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Ivan Illich Quotes – Provocative Words from one of the Wisest Social Critics!

This week marks the birthday (Sept. 4) of Ivan Illich, one of the wisest social critics of the twentieth century!

Here are a few provocative Ivan Illich quotes that are representative of some of his best known works.

We encourage you to read some of the books, as they offer a deeper exploration of the provocative ideas introduced in these quotes.

Ivan Illich Quotes

Tools for Conviviality
[1973]

“In a society caught up in the race for the better, limits on change are experienced as a threat. The commitments to the better at any cost makes the good impossible at all costs. Failure to renew the bill of goods frustrates the expectation of what is possible, while renewal of the bill of goods intensifies the expectations of unattainable progress. What people have and what they are about to get are equally exasperating to them. Accelerating change has become both addictive and intolerable. At this point the balance among stability, change and tradition has been upset; society has lost both its roots in shared memories and its bearings for innovation. Judgement on precedents has lost its value.”

 

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One Comment

  1. Having to jump to the next page after every two quotes is a nuisance. I realize you’re trying to maximize your ad revenue by this tactic, but I doubt Ivan Illich would approve.