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America, America, God shed His grace on thee, and crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea.
~ Katherine Lee Bates

 

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America, thou half-brother of the world; with something good and bad of every land.
~ Philip James Bailey

 

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America, where people do not inquire of a stranger, ''What is he?'' But ''What can he do?''
~ Anonymous

 

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America: It's like Britain, only with buttons.
~ Ringo Starr

 

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American ''energy'' is the energy of violence, of free-floating resentment and anxiety unleashed by chronic cultural dislocations which must be, for the most part, ferociously sublimated. This energy has mainly been sublimated into crude materialism and acquisitiveness. Into hectic philanthropy. Into benighted moral crusades, the most spectacular of which was Prohibition. Into an awesome talent for uglifying countryside and cities. Into the loquacity and torment of a minority of gadflies: artists, prophets, muckrakers, cranks, and nuts. And into self-punishing neuroses. But the naked violence keeps breaking through, throwing everything into question.
~ Susan Sontag

 

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American dreams are strongest in the hearts of those who have seen America only in their dreams.
~ Pico Iyer

 

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American is a very difficult language mixed with English.
~ Anonymous

 

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Americans are apt to be unduly interested in discovering what average opinion believes average opinion to be...
~ John Maynard Keynes

 

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Americans are very friendly and very suspicious, that is what Americans are and that is what always upsets the foreigner, who deals with them, they are so friendly how can they be so suspicious they are so suspicious how can they be so friendly but they just are.
~ Gertrude Stein

 

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Americans cannot realize how many chances for mental improvement they lose by their inveterate habit of keeping six conversations when there are twelve in the room.
~ Ernest Dimnet

 

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Americans see history as a straight line and themselves standing at the cutting edge of it as representatives for all mankind. They believe in the future as if it were a religion; they believe that there is nothing they cannot accomplish, that solutions wait somewhere for all problems, like brides.
~ Anonymous

 

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Americans usually believe that nothing is impossible.
~ Lawrence S. Eagleburger

 

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Americans, unhappily, have the most remarkable ability to alchemize all bitter truths into an innocuous but piquant confection and to transform their moral contradictions, or public discussion of such contradictions, into a proud decoration, such as are given for heroism on the battle field.
~ James Baldwin

 

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As for America, it is the ideal fruit of all your youthful hopes and reforms. Everybody is fairly decent, respectable, domestic, bourgeois, middle-class, and tiresome. There is absolutely nothing to revile except that it's a bore.
~ Henry Brooks Adams

 

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At least the Pilgrim Fathers used to shoot Indians: the Pilgrim Children merely punch time clocks.
~ E.E. (Edward. E.) Cummings

 

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Being American is to eat a lot of beef steak, and boy, we've got a lot more beef steak than any other country, and that's why you ought to be glad you're an American. And people have started looking at these big hunks of bloody meat on their plates, you know, and wondering what on earth they think they're doing.
~ Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

 

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Being blunt with your feelings is very American. In this big country, I can be as brash as New York, as hedonistic as Los Angeles, as sensuous as San Francisco, as brainy as Boston, as proper as Philadelphia, as brawny as Chicago, as warm as Palm Springs, as friendly as my adopted home town of Dallas, Fort Worth, and as peaceful as the inland waterway that rubs up against my former home in Virginia Beach.
~ Martina Navratilova

 

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Building a better you is the first step to building a better America.
~ Zig Ziglar

 

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By the definition accepted in the United States, any person with even a small amount of Negro Blood... is a Negro. Logically, it would be exactly as justifiable to say that any person with even a small amount of white blood is white. Why do they say one rather than the other? Because the former classification suits the convenience of those making the classification. Society, in short, regards as true those systems that produce the desired results. Science seeks only the most generally useful systems of classification; these it regards for the time being, until more useful classifications are invented, as true.
~ S. I. Hayakawa

 

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Deep down, the US, with its space, its technological refinement, its bluff good conscience, even in those spaces which it opens up for simulation, is the only remaining primitive society.
~ Jean Baudrillard

 

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