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  3. 19/09/2017

“To think that the new economy is over is like somebody in London in 1830 saying the entire industrial revolution is over because some textile manufacturers in Manchester went broke.”

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Quotes by Alvin Toffler

Quotes by Alvin Toffler

  1. Anyone nit-picking enough to write a letter of correction to an editor doubtless deserves the error that provoked it.
  2. Change is not merely necessary to life – it is life.
  3. Future shock is the shattering stress and disorientation that we induce in individuals by subjecting them to too much change in too short a time.
  4. I work virtually every waking hour.
  5. It is better to err on the side of daring than the side of caution.
  6. Knowledge is the most democratic source of power.
  7. Man has a limited biological capacity for change. When this capacity is overwhelmed, the capacity is in future shock.
  8. Most managers were trained to be the thing they most despise – bureaucrats.
  9. My wife and I, unlike many intellectuals, spent five years working on assembly lines. We came to fully understand the criticisms of the industrial age, in which you are an appendage of a machine that sets the pace.
  10. No serious futurist deals in prediction. These are left for television oracles and newspaper astrologers.
  11. Nobody knows the future with certainty. We can, however, identify ongoing patterns of change.
  12. One of the definitions of sanity is the ability to tell real from unreal. Soon we’ll need a new definition.
  13. One of the more fantastic possibilities is that man will be able to make biological carbon copies of himself.
  14. Our technological powers increase, but the side effects and potential hazards also escalate.
  15. Parenthood remains the greatest single preserve of the amateur.
  16. People of the future may suffer not from an absence of choice but from a paralysing surfeit of it. They may turn out to be victims of that peculiarly super-industrial dilemma: overchoice.
  17. Profits, like sausages… are esteemed most by those who know least about what goes into them.
  18. Technology feeds on itself. Technology makes more technology possible.
  19. The Law of Raspberry Jam: the wider any culture is spread, the thinner it gets.
  20. The biggest tragedy I had was the loss of my daughter from neuromuscular disease in 2000, at age 46.
  21. The great growling engine of change – technology.
  22. The illiterate of the future will not be the person who cannot read. It will be the person who does not know how to learn.
  23. The next major explosion is going to be when genetics and computers come together. I’m talking about an organic computer – about biological substances that can function like a semiconductor.
  24. To think that the new economy is over is like somebody in London in 1830 saying the entire industrial revolution is over because some textile manufacturers in Manchester went broke.
  25. We futurists have a magic button. We follow every statement about a failed forecast with ‘yet.’
  26. We must search out totally new ways to anchor ourselves, for all the old roots religion, nation, community, family, or profession are now shaking under the hurricane impact of the accelerative thrust.
  27. You can use all the quantitative data you can get, but you still have to distrust it and use your own intelligence and judgment.
  28. You’ve got to think about big things while you’re doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.