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  • K. shared from http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000IOMTC0/ref=r_soa_p_i
    In the European Dream, community relationships are more important than individual autonomy, quality of life is more important than wealth accumulation, and the prevailing attitude is "work to live" not "live to work."
  • K. shared from http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000IOMTC0/ref=r_soa_p_i
    In Russia today, a sign that a person has arrived in the middle class is not home ownership (Russians actually have a rather complicated relationship with housing and mortgages) but the ability to travel abroad—a relic of all the years when Russia was a closed country. A 2009 novel about the corrupt world of Russian politics (supposedly written under a pen name by one of Putin's aides) describes Moscow cocktail parties in which the first question people ask each other upon greeting is "So where have you traveled recently?" 
  • K. shared from Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
    Act first, keep the mills going, feel later.