A good spicy quote can help put things into perspective. We have our own changing list of quotes on this platform, at the bottom of the page.
Google tells me that “development” is mainly of the “Smile! Life is beautiful” style (think self-development, self-help and self-growth). On MDGs, Kofi Annan is leading the way.
Here are some quotes which apply or could be applied to international development, environment and our own role in the process of making the world a better place.
Some people stay away from the door for the chance of it opening up. Billy Joel
Forget about making poverty history. Climate change will make poverty permanent. Nazmul Chowdhury
Don’t throw anything away. There is no “away”. Royal Dutch Shell advert
Unless we change direction, we are likely to end up where we are going. Chinese proverb
Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. Mark Twain
All things are possible once enough human beings realize that everything is at stake. Norman Cousins
Poverty is like punishment for a crime you didn’t commit. Eli Khamarov
The poor are poor because the rich are rich. Author unknown
All the people like us are we, and everyone else is They. Rudyard Kipling
In these times you have to be an optimist to open your eyes when you awake in the morning. Carl Sandburg
The more things change, the more they remain... insane. Michael Fry and T. Lewis
There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew. Marshall McLuhan
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former. Albert Einstein
The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be. Paul Valery
My personal favourites:
The problem with common sense is that it’s not very common. Author untraceable
Until the lions produce their own historian, the story of the hunt will glorify the hunter. African proverb
What do I think about Western civilization? I think it would be a good idea. Mahatma Gandhi
Out of context but nevertheless funny:
What is wrong with you people? Are you nuts? Woody Allen
What would you add?