"Man seems to insist on ignoring the lessons available from history."
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."Norman Borlaug 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."Norman Borlaug on Abraham Lincoln
"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history."Norman Borlaug 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."Norman Borlaug on Franklin D. Roosevelt
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."Norman Borlaug on Thomas Jefferson
"Civilization as it is known today could not have evolved, nor can it survive, without an adequate food supply."
"Without food, man can live at most but a few weeks without it, all other components of social justice are meaningless."
"Yet food is something that is taken for granted by most world leaders despite the fact that more than half of the population of the world is hungry."
"Almost certainly, however, the first essential component of social justice is adequate food for all mankind."
"Man's survival, from the time of Adam and Eve until the invention of agriculture, must have been precarious because of his inability to ensure his food supply."