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Getting to 2100

Pithy Quotations

Here are some succinct quotes I’ve collected from my readings and travels.

You have not fully expressed your power as a voter until you have a scientific literacy in topics that matter for future political issues. This requires a level, a base level of science literacy that I don’t think we have achieved yet.

—NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON

Whatever you’re meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.

—Doris Lessing

There would be very little point in my exhausting myself in trying to protect animals and habitats if we weren’t at the same time raising young people to be better stewards.

—Dr. Jane Goodall

It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, who is poor.

—Seneca (4 bc-ad 65)

I’m lazy. But it’s the lazy people who invented the wheel and the bicycle because they didn’t like walking or carrying things.

—Lech Walesa (1943 - )

If we don’t change direction soon, we’ll end up where we’re going.

—Professor Irwin Corey (1914 - )

I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they are to get better.

—Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742 - 1799)

To give up the task of reforming society is to give up one’s responsibility as a free man.

—Alan Paton (1903 - 1988)

As long as the status quo is working, we can afford to remain polite. But when we see the status quo is no longer working, we must speak up.

—Adam Kahane
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