Loss and possession, death and life are one, There falls no shadow where there shines no sun.
I’ve done a lot of practical anthropology, living in villages with people and realizing how difficult it is to get out of poverty. When in poverty, people use their skill to avoid hunger. They can’t use it for progress.
Fame is a dangerous thing. It’s what the post-industrial society wants. They want fame and many followers on Twitter. But to really make the world understandable, that challenge is remaining.
When friendship disappears then there is a space left open to that awful loneliness of the outside world which is like the cold space between the planets. It is an air in which men perish utterly.
I am not an optimist. I’m a very serious possibilist. It’s a new category where we take emotion apart and we just work analytically with the world.
The grace of God is courtesy.
To get away from poverty, you need several things at the same time: school, health, and infrastructure – those are the public investments. And on the other side, you need market opportunities, information, employment, and human rights.
The proud, the cold untroubled heart of stone, that never mused on sorrow but its own.
Fame is easy to acquire; impact is much more difficult.
Child! Do not throw this book about; refrain from the unholy pleasure of cutting all the pictures out.