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335 pages, Paperback
First published January 1, 2008
Парите имат значение, но не колкото си мислим, и не по начина, по който си мислим. Семейството е важно. Също и приятелите. Завистта е отрова. Също и прекаленото мислене. Плажовете не са задължителни. Но доверието е. Както и благодарността.
„Няма такова нещо като лично щастие (...). Щастието е сто процента свързано с другите хора.“ (...) Щастието не е съществително или глагол. То е съюз. Съединителна тъкан.
"Nearly all Qatari women cover themselves in public... they practice 'Wahhabi-lite' and have more fun than the Saudis. The women in Qatar, for instance, can drive and even vote."
"-many others, all wearing the same microskirts, with the same raccoon makeup. My god, I think, is every woman in Moldova a prostitute? ... then it dawns on me. They are not prostitutes. They just dress that way. It's the national uniform." -pg 189 (Moldova)
"Qataris have no culture." -pg 117 (Qatar)
"You can tell a lot about a country by the way people drive... take the Swiss. Normally, they are upright and boring, but get them behind the wheel of a car and they become... upright and boring. Oh well. Sometimes people are exactly what they seem." - pg 103 (Qatar)
"The cops, like all Moldovan men, have a thuggish quality and look like they could use a bath." - pg 192 (Moldova)
"Their mission [the Peace Corps] is to spread a bit of American happiness around the world... that's what it is: an attempt to remake the world in our own happy image." - pg 206 (Moldova)
"... pleasant hum of Icelandic chatter, funny, I think, it sounds exactly like seals barking."