Selected Quotes about America

I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence, for the illumination of the ignorant and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth. -- John Adams

In the United States today, we have more than our share of nattering nabobs of negativism. -- Spiro T. Agnew

What a pity, when Christopher Colombus discovered America, that he ever mentioned it. -- Margot Asquith

The American Dream has run out of gas. The car has stopped. It no longer supplies the world with its images, its dreams, its fantasies. No more. It’s over. It supplies the world with its nightmares now: the Kennedy assassination, Watergate, Vietnam. -- J. G. Ballard

In America, if you put your mind to it you can have anything you want. You just can't have everything you want. -- Bernard Baruch

For a nation which has an almost evil reputation for bustle, bustle, bustle, and rush, rush, rush, we spend an enormous amount of time standing around in line in front of windows, just waiting. -- Robert Benchley

In America there are two classes of travel: first class and with childen. -- Robert Benchley

I just want to say this. I want to say it gently but I want to say it firmly: There is a tendency for the world to say to America, "the big problems of the world are yours, you go and sort them out," and then to worry when America wants to sort them out. -- Tony Blair

The spirit is at home, if not entirely satisfied, in America. -- Allan Bloom

There's the country of America, which you have to defend, but there's also the idea of America. America is more than just a country, it's an idea. An idea that's supposed to be contagious. -- Bono

Americans are far more remarkable than we give ourselves credit for. We've been so busy damning ourselves for years. We've done it all, and yet we don't take credit for it. -- Ray Bradbury

America has believed that in differentiation, not in uniformity, lies the path of progress. It acted on this belief; it has advanced human happiness, and it has prospered. -- Louis D. Brandeis

America has believed that in differentiation, not in uniformity, lies the path of progress. It acted on this belief; it has advanced human happiness, and it has prospered. -- Louis D. Brandeis

Americans are just beginning to regard food the way the French always have. Dinner is not what you do in the evening before something else. Dinner is the evening. -- Art Buchwald

America has never been an empire. We may be the only great power in history that had the chance, and refused – preferring greatness to power and justice to glory. -- George W. Bush

America has never been united by blood or birth or soil. We are bound by ideals that move us beyond our backgrounds, lift us above our interests and teach us what it means to be citizens. -- George W. Bush

America will never run ... And we will always be grateful that liberty has found such brave defenders. -- George W. Bush

By heritage and by choice, the United States of America will make that stand. -- George W. Bush

The story of America is the story of expanding liberty: an ever-widening circle, constantly growing to reach further and include more. Our nation's founding commitment is still our deepest commitment: In our world, and here at home, we will extend the frontiers of freedom. -- George W. Bush

Our American values are not luxuries but necessities, not the salt in our bread, but the bread itself. Our common vision of a free and just society is our greatest source of cohesion at home and strength abroad, greater than the bounty of our material blessings. -- Jimmy Carter

In a country as big as the United States, you can find fifty examples of anything. -- Jeffery F. Chamberlain

This is free ground. All the way from here to the Pacific Ocean. No man has to bow. No man born to royalty. Here we judge you by what you do, not by what your father was. Here you can be something. Here’s a place to build a home. . . It’s the idea that we all have value, you and me . . .” -- Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain

I don't measure America by its achievement but by its potential. -- Shirley Chisholm

You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else. -- Sir Winston Churchill

There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. -- Bill Clinton

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. (Edward Estlin) cummings

The people of the United States, perhaps more than any other nation in history, love to abase themselves and proclaim their unworthiness, and seem to find refreshment in doing so... That is a dark frivolity, but still frivolity. -- Robertson Davies

America is the greatest, freest and most decent society in existence. It is an oasis of goodness in a desert of cynicism and barbarism. This country, once an experiment unique in the world, is now the last best hope for the world. -- Dinesh D'Souza

The standardized American is largely a myth created not least by Americans themselves. -- Irwin Edman

There is nothing wrong with America that the faith, love of freedom, intelligence and energy of her citizens cannot cure. -- Dwight D. Eisenhower

There is nothing wrong with America that the faith, love of freedom, intelligence and energy of her citizens cannot cure. -- Dwight D Eisenhower

America is woven of many strands. I would recognize them and let it so remain. Our fate is to become one, and yet many. This is not prophecy, but description. -- Ralph Ellison

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

America is a mistake, a giant mistake. -- Sigmund Freud

I now know all the people worth knowing in America, and I find no intellect comparable to my own. -- Margaret Fuller

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

America is therefore the land of the future, where, in the ages that lie before us, the burden of the World's History shall reveal itself. -- Georg W. Hegel

America - a great social and economic experiment, noble in motive and far-reaching in purpose. -- Herbert Hoover

Most people are looking for security, a nice, safe, prosperous future. And there's nothing wrong with that. It's called the American Dream. -- Lee Iacocca

