Alvin Toffler Quotes

Who is Alvin Toffler?

Alvin Toffler was an American thinker and science fiction writer known for his books Future Shock and The Third Wave.

Born October 04, 1928
Died June 27, 2016

Best 14 Quotes by Alvin Toffler

“A library is a hospital for the mind.”

Alvin Toffler

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

Alvin Toffler

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

Alvin Toffler

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

Alvin Toffler

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

Alvin Toffler

“Knowledge is the most democratic source of power.”

Alvin Toffler

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

Alvin Toffler

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

Alvin Toffler

“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

"Future Shock" Quotes

“Science fiction is held in low regard as a branch of literature, and perhaps it deserves this critical contempt. But if we view it as a kind of sociology of the future, rather than as literature, science fiction has immense value as a mind-stretching force for the creation of the habit of anticipation. Our children should be studying Arthur C. Clarke, William Tenn, Robert Heinlein, Ray Bradbury and Robert Sheckley, not because these writers can tell them about rocket ships and time machines but, more important, because they can lead young minds through an imaginative exploration of the jungle of political, social, psychological, and ethical issues that will confront these children as adults.”

Alvin Toffler
Future Shock

"The Third Wave" Quotes

“I helped lift a sixty-five-year-old woman out of the bloody machine that had just torn four fingers off her hand, and I still hear her cries—"Jesus and Mary, I won't be able to work again!"
The factory. Long live the factory! Today, even as new factories are being built, the civilization that made the factory into a cathedral is dying. And somewhere, right now, other young men and women are driving through the night into the heart of the emergent Third Wave civilization. Our task from here on will be to join, as it were, their quest for tomorrow.”

Alvin Toffler
The Third Wave

“In education, we need to begin paying attention to matters routinely ignored. We spend long hours trying to teach a variety of courses on, say, the structure of government or the structure of the amoeba. But how much effort goes into studying the structure of everyday life — the way time is allocated, the personal uses of money, the places to go for help in a society exploding with complexity? We take for granted that young people already know their way around our social structure. In fact, most have only the dimmest image of the way the world of work or business is organized. Most students have no conception of the architecture of their own city's economy, or the way the local bureaucracy operates, or the place to go to lodge a complaint against a merchant. Most do not even understand how their own schools — even universities — are structured, let alone how much structures are changing under the impact of the Third Wave.”

Alvin Toffler
The Third Wave

“Individuals need life structure. A life lacking in comprehensible structure is an aimless wreck. The absence of structure breeds breakdown.
Structure provides the relatively fixed points of reference we need. That is why, for many people, a job is crucial psychologically, over and above the paycheck. By making clear demands on their time and energy, it provides an element of structure around which the rest of their lives can be organized. The absolute demands imposed on a parent by an infant, the responsibility to care for an invalid, the tight discipline demanded by membership in a church or, in some countries, a political party — all these may also impose a simple structure on life.”

Alvin Toffler
The Third Wave

“It does little good to forecast the future of semiconductors or energy, or the future of the family (even one's own family), if the forecast springs from the premise that everything else will remain unchanged. For nothing will remain unchanged. The future is fluid, not frozen. It is constructed by our shifting and changing daily decisions, and each event influences all others.”

Alvin Toffler
The Third Wave