Here’s a great quote

Posted: September 8, 2009 in Uncategorized
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“Too much and too long, we seem to have surrendered community excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things. … The gross national product does not [measure] the health of our children, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages; the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials.
It measures neither our wit nor our courage; neither our wisdom nor our learning; neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country; it measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile.”

Spoken by Robert Kennedy in the US in 1968, shortly before his untimely death.

Thanks to the guys at TGIF for sourcing the quote. They run some fascinating talks early on Friday mornings at a couple of coffee shops in Gauteng. Contact them at to get a list of the topics – well worth the effort.

— Posted From My iPod

  1. A Human Kind of Human says:

    A truly remarkable quote!… and so relevant to what is going on in my mind at the moment. Lately thoughts and ideas about how money influence our lives and hapiness and the actual meaning of the word “poverty”, seem to occupy most of my readings and conversations. This quote now opens a whole new avenue to explore in my thoughts about this subject. Thanks.

    PS: Maybe you, knowing much more about matters financial than I do, would pen down a few thoughts on these issues yourself. I would love to hear what you consider as poverty.

  2. veethree says:

    Wow, that’s a challenging idea for a post! I’ll try to pick it up – keen to hear what you think as well.

  3. Grant says:

    Seconded – I like that idea too.

    Should provide you with a good few blog entries 😉

    But I agree with the quote – we loose so much when we codify things – especially those intangables like beauty, love and art.

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