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  • American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it.
    * James Baldwin


  • The business of America is business.
    * Calvin Coolidge


  • 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 hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
    * United States Declaration of Independence


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


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


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


  • I look forward to a great future for America--a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint, its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose.
    * John F. Kennedy


  • I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
    * Martin Luther King, Jr.


  • Every two years the American politics industry fills the airwaves with the most virulent, scurrilous, wall-to-wall character assassination of nearly every political practitioner in the country--and then declares itself puzzled that America has lost trust in its politicians.
    * Charles Krauthammer


  • Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to be free.
    * Emma Lazarus


  • We must always remember that America is a great nation today not because of what government did for people but because of what people did for themselves and for one another.
    * Richard Nixon


  • The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life.
    * Theodore Roosevelt


  • In America, the photographer is not simply the person who records the past, but the one who invents it.
    * Susan Sontag


  • 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


  • It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practise either of them.
    * Mark Twain


  • It's the movies that have really been running things in America ever since they were invented. They show you what to do, how to do it, when to do it, how to feel about it, and how to look how you feel about it. Everybody has their own America, and then they have the pieces of a fantasy America that they think is out there but they can't see.
    * Andy Warhol


  • America was established not to create wealth but to realize a vision, to realize an ideal--to discover and maintain liberty among men.
    * Woodrow Wilson