Monday, May 02, 2005

Prosperity Quotes

  In the Bakelite house of the future, the dishes may not break, but the heart can.  Even a man with ten shower baths may find life flat, stale and unprofitable.  ~J.B. Priestley The American reading his Sunday paper in a state of lazy collapse is perhaps the most perfect symbol of the triumph of quantity over quality.... Whole forests are being ground into pulp daily to minister to our triviality.  ~Irving Babbitt Luxury... corrupts at once rich and poor, the rich by possession and the poor by covetousness.  ~Rousseau, The Social Contract, 1762 We face the question whether a still higher "standard of living" is worth its cost in things natural, wild, and free.  ~Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac, 1949 If it keeps up, man will atrophy all his limbs but the push-button finger.  ~Frank Lloyd Wright Human prosperity never rests but always craves more, till blown up with pride it totters and falls.  From the opulent mansions pointed at by all passers-by none warns it away, none cries, "Let no more riches enter!"  ~Aeschylus In general, mankind, since the improvement of cookery, eats twice as much as nature requires.  ~Benjamin Franklin There is in every true woman's heart a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity; but which kindles up, and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.  ~Washington Irving, The Sketch Book, 1820 A man is insensible to the relish of prosperity 'til he has tasted adversity.  ~Sa'di (Musharrif-uddin) Economic advance is not the same thing as human progress.  ~John Clapham, A Concise Economic History of Britain, 1957 In its broadest ecological context, economic development is the development of more intensive ways of exploiting the natural environment.  ~Richard Wilkinson It isn't so much that hard times are coming; the change observed is mostly soft times going.  ~Groucho Marx Western society has accepted as unquestionable a technological imperative that is quite as arbitrary as the most primitive taboo:  not merely the duty to foster invention and constantly to create technological novelties, but equally the duty to surrender to these novelties unconditionally, just because they are offered, without respect to their human consequences.  ~Lewis Mumford I think I should not go far wrong if I asserted that the amount of genuine leisure available in a society is generally in inverse proportion to the amount of labor-saving machinery it employs.  ~E.F. Schumacher All of the biggest technological inventions created by man - the airplane, the automobile, the computer - says little about his intelligence, but speaks volumes about his laziness.  ~Mark Kennedy Related Quotations: Consumerism,  Simplicity Page Information: document.write(LastUpdate())                             &#


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