• Much of what was said did not matter, and that much of what mattered could not be said

    Katherine Boo
  • becoming attached to a country involves pressing, uncomfortable questions about justice and opportunity for its least powerful citizens

    Katherine Boo
  • In places where government priorities and market imperatives create a world so capricious that to help a neighbor is to risk your ability to feed your family, and sometimes even your own liberty, the idea of the mutually supportive poor community is demolished. The poor blame one another for the choices of governments and markets, and we who are not poor are ready to blame the poor just as harshly

    Katherine Boo
  • At the heart of her bad nature, like many bad natures, was probably envy. And at the heart of envy was possibly hope - that the good fortune of others might one day be hers

    Katherine Boo
  • In the West, and among some in the Indian elite, this word, corruption, had purely negative connotations; it was seen as blocking India’s modern, global ambitions. But for the poor of a country where corruption thieved a great deal of opportunity, corruption was one of the genuine opportunities that remained

    Katherine Boo
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