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A man willing to work, and unable to find work, is perhaps the saddest sight that fortune's inequality exhibits under this sun. Thomas Carlyle
The big successful Communist revolutions occurred in poor agrarian societies–Russia in 1917 and China in 1949–not in industrialized societies, as Marx had predicted. William Easterly
The Turkish army will have done its duty when it defends the country from foreign aggression and frees the nation from fanaticism and intellectual slavery. The Turkish nation has fallen far behind the West. The main aim should be to lead it to modern civilization. Kemal Ataturk
After all our experience we are sure that America is the only country able to help us. Kemal Ataturk
A nation which does not make pictures, a nation which does not make statues, a nation which does not practice science, such a nation, one must admit, has no place on the highroad of civilization. But our nation with its true qualities deserves to become and will become civilized and progressive. Kemal Ataturk
Can one name a single nation that has not turned to the West in its quest for civilization? Kemal Ataturk
Members of the rising new generation! The future is yours. The republic has been founded by us. It is up to you to guard and exalt it. Kemal Ataturk
In the face of knowledge, science, and of the whole extent of radiant civilization, I cannot accept the presence in Turkey’s civilized community of people primitive enough to seek material and spiritual benefits in the guidance of sheikhs. The Turkish republic cannot be a country of sheikhs, dervishes and disciples. Kemal Ataturk
The change to the Latin alphabet will be done in three months or not at all. Kemal Ataturk
Transformations in the nature of work tend to bring wrenching social changes in their wake. Alan S. Blinder
Industrial forces set in motion by steam and electricity have materially changed the structure of our civilization. Samuel Gompers
But the time will come when New England will be as thickly peopled as old England. Wages will be as low, and will fluctuate as much with you as with us… hundreds of thousands of artisans will assuredly be sometimes out of work. Then your institutions will be fairly brought to the test. Thomas Babington Macaulay
If Pakistan is to play its proper role in the world to which its size, manpower and resources entitle it; it must develop industrial potential side by side with its agriculture and give its economy an industrial bias. By industrializing our State, we shall decrease our dependence on the outside world for necessities of life; we will give more employment to our people and will also increase the resources of the State. Muhammad Ali Jinnah
And did the Countenance Divine Shine forth upon our clouded hills? And was Jerusalem builded here Among these dark Satanic mills? William Blake
We came not here to view your works In hopes to be more wise, But only, lest we go to Hell, It may be no surprise. Robert Burns
When those who do the work own the machines, when those who toil control the invention, then, and not till then, can the world be civilized or free, When these forces shall do the bidding of the individual, when they become the property of the mechanic instead of the monopoly, when they belong to labor instead of what is called capital, when these great powers are as free to the individual laborer as the air and light are now free to all, then, and not until then, the individual will be restored and all forms of slavery will disappear Robert G. Ingersoll
Politically, resistance to industrialism must force the viability of industrial society into public consciousness and debate. What purpose does this machine serve? What problem has become so great that it needs this solution? Is this invention nothing but, as Thoreau put it, an improved means to an unimproved end? Who are the winners? Who are the losers? Will this invention concentrate or disperse power, encourage or discourage self worth? Can society at large afford it? Can the biosphere? Kirkpatrick Sale
Industrialization divorces the family from society. The place of business moves away from the place of residence: the father goes to work in the plant or in the office, miles away from the home. Wife and children are no longer integrated into the productive work. They may, indeed, have their own jobs and go to work themselves; but even if they should work in the same plant or the same office as the man of the family, they do not work as a family unit. Peter Drucker
In the rich countries the poor expect a quantity and quality of commodities beyond the dreams of Louis XIV, while many of the so-called developing countries enjoy much higher economic growth rates than those of industrialized countries at a similar stage of their own histories. Ivan Illich
How can modern life, with its overpowering proportion of industrial activity and its infinitesimal proportion of military, keep alive the instincts associated with war as against those developed by peace? Norman Angell
One of the objections most frequently urged against machinery is, that it has a tendency to supersede much of the handlabour which was previously employed; and in fact unless a machine diminished the labour necessary to make an article, it could never come into use. Charles Babbage
As nations continue to develop they will require more, not less, total energy; their industrialization and rapidly growing populations will depend on it. Gro Harlem Brundtland
