Alvin Toffler, American Author ( October 4, 1928 - June 27, 2016 )

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Our technological powers increase, but the side effects and potential hazards also escalate.~Alvin Toffler

Technology Potential Side

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

Education Future Learn

The biggest tragedy I had was the loss of my daughter from neuromuscular disease in 2000, at age 46.~Alvin Toffler

Daughter Age Loss

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

Small Things Small Doing

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

Society Real New

The next major explosion is going to be when genetics and computers come together. I'm talking about an organic computer - about biological substances that can function like a semiconductor.~Alvin Toffler

Science Together Computers

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

Better Caution Side

Profits, like sausages... are esteemed most by those who know least about what goes into them.~Alvin Toffler

Know Most Like

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

Life Change Necessary

Knowledge is the most democratic source of power.~Alvin Toffler

Knowledge Power Most

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

Change Time Future

We must search out totally new ways to anchor ourselves, for all the old roots religion, nation, community, family, or profession are now shaking under the hurricane impact of the accelerative thrust.~Alvin Toffler

Family Community Religion

The great growling engine of change - technology.~Alvin Toffler

Change Technology Great

Parenthood remains the greatest single preserve of the amateur.~Alvin Toffler

Parenting Greatest Single

Anyone nit-picking enough to write a letter of correction to an editor doubtless deserves the error that provoked it.~Alvin Toffler

Enough Correction Editor

To think that the new economy is over is like somebody in London in 1830 saying the entire industrial revolution is over because some textile manufacturers in Manchester went broke.~Alvin Toffler

Business Revolution Think

Man has a limited biological capacity for change. When this capacity is overwhelmed, the capacity is in future shock.~Alvin Toffler

Change Future Man

Technology feeds on itself. Technology makes more technology possible.~Alvin Toffler

Technology Possible More

You can use all the quantitative data you can get, but you still have to distrust it and use your own intelligence and judgment.~Alvin Toffler

Intelligence Data You

My wife and I, unlike many intellectuals, spent five years working on assembly lines. We came to fully understand the criticisms of the industrial age, in which you are an appendage of a machine that sets the pace.~Alvin Toffler

Wife Age You

People of the future may suffer not from an absence of choice but from a paralysing surfeit of it. They may turn out to be victims of that peculiarly super-industrial dilemma: overchoice.~Alvin Toffler

Future May People

No serious futurist deals in prediction. These are left for television oracles and newspaper astrologers.~Alvin Toffler

Television Serious Left

Nobody knows the future with certainty. We can, however, identify ongoing patterns of change.~Alvin Toffler

Change Future Nobody

We futurists have a magic button. We follow every statement about a failed forecast with 'yet.'~Alvin Toffler

Magic Follow Forecast

Most managers were trained to be the thing they most despise - bureaucrats.~Alvin Toffler

Most Despise Trained

The Law of Raspberry Jam: the wider any culture is spread, the thinner it gets.~Alvin Toffler

Culture Law Thinner