"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."
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."Ulrich Beck on Albert Einstein
"Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men."Ulrich Beck on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control."Ulrich Beck on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right a single experiment can prove me wrong."Ulrich Beck on Albert Einstein
"Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss."Ulrich Beck on Ralph Waldo Emerson
"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."
"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."