eye through which we see.”
E.F. Schumacher Quote: “If greed were not the master of modern man, how could it be that the frenzy of economic activity does not abate as higher standards of living are attained, and that it is precisely the richest societies which pursue their economic advantage with the greatest ruthlessness?”
E.F. Schumacher Quote: “The system of nature, of which man is a part, tends to be self-balancing, self-adjusting, self-cleansing. Not so with technology.”
E.F. Schumacher Quote: “The purpose of work is to give people a chance to utilize and develop their faculties; to enable them to overcome their ego-centeredness by joining others in a common task; and to bring for the goods and services needed for a becoming existence.”
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