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Norman Borlaug Quotes and Sayings

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Civilization as it is known today could not have evolved,
nor can it survive, without an adequate food supply.
- Norman Borlaug

Related topics: Food

Man seems to insist on ignoring the lessons available from history.
- Norman Borlaug

Yet food is something that is taken for granted by
most world leaders despite the fact that more than
half of the population of the world is hungry.
- Norman Borlaug

Plant diseases, drought, desolation,
despair were recurrent catastrophes during the ages -
and the ancient remedies: supplications to supernatural spirits or gods.
- Norman Borlaug

 

The green revolution has an entirely different meaning
to most people in the affluent nations of the privileged
world than to those in the developing nations of the forgotten world.
- Norman Borlaug

Without food, man can live at most but a few weeks;
without it,
all other components of social justice are meaningless.
- Norman Borlaug

Food is the moral right of all who are born into this world.
- Norman Borlaug

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There are no miracles in agricultural production.
- Norman Borlaug

Man's survival, from the time of Adam and Eve until
the invention of agriculture,
must have been precarious because of his inability
to ensure his food supply.
- Norman Borlaug

Almost certainly, however, the first essential component
of social justice is adequate food for all mankind.
- Norman Borlaug

The destiny of world civilization depends upon providing
a decent standard of living for all mankind.
- Norman Borlaug

The forgotten world is made up primarily of the developing nations,
where most of the people, comprising more than fifty
percent of the total world population,
live in poverty, with hunger as a constant companion
and fear of famine a continual menace.
- Norman Borlaug

Contrasting sharply, in the developing countries represented by India,
Pakistan, and most of the countries in Asia and Africa,
seventy to eighty percent of the population is engaged in agriculture,
mostly at the subsistence level.
- Norman Borlaug

Nevertheless, the number of farmers,
small as well as large,
who are adopting the new seeds and new technology is increasing very rapidly,
and the increase in numbers during the past three years has been phenomenal.
- Norman Borlaug

I am but one member of a vast team made up of many organizations,
officials, thousands of scientists, and millions of farmers -
mostly small and humble -
who for many years have been fighting a quiet,
oftentimes losing war on the food production front.
- Norman Borlaug

Man can and must prevent the tragedy of famine in the
future instead of merely trying with pious regret to
salvage the human wreckage of the famine,
as he has so often done in the past.
- Norman Borlaug

For, behind the scenes, halfway around the world in Mexico,
were two decades of aggressive research on wheat that
not only enabled Mexico to become self-sufficient with
respect to wheat production but also paved the way
to rapid increase in its production in other countries.
- Norman Borlaug

Therefore I feel that the aforementioned guiding principle
must be modified to read:
If you desire peace,
cultivate justice, but at the same time cultivate the
fields to produce more bread;
otherwise there will be no peace.
- Norman Borlaug

Cereal production in the rain-fed areas still remains
relatively unaffected by the impact of the green revolution,
but significant change and progress are now becoming
evident in several countries.
- Norman Borlaug

During the past three years spectacular progress has
been made in increasing wheat,
rice, and maize production in several of the most populous
developing countries of southern Asia,
where widespread famine appeared inevitable only five years ago.
- Norman Borlaug

Without adventure civilization is in full decay.
- Alfred North Whitehead

Civilization had too many rules for me,
so I did my best to rewrite them.
- Bill Cosby

We will create a civilization of the Mind in Cyberspace.
May it be more humane and fair than the world your
governments have made before.
- John Perry Barlow

To walk through the ruined cities of Germany is to
feel an actual doubt about the continuity of civilization.
- George Orwell

I have thought a sufficient measure of civilization
is the influence of good women.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Inventor: A person who makes an ingenious arrangement of wheels,
levers and springs, and believes it civilization.
- Ambrose Bierce

When humor goes, there goes civilization.
- Erma Bombeck

I do not believe that civilization will be wiped out
in a war fought with the atomic bomb.
Perhaps two-thirds of the people of the earth will be killed.
- Albert Einstein

What do I think of Western civilization?
I think it would be a very good idea.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

Civilization is unbearable, but it is less unbearable at the top.
- Timothy Leary

It is not possible for civilization to
flow backwards while there is youth in the world.
Youth may be headstrong,
but it will advance its allotted length.
- Helen Keller

