Here I extract some interesting quotes from the book:
- Being open minded to the realities of the world does not mean that we should forget our roots. [p 41]
- Thomas Friedman's analogy: we should all get the benefits of the Lexus while not abandoning the olive tree. [p 41]
- It is the winners who write history. [p 51]
- Although both demos involved road closure and traffic jams, Londoners did not complain much because they are used to such events-which go with their ideals of freedom and democracy. [p 55]
- As we reached Hyde Park, the final destination, a voice in my head ask: 'Here you are, sacrificing your Saturday afternoon for this rally, but does it actually count? Will Whitehall and White House actually react to this? The reformasi rallies in Malaysia..what did they archive?'
A steward's shout gave me the answer: "If you think this is useless," he cried out encouragingly, "remember Vietnam! Remember the poll tax! Your voice, your participation, counts!" [p 57]
- As the saying goes- it may fool some of the people all of the time, or all of the people some of the time, but it can never fool all of the people all of the time. [p 72]
- Ideas can't change the world unless we act on them- Alijah Gordon [p 118]
- The framework developed by Muslim scholars from the earliest day up to today, does not need to be discarded in confronting the questions of modernity. [p 120]
Enough for the first part.
I want to continue my journey and oh, this book is worth reading!