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Quotes of the day: Alvin Toffler

Published Saturday, July 02, 2016 @ 5:54 AM EDT
Jul 02 2016

Alvin Toffler (October 4, 1928 - June 27, 2016) was an American writer and futurist, known for his works discussing modern technologies, including the digital revolution and the communication revolution, with emphasis on their effects on cultures worldwide. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A new civilization is emerging in our lives, and blind men everywhere are trying to suppress it.

Anyone nit-picking enough to write a letter of correction to an editor doubtless deserves the error that provoked it.

Change is non-linear and can go backwards, forwards and sideways.

Change is not merely necessary to life- it is life.

Change is the process by which the future invades our lives.

If we do not learn from history, we shall be compelled to relive it. True. But if we do not change the future, we shall be compelled to endure it. And that could be worse.

If you don't have a strategy, you're part of someone else's strategy.

If you don't have a viable strategy, you will be defeated by someone who does.

Information is a substitute for time, space, capital, and labor.

It is always easier to talk about change than to make it.

It is better to err on the side of daring than the side of caution.

Knowledge is knowing... or knowing where to find out.

Knowledge is promiscuous. It mates and gives birth to more knowledge.

Knowledge is the most democratic source of power.

Most managers were trained to be the thing they most despise- bureaucrats.

Much education springs from some image of the future. If the image of the future held by a society is grossly inaccurate, its education system will betray its youth.

One of the definitions of sanity is the ability to tell real from unreal. Soon we'll need a new definition.

Our moral responsibility is not to stop the future, but to shape it... to channel our destiny in humane directions and to ease the trauma of transition.

Our technological powers increase, but the side effects and potential hazards also escalate.

Parenthood remains the greatest single preserve of the amateur.

Technology feeds on itself. Technology makes more technology possible.

The control of knowledge is the crux of tomorrow's worldwide struggle for power in every human institution.

The first rule of survival is clear: Nothing is more dangerous than yesterday's success.

The future arrives too soon and in the wrong order.

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.

The Law of Raspberry Jam: the wider any culture is spread, the thinner it gets.

The political technology of the Industrial age is no longer appropriate technology for the new civilization taking form around us. Our politics are obsolete.

You cannot get a new economy without a new society.

You've got to think about the big things while you're doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.

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