Some wise sayings of Prince Charles…

On Religion in the Modern Era

“My belief is that in each one of us there is a distant echo of the sense of the sacred, but that the majority of us are terrified to admit its existence for fear of ridicule and abuse.”

On Materialism

“Modern materialism in my humble opinion is unbalanced and increasingly damaging in its long term consequences.”

On Scientism

“Science has attempted to take over the natural world from God, with the result that it has fragmented the cosmos and relegated the sacred to a separate, and secondary, compartment…”

“Science has tried to assume a monopoly – or, rather, a tyranny – over our understanding of the world around us … We are only now beginning to under the disastrous results of this outlook.”

On Modernist Obsessions

“Surely the time has come to escape from an almost adolescent obsession with being “modern” – the product, perhaps, of a 20th century “teenage crisis”? – and, instead, to be more concerned about being “human”!”

On the Persecution of the Traditional

“Indeed, tradition is positively discriminated against – as if it were some socially unacceptable disease…”

On Organic Farming
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“Organic farming has been shown to provide major benefits for wildlife and the wider environment. The best that can be said about genetically engineered crops is that they will now be monitored to see how much damage they cause.
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“It is vitally important that we can continue to say, with absolute conviction, that organic farming delivers the highest quality, best-tasting food, produced without artificial chemicals or genetic modification, and with respect for animal welfare and the environment, while helping to maintain the landscape and rural communities.”

“Consumers can choose whether or not to buy organic produce. Genetically modified ingredients will deny us choice in the long run.The demand for organic food is growing at a remarkable rate.”

“Consumers have made it clear that they want organic produce and every sector of the food chain is responding, with the kind of results we have just seen.”
On His Own Views
“I know that my ideas are sometimes portrayed as old-fashioned. Well, they may be. But what I am concerned about are the things that are timeless regardless of the age that we live in. Also I have been around long enough to see what were at the time thought of as old-fashioned ideas now come into vogue.”
On His Role
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“I find myself born into this particular position. I’m determined to make the most of it. And to do whatever I can to help. And I hope I leave things behind a little bit better than I found them.”
On Environmental Destruction & Conservation
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“Climate change should be seen as the greatest challenge to face man and treated as a much bigger priority in the United Kingdom.”

“I think we’re going to find, with climate change and everything else.. things like global warming and goodness knows what else and the cost of fuel for a start.. that things are going to become very complicated.”

“We should be treating, I think, the whole issue of climate change and global warming with a far greater degree of priority than I think is happening now.”
“I don’t want to be confronted by my future grandchild and them say ‘Why didn’t you do something?'”

“The world’s forests need to be seen for what they are.. giant global utilities, providing essential services to humanity on a vast scale. Rainforests store carbon, which is lost to the atmosphere when they burn, increasing global warming. The life they support cleans the atmosphere of pollutants and feeds it with moisture. They help regulate our climate and sustain the lives of some of the poorest people on this Earth.”

“We’re busily wrecking the chances for future generations at a rapid rate of knots by not recognizing the damage we’re doing to the natural environment, bearing in mind that this is the only planet that we know has any life on it.
Perhaps it has been too uncomfortable for those with vested interests to acknowledge, but we have spent the best part of the past century enthusiastically testing the world to utter destruction; not looking closely enough at the long-term impact our actions will have.”

On the Harmfulness of Fast Food

“Fast food may appear to be cheap food and, in the literal sense it often is, but that is because huge social and environmental costs are being excluded from the calculations. Any analysis of the real cost would have to look at such things as the rise in food-borne illnesses, the advent of new pathogens, such as E.coli 0157, antibiotic resistance from the overuse of drugs in animal feed, extensive water pollution from intensive agricultural systems and many other factors. These costs are not reflected in the price of fast food.”

On Modern Medicine

“The whole imposing edifice of modern medicine, for all its breathtaking successes, is, like the celebrated Tower of Pisa, slightly off balance. It is frightening how dependent on drugs we are all becoming and how easy it is for doctors to prescribe them as the universal panacea for our ills.”

On Christian Sectarianism

“When people are uncertain about what is right and what is wrong, and anxious about being considered old-fashioned, it seems to be worse than folly that Christians are still arguing about doctrinal matters which can only bring needless distress to a number of people.”

On Architecture

“A large number of us have developed a feeling that architects tend to design houses for the approval of fellow architects and critics, not for the tenants.”

“At the moment it looks as though London seems to be turning into an absurdist picnic table – we already have a giant gherkin, now it looks as if we are going to have an enormous salt cellar.”

“You have to give this much to the Luftwaffe: when it knocked down our buildings it did not replace them with anything more offensive than rubble. We did that.”

Instead of designing an extension to the elegant facade of the National Gallery which complements it and continues the concept of columns and domes, it looks as if we may be presented with a kind of municipal fire station, complete with the sort of tower that contains the siren. I would understand better this type of high-tech approach if you demolished the whole of Trafalgar Square and started again with a single architect responsible for the entire layout, but what is proposed is like a monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved and elegant friend.”

On Islam

“Medieval Islam was a religion of remarkable tolerance for its time, allowing Jews and Christians the right to practise their inherited beliefs, and setting an example which was not, unfortunately, copied for many centuries in the West.”
“The surprise, ladies and gentlemen, is the extent to which Islam has been a part of Europe for so long, first in Spain, then in the Balkans, and the extent to which it has contributed so much towards the civilisation which we all too often think of, wrongly, as entirely Western. Islam is part of our past and our present, in all fields of human endeavour. It has helped to create modern Europe. It is part of our own inheritance, not a thing apart.”
“Islamic culture in its traditional form has striven to preserve this integrated spiritual view of the world in a way we have not seen fit to do in recent generations in the West.”
“There is the potential for establishing new and valuable links between Islamic civilisation and the West. Perhaps, for instance, we could begin by having more Muslim teachers in British schools, or by encouraging exchanges of teachers. Everywhere in the world people are seemingly wanting to learn English. But in the West, in turn, we need to be taught by Islamic teachers how to learn once again with our hearts, as well as our heads.”

Reading

H.R.H. The Prince of Wales and Stephanie Donaldson. The Elements of Organic Gardening, 2007.

H.R.H. The Prince of Wales and Candida Lycett Green. The Garden at Highgrove., 2000.

Islam and the West: a Lecture Given in the Sheldonian Theatre, 1993.

H.R.H. The Prince of Wales and Charles Clover. Highgrove: Portrait of an Estate. London: Chapmans, 1993.

The People’s Prince: a collection of major addresses,1992.

The Rainforest Lecture: given by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales at the Royal Botanic Gardens,1990.

A Vision of Britain: A Personal View of Architecture, 1989.

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