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Economic growth may one day turn out to be a curse rather than a good, and under no conditions can it either lead into freedom or constitute a proof for its existence. Hannah Arendt
There are no such things as limits to growth, because there are no limits on the human capacity for intelligence, imagination, and wonder. Ronald Reagan
The more rapidly a civilization progresses, the sooner it dies for another to rise in its place. Havelock Ellis
The founders of a new colony, whatever Utopia of human virtue and happiness they might originally project, have invariably recognized it among their earliest practical necessities to allot a portion of the virgin soil as a cemetery, and another portion as the site of a prison. Nathaniel Hawthorne
It is the duty of man to raise up man. Jose Marti
If civilization has risen from the Stone Age, it can rise again from the Wastepaper Age. Jacques Barzun
Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. Edward Abbey
All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without benefit of experience. Henry Miller
Germany will either be a world power or will not be at all. Adolf Hitler
The United States has to move very fast to even stand still. John F. Kennedy
Americans have been conditioned to respect newness, whatever it costs them. John Updike
The Russians imitate French ways, but always at a distance of fifty years. Stendhal
God made the country, and man made the town. William Cowper
The glory of each generation is to make its own precedents. Belva Lockwood
In only 37 years, our population will grow by a number equivalent to all the people in the world at the beginning of World War II. Al Gore
It is through the European that civilization arrives ... precisely because of their superiority, the civilized people our responsible for an evolving world. Georges-Louis Leclerc de Buffon
We must embark on a bold new program for ... the improvement and growth of undeveloped areas. More than half the people of the world are living in conditions approaching misery .... For the first time in history, humanity possesses the knowledge and skill to relieve the suffering of these people. Harry S Truman
... a better government: more complete security of property; moderate taxes; a more permanent ... tenure of land ... the introduction of foreign arts ... and the introduction of foreign capital, which renders the increase of production no longer exclusively on the thrift or providence of the inhabitants themselves. John Stuart Mill
Western–style redistributive programs-progressive taxation, social security, unemployment insurance-should be encouraged, but at least in the short run, they have limited potential. There simply is not enough to tax, and nearly no one can be trusted to transfer revenues. Amy L. Chua
We were asking for a clear mandate to normalize the political process; to negotiate a new constitutional dispensation; to remove racial discrimination; to promote economic effectiveness; to maintain law and order; and to remove mistrust by building bridges between our divided communities. F. W. de Klerk
The possibility of a liberal capitalist democracy in South Africa is exactly nil. The racialist propaganda amongst the whites and their desire to maintain what they imagine to be a profitable situation makes it utterly unthinkable that there can be a political alignment that favours a liberal white group. In any case the political immorality, cowardice and vacillation of the so—called progressives amongst the whites render them utterly useless as a force against fascism. Joe Matthews
Societies faced with bewildering changes, and feeling old certainties threatened, are open to new cults. Frank Welsh
The Jews will establish themselves in Palestine in the same way as the French and English established themselves in Canada or the Boers did in South Africa—by settling on the land. Nahum Sokolow
Overregulation stifles creativity. It smothers innovation. It gives dinosaurs a veto over the future. Lawrence Lessig
Unfortunately, once an economy is geared to expansion, the means rapidly turn into an end and "the going becomes the goal. Lewis Mumford
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
Can one name a single nation that has not turned to the West in its quest for civilization? Kemal Ataturk
The civilized world is far ahead of us. We have no choice but to catch up. Kemal Ataturk
Economic growth will not stop slavery, at least not anytime soon. Ethan Kapstein
Demography, not democracy, will be the most critical factor for security and growth in the 21st century. Booming populations are a drag on developing countries, and low fertility rates are sapping growth in developed societies. Lee Kuan Yew
Of the territory which the Romans won in war from their neighbors, a part they sold, and a part they made common land, and assigned it for occupation to the poor and indignant among the citizens… Plutarch
We are in danger of making our cities places where business goes on, but where life, in its real sense, is lost. Hubert Humphrey
The perpetual tendency of the race of man to increase beyond the means of subsistence is one of the general laws of animated nature, which we can have no reason to expect to change. Thomas Malthus
The foreign companies have to be subordinate to the Bolivian people. We need them to be partners and not patrones [owners] of our natural resources. Evo Morales
India will, in the next two decades become a major power and if it fails to do that external pressures will break her up Subramanian Swamy
Man is a complex animal; he makes deserts bloom and lakes die. Gil Stern
The Panama railroad had been built by Americans over a half century ago, with appalling loss of life Theodore Roosevelt
The bulldozer and not the atomic bomb may turn out to be the most destructive invention of the 20th century Philip Shabecoff
If anyone will study the causes of retarded recuperation in Europe, he will find much of it due to stifling of private initiative on one hand, and overloading of the government with business on the other. Herbert Hoover
We never accept low wages as the driving force for employment or growth. Goran Persson
No one can build his happiness at the expense of the misery of others Anwar Sadat; Mohamed Anwar El-Sedat
Action, action, is the spirit's means of progress, its sole test of rectitude, its only source of happiness. And should not decided action follow our deep convictions...? John Greenleaf Whittier
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
I believe in the abolition of tax-exempt bonds. National Union of Social Justice; Charles E. Coughlin
We have now had a long period of very limited participation in the growth of our society…. If you are going to have broad based political support for economic policies, you have to have broad based participation in the benefits of those policies…. This is a change of historic proportions. Robert E. Rubin
The Arab leaders and tyrannical regimes have used Israel as a pretext. True, Israel has exhausted many Arab resources, but nevertheless, I say that the regimes have exhausted the resources of their own countries, have smuggled and stolen more than the war against Israel has cost us. Sa'd Al-Din Ibrahim
Israel was established in 1948. Then, the average income in Palestine was lower than in Egypt, for example. Today, 55 years after the establishment of Israel, the average income in Israel is 15 times higher than in Egypt. Israel fought all same wars as the Arabs and Egyptians. How come it continued to progress to the point it has become a technological force to be reckoned with? The reason is that it's a democracy. Sa'd Al-Din Ibrahim
The more developed a nation is, the more complete is the independence of the individual, and the safer the individual from encroachments by another. Dmitry I. Pisarev
Development involves methodically destroying the real world or the world of living things in order to substitute in its stead a totally different world; the surrogate world or world of human artifacts—that which most favors the maximization of GNP Edward Goldsmith
The wider any culture is spread, the thinner it gets. Alvin Toffler
I did not intend that Uncle Sam be held up while he was doing great work for himself and all mankind. Theodore Roosevelt
The single greatest investment we can make in the economy is to make sure that each person has a good education. Chris Gregoire
Instead … of an augmentation of military force proportioned to our extension of frontier, I proposed a moderate enlargement of the capital employed in that commerce, as a more effectual, economical, and humane instrument for preserving peace and good neighborhood with them Thomas Jefferson
The Korean War was a gift from the Gods. Shigeru Yoshida
The true men of action in our time, those who transform the world, are not the politicians and statesmen, but the scientists. W. H. Auden
The Maghribis have just founded a town outside Fustat called Cairo. Jawhar, the Maghribis general, staked it out on his arrival in Egypt for his army, stores, and retinue. It now has different quarters and markets, as well as places for breeding livestock, facilities such as baths and inns, and even well-built palaces and useful facilities. Jawhar has surrounded it with a strong, high wall, which encloses a space three times greater than the built-up area: these are parks kept in reserve for the livestock in case of outside attack. Inside are offices for the administrators of Egypt, and a beautiful elegant congregational mosque tended by an abundance of clerics and muezzins. Ibn Hawqal
A nation's strength ultimately consists in what it can do on its own, and not in what it can borrow from others. Indira Gandhi
There is no more rapid growth in the history of capitalistic enterprise. David A. Vise
Here the free spirit of mankind, at length, Throws its last fetters off; and who shall place A limit to the giant's unchained strength, Or curb his swiftness in the forward race? William Cullen Bryant
Establishment at public expense of rural depots for the most improved agricultural machinery, to be lent out to the agricultural population at a rent covering cost and management alone. James Connolly
Each nation has to find its own path and follow that path at its own speed. Colin Powell
The shortage of land is due less to purchase by Jews than to the increase in the Arab population. The Arab claims that the Jews have obtained too large a proportion of good land cannot be maintained. Much of the land now carrying orange groves was sand dunes or swamps and uncultivated when it was bought. William Peel
Growth may be everything, but it’s not the only thing. Joseph Stiglitz
Some policies may promote growth in ways that will increase poverty; others may promote growth in ways that will reduce it. Some growth strategies may be good for the environment; others may not be. Joseph Stiglitz
Strong communities shape their own futures. Thomas Vilsack
Cities are immortal. Hugo de Grotius
Ideas should freely spread from one to another over the globe, for the moral and mutual instruction of man, and improvement of his condition. Thomas Jefferson
Patents should be for technological innovations. So a program for a new machine tool should be patentable but a non-technological innovation, such as grammar-checking software for a word-processor, should not be. Patricia Hewitt
support … continued widespread innovation by resisting the wider application of patents Liberal Democratic Party of Great Britain
Patents have not been a positive force in stimulating innovation at Cisco. Competition has been the motivator; bringing new products to market in a timely manner is critical. Everything we have done to create new products would have been done even if we could not obtain patents Robert Barr
But America is a great, unwieldy Body. Its Progress must be slow. It is like a large Fleet sailing under Convoy. The fleetest Sailors must wait for the dullest and slowest. Like a Coach and six—the swiftest Horses must be slackened and the slowest quickened, that all may keep an even Pace. John Adams
End the past. Open up the future. Anonymous
The people do not make the land. It is the land that makes the people. Anonymous
Union of Unemployed University Graduates Anonymous
Urban Population Exceeds Rural Anonymous
Wisdom comes when a man plants a tree the shade under which he knows he will never sit. Anonymous
In another century all Europe will not be able to subdue us. The only way to keep us from setting up for ourselves is to disunite us. John Adams
Laborers are wanted in Hawaii to work in the sugar fields and in Cuba for the iron mines. Good wages are offered and many are persuaded to emigrate. Charles Herbert Allen
We are ready to carefully listen to your proposal to offer the people and capitalists of the United States an opportunity to loan the Mexican Republic the funds necessary to vindicate their rights and govern themselves. Hiram Barney
There is an economic revolution taking place throughout Latin America and we must be a part of it. Lloyd Bentsen
It is not our foreign trade that has caused the wonderful growth and expansion of the Republic. James G. Blaine
Growth is good for this society as long as it doesn't pass the point of tripping off inflation. Alan S. Blinder
We have stopped making communities in which people want to live and are making communities where people drive through. Earl Blumenauer
We have never enjoyed a piece of the great American dream. Gregg Bourland
America has believed that in differentiation, not uniformity, lies the path of progress. Louis D. Brandeis
In differentiation, not uniformity, lies the path of progress. Louis D. Brandeis
Liberty is the great developer. Louis D. Brandeis
Overpopulation is perhaps the biggest problem facing us, and immigration is part of that problem. It has to be addressed. David R. Brower
Limits [to growth] are indeed imposed by the impact of present technologies and social organization on the biosphere, but we must have the ingenuity to change. And change we must. Gro Harlem Brundtland
People don’t want Washington to grow faster than their ability to pay for it. Jeb Bush
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
I have for a very long time dreamed of an association, in which the members, instead of preying on one another and seeking to put one another down, after the fashion of this world, should live together as brotherhood, seeking one another's elevation and spiritual growth. But the materials of such a community I have not seen. William Ellery Channing
Growth necessitates change and change facilitates growth. John A. Cherry
Economic growth has the marvelous quality of stilling discontent while maintaining privilege Noam Chomsky
The idea that only a limited number of people can live in a country is profound illusion. It all depends on their cooperative and inventive power. Winston Churchill
Policy designed to make the nation grow must build upon and must not frustrate the instinct of most Canadians to build a stake for themselves. Joe Clark
