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    To minds of a certain cast there is nothing so captivating as simplification and generalization.
    — Thomas Malthus
    tags: mind 
     
    If it be taught that all who are born have a right to support on the land, whatever be their number, and that there is no occasion to exercise any prudence in the affair of marriage so as to check this number, the temptations, according to all the known principles of human nature, will inevitably be yielded to, and more and more will gradually become dependent on parish assistance.
    — Thomas Malthus
    The finest minds seem to be formed rather by efforts at original thinking, by endeavours to form new combinations, and to discover new truths, than by passively receiving the impressions of other men's ideas.
    — Thomas Malthus
    tags: truth  thinking  mind  ideas 
     
    Where there are few people, and a great quantity of fertile land, the power of the earth to afford a yearly increase of food may be compared to a great reservoir of water, supplied by a moderate stream. The faster population increases, the more help will be got to draw off the water, and consequently an increasing quantity will be taken every year. But the sooner, undoubtedly, will the reservoir be exhausted, and the streams only remain.
    — Thomas Malthus
    tags: people  power  food  earth  help  water  quantity  year 
     
    Each pursues his own theory, little solicitous to correct or improve it by an attention to what is advanced by his opponents.
    — Thomas Malthus
    tags: attention 
     
    A writer may tell me that he thinks man will ultimately become an ostrich. I cannot properly contradict him.
    — Thomas Malthus
    tags: men 
     
    The power of population is indefinitely greater than the power in the earth to produce subsistence for man.
    — Thomas Malthus
    tags: men  power  earth 
     
    To remedy the frequent distresses of the common people, the poor laws of England have been instituted; but it is to be feared that though they may have alleviated a little the intensity of individual misfortune, they have spread the general evil over a much larger surface.
    — Thomas Malthus
    tags: evil  people  law  poor  england 
     
    A feather will weigh down a scale when there is nothing in the opposite one.
    — Thomas Malthus
    The perpetual tendency of the race of man to increase beyond the means of subsistence is one of the general laws of animated nature, which we can have no reason to expect to change.
    — Thomas Malthus
    tags: nature  men  law  race 
     
    The rich, by unfair combinations, contribute frequently to prolong a season of distress among the poor.
    — Thomas Malthus
    tags: poor 
     
    Malthus married in 1804 and beat three children with his wife
    — Thomas Malthus
    tags: children  child  wife 
     
    The transfer of three shillings and sixpence a day to every labourer would not increase the quantity of meat in the country. There is not at present enough for all to have a decent share. What would then be the consequence?
    — Thomas Malthus
    Had population and food increased in the same ratio, it is probable that man might never have emerged from the savage state.
    — Thomas Malthus
    tags: men  food  savage 
     
    The most successful supporters of tyranny are without doubt those general declaimers who attribute the distresses of the poor, and almost all evils to which society is subject, to human institutions and the iniquity of governments.
    — Thomas Malthus
    The redundant population, necessarily occasioned by the prevalence of early marriages, must be repressed by occasional famines, and by the custom of exposing children, which, in times of distress, is probably more frequent than is ever acknowledged to Europeans.
    — Thomas Malthus
    tags: children  time  child  marriage 
     
    Evil exists in the world not to create despair but activity.
    — Thomas Malthus
    tags: evil  world  despair 
     
    The labouring poor, to use a vulgar expression, seem always to live from hand to mouth. Their present wants employ their whole whole attention, and they seldom think of the future. Even when they have an opportunity of saving they seldom exercise it, but all that is beyond their present neccessities goes, generally speaking, to the ale house.
    — Thomas Malthus
    The most baleful mischiefs may be expected from the unmanly conduct of not daring to face truth because it is unpleasing.
    — Thomas Malthus
    tags: truth 
     
    I think it will be found that experience, the true source and foundation of all knowledge, invariably confirms its truth.
    — Thomas Malthus
    tags: truth  experience  true 
     
    The power of population is so superior to the power of the earth to produce subsistence for man, that premature death must in some shape or other visit the human race.
    — Thomas Malthus
    tags: death  men  power  human  earth  race 
     
    The world's population will multiply more rapidly than the available food supply.
    — Thomas Malthus
    tags: world  food 
     
    Population, when unchecked, increases in a geometrical ratio. Subsistence increases only in an arithmetical ratio. A slight acquaintance with numbers will shew the immensity of the first power in comparison of the second.
    — Thomas Malthus
    tags: power 
     
    Instead of recommending cleanliness to the poor, we should encourage contrary habits. In our towns we should make the streets narrower, crowd more people into the houses, and court the return of the plague.
    — Thomas Malthus
    tags: people  encourage  poor 
     
    It accords with the most liberal spirit of philosophy to suppose that not a stone can fall, or a plant rise, without the immediate agency of divine power.
    — Thomas Malthus
    It is not the most pleasant employment to spend eight hours a day in a counting house.
    — Thomas Malthus
    A great emigration necessarily implies unhappiness of some kind or other in the country that is deserted.
    — Thomas Malthus
    To prevent the recurrence of misery is, alas! beyond the power of man.
    — Thomas Malthus
    tags: men  power  misery 
     
    It has appeared that from the inevitable laws of our nature, some human beings must suffer from want. These are the unhappy persons who, in the great lottery of life, have drawn a blank.
    — Thomas Malthus
    tags: nature  human  law 
     
    Every endeavor should be used to weaken and destroy all those institutions relating to corporations, apprenticeships, &c, which cause the labours of agriculture to be worse paid than the labours of trade and manufactures.
    — Thomas Malthus
    The constant effort towards population, which is found even in the most vicious societies, increases the number of people before the means of subsistence are increased.
    — Thomas Malthus
    tags: people  society 
     
    The great and unlooked for discoveries that have taken place of late years have all concurred to lead many men into the opinion that we were touching on a period big with the most important changes.
    — Thomas Malthus
    tags: men  discovery  opinion  year 
     
    Population, when unchecked, goes on doubling itself every 25 years or increases in a geometrical ratio.
    — Thomas Malthus
    tags: year 
     
    The moon is not kept in her orbit round the earth, nor the earth in her orbit round the sun, by a force that varies merely in the inverse ratio of the squares of the distances.
    — Thomas Malthus
    tags: earth  moon 
     
    The friend of the present order of things condemns all political speculations in the gross.
    — Thomas Malthus
    Where are we to look for the consumption required but among the unproductive labourers of Adam Smith?.
    — Thomas Malthus
    tags: adam 
     
    The main peculiarity which distinguishes man from other animals is the means of his support - the power which he possesses of very greatly increasing these means.
    — Thomas Malthus
    tags: animals  men  power 
     
    Nature herself in times of great poverty or bad climatic conditions, as well as poor harvest, intervenes to restrict the increase of population of certain countries or races; this, to be sure, by a method as wise as it is ruthless.
    — Thomas Malthus
    tags: time  nature  poverty  bad  poor  wise 
     
    The natural inequality of the two powers of population and of production in the earth, and that great law of our nature which must constantly keep their efforts equal, form the great difficulty that to me appears insurmountable in the way to the perfectibility of society.
    — Thomas Malthus
    tags: nature  society  power  earth  law 
     
    The immediate cause of the increase of population is the excess of the births above deaths; and the rate of increase, or the period of doubling, depends upon the proportion which the excess of the births above the deaths bears to the population.
    — Thomas Malthus
    tags: death  birth 
     
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