Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

William R. Catton, Jr.

American Sociologist, Author, Writer

"Viewed ecologically, the human saga is a tragic success story."

"To keep from gravitating toward genocidal conflict, we must stop demanding perpetual progress. For quiet nonpolitical reasons, governments and politicians cannot achieve the paradise they habitually promise. Political leaders who continue to dangle before their constituents enticing carrots that are becoming unattainable hasten the erosion of faith in political processes. Circumstances have ceased to be what they were when the once-New World’s myth of limitlessness made sense."