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Albert Einstein
(1879 - 1955)
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.
Ambrose Bierce
(1842 - 1914)
Every time Europe looks across the Atlantic to see the American eagle, it observes only the rear end of an ostrich.
Andy RooneyMaking duplicate copies and computer printouts of things no one wanted even one of in the first place is giving America a new sense of purpose.
Art BuchwaldAmericans 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.
Bill Vaughan
(1915 - 1977)
A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won't cross the street to vote in a national election.
Bobcat GoldthwaiteAmerica's one of the finest countries anyone ever stole.
Christopher Morley
(1890 - 1957)
America is still a government of the naive, by the naive, and for the naive. He who does not know, nor relish it, has no inkling of the nature of this country.
Dick Gregory
(1932 - )
In America, with all of its evils and faults, you can still reach through the forest and see the sun. But we don't know yet whether that sun is rising or setting for our country.
Dr. Samuel Johnson
(1707 - 1784)
I am willing to love all mankind, except an American.
Dr. Samuel Johnson
(1707 - 1784)
Slavery is now no where more patiently endured, than in countries once inhabited by the zealots of liberty.
Dr. Samuel Johnson
(1707 - 1784)
How is it that we hear the loudest yelps for liberty among the drivers of negroes?
Dr. Samuel Johnson
(1707 - 1784)
Sir, they are a race of convicts, and ought to be thankful for anything we allow them short of hanging.
- (on Americans)
Ed HoweAmericans detest all lies except lies spoken in public or printed lies.
Edward Abbey
(1927 - 1989)
If America could be, once again, a nation of self-reliant farmers, craftsmen, hunters, ranchers, and artists, then the rich would have little power to dominate others. Neither to serve nor to rule: That was the American dream.
Frank Zappa
(1940 - 1993)
The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced.
Gamal Abdel NasserThe 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.
Garry Trudeau
(1948 - )
The only country in the world where failing to promote yourself is regarded as being arrogant.
George Bernard Shaw
(1856 - 1950)
I have defined the 100% American as 99% an idiot. And they just adore me.
George Bernard Shaw
(1856 - 1950)
An asylum for the sane would be empty in America.
George Bernard Shaw
(1856 - 1950)
Americans adore me and will go on adoring me until I say something nice about them.
George Santayana
(1863 - 1952)
America is the greatest of opportunities and the worst of influences.
Gore Vidal
(1925 - )
The civilization whose absence drove Henry James to Europe.
- (on America)
Groucho Marx
(1890 - 1977)
In America you can go on the air and kid the politicians, and the politicians can go on the air and kid the people.
H. L. Mencken
(1880 - 1956)
The only way to success in American public life lies in flattering and kowtowing to the mob.
H. L. Mencken
(1880 - 1956)
Perhaps the most revolting character that the United States ever produced was the Christian business man.
H. L. Mencken
(1880 - 1956)
The United States, to my eye, is incomparably the greatest show on earth . . . we have clowns among us who are as far above the clowns of any other great state as Jack Dempsey is above the paralytic -- and not a few dozen or score of them, but whole droves and herds.
H. L. Mencken
(1880 - 1956)
Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.
Henry Miller
(1891 - 1980)
The American way is to seduce a man by bribery and make a prostitute of him. Or else to ignore him, starve him into submission and make a hack out of him.
Henry Miller
(1891 - 1980)
Americans can eat garbage, provided you sprinkle it liberally with ketchup, mustard, chili sauce, tobasco sauce, cayenne pepper, or any other condiment which destroys the original flavor of the dish.
Henry Miller
(1891 - 1980)
I have never been able to look upon America as young and vital, but rather as prematurely old, as a fruit which rotted before it had a chance to ripen. The word which gives the key to the national vice is waste.
Hunter S. Thompson
(1939 - )
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.
John O'HaraAmerica may be unique in being a country which has leapt from barbarism to decadence without touching civilization.
Joseph ConradThe discovery of America was the occasion of the greatest outburst of cruelty and reckless greed know in history.
King Edward VIIIThe thing that impresses me the most about America is the way parents obey their children.
Lawrence J. PeterAmerica is a country that doesn't know where it's going, but is determined to set a speed record getting there.
Lewis MumfordOur national flower is the concrete cloverleaf.
Margot AsquithWhat a pity, when Christopher Colombus discovered America, that he ever mentioned it.
Marlene DietrichIn America sex is an obsession, in other parts of the world it is a fact.
Oliver Wendell HolmesPeople can be divided into two classes: those who go ahead and do something, and those who sit still and inquire, why wasn't it done the other way?
Oliver Wendell HolmesPretty much all the honest truth telling there is in the world is done by children.
Oliver Wendell HolmesNature, when she invented, manufactured, and patented her authors, contrived to make critics out of the chips that were left.
Oliver Wendell HolmesGood Americans when they die, go to Paris.
Oliver Wendell HolmesHow many people live on the reputation of the reputation they might have made!
Oscar Wilde
(1854 - 1900)
The Americans are certainly great hero-worshipers, and always take their heros from the criminal classes.
Oscar Wilde
(1854 - 1900)
We have really everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language.
Oscar WildePerhaps, after all, America never has been discovered. I myself would say that it had merely been detected.
- ("The Picture of Dorian Gray")
Oscar WildeAmerica had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up.
Paul FussellAmericans are the only people in the world know to me whose status anxiety promts them to advertise their college and univeristy affiliations in the rear window of their automobiles.
Paul GoodmanThe orginization of American society is an interlocking system of semi-monopolies notoriously venal, an electrate nororiously unelightened, misled by a mass media notoriously phony.
Peter UstinovIn America, though pressure of conformity, there is freedom of choice, but nothing to choose from.
Robert Frost
(1874 - 1963)
Americans are like a rich father who wishes he knew how to give his son the hardships that made him rich.
Russell Baker
(1925 - )
Americans like fat books and thin women.
Sigmund FreudAmerica is a mistake, a giant mistake.
Stephen Millich
(1941 - )
America is the land of the free, if you can afford it.
Tom WolfeAmericans are childish in many ways and about as subtle as a Wimpy burger; but in the long run it doesn't make any difference. They just turn on the power.
W. Somerset Maugham
(1874 - 1965)
When you concider how indifferent Americans are to the quality and cooking of the food they put in their insides, it cannot but strike you as peculiar that they should take such pride in the mechanical appliances they use for its excretion.
Will Rogers
(1879 - 1935)
We don't know what we want, but we are ready be bite somebody to get it.
Winston ChurchillYou can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else.
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