"But we have created a society that does not allow opportunities for those people to take care of themselves because we have denied them those opportunities."
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."Muhammad Yunus on Mahatma Gandhi
"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."Muhammad Yunus on Robert A. Heinlein
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."Muhammad Yunus on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."Muhammad Yunus on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."Muhammad Yunus on Mahatma Gandhi
"There is the expression of selfishness and there is the expression of selflessness - but economists or theoreticians never touched that part. They said: 'Go and become a philanthropist.' I said, 'No, I can do that in the business world, create a different kind of business - a business based on selflessness.'"
"My greatest challenge has been to change the mindset of people. Mindsets play strange tricks on us. We see things the way our minds have instructed our eyes to see."
"I'm sure everything has a bearing on what I'm doing. My family is a lower-middle-class family, there's lots of children, seven brothers, two sisters grew up together, fighting with each other, went to school. My mother went to school up to 4th grade. My father went to school up to 8th grade. So that's about the education level we had in the family."
"Civilization has given us enormous successes: going to the moon, technology. But then this is the civilisation that took us to debt, environmental crisis, every single crisis. We need a civilization where we say goodbye to these things."
"Soon we saw that money going to women brought much more benefit to the family than money going to the men. So we changed our policy and gave a high priority to women. As a result, now 96% of our four million borrowers in Grameen Bank are women."