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“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
“If you don't have a strategy, you're part of someone else's strategy. ”
Alvin Toffler
“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.”
Alvin Toffler
“A library is a hospital for the mind.”

- Anonymous”
Alvin Toffler
“The secret message communicated to most young people today by the society around them is that they are not needed, that the society will run itself quite nicely until they - at some distant point in the future - will take over the reigns. Yet the fact is that the society is not running itself nicely... because the rest of us need all the energy, brains, imagination and talent that young people can bring to bear down on our difficulties. For society to attempt to solve its desperate problems without the full participation of even very young people is imbecile.”
Alvin Toffler
“Change is not merely necessary to life - it is life.”
Alvin Toffler
“A single conversation with a wise man is better than ten years of study.”

- Chinese proverb”
Alvin Toffler
“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
“To survive, to avert what we have termed future shock, the individual must become infinitely more adaptable and capable than ever before. We must search out totally new ways to anchor ourselves, for all the old roots - religion, nation, community, family, or profession - are now shaking under the hurricane impact of the accelerative thrust. It is no longer resources that limit decisions, it is the decision that makes the resources.”
Alvin Toffler, Future Shock
“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”

- Chinese proverb”
Alvin Toffler
“The illiterate of the 21st Century are not those who cannot read and write but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.”
Alvin Toffler, Powershift: Knowledge, Wealth, and Power at the Edge of the 21st Century
“The future always comes too fast and in the wrong order.”
Alvin Toffler
“Learning is like rowing upstream; not to advance is to drop back.”

- Chinese proverb”
Alvin Toffler
“4. Knowledge is the most democratic source of power.”
Alvin Toffler
“By instructing students how to learn, unlearn and relearn, a powerful new dimension can be added to education. Psychologist Herbert Gerjuoy of the Human Resources Research Organization phrases it simply: ‘The new education must teach the individual how to classify and reclassify information, how to evaluate its veracity, how to change categories when necessary, how to move from the concrete to the abstract and back, how to look at problems from a new direction—how to teach himself. Tomorrow’s illiterate will not be the man who can’t read; he will be the man who has not learned how to learn.”
Alvin Toffler Future Shock 271
“Mereka yang disebut buta huruf (illiterate) di abad ke-21 bukanlah orang-orang yang tidak bisa membaca dan menulis, namun mereka yang tidak bisa belajar (learn), menanggalkan pelajaran sebelumnya (un-learn), dan belajar kembali (re-learn).”
Alvin Toffler
“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
“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.”
Alvin Toffler
“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
“Rooting about in themselves for the source of their discomfort, they undergo agonies of unnecessary guilt. They seem blankly unaware that what they are feeling inside themselves is the subjective reflection of a much larger objective crisis: they are acting out an unwitting drama within a drama.”
Alvin Toffler, The Third Wave
“Anyone nit-picking enough to write a letter of correction to an editor doubtless deserves the error that provoked it.”
Alvin Toffler
“بی‌سوادانِ قرنِ ۲۱ آن‌هایی نیستند که نمی‌توانند بخوانند و بنویسند، بلکه آن‌هایی هستند که نمی‌توانند آموخته‌های قدیمی را فراموش کنند و دوباره بیاموزند.”
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
“منذ ذلك اليوم الذي قذف فيه الانسان القديم حيوانا صغيرا بحجر، بدأ أستخدام العنف لصنع الثروة”
Alvin Toffler, Powershift: Knowledge, Wealth, and Power at the Edge of the 21st Century
“If just a tiny fraction of the sums spent on scientific and technological research and innovation were devoted to labs for designing and testing new organizational and institutional structures, we might have a much broader range of options to head off the looming implosion.”
Alvin Toffler, Revolutionary Wealth
“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.”
Alvin Toffler
“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
“A library is a hospital for the mind.”
Alvin Toffler
“Os analfabetos do futuro não serão os que não sabem ler ou escrever, mas os que não sabem aprender, desaprender e reaprender.”
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