“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”

Upton SinclairUpton Sinclair

“Such imaginary constructs are of course what scientists referred to as models and there’s nothing intrinsically wrong with them. Actually, I think a fair case can be made that we cannot think without them. The problem with such models, at least it always seems to happen when we model something called the market, is that once created we have a tendency to treat them as objective realities or even fall down before them and start worshiping them as gods.”

David GraeberDavid Graeber

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”

Kim Malone ScottKim Malone Scott

“Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously headed for early success, but, rather, an ability to work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed.”

Vacaville HavelVacaville Havel

“There is absolutely no benefit for someone in such a position to propose something simple: when you are rewarded for perception, not results, you need to show sophistication.”

Nassim Nicholas TalebNassim Nicholas Taleb

“Most of the work I’ve done in the last ten years didn’t exist when I was in high school. In such a world it’s not a good idea to have fixed plans.”

Paul GrahamPaul Graham

“Modern capitalist societies, however richly endowed, dedicate themselves to the proposition of scarcity. Inadequacy of economic means is the first principle of the world’s wealthiest people. The shortage is due not to how much material wealth there actually is, but to the way in which it is exchanged or circulated. The market system artificially creates scarcity by blocking the flow between the source and the consumer. Grain may rot in the warehouse while hungry people starve because they cannot pay for it. The result is famine for some, and diseases of excess for others. The very earth that sustains us is being destroyed to fuel injustice. An economy that grants personhood to corporations but denies it to the more than human beings.”

Robin Wall KimmererRobin Wall Kimmerer

“The very term profit cries out for redefinition, for the stock market defines as profitable every kind of destruction and lacks terms for valuing cultures, diversities, or long-term well-being, let alone happiness, beauty, freedom, or justice.”

Rebecca SolnitRebecca Solnit

“Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.”

Farrah GrayFarrah Gray