America quotes page 3
The bombs in Vietnam explode at home; they destroy the hopes and possibilities for a
Martin Luther King Jr.
America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense human rights invented America.
I don't think the real America is in New York or on the Pacific Coast; personally, I like the
Middle West much better, places like North and South Dakota, Minneapolis and Saint Paul.
There, I think, are the true Americans.
I intend to close Guantanamo, and I will follow through on that. I have said repeatedly that
America doesn't torture. And I'm gonna make sure that we don't torture. Those are part and
parcel of an effort to regain America's moral stature in the world.
America is too great for small dreams.
The best thing about being President is that it gets you out of American life. I don't know
what the theory is behind this, but it is a fact. The first thing we do with a President is shunt
him off to a siding where nothing American can ever happen to him.
The three-martini lunch is the epitome of American efficiency. Where else can you get an
earful, a bellyful and a snootful at the same time?
Gerald R. Ford
The IQ and the life expectancy of the average American recently passed each other in
When Americans come and ask me what service they can render, I tell them: If you dangle
your millions before us, you will make beggars of us and demoralize us. But in one thing I do
not mind being a beggar. I would beg of you your scientific talent. You can ask your
engineers and agricultural experts to place their services at our disposal. They must not come
to us as our lords and masters but as voluntary workers.
I love America and I hate it. I'm torn between the two. I have two conflicting visions of
America. One is a kind of dream landscape and the other is a kind of black comedy.
There is a providence that protects idiots, drunkards, children, and the United States of
Otto von Bismarck
I won't be happy until we have every boy in America between the ages of six and sixteen
wearing a glove and swinging a bat.
The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You
have to catch it yourself.
America as we know it is not going to exist anymore. Over 7 trillion dollars, and probably more
like 10 or 12 trillion dollars, on all these bail-outs. And you know who's gonna pay for them?
You, me, my little girls, everybody's children, everybody's grandchildren. It's outrageous!
The most successful CEOs are reported to read an average of 60 books and attend more than
six conferences per year - whereas the average American worker reads an average of less
than one book and makes 319 times less income.
I do not know the American gentleman, God forgive me for putting two such words together.
Every movement that seeks to enslave a country, every dictatorship or potential
dictatorship, needs some minority group as a scapegoat which it can blame for the nation's
troubles and use as a justification of its own demands for dictatorial powers. In Soviet Russia,
the scapegoat was the bourgeoisie; in Nazi Germany, it was the Jewish people; in America, it
is the businessmen.
Another term for preventive war is aggressive war – starting wars because someday somebody
might do something to us. That is not part of the American tradition.
Sex: In America an obsession. In other parts of the world a fact.
In America nobody says you have to keep the circumstances somebody else gives you.
America is the only nation in the world that is founded on a creed. That creed is set forth in
the Declaration of Independence; perhaps the only piece of practical politics that is also
G. K. Chesterton
America is unique because it offers you an economic ladder to climb. And here's what's
exciting: It is the bottom of the ladder that is crowded, not the top.
Modern Americans behave as if intelligence were some sort of hideous deformity.
No nation on this globe should be more internationally minded than America because it
was built by all nations.
The chief business of the American people is business.
All you crazy white people "I'm American!", all you did was come out of your mother's pussy
on American soil. That's it! That's it! What, you think you're better than somebody from
France 'cause you came out of a pussy in Detroit?
We just can't trust the American people to make those types of choices…. Government has
to make those choices for people.
Hillary Clinton, to Dennis Hastert on her health care plan
If our American way of life fails the child, it fails us all.
Pearl S. Buck
In America, through pressure of conformity, there is freedom of choice, but nothing to choose
Sir Peter Ustinov
I have spent most of my life studying the lives of other peoples, faraway peoples, so that
Americans might better understand themselves.
The America I loved still exists, if not in the White House or the Supreme Court or the Senate
or the House of Representatives or the media. The America I love still exists at the front
desks of our public libraries.