America Quotes

Most popular America quotes

Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Indian [Native American]. - Robert Orben quote.
Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Indian [Native American].

funny

No one can be as calculatedly rude as the British, which amazes Americans, who do not understand studied insult and can only offer abuse as a substitute. - Paul Gallico quote.
No one can be as calculatedly rude as the British, which amazes Americans, who do not understand studied insult and can only offer abuse as a substitute.

insults England English people

I am angry about policies that consistently favor the wealthy and powerful over average Americans, and insist that government has an important role in opening up opportunity to all. - Barack Obama quote.
I am angry about policies that consistently favor the wealthy and powerful over average Americans, and insist that government has an important role in opening up opportunity to all.
Barack Obama The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

regulations government

But our democracy might work a bit better if we recognized that all of us possess values that are worthy of respect: if liberals at least acknowledged that the recreational hunter feels the same way about his gun as they feel about their library books, and if conservatives recognized that most women feel as protective of their right to reproductive freedom as evangelicals do of their right to worship. - Barack Obama quote.
But our democracy might work a bit better if we recognized that all of us possess values that are worthy of respect: if liberals at least acknowledged that the recreational hunter feels the same way about his gun as they feel about their library books, and if conservatives recognized that most women feel as protective of their right to reproductive freedom as evangelicals do of their right to worship.
Barack Obama The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

liberal conservatives values democracy

No, what's troubling is the gap between the magnitude of our challenges and the smallness of our politics—the ease with which we are distracted by the petty and trivial, our chronic avoidance of tough decisions, our seeming inability to build a working consensus to tackle any big problem. - Barack Obama quote.
No, what's troubling is the gap between the magnitude of our challenges and the smallness of our politics—the ease with which we are distracted by the petty and trivial, our chronic avoidance of tough decisions, our seeming inability to build a working consensus to tackle any big problem.
Barack Obama The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

politics

American culture does not deal easily with the true and beautiful. It values getting things done and not worrying too much about why whatever thing you are doing is important. - George Friedman quote.
American culture does not deal easily with the true and beautiful. It values getting things done and not worrying too much about why whatever thing you are doing is important.
The history of the twenty-first century, therefore, particularly the first half, will revolve around two opposing struggles. One will be secondary powers forming coalitions to try to contain and control the United States. The second will be the United States acting preemptively to prevent an effective coalition from forming. - George Friedman quote.
The history of the twenty-first century, therefore, particularly the first half, will revolve around two opposing struggles. One will be secondary powers forming coalitions to try to contain and control the United States. The second will be the United States acting preemptively to prevent an effective coalition from forming.

predictive geopolitics

The United States doesn't need to win wars. It needs to simply disrupt things so the other side can't build up sufficient strength to challenge it. - George Friedman quote.
The United States doesn't need to win wars. It needs to simply disrupt things so the other side can't build up sufficient strength to challenge it.

geopolitics

The American economy is so huge that it is larger than the economies of the next four countries combined: Japan, Germany, China, and the United Kingdom. - George Friedman quote.
The American economy is so huge that it is larger than the economies of the next four countries combined: Japan, Germany, China, and the United Kingdom.
The United States Navy controls all of the oceans of the world. Whether it's a junk in the South China Sea, a dhow off the African coast, a tanker in the Persian Gulf, or a cabin cruiser in the Caribbean, every ship in the world moves under the eyes of American satellites in space and its movement is guaranteed—or denied—at will by the U.S. Navy. The combined naval force of the rest of the world doesn't come close to equaling that of the U.S. Navy. - George Friedman quote.
The United States Navy controls all of the oceans of the world. Whether it's a junk in the South China Sea, a dhow off the African coast, a tanker in the Persian Gulf, or a cabin cruiser in the Caribbean, every ship in the world moves under the eyes of American satellites in space and its movement is guaranteed—or denied—at will by the U.S. Navy. The combined naval force of the rest of the world doesn't come close to equaling that of the U.S. Navy.

geopolitics

Any attempt to forecast the twenty-first century that does not begin with the recognition of the extraordinary nature of American power is out of touch with reality. But I am making a broader, more unexpected claim, too: the United States is only at the beginning of its power. The twenty-first century will be the American century. - George Friedman quote.
Any attempt to forecast the twenty-first century that does not begin with the recognition of the extraordinary nature of American power is out of touch with reality. But I am making a broader, more unexpected claim, too: the United States is only at the beginning of its power. The twenty-first century will be the American century.

