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Life is a train of moods like a string of beads, and, as we pass through them, they prove to be many-colored lenses which paint the world their own hue
Emerson - Experience

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What people believe is essentially what they wish to believe. They cultivate illusions out of idealism — and also out of cynicism. They follow their own visions because doing so satisfies their religious cravings, and also because it is expedient. They seek beliefs that can exalt their souls, and that can fill their bellies. They believe out of generosity, and also because it serves their interests. They believe because they are stupid, and also because they are clever. Simply, they believe in order to survive. And because they need to survive, sometimes they could gladly kill whoever has the insensitivity, cruelty and inhumanity to deny them their life-supporting lies.
Simon Leys, on China-watchers, in The Hall of Uselessness, ISBN 9781590176207

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How the quality in question would be ultimately judged from an ethical, aesthetic, or other such point of view is naturally indifferent for the purpose of definition
Max Weber on Charismatic authority

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The average life of buildings in China is 25 years. I take some comfort in that all of this will need to be rebuilt soon.
Jonathan Woetzel, a director at the McKinsey Global Institute, on the shoddy workmanship that often characterizes the construction of high-rise housing in #China.   via Chicago Tribune