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United States of America


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America is a tune. It must be sung together. ~Gerald Stanley Lee, Crowds


What is the essence of America? Finding and maintaining that perfect, delicate balance between freedom "to" and freedom "from." ~Marilyn vos Savant, in Parade


I love America more than any other country in this world; and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually. ~James Baldwin


America is so vast that almost everything said about it is likely to be true, and the opposite is probably equally true. ~James T. Farrell


How often we fail to realize our good fortune in living in a country where happiness is more than a lack of tragedy. ~Paul Sweeney


If you want a symbolic gesture, don't burn the flag; wash it. ~Norman Thomas


There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. ~William J. Clinton


What the people want is very simple. They want an America as good as its promise. ~Barbara Jordan


Yet America is a poem in our eyes; its ample geography dazzles the imagination, and it will not wait long for metres. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. ~Elmer Davis


America, for me, has been the pursuit and catching of happiness. ~Aurora Raigne


America is a passionate idea or it is nothing. America is a human brotherhood or it is chaos. ~Max Lerner, Actions and Passions, 1949


This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in. ~Theodore Roosevelt


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 is great because it has as much diversity in geographies as it does in peoples. ~Aurora Raigne


Miss Revendal asked—and I want to explain to her what America means to me.... When I am writing my American symphony, it seems like thunder crashing through a forest full of bird songs.... America is God's Crucible, the great Melting-Pot where all the races of Europe are melting and re-forming! Here you stand, good folk, think I, when I see them at Ellis Island, here you stand in your fifty groups, with your fifty languages and histories, and your fifty blood hatreds and rivalries. But you won't be long like that, brothers, for these are the fires of God you've come to—these are the fires of God. A fig for your feuds and vendettas! Germans and Frenchmen, Irishmen and Englishmen, Jews and Russians—into the Crucible with you all! God is making the American.... the real American has not yet arrived. He is only in the Crucible, I tell you—he will be the fusion of all races, perhaps the coming superman. Ah, what a glorious Finale for my symphony—if I can only write it. ~Israel Zangwill (1864–1926), The Melting-Pot, 1908  [spoken by the character David Quixano —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


America is a nation with many flaws, but hopes so vast that only the cowardly would refuse to acknowledge them. ~James Michener


When an American says that he loves his country, he means not only that he loves the New England hills, the prairies glistening in the sun, the wide and rising plains, the great mountains, and the sea. He means that he loves an inner air, an inner light in which freedom lives and in which a man can draw the breath of self-respect. ~Adlai Stevenson


If you take advantage of everything America has to offer, there’s nothing you can’t accomplish. ~Geraldine Ferraro


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


We cannot reform the world.... Uncle Sugar is as dangerous a role for us to play as Uncle Shylock. ~John F. Kennedy


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


Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Indian. ~Robert Orben


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


Star-spangled happiness
and banner waves of pride.
~Cherishe Archer


My favorite thing about the United States? Lots of Americans, one America. ~Val Saintsbury


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


America's one of the finest countries anyone ever stole. ~Bobcat Goldthwaite


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


When asked by an anthropologist what the Indians called America before the white man came, an Indian said simply, "Ours." ~Vine Deloria, Jr.


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


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


We sleep peacefully at night, cradled by the big strong hands of America. ~Val Saintsbury


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


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


 
 
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


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


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 here 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


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.
~George Carlin


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


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


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


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


Being an American is a spectator sport. ~Brock Fiant


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


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


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



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