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“... Americans think that death is optional. They may not admit it, and will probably laugh if it's suggested; but it's a state of mind — a kind of national leitmotiv if you like — that colors everything they do. There's a nagging suspicion that you can delay death (or — who knows? — avoid it altogether) if you really try. This explains the common preoccupation with health, aerobics, prune juice, plastic surgery, and education.”
“True Brits loathe newness, and display a profound fear of change. ... (Britain is the heartland of 'We've Always Done It This Way.') Conclusion: change nothing unless forced. Remember that God usually gets it right the first time.”
“If Eric is stuck with a big nose, crooked teeth, a dud personality, and trouble with long division, all-American parents will fix it. They are the only parents in the world with the inclination and the resources to reassemble their kids if they don't like them.”