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The Globalist’s Top Ten Quotes of 2010

What were some of the most insightful quotes of 2010?

December 29, 2010

What were some of the most insightful quotes of 2010?

The following are ten of our favorite quotes from 2010:

1. “If early retirement brings happiness, France should be the happiest place in the world.”

Floyd Norris, New York Times
financial correspondent
2. “A bit of unadulterated good news.”

UK Prime Minister David Cameron,
on the news of Prince William’s engagement
3. “What an American considers as bad economic times, a German might see as relative prosperity.”

Tyler Cowen, professor of economics at
George Mason University
4. “The future I most fear for America is Latin American: A grossly unequal society that is prone to wild swings from populism to orthodoxy, which makes sensible government increasingly hard to imagine.”

Michael Spence, Nobel Prize-winning economist
5. “Yuanimpressed.”

The Economist,
on China’s adjustment of its currency
6. “The Greek debt crisis is like Ebola. When you realize you have it, you have to cut your leg off in order to survive.”

Angel Gurria, OECD Secretary General
7. “We’re all temps now.”

Carl Camden, CEO of Kelly Services,
on the U.S. employment situation
8. “What happened on Wall Street would never have happened in a Las Vegas casino. It’s the most well-regulated industry on the planet.”

Shelley Berkley, Democratic congresswoman
9. “China today is neither a Ponzi scheme nor a world savior. It is an adolescent economy, filled with promise, problems and growing pains.”

Arthur Kroeber, managing director at Dragonomics Research
10. “Joining the euro is like frying an egg: Once it is fried you can’t put it back in the shell.”

Simon Ballard, credit strategist
at Royal Bank of Canada in London

Honorable Mentions:

1. “I think the elitists have tried to make people like me and people in the heartland of America feel like we just don’t get it, and big government’s just going to have to take care of us.”

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin
2. “Population comes in billions, years in thousands, GDP in trillions. Energy use is the only human activity measured in quadrillions.”

Edward Gresser, president of the
Democratic Leadership Council
3. “Like a bad weed, the Taliban tough to root out”

May 20, 2010, International Herald Tribune headline
4. “Traders operate with a mentality and seasonal rhythm that is oddly similar to subsistence farmers: They know that they live in an uncertain world, with a perennial risk that the annual financial ‘harvest’ will be wiped out by a freak weather pattern