"When they give birth to a son, they put honey on his mouth and place glue in his palms so that when he grows up, he will speak sweet words and grasp coins in his hand as if they were glued there ...
They are good at trading, love profit, and go abroad at the age of twenty. They are everywhere profit is to be found."
--Description of inhabitants of Samarkand from Chinese Chronicles
“Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft, where we are hard, cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand.”
"You have to distinguish between two things |the economy and the stock market. The economy is the sum of all the goods and services that are produced in this country every day. There are telephones, cars, chickens and airplanes. That's the economy, and it's just as strong or weak today as it was a week ago."
"The Stock Exchange is something very different. There is no economy and no production of goods and services. There are only fantasies in which people from one hour to the next decide that this or that company is worth so many billions, more or less. It doesn't have a thing to do with reality or with the economy."
"It only means that a bunch of heavy speculators are now moving their shareholdings from companies here to German or Chinese ones. So it's the financial gnomes that some tough reporter should identify and expose as traitors. They're the ones who are systematically and perhaps deliberately damaging the economy in order to satisfy the profit interests of their clients."
--The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
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