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Quotes of the Day for 17 February 2002 – Growth

Thomas Robert Malthus was born at Dorking, Surrey, England on this day in 1766, an economist best known for being completely wrong about growth and limits. "An Essay on the Principle of Population" published in 1798 argued that as population grew our resources would run out and we would starve, a theme taken up by others over the years, while we have seen a global increase in resources and goods. Despite Edward Abbey's warning, growth turns out to generally be a good thing.

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The quotes:

All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous, unpremeditated act without benefit of experience.
     - Henry Miller

Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.
     - Edward Abbey, 1927 - 1989

Do you want my one-word secret of happiness? It's growth - mental, financial, you name it.
     - Harold S. Geneen

What is the most rigorous law of our being? Growth. No smallest atom of our moral, mental, or physical structure can stand still a year. It grows - it must grow; nothing can prevent it.
     - Mark Twain, 1835 - 1910

There are no such things as limits to growth, because there are no limits on the human capacity for intelligence, imagination, and wonder.
     - Ronald Wilson Reagan


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