E.F. Schumacher

1911 - 1977

A Quote by E.F. Schumacher on corporatism, being a cog, corporate life, corporate, mass production, mass marketing, human herd behavior, capitalisms shadow, factory, factories, money, making money, and love of money

That soul-destroying, meaningless, mechanical, moronic work is an insult to human nature which must necessarily and inevitably produce either escapism or aggression, and that no amount of 'bread and circuses' can compensate for the damage done--these are facts which are neither denied nor acknowledged but are met with an unbreakable conspiracy of silence--because to deny them would be too obviously absurd and to acknowledge them would condemn the central preoccupation of modern society as a crime against humanity.

E.F. Schumacher (1911 - 1977)

Source: Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered

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A Quote by E.F. Schumacher on facts, heart, poverty, problems, and world

The heart of the matter, as I see it, is the stark fact that world poverty is primarily a problem of two million villages, and thus a problem of two thousand million villagers.

E.F. Schumacher (1911 - 1977)

Source: Small is Beautiful, A Study of Economics as if People Mattered, Ch. 13

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A Quote by E.F. Schumacher on economics, efficiency, evolution, life, nonviolence, problems, violence, and words

The key words of violent economics are urbanization, industrialization, centralization, efficiency, quantity, speed. . . . The problem of evolving a nonviolent way of economic life [in the West] and that of developing the underdeveloped countries may well turn out to be largely identical.

E.F. Schumacher (1911 - 1977)

Source: Small is Beautiful: Economics As If People Mattered

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A Quote by E.F. Schumacher on learning, men, and nature

We still have to learn how to live peacefully, not only with our fellow men but also with nature and, above all, with those Higher Powers which have made nature and have made us.

E.F. Schumacher (1911 - 1977)

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A Quote by E.F. Schumacher on mankind and society

After all, for mankind as a whole there are no exports. We did not start developing by obtaining foreign exchange from Mars or the moon. Mankind is a closed society.

E.F. Schumacher (1911 - 1977)

Source: Small is Beautiful, A Study of Economics as if People Mattered, Ch. 14

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A Quote by E.F. Schumacher on direction, doubt, needs, and technology

I have no doubt that it is possible to give a new direction to technological development, a direction that shall lead it back to the real needs of man, and that also means: to the actual size of man. Man is small, and, therefore, small is beautiful.

E.F. Schumacher (1911 - 1977)

Source: Small is Beautiful, A Study of Economics as if People Mattered, Ch. 10

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A Quote by E.F. Schumacher on people and thought

An entirely new system of thought is needed, a system based on attention to people, and not primarily attention to goods. . . .

E.F. Schumacher (1911 - 1977)

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A Quote by E.F. Schumacher on courage, direction, genius, intelligence, opposites, and violence

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction.

E.F. Schumacher (1911 - 1977)

Source: see Einstein

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A Quote by E.F. Schumacher on attitude, environment, fulfillment, life, principles, wealth, and world

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.

E.F. Schumacher (1911 - 1977)

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