Jacque Fresco quotes

A list created by: Lee Sonogan


Fresco was an American futurist and self-described social engineer. He also worked on a variety of positions related to industrial design. His main views are on sustainable cities, energy efficiency, natural-resource management, cybernetic technology, automation, and the role of science in society. On May 18, 2017, he died from complications from Parkinson’s Disease. He died at the age of 101 in the US state of Florida.

  • “Only when science and technology are used with human concern in a world in which all of the earth’s resources are held as the common heritage of all of the earth’s people can we truly say that there is intelligent life on Earth.” ~ Jacque Fresco, Xavier Hawk interview, January 2010
  • Every system tries to get people to conform to support that system. That goes for communism, socialism, free enterprise, or any other civilization. If they don’t demand loyalty, they can’t keep their civilization together. So what they do is they teach things that would support an established system. We do not advocate an established system. TVP talks of an emergent system into state of change. So that we always prepare people for the next changes coming ahead. So that people will not cling to the past.” ~ Jacque Fresco, TVP seminar, September 11 2011
  • “Utopia, if ever established, will die, will stagnate. Whereas what I’m talking about, an evolving culture, or an emergent culture — I have no notions of a perfect society. I don’t know what that means. I know we can do much better than what we’ve got. I’m no Utopian. I’m not a humanist who would like to see everybody living in warmth and harmony. I know that if we don’t live that way, we’ll kill each other and destroy the earth.”Jacque Fresco, “Future by Design”
  • “You cannot outlaw tradition, but you can out grow it.” ~ Jacque Fresco, TVP teamspeak seminar, December 11, 2011
  • “The word ‘normal’ keeps changing as you become educated and learn new things. If you found out that all criminals were made by society, you wouldn’t put them in jail. You’d correct that area of society that makes criminals. What’s ‘criminal’? Well, in the old days, they said that a criminal was a person that took something out of your possession without your permission. Do you know what the new definition of a criminal is? One who’s caught. Think about that. That’s closer, isn’t it? So, if you do criminal things and you’re never caught, you’re never a criminal. So, the whole idea of criminal is bullshit because all politicians are criminals. All military people kill. They’re not called murderers. They’re called defenders of the country. So, when we stole the land from the Indians, we were murderers. We killed a lot of Indians. But we weren’t considered murderers because the nation says that’s what you do.”Jacque Fresco (Stockholm, 2010)
  • “You really don’t want a job, what you want is access those things you’d like to have.” ~ Jacque Fresco, Dec 4 2011
  • “We have more then enough to take care of everybody on earth at this time. If we have a shortage of anything, it’s very easy for science to make a substitute material. There’s no shortage of anything except brains in Washington.” – Jacque Fresco
  • “We must stop constantly fighting for human rights and equal justice in an unjust system, and start building a society where equal rights are an integral part of the design.” Jacque Fresco
  • “Notions of Good and Evil depend entirely on social context. It is not that people are good or bad, they are raised in an aberrant or twisted environment.”Jacque Fresco
  • “We must get away from this limited *I did this and I did that* and the self-centeredness, that dominates our society Today. It must be a privilege to serve members of society. Not that we want rewards or medals or honor for what we do, because it is just an honor to do it, if you cannot work for that, than you missed the boat. You don’t understand the teachings of the wisest men ever lived.”Jacque Fresco
  • In our search for more, we have blinded ourselves to our personal responsibility for challenging these absurdities. A resource-based society considers us all equal shareholders of Earth. We are responsible both for the planet and for our relationship with each other.”Jacque Fresco
  • “If you make people uniform, you can control them. If you teach people to read, and think, and question things, you lose control. So, the best idea is to separate people if you wish to maintain a monetary system. It’s called divide and conquer. By dividing people, they’re not a threat, you can control them.”Jacque Fresco
  • “There are no negro problems, or Polish problems, or Jewish problems, or Greek problems, or women’s problems, there are HUMAN PROBLEMS”. – Jacque Fresco
  • “The future is our responsibility, but change will not take place until the majority lose confidence in their dictator’s and elected officials’ ability to solve problems. It will likely take an economic catastrophe resulting in enormous human suffering to bring about true social change.” – Jacque Fresco
  • “If you took the profit out of war, there would be no war. What the hell do you think war is? You think we go to another country to bring democracy? We go there ’cause there’s oil, resources or something we need.”Jacque Fresco
  • “Truly free people do not need to be told they are free.” Jacque Fresco
  • “The only limitations are those which we impose upon ourselves.” Jacque Fresco
  • “So, “normal” is really what society dictates as normal and if we’re born in that world, we would see that as normal. But if you think about it for a second, is it really?”Jacque Fresco
  • “And you can’t find “love” because in order to find “love” you have to be capable of dishing it out. In order to be capable of giving “love”, your own life has to be in harmony with everything else, and that’s not attainable…”Jacque Fresco
  • “The only hope for developing a new civilization is to accept responsibility for improving our lives through knowledge, understanding, and a deeper comprehension of humanity’s relationship to natural processes of evolution. Our future is determined by effort we put forth to achieve this transition.”Jacque Fresco
  • “If you think we can’t change the world, It just means you’re not one of those that will”Jacque Fresco
  • “We are not taught to be thinkers, but reflectors of our culture. Let’s teach our children to be thinkers.”Jacque Fresco
  • “The uncreative mind can spot the wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot the wrong questions” The question has never been: Do we have the money? The question has always been: Do we have the resources?” ~ Jacque Fresco
  • “You cannot approach people who think differently with reason and logic if they don’t know what that means. First, you have to appeal to their values to start with. If you attack them, you lose them.” ~ Jacque Fresco

One of the most-underrated thinkers of the last 100 years. If you wish to learn more about Fresco and what he has done, please go The Venus Project’s website or YouTube channel. Or watch the Doco they made on YouTube below.


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