America is a country no one should go to for the first time.
America is a country ready to be taken, in fact, longing to be taken by
political leaders ready to restore democracy and trust to the political
America is a country that can choke on a gnat, or swallow tigers.
-Adlai E. Stevenson II
America is a country with a First Amendment, and you're allowed to
publish just about anything you want, as long as it's not real secret
information. Of course, nobody really does that except for, you know,
you guys in the media.
America is a democracy and has no Hitler, but I am afraid for her
future; there are hard times ahead for the American people, troubles
will be coming from within and without. America cannot smile away their
Negro problem nor Hiroshima and Nagasaki. There are cosmic laws.
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.
America is a land of wonders, in which everything is in constant motion
and every change seems an improvement.
-Alexis de Tocqueville
America is a land where a citizen will cross the ocean to fight for
democracy- and won't cross the street to vote in a national election.
America is a large, friendly dog in a very small room. Every time it
wags its tail, it knocks over a chair.
-Arnold J. Toynbee
America is a melting pot. The people at the bottom get burned while all
the scum floats to the top.
America is a mistake, admittedly a gigantic mistake, but a mistake
America is a passionate idea or it is nothing. America is a human
brotherhood or it is a chaos.
America is a place where Jewish merchants sell Zen love beads to
agnostics for Christmas.
-John Burton Brimer
America is a tune. It must be sung together.
-Gerald Stanley Lee
America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.
America is a young country with an old mentality.
America is an enormous frosted cupcake in the middle of millions of
America is another name for opportunity. Our whole history appears like
a last effort of divine Providence in behalf of the human race.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
America is at that awkward stage. It's too late to work within the
system, but too early to shoot the bastards.
America is Elvis Presley- the most beautiful, talented, rebellious
nation in the history of Earth. And now, you're in your Vegas years.
You've squeezed yourself into a white jumpsuit, you're wheezing your way
through 'Love Me Tender' and you might be about to pass away bloated on
the toilet. But you're still the King.
America is hope. It is compassion. It is excellence. It is valor.
America is neither free nor brave, but a land of tight, iron-clanking
little wills, everybody trying to put it over everybody else, and a land
of men absolutely devoid of the real courage of trust, trust in life's
sacred spontaneity. They can't trust life until they can control it.
America is not a land of money but of wealth-not a land of rich people,
but of successful workers.
America is not a melting pot. It is a sizzling cauldron.
America is not Europe. America was created as an escape from, and
antidote to, Europe.
America is not just a power, it is a promise. It is not enough for our
country to be extraordinary in might; it must be exemplary in meaning.
America is so vast that almost everything said about it is likely to be
true, and the opposite is probably equally true.
-James T. Farrell
America is still a government of the naive, for the naive, and by the
naive. He who does not know this, nor relish it, has no inkling of the
nature of his country.
America is still mostly xenophobic and racist. That's the nature of
America, I think.
America is the best half-educated country in the world
-Nicholas Murray Butler
America is the greatest of opportunities and the worst of influences.
America is the land of wide lawns and narrow minds.
America is the land where people are free to dream whatever they want,
so long as that dream doesn't make Midwesterners feel icky.
America is the most inventive country in the world because everybody has
access to information.
America is the only country in the world that's still in the business of
making bombs that can end the world and TV shows that make it seem like
a good idea.
America is the only country in the world where you can suffer culture
shock without leaving home.
America is the only country where a significant proportion of the
population believes that professional wrestling is real but the moon
landing was faked.
America is the sum of all our journeys as we search for our national
community and our national culture.
America isn't young, you know. It's ancient and evil. With aluminum
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.
Anything anybody can say about America is true.
But America is a great, unwieldy Body. Its Progress must be slow. It is
like a large Fleet sailing under Convoy. The fleetest Sailors must wait
for the dullest and slowest.
CEOs of large corporations earn 400 times what their workers make. That
is not what America is supposed to be about.
Disneyland is a white pioneer's idea of what America is. Wacky American
animals. American conviviality, zappy, zany, congenial and nice, like a
parade of demented, bright Shriners.
Everybody in America is soft, and hates conflict. The cure for this,
both in politics and social life, is the same- hardihood. Give them raw
-John Jay Chapman
From New England's Puritans we inherited the idea that America is
blessed and ordained by God above all nations, but lost the fear of
wrath and retribution.
I don't make movies for America. I make movies for planet Earth. America
is just another market.
I want to be American. America is the coolest place on the face of the
Earth. You've got freedom of speech. You've got McDonald's.
If a jerk burns the flag, America is not threatened, democracy is not
under siege, freedom is not at risk.
If all the world's a stage, America is the shiny vertical pole in the
-John Alejandro King (The Covert Comic)
My advice to the women of America is to raise more hell and fewer
-William Allen White
One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative
Our society distributes itself into Barbarians, Philistines and
Populace; and America is just ourselves with the Barbarians quite left
out, and the Populace nearly.
Politics in America is the binding secular religion.
-Theodore H. White
Russia, France, Germany and China. They revere their writers. America is
still a frontier country that almost shudders at the idea of creative
-James A. Michener
The biggest big business in America is not steel, automobiles, or
television. It is the manufacture, refinement and distribution of
The biggest difference between England and America is that England has
history, while America has geography.
The business of America is not business. Neither is it war. The business
of america is justice and securing the blessings of liberty.
-George F. Will
The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind.
The fate of America cannot depend on any one man. The greatness of
America is grounded in principles and not on any single personality.
-Franklin Delano Roosevelt
The feminization of America... has mired us in a soft, sickly, helpless
tolerance of everything. America is the girl who can't say no, the town
pump who lets anybody have a go at her. We are a single-parent country
with no father to cut through the molasses and point out, for example,
the inconsistency of embracing warm and compassionate 'values' while
condemning cold and detached 'value judgments.'
The great social adventure of America is no longer the conquest of the
wilderness but the absorption of fifty different peoples.
The immense popularity of American movies abroad demonstrates that
Europe is the unfinished negative of which America is the proof.
The most famous living artist in America is Andy Warhol, unfortunately.
The problem with America is stupidity. I'm not saying there should be a
capital punishment for stupidity, but why don't we just take the safety
labels off of everything and let the problem solve itself?
The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey
-King Edward VIII
The trouble with America is that there are far too many wide-open spaces
surrounded by teeth.
The trouble with us in America isn't that the poetry of life has turned
to prose, but that it has turned to advertising copy.
The unreal is natural, so natural that it makes of unreality the most
natural of anything natural. That is what America does, and that is what
The youth of America is their oldest tradition.
To be a celebrity in America is to be forgiven everything.
Too much of what passes as tolerance in America is not the result of
principled judgment but is simple moral indifference.
We all know that America is the worst country in the world, except for
all the others.
Whoever kindles the flames of intolerance in America is lighting a fire
underneath his own home.
-Harold E. Stassen