Sunday, May 01, 2005

America Quotes

Ours is the only country deliberately founded on a good idea.  ~John GuntherWe need an America with the wisdom of experience.  But we must not let America grow old in spirit.  ~Hubert H. Humphrey 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 Not merely a nation but a nation of nations.  ~Lyndon B. Johnson 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 DykeWhat the country needs is dirtier fingernails and cleaner minds.  ~Will Rogers 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 UstinovAmerica 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 StevensonYou 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" Aborigines, n.:  Persons of little worth found cumbering the soil of a newly discovered country.  They soon cease to cumber; they fertilize.  ~Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary 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 I will never admit that the beloved flag is to me merely the symbol of a land where I can live in rich content and make money.  ~Henry Cabot Lodge We Americans have no commission from God to police the world.  ~Benjamin Harrison, address to Congress, 1888 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 my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.  ~Francis Bellamy, The Youth's Companion, 8 September 1892  (Thank you, Anna.) America is an enormous frosted cupcake in the middle of millions of starving people.  ~Gloria Steinem The trouble with America is that there are far too many wide-open spaces surrounded by teeth.  ~Charles LuckmanAmerica 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 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.  ~S


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