To ensure a healthier and more abundant world, we simply must slow the world’s explosive growth in population. Bill Clinton
Growth at home depends on growth abroad. Bill Clinton
Our infrastructure is just barely adequate to support our current level of economic activity, and our current rate of infrastructure improvement and investment falls vastly short of tomorrow's needs. Bill Clinton
The best deficit reduction program is a growing economy. Bill Clinton
Whites don’t like to see the nigger with too much … White people was afraid that money will make the nigger act like his own man. Ned Cobb
When you have stability, you have at least an opportunity to enjoy prosperity because investment flows. Business tends to follow the flag. When they find a secure environment, they will invest. William S. Cohen
No President is going to be satisfied with 3% growth in the economy even when you explain to him that over the long term things will be fine for everyone at 3% growth. He says: 'I'll go for 5% growth and let the next guy settle for 3%.' Philip E. Coldwell
There are emotional and moral arguments against gambling and I don't negate them. But the statistics don't back up the emotional arguments, they back up the fact that people here need jobs. Richard Comer
The insecurity of property in Ireland, whether real or supposed … prevents the English or Scotch capitalist from transmitting materials to be manufactured in Ireland. George Cornwall Lewis
Zero population growth …. Kingsley Davis
We saw … shrines in these cities that looked like gleaming white towers and castles: a marvelous sight. Bernal Diaz del Castillo
More goods and fewer people" is the slogan I should like to see carried at the head of humanity's march into the future. Max Eastman
One of the large untapped markets we have is urban America. Maria Echaveste
If government knew how, I should like to see it check, not multiply the population. Ralph Waldo Emerson
America is a growing country, increasing every day in numbers, in strength, in resources of every kind. David Montague Erskine
We have to sacrifice before we can prosper. Joseph Estrada
America can no more survive and grow without big business than it can survive and grow without small business. Benjamin Franklin Fairless
We don’t need to wait three generations for change. Francisco Gil Diaz
Changes take place, not independent of man's will, but on account of man's wills. Civilization has progressed by man's interference with material conditions. Gora; Shri Goparaju Ramachandra
Thicken Population. Herbert Greenfield
I don't think we should allow our growth to overwhelm the qualities that are bringing it here, and some of those qualities will be overwhelmed if we just allow it to happen haphazardly. Judd Gregg
Every country has a part that is undeveloped. Thomas Friedman
For traditional societies … the collective, the group, is more important than the individual, and empowering the individual is equated with dividing the society. Thomas Friedman
There is no better constraint on the leader of a developing country than telling him that he has to pay cash for his weapons. Thomas Friedman
We need to give up the idea that economic growth alone can or will reach down to provide good jobs to the chronically unemployed .... Only a strong program of public employment has ever achieved that in the past ... James K. Galbraith
This world needs all our best efforts and earnest endeavors twenty-four hours every day…if our labors were needed in another world we should be in another world; so long as we are in this one I believe in making the best and the most of the materials we have on hand. Helen H. Gardener; Alice Chenoweth Day
The only progress which is really effective depends, not upon the bounty of nature, but upon the energy of man. Helen H. Gardener; Alice Chenoweth Day
If the rest of the world aspires to our way of life ... we'll bury ourselves in waste. Joel Hirschhorn
We have to struggle to make California the Massachusetts of the West. Timothy Dwight Hunt
I was sitting by Dr. Franklin who perceived that I was not insensitive to these mutilations. Thomas Jefferson
Will Doctor Franklin be so good as to peruse it and suggest such alterations as his more enlarged view of the subject will dictate? Thomas Jefferson
Change and growth seem to tower beyond the control and even the judgment of men. Lyndon B. Johnson
A growth economy is a must. Barbara Jordan
I will be greatly pleased if the venture capitalists you have referred to would come here and invest part of their wealth in industrial enterprise, extending by that means the bonds of fraternity between the two republics and linking their identities by means of the same democratic institutions. Benito Juarez
I would be quite willing personally to leave the whole country as a wilderness for the next half-century, but I fear that if Englishmen do not go there, Yankees will. John A. MacDonald
Population, when unchecked, increases in a geometrical ratio. Subsistence only increases in an arithmetical ratio. Thomas Malthus
This country will not support a flat-liner [no economic growth] for President. Christopher Matthews
Nations do not grow in strength … by the doing of easy things. William McKinley
Pollution and the exhaustion of natural resources depend and will depend in the future on the absolute level of total economic activity. This means that is necessary to restrain both the rate of growth of population and, at least in the developed countries, the rate of growth of consumption per head. James Meade
Free trade is the result of prosperity rather than the cause of prosperity .... Without growth over a long period of time you will not have a political commitment to free trade. Walter Russell Mead
Free enterprise is the only way for substantial growth. Fernando Collor de Mello
A State which dwarfs its men, in order that they may be more docile instruments in its hands even for beneficial purposes—will find that with small men, no great thing can really be accomplished. John Stuart Mill
Progress includes Order, but Order does not include Progress. John Stuart Mill
Even if a country has money and technology, if it is retarded spiritually or morally, we cannot say it is advanced. Mahathir Mohamad
Any man who is a bear on the future of this country will go broke. There may be times when things are dark and cloudy in America .... but remember that the growth of this vast country will take care of all. J. Pierpont Morgan
All that Latin America needs is a friendly climate for private enterprise. This view disregards the need for building roads, ports, power plants and communications systems which must be built at least in great part with public funds and which in many areas are a prerequisite for the effective and profitable investment of private capital. Teodoro Moscoso
People who call themselves [city] planners ... draw pretty pictures ... but they often don't get anything done. Robert Moses
We started as a small newspaper company and grew by providing competition and innovation in stale, near monopolistic markets. Rupert Murdoch
One problem in Africa has been a small population. And the natural resources were large. So you could be as foolish as possible. But you didn’t die. You just remained there eating mangoes and bananas. Now the population in Africa is growing. So the idea that you can go on with idiotic policies is not sustainable. Because a big population needs answers. Yoweri Museveni
People always want change .... Government always raises expectations far beyond what is there. Jacob Mwanza
The land is excellent and agreeable, full of noble forest trees and grapevines, and nothing is wanted here but the labor and industry to render it one of the finest and most fruitful lands … Johannes de Laet
The American electorate has come to expect a growing pie, with politicians arguing about how to distribute the growth dividend every year. Richard Lamm
[Reporting on America:] It's progressive growth ... before the century has elapsed will have changed the ... colonial system of the universe and the relative position of all civilized society. Jules Alexandre de Lanautte
… pigmy economies Mirko Lauer
What is Communism? The Soviet Republic plus electrification. Vladimir Lenin
20 centuries of progress have brought the average citizen a vote, a national anthem, a Ford, a bank account and a high opinion of himself but not the capacity to live in high density without befouling and denuding his environment. Aldo Leopold
A completely industrialized society is of no consequence to me. Aldo Leopold
It is impossible for us to proceed with reform and expand the economy amid social upheaval. Order leads to prosperity and chaos to decline. Li Peng
[God] largely augmented our free population by emancipation and immigration. Abraham Lincoln
It is labour, then, which puts the greatest part of value upon land, without which it would scarcely be worth anything John Locke
Builders may receive due encouragement by having materials for building at reasonable prices. City of London
Our people are spreading out with the aid of the American multiplication table. Go West and see a young man with his mate of eighteen. After the lapse of 30 years, visit him again and instead of two you will fond 22. Andrew Kennedy
Do not stay in a country that lacks these five things: a strong rule, a just judge, a fixed market, a wise physician, and a flowing river Khosrow I
Political leaders cannot survive as advocates of near-permanent austerity on the basis of directives imposed from abroad. Henry A. Kissinger
The politics of growth trump the politics of compassion. William Kristol
Without education we can’t achieve anything. Sheikha Mouza Nasser Al Misnad
So many voyages and discoveries without result, and attended with so much hardship and expense, have caused us French in late years to attempt a permanent settlement in those lands which we call New France, in the hope of thus realizing more easily this object Samuel de Champlain
Iron would soon become cheaper, and Linens and Woolens of our own [made in the colonies] make would grow more in use, as the Spinners and Weavers improved in making them, but there is no setting up such Works because there is no Money to Pay the Labourer John Colman
The miseries of the Indonesian people are sandwiched between two thick slabs of bread—one the bread of hope, the other the bread of patience Theodore Friend
Neither the lawmaker nor the capitalist possesses any miraculous power of multiplying loaves and fishes; or of commanding, like the enchanters of old, broomsticks to do the work of men. They must have labourers, skilled labourers, and without them it is nonsense to talk of improving a country … Thomas Hodgskin
We must get on the train to modernism …. Bring the Arab citizen closer to modernity. Amr Moussa
Although a Kingdom may be enriched by gifts received, or by purchase taken from some other Nations, yet these are things uncertain and of small consideration when they happen. The ordinary means therefore to increase our wealth and treasure is by Foreign Trade Thomas Mun
No Man is richer for having his Estate all in Money, Plate, etc. lying by him, but on the contrary, he is for that reason the poorer. That man is richest, whose Estate is in a growing condition… Dudley North
The Trustees intend to relieve such unfortunate persons as cannot subsist here [England], and establish them in an orderly manner, so as to form a well regulated town…. By such a Colony, many families, who would otherwise starve, will be provided for, and made masters of houses and lands…. The Trustees for establishing the Colony of Georgia in America. … are impowered to collect benefactions; and lay them out in cloathing, arming, sending over, and supporting colonies of the poor, whether subjects on foreigners, in Georgia James Edward Oglethorpe
To one who turns the pages of your history and reflects upon the causes of what has been accomplished it is apparent that the triumphal progress of Divine religion has contributed in no small degree to the glory and prosperity which your country now enjoys. Pius XII; Eugenio Pacelli
Cities have made the transition from industrial to service economies. Edward Rendell
No one has developed a magic formula for how to make countries grow, though economic researchers have identified a number of poisons. Corruption, overweening government intervention, and mountains of debt are contraindicated for countries attempting to develop. Kenneth Rogoff
A kind of white people are found here, who live like savages. Hunting is their chief occupation. Leonhard Schnell; John Brandmuller
The mantle of the pioneers has fallen on our shoulders. Ian Smith
In all your passages you must have great care not to offend the naturals [natives], if you can eschew it; and imploy some few of your company to trade with them for corn and all other ... victuals if you have any; and this you must do before that they perceive you mean to plant among them; for not being sure how your own seed corn will prosper the first year, to avoid the danger of famine, use and endeavor to store yourselves of the country corn. Virginia Company
Action must begin in the developing world itself. These countries do not lack financial resources. What they lack is political courage. We need to ask the leaders of the Third World, and ask them bluntly, why they insist on spending $130 billion each year on the military when even a quarter of this expenditure can finance their entire essential social agenda. And we must ask them why they insist on having six soldiers for every one doctor when their people are dying of ordinary diseases, from internal disintegration, not from external aggression, from many threats to human security, not any threats to territorial security. Mahbub ul-Haq
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
Small business – the very fiber of our community life. Herbert Hoover
You cannot have prosperity without peace. Without peace, China cannot continue to develop itself. He Ya-Fei
The statesmen of Germany and of France are to-day confronted by the same social problem: the problem of increasing the population of their respective countries. But while the problem is the same in France as it is in Germany, it presents itself in each of these countries under a different aspect. In France the population remains stationary because of the paucity of births; in Germany it increases indeed, but not in the measure of the country’s necessities, because of the hugeness of emigration. In consequence, the expedients adopted to arrest the evil are different in each country. Daniel DeLeon
We are living in a time when the comforts of life, and all the material wealth needed to bring happiness to every human being, can be produced in abundance. There is no need whatever for one human being to go hungry, homeless or naked. Man’s inventive genius has developed the tool to that point, and guided the natural forces to that degree, that abundance is possible to all. Daniel DeLeon
