"Some quotes that have inspired us..."
Would I a house for happiness erect,
Nature alone should be my architect,
She'd build it more convenient than great,
And doubtless in the country choose her seat.
- Horace, 20 B.C.
"Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind"
- Henry David Thoreau
"What's the use of a fine house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?"
- Henry David Thoreau
"Civilization is a limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities."
- Mark Twain
"We won't have a society if we destroy the environment."
- Margaret Mead
"Becoming intoxicated with a dream gives us the passion to bring it into reality!" -Anon.
"The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it" - W. M. Lewis
"Chance favors the prepared mind." - Louis Pasteur
"For evil to flourish, all that is needed is for good people to do nothing."
- Edmund Burke
"The amount of sunshine energy that hits the surface of the Earth every minute is greater than the total amount of energy that the world's human population consumes in a year!"
(Home Power Magazine)
"The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction."
"For me there is only the traveling on paths that have heart, on any path that may have heart, and the only worthwhile challenge is to traverse its full length--and there I travel looking, looking breathlessly." -Carlos Castaneda
"In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations."
- From The Great Law of The Iroquois Confederacy
"Increasingly, the world around us looks as if we hated it."
"Man has lost the capacity to foresee and to forestall. He will end by destroying the earth."
"In the end, our society will be defined not only by what we create,
but by what we refuse to destroy."
- John C. Sawhill
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it's not."
-The Lorax, by Dr. Suess
"Tell me, I forget. Show me, I remember. Involve me, I understand."
-Ancient Chinese Proverb
"Those who prefer security to liberty deserve neither."
- Benjamin Franklin
- Observations by Albert Einstein
"We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us."
"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity."
"Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal."
"Three great forces rule the world: STUPIDITY, FEAR and GREED."
"Great spirits have always been met with violent opposition from mediocre minds."
And by Mahatma Gandhi:
Interview with Gandhi:
Reporter: "What do you think of Western civilization"
Gandhi: "I think it would be a good idea."
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."
"Speed is irrelevant if you are going in the wrong direction." -
"I feel most emphatically that we should not turn into shingles a tree which was old when the first Egyptian conqueror penetrated to the valley of the Euphrates." - Theodore Roosevelt
"I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait till oil and coal run out before we tackle that." - Thomas Edison
"Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground." - Anon.
"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog."
- Mark Twain
"There are three kinds of men. The ones that learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves." - Anon.
"All truth passes through three stages: first it is ridiculed; second, it is violently opposed; third, it is accepted as being self-evident."
- Arthur Schopenhauer
What You Get When You Hook Up With The Power Company:
(Source: Gary Dorn, Permaculturist, Austrailia)
1. Never ending source of pollution from the production of the
electricity at the source
2. Mining of a finite resource
3. Visual pollution around the land
4. High voltage towers and cabling cris- crossing the landscape
5. Support of a local monopoly
6. Ever increasing price for electricity
7. Crappy energy consuming buildings
8. Power failures, blackouts, and poor quality power
"Man did not weave the web of life - he is merely a strand in it.
Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself."
(see full text of his 1854 treaty oration)
"Engineering is the art of modelling materials we do not wholly understand into shapes we cannot precisely analyse to resist loads we cannot properly assess in such a way that the community has no reason
to suspect the extent of our ignorance."
- President, Scottish Branch - Institute of Engineering UK, 1946
"Not to have known, as most men have not, either the mountains or the desert, is not to have known oneself."
- Joseph Wood Krutch
"Now I see the secret of the making of the best persons; it is to grow in the open air and eat and sleep with the Earth"
- Walt Whitman
"I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance."
- Thomas Carlyle
"He who is harmony with Nature hits the mark without effort and apprehends the truth without thinking."
"The causes that lie behind much sickness and human suffering are short-sightedness and greed. Health for all can be achieved only through the organized demand by people for greater equality in terms of land, water, services, and basic rights. More power to the people!"
- Dr. David Werner
- - AND ON THE HUMOROUS SIDE -
A very good rule in life is as follows. "Never settle for a mere disaster
if a total calamity can be created instead" - Anon.
"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend.
Inside a dog, it's too dark to read." - Groucho Marx
- AND OUR TWO CENTS WORTH -
We are firm believers in nuclear power. It has proven to be a reliable source of energy in the past and will continue to be reliable in the future.
However, we really only need one power plant to supply us. It needs to have good distribution over most of the populated areas and easily available to anyone. It should be a proven design with no maintenance required and last a very long time without any upgrades or modifications. There should be no waste to deal with and be inaccessible to terrorists for their use.
Such a power plant already exists. It is 93,000,000 miles away but, oh, so easy to hook up to...
"Whoever saves one life saves the world."
- from The Talmud
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