Words matter. These are the best Fareed Zakaria Quotes, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
The markets are much more interested in America’s long-term trajectory than they are in feeling that there is an acute short-term crisis.
My friends all say I’m going to be Secretary of State. But I don’t see how that would be much different from the job I have now.
I grew up in this world where everything seemed possible.
One of the things that has been very difficult in Libya is the sense of uncertainty – the sense that they haven’t actually finished the revolution, that there was still a great deal of uncertainty. That uncertainty has made Libya harder for business in terms of oil and other things as well.
Whenever societies do well, they believe that there is something in their cultural DNA that made it happen.
The Web forces me to be disciplined and not to waste time – but before the Web was invented, there were plenty of opportunities to do that anyway.
The world is changing very profoundly.
The people who watch Fox are not going to watch CNN. You know, let’s be honest.
American influence is not what it used to be.
What we see today is an American economy that has boomed because of policies and developments of the 1950s and ’60s: the interstate-highway system, massive funding for science and technology, a public-education system that was the envy of the world and generous immigration policies.
I am an American, not by accident of birth but by choice. I voted with my feet and became an American because I love this country and think it is exceptional.
There is very strong historical data that suggests the way societies grow is by making large, long-term investments.
It is absolutely clear that government plays a key role, as a catalyst, in promoting long-run growth.
One of the great dilemmas for America will be that American companies will do very well while American workers might not.
America’s growth historically has been fueled mostly by investment, education, productivity, innovation and immigration. The one thing that doesn’t seem to have anything to do with America’s growth rate is a brutal work schedule.
In the 1990s, we were certain that Saddam Hussein had a nuclear arsenal. In fact, his factories could barely make soap.
Street protests in Saudi Arabia might warm our hearts, but they could easily lead to $250 a barrel oil and a global recession.
But as the arms-control scholar Thomas Schelling once noted, two things are very expensive in international life: promises when they succeed and threats when they fail.
Culture follows power.
Conservatives used to believe in confronting hard truths, not succumbing to comforting fairy tales. Some still do.
Whenever someone says the word community, I want to reach for an oxygen mask.
The great drama of Russian history has been between its state and society. Put simply, Russia has always had too much state and not enough society.
Politics and power is a realm of relative influence.
Alaska itself is an unusual state.
I’d be kidding if I said that I predicted the financial collapse.
I don’t want to paint a picture of total gloom and doom.
I’m largely in favor of financial reform.
In a very weak economy, when you say ‘cut government spending,’ what you mean is you’re laying off school teachers and you’re de-funding various programs that put money into the economy. This means you have more unemployed people that then draw unemployment benefits and don’t pay taxes.
The American consumer, even today, the weight of the American consumer in the global economy is China plus India doubled. So, it’s tough to replace that.
It hasn’t been easy to find American citizens who are willing to pick fruit in 110 degree weather.
Americans have so far put up with inequality because they felt they could change their status. They didn’t mind others being rich, as long as they had a path to move up as well. The American Dream is all about social mobility in a sense – the idea that anyone can make it.
I think that liberals need to grow up.
I should not be judged by a standard that’s not applied to everyone else.
I enjoy writing but I much prefer the experience of having written.
Iran is a country of 80 million people, educated and dynamic. It sits astride a crucial part of the world. It cannot be sanctioned and pressed down forever. It is the last great civilization to sit outside the global order.