• Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction

    Ernst F. Schumacher
  • An attitude to life which seeks fulfilment in thesingle-minded pursuit of wealth - in short, materialism - does not fit into thisworld, because it contains within itself no limiting principle, while theenvironment in which it is placed is strictly limited

    Ernst F. Schumacher
  • The real problems of our planet are not economic or technical, they are philosophical. The philosophy of unbridled materialism is being challenged by events

    Ernst F. Schumacher
  • Everything can be seen directly except the eye through which we see

    Ernst F. Schumacher
  • People say: 'Let the facts speak for themselves'; they forget that the speech of facts is real only if it is heard and understood

    Ernst F. Schumacher
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