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Quotations about the
America is a tune. It must be sung together. ~Gerald Stanley Lee, Crowds
May I never wake up from the American dream. ~Carrie Latet
I love my freedom. I love my America. ~Jessi Lane Adams
You cannot spill a drop of American blood without spilling the blood of the whole world.... We are not a nation, so much as a world. ~Herman Melville
What a pity, when Christopher Columbus discovered America, that he ever mentioned it. ~Margot Asquith
Rachel: The pilgrims came here to escape persecution from the British.
Elizabeth: Yes, so they could go about persecuting the Indians.
~ER, "Great Expectations," original airdate 1999 November 25th, written by Michael Crichton and Jack Orman
If America ever passes out as a great nation, we ought to put on our tombstone: America died from a delusion she had Moral Leadership. ~Will Rogers
America is the only country ever founded on the printed word. ~Marshall McLuhan
The winds that blow through the wide sky in these mounts, the winds that sweep from Canada to Mexico, from the Pacific to the Atlantic — have always blown on free men. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt
We Americans have no commission from God to police the world. ~Benjamin Harrison, address to Congress, 1888
The pilgrims were kicked out of England, quarreled with the Dutch, alienated the Indians, and had an evil reputation among the turkeys. ~Dave Beard
America is an enormous frosted cupcake in the middle of millions of starving people. ~Gloria Steinem
An American has no sense of privacy. He does not know what it means. There is no such thing in the country. ~George Bernard Shaw, "Political Madhouse in America and Nearer Home: A Lecture," 1933
The trouble with America is that there are far too many wide-open spaces surrounded by teeth. ~Charles Luckman
America is a place where Jewish merchants sell Zen love beads to agnostics for Christmas. ~John Burton Brimer
The metaphor of the melting pot is unfortunate and misleading. A more accurate analogy would be a salad bowl, for, though the salad is an entity, the lettuce can still be distinguished from the chicory, the tomatoes from the cabbage. ~Carl N. Degler
America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense... human rights invented America. ~Jimmy Carter
There is nothing the matter with Americans except their ideals. The real American is all right; it is the ideal American who is all wrong. ~G.K. Chesterton
Despite the goings-on in Congress, I don't think the U.S. is bordering on madness. I think Canada and Mexico are. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
Americans are so enamored of equality, they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom. ~Alexis de Tocqueville
America: Where a man can say what he thinks, if he isn't afraid of his wife, his boss, his customer, his neighbors, or the government. ~Joe Moore
Here we write well when we expose frauds and hypocrites. We are great at counting warts and blemishes and weighting feet of clay. In expressing love, we belong among the underdeveloped countries. ~Saul Bellow
America is a country that doesn't know where it is going but is determined to set a speed record getting there. ~Laurence J. Peter
The freedom we have in America is like breathing in an entire open field of fresh air all at once. Sometimes too much air can be stifling. ~Amali Ryvre, 2007
Perhaps this is our strange and haunting paradox here in America — that we are fixed and certain only when we are in movement. ~Thomas Wolfe
I bet after seeing us, George Washington would sue us for calling him "father." ~Will Rogers
No one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public. ~H.L. Mencken
Americans like fat books and thin women. ~Russell Baker
We need a type of patriotism that recognizes the virtues of those who are opposed to us. We must get away from the idea that America is to be the leader of the world in everything. She can lead in some things. The old "manifest destiny" idea ought to be modified so that each nation has the manifest destiny to do the best it can — and that without cant, without the assumption of self-righteousness and with a desire to learn to the uttermost from other nations. ~Francis John McConnell
America... just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable. ~Hunter S. Thompson
I just don't know why they're shooting at us. All we want to do is bring them democracy and white bread. Transplant the American dream. Freedom. Achievement. Hyperacidity. Affluence. Flatulence. Technology. Tension. The inalienable right to an early coronary sitting at your desk while plotting to stab your boss in the back. ~M*A*S*H, "O.R.," original airdate 1974 October 8th, written by Larry Gelbart & Laurence Marks, spoken by the character Hawkeye
America is a large friendly dog in a small room. Every time it wags its tail it knocks over a chair. ~Arnold Toynbee
We have the Bill of Rights. What we need is a Bill of Responsibilities. ~Bill Maher
What this country needs is more free speech worth listening to. ~Hansell B. Duckett
The Constitution of the United States of America, Article V, Section 1: There shall be a National Anthem containing incomprehensible words and a high note that normal humans cannot hit without risk of hernia. ~Dave Barry
Oh Beautiful for smoggy skies, insecticided grain,
For strip-mined mountain's majesty above the asphalt plain.
America, America, man sheds his waste on thee,
And hides the pines with billboard signs, from sea to oily sea.
America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy. ~John Updike
States!... Go put your creed into your deed. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
...a "land of the free" that struggles under the incredible burden of limitless taxes and laws; the home of the "brave" who stay silent to keep their jobs and avoid scrutiny by the IRS or the police. ~Fred Woodworth, The Match!, No. 74
The fact is that Americans are not a thoughtful people; they are too busy to stop and question their values. ~William Ralph
Our fathers' God, from out whose hand,
The centuries fall like grains of sand,
We meet to-day, united, free,
And loyal to our land and Thee,
To thank thee for the era done,
And trust Thee for the opening one.
