"Measured in time of transport and communication, the whole round globe is now smaller than a small European country was a hundred years ago."
"A man's character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation."John Boyd Orr on Mark Twain
"Truthful words are not beautiful beautiful words are not truthful. Good words are not persuasive persuasive words are not good."John Boyd Orr on Lao Tzu
"The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place."John Boyd Orr on George Bernard Shaw
"Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true."John Boyd Orr on Charles Dickens
"I'm a great believer that any tool that enhances communication has profound effects in terms of how people can learn from each other, and how they can achieve the kind of freedoms that they're interested in."John Boyd Orr on Bill Gates
"There can be no peace in the world so long as a large proportion of the population lack the necessities of life and believe that a change of the political and economic system will make them available. World peace must be based on world plenty."
"When the fabric of society is so rigid that it cannot change quickly enough, adjustments are achieved by social unrest and revolutions."
"It is said that those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad. It may well be that a war neurosis stirred up by propaganda of fear and hatred is the prelude to destruction."
"Our civilization has evolved through the continuous adjustment of society to the stimulus of new knowledge."
"If the views I have expressed be right, we can think of our civilization evolving with the growth of knowledge from small wandering tribes to large settled law."