Asia Quotes

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Roman Payne
“People wonder why so many writers come to live in Paris. I’ve been living ten years in Paris and the answer seems simple to me: because it’s the best place to pick ideas. Just like Italy, Spain.. or Iran are the best places to pick saffron. If you want to pick opium poppies you go to Burma or South-East Asia. And if you want to pick novel ideas, you go to Paris.”
Roman Payne, Crepuscule

Aung San Suu Kyi
“It is not power that corrupts but fear.”
Aung San Suu Kyi

Donald J. Trump
“I've read hundreds of books about China over the decades. I know the Chinese. I've made a lot of money with the Chinese. I understand the Chinese mind.”
Donald Trump, The Art of the Deal

David Sedaris
“In Paris the cashiers sit rather than stand. They run your goods over a scanner, tally up the price, and then ask you for exact change. The story they give is that there aren't enough euros to go around. "The entire EU is short on coins."

And I say, "Really?" because there are plenty of them in Germany. I'm never asked for exact change in Spain or Holland or Italy, so I think the real problem lies with the Parisian cashiers, who are, in a word, lazy. Here in Tokyo they're not just hard working but almost violently cheerful. Down at the Peacock, the change flows like tap water. The women behind the registers bow to you, and I don't mean that they lower their heads a little, the way you might if passing someone on the street. These cashiers press their hands together and bend from the waist. Then they say what sounds to me like "We, the people of this store, worship you as we might a god.”
David Sedaris, When You Are Engulfed in Flames

Mahatma Gandhi
“Among the many misdeeds of British rule in India, history will look upon the Act which deprived a whole nation of arms as the blackest.”
Mahatma Gandhi

Paul Theroux
“...a society without jaywalkers might indicate a society without artists.”
Paul Theroux, The Great Railway Bazaar

Alexander the Great
“Our enemies are Medes and Persians, men who for centuries have lived soft and luxurious lives; we of Macedon for generations past have been trained in the hard school of danger and war. Above all, we are free men, and they are slaves. There are Greek troops, to be sure, in Persian service — but how different is their cause from ours! They will be fighting for pay — and not much of at that; we, on the contrary, shall fight for Greece, and our hearts will be in it. As for our foreign troops — Thracians, Paeonians, Illyrians, Agrianes — they are the best and stoutest soldiers in Europe, and they will find as their opponents the slackest and softest of the tribes of Asia. And what, finally, of the two men in supreme command? You have Alexander, they — Darius!”
Alexander the Great

Andrew X. Pham
“Nobody gives way to anybody. Everyone just angles, points, dives directly toward his destination, pretending it is an all-or-nothing gamble. People glare at one another and fight for maneuvering space. All parties are equally determined to get the right-of-way--insist on it. They swerve away at the last possible moment, giving scant inches to spare. The victor goes forwards, no time for a victory grin, already engaging in another contest of will. Saigon traffic is Vietnamese life, a continuous charade of posturing, bluffing, fast moves, tenacity and surrenders.”
Andrew X. Pham, Catfish and Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam

Santosh Kalwar
“Asia is an entertainment, Europe is a dream, America is an imprisonment and Rest is a nightmare.”
Santosh Kalwar

Amit Kalantri
“In your name, the family name is at last because it's the family name that lasts.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Christopher Hitchens
“Seeing the name Hillary in a headline last week—a headline about a life that had involved real achievement—I felt a mouse stirring in the attic of my memory. Eventually, I was able to recall how the two Hillarys had once been mentionable in the same breath. On a first-lady goodwill tour of Asia in April 1995—the kind of banal trip that she now claims as part of her foreign-policy 'experience'—Mrs. Clinton had been in Nepal and been briefly introduced to the late Sir Edmund Hillary, conqueror of Mount Everest. Ever ready to milk the moment, she announced that her mother had actually named her for this famous and intrepid explorer. The claim 'worked' well enough to be repeated at other stops and even showed up in Bill Clinton's memoirs almost a decade later, as one more instance of the gutsy tradition that undergirds the junior senator from New York.

Sen. Clinton was born in 1947, and Sir Edmund Hillary and his partner Tenzing Norgay did not ascend Mount Everest until 1953, so the story was self-evidently untrue and eventually yielded to fact-checking. Indeed, a spokeswoman for Sen. Clinton named Jennifer Hanley phrased it like this in a statement in October 2006, conceding that the tale was untrue but nonetheless charming: 'It was a sweet family story her mother shared to inspire greatness in her daughter, to great results I might add.'

Perfect. It worked, in other words, having been coined long after Sir Edmund became a bankable celebrity, but now its usefulness is exhausted and its untruth can safely be blamed on Mummy.”
Christopher Hitchens

“Seriously, just have the gonads to quote yourself! ^__^”
T F Rhoden

Thomas Mann
“Protestantism harbors within it certain elements – just as the Great Reformer himself harbored such elements within his personality. I am thinking here of a sentimentality, a trancelike self-hypnosis that is not European, that is foreign and hostile to our active hemisphere’s law of life. Just look at him, this Luther. Look at the portraits, both as a young man and later. What a skull, what cheekbones, what a strange set to the eyes. My friend, that is Asia. I would be surprised, would be astonished, if Wendish-Slavic-Sarmatian blood was not at work there, and if it was not this massive phenomenon of a man – and who would deny him that – who proved to be a fatal weight placed on one of the two precariously balanced scales of your nation, on the Eastern scale, which caused – and still causes – the Western scale to fly heavenward.”
Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain

