"All experience is subjective."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."Gregory Bateson on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."Gregory Bateson on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."Gregory Bateson on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."Gregory Bateson on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."Gregory Bateson on Mark Twain
"Official education was telling people almost nothing of the nature of all those things on the seashores, and in the redwood forests, in the deserts and in the plains."
"Every move we make in fear of the next war in fact hastens it."
"We do not know enough about how the present will lead into the future."
"It is, I claim, nonsense to say that it does not matter which individual man acted as the nucleus for the change. It is precisely this that makes history unpredictable into the future."
"In the transmission of human culture, people always attempt to replicate, to pass on to the next generation the skills and values of the parents, but the attempt always fails because cultural transmission is geared to learning, not DNA."