Slavery was forced upon us by the most extremist exigency of circumstances in a struggle for very existence. Without it, it is doubtful whether a white man would now be existing on this continent--certain that, if there were, they would be in a states of the utmost destitution, weakness, and misery. William Harper
There is not a respectable system of civilization known to history whose foundations were not laid in the institution of domestic slavery. Robert M. T. Hunter
America, which up to the arrival of the Europeans had but one cereal, maize, and but one domestic animal for labor, the llama, and we can rejoice that the Europeans imported with themselves and their tools the ox, the ass and the horse, corn, cotton, sugarcane, coffee and finally the vine and the orange tree, creating there a new world of that glorious society which produces merchandise and which with an extraordinary swiftness of movement has already traversed the two phases of the blackest slavery and the most democratic wage system. Antonio Labriola
No social order is ever destroyed before all the productive forces for which it is sufficient have been developed, and new superior relations of production never replace older ones before the material conditions for their existence have matured within the framework of the old society. Karl Marx
The modern civilized State has been developed by the antagonism between individual and social interests, which has transformed primitive Society into Civilization. William Morris
In such a colony, the highest capacities of mind and heart, which, as every unprejudiced observer will confess, can readily be discovered in a large number of individuals of our nation, would be sooner and more rapidly developed than our present social life admits of, where so many circumstances unite to stifle the most splendid, most promising natural abilities in the bud. Julius Stern
The land is very good, producing all the necessaries of life in abundance, but by reason of inactivity and idleness of the French inhabitants . . . they themselves are living little better than the Indians Jonathan Carver
I saw such personal wealth there that were I to describe it, the people of Persia would never believe it. I could discover no end or limit to their wealth, and I never saw such ease and comfort anywhere Nasir Khusaro
There were no less than twenty thousand shops in Cairo, all of which belong to the sultan (al-Mustansir). Many shops are rented for as much as ten dinars a month, and none for less than two. There is no end of caravanserais, bathhouses and other public buildings - all property of the sultan, for no one owns any property except houses and what he himself builds….In the midst of the houses in the city are gardens and orchards watered by wells. In the sultan's harem are the most beautiful gardens imaginable. Water-wheels have been constructed to irrigate these gardens. There are trees planted and pleasure parks built even on the roofs …. All the houses of Cairo are built separate one from another, so that no one's trees or outbuildings are against anyone else's walls. Cairo has four cathedral mosques where men pray on Fridays. Nasir Khusaro
A large civilization yields large profits [earnings] because of' the large amount of [available] labor which is the cause of profit. Ibn Khaldun
My America is called Europe. It is my place of dreams. . . . Today the United States isn’t a solution, it’s a danger! . . . Most of the things I like are in Europe. . . I hope Europe will show us a road to follow. Susan Sontag
We’d continue to pay them. Using army allows us not to demobilize it immediately and put a lot of unemployed people on the street. Jay Garner
It was very obvious to me that we could not do this, we could not run a country that we did not understand...it was very much amateur hour to me, with all respect. Robin Raphel
One day our grandchildren will go to museums to see what poverty was like. Muhammad Yunus
I'm not happy exporting jobs but we must move ahead in technology and patents. I don't like losing any jobs but we'll see new opportunities created selling products there. We'll have a net increase in economic activity, just as we did with free trade. It's tempting to want to protect our markets and stay closed. But at some point it all comes crashing down and you're hopelessly left behind. Then you are Russia. Mitt Romney
By striving to do the impossible, man has always achieved what is possible. Those who have cautiously done no more than they believed possible have never taken a single step forward Mikhail Bakunin
New ideas seem like frightening ghosts to people at the beginning; they run away from them for a long time. Mehmet Murat İldan
Debt relief without the opening of markets will not relieve third world countries from their poverty. Alastair McKechnie
Urban growth, ethnic and religious diversity. and the spread of large corporations destroyed the reality of Protestant, middle-class power in the region and the ability of their ideology and the pioneer symbol to remain uncontested. The region's leadership class came to include Catholics as well as Protestants, corporate leaders, professionals, and small producers. John Bodnar
Virginia was at the head of this United States confederacy and if her natural advantages had been improved, and if she had encouraged free labor ... she might still have held, if not the first, perhaps the second rank among states. And she will yet have to give way to other new states if her essay makers ... shall cause a perseverance in her present system of policies. The system is supported with something of the sort of feeling which leads a man to hold on to a bottle. Hezekiah Niles
The War of 1812 has given new direction to wealth and industry in the United States, and manufacturers grew up as if by magic. Hezekiah Niles
Government is not a mechanical but a living thing and must be interpreted in a Darwinian sense … Woodrow Wilson
For too long it was assumed that you could completely separate out flows of money from responsibilities and accountabilities in service delivery. This flawed assumption is central to understanding many of the failures. Lant Prichett
The secret of progress, the perpetual satisfying of wants followed by the springing up of new wants, is the secret of individual unrest and disappointment. Arnold J. Toynbee
We need no other proof . . . than what we have seen in our own country, where in a few years good discipline and a just encouragement given to those who did well, produced more examples of pure, complete, incorruptible, and invincible virtue than Rome or Greece could ever boast Algernon Sidney
If we can have a surge in Bagdad, why can’t we have a surge here at home. Mary Landrieu
No technical solution can rescue us from the misery of overpopulation. Freedom to breed will bring ruin to all. Garrett Hardin
Shall I refuse my dinner because I do not fully understand the process of digestion? Oliver Heaviside
When the tempers of men are softened as well as their knowledge improved, this humanity appears still more conspicuous, and is the chief characteristic which distinguishes a civilized age from times of barbarity and ignorance. Factions are then less inveterate, revolutions less tragical, authority less severe, and seditions less frequent. Hume
More people in more countries, both developing and developed, have experienced larger increases in living standards than in any prior fifty year period. Alan H. Meltzer
How can one ignore the role of Islamic culture in European civilization? Edgar Morin
Tythes [tax revenues] increase within any territory as the labor of that country increases, and labor does, or ought to, increase as the people do. William Petty
The friends of humanity cannot but wish that in all countries the laboring classes should have a taste for comforts and enjoyments, and that they should be stimulated by all legal means to procure them. There cannot be a better security against a superabundant population. David Ricardo
When the economies of countries grow, their militaries generally do as well. Robert D. Kaplan
My fear is that in general terms the evolution of the political process proceeds at the same pace as the evolution of the species and I do not myself believe that that is quite fast enough Alex Carlile
The public use of man's reason must always be free, and it alone can cause enlightenment. Immanuel Kant
In prosperity prepare for a change; in adversity hope for one. James Burgh
Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature Tom Robbins
Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature Tom Robbins
There are no limits to growth and human progress when men and women are free to follow their dreams. Ronald Reagan
Just as we respect the right of each nation to determine its own future, we also recognize the responsibility of each nation to secure its own future. Richard Nixon
No longer need capitalist and worker, farmer and clerk, city and countryside, struggle to divide our bounty. By working shoulder to shoulder, together we can increase the bounty of all. Lyndon B. Johnson
We have been proud of our industrial achievements, but we have not hitherto stopped thoughtfully enough to count the human cost Woodrow Wilson
It is hopeless for the occasional visitor to try to keep up with Chicago--she outgrows her prophecies faster than she can make them. She is always a novelty; for she is never the Chicago you saw when you passed through the last time. Mark Twain
Create a great university and wait 200 years. Daniel P. Moynihan
It is our wish that the Indian title should be extinguished, and the Indians removed from our territory Utah and that for the best of reasons, because they are doing no good here to themselves or anybody else… Is it desirable that the barren soil of the mountain valleys should be converted into fruitful fields? Let the Indians be removed. Is it desirable that the way should be opened for a rapid increase of population into our new State or Territory Brigham Young
Our economy, in order to grow, needs people to spend. Ali Velshi
Out of this modern civilization, economic royalists carved new dynasties. New kingdoms were built upon concentration of control over material things. Through new uses of corporations, banks and securities, new machinery of industry and agriculture, of labor and capital - all undreamed of by the Fathers - the whole structure of modern life was impressed into this royal service. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Just a fraction of what is expended so obscenely on defense budgets would make the difference in enabling God’s children to fill their stomachs, be educated, and be given a chance to lead fulfilled and happy lives. Desmond Tutu
Every time there is an economic intensification, there is an ecological impact. James H. Barrett
The first requisite for the progress of a nation is the brotherhood and unity amongst sections of the society. Sayyid Ahmad Khan
India, China, and Latin America have a tremendous stake in the people's century. As their masses learn to read and write, and as they become productive mechanics, their standard of living will double and treble. Henry A. Wallace
… there are no backward peoples which are lacking in mechanical sense. Russians, Chinese, and the Indians both of India and the Americas all learn to read and write and operate machines just as well as your children and my children Henry A. Wallace
The embargo created great suffering, but at the same time the embargo created the challenge of trying to resolve our own problems and we developed an industry capable of producing the very latest medicines. Manuel Raisis Castenera
Brazil was a capitalist society without capital. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
We can't talk about community values without being prepared to invest in those very same communities. Joseph I. Lieberman
In most slums and cities in developing states, population growth is outpacing the ability of the growth in pollution and sewage. Such unmet expectations in over-crowded cities can be the catalyst for civil conflict. Jennifer Dabbs Sciubba
It is not the total number of people on the planet by itself that will determine prospects for prosperity and security in the near future. What matters is now they are distributed across age groups, their exposure and contribution to changing climate, and their opportunities for education, jobs, migration and health. Jack A. Goldstone
… compared to circumstances where the birth rate remains high—a decline in fertility from high to low levels allows a population to save and invest more, both in terms of human capital (ie education and training) and in terms of physical capital (eg roads, factories, machinery.) Tim Dyson
Prosperity comes slowly. Barack Obama
Every new mine, furnace, and factory is an extension of the productive capacity of the State more real and valuable than added territory. Benjamin Harrison
We have no longer States that are necessarily only planting States. None are excluded from achieving that diversification of pursuits among the people which brings wealth and contentment. Benjamin Harrison
I will begin a new program to get private enterprise into the ghetto and the ghetto into private enterprise. I call it “Black Capitalism.” More black ownership of business and land and homes can be the multiplier of pride that will end our racial strife. Richard Nixon
During the last two or three generations the Jews have recreated in Palestine a community now numbering 80,000, of whom about one fourth are farmers or workers upon the land. This community has its own political organs; an elected assembly for the direction of its domestic concerns; elected councils in the towns; and an organization for the control of its schools …. It has its distinctive intellectual life and displays considerable economic activity. England
I am not afraid of new inventions or improvements, nor bigoted to the practices of our forefathers. It is that bigotry which keeps the Indians in a state of barbarism in the midst of the arts and would have kept us in the same state even now Thomas Jefferson
If you are doing to dream, dream big. It’s free. Azzam Alwash
Any person who is the head of a family, or who has arrived at the age of twenty-one years, and is a citizen of the United States, or who shall have filed his declaration of intention to become such, as required by the naturalization laws of the United States, and who has never borne arms against the United States Government or given aid and comfort to its enemies, shall, from and after the first January, eighteen hundred and sixty-three, be entitled to enter one quarter section or a less quantity of unappropriated public lands, upon which said person may have filed a preemption claim United States Congress
