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For the economy I want workers and consumers to have control over their own economic lives. I want everyone to have fair conditions that fully utilize their talents and potentials. I want incomes that accord with the efforts people expend in their labors. I want what is produced, by whom, under what conditions, and with who consuming the result--all determined in accord with enhancing human well-being and development and all decided by the people involved and affected. I want an end to hierarchies of power and wealth and to class division with most actors subordinated to an elite few. To accomplish all these ends I favor the institutions of participatory economics -- worker and consumer councils, remuneration for effort and sacrifice, balanced job complexes, and participatory planning. If someone should demonstrate that those institutions somehow fail to accomplish necessary economic functions or have social or personal by-products that outweigh their benefits -- I would simply return to the drawing board. Exploitation, alienation, poverty, disempowerment, fragmenting and debilitating labor, production for the profit of a few -- much less harsh homelessness, starvation, and degradation -- are not like gravity. They arise from institutional relations established by human beings. New institutions, also established by human beings, can generate other vastly superior outcomes. Defining and working to attain those new institutions ought to be our economic agenda.
-- Michael Albert

"There is not great talent without great will power."
-- Honore de Balzac

With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.
-- Thomas Foxwell Buxton

“People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.”
~ Andrew Carnegie

Art depends on luck and talent.
-- Francis Ford Coppola

"In the absence of willpower the most complete collection of virtues and talents is wholly worthless."
-- Aleister Crowley

"Perfection of means and confusion of goals seem to characterize our age. If we desire sincerely and passionately the safety, the welfare and the free development of the talents of all men, we shall not be in want of the means to approach such a state."
-- Albert Einstein

Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life's cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another you have only an extemporaneous, half possession.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Each man has his own vocation; his talent is his call. There is one direction in which all space is open to him.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Hide not your talents, they for use were made."
-- Benjamin Franklin

"The man who is born with a talent which he is meat to use, finds his greatest happiness in using it."
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

* "Male and female citizens, being equal in the eyes of the law, must be equally admitted to all honors, positions, and public employment according to their capacity and without other distinctions besides those of their virtues and talents."
-- Olympe de Gouges

Things happen to you out of luck,
and if you get to stick around it's because you're talented.

-- Whoopi Goldberg

Our affluent society contains those of talent and insight who are driven to prefer poverty,
to choose it, rather than submit to the desolation of an empty abundance.
-- Michael Harrington

* Collectively, we have all it takes to create a just and peaceful world, but we must work together and share our talents. We all need one another to find happiness within ourselves and within the world.
-- Craig Kielburger

I do not want to die until I have faithfully made the most of my talent and cultivated the seed that was placed in me until the last small twig has grown.
-- Kathe Kollwitz

* We all have choices. We can build walls or we can build bridges. We can give our talents to creating weapons of annihilation, as so many scientists have done, or we can work to find solutions to humanities greatest problems. Our orientation is found not only in our acts, but also in the policies we support or oppose.
-- David Krieger

…to engage human energy, human skill, and human talent in the service of peace, for the alternative is unthinkable - war, destruction, and desolation; and to build a world community which will stand as a lasting monument to the millions of men and women, to such devoted and distinguished world citizens and fighters for peace as the late Dag Hammarskjold, who have given their lives that we may live in happiness and peace…
-- Chief Albert John Lutuli


"There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents,
the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love.
When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age."
-- Sophia Loren

"Use those talents you have. You will make it. You will give joy to the world.
Take this tip from nature: The woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except those who sang best."
-- Bernard Meltzer

One of the criteria for national leadership should therefore be a talent for understanding, encouraging, and making constructive use of vigorous criticism.
-- Carl Sagan

“Talent is always conscious of its own abundance, and does not object to sharing.”
~ Alexander Solzehnitsyn

"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

“We are always more anxious to be distinguished for a talent which we do not possess, than to be praised for the fifteen which we do possess”
-- Mark Twain

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. -- Marianne Williamson

"As we give of our time, talents and resources to tend the needs of the sick, offer food to the hungry and teach the dependent to stand on their own, we enrich ourselves spiritually beyond our ability to comprehend."
-- Joseph B. Wirthlin (1924-)

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