geopolitics predictive

... the single most important geopolitical fact in the world: the United States controls all of the oceans. No other power in history has been able to do this. - George Friedman quote.
... the single most important geopolitical fact in the world: the United States controls all of the oceans. No other power in history has been able to do this.

geopolitics

It should be possible both to believe deeply in the rightness of one's own cause and to hear out the other side.
Nicholas Kristof You’re Wrong! I’m Right!', The New York Times, Feb 2018

politics

A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death. - Martin Luther King Jr. quote.
A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.

spiritual military

If America does not use her vast resources of wealth to end poverty and make it possible for all of God's children to have the basic necessities of life, she, too, will go to hell. - Martin Luther King Jr. quote.
If America does not use her vast resources of wealth to end poverty and make it possible for all of God's children to have the basic necessities of life, she, too, will go to hell.

inequality capitalism

This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. When ever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it. - Abraham Lincoln quote.
This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. When ever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it.

American constitution government

The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government. - George Washington quote.
The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government.

American constitution democracy

That this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. - Abraham Lincoln quote.
That this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

iconic

All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth in their military chest; with a Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force take a drink from the Ohio or make a track on the Blue Ridge in a trial of a thousand years. - Abraham Lincoln quote.
All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth in their military chest; with a Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force take a drink from the Ohio or make a track on the Blue Ridge in a trial of a thousand years.
Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. - Abraham Lincoln quote.
Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

equality iconic

There is an important sense in which government is distinctive from administration. One is perpetual; the other is temporary and changeable. A man may be loyal to his government and yet oppose the particular principles and methods of administration. - Abraham Lincoln quote.
There is an important sense in which government is distinctive from administration. One is perpetual; the other is temporary and changeable. A man may be loyal to his government and yet oppose the particular principles and methods of administration.

iconic government democracy

While the people retain their virtue, and vigilance, no administration, by any extreme of wickedness or folly, can very seriously injure the government, in the short space of four years. - Abraham Lincoln quote.
While the people retain their virtue, and vigilance, no administration, by any extreme of wickedness or folly, can very seriously injure the government, in the short space of four years.

government democracy

If the policy of the government, upon vital questions affecting the whole people, is to be irrevocably fixed by decisions of the Supreme Court, the people will have ceased, to be their own rulers, having, to that extent, practically resigned their government into the hands of that eminent tribunal. Nor is there, in this view, any assault upon the court, or the judges. It is a duty, from which they may not shrink, to decide cases properly brought before them; and it is no fault of theirs, if others seek to turn their decisions to political purposes. - Abraham Lincoln quote.
If the policy of the government, upon vital questions affecting the whole people, is to be irrevocably fixed by decisions of the Supreme Court, the people will have ceased, to be their own rulers, having, to that extent, practically resigned their government into the hands of that eminent tribunal. Nor is there, in this view, any assault upon the court, or the judges. It is a duty, from which they may not shrink, to decide cases properly brought before them; and it is no fault of theirs, if others seek to turn their decisions to political purposes.

democracy government

In a certain sense, and to a certain extent, he [the President] is the representative of the people. He is elected by them, as well as Congress is. But can he, in the nature [of] things, know the wants of the people, as well as three hundred other men, coming from all the various localities of the nation? If so, where is the propriety of having a Congress? - Abraham Lincoln quote.
In a certain sense, and to a certain extent, he [the President] is the representative of the people. He is elected by them, as well as Congress is. But can he, in the nature [of] things, know the wants of the people, as well as three hundred other men, coming from all the various localities of the nation? If so, where is the propriety of having a Congress?

government

I hold, that in contemplation of universal law, and of the Constitution, the Union of these States is perpetual. - Abraham Lincoln quote.
I hold, that in contemplation of universal law, and of the Constitution, the Union of these States is perpetual.

iconic

Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well wisher to his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to violate in the least particular, the laws of the country; and never to tolerate their violation by others. - Abraham Lincoln quote.
Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well wisher to his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to violate in the least particular, the laws of the country; and never to tolerate their violation by others.

