The American people may not be the best-educated, but they’re very wise at heart.
I just want someone to explain to the American public why investing in transportation in Iraq is so much more important than investing in passenger rail right here in the United States of America.
Once again, we see the Bush administration paying for its failed policies by cutting funds to vital public services and jeopardizing more American jobs.
If we are wondering why only 19 percent of the American people feel that the Congress is in tune with their priorities, the cuts in Amtrak is one blatant reason why.
I was on TV for almost sixteen weeks during American Idol. It’s at the point now where it’s old.
The whole world loves American movies, blue jeans, jazz and rock and roll. It is probably a better way to get to know our country than by what politicians or airline commercials represent.
Have you listened to the radio lately? Have you heard the canned, frozen and processed product being dished up to the world as American popular music today?
We are living in a time when American popular music is finally being recognized as one of our most successful exports. The demand is huge.
I enjoy watching Fear Factor, Newlyweds and American Idol as far as reality TV shows go.
American people are not evil. Given information, they will do the right thing. But they’re not given the information.
I don’t think people have been able to deal with the fact that African American filmmakers can make movies about life and relationships.
But recently I began to feel that maybe I wouldn’t be able to do what I want to do and need to do with American musicians, who are imprisoned behind these bars; music’s got these bars and measures you know.
We are a people that have always celebrated other people’s success so long as we always had the opportunity to meet that success ourselves. That is the American nature. That is the American character. That is one of the things that makes us different from the rest of the world. And I’m afraid we could lose that or are on the verge of losing that.
The Hispanic community understands the American Dream and have not forgotten what they were promised – that in the U.S., a free market system, allows us all to succeed economically, achieve stability and security for your family and leave your children better off than yourselves.
And yet, there are still people in American politics who, for some reason, cling to this belief that America is better off adopting the economic policies of nations whose people who immigrate here from there.
We can not continue to allow this over reliance on government to replace the cornerstone institution that has made the American experience possible.
Never has the political class or the mainstream media that covers them been more out of touch with the American people than they are today.
Let’s stop big government energy mandates like cap-and-trade, and instead trust the American innovator to make us energy independent.
From tea parties to the election in Massachusetts, we are witnessing the single greatest political pushback in American history.
When was the last time you heard news accounts of a boatload of American refugees arrive on the shores of another country?
The No. 1 issue in the Hispanic American community is ‘How do I leave my children better off than myself?
We will either bring on another American century, or we are doomed to witness America’s decline.
The White House has a choice: They can change course, or they can double down on a vision of government that the American people have roundly rejected.
Things happen in American politics in the political center. If the President will meet us in the center, there are things we can accomplish.
I’m not an American but I have always had the outsiders’ respect for the American people and the American way.
The larger meaning here is that mainstream journalists simply cannot talk about things that the two parties agree on; this is the black hole of American politics.
We are currently working on new policies to protect and create American jobs, particularly by improving education. We need more information in order to find the best solutions to this increasing concern for American families.
Because all of us believe and understand in the fabric of the common bond of why we call ourselves American is to care for the men and women who wear the uniform; and when they take off the uniform, we care for them when they are veterans.
The American who first discovered Columbus made a bad discovery.
Georg C. Lichtenberg
In corn, I think I’ve found the key to the American food chain. If you look at a fast-food meal, a McDonald’s meal, virtually all the carbon in it – and what we eat is mostly carbon – comes from corn.
I did become American citizen in order to vote. I lived in this country for a very long time and I finally reached the point where I thought, I’m often sticking my neck out on various issues as all human beings have a right to do.
Everything in our foreign and domestic policy is a question of issue for the American people to vote on.
The American people want us to stop spending. And so let’s just give them some certainty. Let’s extend the tax – the existing tax cuts. And then let’s give some more tax breaks to small businesses and large. And then maybe the American people will have some confidence.
It would seem that the Watergate story from beginning to end could be used as a primer on the American political system.
The American Dream is a phrase we’ll have to wrestle with all of our lives. It means a lot of things to different people. I think we’re redefining it now.
The Israeli lobby has clout in the U.S., which means that re-arranging the region and controlling its resources one way or another, will serve Israel through its control over the American administration.
What if the invasion forces will not leave our lands? What if the U.S. forces and others stay in our beloved lands? What if their companies and embassy headquarters will continue to exist with the American flags hoisted on them? Will you be silent? Will you overlook this?
Muqtada al Sadr
The only difference between the Bel Air of the ’90s and the Bel Air of my childhood is that now the nannies are Latina instead of British, and the cars European instead of American.
The American people depend on these federal employees to process, investigate, and adjudicate applications for immigration rights and benefits in a timely and thorough manner.
No, I’ve always been impressed with the tremendous resilience of the American economy. I think over the years, over the decades, it’s demonstrated this tremendous ability to take severe body blows, if you will, and bounce back.
