„How long can men thrive between walls of brick, walking on asphalt pavements, breathing the fumes of coal and of oil, growing, working, dying, with hardly a thought of wind, and sky, and fields of grain, seeing only machine-made beauty, the mineral-like quality of life.“
„The economic life of the human race had for some time been based on coal, but latterly oil had been found a far more convenient source of power; and as the oil store of the planet was much smaller than its coal store, and the expenditure of oil had of course been wholly uncontrolled and wasteful, a shortage was already being felt. Thus the national ownership of the remaining oil fields had become a main factor in politics and a fertile source of wars.“
— Olaf Stapledon British novelist and philosopher 1886 - 1950
Chapter I: Balkan Europe; Section 4, “The Russo-German War” (pp. 29-30)
„One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.“
— Elbert Hubbard American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher fue el escritor del jarron azul 1856 - 1915
— John Dryden, The Poetical Works of John Dryden
Constantine the Great (1684), Epilogue.
„Oh Beautiful for smoggy skies, insecticided grain,
For strip-mined mountain's majesty above the asphalt plain.
America, America, man sheds his waste on thee,
And hides the pines with billboard signs, from sea to oily sea.“
— George Carlin American stand-up comedian 1937 - 2008
„I always loved the grand dichotomies of life. Dogs and cats. Cats and mice. Like Tom and Jerry. But as someone who grew up in Central Europe I never understood how a mouse can live inside a wall. Walls are made of bricks! They are not hollow. Way later I came to understand, when I learned that US-American houses are just made of wood, and their walls are really hollow.“
— Johannes Grenzfurthner Austrian artist, writer, curator, and theatre and film director 1975
from documentary Traceroute
„Why should coal miners suffer a lower standard of life than other classes of labour? They may be lazy, good-for-nothing fellows who do not work so hard or so long as they should. But is there any evidence that they are more lazy or more good-for-nothing than other people?
On grounds of social justice, no case can be made out for reducing. the wages of the miners. They are the victims of the economic Juggernaut. They represent in the flesh the "fundamental adjustments" engineered by the Treasury and the Bank of England to satisfy the impatience of the City fathers to bridge the "moderate gap" between $4.40 and $4.86. They (and others to follow) are the "moderate sacrifice" still necessary to ensure the stability of the gold standard. The plight of the coal miners is the first, but not—unless we are very lucky—the last, of the Economic Consequences of Mr. Churchill.“
— John Maynard Keynes British economist 1883 - 1946
„Consideration has not been given… to this big distinction as to how far men work through machines or as machines.“
— Friedrich Wilhelm Schulz German politician and publisher 1797 - 1860
Movement of Production (1843), as translated in Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts of 1844 (1988), p. 30
— Claude McKay Jamaican American writer, poet 1889 - 1948
If We Must Die, l. 13-14
„The sea returns upon the men,
The fields entrap the children, brick
Is a weed and all the flies are caught,
Wingless and withered, but living alive.
The discord merely magnified.
Deeper within the belly's dark
Of time, time grows upon the rock.“
— Wallace Stevens American poet 1879 - 1955
— Hunter S. Thompson American journalist and author 1937 - 2005