Nafis Sadik, M.D.Under Secretary
General United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
"Slower global population growth will relieve pressure on the environment and other problems and grant time to find solutions. There are many actions that must be taken to alleviate poverty, improve food supply, end malnutrition, and provide adequate housing. The first is to achieve balanced population growth."







Leslie Nielsen / actor
"The Aswan Dam in Egypt was built to irrigate enough farm land to feed four million people. By the time they finished it, Egypt had ten million more people than when they started. Twenty years from now, our tiny planet will have enough new people to make four new Europes or seven more Russias. Now we'd better act fast or the world's stability is in serious danger."







John Brunner 1934 -1995
"Population Explosion. Unique in human experience, an event which happened yesterday but which everyone swears won't happen until tomorrow."
From 'Stand on Zanzibar, The hipcrime Vocabulary'





Oliver Goldsmith
c.1728-1774 (Irish dramatist, poet and journalist)
"I was ever of the opinion that the honest man who married and brought up a large family, did more service that he who continued single and only talked of population."
From 'The Vicar of Wakefield'







W.Somerset Maugham 1874-1965
"If people waited to know one another before they married, the world wouldn't be so grossly overpopulated as it is now."
From 'Mrs Dot" 1912







Thomas Robert Malthus 1766-1834
(English political Economist noted for his population theory)
"Population, when unchecked, increases in a geometrical ratio, subsistence on increases in an arithmetical ratio. A slight acquaintance with numbers will show the immensity of the power in comparison of the second".
From 'Essay on the Principles of Population, 1798'







D.H. Lawrence 1885-1930
"Creation destroys as it goes, throws down one tree for the rise of another. But ideal mankind would abolish death, multiply itself million upon million, rear up city upon city, save every parasite alive, until the accumulation of mere existence is swollen to a horror".
from: St Mawr 1925


Arnold Toynbee
"We have been god-like in our planned breeding of our domesticated plants and animals, but we have been rabbit like in our unplanned breeding of ourselves."
from 'National Observer.10th June 1963




Bob Merrill
1921-1977 (songwriter)
"People who need people are the luckiest people in the world."
From the song - People who need people 1964




Eve magazine
'All the sperm needed to produce today's 6 billion world population would fill a thimble, and the six billion human eggs would fill a shoebox'
April 2001




Quotes and pictures of Mr. Nielsen and Mrs. Sadik courtesy of
The Population institute



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