Brian's Quotes

Limits of the possible

The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.

Knowledge and wisdom

To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, remove things every day.

Crack in everything

Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.

Chaos must shimmer through the veil of order

In a work of art, chaos must shimmer through the veil of order.

Mad economists

Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist

Finite growth

Infinite growth of material consumption in a finite world is an impossibility.

Build a new model

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.

Pollution unharvested resources

Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we've been ignorant of their value.

Right technology - wrong reasons

Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons.

Beautiful solutions

When I'm working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.
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