Population Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old population quotes, population sayings, and population proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


The increase in the world's population represents our victory against death.     

Julian Lincoln Simon

In a saturated population life is always cheap.     

Jack London

Population pressure is the ultimate cause of every war.     

Alexei Panshin

Real problem is not population explosion, but what the population is doing.     

Radhanath Swami

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

Thomas Malthus

In a region with a growing population, if you're doing nothing, you're losing ground.     

Stewart Udall

It is the population which decides when it's time for a leader to leave, not foreign powers.     

Paul Kagame

You cannot control your own population by force, but it can be distracted by consumption.     

Noam Chomsky

We all worry about the population explosion, but we don't worry about it at the right time.     

Art Hoppe

Given continued high rates of population increase, all environmental victories are temporary.     

Thomas W. Horton

Nature's standard operating procedure, pairing a population explosion with a population crash.     

Alfred W. Crosby

Technology made large populations possible; large populations now make technology indispensable.     

Joseph Wood Krutch

The population problem has no technical solution; it requires a fundamental extension in morality.     

Garrett Hardin

The general population doesn't know what's happening, and it doesn't even know that it doesn't know.     

Noam Chomsky

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

Thomas Malthus

The negative impact of population growth on all of our planetary ecosystems is becoming appallingly evident.     

David Rockefeller

Population growth is exceeding farmers' ability to keep up...Our oldest enemy, hunger, is again at the door.     

Lester R. Brown

A finite world can support only a finite population; therefore, population growth must eventually equal zero.     

Garrett Hardin

Every segment of our population, and every individual, has a right to expect from his government a fair deal.     

Harry S. Truman

Population control is not an issue involving contraceptives for third world women. It is an issue of ecological justice.     

Vandana Shiva

Population growth and the proliferation of mega-cities around the world redefines the entire global security agenda.     

Helmut Schmidt

There is a hugely underserved population out there... those who are the least capable of paying pay the highest.     

James Cameron

When the population is filled with peace and harmony it ripens like fruit that turns to rot in a jiff if not preserved by change.     

John Lindberg

It's not about keeping up the population, it's about passing on who we are and what we've learned, so things keep going. So we don't just end.     

Isaac Marion

A population that does not take care of the elderly and of children and the young has no future, because it abuses both its memory and its promise.     

Pope Francis

There would be no population explosion if people who are trying to keep the wolf from the door wouldn't let the stork fly in through the window.     

Evan Esar

Our population is headed for a stable plateau, which means an aging population.     

Emanuel Celler

A refugee population is hungry for language and aware that anything can happen.     

Anne Carson

The key thing you can do to reduce population growth is actually improve health.     

Bill Gates

The world's population will multiply more rapidly than the available food supply.     

Thomas Malthus