American constitution

I think the hydrocarbon reserves in the United States are one of the most precious things we have, every bit as precious as the topsoil of Iowa. Just as I don't want to export all the topsoil in Iowa to Iran or someplace, just because they are willing to give us some money, I love the hydrocarbon reserves we have in the ground. The fashion is to be independent and to use them up as fast as we can. I think that's insanity as a national policy. - Charlie Munger quote.
I think the hydrocarbon reserves in the United States are one of the most precious things we have, every bit as precious as the topsoil of Iowa. Just as I don't want to export all the topsoil in Iowa to Iran or someplace, just because they are willing to give us some money, I love the hydrocarbon reserves we have in the ground. The fashion is to be independent and to use them up as fast as we can. I think that's insanity as a national policy.

the economy

Koreans came up from nothing in the auto business. They worked 84 hours a week with no overtime for more than a decade. At the same time every Korean child came home from grade school, and worked with a tutor for four full hours in the afternoon and the evening, driven by these Tiger Moms. Are you surprised when you lose to people like that? Only if you're a total idiot. - Charlie Munger quote.
Koreans came up from nothing in the auto business. They worked 84 hours a week with no overtime for more than a decade. At the same time every Korean child came home from grade school, and worked with a tutor for four full hours in the afternoon and the evening, driven by these Tiger Moms. Are you surprised when you lose to people like that? Only if you're a total idiot.

hard work

It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them. - Mark Twain quote.
It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them.

freedom

I'm grateful to be an American. I am grateful that we can be angry at the terrorist assault on 9/11 and at the same time be intelligent enough not to hold a grudge against every Arab and every Muslim. - Maya Angelou quote.
I'm grateful to be an American. I am grateful that we can be angry at the terrorist assault on 9/11 and at the same time be intelligent enough not to hold a grudge against every Arab and every Muslim.

prejudice

I believe that there lives a burning desire in the most sequestered private heart of every American, a desire to belong to a great country. - Maya Angelou quote.
I believe that there lives a burning desire in the most sequestered private heart of every American, a desire to belong to a great country.
The American dream is not over. America is an adventure. - Theodore H. White quote.
The American dream is not over. America is an adventure.
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 quote.
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.
It is a part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate. - Thomas Jefferson quote.
It is a part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate.
What is the essence of America? Finding and maintaining that perfect, delicate balance between freedom "to" and freedom "from." - Marilyn vos Savant quote.
What is the essence of America? Finding and maintaining that perfect, delicate balance between freedom "to" and freedom "from."
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 quote.
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.
America is a religious nation, but only because it is religiously tolerant and lets every citizen pray, or not pray, in his own way.
— From an editorial in The New York Times
America is a place where Jewish merchants sell Zen love beads to agnostics for Christmas.

religion diversity

America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great. - Alexis de Tocqueville quote.
America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.
The things that have made America great are being subverted for the things that make Americans rich.
How often we fail to realize our good fortune in living in a country where happiness is more than a lack of tragedy.
America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense, it is the other way around. Human rights invented America. - Jimmy Carter quote.
America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense, it is the other way around. Human rights invented America.
What the people want is very simple—they want an America as good as its promise. - Barbara Jordan quote.
What the people want is very simple—they want an America as good as its promise.
Being American is not a matter of birth. We must practice it every day, lest we become something else.
What's right with America is a willingness to discuss what's wrong with America.
America is not like a blanket—one piece of unbroken cloth. America is more like a quilt—many patches, many pieces, many colors, many sizes, all woven together by a common thread. - Jesse Jackson quote.
America is not like a blanket—one piece of unbroken cloth. America is more like a quilt—many patches, many pieces, many colors, many sizes, all woven together by a common thread.

diversity

America is a tune. It must be sung together.

