Quotes by Alvin Toffler

I work virtually every waking hour.
- Alvin Toffler
Knowledge is the most democratic source of power.
- Alvin Toffler
The great growling engine of change - technology.
- Alvin Toffler
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Change is not merely necessary to life - it is life.
- Alvin Toffler
Parenthood remains the greatest single preserve of the amateur.
- Alvin Toffler
It is better to err on the side of daring than the side of caution.
- Alvin Toffler
Technology feeds on itself. Technology makes more technology possible.
- Alvin Toffler
Most managers were trained to be the thing they most despise - bureaucrats.
- Alvin Toffler
The Law of Raspberry Jam: the wider any culture is spread, the thinner it gets.
- Alvin Toffler
Our technological powers increase, but the side effects and potential hazards also escalate.
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Nobody knows the future with certainty. We can, however, identify ongoing patterns of change.
- Alvin Toffler
Profits, like sausages... are esteemed most by those who know least about what goes into them.
- Alvin Toffler
The biggest tragedy I had was the loss of my daughter from neuromuscular disease in 2000, at age 46.
- Alvin Toffler
No serious futurist deals in prediction. These are left for television oracles and newspaper astrologers.
- Alvin Toffler
We futurists have a magic button. We follow every statement about a failed forecast with 'yet.'
- Alvin Toffler
One of the more fantastic possibilities is that man will be able to make biological carbon copies of himself.
- Alvin Toffler
One of the definitions of sanity is the ability to tell real from unreal. Soon we'll need a new definition.
- Alvin Toffler
Man has a limited biological capacity for change. When this capacity is overwhelmed, the capacity is in future shock.
- Alvin Toffler
Anyone nit-picking enough to write a letter of correction to an editor doubtless deserves the error that provoked it.
- Alvin Toffler
The illiterate of the future will not be the person who cannot read. It will be the person who does not know how to learn.
- Alvin Toffler
You can use all the quantitative data you can get, but you still have to distrust it and use your own intelligence and judgment.
- Alvin Toffler
You've got to think about big things while you're doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.
- Alvin Toffler
Future shock is the shattering stress and disorientation that we induce in individuals by subjecting them to too much change in too short a time.
- Alvin Toffler
To think that the new economy is over is like somebody in London in 1830 saying the entire industrial revolution is over because some textile manufacturers in Manchester went broke.
- Alvin Toffler
People of the future may suffer not from an absence of choice but from a paralysing surfeit of it. They may turn out to be victims of that peculiarly super-industrial dilemma: overchoice.
- Alvin Toffler
The next major explosion is going to be when genetics and computers come together. I'm talking about an organic computer - about biological substances that can function like a semiconductor.
- Alvin Toffler
We must search out totally new ways to anchor ourselves, for all the old roots religion, nation, community, family, or profession are now shaking under the hurricane impact of the accelerative thrust.
- Alvin Toffler
My wife and I, unlike many intellectuals, spent five years working on assembly lines. We came to fully understand the criticisms of the industrial age, in which you are an appendage of a machine that sets the pace.
- Alvin Toffler

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