Rene Dubos on Leading a Rational Life

“In most human affairs, the idea is to think globally and act locally.”

Rene Dubos

The Despairing Optimist,” American Scholar, Spring 1977. The Motto “Think Globally, Act Locally” first appeared as the title of an interview with Dubos in the EPA Journal, Apr. 1978.

Excerpted from: Shapiro, Fred, ed. The Yale Book of Quotations. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006.

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