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- If this were true, the population of the world would be at a stand-still. In truth, the rate of birth is slightly in excess of death. I would suggest that the next edition of your poem should read: “Every moment dies a man, every moment 1 1/16 is born.” Strictly speaking, the actual figure is so long I cannot get it into a line, but I believe the figure 1 1/16 will be sufficiently accurate for poetry.
- Population, when unchecked, increases in a geometrical ratio, Subsistence, increases only in an arithmetical ratio.
- Thomas Robert Malthus An Essay on The Principle of Population, Chapter I, paragraph 18, lines 1-2.