A selection of quotes that inspire me:
There is no doubt about the increase in our material progress and technology, but somehow this is not sufficient, as we have not yet succeeded in bringing about peace and happiness or overcoming suffering.
– The 14th Dalai Lama
The ‘logic of production’ is neither the logic of life nor that of society. It is a small and subservient part of both.
– E. F. Schumacher, from Small is Beautiful
Unemployment…exists because employers have been deprived of profit.
If enterprise is afoot, wealth accumulates whatever may be happening to thrift; and if enterprise is asleep, wealth decays whatever thrift may be doing.
– John Maynard Keynes
It is the way of heaven to take from what has in excess in order to make good what is deficient. The way of man is otherwise. It takes from those who are in want in order to offer this to those who already have more than enough.
– Lao Tzu, from the Tao Te Ching
Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it is just the opposite.
– John Kenneth Galbraith
As I never learnt mathematics, I have had to think.
– Joan Robinson
It is no longer only the Right that is conservative. The entire Left is also suddenly conservative. The liberal and the radical Left have fallen behind.
– F. M. Esfandiary, from Upwingers
Bio-survival anxiety will only permanently disappear when world-wide wealth has reached a level, and a distribution, where, without totalitarianism, everyone has enough (money)…The ideal can only be achieved in a technology of abundance.
– Robert Anton Wilson, from Prometheus Rising