unity

In America nobody says you have to keep the circumstances somebody else gives you. - Amy Tan quote.
In America nobody says you have to keep the circumstances somebody else gives you.
One of the fondest expressions around is that we can't be the world's policeman. But guess who gets called when suddenly someone needs a cop. - Colin Powell quote.
One of the fondest expressions around is that we can't be the world's policeman. But guess who gets called when suddenly someone needs a cop.
I thank God that I live in a country where dreams can come true, where failure sometimes is the first step to success and where success is only another form of failure if we forget what our priorities should be.
Americans are optimists. They hope they'll be wealthy someday—and they're positive they can get one more brushful of paint out of an empty can. - Bernard Williams quote.
Americans are optimists. They hope they'll be wealthy someday—and they're positive they can get one more brushful of paint out of an empty can.
Give the American people a good cause, and there's nothing they can't lick.
The business of America is not business. Neither is it war. The business of America is justice and securing the blessings of liberty. - George Will quote.
The business of America is not business. Neither is it war. The business of America is justice and securing the blessings of liberty.
If the American Revolution had produced nothing but the Declaration of Independence, it would have been worthwhile.
Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball. - Jacques Barzun quote.
Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball.

baseball

Highways have made tangible the conviction that the truth about America, its heart and soul, is always to be found somewhere just over the horizon, somewhere around the next bend.
History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people. - Martin Luther King Jr. quote.
History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.

civil rights apathy equality injustice

Our political institutions work remarkably well. They are designed to clang against each other. The noise is democracy at work.

democracy

It's not the hand that signs the laws that holds the destiny of America. It's the hand that casts the ballot. - Harry S. Truman quote.
It's not the hand that signs the laws that holds the destiny of America. It's the hand that casts the ballot.

voting civic duty democracy

One of the things I feel is that, right now, if you ask who are the customers of education, the customers of education are the society at large, the employers who hire people, things like that. But ultimately I think the customers are the parents. Not even the students but the parents. The problem that we have in this country is that the customers went away. The customers stopped paying attention to their schools, for the most part. What happened was that mothers started working and they didn't have time to spend at PTA meetings and watching their kids' school. Schools became much more institutionalized, and parents spent less and less and less time involved in their kids education. What happens when a customer goes away and a monopoly gets control, which is what happened in our country, is that the service level almost always goes down. And that's certainly what the public school system is. They don't have to care. - Steve Jobs quote.
One of the things I feel is that, right now, if you ask who are the customers of education, the customers of education are the society at large, the employers who hire people, things like that. But ultimately I think the customers are the parents. Not even the students but the parents. The problem that we have in this country is that the customers went away. The customers stopped paying attention to their schools, for the most part. What happened was that mothers started working and they didn't have time to spend at PTA meetings and watching their kids' school. Schools became much more institutionalized, and parents spent less and less and less time involved in their kids education. What happens when a customer goes away and a monopoly gets control, which is what happened in our country, is that the service level almost always goes down. And that's certainly what the public school system is. They don't have to care.
Steve Jobs Smithsonian Institution Oral and Video Histories, April, 1995

school parenting education

The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves. - George Washington quote.
The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves.

iconic

Americans like fat books and thin women. - Russell Baker quote.
Americans like fat books and thin women.

dieting

We can now prove that large numbers of Americans are dying from sitting on their behinds.

health exercise

America is God's Crucible, the great Melting-Pot where all the races of Europe are melting and reforming! - Israel Zangwill quote.
America is God's Crucible, the great Melting-Pot where all the races of Europe are melting and reforming!
Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels - men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. - Dwight D. Eisenhower quote.
Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels - men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine.

revolution rebels

An American believes more than anything else in the last four letter of that title: I can.
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.
Violence is as American as cherry pie. - H. Rap Brown quote.
Violence is as American as cherry pie.
America is the red man's country by natural right, and the black man's by virtue of his sufferings and toil.

African-Americans

The unhealthy gap between what we preach in America and what we often practice creates a moral dry rot that eats at the very foundation of our democratic ideals and values. - Whitney M. Young quote.
The unhealthy gap between what we preach in America and what we often practice creates a moral dry rot that eats at the very foundation of our democratic ideals and values.

democracy

America is just the country that how all the written guarantees in the world for freedom are no protection against tyranny and oppression of the worst kind. There the politician has come to be looked upon as the very scum of society.

politicians

The American dream is, in part, responsible for a great deal of crime and violence because people feel that the country owes them not only a living but a good living.
America has put a tight shoe on the Negro and now he has a callus on his soul. - Dick Gregory quote.
America has put a tight shoe on the Negro and now he has a callus on his soul.