The American polity is infected with a serious imbalance of power between elites and masses, a power which is the principal threat to our democracy.
If the Nuremberg laws were applied, then every post-war American president would have been hanged.
The making of an American begins at the point where he himself rejects all other ties, any other history, and himself adopts the vesture of his adopted land.
Baseball gives every American boy a chance to excel, not just to be as good as someone else but to be better than someone else. This is the nature of man and the name of the game.
Products made in China are cheap through the exploitation of the workforce. Every time we shop, we are driving the nail further into the coffin of American manufacturing jobs.
Steve McQueen was from a time when you didn’t know every little dirty thing about our public figures. He and James Dean were very mysterious, archetypal American heroes.
I hereby accuse the North American empire of being the biggest menace to our planet.
I shot this wonderful picture called American Saint a couple of years ago, which is still looking for release.
It’s American Alternative radio stations that bug me. We’re considered Alternative, but don’t expect us to be played next to Blink 182 and Offspring. We’re hardly of that generation.
The Democratic Party needs to look carefully at moving towards the middle, where the American people are.
The threat of terrorism is not stronger than the will of the American people.
I think we’re the first generation to successfully integrate American society.
For sure, the American people have access to more information now than any other people who have ever lived on earth. And I think we do a pretty good job of sorting out what’s important.
If a man is going to be an American at all let him be so without any qualifying adjectives, and if he is going to be something else, let him drop the word American from his personal description.
Henry Cabot Lodge
I’m the only American alive or dead who presided unhappily over the removal of a vice president and a president.
There have been, in recent years, many Asian American pioneers in the public eye who’ve defied the condescendingly complimentary ‘model minority’ stereotype: actors like Lucy Liu, artists like Maya Lin, moguls like Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh. They are known, often admired.
So, if I were arrested or if I were killed, then after me the issues that American fears about me wouldn’t exist anymore – and I couldn’t tell you what those issues are.
Muqtada al Sadr
Have you ever watched someone become American? Last week, at a national citizenship conference I organize, thirty immigrants from 17 countries swore an oath and became citizens of the United States. It was a stirring experience for the hundreds of people in the room.
Modern American cinema seems to me superficial. The intention is to understand a certain reality, and the result is nothing but a photographing of that reality.
The sacrifices ordinary American men and women from communities large and small have been willing to make, often before they were past their teenage years, have secured our nation unprecedented freedoms and made us the world’s bulwark of liberty.
Israeli interests are not necessarily in harmony with the American interests.
Very often with an American movie, the end is very happy and you just feel good when you go out. When you go to a French movie, it’s kind of like, oh!, and you can’t go out; you’re stuck in your chair. It goes so deeply inside of the heart.
Is advertising moral? It is part and parcel of the American free enterprise system… I challenge anybody to show any economic system that has done as much for so many in so short a time.
The Olympics are coming… and it’s a big problem in American politics, because the problem with holding the Olympics this fall is that we’re all going to be focused on the Olympics, and it makes that window of opportunity for Gore to win the election that much smaller.
If you’re in America a lot, it’s easy to get into playing American. All of it, the sounds, the energies, all very different. But it’s really hard to do the accent. I tend to try and stay in it all day, which is the only way I can manage it.
The American landscape has no foreground and the American mind no background.
The fact is if we do our job right, if we keep worrying not about polls but about the jobs of the American people, about their health care, about their ability to educate their kids, stay in their homes and own their homes, send their kids to college, the basic pillars of a middle-class life, if we keep worrying about the future and building a stronger future for this country, these things will take care of themselves.
To own the dominant, or only, newspaper in a mid-sized American city was, for many decades, a kind of license to print money. In the Internet age, however, no one has figured out how to rescue the newspaper in the United States or abroad.
We can’t forget what happened on May 4th, 1970, when four students gave up their lives because they had the American constitutional right of peaceful protest. They gave up their lives. And to sing that song in that spot on that anniversary was very emotional for us.
The phenomenon of home schooling is a wonderful example of the American can-do attitude. Growing numbers of parents have become disenchanted with government-run public schools. Many parents have simply taken matters into their own hands, literally.
Obama has no power to change American policy because there are people who specialize in drawing these policies, which have been and still are hostile towards Islam.
Muqtada al Sadr
The ability of the 1 percent to buy politicians and regulators is nothing new in American politics – just as inequality has been a permanent part of our economic system. This is true of virtually all political and economic systems.
Ironically, Latin American countries, in their instability, give writers and intellectuals the hope that they are needed.
The American people elected us here to cut spending so we can create an environment for jobs in America. The House has acted. We have demonstrated that we want to see spending, discretionary spending, brought down to levels of 2008. We’ve seen no counteraction. We have seen no position that has been expressed by the other side at all.
Skiffle was a name that was attached to what was, in essence, American folk music with a beat.
