America quotes – Quotations about the United States of America

America quotes – Quotations about the United States of America

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 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

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

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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

The fact is that Americans are not a thoughtful people; they are too busy to stop and question their values.  William Ralph

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

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America is the best half-educated country in the world.  Nicholas Murray Butler

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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America is a mistake, a giant mistake.  Sigmund Freud

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

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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

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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

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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

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States!… Go put your creed into your deed.  Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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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

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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

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

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America has as much diversity in peoples as it does in geographies.  Terri Guillemets

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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
America is a place where Jewish merchants sell Zen love beads to agnostics for Christmas.  John Burton Brimer

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

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

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