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That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back Quotes

Thomas Friedman
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"That sense of resignation, that sense that, well, this is just how things are in America today, that sense that America's best days are behind it and China's best days are ahead of it, have become the subject of water cooler, dinner-party, grocery-line, and classroom conversations all across America today." (Chapter 1, p. 5).

"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change." (Chapter 2, p. 13).

"Over the past decade this process eliminated a lot of American jobs, but the booming economy both disguised it and cushioned us from its effects." (Chapter 4, p. 73).

"Critical thinking alone just doesn't buy what it used to buy...critical thinking has become the basic price of admission." (Chapter 4, p. 87).

"Carlson's Law: Innovation that happens from the top down tends to be orderly but dumb. Innovation that happens from...

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