Friday, May 06, 2005

America Quotes

  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 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 Americans are so enamored of equality, they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.  ~Alexis de Tocqueville 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, about America 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 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 Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so.  ~Gore Vidal 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.  ~Hawkeye, M*A*S*H, "O.R." I pledge allegiance to the earth and to the flora, fauna and human life that it supports, one planet indivisible, with safe air, water & soil, economic justice, equal rights and peace for all.  ~Author unknown, proposed new Pledge of Allegiance, as seen on a button 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 It is a pity that instead of the Pilgrim Fathers landing on Plymouth Rock, Plymouth Rock had not landed on the Pilgrim Fathers.  ~Chauncey Depew, at an 1881 New England Society meeting in New York What this country needs is more free speech worth listening to.  ~Hansell B. Duckett Sitting at the table doesn't make you a diner, unless you eat some of what's on that plate.  Being here in America doesn't make you an American.  Being born here in America doesn't make you an American.  ~Malcolm X 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. ~George Carlin America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.  ~John Updike United States!... Go put your creed into your deed.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson Perhaps, after all, America never has been discovered.  I myself would say that it had merely been detected.  ~Oscar Wilde I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them.  There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves.  ~John Wayne ...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 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 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 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 There is a malaise that exists in your land - what appears to many as the sudden and tragic disappearance of the American dream which, in some ways, has turned to nightmare.  ~J.J. Greene The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.  It is its natural manure.  ~Thomas Jefferson It has been an unchallengeable American doctrine that cranberry sauce, a pink goo with overtones of sugared tomatoes, is a delectable necessity of the Thanksgiving board and that turkey is uneatable without it.... There are some things in every country that you must be born to endure; and another hundred years of general satisfaction with Americans and America could not reconcile this expatriate to cranberry sauce, peanut butter, and drum majorettes.  ~Alistair Cooke 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, Time, 8 December 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 [T]he American is a gentle guy; but don't pressure him; if you do he turns toad and squirts poison.  ~Martin H. Fischer 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.  There the politician has come to be looked upon as the very scum of society.  ~Peter Kroptkin, speech, 1891 He only salutes the flag with one finger.  ~The Simpsons 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 America is the most grandiose experiment the world has seen, but, I am afraid, it is not going to be a success.  ~Sigmund Freud We're Americans - with a capital A!  And do you know what that means?  Do you?  It means that our forefathers were kicked out of every decent country in the world.  ~From the movie Stripes 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 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


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