"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."
"The empires of the future are the empires of the mind."Gregory Bateson on Winston Churchill
"Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future."Gregory Bateson on Oscar Wilde
"Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."Gregory Bateson on Steve Jobs
"I never think of the future - it comes soon enough."Gregory Bateson on Albert Einstein
"It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves."Gregory Bateson on William Shakespeare
"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."
"All experience is subjective."
"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."
"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."