Things happen to us, all the time. It was like that for a century, and it is again. It's not like here: People always do things, because you are born with it; you are brought up in this spirit, the active approach to life: "Stand up and go." We were not. We were always passive in our lives.
Natasha Dudinska (b. c. 1967), Czechoslovakian Jew; attending college in America. As quoted in the New York Times, sect. 4, p. 7 (June 13, 1993).
A Czechoslovakian citizen and New York City resident, Dudinska was comparing Slovakian passivity in the face of the breakup of Czechoslovakia to what she saw as the characteristic American approach to events. Before coming to the United States to earn a Master's degree from Columbia University, she had been a student protest leader in Communist Czechoslovakia and had helped to bring about the downfall of the Communist regime. She did not approve of the subsequent division of the country into the Czech and Slovak republics.