The creator of Europe made it small, and moreover, divided it into small parts so that our heart isn’t pleased with largeness, but diversity. America corrupts us with her taste for largeness. Europe will lose herself as soon as she adopts this fanaticism of size. Her measurement is not quantity, but perfection. It is a beautiful Venus, and not the Statue of Liberty.
“On Americanism”, Letter to the NY Times, Karel Capek, 1926