African-Americans civil rights

They'll like you because you're a foreigner. They love foreigners; it's just strangers they hate.
The popular song is America's greatest ambassador.

songs music

It was in making education not only common to all, but in some sense compulsory on all, that the destiny of the free republics of America was practically settled. - James Russell Lowell quote.
It was in making education not only common to all, but in some sense compulsory on all, that the destiny of the free republics of America was practically settled.

education

In the field of world policy I would dedicate this nation to the policy of the good neighbor. - Franklin D. Roosevelt quote.
In the field of world policy I would dedicate this nation to the policy of the good neighbor.

neighbors

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

England English

The short memories of the American voters is what keeps our politicians in office. - Will Rogers quote.
The short memories of the American voters is what keeps our politicians in office.

politicians

The haughty American nation ... makes the Negro clean its boots and then proves the moral and physical inferiority of the Negro by the fact that he is a bootblack. - George Bernard Shaw quote.
The haughty American nation ... makes the Negro clean its boots and then proves the moral and physical inferiority of the Negro by the fact that he is a bootblack.

African-Americans civil rights racism

Our record as a righteous nation has proved so filled with error that, obviously, we must stop thanking God we [America] are not like other nations. - Reinhold Niebuhr quote.
Our record as a righteous nation has proved so filled with error that, obviously, we must stop thanking God we [America] are not like other nations.
In other countries, art and literature are left to a lot of shabby bums living in attics and feeding on booze and spaghetti, but in America the successful writer or picture-painter is indistinguishable from any other decent businessman. - Sinclair Lewis quote.
In other countries, art and literature are left to a lot of shabby bums living in attics and feeding on booze and spaghetti, but in America the successful writer or picture-painter is indistinguishable from any other decent businessman.

artists art

This [America] is the only country that ever went to the poorhouse in an automobile. - Will Rogers quote.
This [America] is the only country that ever went to the poorhouse in an automobile.
More than any country ours [America] is an automobile society. - Lyndon B. Johnson quote.
More than any country ours [America] is an automobile society.

cars

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

children parenting

My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they're going to stay that way. - Al Capone quote.
My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they're going to stay that way.
The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and these are ignorance, superstition and incompetence. - Elbert Hubbard quote.
The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and these are ignorance, superstition and incompetence.
Ours seems to be the only nation on earth that asks its teenagers what to do about world affairs, and tells its goldenagers to go out and play.
America is the country where you can buy a lifetime supply of aspirin for one dollar and use it up in two weeks. - John Barrymore quote.
America is the country where you can buy a lifetime supply of aspirin for one dollar and use it up in two weeks.
Americans have always been eager for travel, that being how they got to the New World in the first place.

Travel

This continent, an open palm spread frank before the sky. - James Agee quote.
This continent, an open palm spread frank before the sky.
No one flower can ever symbolize this nation. America is a bouquet. - William Safire quote.
No one flower can ever symbolize this nation. America is a bouquet.

diversity

America is the greatest of opportunities and the worst of influences. - George Santayana quote.
America is the greatest of opportunities and the worst of influences.
We must keep America whole and safe and unspoiled. - Al Capone quote.
We must keep America whole and safe and unspoiled.
Not merely a nation but a nation of nations. - Lyndon B. Johnson quote.
Not merely a nation but a nation of nations.
Give me your tired, your poor, 
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe 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 quote.
Give me your tired, your poor, 
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, 
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. 
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, 
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
The youth of America is their oldest tradition. - Oscar Wilde quote.
The youth of America is their oldest tradition.
The American language is in a state of flux based upon survival of the unfittest. - Cyril Connolly quote.
The American language is in a state of flux based upon survival of the unfittest.
America's dissidents are not committed to mental hospitals and sent into exile; they thrive and prosper and buy a house in Nantucket and take flyers in the commodities market. - Ted Turner quote.
America's dissidents are not committed to mental hospitals and sent into exile; they thrive and prosper and buy a house in Nantucket and take flyers in the commodities market.
America is a large friendly dog in a small room. Every time it wags its tail it knocks over a chair. - Arnold Toynbee quote.
America is a large friendly dog in a small room. Every time it wags its tail it knocks over a chair.
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 quote.
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.
No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public. - H. L. Mencken quote.
No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.
America – a country that has leapt from barbarism to decadence without touching civilization. - John O'Hara quote.
America – a country that has leapt from barbarism to decadence without touching civilization.
Being a great power is no longer much fun.
Americans adore me and will go on adoring me until I say something nice about them. - George Bernard Shaw quote.
Americans adore me and will go on adoring me until I say something nice about them.
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. - Mark Twain quote.
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.

