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My dream is that as the years go on... that America will come into the full light of the day when all shall know that she puts human rights above all other rights and that her flag is the flag not only of America but of humanity. What other great people has devoted itself to this exalted ideal? ~Woodrow Wilson, Presidential Address at Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1914 July 4th
If our country is worth dying for in time of war let us resolve that it is truly worth living for in time of peace. ~Hamilton Fish
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 Cushing, 1965
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)
May Peace o'er America spread her wing,
And Commerce fill her ports with gold;
May Arts and Science comfort bring,
And Liberty, her sons enfold.
~Every Body's Toast Book and Convivial Companion, by An Adept, 1851 [This toast is earlier found "May peace o'er Britain spread her wing," in The Toastmaster: or, Treasury of Sentiment (London), 1836.
We cannot reform the world.... Uncle Sugar is as dangerous a role for us to play as Uncle Shylock. ~John F. Kennedy
With hearts and with glasses brim full,
Let's drink to America, our Mother.
~Every Body's Toast Book and Convivial Companion, by An Adept, 1851
Only Americans can hurt America. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower
We dare not forget that we are the heirs of that first revolution. ~John F. Kennedy
A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won't cross the street to vote in a national election. ~Bill Vaughan
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. ~Abraham Lincoln
Sometimes people call me an idealist. Well, that is the way I know I am an American. America is the only idealistic nation in the world. ~Woodrow Wilson
May old England's sons, the Americans, never forget their mother. ~The Toastmaster: or, Treasury of Sentiment, 1836
My favorite thing about the United States? Lots of Americans, one America. ~Terri Guillemets
Fling high the banner to the breeze!...
Hail to thee, Union, firmly bound...
Liberty to wrest from fate...
see the Eagle soaring
Gracious Father, grant Thy blessing
By birthright ours, or from afar,
Brethren, to our shores invited...
Round one common hearth united,
For one band of brothers lighted,
To one country we are plighted,
~John Nollen, "A National Hymn," 1898
Of all the supervised conditions for life offered man, those under U S A's constitution have proved the best. Wherefore, be sure when you start modifying, corrupting or abrogating it. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)
We on this continent should never forget that men first crossed the Atlantic not to find soil for their ploughs but to secure liberty for their souls. ~Robert J. McCracken
Ours is the only country deliberately founded on a good idea. ~John Gunther
We need an America with the wisdom of experience. But we must not let America grow old in spirit. ~Hubert H. Humphrey
Not merely a nation but a nation of nations. ~Lyndon B. Johnson
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
Perhaps, after all, America never has been discovered. I myself would say that it had merely been detected. ~Oscar Wilde
America's one of the finest countries anyone ever stole. ~Bobcat Goldthwaite
Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Indian. ~Robert Orben
When asked by an anthropologist what the Indians called America before the white man came, an Indian said simply, "Ours." ~Vine Deloria, Jr.
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
The pilgrims were kicked out of England, quarreled with the Dutch, alienated the Indians, and had an evil reputation among the turkeys. ~David J. Beard (1947–2016), tweet, 2008 November 24th
[W]e recognize the contributions made by Native Americans since long before our founding, and we resolve to continue the work of strengthening government-to-government ties with tribal nations and expanding possibility for all. Native Americans have helped make America what it is today. As we reflect on our history, we must acknowledge the unfortunate chapters of violence, discrimination, and deprivation that went on for far too long, as well as the effects of injustices that continue to be felt. While we cannot undo the pain and tragedy of the past, we can set out together to forge a brighter future of progress and hope across Indian Country and the entire American landscape. ~Barack Obama, 2015 October 30th, quoted from The White House Office of the Press Secretary, "Presidential Proclamation — National Native American Heritage Month, 2015"
What we need are critical lovers of America — patriots who express their faith in their country by working to improve it. ~Hubert H. Humphrey
The United States is the only country with a known birthday. ~James G. Blaine
Oh, it's home again and home again, America for me!
