Overpopulation Sayings and Quotes

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


The hungry world cannot be fed until and unless the growth of its resources and the growth of its population come into balance. Each man and woman, and each nation must make decisions of conscience and policy in the face of this great problem.     

Lyndon B. Johnson

Many problems that challenge us today can be traced back to a profound tension between what is good and desirable for society as a whole and what is good and desirable for an individual. That conflict can be found in global problems such as climate change, pollution, resource depletion, poverty, hunger, and overpopulation.     

Martin Nowak

We must speak far more clearly about sexuality, contraception, about abortion, about values that control population, because the ecological crisis, in short, is the population crisis. Cut the population by 90% and there aren't enough people left to do a great deal of ecological damage.     

Mikhail Gorbachev

You look at the large problems that we face that would be overpopulation, water shortages, global warming and aids, I suppose all of that needs international cooperation to be solved.     

Molly Ivins

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

Noam Chomsky

Fretting about overpopulation, is a perfectly guilt free indeed, sanctimonious way for progressives to be racists.     

P. J. O'Rourke

Overdrafts on aquifers are one reason some of our geologist colleagues are convinced that water shortages will bring the human population explosion to a halt. There are substitutes for oil, there is no substitute for fresh water.     

Paul R. Ehrlich

I could never find two people who are perfectly equal, one will always be more valuable than the other. And many people, as a matter of fact, simply have no value.     

Pentti Linkola

It is worth stressing once more that the chief cause for the impending collapse of the world the cause sufficient in and by itself is the enormous growth of the human population, the human flood. The worst enemy of life is too much life the excess of human life.     

Pentti Linkola

Futurists don't consider overpopulation one of the issues of the future. They consider it the issue of the future.     

Dan Brown

In the last 200 years the population of our planet has grown exponentially, at a rate of 1.9% per year. If it continued at this rate, with the population doubling every 40 years, by 2600 we would all be standing literally shoulder to shoulder.     

Stephen Hawking

Overconsumption and overpopulation underlie every environmental problem we face today.     

Jacques Yves Cousteau

Overpopulation in various countries has become a serious threat to the health of people and a grave obstacle to any attempt to organise peace on this planet     

Albert Einstein

Overpopulation is perhaps the biggest problem facing us, and immigration is part of that problem. It has to be addressed.     

David R. Brower

Democracy cannot survive overpopulation. Human dignity cannot survive it. Convenience and decency cannot survive it. As you put more and more people into the world, the value of life not only declines, but it disappears. It doesn't matter if someone dies.     

Isaac Asimov

I believe that human brilliance manifests itself only in flashes, among rare individuals. For this reason, humanity as a whole is enormously destructive. The creation of something as devastating as Western culture, which is now allowed to spread throughout the world, offers sufficient proof of this fact.     

Pentti Linkola

In the event that I am reincarnated, I would like to return as a deadly virus, in order to contribute something to solve overpopulation.     

Prince Philip

There follows a little obscenity here, a dash of philosophy there, considerable whining overall, and a modern satirical novel is born.     

Renata Adler

The writer has a grudge against society, which he documents with accounts of unsatisfying sex, unrealized ambitions, unmitigated loneliness, and a sense of local and global distress.     

Renata Adler

Short of nuclear war itself, population growth is the gravest issue the world faces. If we do not act, the problem will be solved by famine, riots, insurrection and war.     

Robert McNamara

The point of population stabilization is to reduce or minimize misery.     

Roger Bengston

In the last 200 years the population of our planet has grown exponentially, at a rate of 1.9% per year. If it continued at this rate, with the population doubling every 40 years, by 2600 we would all be standing literally shoulder to shoulder.     

Stephen Hawking

Now perhaps an excessive dread of overpopulation overcrowding reflects not an outward reality, but an inward state of mind. If you feel overcrowded when you're not, what does that mean? Maybe that you're afraid of human contact of being close to people, of being touched.     

Ursula K. Le Guin

Environmental degradation, overpopulation, refugees, narcotics, terrorism, world crime movements, and organized crime are worldwide problems that don't stop at a nation's borders.     

Warren Christopher

Something like a stable balance between human numbers and resources may then begin to define itself.     

William H. McNeill

the galloping increase of human numbers practically guarantees that existing margins between food supplies and human hunger will swiftly disappear, leaving less and less in reserve for times of unusual crisis.     

William McNeill