We know that Medicare’s going broke in seven years, but we need to start over.That’s what the American people want us to do.
So the American government lied to the Native Americans for many, many years, and then President Clinton lied about a relationship, and everyone was surprised! A little naive,
We are now in the Me Decade – seeing the upward roll of the third great religious wave in American history.
If American men are obsessed with money, American women are obsessed with weight. The men talk of gain, the women talk of loss, and I do not know which talk is the more boring.
What the American public wants in the theater is a tragedy with a happy ending.
William Dean Howells
Inequality is as dear to the American heart as liberty itself.
William Dean Howells
What is being talked about now is the probability of the Sharon government launching an attack against Lebanon to eliminate the resistance of Hezbollah by using the American war against Iraq. But, of course, in this case, we will certainly fight with all our strength.
It’s not the first time that I speak with American journalists. I’ve had meetings with many different newspapers and stations, and I’ve ha – never had a problem with meeting with American journalists.
They were a group of two dozen nurses completely surrounded by 100,000 unattached American men.
James A. Michener
What I did not yet know so intensely was the hatred of the white American for the black, a hatred so deep that I wonder if every white man in this country, when he plants a tree, doesn’t see Negroes hanging from its branches.
The part which American friendship played in helping us to win the freedom we enjoy in this part of Ireland has been gratefully recognized and acknowledged by our people.
Eamon de Valera
I think the American people should express their preferences, and we’ll accept their choice.
I am trying to make my accent so it won’t bother anyone, but I am not going to drive myself crazy trying to pretend I am an American girl when I am from Colombia.
Remember the picture of the president in the classroom, being told of the attack by chief of staff Andy Card? The American people thought they were seeing a man suddenly thrust into a grave challenge no one could have anticipated.
American society will never completely understand the true meaning of equality.
Bryant H. McGill
L.A. is my American city.
We’re absolutely American and distinctly so, I think. That’s part of what people respond to outside of this country, part of the reason that we’re such a huge band outside of the U.S., where we’re not so popular now as we were 10 or 12 years ago.
But we’re very much an American band and that’s that. I think that’s part of the appeal outside of this country and it might be part of the reason people turned away from us within this country, because familiarity breeds contempt.
So, we went from being an Athens band to being a Georgia band to being a Southern band to being an American band from the East Coast to being an American band and now we’re kind of an international phenomenon.
There was never a golden era of American radio as far as I can tell.
The only reason I made a commercial for American Express was to pay for my American Express bill.
I like it when somebody tells me a story, and I actually really feel that that’s becoming like a lost art in American cinema.
I love my country very dearly, and I greatly resent the implication that some of the places that I have sung and some of the people that I have known, and some of my opinions, whether they are religious or philosophical, make me less of an American.
Year by year we are learning that in this restless, strenuous American life of ours vacations are essential.
I think these are very improper questions for any American to be asked, especially under such compulsion as this. I would be very glad to tell you my life if you want to hear of it.
By ignoring a lot of American culture you can write more interesting stories. Unfortunately, if you were writing about America as it is, you’d be writing about a lot of people sitting in front of television sets.
If there’s an enduring theme in my work, it’s probably the effects of class on American life.
The ’20s ended in an era of extravagance, sort of like the one we’re in now. There was a big crash, but then the country picked itself up again, and we had some great years. Those were the days when American believed in itself. I was happy and proud to be painting it.
I do not hesitate one second to state clearly and unmistakably: I belong to the American resistance movement which fights against American imperialism, just as the resistance movement fought against Hitler.
In fact, because of this deep desire for peace, the ruling class leaders of this land, from 1945 on, stepped up the hysteria and propaganda to drive into American minds the false notion that danger threatened them from the East.
Like any other people, like fathers, mothers, sons and daughters in every land, when the issue of peace or war has been put squarely to the American people, they have registered for peace.
I said it was my feeling that the American people would struggle for peace, and that has since been underscored by the President of these United States.
But the deep desire for peace remained with the American people.
The Korean war has always been an unpopular war among the American people.
How do you keep war accountable to the American people when war becomes invisible and virtual?
President Bush has said that he does not need approval from the UN to wage war, and I’m thinking, well, hell, he didn’t need the approval of the American voters to become president, either.
Let’s be careful when we start comparing American to European tolerance because there isn’t necessarily a lot of European tolerance.
The people like the American Legion Post that gave us a chance to play. A place to play and a chance to play.
People are so busy dreaming the American Dream, fantasizing about what they could be or have a right to be, that they’re all asleep at the switch. Consequently we are living in the Age of Human Error.
The witty woman is a tragic figure in American life. Wit destroys eroticism and eroticism destroys wit, so women must choose between taking lovers and taking no prisoners.
We’re going to raise a lot of money for cancer awareness, give some to the American Cancer Society and hopefully make a big difference.
