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Quotes on America (part 1)

America is another name for opportunity. Ralph Waldo Emerson

America is another name for opportunity. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

An asylum for the sane would be empty in America.
George Bernard Shaw

All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise, not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation.
John Adams

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

America must not ignore the threat gathering against us. Facing clear evidence of peril, we cannot wait for the final proof, the smoking gun that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud.
George W. Bush

On September 11 2001, America felt its vulnerability even to threats that gather on the other side of the Earth. We resolved then, and we are resolved today, to confront every threat from any source that could bring sudden terror and suffering to America.
George W. Bush

I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.
James A. Baldwin

I see America spreading disaster. I see America as a black curse upon the world. I see a long night settling in and that mushroom which has poisoned the world withering at the roots.
Henry Miller

I have never been able to look upon America as young and vital but rather as prematurely old, as a fruit which rotted before it had a chance to ripen.
Henry Miller

America makes prodigious mistakes, America has colossal faults, but one thing cannot be denied: America is always on the move. She may be going to Hell, of course, but at least she isn’t standing still.
E. E. Cummings

France, and the whole of Europe have a great culture and an amazing history. Most important thing though is that people there know how to live! In America they’ve forgotten all about it. I’m afraid that the American culture is a disaster.
Johnny Depp

America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.
Harry S. Truman

I’ve said many a time that I think the Un-American Activities Committee in the House of Representatives was the most un-American thing in America!
Harry S. Truman

And my point was one I think that you’d agree with, which is there’s no room in America for a black racist, a Latino racist, or a white racist, or an Asian racist, or a Native American racist. Now, we’re either color blind or we’re not color blind.
Newt Gingrich

I believe we are now in a struggle over whether or not we are going to save America.
Newt Gingrich

The most important social welfare program in America is a job.
Newt Gingrich

Watching President Obama apologize last week for America’s arrogance – before a French audience that owes its freedom to the sacrifices of Americans – helped convince me that he has a deep-seated antipathy toward American values and traditions.
Rick Santorum

If all you think we need to do to get this economy going and get this country on the right track is to cut government and reduce taxes, you don’t understand America. America is a moral enterprise, not an economic enterprise.
Rick Santorum

I believe in capitalism for everybody, not necessarily high finance but capitalism that works for the working men and women of this country who are out there paddling alone in America right now.
Rick Santorum

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

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

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

In America the President reigns for four years, and Journalism governs for ever and ever.
Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

America is a mistake, a giant mistake.
Sigmund Freud

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

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

You Europeans know nothing about America. Because we amass large fortunes you think we care for nothing but money. We are nothing for it; the moment we have it we spend it, sometimes well, sometimes ill, but we spend it. Money is nothing to us; it’s merely the symbol of success. We are the greatest idealists in the world; I happen to think that we’ve set our ideal on the wrong objects; I happen to think that the greatest ideal man can set before himself is self-perfection.
W. Somerset Maugham

I know nothing grander, better exercise, better digestion, more positive proof of the past, the triumphant result of faith in human kind, than a well-contested American national election.
Walt Whitman

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

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

There’s the one thing no nation can ever accuse us of and that is secret diplomacy. Our foreign are an open book, generally a check book.
Will Rogers

America is not a mere body of traders; it is a body of free men. Our greatness-built upon freedom-is moral, not material. we have a great ardor for gain; but we have a deep passion for the rights of man.
Woodrow Wilson

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

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

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
Abraham Lincoln

My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.
Abraham Lincoln

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

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

In America the President reigns for four years, and Journalism governs forever and ever.
Oscar Wilde

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

In America the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience.
Oscar Wilde

With our technology, with objects, literally three people in a garage can blow away what 200 people at Microsoft can do. Literally can blow it away. Corporate America has a need that is so huge and can save them so much money, or make them so much money, or cost them so much money if they miss it, that they are going to fuel the object revolution.
Steve Jobs

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

I am mortified to be told that, in the United States of America, the sale of a book can become a subject of inquiry, and of criminal inquiry too.
Thomas Jefferson

Peace and abstinence from European interferences are our objects, and so will continue while the present order of things in America remain uninterrupted.
Thomas Jefferson

No one has been barred on account of his race from fighting or dying for America, there are no white or colored signs on the foxholes or graveyards of battle.
John F. Kennedy

America has tossed its cap over the wall of space.
John F. Kennedy

I look forward to a great future for America – a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint, its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose.
John F. Kennedy

The world knows that America will never start a war. This generation of Americans has had enough of war and hate… we want to build a world of peace where the weak are secure and the strong are just.
John F. Kennedy

Let us not forget who we are. Drug abuse is a repudiation of everything America is.
Ronald Reagan

Today we did what we had to do. They counted on America to be passive. They counted wrong.
Ronald Reagan

If the United States of America or Britain is having elections, they don’t ask for observers from Africa or from Asia. But when we have elections, they want observers.
Nelson Mandela

Some day, following the example of the United States of America, there will be a United States of Europe.
George Washington

America is another name for opportunity.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

America wants its respect.
Tupac Shakur

It’s never paid to bet against America. We come through things, but its not always a smooth ride.
Warren Buffett

