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Americans never quit.
General Douglas Macarthur

Lisa, if you don't like your job you don't strike. You just go in every day, and do it really half-assed. That's the American way.
Homer Simpson

You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else.
Winston Churchill

To those of you who received honors, awards and distinctions, I say well done. And to the C students, I say you, too, can be president of the United States.
George W. Bush

An asylum for the sane would be empty in America.
George Bernard Shaw

Americans have different ways of saying things. They say "elevator", we say "lift"... they say "President", we say "stupid psychopathic git".
Alexai Sayle

In America sex is an obsession, in other parts of the world it is a fact.
Marlene Dietrich

When good Americans die they go to Paris; when bad Americans die they go to America.
Oscar Wilde

The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy

My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy

America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.
Oscar Wilde

It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly American criminal class except Congress.
Mark Twain

If there be one principle more deeply rooted than any other in the mind of every American, it is, that we should have nothing to do with conquest.
Thomas Jefferson

America is becoming so educated that ignorance will be a novelty. I will belong to the select few.
Will Rogers

I think the most un-American thing you can say is, "You can't say that".
Garrison Keillor

We Americans live in a nation where the medical-care system is second to none in the world, unless you count maybe 25 or 30 little scuzzball countries like Scotland that we could vaporize in seconds if we felt like it.
Dave Barry

Americans who travel abroad for the first time are often shocked to discover that, despite all the progress that has been made in the last 30 years, many foreign people still speak in foreign languages.
Dave Barry

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
Thomas Jefferson

We can have no "50-50" allegiance in this country. Either a man is an American and nothing else, or he is not an American at all.
Theodore Roosevelt

Americans play to win at all times. I wouldn't give a hoot and hell for a man who lost and laughed. That's why Americans have never lost nor ever lose a war.
General George S. Patton

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

We [Americans] are the lavishest and showiest and most luxury-loving people on the earth; and at our masthead we fly one true and honest symbol, the gaudiest flag the world has ever seen.
Mark Twain

America's abundance was not created by public sacrifices to "the common good", but by the productive genius of free men who pursued their own personal interests and the making of their own private fortunes.
Ayn Rand

America is a mistake, a giant mistake.
Sigmund Freud

What the United States does best is to understand itself. What it does worst is understand others.
Carlos Fuentes

America has the longest prison sentences in the West, yet the only condition long sentences demonstrably cure is heterosexuality.
Bruce Jackson

I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.
James Arthur Baldwin

America's future will be determined by the home and the school. The child becomes largely what he is taught; hence we must watch what we teach, and how we live.
Jane Addams

American consumers have no problem with carcinogens, but they will not purchase any product, including floor wax, that has fat in it.
Dave Barry

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

America is the most grandiose experiment the world has seen, but, I am afraid, it is not going to be a success.
Sigmund Freud

What's right about America is that although we have a mess of problems, we have great capacity - intellect and resources - to do some thing about them.
Henry Ford

What the people want is very simple - they want an America as good as its promise.
Barbara Jordan

Whatever America hopes to bring to pass in the world must first come to pass in the heart of America.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

There is nothing wrong with America that the faith, love of freedom, intelligence, and energy of her citizens can not cure.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization.
Georges Clemenceau

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 uncomfortable.
Hunter S. Thompson

We are, after all, a country full of people who came to America to get away from foreigners.
P.J. O'Rourke

My country, 'tis of thee
Sweet land of felony
Of thee I sing
Land where my father fried
Young witches and applied
Whips to the Quaker's hide
And made him spring.
Ambrose Bierce

Americans are the only people in the world known to me whose status anxiety prompts them to advertise their college and university affiliations in the rear window of their automobiles.
Paul Fussell

The genius of you Americans is that you never make clear-cut stupid moves, only complicated stupid moves which make us wonder at the possibility that there may be something to them which we are missing.
Gamal Abdel Nasser

The Americans are certainly great hero-worshipers, and always take their heroes from the criminal classes.
Oscar Wilde

Americans are broad-minded people. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater, and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive there's something wrong with him.
Art Buchwald

Everyone has a right to a university degree in America, even if it's in Hamburger Technology.
Clive James

Food, one assumes, provides nourishment, but Americans eat fully aware that small amounts of poison have been added to improve its appearance and delay its putrefaction.
John Cage

Eternal boyhood is the dream of a depressing percentage of American males, and the locker room is the temple where they worship arrested development.
Russell Baker

In every American there is an air of incorrigible innocence, which seems to conceal a diabolical cunning.
A. E. Housman

Too many of us look upon Americans as dollar chasers. This is a cruel libel, even if it is reiterated thoughtlessly by the Americans themselves.
Albert Einstein

Americans will put up with anything provided it doesn't block traffic.
Dan Rather

I was born an American; I will live an American; I shall die an American.
Daniel Webster

How much longer are we going to think it necessary to be ''American'' before (or in contradistinction to) being cultivated, being enlightened, being humane, and having the same intellectual discipline as other civilized countries?
Edith Wharton

I sometimes think that the saving grace of America lies in the fact that the overwhelming majority of Americans are possessed of two great qualities- a sense of humor and a sense of proportion.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Americans adore me and will go on adoring me until I say something nice about them.
George Bernard Shaw

Americans are overreachers; overreaching is the most admirable of the many American excesses.
George F. Will
Statecraft as Soulcraft

Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.
Gore Vidal

Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.
H. L. Mencken

The character inherent in the American people has done all that has been accomplished; and it would have done somewhat more, if the government had not sometimes got in its way.
Henry David Thoreau

It is, I think, an indisputable fact that Americans are, as Americans, the most self- conscious people in the world, and the most addicted to the belief that the other nations are in a conspiracy to under-value them.
Henry James

Americans are benevolently ignorant about Canada, while Canadians are malevolently well informed about the United States.
J. Bartlett Brebner

George Washington had a vision for this country. Was it three days of uninterrupted shopping?
Jeff Melvoin
From TV series Northern Exposure

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

Ninety-eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hard-working, honest Americans. It's the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then--we elected them.
Lily Tomlin

Sitting at the table doesn't make you a diner, unless you eat some of what's on that plate. Being here in America doesn't make you an American. Being born here in America doesn't make you an American.
Malcolm X
Malcolm X Speaks

An Englishman is a person who does things because they have been done before. An American is a person who does things because they haven't been done before.
Mark Twain

The people of the United States, perhaps more than any other nation in history, love to abase themselves and proclaim their unworthiness, and seem to find refreshment in doing so... That is a dark frivolity, but still frivolity.
Robertson Davies

I sometimes marvel at the extra-ordinary docility with which Americans submit to speeches.
Winston Churchill

We are the most powerful nation on earth. No external power, no terrorist organization, can defeat us. But we can defeat ourselves by getting caught in a quagmire.
George Soros

I chose America as my home because I value freedom and democracy, civil liberties and an open society.
George Soros

We must recognize that as the dominant power in the world we have a special responsibility. In addition to protecting our national interests, we must take the leadership in protecting the common interests of humanity.
George Soros

The thing that impresses me most about Americans is the way parents obey their children.
Edward, Duke of Windsor

The problem with Yanks is they are wimps.
Gordon Ramsay
 


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