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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...
This country would not be a land of opportunity, America could not be America, if the people
were shackled with government monopolies.
It seems to be a law in American life that whatever enriches us anywhere except in the
wallet inevitably becomes uneconomic.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In America, anyone can become President. That's the problem.
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
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.
In America, it is sport that is the opiate of the masses.
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.
We take foreigners to be incomplete Americans - convinced that we must help and hasten
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.
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
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.
Anyone in any walk of life who is content with mediocrity is untrue to himself and to American
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.
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.
Americans used to roar like lions for liberty; now we bleat like sheep for security.
Norman Vincent Peale