When you’re born you get a ticket to the freak show. When you’re born in America, you get a front row seat.
George Carlin

America… just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable.
Hunter S. Thompson

Laughter is America’s most important export.
Walt Disney

Of all the men that have run for president in the twentieth century, only George McGovern truly understood what a monument America could be to the human race.
Hunter S. Thompson

Everyone assumes America must play the leading role in crafting some settlement or compromise between the Israelis and the Palestinians. But Jefferson, Madison, and Washington explicitly warned against involving ourselves in foreign conflicts.
Ron Paul

To me, to be a conservative means to conserve the good parts of America and to conserve our Constitution.
Ron Paul

The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life.
Theodore Roosevelt

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

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

Building a better you is the first step to building a better America.
Zig Ziglar

America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.
Barack Obama

Americans… still believe in an America where anything’s possible – they just don’t think their leaders do.
Barack Obama

There is not a liberal America and a conservative America – there is the United States of America. There is not a black America and a white America and latino America and asian America – there’s the United States of America.
Barack Obama

My parents shared not only an improbable love, they shared an abiding faith in the possibilities of this nation. They would give me an African name, Barack, or blessed, believing that in a tolerant America your name is no barrier to success.
Barack Obama

There’s not a liberal America and a conservative America – there’s the United States of America.
Barack Obama

There are patriots who opposed the war in Iraq and there are patriots who supported the war in Iraq. We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America.
Barack Obama

John Kerry believes in an America where hard work is rewarded.
Barack Obama

In America, there’s a failure to appreciate Europe’s leading role in the world.
Barack Obama

The day I’m inaugurated, this country looks at itself differently and the world looks at America differently. If you believe that we’ve got to heal America and we’ve got to repair our standing in the world, then I think my supporters believe that I am a messenger who can deliver that message around the world in a way that no other candidate can do.
Barack Obama

I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage. But when you start playing around with constitutions, just to prohibit somebody who cares about another person, it just seems to me that’s not what America’s about. Usually, our constitutions expand liberties, they don’t contract them.
Barack Obama

The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I, therefore, intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt.
Barack Obama

Let me even say before I even get inaugurated, during the transition we are going to be having meetings all across the country with community organizations so that you have input into the agenda for the next presidency of the United States of America.
Barack Obama

I said that America’s role would be limited; that we would not put ground troops into Libya; that we would focus our unique capabilities on the front end of the operation, and that we would transfer responsibility to our allies and partners.
Barack Obama

So while I will never minimize the costs involved in military action, I am convinced that a failure to act in Libya would have carried a far greater price for America.
Barack Obama

I read in the newspapers they are going to have 30 minutes of intellectual stuff on television every Monday from 7:30 to 8. to educate America. They couldn’t educate America if they started at 6:30.
Groucho Marx

Yesterday, December seventh, 1941, a date which will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

The school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to economize.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Yes, America is gigantic, but a gigantic mistake.
Sigmund Freud

America is a mistake, a giant mistake.
Sigmund Freud
What you have to do is enter the fiction of America, enter America as fiction. It is, indeed, on this fictive basis that it dominates the world.
Jean Baudrillard

Jamaica has problems; America has problems; everywhere has problems.
Ziggy Marley

I’m not an American, Do they count the votes in America? I haven’t voted in Jamaica either.
Ziggy Marley

A man builds a house in England with the expectation of living in it and leaving it to his children; we shed our houses in America as easily as a snail does his shell.
Harriet Beecher Stowe

The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and these are ignorance, superstition and incompetence.
Elbert Hubbard

I know my own deficiencies, one of which is that I had lived away from America for such a long time. It’s called expatriate.
James Hillman

It is easier for women to succeed in business, the arts, and politics in America than in Europe.
Hedy Lamarr

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

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

In America few people will trust you unless you are irreverent.
Norman Mailer

Europe’s the mayonnaise, but America supplies the good old lobster.
David Herbert Lawrence

Wojtyla was a warrior, who did more to end the Soviet Union than even America.
Oriana Fallaci

What the people want is very simple – they want an America as good as its promise.
Barbara Jordan

Nowhere has specialization penetrated so deeply into the building professions as North America.
Arthur Erickson

Materialism has never been so ominous as now in North America, as management takes over.
Arthur Erickson

I had a really good time with Martha Stewart, who also is somebody I really admire a lot. I’ve learned a lot from her and I think all of America has, about attention to detail and using fresh ingredients and making things beautiful and special.
Ted Allen

The fascists in most Latin American countries tell the people that the reason their wages will not buy as much in the way of goods is because of Yankee imperialism. The fascists in Latin America learn to speak and act like natives.
Henry A. Wallace

Fascism is a worldwide disease. Its greatest threat to the United States will come after the war, either via Latin America or within the United States itself.
Henry A. Wallace

The European brand of fascism will probably present its most serious postwar threat to us via Latin America.
Henry A. Wallace

I adore Chicago. It is the pulse of America.
Sarah Bernhardt

America’s greatness has been the greatness of a free people who shared certain moral commitments. Freedom without moral commitment is aimless and promptly self-destructive.
John W. Gardner

Whatever I do, it’s my business. It’s not my job to parent America.
Christina Aguilera

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