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Elise Boulding

  • A meal, however simple, is a moment of intersection. It is at once the most basic, the most fundamental, of our life's activities, maintaining the life of our bodies; shared with others it can be an occasion of joy and communion, uniting people deeply.

  • Fasting and feasting are universal human responses, and any meal, shared with love, can be an agape.

  • Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English language, and yet it is one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and enjoying. The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things.

  • Why is it that we are born remembering, and live forgetting?

  • I have long been convinced that families are the primary agents of social change in any society.

  • When three generations are present in a family, one of them is bound to be revolutionary.

  • Storytelling bridges the generational gaps in ideology.

Elise Boulding, Norwegian-born U.S. Quaker sociologist, peace activist

(1920 - 2010)

Full name: Elise Marie Biorn-Hansen Boulding.