I want a ship that's westward bound to plough the rolling sea
To the blessed land of Room Enough beyond the ocean bars,
Where the air is full of sunlight and the flag is full of stars.
~Henry Van Dyke
America is not just a country, but a way of life. ~Anonymous Kansan, 1940
It is the flag just as much of the man who was naturalized yesterday as of the men whose people have been here many generations. ~Henry Cabot Lodge
"My Country 'tis of thee." It is difficult to say with any academical exactitude who was the original perpetrator of this ambrosial ambiguity, but if it was not Theobold the Thug as he bit his native sod in days of yore, then of a verity it was some patriotic patrician historically hysterical, or perchance a frenzied farmer paradoxically placing a monetary "monkey" on his broad acres to satisfy his narrow creditors; but whosoever unleashed this Utopian euphonism provided elocutionary evidence that, field of blood or field of spud, the spirit which has made the land fit for heroes and harrows has not come uncorked—the spirit which has produced the country where husbandmen—and bachelors too—have converted the open spaces to oaten places; the spirit which has moved them to wangle the mangel, capitalise the cow, and till the paddocks to pad the tills. ~Kenneth Alfred Evelyn Alexander (c.1890–1953), "Utopian Euphonisms," in The New Zealand Railways Magazine, 1930 January 1st [Note: New Zealand author
We sleep peacefully at night, cradled by the big strong hands of America. ~Terri Guillemets
America is much more than a geographical fact. It is a political and moral fact — the first community in which men set out in principle to institutionalize freedom, responsible government, and human equality. ~Adlai Stevenson
Americans boast smiles of
and banner waves of pride.
~Terri Guillemets, "Unfurl," 1992
If you can speak three languages you're trilingual. If you can speak two languages you're bilingual. If you can speak only one language you're an American. ~Author unknown
Very little is known about the War of 1812 because the Americans lost it. ~Eric Nicol
America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization. ~Georges Clemenceau
The great social adventure of America is no longer the conquest of the wilderness but the absorption of fifty different peoples. ~Walter Lippman
In America, through pressure of conformity, there is freedom of choice, but nothing to choose from. ~Peter Alexander Ustinov
There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge." ~Isaac Asimov, in Newsweek, 1980 January 21st #teaparty
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
We Americans have no commission from God to police the world. ~Benjamin Harrison, address to Congress, 1888
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
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
I pledge allegiance to the Earth, and to the flora, fauna and human life that it supports, one planet, indivisible, with safe air, water and soil, economic justice, equal rights and peace for all. ~Women's Foreign Policy Council, "Pledge of Allegiance to the Family of Earth," 1989
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.
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
American culture thrives on appearances, swallows the grit and beauty that lies under its glassy facades and spits out the remains in dilapidated, dirty dollar signs. ~Cecily Schmidt, "Common Threads," in Wild Child: Girlhoods in the Counterculture edited by Chelsea Cain, 1999
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 has as much diversity in peoples as it does in geographies. ~Terri Guillemets, "Civics and dinner," 1988
America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense... human rights invented America. ~Jimmy Carter
What the American public doesn't know is what makes them the American public. ~From the movie Tommy Boy
No one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public. ~H.L. Mencken
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, 2012, 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
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
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
What this country needs is more free speech worth listening to. ~Hansell B. Duckett
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.
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
Some Americans need hyphens in their names, because only part of them has come over; but when the whole man has come over, heart and thought and all, the hyphen drops of its own weight out of his name. ~Woodrow Wilson
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
You have to be sure that the Americans will commit all the stupidities they can think of, plus some that are beyond imagination. ~Charles de Gaulle, 1967
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're Americans, with a capital A... You know what that means? Do ya? That means that our forefathers were kicked out of every decent country in the world. We are the wretched refuse. We're the underdog. We're mutts!... But there's no animal that's more faithful, that's more loyal, more loveable than the mutt. ~Stripes, 1981, written by Len Blum, Dan Goldberg, and Harold Ramis
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
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