LL Cool J
American couples have gone to such lengths to avoid the interference of in-laws that they have to pay marriage counselors to interfere between them.
Time has lost all meaning in that nightmare alley of the Western world known as the American mind.
I was very pleased you know, and I was afraid that I might stick out, but I didn’t. My happiest thing about that picture is that I proved that American actors can speak as well and also fit in with an ensemble like that.
I had read the novel and I had heard David Lean was going to direct it – and it came as a surprise to me because American actors, if given the chance, can do style as well as anybody and speak as well as anybody.
And the reason I really appreciated this is because after the picture came out, I was invited by the American Psychiatric Association to give a lecture. I couldn’t believe it!
I created the Women’s Federation for World Peace in order to restore all that woman originally lost. You American women don’t need a man in the position of grandfather, parents, husband, elder or younger brother. You only need the true Adam.
Sun Myung Moon
The time has come when the whole world must be concerned about me. From now on, American Christianity must follow me.
Sun Myung Moon
The true sovereign is not the American president nor the English king, but the Lord of the Second Advent.
Sun Myung Moon
Our strategic dialogue with China can both protect American interests and uphold our principles, provided we are honest about our differences on human rights and other issues and provided we use a mix of targeted incentives and sanctions to narrow these differences.
One of the many problems with the American left has been its image as something rather too solemn, mirthless, herbivorous, dull, monochrome, righteous, and boring.
If American politics are too dirty for women to take part in, there’s something wrong with American politics.
I was raised Irish Catholic, but I don’t consider myself Irish Catholic: I consider myself me, an American.
Our democracy, our constitutional framework is really a kind of software for harnessing the creativity and political imagination for all of our people. The American democratic system was an early political version of Napster.
I’d rather do theater and British films than move to LA in hopes of getting small roles in American films.
The thing about American politics, as I’ve learned, is there is no choice.
The question really is how do we get Embassy Officers into the minds of the American business community. That is a much more difficult task than understanding a statistical
I went to professional men’s soccer games, the old North American soccer league at that time, and I used to be a ticket holder with my family and family friends. We would go every weekend and I thought it was great, but I just thought of it as recreation, as family fun.
There is a natural partnership between State and Commerce, and the American business community to work together to educate the United States about marketing overseas.
It is always dangerous to generalize, but the American people, while infinitely generous, are a hard and strong race and, but for the few cemeteries I have seen, I am inclined to think they never die.
We are African in origin and American in birth.
Timothy Thomas Fortune
My goal is to make as many films as possible about different aspects of American life.
Being an American musician means being adventurous.
Michael Tilson Thomas
Trade can really be good for American workers and American businesses.
Television has changed the American child from an irresistable force to an immovable object.
Laurence J. Peter
Today the American knight holds the commercial supremacy of the world.
Most of my life I was occupied with American television and American food. My ethnicity was my choice. It still is.
My sense is that jurists from other nations around the world understand that our court occupies a very special place in the American system, and that the court is rather well regarded in comparison, perhaps, to their own.
Sandra Day O’Connor
I was very interested in American poetry for many years. Much less now.
I wrote the script of Patton. I had this very bizarre opening where he stands up in front of an American flag and gives this speech. Ultimately, I was fired. When the script was done, they hired another writer and that script was forgotten.
Francis Ford Coppola
It is the American way to reward ability.
I think as an American society, when we’re paying too many taxes or dealing with war, we don’t want to see sad things at the movies.
To be seen and to be respected for my work and acknowledged as a true American Latina… means a lot to me.
There was nothing there but black water and American fire power.
We are all representatives of the American people. We all do town hall meetings. We all talk to our constituents. And I’ve got to tell you, the American people are engaged. And if you think they want a government takeover of health care, I would respectfully submit you’re not listening to them.
We need to reclaim our American system of limited government, low taxes, reasonable regulations, and sound money, which has blessed us with unprecedented prosperity. And it has done more to help the poor than any other economic system ever designed.
I never thought of myself as a New York poet or as an American poet.
There is one day that is ours. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American.
What a privilege it is to be an American!
Thomas Starr King
I don’t understand American football at all. It looks like all-in wrestling with crash helmets.
Throughout human history, the American Idea has done more to help the poor than any other economic system ever designed.
The American public does not know poets exist.
And it was from Boston that one in every six American families began their journey into the land of the free.
I don’t think there is much American music.
And I have no doubt that the American people generally believe the world is safer, and that we are safer, when we are stronger.
I prefer to remake flops. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels was a remake of a flop, and The Quiet American is a remake of a flop.
The American mind, unlike the English, is not formed by books, but, as Carl Sandburg once said to me… by newspapers and the Bible.
Van Wyck Brooks
Louis Armstrong is quite simply the most important person in American music. He is to 20th century music (I did not say jazz) what Einstein is to physics.
