"No matter where I go - London, Beirut, Jerusalem, Washington, Beijing, or Bangalore - I'm always looking to rediscover that land of ten thousand lakes where politics actually worked to make people's lives better, not pull them apart."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."Thomas Friedman on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Thomas Friedman on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Thomas Friedman on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Thomas Friedman on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."Thomas Friedman on Joseph Stalin
"Rock stars get room keys, I get business cards."
"Sometimes, when my wife and I were going out to dinner, I would take my laptop with me and work in the car, so as to take advantage of the half hour going and coming."
"I think we have lost our groove as a country. One of the reasons was the attack on 9/11. We got knocked off our game. From a country that always exported hope we went into the business of exporting fear."
"We need better neighbors, neighbors that care about the schools in their neighborhood whether they have kids in them or not, because they know that the health and vitality of that neighborhood depends on it."
"It created a global platform that allowed more people to plug and play, collaborate and compete, share knowledge and share work, than anything we have ever seen in the history of the world."