• Nonetheless, the fact remains; he had hope in a better world he could not yet see that overwhelmed the cries of "you can't" or "you won't" or "why bother." More than anything else, mastering that faith, on cue, is what separated him from his peers, and distinguishes him from so many people in these literal, sophisticated times. It has made all the difference

    Ron Suskind
  • A boy, if he's lucky, discovers his limitations across a leisurely passage of years, with a self-awareness arriving slowly. That way, at least he has plenty of time to heroically imagine himself first. Most boys unfold in this natural, measured way, growing up with at least one adult on the scene who can convincingly fake being all-powerful, omniscient, and unfailingly protective for a kid's first decade or so, providing an invaluable canopy of reachable stars and monsters that are comfortably make-believe

    Ron Suskind
  • Confidence is the immaterial residue of material actions. Confidence is the public face of competence

    Ron Suskind
  • Civilizations rise and fall on confidence. America had figured out a way to borrow money to manufacture it

    Ron Suskind
  • The problems afflicting a nation are always in equal measure spiritual crises

    Ron Suskind
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