George Gilder Quotes


Capitalists are motivated not chiefly by the desire to consume wealth or indulge their appetites but by the freedom and power to consummate their entrepreneurial ideas.

Quality is abundant. Time is the new scarcity.

[The] zero-sum caricature [applies] much more accurately to socialism which stifles the creation of new wealth and thus fosters a dog-eat-dog struggle over existing material resources.

This is what sexual liberation chiefly accomplishes - it liberates young women to pursue married men.

The central event of the twentieth century is the overthrow of matter. ...The powers of the mind are everywhere ascendant over the brute force of things.

A culture that does not aspire to the divine becomes obsessed with the fascination of evil reveling in the frivolous the depraved and the bestial.

Activity and creativity almost always flow to the least regulated arena.

Wealth usually comes from doing what other people find insufferably boring.

Bandwidth grows at least three times faster than computer power.

Liberals force lower middle-class families who love their children to dispatch them to ghetto schools dominated by gangs of fatherless boys bearing knives.

All progress comes from the creative minority.

What's being pushed is to have Darwinism critiqued to teach there's a controversy. Intelligent design itself does not have any content.

Capitalism begins with giving.

In the history of enterprise most of the protagonists of major new products and companies began their education

Giving is the vital impulse and moral center of capitalism.

The prevailing theory of capitalism suffers from one central and disabling flaw a profound distrust and incomprehension of capitalism.

Television is not vulgar because people are vulgar; it is vulgar because people are similar in their prurient interests and sharply differentiated in their civilized concerns.

Unlike an inexorable Newtonian "great machine" the economy is not a closed system.

Intelligent design itself does not have any content.

On every continent and in every epoch the peoples who have excelled in creating wealth have been the victims of some of society's greatest brutalities.

The crucial role of the rich in a capitalist economy is... to invest; to provide unencumbered and unbureaucratized cash.

By merely foreswearing violence and taking advantage of their unique position contiguous with the world's most creative people the Palestinians could be rich and happy.

The fact is there hasn't been a thrilling new erogenous zone discovered since de Sade.

The welfare culture tells the man he is not a necessary part of the family; he feels dispensable his wife knows he is dispensable his children sense it.

In a world of dumb terminals and telephones networks had to be smart. But in a world of smart terminals networks have to be dumb.

The key to growth is quite simple: creative men with money. The cause of stagnation is similarly clear: depriving creative individuals of financial power.

History tells us that the threat to prosperity is not debt but socialism.

The differences between the sexes are the single most important fact of human society.

Socialism is an insurance policy bought by all the members of a national economy to shield them from risk. But the result is to shield them from knowledge of the real dangers and opportunities...

In embracing change entrepreneurs ensure social and economic stability.

Entrepreneurship is the launching of surprises.

The envy of excellence leads to perdition; the love of it leads to the light.

Hatred of producers of wealth still flourishes and has become in fact the racism of the intelligentsia.

The first priority of any serious program against poverty is to strengthen the male role in poor families.

If government could create jobs and raise children socialism would have worked.

The belief that all wealth comes from stealing is popular in prisons and at Harvard.

A design isn't finished until somebody is using it. Brenda Laurel Intelligent design itself does not have any content.

Real poverty is less a state of income than a state of mind.

All small returns are noise. To transcend the noise and the risk seek outsized returns from technological paradigms.