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|Topic: America Quotes - Famous America
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|Americans never quit.
General Douglas Macarthur
Lisa, if you don't like your job you don't strike. You just
go in every day, and do it really half-assed. That's the American
You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after
they've tried everything else.
To those of you who received honors, awards and distinctions,
I say well done. And to the C students, I say you, too, can
be president of the United States.
George W. Bush
An asylum for the sane would be empty in America.
George Bernard Shaw
Americans have different ways of saying things. They say "elevator",
we say "lift"... they say "President", we
say "stupid psychopathic git".
In America sex is an obsession, in other parts of the world
it is a fact.
When good Americans die they go to Paris; when bad Americans
die they go to America.
The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always
paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the
path of surrender, or submission.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do
for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence
without civilization in between.
It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is
no distinctly American criminal class except Congress.
If there be one principle more deeply rooted than any other
in the mind of every American, it is, that we should have nothing
to do with conquest.
America is becoming so educated that ignorance will be a novelty.
I will belong to the select few.
I think the most un-American thing you can say is, "You
can't say that".
We Americans live in a nation where the medical-care system
is second to none in the world, unless you count maybe 25 or
30 little scuzzball countries like Scotland that we could vaporize
in seconds if we felt like it.
Americans who travel abroad for the first time are often shocked
to discover that, despite all the progress that has been made
in the last 30 years, many foreign people still speak in foreign
I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent
the government from wasting the labors of the people under the
pretense of taking care of them.
We can have no "50-50" allegiance in this country.
Either a man is an American and nothing else, or he is not an
American at all.
Americans play to win at all times. I wouldn't give a hoot and
hell for a man who lost and laughed. That's why Americans have
never lost nor ever lose a war.
General George S. Patton
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
E. E. Cummings
We [Americans] are the lavishest and showiest and most luxury-loving
people on the earth; and at our masthead we fly one true and
honest symbol, the gaudiest flag the world has ever seen.
America's abundance was not created by public sacrifices to
"the common good", but by the productive genius of
free men who pursued their own personal interests and the making
of their own private fortunes.
America is a mistake, a giant mistake.
What the United States does best is to understand itself. What
it does worst is understand others.
America has the longest prison sentences in the West, yet the
only condition long sentences demonstrably cure is heterosexuality.
I love America more than any other country in this world, and,
exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize
James Arthur Baldwin
America's future will be determined by the home and the school.
The child becomes largely what he is taught; hence we must watch
what we teach, and how we live.
American consumers have no problem with carcinogens, but they
will not purchase any product, including floor wax, that has
fat in it.
America is the best half-educated country in the world.
Nicholas Murray Butler
America is the most grandiose experiment the world has seen,
but, I am afraid, it is not going to be a success.
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.
What the people want is very simple - they want an America as
good as its promise.
Whatever America hopes to bring to pass in the world must first
come to pass in the heart of America.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
There is nothing wrong with America that the faith, love of
freedom, intelligence, and energy of her citizens can not cure.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
America is the only nation in history which miraculously has
gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual
interval of civilization.
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
We are, after all, a country full of people who came to America
to get away from foreigners.
My country, 'tis of thee
Sweet land of felony
Of thee I sing
Land where my father fried
Young witches and applied
Whips to the Quaker's hide
And made him spring.
Americans are the only people in the world known to me whose
status anxiety prompts them to advertise their college and university
affiliations in the rear window of their automobiles.
The genius of you Americans is that you never make clear-cut
stupid moves, only complicated stupid moves which make us wonder
at the possibility that there may be something to them which
we are missing.
Gamal Abdel Nasser
The Americans are certainly great hero-worshipers, and always
take their heroes from the criminal classes.
Americans are broad-minded people. They'll accept the fact that
a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater, and
even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive there's something
wrong with him.
Everyone has a right to a university degree in America, even
if it's in Hamburger Technology.
Food, one assumes, provides nourishment, but Americans eat fully
aware that small amounts of poison have been added to improve
its appearance and delay its putrefaction.
Eternal boyhood is the dream of a depressing percentage of American
males, and the locker room is the temple where they worship
In every American there is an air of incorrigible innocence,
which seems to conceal a diabolical cunning.
A. E. Housman
Too many of us look upon Americans as dollar chasers. This is
a cruel libel, even if it is reiterated thoughtlessly by the
Americans will put up with anything provided it doesn't block
I was born an American; I will live an American; I shall die
How much longer are we going to think it necessary to be ''American''
before (or in contradistinction to) being cultivated, being
enlightened, being humane, and having the same intellectual
discipline as other civilized countries?
I sometimes think that the saving grace of America lies in the
fact that the overwhelming majority of Americans are possessed
of two great qualities- a sense of humor and a sense of proportion.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Americans adore me and will go on adoring me until I say something
nice about them.
George Bernard Shaw
Americans are overreachers; overreaching is the most admirable
of the many American excesses.
George F. Will
Statecraft as Soulcraft
Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half
never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.
Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the
H. L. Mencken
The character inherent in the American people has done all that
has been accomplished; and it would have done somewhat more,
if the government had not sometimes got in its way.
Henry David Thoreau
It is, I think, an indisputable fact that Americans are, as
Americans, the most self- conscious people in the world, and
the most addicted to the belief that the other nations are in
a conspiracy to under-value them.
Americans are benevolently ignorant about Canada, while Canadians
are malevolently well informed about the United States.
J. Bartlett Brebner
George Washington had a vision for this country. Was it three
days of uninterrupted shopping?
From TV series Northern Exposure
The American, by nature, is optimistic. He is experimental,
an inventor and a builder who builds best when called upon to
John F. Kennedy
Ninety-eight percent of the adults in this country are decent,
hard-working, honest Americans. It's the other lousy two percent
that get all the publicity. But then--we elected them.
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 Speaks
An Englishman is a person who does things because they have
been done before. An American is a person who does things because
they haven't been done before.
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.
I sometimes marvel at the extra-ordinary docility with which
Americans submit to speeches.
We are the most powerful nation on earth. No external power,
no terrorist organization, can defeat us. But we can defeat
ourselves by getting caught in a quagmire.
I chose America as my home because I value freedom and democracy,
civil liberties and an open society.
We must recognize that as the dominant power in the world we
have a special responsibility. In addition to protecting our
national interests, we must take the leadership in protecting
the common interests of humanity.
The thing that impresses me most about Americans is the way
parents obey their children.
Edward, Duke of Windsor
The problem with Yanks is they are wimps.
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