Thoughts

This page will be updated on an irregular basis with, hopefully, thought-provoking quotations.

“The wealthy can no longer continue to live on an island in a sea of poverty. We are all breathing the same air. People have to have a chance, a basic chance at least. A chance of education, nutrition, medical care.” Ayrton Senna

“Introverts today [March 2014] are roughly where women were 50 years ago.” Susan Cain

“Like the mind-set that places men above women, whites above blacks, and rich above poor, the mentality that places humans above nature is a dysfunctional delusion. It is based on the principle of domination. We humans take our Earth for granted and never hesitate to exploit it and its other inhabitants to gratify our immediate wants. We have to understand that we are part of nature, not outside of it. What we do to the Earth, we do to ourselves.” Petra Kelly

“I have found that the more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being.” Dalai Lama

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.” Mahatma Gandhi

“The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.” Alice Walker

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” Albert Einstein

“If chimpanzees have consciousness, if they are capable of abstractions, do they not have what until now has been described as ‘human rights’? How smart does a chimpanzee have to be before killing one constitutes murder?” Carl Sagan

“I abhor vivisection with my whole soul.  All the scientific discoveries stained with innocent blood I count as of no consequence.”  Mahatma Gandhi

“It [the climate change issue] is a matter of morality – a matter of intergenerational justice. As with the earlier great moral issue of slavery, an injustice done by one race of humans to another, so the injustice of one generation to others must stir the public’s conscience to the point of action.” James Hansen

“Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realise we cannot eat money.” North American Cree comment on the environment and materialism.

“It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right.” Henry David Thoreau

“One cannot achieve a just end with unjust means; or, one cannot achieve peace through violent means. The road to peace is peace!” Petra Kelly

“I do not believe in the doctrine of the greatest good for the greatest number. The only real, dignified, human doctrine is the greatest good for all.” Mahatma Gandhi

“Ice sheets are not Republicans or Democrats — they don’t have a political agenda as they disappear.”
Dr. Michael E. Mann, Department of Meteorology, Pennsylvania State University.

“One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but that it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait till oil and coal run out before we tackle that.” Thomas Edison

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired represents, in the final analysis, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, who are cold and are not clothed.” President Dwight Eisenhower

“For love of domination we must substitute equality; for love of victory we must substitute justice; for brutality we must substitute intelligence; for competition we must substitute co-operation. We must learn to think of the human race as one family.” Bertrand Russell

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