The progress of a nation can alone prevent degeneration. There must be new life and purpose or there will be weakness and decay. There must be broadening of thought as well as broadening of trade. Territorial expansion is not alone and always necessary to national advancement. There must be a constant movement toward a higher and nobler civilization, a civilization that shall make its conquests without resort to war, and achieve its greatest victories pursuing the arts of peace. In our present situation, duty and duty alone should prescribe the boundary of our responsibilities and the scope of our undertakings. William McKinley
Gentlemen. Build your telescope but just make sure that it is the biggest one in the world because I won’t pay for anything else. Charles Tyson Yerkes
The state does not possess trade or industry. Its wealth is the wealth of the people and the people’s wealth is not possible without the spread of these sciences amongst them so that they may know the ways for acquiring wealth. Muhammad Abduh
We have neglected industry and commerce just as we have neglected every other opportunity of progress. Muhammed Shah Aga Kahn III
The Middle East was once an economically advanced region of the world, as measured by standard of living, technology, agricultural productivity, literacy or institutiontopmeal creativity. Only China might have been even more developed. Subsequently, however, the Middle East failed to match the institutional transformation through which western Europe vastly increased its capacity to pool resources, coordinate productive activities and conduct exchanges. Timur Kuran
I’m not in the business of creating jobs. Sharron Angle
Government has always driven growth. Jeffrey R. Immelt
I would love to see more certainty on tax policy and regulations, but in a sense that is a crutch….We need more certainty of demand. Jeffrey R. Immelt
For the first time since the 15th century, China is becoming a major economic power. Max Boot
It (the proclamation of 1763) must fall, of course, in a few years, especially when those Indians consent to our occupying the lands. Any person, therefore, who neglects the present opportunity of hunting out good lands, and in some measure marking out and distinguishing them for his own, in order to keep others from settling them, will never regain it. George Washington
It is impossible for any power to become eminent in commerce, without excelling in manufactures and navigation. America is capable of supporting and increasing both … Silas Deane
Children swarm everywhere like ants Johann Kalb
For if we can remove the turbulent Gallics [French], our people according to exactest computations, will in another century, become even more numerous than England itself. John Adams
Inventions then cannot, in nature, be a subject of property. Society may give an exclusive right to the profits arising from them, as an encouragement to men to pursue ideas which may produce utility, but this may or may not be done, according to the will and convenience of the society, without claim or complaint from any body. Thomas Jefferson
It is well known that Iraq has the greatest number of scientists, who are among the best in the Arab world. They are being assassinated systematically. We are not allowed to have minds and to progress. Bashir Assad
We must achieve peace because it's the only way to build this nation Anwar Sadat
Since the day that we first trod the soil of these valleys, have we received any assistance from our neighbors? No, we have not. We have built our homes, our cities, have made our farms, have dug our canals and water ditches, have subdued this barren country, have fed the stranger, have clothed the naked, have immigrated the poor from foreign lands, have placed them in a condition to make all comfortable and have made some rich. We have fed the Indians to the amount of thousands of dollars yearly, have clothed them in part, and have sustained several Indian wars, and now we have built thirty-seven miles of railroad. All this having been done, are our cities, our counties and the Territory in debt? No, not the first dollar. Brigham Young
If the Arab citizen will feel at home in our state … if the state will help him in a truthful and dedicated way to reach the economic, social, and cultural level of the Jewish community, then Arab distrust will accordingly subside and a bridge will be built to a Semitic, Jewish-Arab Alliance. David Ben-Gurion
Only when there is no trace whatsoever of foreign influence that remains on Arab soil, can there be any real progress in matching the economic pace set by other nations. Anonymous
Taking Mesopotamia... means spending millions in irrigation and development Edward Grey; Viscount Fallodon
Peace is the most effective way for nations to attain prosperity and happiness. Kemal Ataturk
America…could within twenty years bring us to a degree of development which Turks, left to themselves, would not be able to achieve in a century. It would make Turkey prosperous, rich and happy and turn Turks into a strong and civilized nation. Riza Nur
Disbelievers will not be successful. Muhammad
It’s the private sector that produces the jobs, but the private sector needs roads and an educated workforce. Paul Wolfowitz
Protestantism, Judaism and Confucianism have been the religions more conducive to progress while Islam, Catholicism, and Orthodox Christianity have been the least conducive. Lawrence E. Harrison
Good God what a fine sight. I had no conception that there was such a scene in the world, and to find it in my own dominions. George IV
I welcome this new ship, not only for the good that it will bring to my own constituency, but for what I really believe it means to the shipbuilding and engineering industries of this country … as long as this ship lies like a skeleton in my constituency, so long will depression last in this country, because as it lies there … it shouts, “Failure! Failure!” To the whole of Britain. David Kirkwood
Where one nation has gotten the start of another in trade, it is very difficult for the latter to regain the ground it has lost; because of the superior industry and skill of the former, and the greater stocks, of which its merchants are possessed, and which enable them to trade on so much smaller profits. But these advantages are compensated, in some measure, by the low price of labour in every nation which has not an extensive commerce… David Hume
With highly civilized nations, continued progress depends in a subordinate degree on natural selection; for such nations do not supplant and exterminate one another as do savage tribes. Nevertheless the more intelligent members within the same community will succeed better in the long run than the inferior, and leave a more numerous progeny, and this is a form of natural selection. Charles Darwin
England administered Palestine in a manner which enabled the Jews to flood it with immigrants and helped them to settle in the country, notwithstanding the fact that it was proved that the density of the population in Palestine had exceeded the economic capacity of the country to absorb additional immigrants. Arab League
All the arguments given for building the Trans-Continental Railroad at the time were plausible but turned out not to be true. Richard White
Except for a few oil-rich countries, no developing country has successfully modernized without slowing population growth. Lester R. Brown
Mobilize population and all partners—the public sector and the private sector. Development is everybody’s business. Marc Ravalomanana
Religious freedom in the American sense, incorporating the separation of church and state, has been the pivotal concept of the national development of the United States of America. Joseph L. Blau
The free flow of information is vital for economic development. Tariq A. Almoayed
patents are an arm in the hands of large enterprises which use them in order to block all inconvenient innovation or to restrict the development of free software. The American experience with software patents is particularly negative and merits reflexion Socialist Party of France
Capitalism in one century of growth has enormously increased its power, not only through expansion over the entire earth, but also through development into new forms Anton Pannekoek
We must be cognizant of the fact that the absence of economic rationality and perpetual political instability in our societies prevent us from fully benefiting from our resources as well as capabilities. In the extreme case, we find ourselves in devastating wars. Our conflict-ridden geography has substantially undercut our ability to develop economically. Natural wealth, including oil revenues has been wasted and the focus of attention has been other than human development Abdullah Gul
Without creative personalities able to think and judge independently, the upward development of society is as unthinkable as the development of the individual personality without the nourishing soil of the community. Albert Einstein
We have not only made a nation, rough-hewn and popularly governed, the marvel of development among great nations; we have contributed to the uplift and elevated the standard of living; we have not only become leaders in finance and industry; we have not only become equals in education and rivals in art, but we are the inspiration and example of other republics, and ought to be, could be, influencing the idealization of the government of the earth. It justifies our pride in the past, explains the nation-wide turning to the party for the country’s restoration, and gives every assurance of glorious triumphs in the future. Judson Welliver
it must be right to suggest that all countries should use their resources so as to advance the right to development for their people in an equitable manner and that all countries should cooperate for the mutual achievement of the right to development. The alternative to such a policy framework is a Darwinian world of market-oriented capitalism with no social or human rights safety nets. How can developing countries survive in such a world? Bertrand G. Ramcharan
The people in Asia are diligent, talented and persistent in self-development. Zhu Rongji
The primary task of developing countries is to develop the economy and eradicate poverty. Without economic growth, there would be no material basis for a better life or better environment for the people. But economic growth must not be achieved at the cost of environment or resources. In the absence of proper resource and environmental protection, there could be no sustainable economic development. Zhu Rongji
In most parts of our world, the rural community dominates. The numbers of people in rural communities in the Islamic world, plus the difficulty of addressing the problems of development in rural communities, is a central issue. Aga Khan IV
The precondition of all happiness…and particularly of economic and commercial development is tranquility, security and order beyond the reach of any violation. Kemal Ataturk
The raw fact is that every successful example of economic development this past century—every case of a poor nation that worked its way up to a more or less decent, or at least dramatically better, standard of living—has taken place via globalization; that is, by producing for the world market rather than trying for self-sufficiency. Paul Krugman
Culture affects development and development affects culture as well. Alexander Shakow
Without culture, development falls apart. Calvin Butts
Economic development must ... not be left to the sole judgment of a few men or groups, possessing excessive economic power, or of the political community alone, or of certain powerful nations Catholic Church
… people should not be hindered from attaining development in accordance with their own culture. Catholic Church
Governance is a universal phenomenon in any society, but it may not lead a society to human development. G. Shabbir Cheema
All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded to the individual. Albert Einstein
I have never been governed by polls … people misunderstand economic development. Rudolph W. Giuliani
The Government must get out of the "protective" business and the "subsidy" business and the "improvement" and the "development" business. It must let trade, and commerce, and manufactures, and steamboats, and railroads and telegraphs alone. It cannot touch them without breeding corruption. Edwin Lawrence Godkin
It's still touch-and-go and you don't give us a program that helps us go. Arthur J. Holland
It is with nations as with nature which knows no pause in progress and development, and attaches her curse on all inaction. Wilhelm von Humboldt
According to some of the goo-goo's, we ought to negotiate with every individual until he's happy. Robert Moses
I think we have to accelerate our development. Slow development means hunger … Do Muoi
We perceive political stability to be the first necessity of economic development. N. M. Mwauhgulu
The corporate welfare state derived from an approach to economic development which worships at the shrine of the gross national product. David Lewis
Civilization develops man, and if he is, according to his whole character and destiny, made for development, civilization is his truly natural state … Francis Lieber
We will focus on the Zambian people as both the end and the means of development Levy Patrick Mwanawasa
Unequal development in different countries in the promotion of health and control of disease, especially communicable disease, is a common danger. WHO; World Health Organization
Every country has her own way of development. Wilhelm Liebknecht
Without development there is no profit, without profit no development. Joseph A. Schumpeter
The social goals are the most difficult to achieve in the development of any country. Ali Beban
Without justice, development is not possible. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
The army did more to shape the pattern and direction of economic development than did any other federal agency, any state government, or any private agency. William D. Adler; Andrew J. Polsky
One of the effects of civilization is to diminish the rigor of the application of the law of natural selection. It preserves weakly lives that would have perished in barbarous lands. Francis Galton
There is room enough indoors in New York City for the whole 1963 world's population to enter, with room enough inside for all hands to dance the twist in average nightclub proximity. R. Buckminster Fuller
Upon the progress of knowledge the whole progress of the human race is immediately dependent: he who retards that, hinders this also. Johann Gottlieb Fichte
Without a consumer society there was no need for an industrial revolution. Niall Ferguson
Upon the progress of knowledge the whole progress of the human race is immediately dependent: he who retards that, hinders this also. Johann Gottlieb Fichte
Wilderness is the raw material out of which man has hammered the artifact called civilization. Aldo Leopold
Civilization is not a spontaneous generation with any race or nation known to history, but the torch to be handed down from race to race from age to age. Kelly Miller
There are two great enemies of thought and progress, the aristocracy of royalty and the aristocracy of gold. Mary Elizabeth Lease
