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After completion of the book, a sample was sent to colleagues in the social sciences who provided feedback on their favorite quotes.  Readers are invited to email their favorite quotes to info@ageofaltruism.com and this page will be periodically updated.

Quotes about human psychological development:

Rather than “wanting more,” you are about to be challenged to “become more” as we discover uncharted human motivational development of the mind (Preface, xii).

– Michael Babula

“One of the most difficult emotional feats one has to make in understanding the pleasure principle is to be able to imagine, as Freud could, that the primitive unconscious contains nothing but wishes fulfilled.  All there is in this primitive layer of the psyche is hallucinations.” (Chapter 1, pp. 7-8)

– Heinz Kohut

“We come into the world in a state of total self-centeredness, and one of our central tasks for the rest of our lives is to become increasingly able to care about others. Conditions that induce a spirit of rivalry toward others rather than helpfulness toward others – such as the competition for grades promoted by traditional schooling – interfere with maturation in this dimension. Incidentally, there are some psychiatrists who hold that altruism is the single best criterion of mental health.” (Chapter 13, p. 162)

– Malcolm Knowles

This having learnt, thou hast attained the sum
Of Wisdom; hope no higher, though all the Stars
Thou knew’st by name, and all th’ ethereal Powers,
All secrets of the deep, all Nature’s works,
Or works of God in Heav’n, Air, Earth, or Sea,
And all riches of this World enjoy’dst,
And all the rule, one Empire: only add
Deeds to thy knowledge answerable, add Faith,
Add Virtue, Patience, Temperance, add Love,
By name to come called Charity, the soul
Of all the rest: then wilt though not be loth
To leave this Paradise, but shalt possess
A paradise within thee, happier farr.

–  Character of the Archangel Michael in Milton’s Paradise Lost

Quotes about self-interested governing systems:

“What is the most underdeveloped nation?  With the storehouse of skills and knowledge contained in its millions of unemployed, and with the even more appalling underuse, misuse, and abuse of skills and knowledge in the army of unemployed people in all ranks in all industries, the United States may be today the most underdeveloped nation in the world.” (Chapter 12, p. 143)

– W. Edwards Deming

Our future depends on dismantling the current system of fear.  This means eradicating the departments of homeland security, the large-scale domestic security apparatuses, and returning to a nation where a free flow of ideas and free speech permits optimal debate and a wide array of testable proposals to serve the nation’s goal of helping people achieve exocentric altruism (Chapter 12, p. 154).

– Michael Babula

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