Unless combated and overcome by social and political action, the influence of the new industrial and technological order favors the concentration of wealth, power and decision-making in the hands of a small public or private controlling group. Catholic Church
In modern societies, all things, even in the military department of affairs, are decided, not by individual effort, but by the combined operations of numbers; John Stuart Mill
Uncivilized races, and the bravest and most energetic still more than the rest, are averse to continuous labor of an unexciting kind. Yet all real civilization is at this price; without such labor, neither can the mind be disciplined into the habits required by civilized society, nor the material world prepared to receive it. John Stuart Mill
Industrialization, by drawing people from the countryside to the cities brings with it the weakening of traditional political and social support systems. Henry A. Kissinger
Superdevelopment leads to a throwaway society and to enormous waste. Excessive access to all kinds of things,—sometimes called consumerism—enslaves people and does not make them happy. John Paul II; Giovanni Battista Montini
The cheapest, cleanest, nonemitting power plant in the world is the one you don’t build. Thomas Friedman
No Muslim country is going the way of Turkey. Even Turkey has stopped going the way of Turkey. Dinesh D'Souza
Modernization Without Westernization Anonymous
Debt relief without the opening of markets will not relieve third world countries from their poverty. Alastair McKechnie
The Russian Communists faced a problem older than themselves, a problem that had pervaded their country throughout much of the nineteenth century: modernization. The consciousness of Russia's backwardness obsessed and united the elites. Donald Sassoon
The Confucian culture really did contribute to the initial face of the industrialization of several Asian countries because it emphasized discipline and group behavior and so on, which was needed to initiate the industrialization process. Cho Soon
All the farmers in this area have electricity, even in their barns. There have been times where the writing of a book is just as important as the milking of a cow. Edna St. Vincent Millay
China has come a long way from being a nation of opium addicts to the status of a global power Randeep Wadehra
...industrialisation took centuries, rather than decades Christine MacLeod
Industrial Revolution Arnold J. Toynbee
We have been proud of our industrial achievements, but we have not hitherto stopped thoughtfully enough to count the human cost Woodrow Wilson
I am thinking this morning of the men in the mills and factories; I am thinking of the women who, for a paltry wage, are compelled to work out their lives; of the little children who, in this system, are robbed of their childhood, and in their early, tender years, are seized in the remorseless grasp of Mammon, and forced into the industrial dungeons, there to feed the machines while they themselves are being starved body and soul.... Eugene V. Debs
The capitalist system did not produce the machine age; the machine age produced the capitalist system. The material prosperity that the world has enjoyed for the last seventy-five years or one hundred years has been due to the introduction of power; steam power, then electric power and the internal combustion engine. The capitalist system or the free enterprise system - the terms are synonymous and interchangeable - was the product of the power age. The capitalist system did not produce the power age. Thomas Clement Douglas
As liberty can never subsist without equality, nor equality be long preserved without an agrarian law, or something like it; so when men’s riches are become immeasurably or surprisingly great, a people, who regard their own security, ought to make a strict enquiry how they came by them, and oblige them to take down their own size, for fear of terrifying the community, or mastering it. John Trenchard
The nations that are achieving something have no taste for poetry Muhammad Iqbal
We are fifty or a hundred years behind the advanced countries. We must make good this distance in ten years. Either we do it, or they will crush us. Joseph Stalin
There is no person in the least acquainted with political economy, but must be aware that the advantages resulting from the division of labour, as applicable to nations as well as individuals, depend solely and entirely on the power of exchanging subsequently the products of labour. And no one can hesitate to allow, that it is completely in the power of others to prevent such exchanges, and to destroy entirely the advantages which would otherwise result from the application of individual or national industry, to peculiar and appropriate products. Thomas Malthus
The United States was born in the country and has moved to the city. Richard Hofstadter
Yesterday afternoon the Egyptian Minister came to bring me a gift from the first factory which had been opened in Egypt. They have always imported their linen and cotton material and for the first time they are actually making cotton and linen articles. It seemed almost incredible to me when one realizes how much cotton is grown there and that they had had no factory before for its manufacture into articles of everyday use. Eleanor Roosevelt
… industrial progress has frequently consolidated industry in the larger centers, leaving the people in small towns without a method of obtaining a cash income. Eleanor Roosevelt