We not only need community development but we need equitable development. Angela Glover Blackwell
All community development, and most economic development, happens locally Bill Graham
Not all rural communities have affordable and reliable access to telecommunication networks. Rural incomes still lag behind urban incomes. Job creation and retention is hampered because of infrastructure deficiencies Bill Graham
Rapid changes - the machine age, the advent of universal and rapid communication, and many other new factors - have brought new problems. Succeeding generations have attempted to keep pace by reforming in piecemeal fashion this or that attendant abuse. As a result evils overlap and reform becomes confused and frustrated. We lose sight, from time to time, of our ultimate human objectives. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Civilization cannot go back; civilization must not stand still. We have undertaken new methods. It is our task to perfect, to improve, to alter when necessary, but in all cases to go forward. To consolidate what we are doing, to make our economic and social structure capable of dealing with modern life, is the joint task of the legislative, the judicial, and the executive branches of the National Government. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Growth is a result. It is not a policy. Toomas Hendrik Ilves
Civilization never recedes; the law of necessity ever forces it onwards Jules Verne
Everything we hope to do, depends on an expanding economic pie. And only a vibrant, competitive, thriving private sector can create that. Government is a necessary partner, but it is the junior partner. Only the private sector can produce the revenues for the social programs that we Democrats care so much about. The financing of those programs through ever more public debt violates our generation responsibility. Paul Tsongas
To the capitalists we appeal to use their wealth, as many of their order already do, as a great national trust, and not for selfish purposes alone. Arnold J. Toynbee
Two things in America are astonishing: the changeableness of most human behavior and the strange stability of certain principles. Men are constantly on the move, but the spirit of humanity seems almost unmoved. Alexis de Tocqueville
it is easier … to stave off adversity than to preserve prosperity. Thucydides
Among other things the Russian experiment, no less than the experience of Socialist parties in Western Europe which have got some degree of power, shows clearly that not even the most cataclysmic revolution can create overnight those habits of mind and that social machinery necessary to the successful functioning of a new social order. Norman Thomas
… only today, or yesterday at the earliest, after the long millenniums of man's life on this planet, has he acquired the technical skill, the command over the forces of nature, the physical power to produce enough and more for all his children upon the face of the earth. Norman Thomas
India is not, as people keep calling it, an underdeveloped country, but rather, in the context of its history and cultural heritage, a highly developed one in an advanced state of decay. Shashi Tharoor
Without deficit reduction, we cannot have sustained economic growth. Bill Clinton
Once Europe existed in a Dark Age and Islam carried the torch of learning. Now we Muslims live in a Dark age. Mahmud Tarzi
The first and most important advice that I can give to my successors and people to make Afghanistan into a great kingdom is to impress upon their minds the value of unity; unity, and unity alone, can make it into a great power. Abdur Rahman Khan
While modern changes were intrinsic to Western historical development, they were largely seen by Muslims as alien and enforced. Suha Taji-Farouki
The wise fathers did not treat the country as a Chinese foot, never to grow after infancy; but, anticipating Progress, they declared expressly that their great Act is not final. According to the Constitution itself, there is not one of its existing provisions — not even that with regard to fugitives from labor — which may not at all times be reached by amendment, and thus be drawn into debate. This is rational and just. Sir, nothing from man's hands, nor law, nor constitution, can be final. Truth alone is final. Charles Sumner
…the ownership of slaves brought men great gain from the multitude of their progeny, who increased because they were exempt from military service. Thus certain powerful men became extremely rich and the race of slaves multiplied throughout the country, while the Italian people dwindled in numbers and strength, being oppressed by penury, taxes, and military service. Appian
How could the plebeians be restored to the land without dispossessing those who possessed it, who were themselves part of the people and held estates left to them by their forefathers by a kind of right. Annaeus Florus
Every generation of Muslims should be permitted to solve their own problems, guided but unhampered by the work of its predecessors. Muhammad Iqbal
A false reverence for past history amid its artificial resurrection constitute no remedy for a peoples’ decay. Muhammad Iqbal
The changes were inevitable and one has to accept them gracefully Gayatri Devi
Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new. Ralph Waldo Emerson
In a society of little economic development, universal inactivity accompanies universal poverty. You survive not by struggling against nature, . . . or by relentless labor; instead you survive by expending as little energy as possible. . . Ryszard Kapuscinski
Human development is a form of chronological unfairness, since late-comers are able to profit by the labors of their predecessors without paying the same price. Alexander Herzen
Growth that adds volume without improving productivity is fat. Growth that diminishes productivity is cancer. Peter Drucker
Do you want my one-word secret of happiness -- It's growth -- mental, financial, you name it. Harold S. Geneen
Human progress is furthered, not by conformity, but by aberration. H. L. Mencken
The defense of morals is the battle-cry which best rallies stupidity against change. Alfred North Whitehead
It’s hard letting go in the past when there are no firm handholds in the future. Ashleigh Brilliant
Development was--and continues to be for the most part--a top-down, ethnocentric, and technocratic approach that treats people and cultures as abstract concepts, statistical figures to be moved up and down in the charts of 'progress.' . . . It comes as no surprise that development became a force so destructive to third world cultures, ironically in the name of people's interests Arturo Escobar
We are still waging Peloponnesian wars. Our control of the material world and our positive science have grown fantastically. But our very achievements turn against us, making politics more random and wars more bestial. George Steiner
I wonder why progress looks so much like destruction. John Steinbeck
Everybody thinks that this civilization has lasted a very long time but it really does take very few grandfathers’ granddaughters to take us back to the dark ages. Gertrude Stein
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
Conflict states just need someone to give them a chance. Nobody wants to be a failure. Emilia Pires
Israel is a small piece of land. We are not even 1 percent of the Arab space, you know. We don't have water. We don't have oil. Our greatness, if one may say greatness, stems from the fact we had nothing to start with. So we turned to human talent because there weren't natural resources. The Arabs can do it too. Shimon Peres
Long, long ago the country bore the country-town and nourished it with her best blood. Now the giant city sucks the country dry, insatiably and incessantly demanding and devouring fresh streams of men, till it wearies and dies in the midst of an almost uninhabited waste of country. Oswald Spengler
There is no single sustainable model for national success. … the American model, which has indeed been successful, is not available to others, because our success depends greatly on our dominant position at the center of the global capitalist system, and we are not willing to yield it. George Soros
It seldom happens, however, that a great proprietor is a great improver. Adam Smith
Progress toward a more abundant material life does not come like manna from heaven, however. My message certainly is not one of complacency. The ultimate resource is people — especially skilled, spirited, and hopeful young people endowed with liberty — who will exert their wills and imaginations for their own benefit and inevitably benefit the rest of us as well. Julian Lincoln Simon
What kind of development is it when the people lead shorter lives than before? They catch HIV/AIDS. Our children are beaten in school and won't go. Some become prostitutes. They are not allowed to hunt. They fight because they are bored and get drunk. They are starting to commit suicide. We never saw that before. Is this "development Roy Sesana
We are not primitive. We live differently to you, but we do not live exactly like our grandparents did, nor do you. Were your ancestors 'primitive'? I don't think so. We respect our ancestors. We love our children. This is the same for all people. We are not primitive. We live differently to you, but we do not live exactly like our grandparents did, nor do you. Were your ancestors 'primitive'? I don't think so. We respect our ancestors. We love our children. This is the same for all people. Roy Sesana
All travelers agree that Protestant are both richer and more populous than Catholic countries; and the reason is, because the habits of the former are more conducive to production. Jean-Baptiste Say
Opulent, civilized, and industrious nations, are greater consumers than poor ones, because they are infinitely greater producers. Jean-Baptiste Say
Still how unenlightened and ignorant are the very nations we term civilized! Jean-Baptiste Say
We cannot develop unless we enjoy both internal and external freedom: even the freedom of thinking about freedom. Tigran Sargsyan
A new generation of leaders is emerging in Africa who does not want to approach the world with a begging bowl. Leaders who want to engage the world as partners; leaders who are prepared to take responsibilities for the problems of their countries and continent; leaders who recognize the enormous opportunities that abound in the world and are eager to connect Africa to the centers of those opportunities; leaders who want to harness the huge resources of Africa to play on the global stage; leaders who are not content to ask, ‘what can the rest of the world do for us', but rather ‘what can we do with the rest of the world.' Abubakar Bukola Saraki
The problem is … that many African states lack the capacity to establish the crucial conditions for capital accumulation and, additionally, act in economically irrational ways. This non-developmental or even anti-developmental thrust is manifest in the mismanagement, inefficiency, and pervasive corruption of the public sector as well as political instability and the inability to prevent widespread evasion of laws and regulations. John Richard Sandbrook
Capitalist development requires, as a precondition, that the state foster a general sociopolitical and legal framework conducive to market relationships. An environment of security of property and predictability is basic to encourage investment; in turn, this requires political stability and a minimum degree of social harmony. John Richard Sandbrook
We cannot bank our hopes on possibilities. We must put our trust in ourselves, in our capabilities and efforts and strength and preparations not only for our success but even to avoid our own defeat. Aung San
… human population growth within the ecosystem was closely analogous to the growth of malignant tumor cells within an organism: that man was acting like a cancer on the biosphere. The multiplication of human numbers certainly seems wild and uncontrolled... Four million a month - the equivalent of the population of Chicago... We seem to be doing all right at the moment; but if you could ask cancer cells, I suspect they would think they were doing fine. But when the organism dies, so do they; and for our own, selfish, practical, utilitarian reasons, I think we should be careful about how we influence the rest of the ecosystem. Marston Bates
I wish I could bring Stonehenge to Nyasaland to show there was a time when Britain had a savage culture. Hastings Kamuzu Banda
Forward to the peaceful tranquility of the status quo. Edgar Y. Harburg
Each nation grows after its own genius, and has a civilization of its own. Ralph Waldo Emerson
A certain degree of progress from the rudest state in which man is found,—a dweller in caves, or on trees, like an ape, a cannibal, an eater of pounded snails, worms, and offal,—a certain degree of progress from this extreme is called Civilization. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Charleston has much intelligence, and considerable genuine culture; but go twenty miles away, and you are in the land of the barbarians. So, Raleigh is a city in which there is love of beauty, and interest in education; but the common people of the county are at least forty years behind the same class of people in Vermont. Moreover, in Macon are many very fine residences, and the city may boast of its gentility and its respect for the nourishing elegancies of life; but a dozen miles out are large neighborhoods not yet half-civilized. The contrast between the inhabitants of the cities and those of the country is hardly less striking than that between the various classes constituting the body of the common people. Going from one county into another is frequently going into a foreign country. Travel continually brings novelty, but with that always came pain. Till all these hateful walls of caste are thrown down, we can have neither intelligent love of liberty, decent respect for justice, nor enlightened devotion to the idea of national unity. Sidney Andrews
Every ten years we hear this story: “America is in decline.” Don’t you believe it. Stephen Hadley
The worst kind of decline is a slow decline—slow enough not to notice that you are in decline. Thomas Friedman
As the first generation of Chinese Communism passes, we are baffled by its unexpected successes Leland Hazard
Our development as a people has for many years been overshadowed in our own eyes and in the eyes of the world by the remarkable growth, and achievements of the American Union. John F. Conway
America was not discovered. America was built. History Channel
We are accustomed to think that some degree of stability is necessary to all real progress, all great development. But Japan has given proof irrefutable that enormous development is possible without any stability at all. Lafcadio Hearn
