— Economist Richard Layard
"Export dependency is another correlate with English. Countries that export more are better at English (though it’s not clear which factor causes which). Malaysia, the best English-performer in Asia, is also the sixth-most export-dependent country in the world. (Singapore was too small to make the list, or it probably would have ranked similarly.) This is perhaps surprising, given a recent trend towards anti-colonial and anti-Western sentiment in Malaysia’s politics. The study’s authors surmise that English has become seen as a mere tool, divorced in many minds from its associations with Britain and America."
"In China, “Free Willy” is known as “A very powerful whale runs to heaven”. “Boogie Nights” wonderfully, is “His great device makes him famous”."
"Experiments at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Europe’s particle-physics laboratory near Geneva, generate 40 terabytes every second—orders of magnitude more than can be stored or analysed."
"In a poor country, a man proves to his wife that he loves her by giving her a rose, but in a rich country, he must give a dozen roses."