If the liberties of the American people are ever destroyed, they will fall by the hands of the clergy.
Marquis de Lafayette
American power worldwide is at its historic zenith.
Democrat leaders are not only out of the American mainstream, but are also out of the Democratic mainstream.
Part of the success of This American Life, I think, is due to the fact that none of us sound like we should be on the radio. We don’t sound professional; we sound like people you would know.
We hear foreign accents on CNN. It’s crazy, it’s wild, who knows, maybe they’ll take you because you certainly don’t fit in, in the American spectrum of news.
American government was founded on a belief and a faith in God and in doing what is right and just.
Ginny B. Waite
I’m definitely more influenced by European writers than I am by American writers, there’s no doubt about that.
Because our homeland and very survival are once more at stake, the American people can’t afford to treat this new war against terrorism like they did Vietnam.
Terrorism, too, must be excised wherever it exists, which will take years, and which can’t happen without the total commitment and the everyday involvement of the American people.
That’s what supporting the troops is really all about – making sure American grunts get the right stuff!
Modern American war is as easy to script as a B movie.
It’s important to every American that the law protect his or her basic liberty.
American Idol has taken over my whole life.
In every American there is an air of incorrigible innocence, which seems to conceal a diabolical cunning.
A. E. Housman
As far as carrying the American banner, you just do what’s right for the kids.
The rarest of all things in American life is charm. We spend billions every year manufacturing fake charm that goes under the heading of public relations. Without it, America would be grim indeed.
I really think that American gentlemen are the best after all, because kissing your hand may make you feel very good but a diamond and a sapphire bracelet lasts forever.
Is the president purposefully using propaganda and hyperbole to garner the American public for support?
We were proposing, in a sense, that the rest of the world be made safe for American ideas, as they adopted intellectual property rights that gave patent protection to our very innovative economy.
I am an American. I love this country.
The most distinguished hallmark of the American society is and always has been change.
A serious problem in America is the gap between academe and the mass media, which is our culture. Professors of humanities, with all their leftist fantasies, have little direct knowledge of American life and no impact whatever on public policy.
If Obama fails to win reelection, let the blame be first laid at the door of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who at a pivotal point threw gasoline on the flames by comparing angry American citizens to Nazis.
Our presence in Afghanistan is not worth the price of any more American lives or treasure.
America must be the teacher of democracy, not the advertiser of the consumer society. It is unrealistic for the rest of the world to reach the American living standard.
I also got a chance to go to the American Museum in New York, which helped my interest.
Robert T. Bakker
That’s one of the things about the Tea Party people. They think corporations have too much influence in American life and they do.
I played English football – soccer – instead of American football, because we couldn’t afford the equipment.
I think on-stage nudity is disgusting, shameful and damaging to all things American. But if I were 22 with a great body, it would be artistic, tasteful, patriotic and a progressive religious experience.
I want to be a representative and be a role model for the Asian American community.
I went to public schools, and while Gary was, like most American cities, racially segregated, it was at least socially integrated – a cross section of children from families of all walks of life.
I have no spy stories to tell, because I saw no spies. Nor did I understand, at that time, any opposition between American and Russian national interest.
For years after I resigned, I was still faithful to their way of thinking. But not in the American Communists.
The belief that the good in American society will finally win out… I don’t believe any more.
The greatest public health threat for many American women is the men they live with.
The consequences of things are not always proportionate to the apparent magnitude of those events that have produced them. Thus the American Revolution, from which little was expected, produced much; but the French Revolution, from which much was expected, produced little.
Charles Caleb Colton
If most American cities are about the consumption of culture, Los Angeles and New York are about the production of culture – not only national culture but global culture.
It’s pretty clear that over the last three months the economy has paused. And it’s also pretty clear the American people are still demanding and asking the question, ‘Where are the jobs?’ And the reason we don’t have new jobs is because of the job-killing agenda pursued by President Obama and his allies in the Congress.
But make no mistake, the President will find in our new majority the voice of the American people as they’ve expressed it tonight: standing on principle, checking Washington’s power and leading the drive for a smaller, less costly, and more accountable government.
Before the trip began we mapped out three primary goals: 1) to see and meet with our American troops, and thank them for their bravery and sacrifice; 2) to assess the security situation in Iraq; and 3) to give our support to Iraq’s national unity government.
Earmarks have become a symbol of a Congress that has broken faith with the people. This earmark ban shows the American people we are listening and we are dead serious about ending business as usual in Washington.
The American people are screaming at the top of their lungs to Washington, ‘Stop! Stop the spending, stop the job-killing policies.’ And yet, Democrats in Washington refuse to listen to the American people.
The American people think the government in Washington is too big. That it spends too much. And – and that it’s totally out of control. They want something done about it.
Mr. President, the buzz saw that your healthcare bill ran into wasn’t lobbyists and special interests it was tens of millions of American’s who were saying, ‘Stop!’
