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

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

Eagles come in all shapes and sizes, but you will recognize them chiefly by their attitudes.

Eagles come in all shapes and sizes, but you will recognize them chiefly by their attitudes.

Infinite growth of material consumption in a finite world is an impossibility.

Infinite growth of material consumption in a finite world is an impossibility.

The printing press is either the greatest blessing or the greatest curse of modern times, sometimes one forgets which it is. ---->>>

Few can contemplate without a sense of exhilaration the splendid achievements of practical energy and technical skill, which, from the latter part of the seventeenth century, were transforming the face of material civilization, and of which England was the daring, if not too scrupulous, pioneer. ---->>>

An attitude to life which seeks fulfillment in the single-minded pursuit of wealth - in short, materialism - does not fit into this world, because it contains within itself no limiting principle, while the environment in which it is placed is strictly limited.

An attitude to life which seeks fulfillment in the single-minded pursuit of wealth - in short, materialism - does not fit into this world, because it contains within itself no limiting principle, while the environment in which it is placed is strictly limited.

It might be said that it is the ideal of the employer to have production without employees and the ideal of the employee is to have income without work. ---->>>

The system of nature, of which man is a part, tends to be self-balancing, self-adjusting, self-cleansing. Not so with technology.

The system of nature, of which man is a part, tends to be self-balancing, self-adjusting, self-cleansing. Not so with technology.

Many people love in themselves what they hate in others. ---->>>

Never let an inventor run a company. You can never get him to stop tinkering and bring something to market. ---->>>

You can either read something many times in order to be assured that you got it all, or else you can define your purpose and use techniques which will assure that you have met it and gotten what you need. ---->>>

If, however, economic ambitions are good servants, they are bad masters. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: English
Born: 08-16, 1911
Birthplace: Bonn, German Empire
Die: 09-04, 1977
Occupation: Economist
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Ernst Friedrich "Fritz" Schumacher (19 August 1911 – 4 September 1977) was an internationally influential economic thinker, statistician and economist in Britain, serving as Chief Economic Advisor to the UK National Coal Board for two decades. His ideas became popularised in much of the English-speaking world during the 1970s (wikipedia)