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

— Alvin Toffler

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Our moral responsibility is not to stop future, but to shape it. channel our destiny in humane directions and to ease the trauma of transition.


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.


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.


A new civilization is emerging in our lives, and blind men everywhere are trying to suppress it.


If you don't have a strategy, you're part of someone else's strategy.


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


It is always easier to talk about change than to make it.


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


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


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


Change is the process by which the future invades our lives.


About Alvin Toffler

Quotes 80 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Author
Birthday October 16

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


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.


Knowledge is the most democratic source of power.


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


Change is non-linear and can go backwards, forwards and sideways


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.


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


Change is the process by which the future invades our lives, and it is important to look at it closely, not merely from the grand perspectives of history, but also from the vantage point of the living, breathing individuals who experience it.


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.


Learning is like rowing upstream; not to advance is to drop back.” - Chinese proverb


Technology feeds on itself. Technology makes more technology possible.


Parenthood remains the greatest single preserve of the amateur.


The recognition that no knowledge can be complete, no metaphor entire, is itself humanizing. It counteracts fanaticism. It grants even to adversaries the possibility of partial truth, and to oneself the possibility of error.


The illiterate of the future are not those who can't read or write but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and re-learn.


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


By instructing students how to learn, unlearn and relearn, a powerful new dimension can be added to education.


Much education springs from some image of the future.

If the image of the future held by a society is grossly inaccurate, its education system will betray its youth.


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


Humanity faces a quantum leap forward.

It faces the deepest social upheaval and creative restructuring of all time. Without clearly recognizing it, we are engaged in building a remarkable new civilization from the ground up. This is the meaning of the Third Wave.


Any decent society must generate a feeling of community.

Community offsets loneliness. It gives people a vitally necessary sense of belonging. Yet today the institutions on which community depends are crumbling in all the techno-societies. The result is a spreading plague of loneliness.


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


A library is a hospital for the mind.” - Anonymous


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


It would be a mistake to assume that the present day educational system is unchanging. On the contrary, it is undergoing rapid change. But much of this change is no more than an attempt to refine the existent machinery, making it ever more efficient in pursuit of obsolete goals.


Future shock is the disorientation that affects an individual, a corporation, or a country when he or it is overwhelmed by change and the prospect of change ... we are in collision with tomorrow.


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


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.


Information overload will lead to 'future shock syndrome' as an individual will suffer severe physical and mental disturbances.


The next major explosion is going to be when genetics and computers come together.


Freedom of expression is no longer a political nicety, but a precondition for economic competitiveness.


The computer is a greater threat to the [nuclear] family than all the abortion laws and gay rights movements and pornography in the world.


Man has a limited biological capacity for change.

When this capacity is overwhelmed, the capacity is in future shock.


One of the most highly developed skills in contemporary Western civilization is dissection: the split -up of problems into their smallest possible components. We are good at it. So good, we often forget to put the pieces back together again.


The great growling engine of change - technology.


If industrialism, with its faster pace of life, has accelerated the family cycle, super-industrialism now threatens to smash it altogether.


In the year 2000 an illiterate person will not be someone who can't read or write, but someone who is not able to learn, unlearn and learn again.


To survive, to avert what we have termed future shock, the individual must become infinitely more adaptable and capable than ever before.