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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Speed is irrelevant if you are going in the wrong direction.

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Rachel Carson
The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe around us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.

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

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Every designer's dirty little secret is that they copy other designers' work. They see work they like, and they imitate it. Rather cheekily, they call this inspiration.

Aaron Russell

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Architect Eliel Saarinen
Always design a thing by considering it in its next larger context – a chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an environment, an environment in a city plan.

Eliel SaarinenW

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Paul Polak presenting at the Cusp Conference 2008, Chicago, IL
I hate books about poverty that make you feel guilty, as well as dry, academic ones that put you to sleep. Working to alleviate poverty is a lively, exciting field capable of generating new hope and inspiration, not feelings of gloom and doom. Learning the truth about poverty generates disruptive innovations capable of enriching the lives of rich people even more than those of poor people.

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People, their buildings and the ways they organise themselves are central to permaculture. Thus the permaculture vision of permanent (sustainable) agriculture has evolved into one of permanent (sustainable) culture.

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Lonny Grafman (right), the founder of Appropedia.org
I love to see projects that make the world a better place manifest. The way a project manifests from inception, brainstorming, researching, creating, testing, iterating, promoting, etc. always fill me with wonder and excitement. There is no one way that it unfolds, but my favorite ways to be part of are those that are collaborative.

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Vinay Gupta (left), inventor of the Hexayurt.
All exceptional abilities initially arise as defenses.

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Buckminster Fuller
All of humanity now has the option to "make it" successfully and sustainably, by virtue of our having minds, discovering principles and being able to employ these principles to do more with less.

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Portrait of Benjamin Franklin
He that is rich need not live sparingly, and he that can live sparingly need not be rich.

Benjamin FranklinW

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Tim Jarvis on his Antasrtic expedition
Thinking is good, but doing is better.

Tim JarvisW

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Fukuoka throwing a seedball at a 2002 workshop at Navdanya
Observe Nature thoroughly rather than labor thoughtlessly.

Masanobu FukuokaW, The One-Straw Revolution

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Bill Mollison talking about the future.
You don't have a snail problem, you have a duck deficiency.

Bill MollisonW

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Bill Mollison talking about the future.
Permaculture is a design system for creating sustainable human environments. The word itself is a contraction not only of permanent and agriculture but also of permanent culture, as cultures cannot survive for long without a sustainable agricultural base and landuse ethic.

Bill MollisonW, Introduction to Permaculture

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Suzuki in 2009
We don't know what details of a truly sustainable future are going to be like, but we need options, we need people experimenting in all kinds of ways and permaculturists are one of the critical gangs that are doing that.

David Suzuki W

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We must not build housing, we must build communities.

Mike BurtonW

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884 million people lack access to safe water supplies; approximately one in eight people. That’s nearly 3 times the U.S. population.

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Helen Keller
The mystery of language was revealed to me. I knew then that ‘W-A-T-E-R’ meant the wonderful cool something that was flowing over my hand. That living word awakened my soul, gave it light, joy, set it free.

Helen KellerW

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Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.

W. H. AudenW

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Cathy Leslie, Executive Director of Engineers Without Borders-USA
In order to stay competitive, tomorrow's engineer will need to become more culturally savvy, as well as adept at implementing appropriate technologies. Capacity building is not about constructing a showcase engineering project. It's about coming up with practical, sustainable solutions that fit the environment, its people and the culture as well. (ASME)

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Albert Einstein
It is high time that the ideal of success should be replaced by the ideal of service.

Albert EinsteinW

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Wangari Maathai in 2006
As long as there is no trust and confidence that there will be justice and fairness in resource distribution, political positioning will remain more important than service.

Wangari Maathai W, environmental activist, first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004

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Marble bust of Aristotle.
Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.


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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

Gandhi W

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Bill Mollison talking about the future.
Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.

Bill MollisonW

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Brundtland addressing the Congress of the Labour Party, 2007.
Fundamentally, sustainable development is a notion of discipline. It means humanity must ensure that meeting present needs does not compromise the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

Gro Harlem BrundtlandW

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Muhammad Yunus at World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, 25 January 2012
The poor themselves can create a poverty-free world — all we have to do is to free them from the chains that we have put around them.

Muhammad YunusW

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Hansen at the Our Opportunity student summit in March 2009
A global tipping point will be reached in 10 years [ 2016 ] if levels of greenhouse gases like methane and CO2 are not reduced. Global warming at this point becomes unstoppable.

James HansenW

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Albert Einstein
Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.

Albert EinsteinW

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Albert Einstein
Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

Albert EinsteinW

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The only known photograph of Chief Seattle, taken 1864
This we know, the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us. We did not weave the web of life, we are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.

Chief SeattleW

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Rachel Carson
The human race is challenged more than ever before to demonstrate our mastery, not over nature but of ourselves.

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Marshall McLuhan holding a mirror
There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew.

Marshall McLuhanW

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Joshua M. Pearce
Do something.               

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Geoff Lawton
You can solve all the world's problems in a garden.

Geoff LawtonW

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Jacques-Yves Cousteau
Now, as never before, the old phrase has a literal meaning: We are all in the same boat.

Jacques CousteauW

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Ross Perot
The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river.

Ross PerotW

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Muhammad Yunus at World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, 25 January 2012
I avoid grandiose plans. I start with a small piece that I can do. I go to the root of the problem and then work around it. It's building brick by brick.

Muhammad YunusW

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Walter Lippmann in 1914
Unless the reformer can invent something which substitutes attractive virtues for attractive vices, he will fail.

Walter LippmannW

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Albert Einstein
The only source of knowledge is experience.

Albert EinsteinW

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Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.

Oliver Wendell HolmesW

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Henry David Thoreau
For it matters not how small the beginning may seem to be: what is once well done is done forever.

Henry David ThoreauW

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John F. Kennedy
Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.

John F. KennedyW

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Heraclitus, Johannes Moreelse
No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.


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The only known photograph of Chief Seattle, taken 1864
The rivers are our brothers. They quench our thirst. They carry our canoes and feed our children. So you must give to the rivers the kindness you would give any brother.

Chief SeattleW

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Dave barry
There are two kinds of solar-heat systems: 'passive' systems collect the sunlight that hits your home, and 'active' systems collect the sunlight that hits your neighbors' homes, too.

Dave BarryW

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Thomas Edison
I’d put my money on the Sun and Solar Energy, what a source of Power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out, before we tackle that.

Thomas EdisonW

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Thomas Fuller
We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.

Thomas FullerW

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Thich Nhat Hanh
We have to walk in a way that we only print peace and serenity on the Earth. Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.

Thich Nhat HanhW

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John Muir
When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.

John MuirW

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E. F. Schumacher
The system of nature, of which man is a part, tends to be self-balancing, self-adjusting, self-cleansing. Not so with technology.

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
My friend, all theory is gray, and the Golden tree of life is green.

Johann Wolfgang von GoetheW

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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Speed is irrelevant if you are going in the wrong direction.

Gandhi W

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William Cullen Bryant
A breeze came wandering from the sky, light as the whispers of a dream; He put the overhanging grasses by, and softly stooped to kiss the stream, The pretty stream, the flattered stream, The shy, yet unreluctant stream of wind.

William Cullen BryantW

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Jane Goodall, September 2011
There would be very little point in my exhausting myself and other conservationist themselves in trying to protect animals and habitats if we weren't at the same time raising young people to be better stewards.

Jane GoodallW

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Permaculture is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive systems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of the landscape with people providing their food, energy, shelter and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way.

Graham Bell, The Permaculture Way

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