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Published Wednesday, March 09, 2016 @ 7:40 PM EST
Mar 09 2016

America is a country no one should go to for the first time.
-Jawaharlal Nehru

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 process.
-Arianna Huffington

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.
-Tom Clancy

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.
-Albert Einstein

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.
-Norman Mailer

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.
-Bill Vaughan

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.
-Charlie King

America is a mistake, admittedly a gigantic mistake, but a mistake nevertheless.
-Sigmund Freud

America is a passionate idea or it is nothing. America is a human brotherhood or it is a chaos.
-Max Lerner

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.
-John Updike

America is a young country with an old mentality.
-George Santayana

America is an enormous frosted cupcake in the middle of millions of starving people.
-Gloria Steinem

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.
-Claire Wolfe

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.
-John Oliver

America is hope. It is compassion. It is excellence. It is valor.
-Paul Tsongas

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.
-D.H. Lawrence

America is not a land of money but of wealth-not a land of rich people, but of successful workers.
-Henry Ford

America is not a melting pot. It is a sizzling cauldron.
-Barbara Mikulski

America is not Europe. America was created as an escape from, and antidote to, Europe.
-Michael Kelly

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.
-Nelson Rockefeller

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.
-Christopher Morley

America is still mostly xenophobic and racist. That's the nature of America, I think.
-Jerry Garcia

America is the best half-educated country in the world
-Nicholas Murray Butler

America is the greatest of opportunities and the worst of influences.
-George Santayana

America is the land of wide lawns and narrow minds.
-Ernest Hemingway

America is the land where people are free to dream whatever they want, so long as that dream doesn't make Midwesterners feel icky.
-Lewis Black

America is the most inventive country in the world because everybody has access to information.
-Tom Clancy

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.
-Bill Maher

America is the only country in the world where you can suffer culture shock without leaving home.
-Florence King

America is the only country where a significant proportion of the population believes that professional wrestling is real but the moon landing was faked.
-David Letterman

America is the sum of all our journeys as we search for our national community and our national culture.
-Paul Tsongas

America isn't young, you know. It's ancient and evil. With aluminum siding.
-Rudy Rucker

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.
-E.E. Cummings

Anything anybody can say about America is true.
-Emmett Grogan

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.
-John Adams

CEOs of large corporations earn 400 times what their workers make. That is not what America is supposed to be about.
-Bernie Sanders

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.
-Jonathan Miller

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 truth.
-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.
-Sarah Vowell

I don't make movies for America. I make movies for planet Earth. America is just another market.
-Quentin Tarentino

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.
-Ozzy Osbourne

If a jerk burns the flag, America is not threatened, democracy is not under siege, freedom is not at risk.
-Gary Ackerman

If all the world's a stage, America is the shiny vertical pole in the middle.
-John Alejandro King (The Covert Comic)

My advice to the women of America is to raise more hell and fewer dahlias.
-William Allen White

One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude.
-Carl Sandburg

Our society distributes itself into Barbarians, Philistines and Populace; and America is just ourselves with the Barbarians quite left out, and the Populace nearly.
-Matthew Arnold

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 expression.
-James A. Michener

The biggest big business in America is not steel, automobiles, or television. It is the manufacture, refinement and distribution of anxiety.
-Eric Sevareid

The biggest difference between England and America is that England has history, while America has geography.
-Neil Gaiman

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.
-Thomas Paine

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.'
-Florence King

The great social adventure of America is no longer the conquest of the wilderness but the absorption of fifty different peoples.
-Walter Lippmann

The immense popularity of American movies abroad demonstrates that Europe is the unfinished negative of which America is the proof.
-Mary McCarthy

The most famous living artist in America is Andy Warhol, unfortunately. (1979)
-John Heilpern

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?
-Variously attributed

The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey their children.
-King Edward VIII

The trouble with America is that there are far too many wide-open spaces surrounded by teeth.
-Charles Luckman

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.
-Louis Kronenberger

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 America is.
-Gertrude Stein

The youth of America is their oldest tradition.
-Oscar Wilde

To be a celebrity in America is to be forgiven everything.
-Mary McGrory

Too much of what passes as tolerance in America is not the result of principled judgment but is simple moral indifference.
-Daniel Taylor

We all know that America is the worst country in the world, except for all the others.
-Mort Sahl

Whoever kindles the flames of intolerance in America is lighting a fire underneath his own home.
-Harold E. Stassen

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