34 Total Quotes

Jerry Brown Quotes

Multinational corporations do control. They control the politicians. They control the media. They control the pattern of consumption, entertainment, thinking. They're destroying the planet and laying the foundation for violent outbursts and racial division.
Jerry Brown
#American Politician #Control

The world is still the world according to the New York Times business section. It's all about mergers, the Dow. But there's a movement coming. And capitalism is definitely shaky now. It's shaky because it's based on insatiable desires in a biologically limited world.
Jerry Brown
#Business

My philosophy was one of greater self reliance, a philosophy of decentralization, of more person-to-person contact. That's what I was espousing. That's what I still espouse.
Jerry Brown
#Philosophy

The only people who would not like the water today are people who are harvesting crops.
Jerry Brown
#People

Prisons don't rehabilitate, they don't punish, they don't protect, so what the hell do they do?
Jerry Brown
#American Politician #Hell

Inaction may be the biggest form of action.
Jerry Brown
#Action #American Politician

Where there is a sufficient social movement of self-reliant communities, there can be political change. There must be political change.
Jerry Brown
#American Politician

Genetic engineering companies want to create a situation where you have to get permission from a corporation to eat. And the corporate executives don't live in the community. They don't send their kids to the same school. They don't go to the same churches. They don't play in the same parks. They don't swim in the same pools. They don't go to the same movies.
Jerry Brown
#Engineering

When the farmer can sell directly to the consumer, it is a more active process. There's more contact. The consumer can know, who am I buying this from? What's their name? Do they have a face? Is the food they are selling coming out of Mexico with pesticides?
Jerry Brown
#American Politician

The reason that everybody likes planning is that nobody has to do anything.
Jerry Brown
#American Politician #Planning

It is profoundly important because it is a major step forward in holding these agencies to a rule of law, in this instance a rule of environmental law,
Jerry Brown
#Law

Bush is only going to be around for a couple more years, and the evidence of global warming has grown, ... These agencies should act on their own. This issue is recognized by scientists and world leaders.
Jerry Brown
#Global Warming

Yes, there is an emergency … [but] this is not just an emergency, it's obviously a chronic crisis, ... This thing has been going on a long time and political rhetoric doesn't stop it.
Jerry Brown
#Crisis

Tragically, the federal government is violating federal law, which requires an assessment of cumulative impacts. This injures the citizens of Oakland, and every person in this country.
Jerry Brown
#Government

It's basically a soft commitment.
Jerry Brown
#Commitment

We're kind of running into Murder's Row now.
Jerry Brown
#Running

people-friendly city -- safe, honest and bursting with craft and entrepreneurial spirit.
Jerry Brown
#People

Before we turn a housing authority back over, we like to make sure it's financially sound, it has a plan and we have done everything we can do to make sure that the tenants are getting what they should be getting.
Jerry Brown
#Authority

It?s disturbing, to say the least, that Brittany Farms has offered no new proposals in the last two negotiation sessions. It would appear that Brittany Farms is not interested in working together to reach a mutual agreement.
Jerry Brown
#Negotiation

This puts light where it's needed. It cuts down on glare and doesn't waste energy lighting areas that don't need light.
Jerry Brown
#Energy

In essence, it's a typo. The books are really put together from a series of complex databases. For headings, they're in the (computer) system as codes. Somebody basically entered the wrong code.
Jerry Brown
#Books And Reading

We tried to get out of the house, but couldn't. We were running out the back door.
Jerry Brown
#Running

I like computers. I like the Internet. It's a tool that can be used. But don't be misled into thinking that these technologies are anything other than aspects of a degenerate economic system.
Jerry Brown
#American Politician

It looks to me to be obvious that the whole world cannot eat an American diet.
Jerry Brown
#American Politician

We were concerned that produce that did not meet the size standards of the marketing orders was being thrown away. At the same time there were elderly people who could not afford to have food. We wanted farmers to have an alternative outlet. The idea was to link up the farmer with the consumer through direct marketing.
Jerry Brown
#Marketing

It doesn't matter what I say as long as I sound different from other politicians.
Jerry Brown
#Politicians And Politics