Thomas Schelling quotes

  • Nobody is going to give away the farm in Kyoto. It is not anybody's to give away. And even if the United States Senate would actually ratify a bad treaty, anything called for under the treaty would require legislation passed through both houses.
    -- Thomas Schelling

    #Kyoto #Giving #House

  • I sometimes wish we could have, over the next five or ten years, a lot of horrid things happening-you know, like tornadoes in the Midwest and so forth-that would get people very concerned about climate change.
    -- Thomas Schelling

    #Years #People #Wish

  • I do think it's often a mistake to call them climate skeptics. I think they're deniers, just as I think president Ahmadinejad of iran who claims not to believe that the Holocaust occurred.
    -- Thomas Schelling

    #Mistake #Believe #Thinking

  • I use game theory to help myself understand conflict situations and opportunities.
    -- Thomas Schelling

    #Opportunity #Games #Use

  • There is a tendency in our planning to confuse the unfamiliar with the improbable.
    -- Thomas Schelling

    #Planning #Tendencies

  • When I used to theorize about a nuclear standoff, I didn't really have to understand what was happening inside the Soviet Union. It is a lot harder now to build a theory that can encompass all the complications of today's conflicts.
    -- Thomas Schelling

    #Nuclear #Unions #Today

  • The obvious issue is providing clean drinking water and sanitation to every single human being on earth at the cost of little more than one year of the Kyoto treaty.

  • In reality, Kyoto was a huge transfer of resources from the United States to the Third World, under the guise of environmental protection.

  • To put that into some perspective, when Bill Clinton and Al Gore had first taken the idea of the Kyoto Protocol up to the Congress, the United States Senate voted it down 95 to nothing.

  • The Lord has different names according to His different activities. For example, His name is Madhusüdana because He killed the demon of the name Madhu; His name is Govinda because He gives pleasure to the cows and to the senses

  • Give crowns and pounds and guineas But not your heart away; Give pearls away and rubies, But keep your fancy free.

  • There is a certain indolence in us, a wish not to be disturbed, which tempts us to think that when things are quiet, all is well. Subconsciously, we tend to give the preference to 'social peace,' though it be only apparent, because our lives and possessions seem then secure. Actually, human beings acquiesce too easily in evil conditions; they rebel far too little and too seldom. There is nothing noble about acquiescence in a cramped life or mere submission to superior force.

  • He gives me the hairy eyeball, and asks me to help him find his pancreas.

  • I believe the collapse of the House of Windsor is tied in with the collapse of the Church of England.

  • Knowing that I am different from the body, I need not neglect the body. It is a vehicle that I use to transact with the world. It is the temple which houses the Pure Self within.

  • The house has to please everyone, contrary to the work of art which does not. The work is a private matter for the artist. The house is not.