England

American women expect to find in their husbands a perfection that English women only hope to find in their butlers. - W. Somerset Maugham quote.
American women expect to find in their husbands a perfection that English women only hope to find in their butlers.

England

Remember always that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists. - Franklin D. Roosevelt quote.
Remember always that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
The classic American western look remains unchallenged as the epitome of virility in men's clothing. Derived from the cowboy's work clothes, it is part of the national heritage.

men

The trouble with us in America isn't that the poetry of life has turned to prose, but that it has turned into advertising copy. - Louis Kronenberger quote.
The trouble with us in America isn't that the poetry of life has turned to prose, but that it has turned into advertising copy.

advertising

American society is a sort of flat, fresh-water pond which absorbs silently, without reaction, anything which is thrown into it. - Henry Adams quote.
American society is a sort of flat, fresh-water pond which absorbs silently, without reaction, anything which is thrown into it.
America, thou half brother of the world;
With something good and bad of every land. - Philip James Bailey quote.
America, thou half brother of the world;
With something good and bad of every land.
America is an adorable woman chewing tobacco.
I have fallen in love with American names,
The sharp, gaunt names that never get fat,
The snakeskin-titles of mining-claims,
The plumed war-bonnet of Medicine Hat,
Tucson and Deadwood and Lost Mule Flat. - Stephen Vincent Benét quote.
I have fallen in love with American names,
The sharp, gaunt names that never get fat,
The snakeskin-titles of mining-claims,
The plumed war-bonnet of Medicine Hat,
Tucson and Deadwood and Lost Mule Flat.

names

If there is a single image to crystallize the American dream, it would be house ownership. - William F. Buckley Jr. quote.
If there is a single image to crystallize the American dream, it would be house ownership.

house

America is like an unfaithful lover who promised us more than we got.
In the end, the American dream is not a sprint or even a marathon, but a relay.
There is a rowdy strain in American life, living close to the surface but running very deep. Like an ape behind a mask, it can display itself suddenly with terrifying effect.
Most Americans...have a sort of permanent intoxication from within, a sort of invisible champagne. - G. K. Chesterton quote.
Most Americans...have a sort of permanent intoxication from within, a sort of invisible champagne.
Americans think of themselves collectively as a human rescue squad on twenty-four hour call to any spot on the globe where dispute and conflict may result. - Eldridge Cleaver quote.
Americans think of themselves collectively as a human rescue squad on twenty-four hour call to any spot on the globe where dispute and conflict may result.
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 quote.
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.
I've come to think of Europe as a hardcover book, America as the paperback version. - Don DeLillo quote.
I've come to think of Europe as a hardcover book, America as the paperback version.
Laughter is America's most important export. - Walt Disney quote.
Laughter is America's most important export.

laughter

Americans are rather like bad Bulgarian wine: they don't travel well.
America—rather, the United States—seems to me to be the Jew among the nations. It is resourceful, adaptable, maligned, envied, feared, imposed upon. It is warmhearted, overfriendly; quick-witted, lavish, colorful; given to extravagant speech and gestures. - Edna Ferber quote.
America—rather, the United States—seems to me to be the Jew among the nations. It is resourceful, adaptable, maligned, envied, feared, imposed upon. It is warmhearted, overfriendly; quick-witted, lavish, colorful; given to extravagant speech and gestures.
Edna Ferber A Peculiar Treasure: An Autobiography
Only remember—west of the Mississippi it's a little more look, see, act. A little less rationalize, comment, talk. - F. Scott Fitzgerald quote.
Only remember—west of the Mississippi it's a little more look, see, act. A little less rationalize, comment, talk.
America is rather like life. You can usually find in it what you look for. - Edward Forster quote.
America is rather like life. You can usually find in it what you look for.
Americans are like a rich father who wishes he knew how to give his son the hardships that made him rich. - Robert Frost quote.
Americans are like a rich father who wishes he knew how to give his son the hardships that made him rich.
Every American carries in his bloodstream the heritage of the malcontent and the dreamer. - Dorothy Fuldheim quote.
Every American carries in his bloodstream the heritage of the malcontent and the dreamer.
Americans are fascinated by their own love of shopping. This does not make them unique. It's just that they have more to buy than most other people on the planet. And it's also an affirmation of faith in their country, its prosperity and limitless bounty. They have shops the way that lesser countries have statues.