Free lands and the consciousness of working out their social destiny did more than turn the Westerner to material interests and devote him to a restless existence. They promoted equality among the Western settlers, and reacted as a check on the aristocratic influences of the East. Frederick Jackson Turner
In some portions of the country there was, and is, an aggregation of property, and vested rights are in the foreground. Frederick Jackson Turner
Our overbuilt cities with their congestion, their trend to high office buildings and apartments, their complete indifference to the most elementary principles of civilian defense, their slums representing past neglect and greed, can to a considerable extent be rebuilt on better principles if we are smart enough to look the facts in the eye and brush off the Babbitts who hold that wherever the dirt flies there is progress. On the other hand, cities can not be revolutionized and turned into garden villages or green belts. In the suburbs and near-by country, however, we still have a chance to do the right thing without stultifying compromises.... Robert Moses
If, instead of hiring half-baked revolutionary planners to fill our college undergraduates with ingenious schemes to disperse populations, split up big cities into little ones, go underground or into distant places to escape bombs and congestion, abandon large urban areas in favor of roadside villages, we were to publish reliable, simply written, common-sense information to control the building boom, what a country this would be! Robert Moses
Hemingway has expressed with genius the terrors of the modern man at the danger of losing control of his world Edmund Wilson
This kingdom [Colombia] … does not enjoy an active commerce. It’s subsistence consists of gold taken from its mines, without trade, export of its agriculture and manufactures…. The local officials everywhere are indifferent and careless as to their duty; the people are steeped in poverty; trade is almost extinct; capital is lacking, and there are no opportunities for its investment; the only source of support is the cultivation of small patches of ground. Every one seeks to subsist on the government by procuring some little office. Francisco Antonio Moreno y Escandon
The growth of New England was a result of the aggregate efforts of a busy multitude, each in his narrow circle toiling for himself, to gather competence or wealth. The expansion of New France was the achievement of a gigantic ambition striving to grasp a continent. It was a vain attempt. Francis Parkman
The world has grown rich and refined, but chiefly by the efforts of those who themselves continue poor and ignorant. Theodore Parker
In May 1961 when I took over power as the leader of the revolutionary group, I honestly felt as if I had been given a pilfered household or bankrupt firm to manage. Around me I could find little hope of encouragement. The outlook was bleak. But i had to rise above this pessimism to rehabilitate the household. I had to destroy, once and for all, the vicious circle of poverty and economic stagnation. Only by reforming the economic structure would we lay a foundation for decent living standards. Park Chung-hee
America was not discovered. It was built. History Channel
Population pressure is the ultimate cause of every war. Alexei Panshin
I want the standard of living in Iran in ten years' time to be exactly on a level with that in Europe today. In twenty years' time we shall be ahead of the United States. Mohammed Reza Pahlavi
Cities are spreading like a cancer of the planet. Parag Khanna
Over the past 65 years changes in the top tax rate do not appear correlated with economic growth. David Leonhardt
The best way to revitalize the economy is war, and the U.S. has grown stronger [economically] with war. Richard Nixon
Poverty, discrimination and ignorance decrease growth. Bill Clinton
With highly civilised nations continued progress depends in a subordinate degree on natural selection; for such nations do not supplant and exterminate one another as do savage tribes. Nevertheless the more intelligent members within the same community will succeed better in the long run than the inferior, and leave a more numerous progeny, and this is a form of natural selection. Charles Darwin
The most important family policy, urban policy, labor policy, minority policy, and foreign policy America can have is an expanding entrepreneurial economy of high-wage, high-skilled jobs. Bill Clinton
Person after person has said to me in these last few days that this new world we face terrifies them. I can understand how that feeling would arise unless one believes that men are capable of greatness beyond their past achievements. . . . The time now calls for mankind as a whole to rise to great heights. We must have faith or we die. Eleanor Roosevelt
What is the most rigorous law of our being? Growth. Mark Twain
Young man, there is America -- which at this day serves for little more than to amuse you with stories of savage men, and uncouth manners; yet shall, before you taste of death, show itself equal to the whole of that commerce which now attracts the envy of the world. Edmund Burke
I wonder why progress looks so much like destruction. John Steinbeck
Unless we progress, we regress. Dwight D. Eisenhower
If progress is to be steady we must have long term guides extending far ahead. Dwight D. Eisenhower
The total exports of the entire Arab world, not counting oil and gas, amount to less than Finland, one tiny European country… their economies depend entirely on oil…. Sooner or later, oil and gas either be exhausted or superseded as the modern world turns to other sources of energy. When that happens, they will have nothing left. One possibility is that they will develop other forms of economic activity. Another, more likely, is that the region will lapse into insignificance. Bernard Lewis
The dynasty of Cotton is based on the monopoly of the cotton-culture in the Cotton States of the Union; its whole policy is directed to the two ends of making the most of and retaining that monopoly; and economically it reduces everything to subserviency to the question of cotton-supply; — thus Cotton is King. The result necessarily is, that the Cotton States have turned all their energies to that one branch of industry. All other branches they abandon or allow to languish. They have no commerce of their own, few manufactories, fewer arts; and in their abandonment of self in their devotion to their King, they do not even raise their own hay or corn, dig their own coal, or fell their own timber;. Charles Francis Adams II
The agreement of the owners to build no structure less than ten feet from the street was probably the first instance in Boston of a restriction upon real estate that had in view the symmetry and general appearance of a street lined with buildings Fred Emory Haynes
Error is the price we pay for progress. Alfred North Whitehead
Moslem fundamentalist leaders are not mistaken in seeing in Western civilization the greatest challenge to the way of life that they wish to retain or restore for their people Bernard Lewis
Admirers of America on the contrary—and of these there are as many in Europe as there are detractors—will tell you that the New World is giving to the old a unique example of energy, activity, intelligence, and daring. Guglielmo Ferrero
Thus in the Old World also the production of wealth must be increased, but this enterprise is far more difficult in Europe than in America. The population of Europe is much more dense than in the New World: a portion of its lands is exhausted: the great number of political subdivisions, and the multiplicity of tongues, increase enormously the difficulties in the way of business on a great scale. Traditions handed down from the time when men toiled to produce slowly and in small quantities things shaped toward a far distant ideal of perfection are still strong among its people. Guglielmo Ferrero
We should be obliged to admit that Europe is Americanizing herself with disconcerting rapidity. Guglielmo Ferrero
I cannot escape from the conclusion that the great ages of progress have depended upon a small number of individuals of transcendent ability. Bertrand Russell
Today, the grandeur of a country is measured by the extent to which it defends and extends its citizens' rights through its impulse towards total equality, by its capacity to create energy that contributes towards cultural, social and economic growth. That is how a country becomes strong, by making its citizens more powerful. Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero
Growth and prosperity. These are the blocks with which we must build our welfare society. Lars Lokke Rasmussen
My government's aim for Fiji is not to return to where we once were but to journey forward together to a place we have not yet been Laisenia Qarase
I don’t think everybody fully appreciates the consequences of slower growth, which are very serious. You need growth to have the resources to build the infrastructure, housing, to uphold the standard of living. Lee Hsien Loong
All it takes is an understanding that humans, not buildings come first when designing a city. January Gehl
The big question is how do you allow new powers like India and China to emerge without destabilizing the world order? Kishore Mahbubani
The greatness of the Erie Canal is the American equal only of its equality and liberty. Marquis de Lafayette; Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier
In the first phase of economic development you have rising inequality. Kishore Mahbubani
The almighty dollar, that great object of universal devotion throughout our land, seems to have no genuine devotees in these peculiar villages; and unless some of its missionaries penetrate there, and erect banking houses and other pious shrines, there is no knowing how long the inhabitants may remain in their present state of contented poverty. Washington Irving
Geography determines social development …. But geography may be losing much of its meaning. Ian Morris
Development has to rise if population is going to increase, Otherwise people will starve and all kinds of other problems. Ian Morris
The U.S. and Japan are scared of us catching up, and they will do anything to contain China's development … Liu Yuan
The stock of materials by which any nation is rendered flourishing and prosperous are its industry, its knowledge or skill, its morals, its execution of justice, its courage, and the national union in directing these powers to one point and making them all center in the public benefit. Edmund Burke
The move to modernity has its risks but the greater risk is not moving at all. John Kerry
It is wrong to blame the problems of today's Africa entirely on colonialism. Much of history consists of peoples conquering or colonizing each other. Yet, from Ireland to South Korea, countries that were once ruthlessly colonized have nonetheless managed to build reasonably just and democratic societies. Adam Hochschild
The real question is “What can we do to improve the earnings of lower- and middle-income Americans?” That’s about increased education and skills training, and that may require higher government spending. Glenn Hubbard
The boom is getting boomier. Bertie Ahern
We are not a democratic country, but we are progressive on various issues, on women and on what I would call tolerance. The government emphasizes prosperity over political development. We think 20 percent politics/80 percent development, and I think that is healthy. Anwar Gargash
Modernity and moderation is what we need in Egypt. Mohamed El Baradei
Modernity and moderation is what we need in Egypt. Mohamed El Baradei
Whenever we have sought real progress through affirmative action, the spokespersons of the advantaged have not hesitated to cry foul …. Nelson Mandela
Our problem number 1, 2 and 3 is economic development. Mohamed El Baradei
Africa, Asia and the Middle East—the lands of the rising people. John F. Kennedy
The issue is not growth verses fiscal responsibility. We need both! Barack Obama
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
… the many armed conflicts which continue to afflict the world today present us daily with dramatic images of misery, hunger, illness and death. Without peace, there can be no form of economic development.  Violence never begets peace, the necessary condition for development. Pope Francis I
… the world economy will only develop if it allows a dignified way of life for all human beings, from the eldest to the unborn child, not just for citizens of the G20 member states but for every inhabitant of the earth, even those in extreme social situations or in the remotest places. Pope Francis I
… as a nation we haven't expected our government to show foresight in the development of the land. We have allowed individuals to do as they thought best and they could hardly be expected to have an altruistic attitude on the future. Now we are faced with lands that must be returned to buffalo grass or trees in order to prevent the suffering which many of our people are enduring today. All of us will gladly help in the emergency but I hope we will do more than that, and set ourselves to studying the things which have caused these conditions and never rest until our government remedies them. 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
During this period the Arab world became an intellectual center for science, philosophy, medicine and education; the Abbasids championed the cause of knowledge and established the House of Wisdom (Bait-ul-Hikmat) at Baghdad, where both Muslim and non-Muslim scholars sought to translate and gather all the world's knowledge into Arabic. The Arabs displayed a remarkable capacity of assimilating the scientific knowledge of the civilizations they had overrun. Many classic works of antiquity that might otherwise have been lost were translated into Arabic and Persian and later in turn translated into Turkish, Hebrew and Latin. During this period the Arab world was a collection of cultures which put together, synthesized and significantly advanced the knowledge gained from the ancient Roman, Chinese, Indian, Persian, Egyptian, Greek, Byzantine and Phoenician civilizations. Vartan Gregorian
In order to sustain such large number and such immense cities as Cahokia and Tiahuanaco, the original Americans had to do more than pick berries, they had to transform their environment. Jeremy Adelman
Gentrification is what brings in all the money to the cities, but it also pushes some people out. Leigh Gallagher
The speed, scale and reach of China’s rise are without precedent in modern history. Within just 30 years, China’s economy has gone from smaller than the Netherlands to larger than those of all other countries except the United States. Kevin Rudd
For income growth to occur in a society, a large fraction of people must experience changes in the possible lives they imagine for themselves and their children, and these new visions of possible futures must have enough force to lead them to change the way they behave. Robert Emerson Lucas Jr.
