Saturday, October 3, 2009

Future meandering . . .

Birthday Salute to Alvin Toffler (born October 3 (or 4), 1928), writer and futurist.

Alvin Toffler, together with his wife, Heidi, are best known for writing, Future Shock and The Third Wave.

"He coined the term “future shock” in an article that first came out in 1965 and then published a book of the same name in 1970. The phrase has now entered the vocabulary, referring to what happens to society when too much change happens in too short a time, when the ensuing confusion causes normal decision-making processes to break down." quote source (1)

"Future shock is the shattering stress and disorientation that we induce in individuals by subjecting them to too much change in too short a time." - Alvin Toffler

"It is better to err on the side of daring than the side of caution." - Alvin Toffler

"One of the definitions of sanity is the ability to tell real from unreal. Soon we'll need a new definition." - Alvin Toffler

"The illiterate of the future will not be the person who cannot read. It will be the person who does not know how to learn." - Alvin Toffler

"You've got to think about big things while you're doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction." - Alvin Toffler

"Change is not merely necessary to life - it is life." - Alvin Toffler

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Today is the birthday of Thomas Clayton Wolfe (October 3, 1900 – September 15, 1938), author. He is considered one of the most important writers in modern American literature.

"Loneliness is and always has been the central and inevitable experience of every man." - Thomas Wolfe

"If a man has talent and can't use it, he's failed. If he uses only half of it, he has partly failed. If he uses the whole of it, he has succeeded, and won a satisfaction and triumph few men ever know." - Thomas Wolfe

"Is this not the true romantic feeling; not to desire to escape life, but to prevent life from escaping you." - Thomas Wolfe

"It is very comforting to believe that leaders who do terrible things are, in fact, mad. That way, all we have to do is make sure we don't put psychotics in high places and we've got the problem solved." - Thomas Wolfe

"His enemy was time. Or perhaps it was his friend. One never knows for sure." - Thomas Wolfe

"You can't go home again." - Thomas Wolfe

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Wolfe stamp image source (1)

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