Thomas Friedman (1953-Present)

“In China today, Bill Gates is Britney Spears. In America today, Britney Spears is Britney Spears – and that is our problem. … The World is Flat.”

“Think about what they mean for the preservation of language, for preservation of text, for the ability of people to tell their stories. It’s going to be phenomenal.”

“The idea of Iran getting a bomb is very popular with the Iranian people, even those who don’t like the regime.”

“I think it’s going to be one of the biggest middle-class jobs — collaborators. Collaborators are people who are good at working as part of global knowledge, manufacturing or supply chains.”

“In this era of mounting complexity with more people, systems and products entwined in a bewildering web of global networks, explaining is an enormously valuable skill.”

“If you don’t visit the bad neighborhoods, the bad neighborhoods are going to visit you.”

“JFK wanted to put a man on the moon. My vision is to put every American man and woman on a campus.”

“[Frank Rich, for example, asked about the lack of commentary, replied:] We are independent operators who work outside the newsroom. … We are truly home alone. We can write whatever we want.”

“If I had something to say about it, I’d write about it.”

“No two countries that both had McDonald’s had fought a war against each other since each got its McDonald’s.”

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