shopping

What the American public wants is a tragedy with a happy ending. - William Dean Howells quote.
What the American public wants is a tragedy with a happy ending.

tragedy

Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed—
Let it be that great strong land of love
Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme
That any man be crushed by one above. - Langston Hughes quote.
Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed—
Let it be that great strong land of love
Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme
That any man be crushed by one above.
America exhausts the springs of one's soul—I suppose that's what it exists for.  It lives to see all real spontaneity expire. - D. H. Lawrence quote.
America exhausts the springs of one's soul—I suppose that's what it exists for.  It lives to see all real spontaneity expire.
America is a hurricane, and the only people who do not hear the sound are those fortunate if incredibly stupid and smug White Protestants who live in the center, in the serene eye of the big wind. - Norman Mailer quote.
America is a hurricane, and the only people who do not hear the sound are those fortunate if incredibly stupid and smug White Protestants who live in the center, in the serene eye of the big wind.
I don't see America as a mainland, but as a sea, a big ocean. - Jacques Maritain quote.
I don't see America as a mainland, but as a sea, a big ocean.
The immense popularity of American movies abroad demonstrates that Europe is the unfinished negative of which America is the proof. - Mary McCarthy quote.
The immense popularity of American movies abroad demonstrates that Europe is the unfinished negative of which America is the proof.
Backward is just not a natural direction for Americans to look—historical ignorance remains a national characteristic.
Larry McMurtry Oh What a Slaughter: Massacres in the American West: 1846–1890

history ignorance

American society is very like a fish society...the only thing which determines order of dominance is length of time in the fish-bowl. - Margaret Mead quote.
American society is very like a fish society...the only thing which determines order of dominance is length of time in the fish-bowl.
America is not a melting pot. It is a sizzling cauldron.
Americans relate all effort, all work, and all of life itself to the dollar.  Their talk is of nothing but dollars. - Nancy Mitford quote.
Americans relate all effort, all work, and all of life itself to the dollar.  Their talk is of nothing but dollars.

money

I've always thought that the American eagle needed a left wing and a right wing. - Bill Moyers quote.
I've always thought that the American eagle needed a left wing and a right wing.

politics

I believe there's an intrinsic irreverence in the American psyche, and when something comes along that offers even an echo  of that irreverence, people respond to it. - Martin Mull quote.
I believe there's an intrinsic irreverence in the American psyche, and when something comes along that offers even an echo  of that irreverence, people respond to it.
America is the world's policeman, all right—a big, dumb, mick flatfoot in the middle of the one thing cops dread most, a "domestic disturbance." - P. J. O'Rourke quote.
America is the world's policeman, all right—a big, dumb, mick flatfoot in the middle of the one thing cops dread most, a "domestic disturbance."
America is an enormous frosted cupcake in the middle of millions of starving people. - Gloria Steinem quote.
America is an enormous frosted cupcake in the middle of millions of starving people.
Discussion in America means dissent. - James Thurber quote.
Discussion in America means dissent.

discussion dissent

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 quote.
America is a large, friendly dog in a very small room. Every time it wags its tail, it knocks over a chair.
America has been another name for opportunity. - Frederick J. Turner quote.
America has been another name for opportunity.
The political and social morals of America are not only food for laughter, they are an entire banquet. - Mark Twain quote.
The political and social morals of America are not only food for laughter, they are an entire banquet.
America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy. - John Updike quote.
America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.

happiness

America is God's Crucible, the great Melting-Pot, where all races of Europe are melting and re-forming.
I regard England as my wife and America as my mistress. - Cedric Hardwicke quote.
I regard England as my wife and America as my mistress.

