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There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly.

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly.


         

Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons.

Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons.


         


Everyone is born a genius, but the process of living de-geniuses them.

Everyone is born a genius, but the process of living de-geniuses them.


         

Humans beings always do the most intelligent thing…after they’ve tried every stupid alternative and none of them have worked

Humans beings always do the most intelligent thing…after they’ve tried every stupid alternative and none of them have worked


         


Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed, but nature does not depend on us. We are not the only experiment.

Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed, but nature does not depend on us. We are not the only experiment.


         

Since the initial publication of the chart of the electromagnetic spectrum, humans have learned that what they can touch, smell, see, and hear is less than one-millionth of reality.

Since the initial publication of the chart of the electromagnetic spectrum, humans have learned that what they can touch, smell, see, and hear is less than one-millionth of reality.


         

There is no joy equal to that of being able to work for all humanity and doing what you're doing well.

There is no joy equal to that of being able to work for all humanity and doing what you're doing well.


         

We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims.

We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims.


         

God is a verb, not a noun.

God is a verb, not a noun.


         

Pollution is nothing but resources we're not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we've been ignorant of their value.

Pollution is nothing but resources we're not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we've been ignorant of their value.


         



I would say, then, that you are faced with a future in which education is going to be number one amongst the great world industries.

I would say, then, that you are faced with a future in which education is going to be number one amongst the great world industries.


         

I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I've invented.

I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I've invented.


         

The point is that racism is the product of tribalism and ignorance and both are falling victim to communications and world-around literacy

The point is that racism is the product of tribalism and ignorance and both are falling victim to communications and world-around literacy


         

War is the ultimate tool of politics.

War is the ultimate tool of politics.


         

Man knows so much and does so little.

Man knows so much and does so little.


         

Science is the attempt to set in order the facts of experience.

Science is the attempt to set in order the facts of experience.


         

Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is staggering.

Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is staggering.


         

Truth is a tendency.

Truth is a tendency.


         

Dare to be naive.

Dare to be naive.


         

We as economic society are going to have to pay our whole population to go to school and pay it to stay at school.

We as economic society are going to have to pay our whole population to go to school and pay it to stay at school.


         

We are not going to be able to operate our Spaceship Earth successfully nor for much longer unless we see it as a whole spaceship and our fate as common. It has to be everybody or nobody.

We are not going to be able to operate our Spaceship Earth successfully nor for much longer unless we see it as a whole spaceship and our fate as common. It has to be everybody or nobody.


         

When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty........ but when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.

When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty........ but when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.


         

I'm not a genius. I'm just a tremendous bundle of experience.

I'm not a genius. I'm just a tremendous bundle of experience.


         

The most important fact about Spaceship Earth: an instruction book didn't come with it.

The most important fact about Spaceship Earth: an instruction book didn't come with it.


         

Faith is much better than belief. Belief is when someone else does the thinking.

Faith is much better than belief. Belief is when someone else does the thinking.


         

Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we've been ignorant of their value.

Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we've been ignorant of their value.


         

If success or failure of this planet and of human beings depended on how I am and what I do... HOW WOULD I BE? WHAT WOULD I DO?

If success or failure of this planet and of human beings depended on how I am and what I do... HOW WOULD I BE? WHAT WOULD I DO?


         

Love is metaphysical gravity.

Love is metaphysical gravity.


         

The universe is non-simultaneously apprehended

The universe is non-simultaneously apprehended


         

How often I found where I should be going only by setting out for somewhere else.

How often I found where I should be going only by setting out for somewhere else.


         

If you want to teach people a new way of thinking, don't bother trying to teach them. Instead, give them a tool, the use of which will lead to new ways of thinking.

If you want to teach people a new way of thinking, don't bother trying to teach them. Instead, give them a tool, the use of which will lead to new ways of thinking.


         

When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty but when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.

When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty but when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.


         

You never change things by fighting the existing reality.To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.

You never change things by fighting the existing reality.To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.


         

The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun.

The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun.


         

The minute you begin to do what you really want to do, it's really a different kind of life.

The minute you begin to do what you really want to do, it's really a different kind of life.


         

Integrity is the essence of everything successful.

Integrity is the essence of everything successful.


         

Either war is obsolete, or men are.

Either war is obsolete, or men are.


         

God is a verb not a noun.

God is a verb not a noun.


         

I look for what needs to be done. After all, that's how the universe designs itself.

I look for what needs to be done. After all, that's how the universe designs itself.


         

Pollution is nothing but resources we're not harvesting.

Pollution is nothing but resources we're not harvesting.


         

A house is a machine for living.

A house is a machine for living.


         

Don't fight forces use them.

Don't fight forces use them.


         

Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we have been ignorant of their value.

Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we have been ignorant of their value.


         

Either war is obsolete or men are.

Either war is obsolete or men are.


         

The most important thing about Spaceship Earth - an instruction book didn't come with it.

The most important thing about Spaceship Earth - an instruction book didn't come with it.