" Perhaps this is our strange and haunting paradox
here in America -- that we are fixed and certain only when we are in
-Thomas Wolfe, You Can't Go Home Again
"It is no secret that organized crime in America
takes in over forty billion dollars a year. This is quite a profitable sum,
especially when one considers that the Mafia spends very little for office
"You, the Spirit of the Settlement! ... Not
understand that America is God's crucible, the great melting-pot where all the
races of Europe are melting and re-forming! Here, you stand, good folk, think
I, when I see them at Ellis Island, here you stand in your fifty groups, with your
fifty languages and histories, and your fifty blood hatreds and
-Israel Zangwill, Melting Pot, The
"I love America more than any other country in this
world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her
-James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son
"There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be
cured with what is right in America."
-William J. Clinton
"Let the word go forth from this time and place, to
friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of
Americans born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and
-John Fitzgerald Kennedy
America is the country where you buy a lifetime supply of
aspirin for one dollar, and use it up in two weeks.
A benevolent man should allow a few faults in himself to
keep his friends in countenance.
A mill cannot grind with water that is past.
Be in general virtuous, and you will be happy.
Beggars can never be bankrupt.
Calm weather in June, sets the corn in tune.
Each day provides its own gifts.
Feel for others, in your pocket.
Folks like the truth that hits their neighbour.
Good weight and measure, are heaven's treasure.
Great trees keep little ones down.
This American system of ours, call it Americanism, call it
capitalism, call it what you will, gives each and every one of us a great
opportunity if we only seize it with both hands and make the most of it.
Al Capone (1899-1947)
No one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the
Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956)
Only in American banks can you find the pens chained to
the counter and the doors wide open.
My dream is that as the years go by and the world knows more and more of America, it ... will turn to America for those moral inspirations that lie at the basis of all freedom ... that America will come into the full light of the day when all shall know that she puts human rights above all other rights, and that her flag is the flag not only of America but of humanity.
ATTRIBUTION: Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Address at Independence Hall, Philadelphia (July 4, 1914).
- These words were spoken a few weeks before the Great War broke out in Europe.
"The right to freedom being the gift of God, it is not in the power of man to alienate this gift and voluntarily become a slave."
"I regret that I have but one life to give for my country."
-- Nathan Hale
"There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in America."
-- William J. Clinton, President of the United States of America
"Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country."
-- John Fitzgerald Kennedy, former President of the United States of America
Ninety-eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hard-working, honest Americans. It's the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then--we elected them.
All of the books in the world contain no more information than is broadcast as video in a single large American city in a single year. Not all bits have equal value.
A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won't cross the street to vote in a national election.
America's one of the finest countries anyone ever stole.
What a pity, when Christopher Colombus discovered America, that he ever mentioned it.
Perhaps, after all, America never has been discovered. I myself would say that it had merely been detected.
Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)
"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away."
-Thoreau from "Walden's" Pond
In the beginning, all the world was America."
-John Locke, 17th Century
"They waste us-ay-like April snow
In the warm noon, we shrink away;
And fast they follow, as we go
Towards the setting day-
Till they shall fill the land, and we
Are driven into the Western sea."
-William Cullen Bryant
"An Indian at the Burial Place of his Fathers"
America is a large, friendly dog in a very small room. Every time it wags its tail, it knocks over a chair.
Arnold Toynbee (1889 - 1975)
Everyone has a right to a university degree in America, even if it's in Hamburger Technology.
Never criticize a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins.
American Indian Proverb