Ernst F. Schumacher Famous Quotes & Sayings

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19 Ernst F. Schumacher Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

Ernst F. Schumacher Sayings: People say: 'Let the facts speak for themselves'; they forget that the speech of facts People say:
'Let the facts speak for themselves'; they forget that the speech of facts is real only if it is heard and understood.
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Ernst F. Schumacher Sayings: We must learn to think in terms of an articulated structure that can cope with We must learn to think in terms of an articulated structure that can cope with a multiplicity of small-scale units. If economic thinking cannot grasp this it is useless. If it cannot get beyond its vast abstractions, the national income, the rate of growth, capital/output ratio, input-output analysis, labour mobility, capital accumulation; if it cannot get beyond all this and make contact with the human realities of poverty, frustration, alienation, despair, breakdown, crime, escapism, stress, congestion, ugliness and spiritual death, then let us scrap economics and start afresh.
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Ernst F. Schumacher Sayings: I suggest that the foundations of peace cannot be laid by universal prosperity, in the I suggest that the foundations of peace cannot be laid by universal prosperity, in the modem sense. because such prosperity, if attainable at all. is attainable only by cultivating such drives of human nature as greed and envy, which destroy intelligence, happiness, serenity, and thereby the peacefulness of man.
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Ernst F. Schumacher Sayings: It is quite wrong to assume that poor people are generally unwilling to change; but It is quite wrong to assume that poor people are generally unwilling to change; but the proposed change must stand in some organic relationship to what they are doing already, and they are rightly suspicious of, and resistant to, radical changes proposed by town-based and office-bound innovators who approach them in the spirit of: "You just get out of my way and I shall show you how useless you are and how splendidly the job can be done with a lot of foreign money and outlandish equipment.
Ernst F. Schumacher Sayings: All philosophers - and others - have always paid a great deal of attention to All philosophers - and others - have always paid a great deal of attention to ideas seen as the result of thought and observation; but in modern times all too little attention has been paid to the study of the ideas which form the very instruments by which thought and observation proceed. On the basis of experience and conscious thought small ideas may easily be dislodged, but when it comes to bigger. more universal, or more subtle ideas it may not be so easy to change them. Indeed, it is often difficult to become aware of them, as they are the instruments and not the results of our thinking - just as you can see what is outside you, but cannot easily see that with which you see, the eye itself.
Ernst F. Schumacher Sayings: The Buddhist point of view takes the function of work to be at least threefold: The Buddhist point of view takes the function of work to be at least threefold: to give a man a chance to utilise and develop his faculties; to enable him to overcome his egocentredness by joining with other people in a common task; and to bring forth the goods and services needed for a becoming existence. Again,
Ernst F. Schumacher Sayings: What do I miss, as a human being, if I have never heard of the What do I miss, as a human being, if I have never heard of the Second Law of Thermodynamics? The answer is: Nothing. And what do I miss by not knowing Shakespeare? Unless I get my understanding from another source, I simply miss my life. Shall we tell our children that one thing is as good as another-- here a bit of knowledge of physics, and there a bit of knowledge of literature? If we do so, the sins of the fathers will be visited upon the children unto the third and fourth generation, because that normally is the time it takes from the birth of an idea to its full maturity when it fills the minds of a new generation and makes them think by it.

