The system of nature, of which man is a part, tends to be self-balancing, self-adjusting, self-cleansing. Not so with technology.
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.
Eagles come in all shapes and sizes, but you will recognize them chiefly by their attitudes.
Many people love in themselves what they hate in others.
Our ordinary mind always tries to persuade us that we are nothing but acorns and that our greatest happiness will be to become bigger, fatter, shinier acorns; but that is of interest only to pigs. Our faith gives us knowledge of something better: that we can become oak trees.
Never let an inventor run a company. You can never get him to stop tinkering and bring something to market.
Infinite growth of material consumption in a finite world is an impossibility.
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.
It might be said that it is the ideal of the employer to have production without employees and the ideal of the employee is to have income without work.
Call a thing immoral or ugly, soul-destroying or a degradation of man, a peril to the peace of the world or to the well-being of future generations; as long as you have not shown it to be ''uneconomic'' you have not really questioned its right to exist, grow, and prosper.
The printing press is either the greatest blessing or the greatest curse of modern times, sometimes one forgets which it is.
If, however, economic ambitions are good servants, they are bad masters.
Few can contemplate without a sense of exhilaration the splendid achievements of practical energy and technical skill, which, from the latter part of the seventeenth century, were transforming the face of material civilization, and of which England was the daring, if not too scrupulous, pioneer.