~John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892), "Centennial Hymn," 1876, set to music by John K. Paine [Written for the opening of the International Exposition, Centennial Exhibition, Grandest World's Fair, U.S.A. Centennial, or however you know it as. And now for a little trivia break: In that year, the territory of Arizona had a recorded population of 9,658. One hundred years later, nearly 2½ million. And as of 2014 my home state is up to 6,731,484. Yikes!
Every American carries in his bloodstream the heritage of the malcontent and the dreamer. ~Dorothy Fuldheim
It is still possible to have friendly discourse in America, as long as you don't bring up any subject. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
I hate American simplicity. I glory in the piling up of complications of every sort. If I could pronounce the name James in any different or more elaborate way I should be in favor of doing it. ~Henry James
I have fallen in love with American names, the sharp, gaunt names that never get fat. ~Stephen Vincent Benet
America makes prodigious mistakes, America has colossal faults, but one thing cannot be denied: America is always on the move. She may be going to Hell, of course, but at least she isn't standing still. ~e.e. cummings
America enters the nightmare of its destiny like a demented giant in a half-cracked canoe, bleeding from wounds top and bottom, bellowing in bewilderment, drowning with radio transmitters on the hip and radar in his ear. He has a fearful disease, this giant.... Greed. Vanity.... The Faustian necessity to amass all knowledge, to enslave nature.... Arrogance. ~Norman Mailer, "Mr. Mailer Interviews Himself," in The New York Times Book Review, 1967 September 17th
Whither goest thou, America, in thy shiny car in the night? ~Jack Kerouac
The American experiment is the most tremendous and far reaching engine of social change which has ever either blessed or cursed mankind. ~Charles Francis Adams
Sometimes, being an American is a spectator sport. ~Terri Guillemets
America is a mistake, a giant mistake. ~Sigmund Freud
America! half-brother of the world!
With something good and bad of every land.
~Philip James Bailey
If you surveyed a hundred typical middle-aged Americans, I bet you'd find that only two of them could tell you their blood types, but every last one of them would know the theme song from The Beverly Hillbillies. ~Dave Barry
International trade note: the American is a gentle guy; but don't pressure him; if you do he turns toad and squirts poison. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)
America is just the country that shows how all the written guarantees in the world for freedom are no protection against tyranny and oppression of the worst kind. ~Peter Kroptkin
I feel that I am a citizen of the American dream and that the revolutionary struggle of which I am a part is a struggle against the American nightmare. ~Eldridge Cleaver
America is the best half-educated country in the world. ~Nicholas Murray Butler
The surface of American society is covered with a layer of democratic paint, but from time to time one can see the old aristocratic colors breaking through. ~Alexis de Tocqueville
Every time Europe looks across the Atlantic to see the American Eagle, it observes only the rear end of an ostrich. ~H.G. Wells
In America, with all its evils and faults, you can still reach through the forest and see the sun. But we do not know yet whether the sun is rising or setting for our country. ~Dick Gregory, 1964
Americans always try to do the right thing after they've tried everything else. ~Winston Churchill
We are quite rich enough to defend ourselves, whatever the cost. We must now learn that we are quite rich enough to educate ourselves as we need to be educated. ~Walter Lippmann
Benjamin Franklin: "I believe that if we are to form a new country, we cannot be a country that appears war-hungry and violent to the rest of the world. However, we also cannot be a country that appears weak and unwilling to fight, to the rest of the world. So, what if we form a country that appears to want both."
Thomas Jefferson: "Yes, yes of course, we go to war and protest going to war at the same time...."
Benjamin Franklin: "And that means that as a nation, we could go to war with whomever we wished, but at the same time act like we didn't want to. If we allow the people to protest what the government does, then the country will be forever blameless."
John Adams: "It's like having your cake and eating it too."
Unidentified Congressman: "Think of it: an entire nation founded on saying one thing and doing another."
John Hancock: "And we will call that country the United States of America."
~South Park, "I'm a Little Bit Country" [S7, E4, 2003], written by Trey Parker & Matt Stone
One characteristic of Americans is that they have no tolerance at all of anybody putting up with anything. We believe that whatever is going wrong ought to be fixed. ~Margaret Mead
Americans think of themselves collectively as a huge rescue squad on twenty-four-hour call to any spot on the globe where dispute and conflict may erupt. ~Eldridge Cleaver
The American Revolution was a beginning, not a consummation. ~Woodrow Wilson
Let America realize that self-scrutiny is not treason. Self-examination is not disloyalty. ~Richard Cardinal Cushing
Intellectually I know that America is no better than any other country; emotionally I know she is better than every other country. ~Sinclair Lewis
I always tell myself: “You can do better than this.” The best slogan I can think of to leave with the U.S.A. would be: “We can do and we’ve got to do better than this.” ~Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904–1991)
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