Our manifesto, whatever it will be called, will come from the people who are really in charge of this country, and that’s the American people.
Protecting the institution of marriage safeguards, I believe, the American family.
I am not for raising taxes on the American people in a soft economy.
We don’t intend to always keep this necessarily African oriented. Originally I had hoped to have African American Indian of this area, and the Appalachian of this area, but at the same time, just as we have the Haitian room, we will always have room for another exhibit.
Every child in American should have access to a well-stocked school library.
I can’t understand these chaps who go round American universities explaining how they write poems: It’s like going round explaining how you sleep with your wife.
The Beatles and The Stones were basically inspired by American Rhythm and Blues.
I’ve never seen American Idol but I am grateful to them. That show is one of Fox’s biggest moneymakers, and some of that money goes to pay for shows like Prison Break. Simon Cowell’s been signing my paychecks and for that I say thanks.
I was a lawyer for 10 years – a short time, but it molded me into who I am. My clients were little people fighting big corporations, so it was a natural thing to not only represent the little guy but also to pull for him – it’s the American way.
I think the real problem for American religion are those minority of fundamentalists who try to identify political policies with religion.
Is the patience of the American people that long suffering? Is there no outrage left in the country?
You know, I think what the American people want more than anything else right now is someone who’s just going to look them in the eye and tell them the truth, even some truths that they don’t like. And – but they have to believe the person’s speaking from their heart and are authentic.
Insisting that we must tax and take and demonize those who have already achieved the American Dream. That may turn out to be a good re-election strategy for President Obama, but is a demoralizing message for America.
An American of the present day reading his Sunday newspaper in a state of lazy collapse is one of the most perfect symbols of the triumph of quantity over quality that the world has yet seen.
If quantitatively the American achievement is impressive, qualitatively it is somewhat less satisfying.
I am currently talking to one of the studios about making American Star as a TV series.
I write about the American dream: if you set your mind to do something, you can do it. My fans know they’re getting the real thing.
Citizen Kane is perhaps the one American talking picture that seems as fresh now as the day it opened. It may seem even fresher.
My father was an American who could cuss in Italian and make an aria out of it. It was wonderful to watch. But then again, he was a Gemini. I believe in that stuff.
One of the reasons inequality gets so deep in this country is that everyone wants to be rich. That’s the American ideal. Poor people don’t like talking about poverty because even though they might live in the projects surrounded by other poor people and have, like, ten dollars in the bank, they don’t like to think of themselves as poor.
In 1998, I founded the American Center for Law and Justice, probably the premier public interest law firm in America defending the rights of believers.
For those of us who have lived abroad and seen our nation in a highly competitive 21st century, and kind of see where this world is going – unless we are able to strengthen our core, we’re going to see the end of the American century. And that is totally unacceptable.
Jon Huntsman, Jr.
I respect the president. He and I have a difference of opinion on how to help the country we both love. But the question each of us wants the voters to answer is who will be the better president, not who is the better American.
Jon Huntsman, Jr.
If you can’t define a winning exit strategy for the American people, where we somehow come out ahead, then we’re wasting our money, and we’re wasting our strategic resources.
Jon Huntsman, Jr.
What is important is that you’re honest with the American people.
Jon Huntsman, Jr.
Managers in all too many American companies do not achieve the desired results because nobody makes them do it.
Harold S. Geneen
What’s going on in this country? Unions stand against those trends. We’ve got to somehow insulate the robust American economy from this global economy that seems to want to devour our standard of living.
James P. Hoffa
American Gods is about 200,000 words long, and I’m sure there are words that are simply in there ‘cause I like them. I know I couldn’t justify each and every one of them.
The task of an American writer is not to describe the misgivings of a woman taken in adultery as she looks out of a window at the rain but to describe four hundred people under the lights reaching for a foul ball. This is ceremony.
If one of us, any of us, any American is traveling in a town somewhere in America and a medical crisis hits them, for someone who is diabetic or perhaps has heart disease or some other problems, where do we get the records to determine what to do?
I will never apologize for standing up for my fellow Teamsters and all American workers.
James P. Hoffa
Homelessness is a part of our American system. There should be nothing wrong with this condition as long as the individual is not sentenced to unnecessary suffering and punishment.
I’m very aware when I’m speaking to the English of how flat my Mid-Atlantic American voice is.
Martin C. Smith
We are really living the American dream, to be a successful brand in the States and in Europe and to steep ourselves in our heritage. But we do it with a sense of humor. We don’t take ourselves too seriously in fashion.
It is not sex by itself that interests me, but its particular role in American consciousness, and in my own life.
The road to success is not easy to navigate, but with hard work, drive and passion, it’s possible to achieve the American dream.
I have committed my life to helping the poor, and I believe that if more companies followed Wal-Mart’s lead in providing opportunity and savings to those who need it most, more Americans battling poverty would realize the American dream.
