Muhammad Yunus Quotes


A university should not be an island where academics attain higher and higher levels of knowledge without sharing any of this knowledge with its neighbours.

We believe that poverty does not belong in a civilized human society. It belongs in museums [...] A poverty-free world might not be perfect but it would be the best approximation of the ideal.

..things are never as complicated as they seem. It is only our arrogance that prompts us to find unnecessarily complicated answers to simple problems.

Access to quality education has enabled me to reach far beyond the Bangladeshi village I grew up in.

The developing world is full of entrepreneurs and visionaries who with access to education equity and credit would play a key role in developing the economic situations in their countries.

Poverty is an artificial external imposition on a human being; it is not innate in a human being. And since it is external it can be removed. It is just a question of doing it.

I have always said that human beings are multidimensional beings. Their happiness comes from many sources not as our current economic framework assumes just from making money.

Truly affordable but high-quality health care tools and services are the only means by which quality health care can be provided to all.

Poverty is the absence of all human rights. The frustrations hostility and anger generated by abject poverty cannot sustain peace in any society.

The fact that the poor are alive is clear proof of their ability.

All people are entrepreneurs but many don't have the opportunity to find that out.

We will make yogurt with all kinds of nutritious elements. We want to provide nutrition to the poor and children.

... Women have plans for themselves for their children about their home the meals. They have a Vision. A man wants to enjoy himself ...

Here we were talking about economic development about investing billions of dollars in various programs and I could see it wasn't billions of dollars people needed right away.

Microcredit has shown how you can reach out to people that conventional banking cannot. It has demonstrated that it's a doable proposition.

In the future the question will not be "Are people credit-worthy" but rather "Are banks people-worthy?

Business money is limitless.

This is not charity. This is business: business with a social objective which is to help people get out of poverty.

A charity dollar has only one life; a Social Business dollar can be invested over and over again.

Today the concept of business is to make money. Making money is the name of the business.

I avoid grandiose plans. I start with a small piece that I can do. I go to the root of the problem and then work around it. It's building brick by brick.

There are cultural issues everywhere - in Bangladesh Latin America Africa wherever you go. But somehow when we talk about cultural differences we magnify those differences.

I had no idea that I would ever get involved with something like lending money to poor people given the circumstances in which I was working in Bangladesh.

We have done some of these in Bangladesh. Whenever I see a problem I immediately go and create a company. That's what I did all my life.

The Grameen clinics prove that a medical system 'for the poor' can be almost entirely self-supporting and we hope we can make it fully self sufficient so we can expand it across Bangladesh.

I began my work in the '70s teaching at a university in Bangladesh and these economic theories that I had learned stopped ringing true for me as I saw the misery of people living all around me.

Long live Grameen Bank. Let the power of poor women prevail.

They explained to me that the bank cannot lend money to poor people because these people are not creditworthy.

I went to the bank and proposed that they lend money to the poor people. The bankers almost fell over.

If the basic structure of Grameen is changed the worry is that the poor women who are the rightful owners of the bank will be disenfranchised.

The process of breaking down fear was always my greatest challenge and it was made easier by the careful work and gentle voices of my female workers.

The oneness of human beings is the basic ethical thread that holds us together.

Human beings have enormous resilience.

Human beings are much bigger than just making money.

Business is a very beautiful mechanism to solve problems but we never use it for that purpose. We only use it to make money. It satisfies our selfish interest but not our collective interest.

Nothing is more valuable to people than health care and by paying they feel less like beggars and more like 'customers' who can and should demand quality care.

We prepare our students for jobs and careers but we don't teach them to think as individuals about what kind of world they would create.

The poor themselves can create a poverty-free world. All we have to do is to free them from the chains that we have put around them!

My greatest challenge has been to change the mindset of people. Mindsets play strange tricks on us. We see things the way our minds have instructed our eyes to see.

...a culture that holds people back should and can be changed...

Changes are products of intensive efforts.

Making money is no fun. Contributing to and changing the world is a lot more fun.

...one cannot but wonder how an environment can make people despair and sit idle and then by changing the conditions one can transform the same people into matchless performers.

We have to get out of this mindset that the rich will do the business and the poor will have the charity.

Charity only perpetuates poverty by taking the initiative away from the poor.

Poverty does not belong in civilized human society. Its proper place is in a museum. That's where it will be.

The current financial crisis makes it very clears that the system that we have isn't really working and this is the right time for us to undo things and build them in a new way.

Money commands everything because that's our interpretation of capitalism... what kind of world is that? It's a very uncomfortable interpretation of a human being. We have been turned into robots.

My vision for the future? ... a world completely free from poverty.

Poverty is not created by poor people. It is produced by our failure to create institutions to support human capabilities.

The able bodied poor don't want or need charity.... All they need is financial capital.

Credit markets were originally created to serve human needs; to provide businesses and individuals with capital to start or expand businesses or fulfill other financial needs.

The crisis is the price for the capitalist system

We have designed a capitalist system wrong. We assume human beings are one-dimensional all they do is make money so we've created a money-centric world.

When you get a mobile phone it is almost like having a card to get you out of poverty in a couple of years.

Poor people always pay back their loans. It's us the creators of institutions and rules who keep creating trouble for them.

People should wake up in the morning and say 'I am not a job seeker I am a job-creator.

If we are looking for one single action which will enable the poor to overcome their poverty I would focus on credit

I had only immediate things today only today not tomorrow. I don't know what will happen tomorrow. Today I can see myself like crystal.

If you think creating a world without any poverty is impossible let's do it. Because it is the right thing to do.

I think social business is the most logical thing to do. If we had done that we could reduce all the problems we have.

While technology is important it's what we do with it that truly matters.

Like navigation markings in unknown waters definitions of poverty need to be distinctive and unambiguous. A definition that is not precise is as bad as no definition at all.

But we have created a society that does not allow opportunities for those people to take care of themselves because we have denied them those opportunities.

Young people should think in a different way - they should be job givers not job seeker.

Some people think that poor people are lazy. Actually it takes a lot of work to survive when you are dirt-poor.

Credit is a human right that should be treated as a human right. If credit can be accepted as a human right then all other human rights will be easier to establish.

Human creativity is unlimited. It is the capacity of humans to make things happen which didn't happen before. Creativity provides the key to solving our social and economic problems.

What good does the theory [of economics] do if it is not working for people?

I was an economist now turning into a human being - as if these are two different things. I don't know but I did that and then I had no vision.

All human beings are born entrepreneurs. Some get a chance to unleash that capacity. Some never got the chance never knew that he or she has that capacity.

Poverty is unnecessary.

One day our grandchildren will go to museums to see what poverty was like.

Making money is a happiness. And that's a great incentive. Making other people happy is a super-happiness.

I should never seek a job in my life my mission in life is to create jobs. I am not a job seeker I am a job giver.

...poor people are just as human as anyone else. They have just as much potential as anyone.

An individual poor person is an isolated island by himself and herself. IT can end that isolation overnight.

When you say vision you have a track that this is what I would like to say.

The only place where poverty should be is in museums.

In this world of plenty a tiny baby who does not yet understand the mystery of the world is allowed to cry and cry and finally fall asleep without the milk she needs to survive.

The moment you say microfinance everybody wants to help you.

I am proposing to create another kind of business based on "selflessness" that is in all of us. I am calling it social business.

I made a list of people who needed just a little bit of money. And when the list was complete there were 42 names. The total amount of money they needed was $27. I was shocked.

If you want to do something you have to imagine it. If you don't imagine it it will never happen

It's very difficult to look at it in a kind of a free manner what reality is. That was my first struggle to see it as it is rather than tainted by my own previous thoughts.