"I forced myself to think what is the new concept and it became clear to me that it was risk, not only in technology and ecology, but in life and employment, too."
"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity."Ulrich Beck on Albert Einstein
"The typewriting machine, when played with expression, is no more annoying than the piano when played by a sister or near relation."Ulrich Beck on Oscar Wilde
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."Ulrich Beck on Arthur C. Clarke
"The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty, and all forms of human life."Ulrich Beck on John F. Kennedy
"I am sorry to say that there is too much point to the wisecrack that life is extinct on other planets because their scientists were more advanced than ours."Ulrich Beck on John F. Kennedy
"You need education. You need subsistence protection. We need jobs and social security. These are preconditions under which it will perhaps be possible to deal with these complex circumstances."
"You cannot make peace with terrorists. The normal dividing lines between war and peace do not apply."
"All theory of modernity in sociology suggests that the more modernity there is, the less religion. In my theory we can realize that this is wrong: atheism is only one belief system among many."
"The basic assumption of the secular society is that modernity overcomes religion."
"Neither science, nor the politics in power, nor the mass media, nor business, nor the law nor even the military are in a position to define or control risks rationally."