Thomas Malthus, English Economist ( February 13, 1766 - December 23, 1834 )

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The power of population is indefinitely greater than the power in the earth to produce subsistence for man.~Thomas Malthus

Power Man Earth

A writer may tell me that he thinks man will ultimately become an ostrich. I cannot properly contradict him.~Thomas Malthus

May Man Me

Each pursues his own theory, little solicitous to correct or improve it by an attention to what is advanced by his opponents.~Thomas Malthus

Attention Theory Improve

The superior power of population cannot be checked without producing misery or vice.~Thomas Malthus

Power Misery Without

The histories of mankind are histories only of the higher classes.~Thomas Malthus

Higher Mankind Classes

Population, when unchecked, increases in a geometrical ratio.~Thomas Malthus

Population Increases Ratio

A great emigration necessarily implies unhappiness of some kind or other in the country that is deserted.~Thomas Malthus

Great Country Kind

I do not know that any writer has supposed that on this earth man will ultimately be able to live without food.~Thomas Malthus

Food Man Earth

I think it will be found that experience, the true source and foundation of all knowledge, invariably confirms its truth.~Thomas Malthus

Knowledge Experience Truth

In a state therefore of great equality and virtue, where pure and simple manners prevailed, the increase of the human species would evidently be much greater than any increase that has been hitherto known.~Thomas Malthus

Equality Great Simple

It is an acknowledged truth in philosophy that a just theory will always be confirmed by experiment.~Thomas Malthus

Truth Philosophy Theory

No limits whatever are placed to the productions of the earth; they may increase forever.~Thomas Malthus

May Earth Limits

Population, when unchecked, goes on doubling itself every 25 years or increases in a geometrical ratio.~Thomas Malthus

Environmental Years Every

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

People Effort Most

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

Great Changes Men

The rich, by unfair combinations, contribute frequently to prolong a season of distress among the poor.~Thomas Malthus

Rich Unfair Poor

The friend of the present order of things condemns all political speculations in the gross.~Thomas Malthus

Political Friend Present

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

Power Man Animals

The ordeal of virtue is to resist all temptation to evil.~Thomas Malthus

Evil Temptation Virtue