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10 things most Americans don't know about America:
1. Few people are impressed by us...
2. Few people hate us...
3. We know nothing about the rest of the world...
4. We are poor at expressing gratitude and affection...
5. The quality of life for the average American is not that great...
6. The rest of the world is not a slum-ridden shithole compared to us...
7. We're paranoid...
8. We're status-obsessed and seek attention...
9. We are very unhealthy...
10. We mistake comfort for happiness...
Mark Manson

This country would not be a land of opportunity, America could not be America, if the people
were shackled with government monopolies.
Calvin Coolidge

It seems to be a law in American life that whatever enriches us anywhere except in the
wallet inevitably becomes uneconomic.
Russell Baker

The American, by nature, is optimistic. He is experimental, an inventor and a builder who
builds best when called upon to build greatly.
John F. Kennedy

War is God's way of teaching Americans geography.
Ambrose Bierce

Black people yelling "racism!" White people yelling "reverse racism!" Chinese people yelling
"sideways racism!" And the Indians ain't yelling shit, 'cause they dead. So everybody bitching
about how bad their people got it: Nobody got it worse than the American Indian. Everyone
needs to calm the f**k down.
Chris Rock

Where else but in America could the women's liberation movement take off their bras, then go
on TV to complain about their lack of support?
Bob Hope

If I'd lived in Roman times, I'd have lived in Rome. Where else? Today America is the Roman
Empire and New York is Rome itself.
John Lennon

Thanksgiving is a typically American holiday. The lavish meal is a symbol of the fact that
abundant consumption is the result and reward of production.
Ayn Rand

I'm convinced that today the majority of Americans want what those first Americans
wanted: A better life for themselves and their children; a minimum of government authority.
Very simply, they want to be left alone in peace and safety to take care of the family by
earning an honest dollar and putting away some savings. This may not sound too exciting,
but there is something magnificent about it.
Ronald Reagan

How does it become a man to behave toward this American government today? I answer
that he cannot without disgrace be associated with it.
Henry David Thoreau

If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which
didn't turn out well for the Native Americans.
Stephen Hawking

The essence of American journalism is vulgarity divested of truth.
Sir Winston Churchill

When the potatoes ran out, millions of Irish men, women and children packed their bags got
on a boat and showed up right here. And we're still doing it. We're not even starving
anymore, loads of potatoes. In fact if there's any Irish out there, I've breaking news from
Dublin, the potato famine is over you can come home now. But why are we still showing up?
Because we love the idea of America.
Bono

In America, anyone can become President. That's the problem.
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

The contempt for law and the contempt for the human consequences of lawbreaking go from
the bottom to the top of American society.
Margaret Mead

In America, it is sport that is the opiate of the masses.
Russell Baker

All the perplexities, confusion, and distress in America arise, not from want of honor or virtue,
but from the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit, and circulation.
John Adams

We take foreigners to be incomplete Americans - convinced that we must help and hasten
their evolution.
Saul Bellow

I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this
administration somehow you're not patriotic. We should stand up and say we are Americans
and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration.
Hillary Clinton

We're not Americans, we're Africans who happen to be in America. We were kidnapped and
brought here against our will from Africa. We didn't land on Plymouth Rock - that rock landed
on us.
Malcolm X

Now there are more overweight people in America than average-weight people. So overweight
people are now average. Which means you've met your New Year's resolution.
Jay Leno

Anyone in any walk of life who is content with mediocrity is untrue to himself and to American
tradition.
George S. Patton

America is often referred to as the land of the free. But most people in this country are not
really free. They are tied to debt and a treadmill existence in terms of earning a living.
Thomas J. Stanley

There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.
Bill Clinton

America is a country of inventors, and the greatest of inventors are the newspaper men.
Alexander Graham Bell

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

Americans used to roar like lions for liberty; now we bleat like sheep for security.
Norman Vincent Peale

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