What's right about America is that although we have a mess of problems, we have great capacity - intellect and resources - to do some thing about them. -- Henry Ford II

America is not like a blanket: one piece of unbroken cloth, the same color, the same texture, the same size. America is more like a quilt: many patches, many pieces, many colors, many sizes, all woven and held together by a common thread. -- Jesse Jackson

America is not merely a nation but a nation of nations. -- Lyndon B. Johnson

Growing up female in America. What a liability! You grew up with your ears full of cosmetic ads, love songs, advice columns, whoreoscopes, Hollywood gossip, and moral dilemmas on the level of TV soap operas. -- Erica Jong

In America any boy may become President and I suppose it's just one of the risks he takes. -- Adlai E. Stevenson Jr.

There is a New America every morning when we wake up. It is upon us whether we will it or not. -- Adlai E. Stevenson Jr.

We create an environment where it is alright to hate, to steal, to cheat, and to lie if we dress it up with symbols of respectability, dignity and love. -- Whitney Moore, Jr.

This is the story of America. Everybody's doing what they think they're supposed to do. -- Jack Kerouac

I believe America's best days are ahead of us because I believe that the future belongs to freedom, not to fear. -- John Kerry

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to be free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door! -- Emma Lazarus

Intellectually, I know that America is no better than any other country; emotionally I know she is better than every other country. -- Sinclair Lewis

Had the King of Spain employed the hands of his people, and his Spanish iron so, he had brought to light but little of that treasure that lay so long hid in the dark entrails of America. -- John Locke

The trouble with America is that there are far too many wide-open spaces surrounded by teeth. -- Charles Luckman

There are those who will say that the liberation of humanity, the freedom of man and mind is nothing but a dream. They are right. It is the American Dream. -- Archibald MacLeish

In America all too few blows are struck into flesh. We kill the spirit here, we are experts at that. We use psychic bullets and kill each other cell by cell. -- Norman Mailer

There are three social classes in America: upper middle class, middle class, and lower middle class. -- Judith Martin

October is a fine and dangerous season in America...a wonderful time to begin anything at all. You go to college, and every course in the catalogue looks wonderful. -- Thomas Merton

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

All great change in America begins at the dinner table. -- Ronald Reagan

America is not only big and rich, it is mysterious; and its capacity for the humorous or ironical concealment of its interests matches that of the legendary inscrutable Chinese. -- David Riesman

I see America, not in the setting sun of a black night of despair ahead of us, I see America in the crimson light of a rising sun fresh from the burning, creative hand of God. I see great days ahead, great days possible to men and women of will and vision. -- Carl Sandburg

America is a young country with an old mentality. -- George Santayana

England and America are two countries separated by a common language. -- George Bernard Shaw

England and America are two countries separated by the same language. -- George Bernard Shaw

America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within. -- Josef Stalin

In the United States there is more space where nobody is than where anybody is. That is what makes America what it is. -- Gertrude Stein

In the United States there is more space where nobody is than where anybody is. That is what makes America what it is. -- Gertrude Stein

Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy. -- Margaret Thatcher

Europe will never be like America. Europe is a product of history. America is a product of philosophy. -- Margaret Thatcher

Old elephants limp off to the hills to die; old Americans go out to the highway and drive themselves to death with huge cars. -- Hunter S. Thompson

America is a large, friendly dog in a very small room. Every time it wags its tail, it knocks over a chair. -- Arnold Toynbee

America is a large, friendly dog in a very small room. Every time it wags its tail it knocks over a chair. -- Arnold J. Toynbee

It was wonderful to find America, but it would have been more wonderful to miss it. -- Mark Twain

America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy. -- John Updike

The thing that impresses me the most about America is the way parents obey their children. -- King Edward VIII

America's greatest strength, and its greatest weakness, is our belief in second chances, our belief that we can always start over, that things can be made better. -- Anthony Walton

Other lands have their vitality in a few, a class, but we have it in the bulk of our people. -- Walt Whitman

The genius of the United States is not best or most in its executives or legislatures, nor in its ambassadors or authors or colleges, or churches, or parlors, nor even in its newspapers or inventors, but always most in the common people. -- Walt Whitman

America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up. -- Oscar Wilde

America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between. -- Oscar Wilde

Perhaps, after all, America never has been discovered. I myself would say that it had merely been detected. -- Oscar Wilde

America lives in the heart of every man everywhere who wishes to find a region where he will be free to work out his destiny as he chooses. -- Woodrow Wilson

Just what is it that America stands for? If she stands for one thing more than another it is for the sovereignty of self-governing people. -- Woodrow Wilson

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

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

The three great American vices seem to be efficiency, punctuality, and the desire for achievement and success. They are the things that make the Americans so unhappy and so nervous. -- Lin Yutang

The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced. -- Frank Zappa

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