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Nothing fails like success because we dont learn from it. We learn only from failure.
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Mathematics brought rigor to economics. Unfortunately it also brought mortis.

— Kenneth E. Boulding

Nothing fails like success because we don't learn from it. We learn only from failure.

— Kenneth E. Boulding

The future is bound to surprise us, but we don't have to be dumbfounded.

— Kenneth E. Boulding

In view of the importance of philanthropy in our society, it is surprising that so little attention has been given to it by economic or social theorists. In economic theory, especially, the subject is almost completely ignored. This is not, I think, because economists regard mankind as basically selfish or even because economic man is supposed to act only in his self-interest; it is rather because economics has essentially grown up around the phenomenon of exchange and its theoretical structure rests heavily on this process.

— Kenneth E. Boulding

The most fundamental form of integrative power is the power of love.

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Don't go to great trouble to optimize something that never should be done at all. Aim to enhance total systems properties, such as creativity, stability, diversity, resilience, and sustainability-whether they are easily measured or not.

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The World is a very complex system. It is easy to have too simple a view of it, and it is easy to do harm and to make things worse under the impulse to do good and make things better.

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Political conflict rests to a very large extent on a universal ignorance of consequences, as the people who are benefited by any particular act or policy are rarely those who struggled for it, and the people who are injured are rarely those who opposed it.

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It is much more accurate to identify the factors of production as know-how (that is genetic information structure), energy, and materials, for, as we have seen, all processes of production involve the direction of energy by some know-how structure toward the selection, transportation, and transformation of materials into the product

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We never like to admit to ourselves that we have made a mistake. Organizational structures tend to accentuate this source of failure of information.

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Production functions involving only land, labor and capital ... never work and never explain economic development.

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The trouble with taxonomic boxes is ... that that they tend to be empty, however beautiful they are on the outside.

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