The democratic political institutions of Western countries arose and matured as industrial capitalism matured. It was a time of historically unprecedented economic growth and the concomitant development of new social groupings and relationships. They arose in elite political cultures that were in the main ethnically homogeneous, even if, notably in the American case, the society at large was considerably less so. Vladislav Inozemtsev
We are fifty or a hundred years behind the advanced countries. We must make good this distance in ten years. Either we do it, or they will crush us. Joseph Stalin
It is necessary to find a way of reconciling industrialism and ecology, to avoid a hysterical confrontation between new social movements and the production areas of society. Peter Glotz
Workmen are not machinery but intelligent and high strung individuals. Hugo Lerchenfeld
There is, in my judgment, a great future before American manufacturing, commerce and trade, which will absorb millions of additional workers. When these workers are employed at good wages, as at present, they will buy farm products in a liberal way. The proportion of the American people engaged in industrial life doubtless will continue to increase, just as it has been doing. Arthur Capper
We plow new fields, we open new mines, we found new cities, we girdle the land with iron roads and lace the air with telegraph wires. We add knowledge to knowledge and utilize invention after invention. Yet it becomes no easier for the masses of our people to make a living. On the contrary, it is becoming harder. Henry George
With industrialization the gulf between the employed and the employer is growing wider; social contrasts are becoming sharper—as liveried carriages appear, so do barefoot children. Henry George
None of today’s leading indicators existed a century ago. They were invented to measure the economies of the industrial nation-states of the mid-20th Century… The 21st Century, however, is proving more difficult to measure. Zachary Karabell
Textile making is our basic domestic industry. Machine-produced fabrics take away our women’s work and harm their livelihood. Cixi
Students Are Not Widgets. Schools Are Not Factories. Beth Goldberg
… of the world’s nearly 200 economies, only 35 have reached developed status and stayed there. The rest are still emerging, and many have been emerging forever. Ruchir Sharma
The Machine is the new Messiah. Machinery is accomplishing in the world what man has failed to do by preaching, propaganda, or the written word. Henry Ford
In transforming a backward agricultural China into an advanced industrialized country, we are confronted with arduous tasks and our experience is far from adequate. So we must be good at learning. Mao Zedong
The Great Leap Forward Mao Zedong
The masses in highly industrialized countries like England, the United States, or France are largely de-Christianized. Technology, and the way of life it produces, undermines Christianity far more effectively than do violent measures. Czeslaw Milosz
I attended a funeral once in Pickens county in my State. This funeral was peculiarly sad. It was a poor “one gallus” fellow, whose breeches struck him under the armpits and hit him at the other end about the knee—he didn’t believe in decollete clothes. They buried him in the midst of a marble quarry: they cut through solid marble to make his grave; and yet a little tombstone they put above him was from Vermont. They buried him in the heart of a pine forest, and yet the pine coffin was imported from Cincinnati. They buried him within touch of an iron mine, and yet the nails in his coffin and the iron in the shovel that dug his grave were imported from Pittsburg. They buried him by the side of the best sheep-grazing country on the earth, and yet the wool in the coffin bands and the coffin bands themselves were brought from the North. The South didn’t furnish a thing on earth for that funeral but the corpse and the hole in the ground. There they put him away and the clods rattled down on his coffin, and they buried him in a New York coat and a Boston pair of shoes and a pair of breeches from Chicago and a shirt from Cincinnati, leaving him nothing to carry into the next world with him to remind him of the country in which he lived, and for which he fought for four years, Henry W. Grady
Free society! We sicken at the name. What is it but a conglomeration of greasy mechanics, filthy operatives, small-fisted farmers, and moon-struck theorists? All the northern, and especially the New England states, are devoid of society fitted for well-bred gentlemen. The prevailing class one meets with is that of mechanics struggling to be genteel, and small farmers who do their own drudgery, and yet are hardly fit for association with a southern gentleman’s body servant. Muskogee Herald
Abroad, technological change will create even more disruption as the wave of acceleration engulfs societies that have not yet come to terms with the social demands of industrialization, let alone more recent technological change. Mass disorientation can become the source of both national aggression and non-state terrorism—aggression and terrorism made all the more devastating by access to weapons that are not only increasingly powerful but also deployable by ever smaller groups. John McGinnis
Throughout its history, Russia has been haunted by its relative backwardness. Stephen Kotkin

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