There are those, I know, who will reply that the liberation of humanity, the freedom of man and mind, is nothing but a dream. They are right. It is. It is the American Dream.
Possibly you are not aware of the fact that the largest sum given by any contributor to the fund is but a trifle when compared with the losses suffered by nearly all the firms in the cotton trade during the disastrous years of the American war.
Spring has many American faces. There are cities where it will come and go in a day and counties where it hangs around and never quite gets there. Summer is drawn blinds in Louisiana, long winds in Wyoming, shade of elms and maples in New England.
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.
I like American women. They do things sexually Russian girls never dream of doing – like showering.
We didn’t do an American tour because it I know it wouldn’t go down well.
Dee Dee Ramone
It’s not an anti-sex trip. Like, we’re taking sex, which is probably another half of American entertainment, sex and violence, and we’re projecting it, and we’re saying this is the way everything is right now.
When I was in New York after I left the Army, I studied for two years at the American Theater Wing, studied acting, which involved dance and fencing and speech classes and history of theater, all that.
James Earl Jones
I remember the Curia said, that’s up to the American bishops, not up to Rome.
High school is such a shared experience in North American culture.
Canadians can easily ‘pass for American’ as long as we don’t accidentally use metric measurements or apologize when hit by a car.
It’s important to address young people in the reopening of New Orleans. In rebuilding, let’s revisit the potential of American democracy and American glory.
I think the American Dream says that anything can happen if you work hard enough at it and are persistent, and have some ability. The sky is the limit to what you can build, and what can happen to you and your family.
Sanford I. Weill
The Clinton tax increase – which was an increase in taxes primarily on upper-income people – not only made the tax code more nearly progressive, it preceded one of the most productive economic periods in American life.
I’ve had a terrific life, from building one company to be the second largest company in the securities industry and merging that into American Express, and becoming president of that company.
Sanford I. Weill
In spite of the polls, the fact is that American Muslims are very happy and they thrive in this country.
Feisal Abdul Rauf
If Wellington epitomizes the English gentleman, Eisenhower epitomizes the natural American gentleman.
I presume that nobody will deny the positive aspects of the North American cultural world. These are well known to all. But these aspects do not make one forget the disastrous effects of the industrial and commercial process of ‘cultural lamination’ that the USA is perpetrating on the planet.
I don’t think of myself as either American or Australian really, I’m a true hybrid. It’s a good thing for me because both of them are really good countries.
I should think just about every young writer – which I was at the time – would be influenced by HPL. As an American writer of weird fiction, he was at the top of the class.
To me, the American Dream is being able to follow your own personal calling. To be able to do what you want to do is incredible freedom.
I probably spent the first 20 years of my life wanting to be as American as possible. Through my 20s, and into my 30s, I began to become aware of how so much of my art and architecture has a decidedly Eastern character.
It is the goal of the American university to be the brains of the republic.
I had very few friends. We always ate dinner with our parents. We didn’t want to go out. American adolescence was a lot wilder than I would have felt comfortable with.
OK, it was black, it was below grade, I was female, Asian American, young, too young to have served. Yet I think none of the opposition in that sense hurt me.
It’s a really unfair world because life is, where I am; all day long we listen to American music. So I don’t see why the radios in the U.S. cannot even put aside one hour a day just to play music that is not American.
If it’s not some daring, dangerous affair, it’s just not interesting, or so it seems. So, here you have two people – a famous American iconic couple – who actually like each other sexually, in marriage. Imagine.
The art of advertisement, after the American manner, has introduced into all our life such a lavish use of superlatives, that no standard of value whatever is intact.
When I’m writing for Esquire, my conscious thought is, I’m not writing for American Scholar.
Our great American writers were all newspaper people.
Actually, today I had to defend the Bush Administration in France again. They refuse to accept, because of their political ideology, that he has actually done more than any American President for Africa. But it’s empirically so.
The mere fact of an American being present could help save the lives of innocent people. That’s why I believe in the importance of bearing witness, to become a voice for the voiceless.
The family ties between hundreds of thousands of German families and their American relatives led many to think that America would never join a second war against Germany.
I am closer to a European viewpoint of the world than an American one. My ethics and ideals are based on European concepts.
We have used the presence of UNMIK, as well as other European and American agencies to establish a legal framework compatible with the European Union and that is already an advantage. We have seen the positive effects of this and our parliament will continue to go this way.
The last man in the world who should have been criticized was the American soldier. They should have criticized me.
Seeking fortunes in America led to Germany losing people, and the American continent received many people whose contributions are particularly clear in the agricultural and technical fields.
Iraq is part of a legitimate American effort not to have democracy everywhere but to have democracy somewhere.
I’m completely Americanized – I have an American accent, an American wife – but a residue of me is foreign.
