"I wanted to make sure that this be the first scientific and technology revolution in history in which the public thoroughly discussed all the potential benefits and all the potential harms, in advance of the technology coming online and running its course."
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."Jeremy Rifkin on Confucius
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew."Jeremy Rifkin on Abraham Lincoln
"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history."Jeremy Rifkin on Mahatma Gandhi
"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little."Jeremy Rifkin on Franklin D. Roosevelt
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."Jeremy Rifkin on Thomas Jefferson
"We now have an opportunity, though, to do something we didn't do in the industrial age, and that is to get a leg up on this, to bring the public in quickly, to have an informed debate."
"We were making the first step out of the age of chemistry and physics, and into the age of biology."
"In this country, the health concerns and the environmental concerns are as deep as in Europe. All the surveys show that. But here, we didn't have the cultural dimension. This is a fast-food culture."
"The position I took at the time was that we hadn't really examined any of the potential environmental consequences of introducing genetically modified organisms."
"The interesting thing is, while we die of diseases of affluence from eating all these fatty meats, our poor brethren in the developing world die of diseases of poverty, because the land is not used now to grow food grain for their families."