Crux Quotes

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Here are some of my favourite quotes, for sustainability, for change-making and life in general.


The world is made of stories not atoms.

Muriel Rukeyser, Poet & Political Activist


The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.

Martin Luther King, Jr, Civil Rights Leader & Clergyman


In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

George Orwell, Author ‘1984’, ‘Animal Farm’


I enjoy crushing bastards.

Julian Assange, Publisher, Journalist, Internet Activist, Wikileaks Founder


What was most significant was not that men set foot on the moon but that they set eye on the earth.

Norman Cousins, Author, Journalist, Peace Advocate


Only a rat can win a rat race.

Michael Franti, Musician & Poet


When self-important people and powerful institutions are governed by illusion, history has a way of biting back.

William Greider, Author & Journalist


Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist.

Kenneth Boulding, Economist, Quaker, Systems Scientist, Philosopher


Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made, and can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.

Nelson Mandela, South African Leader & Anti Apartheid Activist


Not everything that counts can be counted. Not everything that can be counted, counts.

Albert Einstein, Nobel Prize winning Physicist

A human being is a part of the whole, called by us ‘universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal decisions and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole nature in its beauty.

Albert Einstein, Nobel Prize winning Physicist


Mathematics misused can be no less lethal than arsenic.

William Krehm, Committee on Monetary and Economic Reform (Canada)


If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Poet, Aviator, Writer


Society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers.

Mignon McLaughlin, Journalist and Author ‘Neurotic’s Notebook’


Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them. They make the impossible happen.

Dr. Robert Jarvik, Scientist , Researcher, Inventor of the Jarvik-7 Artificial Heart


Talent is God-given; be humble. Fame is man-given; be thankful. Conceit is self-given; be careful.

John Wooden, Basketball Player & Coach


Perhaps we cannot raise the wind. But each of us can put up the sail, so that when the wind comes we can catch it.

E.F. Schumacher, Economist, Statistician, Author ‘Small is Beautiful’


It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change, that lives within the means available and works co-operatively against common threats.

Charles Darwin, Naturalist, Scientist, Author ‘On the Origin of Species’


It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?

Henry David Thoreau, Poet, Abolitionist, Naturalist, Author ‘Walden’ and ‘Civil Disobedience’


Economics becomes redundant if it can rationalise an exchange that sells the future of humankind.

Andrew Simms, new economics foundation


Money is an information system we use to deploy human effort.

Michael Linton, founder of Local Exchange Trading Systems (LETS)


Growth chestnuts have to be placed on the unyielding anvil of biophysical realities and then crushed with the hammer of moral argument.

Herman Daly, former Senior Economist in the Environment Department of the World Bank and intellectual father of Ecological Economics


What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.

Albert Pike, Attorney, soldier, writer, and Freemason