Thomas Friedman Quotes (29 Quotes)


    The world became a better place to live in after 119 1989 - fall of Berlin wall because each outbreak of freedom stimulated another outbreak.

    Two things are going on at the same time with the flattening of the world: The relentless quest for efficiency is squeezing some of the fat out of life.

    There is no substitute for face-to-face reporting and research.

    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.

    The historical debate is over. The answer is free-market capitalism.


    Basically all the world's computer parts come from the same supply chain that runs from Korea, down through coastal China, over to Taiwan, and down to Malaysia.

    I basically did all the library research for this book on Google, and it not only saved me enormous amounts of time but actually gave me a much richer offering of research in a shorter time.

    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.

    We are led by lawyers who do not understand either technology or balance sheets.

    The hidden hand of the market will never work without a hidden fist.

    McDonald's cannot flourish without McDonnell Douglas, the designer of the F-15.

    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

    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.

    Yes in the sense that if you see China and Taiwan going to war, I wouldn't try to buy a laptop computer from Dell, HP, or IBM that month.

    I was in Bangalore, India, the Silicon Valley of India, when I realized that the world was flat.

    The Dell Theory of Conflict Prevention argues that no two countries that are both part of the same global supply chain will ever fight a war as long as they are each part of that supply chain.

    No, most of our political elite has not realized that the world is flat.


    If you don't visit the bad neighborhoods, the bad neighborhoods are going to visit you.

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

    JFK wanted to put a man on the moon. My vision is to put every American man and woman on a campus. ... The World is Flat

    Supply chains cannot tolerate even 24 hours of disruption. So if you lose your place in the supply chain because of wild behavior you could lose a lot. It would be like pouring cement down one of your oil wells.

    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.

    I am hoping, though, that many of them have kids, who, when they have a moment to take a break from their iPods, Internet, or Google, will explain to their parents running the country just how the world is being flattened.

    I have a daughter who is a sophomore in college and another who is in the 11th grade of high school.

    That is, companies and individuals can now source so much more easily whatever knowledge, production, innovation, research, or advice they need.

    We need to become energy independent or at least aspire to that.

    You win the presidency by connecting with the American people's gut insecurities and aspirations. You win with a concept.

    When the world is flat, all these global institutions are really exposed to any kind of global or Internet campaign that affects their image or brand.


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