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Quotes by Alvin Toffler

  • American author
  • Born October 4, 1928

Alvin Toffler (October 4, 1928 – June 27, 2016) was an American writer, futurist, and businessman known for his works discussing modern technologies, including the digital revolution and the communication revolution, with emphasis on their effects on cultures worldwide. Toffler was an associate editor of Fortune magazine. In his early works he focused on technology and its impact, which he termed "information overload." In 1970 his first major book about the future, Future Shock, became a worldwide best-seller and has sold over 6 million copies.


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.




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.




One of the definitions of sanity is the ability to tell real from unreal. Soon we'll need a new definition.


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.


Anyone nit-picking enough to write a letter of correction to an editor doubtless deserves the error that provoked it.




Our technological powers increase, but the side effects and potential hazards also escalate.




Knowledge is the most democratic source of power.




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.


I work virtually every waking hour.




The great growling engine of change - technology.


The biggest tragedy I had was the loss of my daughter from neuromuscular disease in 2000, at age 46.




Profits, like sausages... are esteemed most by those who know least about what goes into them.




Technology feeds on itself. Technology makes more technology possible.




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.




The Law of Raspberry Jam: the wider any culture is spread, the thinner it gets.


Most managers were trained to be the thing they most despise - bureaucrats.




Man has a limited biological capacity for change. When this capacity is overwhelmed, the capacity is in future shock.


You can use all the quantitative data you can get, but you still have to distrust it and use your own intelligence and judgment.




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.




Change is not merely necessary to life - it is life.


Parenthood remains the greatest single preserve of the amateur.




It is better to err on the side of daring than the side of caution.



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