The biggest drag on global growth in the coming decade will be war, corruption, and imperfect institutions. Dean S. Karlan
The biggest drag on global growth in the coming decade will be lack of adherence to the rule of law Scott Lilly
The biggest drag on global growth in the coming decade will be income polarization. Adam Hersh
It takes time to develop a system of law and order …. In 1960, when the Congo got its independence, we had less than ten college graduates. Bene Mpoko
No one knows who will live in this cage in the future, or whether at the end of this tremendous development, entirely new prophets will arise, or there will be a great rebirth of old ideas and ideals, or, if neither, mechanized petrification, embellished with a sort of convulsive self-importance. Max Weber
We can’t be a great country unless we have great cities. Mark Shields
We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community...Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own Cesar Chavez
No country now in transition will be able to accommodate demands for either economic security or social justice anytime soon. Robin Wright
Deer are as plentiful as chickens on a farm. William Clark
Progress in a globally interdependent society relies more than ever on the unimpeded flow of information. Lee C. Bollinger
We all have to resist the temptation to finance growth with increased debt yet again. Angela Merkel
I want to help put women at the center of global health and development work, and better contraceptives are one of their top priorities. Listening to women shouldn’t be a revolutionary idea in 2012, but it is. Melinda Gates
Was the rise of democracy the main driving force behind the development of contemporary liberal Western societies, or were long gestating developments in Western societies that fixed concepts of liberties and individual rights instead the drivers of democracy? Vladislav Inozemtsev
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
Masonry has erected her temples, as well as in the most frontier settlements, as in the most populous villages and cities. DeWitt Clinton
Maine is competing with the rest of the country for jobs and for economic development and we're going to be on the front edge of that competition. And technology is one of the ways to do it. Angus King
Economic development is a great pacifying force. John Kenneth Galbraith
Our only crime consisted of decreeing our own laws and applying them to all without exception. Our crime is having enacted an agrarian reform which effected the interests of the United Fruit Company. Our crime is wanting to have our own route to the Atlantic, our own electric power and our own docks and ports. Our crime is our patriotic wish to advance, to progress, to win economic independence to match our political independence. We are condemned because we have given our peasant population land and rights. Jacobo Arbenz Guzman
America [Latin America] shall not lag a century behind Europe: it will stride as an equal first, and lead later; it will, in the end, be the most illuminated by the sciences… Jose Cecilio Diaz del Valle
I wish that every Chinese citizen can live a life of satisfaction, every peasant child can go to school and every person reaching a working age can have a job. I wish people wouldn't have to worry about medical care if they are sick, particularly those in rural areas. I believe that this is the dream of every Chinese person. Wen Jiabao
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
The time has come when we Korean people have to unite our strength to build a new, democratic Korea. People from all strata should display patriotic enthusiasm and turn out to build a new Korea. To contribute positively to the work of building the state, let those with strength give strength, let those with knowledge give knowledge, let those with money give money, and let all people who truly love their country, their nation and democracy unite closely and build an independent and sovereign democratic state. Kim Il-sung
Be not a shoemaker nor yet a shaft maker save for thyself alone: let the shoe be misshapen, or crooked the shaft, and a curse on thy head will be called. Viking Proverb
The most remarkable aspect of the transition we are living through is not so much the passage from want to affluence as the passage from labor to leisure. Henri Lefebvre
The greatest estates we have in this colony were made … by taking up and purchasing at very low rates the rich back lands which were thought nothing of in those days, but are now the most valuable lands we possess. George Washington
The number of shipping far surpassed all I have seen in Boston. About 350 [ships] still lay off the town. Josiah Quincy II
During my stay in Philadelphia, I could not help be surprised at the great increase in that City in Buildings, Mechanicks, and Manufactures…. The People of Pennsylvania lay their plans with more Temper and Judgment and pursue with more patience and Steadfastness…. They are silently stealing in Mechanicks and Manufactures; and if they go on as they have hitherto done, they will probably in a few years Supply themselves with many of the necessary articles which they now import from Great Britain. Thomas Gage
South Korea’s research and development output has increased from half the size of the Arab world to 20 times as large, and Israel’s research output on a per capita basis is 26 times as large as the Arab world’s. John Waterbury
China still faces mountains of problems. Some are historical legacies. Others might be the byproducts of our rapid development…. We still have a long way to go. Maybe it’s even good for individuals or nations to have a certain sense of insecurity. This can turn into motivation to work hard. Cui Tiankai
Rising inequality leads to less sustainable growth. Christine Lagarde
Religious beliefs and the fear of losing traditional livelihood shape the political resistance of many Indians in rural areas to aggressive government projects and profit-driven corporate initiatives. Pankaj Mishra
Ireland, once an impoverished backwater from which generations fled, conjured an economic miracle…. After 2007, the party ended in a morass of insolvent banks, bad mortgages, and unpaid public debt, ultimately sending the proudly independent country begging to the International Monetary Fund. Andrew Moravcsik
Israel is beginning to look as the Biblical descriptions of the country describe it. That had not come about in all the years that the British had a mandate there or that the Arabs controlled the land. Eleanor Roosevelt
We need companies to create jobs. Francois Hollande
… growth is necessary to meet the requirements of social and national progress Georges Marchais
The reduction of working hours is a decisive means of creating a sufficient number of jobs. Johannes Rau
In 1955, Cuba had a life expectancy of 59.5 years, shorter than Paraguay, Argentina, and Uruguay… In 1985 the average Cuban could expect to live until the age of 75, longer than anyone else in Latin America and just short of the average American (75.9 years). Cuba’s children were the best fed and the level of literacy was the highest [in Latin America]. Donald Sassoon
It is past time to acknowledge that economic growth … is good, and that what the world needs is more of it. Bjorn Lomborg
… authors generally neglect that growth has lifted billions of people out of grinding poverty and that others may remain poor because of the developed world’s environmental concerns … Bjorn Lomborg
Over the last three decades, Mexico has made the transition from a commodity and agricultural-based economy to one dominated by manufacturing and services. Shannon K. O'Neil
In a good society, those in the middle and at the bottom ought to benefit significantly from economic growth. When the country prospers, everybody should prosper. Lane Kenworthy
The United States believes that the greatest contribution we can make to world prosperity is the continued advocacy of the magic of the market place. Ronald Reagan
The remarkable economic development of their country under Japanese auspices has not, however, escaped the bitter criticism of the Formosan Chinese. Japan's policy, they believe, is simply that of vicious exploitation. In the early days of the occupation they were robbed of the richest lands in the island by terror and chicanery. The Japanese Government has monopolized the production and sale of camphor, tobacco, salt, opium, sake, and other spirits, the most profitable Formosan industries. The Formosans claim that their resources and labor are exploited by Japanese capitalists, and that the tariff laws give Japan a monopoly of the market and compel them to pay monopoly prices. In a word, it is their belief that the Japanese and a few rich Formosans whose political support they have purchased are the only ones who profit by the development of the country.. Ralston Hayden
While the United States of today is not the United States of yesterday there are unmistakable indications that she is also not the United States of tomorrow. Edward Mandell House
I believe with unshakable faith that science and peace will yet triumph over ignorance and war, and that the peoples of the world will seek knowledge, not to destroy but to create. Tasker H. Bliss
The leading factor in the building of business America has been the ready means of communication between the states of the Union, unhampered, for one hundred and fifty years, by artificial barriers to trade. This has enabled us to build up the greatest home market the world has ever known. Oscar Wilder Underwood
Every individual necessarily labors to render the annual revenue of the society as great as he can. He generally, indeed, neither intends to promote the public interest, nor knows how much he is promoting it.... He intends only his own gain, and he is in this, as in many other cases, led by an invisible hand to promote an end which was no part of his intention. Adam Smith
Growth can also involve producing services instead of goods. In particular, a major expansion of public and caring services (like child care, education, elder care, and other life-affirming programs) would generate huge increases in GDP and incomes, with virtually no impact on the environment. Jim Stanford
The world we want to transform has already been worked on by history and is largely hollow. We must nevertheless be inventive enough to change it and build a new world. Rafael Sebastian Guillen Vicente; Subcomandante
An emerging market is a country where politics matters at least as much as economics to the market Ian Bremmer
… economic systems ... have never arranged themselves by themselves. It is men who do the ordering according to their attitudes, desires and understanding of things. Changes take place, not independent of man's will, but on account of man's wills. Civilization has progressed by man's interference with material conditions. Goparaju Ramachandra Rao
We live in a quickly changing world, therefore we must foretell developments, and reforms should respond to these changes Tigran Sargsyan
Every institution goes through three stages — utility, privilege, and abuse. Francois Rene de Chateaubriand
To-day is the parent of to-morrow. The present casts its shadow far into the future. That is the law of life, individual and social .... The means used to prepare the future become its cornerstone. Emma Goldman
Today, our country has ushered into an era of technological advancements, when current achievements oblige us to mobilize all our forces and work with a maximum effectiveness and goal-orientation. Therefore, our goal is a single one, namely: to rally around our values, to be proud of our achievements and to be confident with the future. This is the way in which Armenia can move ahead. Armenia should improve more than the previous day. All of us should constantly remember this. All of us should remember the logic of a better Armenia, a safer Armenia, a prosperous Armenia, and a powerful Armenia... Let there be an atmosphere of kindness and tolerance throughout all our undertakings. Serzh Sargsyan
It was assumed that the splinters of the Armenian nation that had managed to miraculously escape the Genocide would not be able to recover from the blow, would disappear in the whirlpools on five continents, lose their national identity, and aptitude to be a political factor. But we, as a nation and as a state, were able to reappear at the international arena to affirm that we continue our eternal journey and that we are determined not to allow for such a crime to ever happen again. Serzh Sargsyan
In the course of waging that war, the people of Canada had shown that it was possible for them to maintain nearly a million men in uniform and at the same time expand all the facilities for production within Canada at an unprecedented speed, including building industries which had never existed in Canada before... and by and large the cost of production in Canada compared favorable with the cost of production anywhere else among the Allies... All of this was accomplished without any foreign investment, without and foreign loans... We were quite capable of self-development. Tim Buck
Along with independence of India from the British Colonial rule, physical and mental development of masses is necessary for rebuilding the nation Bidhan Chandra Roy
We are going to see with our own eyes electricity made so cheap that it would become a standard article for use, not only for manufacturing but for every home…. I know that this empty desert country is going to be filled with men, women and children, making an honest livelihood… Franklin D. Roosevelt
Has our society reached the limit of its resources or the maximum of its wealth and prosperity? Rutger Metelerkamp
I am confident,, it will prove a mighty business considering that, in all probability, we shall be able to under-sell the linen cloths of Holland and France at least twenty in the hundred. Thomas Wentworth
Fair England. She has more people than she can well sustain. Goodly Ulster for want of people [has] unmaneured, her pleasant fields and rich grounds, they remain, if not desolate, worse …. Make speed, get thee to Ulster, serve God, be sober. Thomas Blennerhasset
Places where violence is widespread and government ceases to function, the pace of development falls dramatically … Asia Foundation
War may well be the worst way imaginable to create larger, more peaceful societies, but the depressing fact is that it is pretty much the only way. Ian Morris