Dipa Sanatani
“I was particularly fascinated by the story of the circumstances that led to the development of tertiary education in China. It seems hard to imagine—but there was a time when institutionalized education, formal curricula and exams didn’t exist.”
Dipa Sanatani, The Merchant of Stories: A Creative Entrepreneur's Journey

“No, I am not imagining a book-burning, warmongering, anti-intellectual fascist regime – in my plan, there is no place for re ghters who light up the Homers and Lady Murasakis and Cao Xueqins stashed under your bed – because, for starters, I’m not banning literature per se. I’m banning the reading of literature. Purchasing and collecting books and other forms of literature remains perfectly legitimate as long as you don’t peruse the literature at hand.”
Kyoko Yoshida

V.S. Naipaul
“Cruelty, yes: it was in the nature of Indian family life. The clan that gave protection and identity, and saved people from the void, was itself a little state, and it could be a hard place, full of politics, full of hatreds and changing alliances and moral denunciations. It was the kind of family life I had known for much of my childhood:...”
V.S. Naipaul, India: A Million Mutinies Now

“Europe and Asia have no waters separating them, and thus should be a single continent. But they are separate, for social and political reasons, and not because tectonic plates said so. Perhaps ancient Greeks wanted nothing to do with the odd-looking Asians.”
Rajesh`, Random Cosmos

Steven Magee
“Your enemy is not in the Middle East or Asia, it is your own government.”
Steven Magee

Dalai Lama XIV
“We are social animals. We have to live within the society. So it is very necessary to have the right kind of relation with and attitude toward the society.”
“Please pay more attention about inner value.
That is the ultimate source of happiness and success for life.”
The Dalai Lama
“You can’t know wisdom, you have to be it.”
Ram Dass
“Constructively dealing with adversities and bravely jumping educational hurdles can quickly fine-tune a person to Nature’s Law. We may look to saints and role models for inspiration but we are the ones who make our own effort, and then make our own progress. We may lean on heroes and deities, but the person whose hurdle it is must always do the final and decisive leap over that hurdle.”

Tenzin Kharma Trinley”
Dalai Lama, ram Dass, Tenzin Kharma trinley

William J. Bernstein
“The incense trade catalyzed the birth of Islam, whose military, spiritual, and commercial impacts transformed medieval Asia, Europe, and Africa. Riding on a rising tide of global trade along the land and sea routes of Asia, Islam came to dominate that continent's spiritual as well as its commercial life.”
William J. Bernstein, A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World from Prehistory to Today

António Pedro Moreira
“Há algo em estar sentado com quase duas dezenas de homens semi-nus oriundos da outra ponta da Ásia numa cela bafienta e quente ao som de uma bateria de escovas de dentes que torna aquele momento numa experiência especial.”
António Pedro Moreira, Daqui Ali - De Portugal a Singapura Por Terra

“Our company, launched in 2018 in Singapore, is the leading platform for online businesses serving suppliers and buyers around the world meet each other through our simple tool.”

V.S. Naipaul
“She said, on another day, "I do think about the individuals involved, all of them and I sometimes wonder what they really felt at certain moments, I think all of them were very courageous people. Each of them displayed some kind of courage in making the changes that they did make.”
V.S. Naipaul, India: A Million Mutinies Now

“Whereas the business community in the West is a community of companies, the business community in Asia is a community of people. In the West, companies tend to do business with one another. In Asia, the deals are all done between personalities.”
Michael Backman, Big in Asia: 25 Strategies for Business Success

“Most Asian companies rely on their cost and speed advantages, and so have not developed strong marketing skills. Therefore, although in Asia foreign firms may be competing with similar products and targeting the same customer groups, their superior marketing approach can give them an enormous competitive edge when it comes to winning customers.”
Michael Backman, Big in Asia: 25 Strategies for Business Success, Revised and Updated Paperback Edition

Tiziano Terzani
“Il passato è un'indispensabile guida per chi vuol visitare il presente o immaginarsi il futuro. In tutti i miei viaggi mi porto sempre dietro i libri di qualcuno che ha percorso quella strada prima di me. Non solo mi fanno compagnia, ma me ne servo come termine di paragone, come misura di quello che vedo.”
Tiziano Terzani, La porta proibita

Nilantha Ilangamuwa
“Indian democracy has taught the world the beauty and competitiveness of its governing system for a prolonged period. But Modi administration is remapping the Indian political map which some called the rise of nationalism, while others called it the rise of patriotism in this era of populism.”
Nilantha Ilangamuwa

Bruno Jasieński
“Dziś zresztą role nasze się zmieniają. Wasza żarłoczna Europa zdycha, jak klacz, która złamała nogę przed ostatnią przeszkodą. Zdycha, nie zdążywszy pożreć wszystkiego, ze zdławionym od zbytniej łapczywości przełykiem. Nie jest to przypadek, że zarazą, która ją dobija, jest dżuma, nasza stara azjatycka znajoma.”
Bruno Jasieński, I Burn Paris

“I believe that it is not beneficial either to idealize Romani culture or treat it as exotic. Romani culture is not simply Indian or Asian, though some aspects of it clearly reflect its historical origins in India, language being one of the most obvious. Nor is it inherently a culture of poverty or a culture of resistance or defiance against mainstream norms.”
Yaron Matras, I Met Lucky People: The Story of the Romani Gypsies

Langston Hughes
“In the course of our conversation, I learned that there were many cities in Central Asia where dark men and women are in control of the government. And I thought about Mississippi where more than half of the population is Negro, but one never hears of a colored person in the government. In fact, in the state Negroes cannot even vote. And you will never meet them riding in the sleeping car.”
Langston Hughes, Good Morning, Revolution: Uncollected Social Protest Writings

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