You can't say civilization don't advance...
in every war they kill you in a new way.
- Will Rogers

The end of the human race will be that
it will eventually die of civilization.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Civilization is a movement and not a condition,
a voyage and not a harbor.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

The family is the nucleus of civilization.
- Will Durant

Civilization advances by extending the number of important
operations which we can perform without thinking of them.
- Alfred North Whitehead

We've arranged a civilization in which most crucial
elements profoundly depend on science and technology.
- Carl Sagan

Cities have always been the fireplaces of civilization,
whence light and heat radiated out into the dark.
- Theodore Parker

That is why I come forward tonight without any political label,
without any bias, but just simply as an Englishman to say to you:
a crime is being committed against civilization.
- John Amery

If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the
science of human relationships -
the ability of all peoples,
of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Everything around a writer, or musician in the record business,
probably everything in all the United States or in
all of western civilization,
is about competition.
- T-Bone Burnett

But you have to understand, my beard is so nasty.
I mean, it's the only beard in the history of Western
civilization that makes Bob Dylan's beard look good.
- Bill Walton

A modern civilization is only possible when it is accepted
that singular beings exist and express themselves freely.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

Science has done more for the development of western
civilization in one hundred years than Christianity
did in eighteen hundred years.
- John Burroughs

The greatest advances of civilization,
whether in architecture or painting,
in science and literature,
in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government.
- Milton Friedman

The disease of mutual distrust among nations is the
bane of modern civilization.
- Franz Boas

If the battle for civilization comes down to the wimps versus the barbarians,
the barbarians are going to win.
- Thomas Sowell

To the present writer a careful study of the facts
now available seems to leave no doubt that civilization
was born at the southeast corner of the Mediterranean.
- James H. Breasted

A civilization is destroyed only when its gods are destroyed.
- Emile M. Cioran

Right now, there's the illusion of order and civilization,
but there's a tremendous amount of economic tension
in this country and the educational system is constantly eroding.
- Kathryn Bigelow

On a group of theories one can found a school;
but on a group of values one can found a culture,
a civilization, a new way of living together among men.
- Ignazio Silone

If men do not now succeed in abolishing war,
civilization and mankind are doomed.
- Ludwig von Mises

When the toddler does something and there are consequences
for his action civilization begins.
- Alicia F. Lieberman

Individual commitment to a group effort -
that is what makes a team work,
a company work, a society work, a civilization work.
- Vince Lombardi

Civilization is a failure.
We need to think what we can do together in love and peace.
- Serj Tankian

Civilization consists in the multiplication and refinement of human wants.
- Robert Millikan

The contribution of Islam to history and modern civilization
is the product of the efforts of peoples of many races
and tongues which came to accept its way of life.
- Aly Khan

The writer in western civilization has become not a voice of his tribe,
but of his individuality.
This is a very narrow-minded situation.
- Aharon Appelfeld

Civilization is maintained by a very few people in
a small number of places and we need only some bombs
and a few prisons to blot it out altogether.
- Cyril Connolly

A civilized man is one who will give a serious answer to a serious question.
Civilization itself is a certain sane balance of values.
- Ezra Pound

A lot of people thought of me as a threat to Western civilization.
- John Milius

Chastity is the cement of civilization and progress.
Without it there is no stability in society,
and without it one cannot attain the Science of Life.
- Mary Baker Eddy

Tolerance is held to be a condition of mind which is encouraged by,
and is necessary for, civilization.
- Arthur Keith

People who cannot recognize a palpable absurdity are
very much in the way of civilization.
- Agnes Repplier

Civilization is the order and freedom is promoting cultural activity.
- Will Durant

Our civilization has evolved through the continuous
adjustment of society to the stimulus of new knowledge.
- John Boyd Orr

The vast upheaval of the World War set in motion forces
that will either destroy civilization or raise mankind
to undreamed of heights of human welfare and prosperity.
- Arthur Henderson

I've managed to dodge the curse.
Not all my family have.
Of course, music helped me - music is all about civilization,
about something worthwhile.
It's all about ideas.
- Gordon Getty

If there hadn't been women we'd still be squatting
in a cave eating raw meat,
because we made civilization in order to impress our girlfriends.
- Orson Welles

In our civilization, and under our republican form of government,
intelligence is so highly honored that it is rewarded
by exemption from the cares of office.
- Ambrose Bierce


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