Science cannot produce ideas by which we could live.
Ernst F. Schumacher Sayings: A man who uses an imaginary map thinking that it is a true one, is A man who uses an imaginary map thinking that it is a true one, is likely to be worse off than someone with no map at all.
Ernst F. Schumacher Sayings: Economics operates legitimately and usefully within a 'given' framework which lies altogether outside the economic Economics operates legitimately and usefully within a 'given' framework which lies altogether outside the economic calculus. We might say that economics does not stand on its own feet, or that it is a 'derived' body of thought - derived from meta- economics. If the economist fails to study meta-economics, or, even worse. If he remains unaware of the fact that there are boundaries to the applicability of the economic calculus, he is likely to fall into a similar kind of error to that of certain medieval theologians who tried to settle questions of physics by means of biblical quotations. Every science is beneficial within its proper limits but becomes evil and destructive as soon as it transgresses them. The
Ernst F. Schumacher Sayings: How could we even begin to disarm greed and envy? Perhaps by being much less How could we even begin to disarm greed and envy? Perhaps by being much less greedy and envious ourselves; perhaps by resisting the temptation of letting our luxuries become needs; and perhaps by even scrutinising our needs to see if they cannot be simplified and reduced.
Ernst F. Schumacher Sayings: To say that life is nothing but a property of certain peculiar combinations of atoms To say that life is nothing but a property of certain peculiar combinations of atoms is like saying that Shakespeare's Hamlet is nothing but a property of a peculiar combination of letters.
Ernst F. Schumacher Sayings: Self-awareness is the rarest power of all, precious and vulnerable to the highest degree, the Self-awareness is the rarest power of all, precious and vulnerable to the highest degree, the supreme and generally fleeting achievement of a person.
Ernst F. Schumacher Sayings: Any fool can make things complicated, it requires a genius to make things simple Any fool can make things complicated, it requires a genius to make things simple
Ernst F. Schumacher Sayings: It is therefore scientifically correct to say that 'natural selection has been proved to be It is therefore scientifically correct to say that 'natural selection has been proved to be an agent of evolutionary change' - we can, in fact, prove it by doing. But it is totally illegitimate to claim that the discovery of this mechanism - natural selection - proves that the cause of evolution 'was automatic with no room for divine guidance or design'.
Ernst F. Schumacher Sayings: The all-pervading disease of the modern world is the total imbalance between city and countryside, The all-pervading disease of the modern world is the total imbalance between city and countryside, an imbalance in terms of wealth, power, culture, attraction and hope. The former has become over-extended and the latter has atrophied. The city has become the universal magnet, while rural life has lost its savour. Yet it remains an unalterable truth that, just as a sound mind depends on a sound body, so the health of the cities depends on the health of the rural areas. The cities, with all their wealth, are merely secondary producers, while primary production, the precondition of all economic life, takes place in the countryside. The prevailing lack of balance, based on the age-old exploitation of countryman and raw material producer, today threatens all countries throughout the world, the rich even more than the poor. To restore a proper balance between city and rural life is perhaps the greatest task in front of modern man.
Ernst F. Schumacher Sayings: Faith is not in conflict with reason, nor is it a substitute for reason. Faith Faith is not in conflict with reason, nor is it a substitute for reason. Faith chooses the grade of significance or Level of Being at which the search for knowledge and understanding is to aim. There is reasonable faith and there is unreasonable faith. To look for meaning and purpose at the level of inanimate matter would be as unreasonable an act of faith as an attempt to "explain" the masterpieces of human genius as nothing but the outcome of economic interests or sexual frustration.
Ernst F. Schumacher Sayings: Fossil fuels are merely a part of the "natural capital" which we steadfastly insist on Fossil fuels are merely a part of the "natural capital" which we steadfastly insist on treating as expendable, as if it were income, and by no means the most important part. If we squander our fossil fuels, we threaten civilisation; but if we squander the capital represented by living nature around us, we threaten life itself.
Ernst F. Schumacher Sayings: In an industrial society, psychological benefits such as security, fulfilment, status, solidarity and conviviality are In an industrial society, psychological benefits such as security, fulfilment, status, solidarity and conviviality are all delivered primarily through the jobs that people have or the work that they do.
Ernst F. Schumacher Sayings: Education which fails to clarify our central convictions is mere training or indulgence. For it Education which fails to clarify our central convictions is mere training or indulgence. For it is our central convictions that are in disorder, and, as long as the present anti-metaphysical temper persists, the disorder will grow worse. Education, far from ranking as man's greatest resource, will then be an agent of destruction.