England

The Englishman wants to be recognized as a gentleman, or as some other suitable species of human being, the American wants to be considered a "good guy." - Louis Kronenberger quote.
The Englishman wants to be recognized as a gentleman, or as some other suitable species of human being, the American wants to be considered a "good guy."

England

We have really everything in common with America nowadays, except, of course, language. - Oscar Wilde quote.
We have really everything in common with America nowadays, except, of course, language.

England

The actual American childhood is less Norman Rockwell and Walt Disney than Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe.

childhood

Entitlement spending—the politics of greed wrapped in the language of love.
God was left out of the Constitution but was furnished a front seat on the coins of the country. - Mark Twain quote.
God was left out of the Constitution but was furnished a front seat on the coins of the country.

God

The United States is like the guy at the party who gives cocaine to everybody and still nobody likes him.
The United States themselves are essentially the greatest poem. - Walt Whitman quote.
The United States themselves are essentially the greatest poem.
In America, anybody can be president. That's one of the risks you take. - Adlai Stevenson quote.
In America, anybody can be president. That's one of the risks you take.
We should beware of the demagogues who are willing to declare a trade war against our friends, weakening our economy, our national security, and the entire free world, all while cynically waving the American flag. - Ronald Reagan quote.
We should beware of the demagogues who are willing to declare a trade war against our friends, weakening our economy, our national security, and the entire free world, all while cynically waving the American flag.

politics Donald Trump

I know my country has not perfected itself. At times, we've struggled to keep the promise of liberty and equality for all of our people. We've made our share of mistakes, and there are times when our actions around the world have not lived up to our best intentions. - Barack Obama quote.
I know my country has not perfected itself. At times, we've struggled to keep the promise of liberty and equality for all of our people. We've made our share of mistakes, and there are times when our actions around the world have not lived up to our best intentions.

equality

In America everybody is of opinion that he has no social superiors, since all men are equal, but he does not admit that he has no social inferiors, for, from the time of Jefferson onward, the doctrine that all men are equal applies only upwards, not downwards. - Bertrand Russell quote.
In America everybody is of opinion that he has no social superiors, since all men are equal, but he does not admit that he has no social inferiors, for, from the time of Jefferson onward, the doctrine that all men are equal applies only upwards, not downwards.

equality

I think the greatest taboos in America are faith and failure.

faith

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.

freedom

Americans, particularly after World War II, tended to romanticize war because in World War II our cause was the cause of humanity, and our soldiers brought home glory and victory, and thank God that they did. But it led us to romanticize it to some extent.

glory World War II

I have found out in later years that we were very poor, but the glory of America is that we didn't know it then. - Dwight D. Eisenhower quote.
I have found out in later years that we were very poor, but the glory of America is that we didn't know it then.
After a century of striving, after a year of debate, after a historic vote, health care reform is no longer an unmet promise. It is the law of the land. - Barack Obama quote.
After a century of striving, after a year of debate, after a historic vote, health care reform is no longer an unmet promise. It is the law of the land.
Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable—a most sacred right—a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world. - Abraham Lincoln quote.
Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable—a most sacred right—a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.

government democracy

I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country. - Thomas Jefferson quote.
I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.

democracy capitalism

America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between. - Oscar Wilde quote.
America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.
In America the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience. - Oscar Wilde quote.
In America the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience.
Perhaps, after all, America never has been discovered. I myself would say that it had merely been detected. - Oscar Wilde quote.
Perhaps, after all, America never has been discovered. I myself would say that it had merely been detected.
When good Americans die they go to Paris. - Oscar Wilde quote.
When good Americans die they go to Paris.
Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence. - Thomas Jefferson quote.
Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence.

power

The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge ... is itself a frightful despotism. - George Washington quote.
The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge ... is itself a frightful despotism.

democracy government

One of the most pathetic—and dangerous—signs of our times is the growing number of individuals and groups who believe that no one can possibly disagree with them for any honest reason. - Thomas Sowell quote.
One of the most pathetic—and dangerous—signs of our times is the growing number of individuals and groups who believe that no one can possibly disagree with them for any honest reason.

politics