Barack Obama is the most antibusiness president in a generation, perhaps in American history.
The failure of national economic policy is costing us more than jobs; it has begun to weaken that uniquely American spirit of risk-taking, large ambition, and optimism about the future. We must rally them now to bold departures that rebuild our national morale as well as our material prosperity.
At the same time, I would add that the American people have a lot of courage.
American credibility in the war on terrorism depends on a strong stand against all terrorist acts, whether committed by foe or friend.
Why does there exist a global American entertainment industry, but there isn’t an equivalent coming from France or Italy? This is the case simply because the English language opens the whole world to the American cinema.
Suddenly, the screens were dominated by American entertainment to the extent of something like 95 percent. As a result, audiences turned away from the kinds of films that we used to make.
In the first years after the systemic transition, our screens showed American entertainment that had not been available before, or had been available only sporadically.
The CIA could not face up to the American people and admit that its former employees had conspired to assassinate the President; so from the moment Kennedy’s heart stopped beating, the Agency attempted to sweep the whole conspiracy under the rug.
Bob Hope, like Mark Twain, had a sense of humor that was uniquely American, and like Twain, we’ll likely not see another like him.
Dick Van Dyke
One of the biggest things I understood in a program like that was that it allowed more young African American scholars to do field research in the Caribbean and in Africa than had ever happened before in the history of the country and since.
Bernice Johnson Reagon
The Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife, actually, was an effort to put something on the mall in Washington so American tourists could walk through America, and in their minds everything on the mall would be American.
Bernice Johnson Reagon
The first job I had with the Smithsonian was as a field researcher among African American communities in Southwest Louisiana and Arkansas for the festival.
Bernice Johnson Reagon
I know only two words of American slang, ‘swell’ and ‘lousy’. I think ‘swell’ is lousy, but ‘lousy’ is swell.
J. B. Priestley
What I learned growing up on the farm was a The fact is for nearly three years President Obama has been downgrading American jobs. He’s been downgrading our standing in the world. He’s been downgrading our financial stability. He’s been downgrading our confidence, and downgrading the hope for a better future for our children. That’s a fact.
This administration in Washington… clearly believes that government is not only the answer to every need but it’s the most qualified to make essential decisions for every American in every area. That mix of arrogance and audacity that guides the Obama administration is an affront to every freedom-loving American.
This administration in Washington that’s in power now clearly believes that government is not only the answer to every need, but it’s the most qualified to make the most central decisions for every American in every area.
Yes, I’m a patriotic person. For these people who disgrace the American way and burn our flag and do all of these things… I say, don’t live here and disgrace my country. Go live in the Middle East and see how you like it.
I stand before you today as a disciplined conservative Texan, a committed Republican and a proud American, united with you to restoring our nation and revive the American dream.
It is through states that the American people get the job done every day, often in spite of a deeply flawed bureaucratic federal government.
The Obama administration is an affront to every freedom-loving American,and a threat to every private sector job in this country.
Let’s stop this American downward spiral.
Most illegals are without health insurance, and when these workers need emergency healthcare, the American taxpayer gets stuck with the bill.
Harvard Medical School, the University of South Florida and the American Psychiatric Association have all conducted studies showing that the earlier one begins gambling, the more likely it is he or she will become an addicted, problem gambler.
That’s why I’m very proud of being American. I’m proud to pay taxes. I pay a lot of taxes, but it sure beats the alternative.
For 180 years, we voted in English. That is the true American tradition, and this amendment is true to our heritage, not what has existed unnaturally for the last 20 years.
Many American Muslims are peaceful and define jihad primarily as an internal struggle to improve.
The American Dream is really money.
And as an American colleague said to me several months ago, he said, ‘I think the challenge in Jordan – and, again, this is for the rest of the Middle East – we need to define what center is. And once we can define what center is to a Jordanian, then we can decide what’s left and what’s right of that.
King Abdullah II
I always wrote; my first story was published in the magazine The American Girl when I was 11.
A bad liver is to a Frenchman what a nervous breakdown is to an American. Everyone has had one and everyone wants to talk about it.
The thing is there have been American movies that are similar to Solaris, like Alien had a lot of things that are similar, although it’s also got the horror element.
I’m an American first, and I think that’s how most people are.
There’s probably more in the American tradition than people give the place credit for.
A couple of weeks is a long time in American politics.
I was into playing American music, especially the blues.
These days the American dream of home ownership has turned into a nightmare for millions of families. They wake every day to the reality of a horrible decline in the value of the home that has meant so much to them.
Part of the American dream is to own your own property – something no one can take from you.
I like America, and I think probably the American people like me.
I’m covering the worst president in American history.
I am a gay American.
Mother’s interest in contemporary American artists emerged during the 1920s.
When I make an American movie it’s going to come out all over the world-it doesn’t happen the same way for an Italian film or a French film.