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"The illiterate of the 21st Century will not be those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn."

"Future shock is the dizzying disorientation brought on by the premature arrival of the future."

"If you don't develop a strategy of your own, you become a part of someone else's strategy."

"Cultures that promote desire and pursue wealth do not necessarily obtain it. On the other hand, cultures that preach the virtues of poverty usually get precisely what they pray for."

"Many countries today have begun the transition from an industrial wealth system and civilization to a knowledge-based system - without appreciating that a new wealth system is impossible without a corresponding new way of life."

"Are there conspiracies? Yes, at least 10,000 of them at any given time, mostly canceling each other out. In rare cases, conspiracies succeed - and then disappoint the conspirators."

"Idea-assassins rush forward to kill any new suggestion on the grounds of its impracticality, while defending whatever now exists as practical, no matter how absurd."

"The control of knowledge is the crux of tomorrow's worldwide struggle for power in every human institution."

"We will only keep people from fleeing the countryside into urban favelas, villas miseries, shantytowns and squatter villages when the productivity gap is closed between what brute labor on the soil can accomplish and what advanced technology makes possible today - and will make possible tomorrow."

"Perhaps the greatest cost of wave conflict in America will be paid by the millions of children currently compulsorily enrolled in schools that are attempting to prepare them - and not very successfully at that - for jobs that won't exist. Call that stealing the future."

"We cannot say whether the emerging world will be mostly "good" or mostly "evil" because the very definitions of these terms will change, and it is not we, but our children and their children who will do the judging, according to their own values."

"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."

"Change is not merely necessary to life, it is life."

"The future always comes too fast and in the wrong order."

"Parenthood remains the greatest single preserve of the amateur"

"Knowledge is the most democratic source of power."

"Knowledge is promiscuous. It mates and gives birth to more knowledge."