The differences of opinion between the Catholic and Protestant Cantons [States] obliged Switzerland to remain aloof from European conflicts and, as a result, she remained in an untroubled state of peace throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. This was of great benefit to her economic development. Hugh Simons Gibson
The prosperity of a people depends upon such facts as the natural wealth of the country in which they live, their social discipline and industrial character, the result of generations, of centuries, it may be, of tradition. Norman Angell
The former apostles of class hatred now begin to preach one of the commonplaces of classic political economy: the quicker capital is developed the more profitable it will be for labor, for it will be so much the easier for the labor that is for hire to find employment. Vladimir Mikhailovich Zenzinov
In view of the desirability of strengthening the productivity of the peasantry, we must in every way facilitate the hiring of laborers in the interests of the poor. Pravda
Confronting the disillusionment of the peasant at this time, when the sowing period is approaching, it is imperative for us to 'link' manufactured goods and grain at any cost. Above everything we have to show the peasant that he did not till and sow in vain. Pravda
Europe needs to make its first, second and third economic priorities economic development. Lawrence Summers
We have faster growth rates for low wage industries than for high wage industries Samuel Coffin
Invest in arts, culture and people, and the big name companies will follow and bring with them well-paying jobs. William Peduto
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
The strength of a people lies in their numbers. Benito Mussolini
I need births, many births. Benito Mussolini
To make a people great it is necessary to send them to battle even if you have to kick them in the ass. Benito Mussolini
With a view to assuring our national and economic development, and giving the country a more regular and more modern administration, the signatories of the present pact consider the possession of complete independence and liberty as the sine qua non of our national existence. In consequence, we oppose all juridical or financial restrictions of any nature which would arrest our national development. The conditions of settlement of our proved debts shall likewise not be contrary to these principles. Kemal Ataturk
The secret to economic growth lay in the fact that that each generation attacked Nature not only with its own energies and resources, but with the heritage of equipment accumulated by its forebears. Robert Heilbroner
We are not the same people that we have been, either in our social characteristics, in our patriotic sentiments, or in the tone of our moral and religious feelings. Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess Salisbury
A country’s Internet infrastructure, just like it’s physical infrastructure, is essential to its economic competition and growth. Marvin Ammori
Civilization is a limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessaries. Mark Twain
We support U.S. jobs, especially when those jobs are facing off against foreign competition. Fred P. Hochberg
Economic growth is based partly on reality and partly on perception. Fareed Zakaria
From 1891 to 1972, U. S. productivity grew at an average rate of 2.33 percent, which is high, but then it dropped substantially so that from 1972-1996 it averaged only 1.38 percent. In other words, the Reagan tax cuts and deregulation did not spur productivity growth, even allowing for a long time. Fareed Zakaria
The city ... is involved in the fight for its life. One of the critical battlegrounds is the struggle to preserve middle class residential neighborhoods. Mario Cuomo
We must keep decision-making in our own hands when we employ foreign personnel. Don’t let foreigners control everything and make crucial decisions for us. Cixi
We have worked nearly 30 years, but the lives of the Tibetans have not improved. Hu-Yaobang
Development is the foundation of resolving Tibet’s problem. Hu Jintao
Unlike 30 years ago, people now admire the wealth of the West and lament the poverty of China; they stare awestruck at the power of the Western armies and scorn the cowardice of the Imperial troops; they enjoy the fairness and ease of the Customs and detest the fault-finding of China’s own tax collectors; they praise the orderly governance of the Western-Administered cities, and resent the harassment of our officials, big and small. Zhang Zhidong
… 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
Development is the only hard truth. Deng Xiaoping
[Developing country] sweatshops, where the conditions are admittedly appalling by Western standards, represent an improvement -- often a significant improvement -- over the alternatives available to their workers. To boycott them or impose other significant additional costs on them makes life worse for many poor people by depriving them of relatively good jobs. This is especially true for women in the developing world, for whom rural life is often far worse than industrial labor in cities. Richard N. Cooper
When you stifle human potential, when you don’t invest in new ideas, it doesn’t just cut off the people who are affected. It hurts us all. Bill Clinton
It is deeply to be deplored that the people should continue to stream into the over-crowded cities, and should thus further deplete the country districts. Ebenezer Howard
Contrary to the myth of untrammeled free enterprise, this expanding industry was fueled at every stage by government intervention.. Adam Hochschild
States and nations do not build wealth by storing cash in a bank vault. They build wealth by expanding human solutions to human problems in order that more and more of her people — living and yet to be born — are able to enjoy a higher quality of life. Robert Kennedy
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
… what can be more honorable than gladly to acquiesce in the prosperity of all men?... Constantine I
The sun of liberty is set; you must light up the candle of industry and economy. Benjamin Franklin
We hold these truths to be self-evident … Benjamin Franklin
Britain without us you can grow no stronger. We can grow tenfold without her. Benjamin Franklin
In another century, the greatest number of Englishmen would be on this side of the Atlantic. Benjamin Franklin
Young people in the third world can participate in global security if they also can participate in global prosperity. Ashraf Ghani
Part of our struggle is to make the international community understand that we are a poor country not because there is an insufficiency of resources and investment, but because we are deprived of the basic institutions and practices that make for good government. Aung San Suu Kyi
China’s rulers wanted row country to get rich, but not at the cost of control. Julian Baird Gerwitz
China became an economic power with few equals. By 2010 China gad overtaken Japan as the world’s second largest economy in terms of GDP, China’s transformation consistently drew one ideas beyond it shores. Julian Baird Gerwitz
A healthy national infrastructure requires not just competent engineers but also a government—and a public—willing to pay for it. Henry Petroski
I am not unaware of the great importance of roads and canals and the improved navigation of water courses, and that a power in the National Legislature to provide them might be exercised with signal advantage to the general prosperity. James Madison
Many internal improvements of primary magnitude might be promoted by an authority operating throughout the Union which cannot be effected as well, if at all, by the authority confirmed within the limits of a single state. Alexander Hamilton
All across America, through the promotion of the arts, neighborhoods create job growth and development. Karen Finley
Global elites need to recognize that the masses that they spit on, as they try to change their worlds, are immune to their consultations Gideon Rose
Man will put foward a goal to raise himself to a new level to create a higher sicio-biological type. Leon Trotsky
Basic research, performed for curiosity today, will drive the innovations years from now. When qunatum mecahnics was curioisty-driven basic research 80 years ago, no none had any inkling that there would be prectical cosequences of it. However today much more than half of entire gross nationa product was and is dependent on quantum mechanics. Cell phones, computers, and all the things we enjory were innovations that could not have taken place without an understanding of quantum mechanics. Brian Greene
I saw exhausted soil, old and decaying towns, wretchedly-neglected roads, and, in every respect, an absence of enterprise and improvement, distinguish the region through which we have come, in contrast to that in which we live. Such has been the effect of slavery. William H. Seward
To the New England mind, roads, schools, clothes, and a clean face were connected as part of the law of order or divine system. Bad roads meant bad morals. The moral of this Virginia road was clear, and the boy fully learned it. Slavery was wicked, and slavery was the cause of this road’s badness which amounted to [a] social crime. Henry Adams
Go ask Virginia— go ask even noble Maryland . . . to show you her people, canals, railroads, universities, schools, charities, commerce cities, and cultivated areas. William H. Seward
People who have been empowered by positive change are demanding quick solutions to current problems. Michelle Bachelet
As Chile gets closer to the income levels of developed countries, the challenge become more complicated, and we can’t grow along the same path. The drivers for growth will be different tomorrow than they were yesterday. Michelle Bachelet
How do we build an intelligent plan for growth over decades while responding to citizen’s immediate demands for less inequality and more opportunity. We must do both. Michelle Bachelet
From time to time in the years to come, I hope you will be treated unfairly, so that you will come to know the value of justice. I hope that you will suffer betrayal because that will teach you the importance of loyalty. Sorry to say, but I hope you will be lonely from time to time so that you don’t take friends for granted. I wish you bad luck, again, from time to time so that you will be conscious of the role of chance in life and understand that your success is not completely deserved and that the failure of others is not completely deserved either. And when you lose, as you will from time to time, I hope every now and then, your opponent will gloat over your failure. It is a way for you to understand the importance of sportsmanship. I hope you’ll be ignored so you know the importance of listening to others, and I hope you will have just enough pain to learn compassion. Whether I wish these things or not, they’re going to happen. And whether you benefit from them or not will depend upon your ability to see the message in your misfortunes. John Roberts
In general ... I tell people not to bang their heads against the wall and to find a compromise. Shlomo Hasson
the more our societies grow, the more important trust becomes and the harder it is to build. And that is a paradox of modern societies. Margrethe Vestager
Instead of eliminating class distinctions, suburbs were turned into class-conscious fortresses. Zoning ordinances set lot sizes and restricted the construction of apartment buildings, emphasizing single-dwelling homes to keep out undesirable lower-class families. Nancy Isenberg
Suburban subdivisions encouraged buyers to live with their “own kind,” constantly sorting people by religion, ethnicity, race, and class. Nancy Isenberg
A good, old-fashioned Presbyterian horror of self-righteousness, once a feature of American life, is nowhere to be seen. Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.
In 10 years, ... you're going to see the most valuable economy in the world -- the largest economy in the world -- is going to be a country run by communists. The Chinese seem to be very good at capitalism. And this is going to have fundamental problems and present an identity crisis for the United States. Because for a long time, free markets coincided with liberties such as free speech, free press, free religion. And all of a sudden, this equation is going to be decoupled. And when it gets decoupled, we might find that democracy, the multitude of voices, actually impedes capitalism because a state that does not have any pretense of limited government can very quickly mandate a regulatory framework for drones, for electric cars, for self-driving cars, for any new innovation where they feel that they can leapfrog Western societies. And this is a very unique thing in the American experience. And this is why it's very important to think of American capitalism as an operating system and not as an ideology. Because when you think about it as an ideology, you can have good politics make for very, very bad policy. That market outcomes and democratic voices and battles for votes can end up stifling progress. Bhu Srinivasan III
Mitigation and adaptation spending are not equivalent. Mitigation spending will go to new energy systems, new public transit systems, new agricultural systems. It will yield innovation, higher productivity, new jobs, and improved quality of life. It’s like paying for your kid to go to college or building a factory for your business — the high upfront costs yield substantial long-term returns, paying themselves back many times over. Mitigation spending is investment. Adaptation spending isn’t like that. It goes to maintaining the value of existing investments. It’s as though the maintenance costs on your factory doubled. You’re not getting any additional value out of the factory, you’re just putting more money in. Adaptation spending is pure cost, a net loss that displaces other productive investments. David Roverts (Writer)
We are going to strangle ourselves in our own growth. John Hickenlooper
In an information-rich world, the wealth of information means a dearth of something else: a scarcity of whatever it is that information consumes. What information consumes is rather obvious: the attention of its recipients. Herbert A. Simon
[…] a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it. Herbert A. Simon
Prosperity is a more refined and severer test of character than adversity as one hour of summer sunshine produces greater corruption than the longest winter day. Eliza Cook
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. Will Durant
A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing grows there. Jack Canfield
Do one thing every day that scares you. Eleanor Roosevelt
Do one thing every day that scares you. Mary Schmich