The thirst to know and understand, a large and liberal discontent.
Empires dissolve and peoples disappear, song passes not away.
Yes, threadbare seem his songs, to lettered ken – they were worn threadbare next the hearts of men.
Hate and mistrust are the children of blindness.
In India, I’m always ‘Aruna Roy’s husband.’
School is something that you learn – reading and writing. Education is what you learn from the family, from the environment, from the community.
Who is a professional? A professional is someone who has a combination of competence, confidence and belief. A water diviner is a professional. A traditional midwife is a professional. A traditional bone setter is a professional. These are professionals all over the world. You find them in any inaccessible village around the world.
They are not long, the days of wine and roses.
In 1965, I went to what was called the worst Bihar famine in India, and I saw starvation, death, people dying of hunger, for the first time. It changed my life. I came back home, told my mother, ‘I’d like to live and work in a village.’ Mother went into a coma.
Jeff Sachs has the Millennium Villages. He spends $2.5 million in one village. It’s an absolutely ridiculous model, because I’ve said that if you gave me $2.5 million, I can train 100 grandmothers, solar electrify 100 villages – 10,000 houses – and save you 100,000 litres of kerosene.